‘Pipeline’ Continues Onstage at City Theatre; Sienna Mercato Offers Three Floors of Food and Fun (Wed., 11/14/18)

Jasmine (Krystal Rivera, L) is a willing listener but Omari (Carter Redwood) faces more than the usual teen angst in 'Pipeline' at City Theatre. (photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

Jasmine (Krystal Rivera, L) is a willing listener but Omari (Carter Redwood) faces more than the usual teen angst in ‘Pipeline’ at City Theatre. (photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

1) City Theatre staged Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby in 2015, and the company will now stage her play Pipeline. Race and education come to a head in Pipeline after a prestigious (and predominately white) private school suspends Omari following an incident involving him and a teacher. Will the dream that Omari’s mother had for him still come to fruition? Pipeline premiered in 2017 at New York City’s Lincoln Center Theatre. It won the 2018 Obie (Off-Broadway Theater) Award for Playwriting. Morisseau is from Detroit, which is the setting for her Detroit Projects, an award-winning three-play cycle. 7 p.m. Tonight and tomorrow night are pick-your-price-previews. Continues through November 18. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (CM)

2) “This must be the place,” David Byrne of Talking Heads fame once sang. You’ll be singing the same tune upon entering Sienna Mercato. The restaurant’s first floor, Emporio, offers four different gourmet meatballs—classic beef, spicy pork, vegetarian, and chicken—and ten sauces, ranging from marinara to basil pesto cream. You can have your meatballs alone or on a bun, and with or without cheese. The second floor—Mezzo—features pastas and wood-fired pizza. Pizza varieties include traditional margherita as well as more exotic fare, like duck speck. Mezzo also has other offerings including desserts and charcuterie (plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, and preserves). Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden, caps off  the Sienna Mercato experience. The garden has over 30 beers on tap, cocktails, and smaller dishes. Whether it’s sunny or snowing, patrons can always appreciate Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers, thanks to the garden’s retractable glass roof (awesome, right?). Don’t worry, an elevator is provided should all that food and drink impede mobility. 942 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (CM)