Jam on Walnut with Justin Fabus; OpenStreetsPgh in East End (Sat., 5/25/19)

1) For five Saturdays every summer and fall, Walnut Street in Shadyside shifts its focus from the usual bustling bevy of bistros and boutiques to putting a bit of music in the air, courtesy of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. The annual Jam on Walnut series brings some big names out for free concerts that stop traffic and pack the street. Tonight’s edition features country music recording artist and Pittsburgh native, Justin Fabus. All of the Jams On Walnut are free to attend and proceeds from food and drink sales benefit Humane Animal Rescue. 7 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.

The Strip District was crowded with bikes, walkers, and shoppers during Open Streets PGH.

The Strip District was crowded with bikes, walkers, and shoppers during OpenStreetsPGH. (photo: Heather McCracken)

2) OpenStreetsPGH is a fun event during which neighborhood streets are closed to auto traffic in certain parts of the city, so people can roll on through, whether biking, walking or skateboarding. The first OpenStreetsPGH will occur on May 25 with a circular 4.4-mile loop through the neighborhoods of Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside, and Point Breeze. For the June 30 OpenStreetsPGH, participants will roll through parts of Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville. Businesses and civic organizations along the route often have special programs and offers. The July 28 event travels through Downtown, Uptown, and the South Side. There will be plenty of fun activities in each neighborhood. For more info, check out the OpenStreetsPGH website. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

3) British playwright Caryl Churchill, the grande dame of modern feminist theater, is 80 years old and still rocking. Little Lake Theatre rocks the stage with a revival of her best-known play, 1982’s Top Girls. The central character is a striving but struggling young career woman at the fictional Top Girls employment agency. The play’s famous scene is a raucous dinner party at which the guests include “top girls” from history and myth, such as Pope Joan, who allegedly posed as a man to serve as Pope in the Middle Ages, and the elite Japanese concubine Lady Nijo. Wild and weird? Yep, that’s Caryl Churchill. 8 p.m. Performances continue through June 1. 500 Lakeside Dr. South, Canonsburg.  (MV)

A Riverhounds forward takes a shot on goal as a defender closes fast. Photo: Chris Cowger.

A Riverhounds forward takes a shot on goal as a defender closes fast. Photo: Chris Cowger.

4) One of Pittsburgh’s hottest sports teams takes the field tonight—The Riverhounds. The squad takes on the Charlotte Independence at 7 p.m. at Highmark stadium. See some good soccer action up close and in person. 510 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square.