Pirates and Pens in Home Action (CP’s Mon. 9/16/13)

1) There’s a Pittsburgh sports doubleheader today with the Pirates and the Penguins. The Pirates play the San Diego Padres in a 7:05 p.m. game at PNC Park. 115 Federal St., North Shore. And our Pens play the first home game of pre-season at the Consol Energy Center tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. Faceoff is 7 p.m.  1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) Escape to an ancient world at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” is currently on display. Showcasing 7,000 years of largely undiscovered cultural history from the Arabian Peninsula, this exhibit reveals a variety of prehistoric artifacts (including an impressive assembly of 200 recently excavated items) along with a wealth of information about a sparsely explored time and place. The Carnegie is one of only five North American venues hosting this exhibit, so take advantage of this unique and breathtaking cultural crossroad. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Nov. 3.  4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

3) Starting to miss the summer grilling events already? If you want some great grilled meat without the fuss, we have a place for you.  Union Pig & Chicken Chef Kevin Sousa’s barbecue and fried chicken restaurant and bar is serving up some delicious, tender beef brisket along with ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, greens…and whoopie pies.  Specials daily at 5 p.m.  The East Liberty hot spot is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. ’til 1 a.m.;  and Sunday  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (for a hearty chicken and waffles brunch) and 3 – 9 p.m., for regular service.  Their second floor counterpart–Harvard and Highland–is open for cocktails until 1 a.m. weekdays, 2 a.m. Friday and  Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. Check your watch, sure, but once you’re in either domain “all food and beverages all the time” makes it easier. 220 N. Highland Ave.