1) Do you want to go see the battlin’ Buccos play our division rival St. Louis Cardinals but your dog is giving you the “we don’t spend enough time together” look. Don’t fret the Pirates got you covered with Pup Night, aka bring your dog to the pirate game night. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal organizations. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.
2) Entertainment Central’s food writer Deborah McDonald loves Biddle’s Escape, on Biddle Avenue between Regent Square and Wilkinsburg. Deborah reports they have a great selection of coffee drinks, teas, and sweet treats. She especially likes the Hungarian szegedi kave: 2 shots of espresso, 2 shots of steamed cream, maple/cinnamon sugar, and whipped cream. Another cool thing, Deborah says, is their patio where on a warm day you can sit beneath the trees and carved wood faces and enjoy the shade. As you may remember from local history and a movie titled Mrs. Soffel, the Biddle brothers escaped from the Allegheny County jail with the aid of Mrs. Soffel (the warden’s wife who was in love with one of the brothers) in 1902. 401 Biddle Ave., Regent Square/Wilkinsburg.
3) After audiences’ tepid response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures has a lot riding on the ensemble film Suicide Squad. If the DC Comics cinematic universe is to grow as much as Marvel’s, then more moviegoers have to start attending. Luckily for both DC and Warner Bros., even if the script turns out to be subpar, the cast and characters are sure to sell plenty of tickets. Will Smith plays Deadshot, a mercenary and father. Harley Quinn makes her cinematic debut, with Australian actress Margot Robbie playing the former psychiatrist turned Joker’s beau. As for the Crown Prince of Crime, Oscar-winner Jared Leto will be trying his hand at the character. Ben Affleck reprises his role as Batman. The movie itself is about a sort-of anti-Justice League, super villains recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to work undercover black ops for the United States government. Things get tricky when the Joker gets involved. David Ayer, who wrote 2001’s Training Day, wrote and directed Suicide Squad. For screens and times check Fandango. (CM)