Pirates Play Cubs in Winner-Take-All Game; ‘The Martian’ Lands at Local Theaters; (Wed., 10/7/15)

1) The Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs tonight in an 8 p.m. one game wild card playoff match at PNC Park to see who will advance to the National League Divisional Playoffs. Both teams are putting ace pitchers in the start, the pirates are sending Gerrit Cole to the mound and the Cubs have Jake Arrieta in the matching role. Let’s hope Pedro Álvarez Launches a few more over the wall to send the Pirates to the divisional playoffs. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

 

2) The MartianIf you’re looking for one job that is relatively safe, you could easily be a botanist. I mean, really, how aggressive are Venus Fly Traps? But Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, finds himself in a situation far from safe, and, for that matter, far from home. He’s part of a mission to Mars (they have plants on Mars—who knew?) but a cosmic storm hits base camp leaving destruction behind. His fellow astronauts survive but assume he hasn’t and hightail it back home. The problem is that Watney isn’t dead and now needs to figure out how to make do with limited resources and let mission control know that he’s stranded on the Red Planet. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star in this Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi cliffhanger. Check Fandango for screens and times.

3) Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside is holding a Team Trivia contest tonight with Trivia Master John. 9 – 11 p.m. Yuengling draft special is $3 for a 20 oz. brew. 5431 Walnut St.