1) The Penguins are enjoying home ice advantage in the first round of the NHL Playoffs against the New York Rangers. The second game of the five-game series is today, face off at 3 p.m. Hopefully Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and center Evgeni Malkin will be both be back in action for this game or one sometime soon. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
2) Here in America we dutifully recognize Henrik Ibsen as one of the all-time great playwrights, but most of us aren’t very familiar with his plays. After all, Ibsen (1828-1906) has been dead for a while, and he was a Norwegian who wrote in Danish (really), and we’ve had newer waves of writers who are equally dead or cross-cultural. However the old master’s masterpieces keep generating replays, and Quantum Theatre sets out to channel Ibsen at the height of his game with The Master Builder.
The title character is an architect who has built a career on shaky foundations. His personal and business affairs are already riddled with intertwined conflicts when a mysterious young woman shows up, claiming to be his secret admirer and aspiring to be his muse. The Master Builder’s story is easy to follow but defies easy interpretation; it’s a parable wrapped in enigma. 8 p.m. Performances run through May 1. Quantum is performing it at Nova Place (formerly Allegheny Center), 100 S. Commons St., North Side. (MV)
3) The Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers on one of the prettiest patches of grass in the ‘Burgh tonight at 7:05 p.m. It’s a Scratch and Win Saturday and a Zambelli’s Fireworks Night. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.
4) In addition to hockey and baseball there’s also a football game—The Pitt Blue-Gold Game—occurring at Heinz Field. The team will be divided into two squads. Honorary coaches for this match up are both from Pitt’s 1976 National Championship team, Heisman Trophy-winning running back Tony Dorsett and starting quarterback Matt Cavanaugh. Activities include a tailgating party, on-field photos, autograph sessions with former Panthers, music from the Pitt band, Pitt cheerleaders, and fun activities for the little ones. Gates open at 11:30 p.m., kickoff at 1 p.m. Free. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.