1) The Strip District is arguably Pittsburgh’s premier spot for one-stop shopping. 26th Street Market and Cafe, however, takes that design one step further. Where else can Pittsburghers purchase breakfast, lunch, freshly ground coffee, dessert, and the daily number? With its large dining room plus three private meeting rooms, the establishment is also friendly to professionals and occasional live music. Additionally, the space offers audio/visual equipment for rent, free wi-fi, and free parking. Breakfast includes bagels, biscotti, and muffins; lunch: flatbread pizzas, hoagies, salads, and sandwiches. Gluten-free bread is available upon request. The cactus chili, made with real cactus and vegetables, has a bit of a kick to it and is a customer favorite. Their catering menu will have you inventing events to celebrate, just so you can try some of the specialty items: buffalo wings tossed in their house buffalo sauce, butternut squash ravioli cooked in their basil cream sauce, the 26th Street Sandwich Ring, and more! 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2549 Penn Ave., Strip District. (CM)
2) Pine is a comedy about a difficult subject, our longing for a loved one who has passed away. Written by emerging New York playwright Eugenie Carabatsos, the play was the prizewinner at a South Carolina new-works festival in 2013 and has been making its way around the country; South Park Theatre gives Pine its Pittsburgh premiere. In this story the departed is a young man who died in an auto accident. The catch is that he isn’t really gone. He reappears at family gatherings, visible, it seems, only to the audience and to his younger brother, while trying increasingly to make his presence known. 7:30 p.m. Through August 8. Brownsville Rd. at Corrigan Dr., South Park Twp. (MV)
3) Mario’s East Side hosts Team Trivia Night every Thursday. Win, place, or show and your team will earn Mario’s gift certificates. Play against the Miller Lite Girls, and you could even win Miller Lite trinkets and giveaways! Feed your brain some chewy trivia and your stomach some delicious Mario’s food. 8 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.