Pianist Max Leake Performs at JazzLive Event (CPs Tues. 11/5/13)

1) At Theater Square tonight, Pittsburgh jazz piano stalwart Max Leake is the featured performer at this week’s Tuesday night JazzLive series at the Backstage Bar. Leake often plays with Roger Humphries and is a member of his RH Factor band. No cover. 5 – 11 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) The summer season is over, but you can still enjoy some great grilled meat and chicken. We have the 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. – 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.

3) If you enjoyed Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity, you might also enjoy the documentary Hubble, an IMAX film chronicling the mission, launch, and repair of the Hubble space telescope that screens today. The film, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, shows spacewalking astronauts and “mind-blowing” pictures of distant galaxies and constellations. 1:15 p.m. Rangos Omnimax Theater, Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., North Shore.

4) Ceili Dancing will be happening at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. This is participatory, which means, as their Web site says, “Even on your first Tuesday night, you will dance.” The evening starts at 7:15 p.m. with lessons for beginners, then live music and dancing continue from 8 – 10 p.m. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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