1) Now open for a few years now, Istanbul Sofra is a welcome addition to that colorful culinary corner on South Braddock and Forbes across from Frick Park. Seinfeld’s Kenny Bania would proclaim their lentil soup the best, Jerry, the best. The falafels, hummus, and kebabs are also hard to beat. Additionally cool: BYOB; outdoor seating and cay. That last item is pronounced “chai,” but don’t confuse it with those sugary lattés from Starbucks. A dark red tea, cay comes in tulip-shaped glasses and is a symbol of Turkish hospitality. Top off your meal with some Turkish coffee and baklava. 7600 Forbes Ave., Regent Square. (CM)
2) It’s Global Mondays at Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside with imported bottled beers for only $3. While there, team up an import with a bowl of their scrumptious chili. 5431 Walnut St.
3) After audiences’ tepid response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures has a lot riding on the ensemble film Suicide Squad. If the DC Comics cinematic universe is to grow as much as Marvel’s, then more moviegoers have to start attending. Luckily for both DC and Warner Bros., even if the script turns out to be subpar, the cast and characters are sure to sell plenty of tickets. Will Smith plays Deadshot, a mercenary and father. Harley Quinn makes her cinematic debut, with Australian actress Margot Robbie playing the former psychiatrist turned Joker’s beau. As for the Crown Prince of Crime, Oscar-winner Jared Leto will be trying his hand at the character. Ben Affleck reprises his role as Batman. The movie itself is about a sort-of anti-Justice League, super villains recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to work undercover black ops for the United States government. Things get tricky when the Joker gets involved. David Ayer, who wrote 2001’s Training Day, wrote and directed Suicide Squad. For screens and times check Fandango. (CM)