Pitt vs. Georgia Tech in Homecoming Game Showdown; Andrew Bird Plays Byham (Sat., 10/8/16)

1) Are you ready for another exciting Pitt game? Me neither! It would be nice to see the Panther’s keep the commanding leads they’ve run up these past several weeks all the way through to the end of the fourth quarter! Today the Pitt Panthers football team  takes on the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech in a 12:30 p.m. Homecoming game. Let’s get down there and cheer on the squad. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

2) From his instruments (violin, guitar, glockenspiel) to the uniquely named bands that he’s performed with (Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire), Andrew Bird is synonymous with eclectic. He began his professional career as a folk musician but has gradually incorporated aspects of indie rock into his compositions. Listeners took notice, and in 2007, he made his national television debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” where he performed “Plasticities” from his album Armchair Apocrypha. His newest album, this year’s Are You Serious, includes contributions by singer-songwriter Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, who founded the band that later became Dawes. Apple is featured on, and appears in the music video for, “Left Handed Kisses.” Bird also recently began a web video series called “Live from the Great Room,” which sees him performing songs in a living room with various musicians. Guests have included Jim James from My Morning Jacket. Bird comes to Pittsburgh this month for a show at the Byham Theater. 8 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District. (CM)

3) Attack Theatre is a Pittsburgh dance company dedicated to doing the unexpected. In our present anything-goes age when genre-busting multimedia arts have conditioned audiences to expect the unexpected, that’s a challenging task, but Attack Theatre keeps attacking it and has performed worldwide. Last season the company worked with physicists to build a dance piece in which the laws of physics illustrated the dynamics of human relationships. Now the dancers and musicians are performing in Carnegie Mellon’s Regina Miller Gallery, a space that exhibits experimental genre-busting visual arts. The piece is called Some Assembly Required because it is audience-interactive and to some degree improvised. Translation: we don’t know what the heck they are going to do, which means once again, mission accomplished. The surest bet is that it will be worth seeing. 6 p.m. Ends tomorrow. In the Miller Gallery on the Carnegie Mellon campus, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (MV)

4) The curtain will rise on Hambone’s Theater Company’s third show of the seasonCandy and Shelly Go to the Desert. After their car breaks down in the Nevada desert, two New York women— played by Olivia Vadnais and Gabrielle Kogut—contemplate life and then a provocative stranger, Patrick Stanny, arrives. It’s a light comedy written by Paula Cizmar and directed by Angela Trovato. The show will run in the restaurant portion of Hambone’s Pub. 7 p.m. Performances through October 14. 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

Free RAdical Days Events

Free admission 10am–5pm
FREE family activities! Explore Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion, discover amazing vehicles at the Car and Carriage Museum, and experience fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum.
7227 Reynolds Street (Point Breeze)  · TheFrickPittsburgh.org

Free admission 10am–5pm
Discover the maker in you! Explore Edward Eberle’s striking porcelain sculptures in the gallery, get creative in our Drop-in Studio, and experiment with handmade paper (from 11am-2pm).
2100 Smallman Street (Strip District) · 

Free admission noon–6pm
Normally, a photograph is seen as a window into the world, and the physical properties of the image (paper, screen, ink, pixel, silver) are overlooked. Materials & Processes focuses on a fascinating trend of works that use elements of photographic tools and processes as the subject matter of the images.
1015 East Carson Street (South Side) · silvereye.org

Free admission noon-4pm
Enjoy hay rides, hay maze, arts and crafts, barnyard petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, castle bounce, giant slide, balloon artist, puppet show, magician, games and more! Food, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase from local food trucks and vendors. Also meet the people who work to keep the public safe and healthy every day. You’ll be able to check out our public safety, specialized emergency response and public works vehicles and equipment!
1888-1988 Brownsville Road (South Park Twp) · alleghenycounty.us