Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band Play First Niagara; ‘Killer Heels’ Continues at The Frick (Tues., 8/23/16)

1) A best-selling author, successful restaurateur, and beverage manufacturer will be making an appearance in the Pittsburgh area. Who might that be, you ask? Jimmy Buffett! The quintessential singer-songwriter has successfully transformed his brand of fun and vacation-y party music into a series of books, restaurants, and libations. Oh, don’t worry, he still has time to visit with Parrot Heads (Buffett fans) in Pittsburgh every year. Some likely sounds on the setlist for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band include “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and “Fins.” Buffett, who upon college graduation worked for a while as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville, first started out performing in the country arena and busked for tourists in New Orleans. A busking trip to Key West gave him the inspiration for his island sound, one which is a unique mix of country, folk, pop, and tropical melodies. 8 p.m. First Niagara Pavilion. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown.


Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn.

Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn.

2) Summer isn’t the only thing coming to a close. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, an exhibition which showcases nearly 150 unique heels from circa 1600 to now, will soon end its run at the Frick Art & Historical Center. The exhibition begins with “Revival and Reinterpretation” before passing through five other themes. Along the way, patrons are asked to examine the high-heeled shoe from not only a fashion perspective but also an aesthetic, cultural, historical, and feminist perspective. Six original short films, all exploring similar motifs in relationship to the high heel, play throughout the exhibit as well. The big design houses are here: Louboutin, Prada, Vivier. But “NOVA,” a heel designed by the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is on display, too. Ditto an inverted platform worn by 19th century Manchu Chinese women. Killer Heels is the first of three fashion-centric exhibitions at The Frick, but it ends September 4. After that, the nationwide tour, which was curated by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, ends. Then it’s back into the shoebox for these heels. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.

3) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (breeze from the fans) soothing your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

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