Kennywood Park: Roller Coaster Capital of the World: CLO Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Heinz Field (Thurs., 7/22/21)

1) Some “big-league” cities trumpet the fact that they’ve got a big-league amusement park. The Pittsburgh area can claim two: Kennywood Park, close to the city, and Idlewild, a bit farther out. Both are open for business—wait, make that pleasure—this summer. Check park websites for special attractions and updated health/safety info. Kennywood dates from 1898. It’s known for a world-class collection of mechanized rides, including three classic wooden roller coasters plus the steel-framed Phantom’s Revenge and Steel Curtain. There’s a nice assortment of kiddie rides, too. Kennywood is open daily until August 22 when a more limited schedule resumes. The park maintains a constantly updated list of attractions open and closed. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. (M.V./R.H.)

Kennywood's vintage Racer still rocks the coaster scene.

Kennywood’s vintage Racer still rocks the coaster scene. Photo: Jason North.

Clay Aiken. (photo: Pittsburgh CLO)

Clay Aiken. (photo: Pittsburgh CLO)

2) The Pittsburgh CLO continues its Summer Under the Stars season with Pittsburgh CLO’s 75th Anniversary: A Broadway Musical Celebration at Heinz Field. Guest stars, celebrities, and some noted Pittsburgh CLO alumni will recreate some amazing CLO musical memories. Including An American in Paris, In the Heights, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Chicago, and Rent. There will also be a special salute to Rogers and Hammerstein. Clay Aiken headlines a large cast of notable performers. 8:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, 1 p.m. Saturday. 100 Art Rooney Way, North Shore.