Git Aht: Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while getting ready to sing “Oh Say Can Yinz See”)

Friday, June 30
Nine Inch Nails, 7:00 p.m., Post Gazette Pavillion
Mercer High School band member Trent Reznor brings the Nails to town, so pale yourself up and enjoy the angst. Openers are 80’s Goth stalwarts Bauhuas and the delightfully reserved and timid Peaches. (She of the greatest post break-up song ever, I won’t link ’cause we’re a family site, but if you know Peaches, you know the song I’m talking about.) Incredibly Awesome Reznor Trivia: Trent played Professor Harold Hill in his high school production of The Music Man, so see if he’ll shout out a couple choruses of “Marian The Librarian” at the show tonight.

Grease, 8:00 p.m., Benedum Center
Please, don’t stand up and shout “What was Shatner like to work with on TJ Hooker?!?” when Adrian Zmed is on stage as the Teen Angel character. I mean, he’s probably heard that one before. Besides, we all know Shatner’s a pain in the ass to work with anyway, so there’s no point in asking Zmed again. Let’s all move on.

Saturday, July 1
Satruday Light Brigade Live Broadcast, 10:00 a.m., Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Local radio, live at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. This is your “family” event for the weekend, or at least, the family event I found that seems to be the coolest. Hell, it makes me wanna get a family for the weekend, maybe like, I dunno, rent one, just so I can go to this thing. SLB is a local show, produced out of WRCT for like, ever it seems. So get local, and go support Larry and Rikki Berger and the rest of the crew.

Pittaburgh Three Rivers Regatta, All Day, Downtown
“Float On” said the Modest Mouse… There’s so much going on, we just don’t have the space to describe it all… So some highlights for Saturday:

  • Grand Prix Powerboat Races, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Jet Ski Stunt show, 11 a.m., 1:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
  • The Mister Rogers Sing-Along Movie Shoot, 5 p.m., Main Stage at the Point. Breen mentioned this the other day here
  • The Violent Femmes add it up at 8:30 p.m. This is the highlight if you’re an old guy like me.

The Space Pimps CD Release Party, 7:00 p.m., Mr. Smalls, Millvale
Local Pop-Punkers (Punk-Poppers? I dunno…) The Space Pimps throw a gig with a bunch of local bands the celebrate the release of their new disc “Turn It Up” at the great Mr. Smalls Theater compound. The Pimps are gearing up for national tour including some Warped Tour dates, so catch them before they get all famous and start puttin’ on airs n’at.

Sunday, July2
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 8:15 p.m., Hartwood Acres
Mozart, Bruch and Beethoven rock the funkin’ hizzy Sunday night, and the PSO goes along for the ride. Note to single guys: The Violinist is really cute, but I would advise against throwing your hotel room key on stage as any shiny flying objecs will distract the drummers and interrupt the show. We percussionists are easily distracted, see, because we’re not real bright. Seriously, one time, the bass player in this band I was in locked his keys in the car and had to break a window to get me out.

March of The Penguins, 9ish, Flagstaff Hill
FREE! FREE! FREE! No, this isn’t a film about the possible exodus of our beloved hockey team, this is the one about the birds that caused all the ruckus last year. Seriously, how did this great little documentary become a political football? Just let me watch my damn penguin movie! Anyway, maybe all the shots of Antarctica will cool you down in the midst of high Summer. Go see this and enjoy the night air and the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman describing the mating habits of flightless waterfowl. Rent a tux, get into the spirit of the thing.

Git ahta tahn!

passageSeveral years ago, I was a bike geek. 50 to 80-mile Saturday rides were typical, and I’d race across the city – after work – to meet my riding buddy for a weeknight sprint of 20 miles or so. While most of those rides were on the country roads of Westmoreland County, we also spent a lot of time on the vast array of rail-trails at our disposal.

Southwestern PA is blessed in this regard. Mid-1990s initiatives gave us a jump on most areas of the country. To this day, we’re still a leader and have far more trails than any other region of the state. Abandoned railroad right-of-ways – yet another relic of the Industrial Revolution – have been reborn into multi-use paths that have become focal points of communities long abandoned by coal, steel, glass and rail. Many of these towns – places not typically branded progressive – embrace these linear parks and realize their potential through bed & breakfasts, trailside ice cream and barbeque stands, repair shops, summer festivals, and charity events. In many cases, they have become focal points of the community.

A comprehensive network is congealing in Southwestern PA, the cornerstone of which is the Great Allegheny Passage – a 350-mile-plus network comprising of the Montour, Steel Valley, Three Rivers Heritage, Youghiogheny River, and Allegheny Highlands Trails. A patchwork of other trails is filling out the metro area as well. Notables include the Freeport-Butler Community, Ghost Town, Panhandle, and Armstrong Trails.

Two online resources are the best place when mapping your route. The state DCNR has an extensive site with an interactive map. You can use this to plan a trip, as well as get directions to trail heads and parking areas, and links to sites dedicated to certain trails. You can even get local weather.

The Allegheny Trail Alliance, stewards of the Great Allegheny Passage, offer a great knowledge base of trailheads, restaurants, lodging, campsites, and recreation for the Great Allegheny Passage. This site has been around for seven years, and is still one of the most comprehensive. I utilized it heavily when planning my Pgh-DC trip several years back.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Pittsburgh’s First Clothing Swap

SWAP & SHOP @ Pittsburgh’s First Citywide CLOTHING SWAP
Saturday, June 24
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Guest DJs
Brillobox – Corner of Penn and Main Streets in Lawrenceville
Bring your own clothes and swap for a bag – $2
OR no clothes to contribute? Just fill a bag – $5

All proceeds and remaining items will be donated to the Women’s Center
& Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Clean out your closet, remove clutter, and make a change. Anything you
have that you no longer use and is clean and presentable to wear is
Some Good Ideas:
Clothes you bought and never wore
Small stuff you bought while thinking “I’ll fit into this one day…”
Tragic shopping mistakes
Well worn and loved items that have exceeded their stay in the closet
Unloved gifts that you held on to out of obligation
Wash and sort your discards: women’s, men’s, & miscellaneous; tops,
sweaters, outerwear, shorts, pants, skirts, dresses, footwear, fabric,
(no underwear, please) Stains/holes a-ok (as long as they’re not too
gross)! There’s potential in everything.

Men, we need your clothing too!