ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare. Runs through Nov. 23, Pittsburgh Classic Players.
1) Maybe you’ve seen the Baz Luhrmann film of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which presents the Montagues and Capulets as modern-day urban crime families. Pittsburgh Classic Players go further. The city’s intriguing new company does Romeo and Juliet with a punk-rock spin and an emphasis on the young lovers, as viewed “through a distinctly queer lens.” 7:30 p.m. Spartan Community Center, 134 E. Elizabeth St., Hazelwood. (MV)
2) Hemingway’s Cafe is known as a great hangout spot by nearly every single college kid in the ’Burgh. Why? Two words: “shot pitchers.” OK, there are plenty of other reasons, but these pitchers, often topped with gummy worms, balance a fun appearance with all the classy taste of a great cocktail. Beer-o-philes, meanwhile, can imbibe from 40 drafts. A different featured draft is $2.75 every day (except Sunday when the restaurant is closed). And you have three chances to catch the $5.50 food menu (11 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., and 9 p.m.-midnight). That menu, by the way, is long with typical pub staples (burgers and wraps) and some surprises. (A section devoted to grilled cheese? Yes, please.). Buzzworthy Pub Trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. DJs Pat Flaherty and Alex Homer, both of DJ Company, spin 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively. 3911 Forbes Ave, Oakland. (EC)