1) Alternative popper Ariel Pink brings his LA sound to the stage of Altar Bar tonight. Pink is known to make drum sounds with his mouth and sometimes arm pits. It’s nice to hear that arm pit hi-jinx can have practical purposes. Also on the bill is Purple Pilgrims. 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.
2) Learning about Metrics can be fun especially if it’s the band Metric. An alternative, indie-rock band out of Toronto, Metric is touring in support of its latest release Synthetica. 8 p.m. Mr. Smalls Funhouse, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
3) The summer season is upon us and if you want some great grilled meat and chicken without the fuss, we have a place for you. Union Pig & Chicken Chef Kevin Sousa’s new 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.; Sundays 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.
4) Attention space cadets and people fascinated by outer space: Hubble, an IMAX film narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, chronicles the launch, repair and mission of the Hubble space telescope. The film shows space-walking astronauts and “mind-blowing” pictures of distant galaxies and constellations, (1:15 p.m.). With the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie also showing at Carnegie Science Center (2:15, 4:45 and 7:15 p.m.), expand your journey and get a deeper look into the universe. Both screenings: Rangos Omnimax Theater. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., North Shore.