1) Freedom isn’t cheap, so it’s always a good time to examine its costs. You can do so at the Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center. It chronicles Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Pittsburgh’s contribution as the “Arsenal of the Union.” View over 150 artifacts including a smooth bore Rodman Cannon reproduction that’s over 20 feet long and weighs 18,000 pounds; a tintype camera and portable printing press on loan from the Smithsonian Institution; tools, weapons, and uniforms (some made by Pittsburgh factories); 19th-century board games and musical instruments; and letters, formal documents and more. Look for the signatures of soldiers inscribed into an “Old Iron City” camp fiddle retrieved by members of Pennsylvania’s 193rd regiment. Runs through Jan. 4, 2014. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.
2) Looking for the perfect Monday perk-me-up? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the newly opened coffee-house specializes in the European coffee experience. This is also the only coffee-house in the area serving llly coffee, which prides itself in educating growers on sustainability and ethical farm practices. Pair an espresso with locally made pastries and sandwiches, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the rest of the week. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie.
3) The Pens face off against the Chicago Blackhawks in a pre-season game at 7 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
4) Today’s Allegheny County Radical Days events are free admission to Phipps Conservatory and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum both in Oakland. For more information visit the Radical Days Website.