1) Horse Feathers, a Portland, Oregon based indie-folk band, is in concert tonight at South Side’s Club Cafe. The group was founded in 2004 by Justin Ringle who has a rich tenor voice and is skilled at writing songs that go deeper. Their sixth album, Appreciation, is the fifth with the Kill Rock Stars label, and was released in May. Horse Feathers’s recent work reveals a new tack toward a more ‘70s-style country-pop sound and a more soulful rhythm section. Special guest is Twain. 8 p.m. 56-58 S.12th St., South Side.
2) Venture Outdoors? That’s the outfit that runs the kayak rental on the North Shore, right? Well, yes—but this unique Pittsburgh nonprofit offers a great deal more. Every week, Venture Outdoors staff and volunteers lead an amazing array of outdoor activities for the public, on water and dry land. Bicycling events range from long rides to gentle outings for beginners. The schedule includes rock climbing occasionally, and fishing frequently. If walking is your speed, the selection is vast: Venture Outdoors has nature hikes, urban neighborhood hikes, Qigong Walks, and even a Banjo Night Walk. (By now you’ve missed the Cheese Tasting Hike in May but another may come along eventually.) The group also conducts a variety of excursions and learning sessions in kayaking, paddleboarding, etc. June is a month loaded with events throughout the Pittsburgh area, so it’s a great time to get acquainted with Venture Outdoors. Check the website and we’ll see you somewhere under the sky. (MV)