Styx, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent to Rock First Niagara (CP’s Sun. 5/19/13)

1) “Renegade” is one of the fan fave songs at Steelers’ home games. Hear it live and in person when Styx plays First Niagara Pavilion. Also on the Classic Rock Fest bill are REO Speedwagon (named after a brand of ambulances), who enjoyed success with songs “Time for Me to Fly” from You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish, “Ridin’ the Storm Out” and “Roll With the Changes.” Avid hunter Ted Nugent  will also play and is sure to perform “Catch Scratch Fever.” 7 p.m. Burgettstown.

2)  Pirates battle the Houston Astros today, and every Sunday Pirates home game is Kids Day. There’s the Family Fun Zone on Federal Street from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and then kids get a Pirate prize at the gate. After the game children are invited onto the field to run the bases. But be ready for a tough question from your kid. No, not “Where do babies come from?” but “Why don’t the Pirates ever make the playoffs?”  Fans 14 and younger receive a kids A.J. Burnett Replica Camo Jersey. 1:35 p.m. PNC Park, North Shore.

3) The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival opens today in Oakland at University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. In its 27th year, the festival draws actors and performers from around the globe, including Australia, Ireland, Russia, The United Kingdom, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. Other attractions include Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo (don’t try to pet the Tyrannosaurus Rex when it’s eating), European-style clown troupe Aga-Boom (created by veteran of Cirque du Soleil Dimitri Bogatirev), African Porquoi Tales (inspiring stories that came with the Africans to America), Exxopolis (beautifully designed air-blown architectural structures), Egg and the Spoon (a magical presentation of the wonders of the different seasons with interactive presentations), The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly (a theater production from Ireland about an angel who can’t sing very well), and more. Featured event tickets range from $5 to $8 with many free activities as well. Festival runs through Sunday.

4) The 2013 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival opens today. The festival celebrates diversity and appreciation of Asian and Asian-American experience through cultural events. Featured films and filmmakers are from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Iran, etc. Movies include Architecture 101 (South Korea), Asura Anime Film Night (Japan), B.A. Pass (India), Beijing Flickers (China), Cairo 678 (Egypt), Parizod (Heaven—My Abode (Uzbekistan), The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested (Asian-American), and more. This is an outstanding curated film fest with many of the movies receiving awards from around the world. Runs through May 19. Screenings are at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Earth Theater; Melwood Screening Room and Classroom; and the Regent Square Theater.


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