1) Hang onto that weekend feeling with pop punk band Taking Back Sunday at Stage AE. The band hit mainstream with the radio-friendly “MakeDamnSure.” Singer Adam Lazzara’s vocals are comparable to those of a young Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars), but Leto-esque and radio-friendly doesn’t mean soft for this band. Songs like “Cute Without the E” and “Liar (It Takes One to Know One)” will have you moshing before you know it. They will be playing songs from all three of their studio albums, including their latest, 2011’s Taking Back Sunday. Special guests include Polar Bear Club, Transit, and Lawskof. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) Are you as unique as you think you are? Find the answer, or at least some conversation-starting insight at the mind-bending Zimmermann & de Perrot’s Hans was Heiri at the August Wilson Center. Featuring five circus artists and dancers, the performance is a complementing combination of theater, circus, and dance, all within a humorous and biting story. The stage design revolves on an axis, putting the performers into tight and twisted spots (physically and figuratively) with a tale ultimately revealing that we, as humans, are all pretty much the same in our needs and desires. In this mix of varying performing arts, Hans was Heiri is a sensory treat you definitely do not want to miss. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 18. 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.
3) One of the least-viewed perspectives of the Pittsburgh Zoo and the PPG Aquarium is the bird’s eye view, a true hidden gem, and tonight you can experience it (no wings required) at the Rooftop Rendezvous happy hour. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top while learning about environmental sustainability. Join the Green Building Alliance as they celebrate the Zoo’s new green roof, adding to the many green projects already in place. While you’re nibbling appetizers and sipping cocktails, mingle with GBA members as well as Zoo personnel to learn about how individuals and corporations can reduce their collective carbon footprints and keep our planet in tip top shape for generations to come. 5 – 7:30 p.m. 1 Wild Pl., Highland Park.
4) Wholey’s has been a great option for fresh seafood in Pittsburgh for many years. That’s no secret. Perhaps a better-kept secret for fresh seafood is Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, located just blocks from the fish shop we know and love. The great-grandson of Robert Wholey I, Luke creates a new family tradition with one of the finest restaurants in the city. Whether it’s raw oysters, soft-shell crabs, or sushi that please your palate, you can find them all here. Start with the lobster bisque fries or the oysters and shrimp platter. Stop by for lunch and enjoy the famous lobster roll, or sit down for a relaxing dinner with the seafood trio. If seafood isn’t your favorite, Luke serves a filet mignon that cuts like warm butter. Don’t forget to try one of the signature cocktails, like the perfect-for-fall Alaskan Goldminer, featuring Crown Royal Maple. You’ve gotten through the hump of the week; that should be enough of a reason to treat yourself tonight! 2106 Penn Ave., Strip District.