Dragon, Lone Bellow, and Cosby Sweater in Pittsburgh Tonight (CPs, Wed., 11/6/13)
1) What happens when you take The Greatest Show on Earth and add mythical creatures? You get a night of magic, imagination, and downright amazement in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s “Dragons,” presented tonight at the Consol Energy Center. Experience the amazingly trained animals, death-defying acrobatics, and, of course, mythical winged lizard! This particular show ignites “the spirit of the dragon” in a showdown of performance skills to prove there is enough courage, strength, wisdom, and heart to make the dragon appear. Where else would you be lucky enough to see a dragon? Runs through Nov. 10. 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
2) Enjoy the funk of Brooklyn without leaving Pittsburgh in an evening with The Lone Bellow at Stage AE. The indie folk rockers present a fresh face and sound in music with songs like “Bleeding Out” and “You Never Need Nobody.” The combination of acoustic guitar, haunting harmonics, and heartfelt lyrics results in a unique sound cocktail comprising one part Gavin DeGraw, one part Lonestar, and one part Joni Mitchell. If it’s been a tough week (or even if it hasn’t), this is the perfect opportunity to mellow out and enjoy the music. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore.
3) When you hear Cosby Sweater, you probably think of the colorful garmet worn by Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” The band Cosby Sweater must have had that in mind when selecting its name, since their music is as unique and vibrant as the attire it references. Performing at the Thunderbird Café tonight, the up-and-coming sound in electronic music creates remixes to popular songs like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” as well as performing their own music. It might be too early in the season for them to play songs from their 2012 holiday album, Christmas Sweater, but you’re sure to hear sounds from their debut album, Hey Girl Hey, in addition to remixes of some of the hottest songs on the charts. As the band’s name suggests, they adorn themselves in those trademark Cosby sweaters, so you may want to dig out yours too! 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.
4) Cure your mid-week blues with Absolut Wednesdays at Olive or Twist in the heart of the Cultural District. Voted Pittsburgh’s Best Restaurant for Cocktails for the past two years (Pittsburgh magazine), the martini bar is the perfect place to wind down for happy hour, dinner before a show, or a post-performance nightcap. Tonight you can enjoy $5 Absolut cocktails and martinis all evening. Get there early for happy hour, 4 – 6 p.m., for $1 off all draft beers, $4 Chardonnay or Cabernet, and $2 off all specialty cocktails. 140 6th St., Cultural District.