Living Dead Weekend; Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn; Big Butler Fair (Fri., 7/2/21)

Living Dead Weekend — July 2 – 4. Monroeville Mall

1) Get your undead on at the Living Dead Weekend. As you probably know, George Romero, legendary director of the landmark horror film Night of the Living Dead, shot the film in Evans City and its first sequel, Dawn of the Dead, at Monroeville Mall. This makes Pittsburgh the zombie film capital of the world. The Return of the Living Dead and Day of the Dead are both featured this year with may events and reunions. Highlights include celebrity appearances, movie location tours, official merchandise collectibles, art exhibits and panels, along with photo opportunities. Scheduled to appear are Thom Matthews, Linnea Quigley, John Philbin, John Russo, Debra Gordon, Lori Cardille, and Terry Alexander, plus many more. This promises to be a fun weekend, and remember, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” (R.H.)

Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn — monthly gallery crawl and street fair.

Fans and friends of Aaron Pfeiffer began to crowd Fieldwork Contemporary Gallery when they learned he was back in town and performing at Unblurred.

During a 2015 Unblurred, fans and friends of artist/songwriter Aaron Pfeiffer gathered for his performance at Fieldwork Gallery. (Photo: Martha Rial)

2) Persons wishing to experience Pittsburgh’s summertime pleasures in the relative cool of the evening will do well to take part in the monthly Unblurred events along Penn Avenue in Garfield. They’re on the first Friday of each month, which, early this summer, means June 4 and July 2. And what’s up is quite a lot. Many art galleries along the street are open, as are other shops, eateries, and so forth. Some may have have music or performances. The Garfield Night Market, with stalls and vendors selling a wide spectrum of foods and crafts, operates in conjunction with Unblurred. Above all, Unblurred is a fine occasion to simply hang out, mill about, and enjoy. 6 p.m. till later at night, 4800 through 5500 blocks of Penn Ave., Garfield. (M.V.)

3) Big Butler Fair Kicks off today with rides, food, attractions, animal judging contests, and tractor pulls. There’s even a school bus demolition derby! Tonight is bike night and a free concert from popular area rockers The Clarks (8 p.m.). The fair continues through July 10. 1127 New Castle Road, Prospect.