Grit & Grace Offers American-Asian Fusion Fare; ‘The Hateful Eight’ Shown in 70mm at Row House Cinema (Tues., 1/12/16)

1) Grit & Grace is all about opposites, hence their name and their American-Asian fusion cuisine. Opening about a year and a half ago, the restaurant has become a downtown favorite. They are especially known for their American dim sum; the dim sum even has its own menu. The way it works is customers can choose how much (or little) they want of any particular item off of the dim sum cart. Popular items include the pork belly bites and the eggplant. The lunch and dinner menus include soups, salads, noodles and other entrées. Patrons have also praised Grit & Grace’s dark wood decor and communal bar and Sunday brunch. 535 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Grit & Grace is one of the restaurants participating in Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.



2) The Hateful Eight Row House will be showing the 70mm version and it is the only film they are showing for the first two weeks of the month. Quentin Tarantino writes and directs this violent Western set in the same time period and cinematic universe as his 2012 violent Western Django Unchained. In a bitter Wyoming winter Samuel L. Jackson shows up as a bounty hunter bringing deranged hellcat murderess Jennifer Jason Leigh to the big city where she’ll be hanged. They decide to stop at a remote cabin where they meet up with a bunch of reprobates played by, among others Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Walton Goggins. Soon enough the blizzard strikes and all of them, each with a reason to want the other dead, are trapped inside. Tarantino has been making the publicity rounds letting everyone know that he’s filmed the movie in anamorphic 70mm with the same camera lenses used to shoot Ben-Hur. You’d think he did it to capture the frozen tundra of Wyoming–but early viewers are questioning why nearly two-and-a-half of this film’s three hours takes place inside one room. Considering that it’s Tarantino, I guess he just wanted to make sure you got a good look at the blood and viscera. 3, 6:15, and 9:30 p.m. Screenings through Thursday. Row House Cinemas, 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville.


3) If you live farther out from the center of the city or just wish to ice skate in a more sylvan setting, then Allegheny County’s North and South Parks ice skating rinks are “your ticket to fun!” The rinks offer both free and paid skating lessons as well as skate rentals. Today’s sessions are from 7:30 – 9 p.m. North Park rink is on Pearce Mill Road; South Park rink is on Buffalo Drive.

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