(Things to do while… Oh who am I kidding? You’re all going to St. Vincent’s this weekend anyway.)
HEY ALL! Git Aht got one o’ them electronic mail accounts, so if you have an event you’d like to let us know about send it on down the line to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions should be in by, oh, let’s say Thursday at high noon. No promise is made that it’ll make the list, but at least we’ll know about it, and knowing is half the battle. Yo Joe!
Friday, July 28
Exposure: Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., Z Lounge, South Side
Flickr is one of those big time Web 2.0 sites, got all kinds of cool web technology, and all the kids love it. One of the cooler aspects is the ability to create groups, where people can post up shots of whatver it is that they’re interested in. One of these groups, a quite popular one, is dedicated to Pittsburgh. Well, the last Friday of every month, they get together for a show opening, featuring a photographer that is usually from Pittsburgh. This month, Mark Knobil gets the call. Mark is a world traveler, just returned from shooting in China, a cinematographer as well, having worked with NOVA and National Geographic, and shooting just about everywhere you can think of. Git Aht likes the event because in addition to the great work presented by a fellow Pittsburgher, people drink at these things, cause, y’know, it’s at a bar. So, if your idea of a good time is to see the creative class whooping it up, this is a good place to start. Bonus Points: Mark has worked with Scott Baio. Ferreals.
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 8:00 p.m. City Theater, South Side
When both the critics and the composers who work with them give praise, they must be doing something right. PNME has a great pricing structure too: 20 bucks to get in, unless you’re a senior, then it’s 10, unless you’re a student, then it’s pay-what-you-can, unless you’re a first time visitor, then it’s free, unless you bring a first time visitor, then it’s 10 bucks for you and still free for your first-timer friend. If that’s the case, I’d make my friend put up 5 bucks, it’s only fair. This weekend they perform “Soldier Songs” by composer David T. Little.
Omar Abdul’s BIG FUN, 10:00 p.m., Shadow Lounge
4 DJs, 3 Bands, 2 Filmmakers, and 2 Artists. No partridge in a pear tree. Also, they promise “3 Rooms of ignorant fun”, so how could you go wrong? The event is co-sponsored by the League Of Young Voters, which is way better than the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Get there at 9 for Flamenco. Arriba!
Saturday, July 29
Dollar Bank Jamboree, 3:00 p.m., Point State Park
What’s a Saturday in Pittsburgh without fireworks? I’ll tell ya what it is, it’s a waste of bloody time, is what it is. This thing actually kicks off at 7 in the blessed AM with a fishing tournament, but the bands don’t start until 3ish. Trisha Yearwood is the headliner, which means she plays right before the fireworks start, but local country rockers and Big Ben favorites the Povertyneck Hillbillies take the stage at 5:30.
Jam On Walnut, 7:00 p.m., Walnut Street, Shadyside
Come, children, and listen to the Spin Doctors play music on a portable stage set up next to Doc’s. Relax, drink beer, walk along the street looking at baubles displayed in store windows as you sip beer from a plastic cup. Tasty? You bet. We’re big fans of drinking, of course, but we’re even bigger fans of drinking for a cause. To have said beer, you must pay 2 dollars to get into the drinking area. (Drinking area? The whole world’s a drinking area if you’re motivated enough.) This 2 dollars goes toward the Cystc Fibrosis Foundation.
Sunday, July 30
Rusted Root, 5:30 p.m., Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Station Square
“Jam band Suvivors” and local legends return as part of their Summer tour. They do a great live show, and a homecoming should be even better, cause, y’know, their parents’ll probably be there, and you always try harder if mom’s watching.
Festival In The Park, 3:00 p.m., Flagstaff Hill
A fund-raiser for Child Relief & You which supports projects for underprivileged children in India and the United States. DJ Adam MacGregor starts spinning the Bollywood and Bhangra at 3, local band Chai Baba comes on at 6:30. If you like Inidan food, this is probably a pretty good place to get it, and economical too as meals will be available for under 10 bucks. The whole thing wraps up with…
Flick: Gandhi, 9ish, Flagstaff Hill
He fought for freedom, you watch his life story for free. This is a great movie about a great man, but this flick is long, over three hours long, so don’t, y’know, drink too much during your tailgate party beforehand. Do I have to spell this out for you?