Pirates Continue Brave Battle; Le Mardi Gras’ Good Times Keep Rolling (CPs Wed., 8/20/14)

1) The Pirates take on the Atlanta Braves again tonight in the last game of a three-game home stand. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

2) Bon ton roulet is the French phrase for “Let the good times roll,” and that is exactly what happens during the night-time hours of Shadyside’s Le Mardi Gras, which bills itself as a Hysterical Landmark Since 1954. The bar is known for great cocktails, including New Orleans’ Hurricane with fresh-squeezed fruit and a nice assortment of beer and wine. The decor is French Quarter motif and slightly on the dark side, and that makes it perfect for a romantic evening or an illicit rendezvous. The bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable. Le Mardi Gras is operated by Rich Costanza, who marks a second generation of ownership by the Costanza family. His father, Joe, some called him Papa Joe, was an affable, beloved Shadyside character who was always working a cigar. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. 731 Copeland St.

3) For one night only, see tributes to a Pair of Kings when Rivers Casino presents Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson tribute acts. What great packaging! The king of rock and the king of pop appearing on the same stage. This would have been a mega event in real life, but it’s still pretty cool as tribute acts. And remember, Jackson was married for a time to Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie. 2 and 7 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.

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