Pirates vs. Braves in a “Cracker Jack” Match Up; ‘Elstree 1976″ An Interesting Film About ‘Star Wars’ (Wed., 5/18/16)

1) Our battlin’ Buccos play the third of a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. There are no promotions scheduled for tonight so just enjoy some good ole baseball and peanuts and Cracker Jack. And you can also get a Cracker Jack and Mac Dog and a Cracker Jack Sundae. Seems like they do know “Jack” at the Pittsbugh ballyard. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

 

2) Elstree 1976 – What would life be like if you where part of modern civilization’s most monumental cultural touchstone … but nobody knew? That’s the story behind this Jon Spira-directed documentary. The Elstree of the title is the name of the legendary film studio in London; It’s where Alfred Hitchcock got his start in the 20’s, James Bond movies where shot there, as were a bunch of Hammer horror films, the original “Avengers” TV series, The Shining, Raiders of the Lost Ark and a slew more. In 1976 production started on a film which would ultimately change movies and revolutionize the film industry: Star Wars. This documentary visits with a handful of extras and bit players who were in the movie but covered by costumes, lost in crowd scenes or only on-screen for a few seconds. Some have stayed in the business, some have not, but all have the distinction of being a (very tiny) part of cinema history. Spira interviews them about their experience on the film, getting behind-the-scenes information and finding out what they’ve done with their lives since. Show biz sure is a heartless profession. 7:30 p.m. Screenings through May 19. Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (TH)

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.