Eric Lidji, who draws "Public Notices," is also an archivist and writer. He explores a corner of Pittsburgh's 1980s public-art scene in a talk Saturday at the Heinz History Center. Details in Program Notes.
In advance of Ringling Bros.' annual visit, ringmaster Andre McClain talks about his family's heritage as African-American cowboys and more. Danielle Fox has the interview in Program Notes.
The National Aviary hosts Eagles at the Front, a day-long bus tour to observe the annual fall migration of golden eagles.
The site is the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, located east of Pittsburgh on a hill high above the Bedford Valley (near Center City, in Bedford County). The tour is led by National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill, who will discuss the migration habits of eagles and hawks and more.
Other raptors you might see include northern harriers, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, Cooper’s Hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and merlins. The site alone is spectacular, with panoramic views for miles.
The chartered bus leaves the Aviary at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday and returns about 5:30 p.m. The tour is all-ages, and a boxed lunch, snacks and water are included in the price (but bring your own folding lawn chairs or blankets).
Tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for children 12 and under.
Some of the ticket price benefits the Aviary itself, and part of it is donated to the Allegheny Plateau Audobon Society, which maintains the Hawk Watch site. The tour's rain date is Nov. 8.
Register at 412-258-9463 or email Audrey.Beichner@aviary.org.
A quick heads-up on an event we previewed in this week's paper: Tig Notaro, the comedian known for her Professor Blastoff podcast, This American Life appearances and frank discussion of her experiences with cancer, will be appearing for only one show Saturday night at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, not two, as previously scheduled. The early show has been canceled, but the later appearance is still on.
The new schedule has doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 9:30. Promoter Drusky Entertainment plans to honor tickets for the early show at the late show. More info and ticket information available at Drusky's site. Any questions can be directed to Drusky via their website or Twitter.
Jerry Weber never met a record he wouldn't buy.
So this weekend, he's giving away as many as 25,000 of them. For free.
The catch? You'll have to accept a sealed box of 100 records — limit one box per person — and take whatever you get.
Now that the boomers are dying,"I just get calls every single day from all over the tristate area. I give them a few bucks for the records I can use, then I give the rest away."
These giveaways, Weber says, are only going to get more frequent.
Weber estimates about 75 percent of the records he gives away are "playable" — especially if they're less poplar. That Jane Fonda workout album, for instance: definitely playable. A popular Zeppelin album, not so much.
Weber sees the giveaway as a kind of charity. The boxes and labor costs mean he loses money on the venture, though he hopes to make some of it up with increased traffic in the store.
"I buy everything — the good, the bad and the ugly," Weber says. "I’m a weirdo, I can’t throw records in a dumpster."
The giveaway starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
Jerry's Records. 2136 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412-421-4533
Today’s City Paper includes a preview item about tomorrow’s Off the Record XIV: Mysteries of Pittsburgh! , the long-running musical-comedy spoof that local stage performers, media types and even some real live politicians put on for a worthy cause (this year, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank).
Another option is tonight’s special preview performance of the show at the Byham Theater, benefiting another worthy group. Same cast, same material, but the proceeds help out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Since 1965, BBBS has sought to help children facing adversity by putting them in professionally supported one-on-one relationships with adult volunteers.
Tickets for the preview show are $25. A $50 VIP ticket includes a pre-show event at nearby Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine, including hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and live music, and preferred seating at the Byham.
The show itself starts at 8 p.m. More info is here.
With the midterm elections approaching, the advocates for women's health care host an event at The Andy Warhol Museum. Danielle Fox has details in Program Notes.
A production company is looking for former football players to cast in this major film. You'll need to hit the field at Bethel Park High School this Saturday. Danielle Fox has details in Program Notes.
Fashion Week events continue around town through Sunday. A dispatch from last night's runway show by Danielle Fox is in Program Notes.
If you’ve been craving an opportunity to wear a suit of armor, talk like Hamlet and eat giant turkey legs without fear of being judged by others, the final weekend of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival may be what you're looking for.
The festival, which started August 23rd, ends Saturday and Sunday with its annual Oktoberfest celebration. The festival runs from both days from 10:30 a.m. to 6 pm. in West Newton (about 50 minutes from downtown). Details on location, prices and a list of events can be found here.
It’s also a great place to use all of that Monty Python dialog that you’ve spent years memorizing.
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