Virgina Tech vs. Pitt; Great March for Climate Action Benefit Concert (CPs Thurs., 10/16/14)

1) Pitt plays Virgina Tech in a football game tonight at Heinz Field. Hopefully a game under the dark of night  will bring out the animal spirit of the Pitt players, who need to get back on track after three straight losses. Maybe that nocturnal mammal will be a Vampire Bat that sucks the life out of Virginia Tech, who enter tonight’s faceoff with a two-game winning streak and overall 4-2 record. 7:30 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

2) Dozens of marchers started out from Los Angeles on March 1st of this year heading across America to Washington D.C. to create awareness and action in order to stop the crisis facing our Earth’s climate. One of the marchers, John Abbe, told Entertainment Central that he and the other walkers have had fantastic support across the country.  The Great March for Climate Action is now in Pittsburgh and holding a Fundraiser & Benefit Concert tonight at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. This fun event will feature a Pete Seeger Songfest with Jim Scott—who collaborated on many projects with the folk legend—and will lead a celebration of songs and stories of Seeger’s long career. Enjoy some beautiful music, support the marchers, and protect our climate. Suggested donation of $10 to $20. 7:30 p.m. 416 W North Ave, North Side.

3) As a writer on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Greg Fitzsimmons won four Daytime Emmy awards. He’s also written for Louis C.K.’s show “Lucky Louie,” was the head writer for “The Chelsea Handler Show,” and a contributor to “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius radio.  Not content to rest on his writing laurels, he also performs stand-up comedy and has his own nameplate—The Greg Fitzsimmons Show—on Sirius FM. His podcasts are very funny, especially the series “Talk Your Way Out of It,” in which guests have to talk themselves out of very tough and compromising scenarios. He’s bringing his act to the Pittsburgh Improv for an 8 p.m. show, with additional performances through Saturday. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

4) The building that houses Pittsburgh’s largest indoor haunted attraction, Terror Town, at 17th and Smallman streets, has been deemed alive with paranormal activity by the Pennsylvania Department of Paranormal Investigation (yes, it’s a real thing). No children under 12 years old will be admitted, and children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent. Terror Town is 30,000 square feet of monsters, mazes, and darkness that leads to directional dysfunction. Whatever your biggest fear, chances are you’ll face it head on here. 7 – 10 p.m., Strip District.

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