Singer/Songwriter Mary Gauthier and Pop-Up Chef Dinner at Club Cafe (CP’s Wed. 9/25/13)

1) Everyone has a story to tell, and folk singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier could fill a novel with hers. From running away at 15 to owning a Cajun restaurant, she puts her heart on her sleeve and lets her experiences inspire her writing and singing. Tonight’s performance at Club Café is also a Pop-Up Dinner featuring Chef Monique Ruvulo, who is cooking up some Cajun classics for the audience. (Food is not included in ticket price.) The menu includes Louisiana-style shrimp and grits as well as the seasonal pumpkin macaroni and cheese. Doors open at 7 p.m., so get there early for dinner and a great seat. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

2) There might not be a baseball game at PNC Park tonight, but there’s plenty of entertainment at Atria’s inside the stadium with Johnny Angel’s All Star Jam Band. The All Star band includes surprise guests alongside Johnny Angel and the Halos, the Pittsburgh staple for live oldies music. So get ready to sing along, cause you never know who might stop by to jam. Come early for half-price appetizers and drink specials from 5 – 7 p.m., or come hungry and sit in the dining room ($15 minimum purchase). 7:30 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

3) Appreciate watercolors and oils like you’ve never seen before. Colorblind artist Ryan Ian McCormick’s work is on display at the Spinning Plate Gallery in the exhibit Colorblind Landscapes of Pennsylvania. It features new work by the artist that captures the essence of the area through remarkable brushstrokes and unique hue combinations. Runs through Sept. 28. 6 – 10 p.m. 5720 Friendship Ave., East Liberty.

4) The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange is holding its monthly Discussion Group at Coffee Tree Roasters in Shadyside. This month’s discussion includes a reading from Samuel Hazo’s Like a Man Gone Mad: Poems in a New Century. The first Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania, Hazo features impressive sensory diction and covers a variety of personal and universal themes in his poetry. The Exchange does not provide the text, so you may want to check out your local library, bookstore, or app store before joining the discussion; you can also simply sit back and enjoy the readings. 7:30 p.m. 5524 Walnut St., Shadyside.

5) A mid-week movie night may be just what the doctor ordered to help you get through the rest of the workweek. If the scary movies of the season aren’t your cup of tea, give the crime drama Prisoners a try. Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, the film follows Keller Dover (Jackman) in the search for his missing daughter with the help of Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal). For theaters and show times, visit Fandango. With restaurants, bars, and shopping within walking distance, the SouthSide Works Cinema for a perfect night out with friends, family, or that special someone. 425 Cinema Dr., South Side.

6) Today’s Allegheny County Radical Days events are free admission to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland and a senior hike at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve conducted by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. For more information visit the Radical Days Web site.


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