Dan Deacon Brings a Lively Show to Mr. Small’s; “It Follows” in Your Neighborhood (CPs Thurs., 4/9/15)
1) A little over a year ago, Baltimore’s Dan Deacon warmed audiences’ dancing shoes as an opening act for Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. While on the road with the band, he worked on his newest release, 2015’s album Gliss Riffer. He’ll be playing tracks from it and his expansive back catalog tonight at Mr. Smalls. Gliss Riffer marks a return to form for Deacon, an electronic artist who worked with live musicians on his last two releases. The new album, like 2007’s breakout Spiderman of the Rings, is pure Deacon—self-produced and layered with gorgeous electronic sounds and modulated vocals that he’s known for. Be ready to participate. Deacon is known to coordinate unorthodox dance steps during his live shows. Prince Rama and Ben O’Brien open. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
2) It Follows (Through April 8) – Indie horror film recently off the festival circuit about teenagers having sex and the horrors which follow. It’s not (or not only) your typical teen sex slasher film; there’s a metaphor tucked inside about fear of intimacy, the nature of reality vs. dream states and warning about sexually transmitted diseases – whatever happened to Frankie and Annette on the beach? Check Fandango for times at your local movie haus.
3) “This must be the place,” David Byrne of Talking Heads fame once sang. You’ll be singing the same tune upon entering Sienna Mercato. The restaurant’s first floor, Emporio, offers four different gourmet meatballs—classic beef, spicy pork, vegetarian, and chicken—and nine sauces, ranging from marinara to gluten-free spinach-almond pesto. You can have your meatballs alone or on a bun, and with or without cheese. The second floor—Mezzo—features pastas and wood-fired pizza. Pizza varieties include traditional margherita as well as more exotic fare, like clams. Mezzo also has desserts and charcuterie (plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, and preserves). Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden, caps off the Sienna Mercato experience. The garden has 30 beers on tap, cocktails, and smaller dishes. Whether it’s sunny or snowing, patrons can always appreciate Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers, thanks to the garden’s retractable glass roof (awesome, right?). Don’t worry, an elevator is provided should all that food and drink impede mobility. 942 Penn Ave., Cultural District.