Pittsburgh RV Show Underway at David L. Lawrence CC; Istanbul Sofra Offering Specials for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (Wed., 1/13/16)

1) Would you like to travel more, but fret about leaving the comforts of home? Wouldn’t it be great if you could transport your house to the locales you would like to travel too? Well, with an RV (recreational vehicle) you can travel with an albeit smaller version of your house. Where can I see these small mobile houses you ask—at the Pittsburgh RV Show. There you’ll be able to see hundreds of different types and sizes of RV’s. In purchasing your own new or used RV you’re well on your way to staying in a beautiful serene setting or even overnighting in the parking lot of a Walmart. This writer’s mom and dad rented a Winnebago when he was 15 for a family trip to Maine and which could have been a sequel to the popular Griswold family Vacation movies. 4 – 9 p.m. Continues through Sunday. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown.

2) Celebrating almost two years in business, Istanbul Sofra is a welcome addition to that colorful culinary corner on South Braddock and Forbes across from Frick Park. Seinfeld’s Kenny Bania would proclaim their lentil soup the best, Jerry, the best. The falafels, hummus, and kebabs are also hard to beat.  Additionally cool: BYOB; outdoor seating; and free soda, juice, or cay with lunch. That last item is pronounced “chai,” but don’t confuse it with those sugary lattés from Starbucks. A dark red tea, cay comes in tulip-shaped glasses and is a symbol of Turkish hospitality. Top it off with some Turkish coffee and baklava for dessert. 7600 Forbes Ave., Regent Square. (CM) See Istanbul Sofra’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week specials.


3) Daddy’s Home – I remember in a schlocky 1960’s horror film it was said that if someone was born on Christmas Day, God would be so mad at the child who dared crowd His own son’s birthday He’d turn the kid into a monster. (Don’t yell at me; the movie was The Curse of the Werewolf with Oliver Reed; check it out if you don’t believe me.) For the new millennium, I think we can adapt that idea: If you release a movie on Christmas Day, God’s gonna be so angry He’ll put Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in it. (I could swear both these men have already starred in this exact same movie separately and together several times over the past few years.) Ferrell plays a mild-mannered guy married to Linda Cardellini who is trying to be the best step-dad he can to her children. Then Wahlberg shows up as the kids’ bio-daddy, and we know he’s very cool (and a lot of trouble) because he rides a motorcycle. Complications, not surprisingly, arise. See what I mean? Doesn’t it feel like you’ve already watched it a few times? Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

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