A (Local) Trip to Japan at Phipps Conservatory

Visit Phipps Fall Flower Show for an un-spooky celebration of the season.




photo courtesy of phipps conservatory and botanical gardens

 


CELEBRATE THE SEASON (WITHOUT THE GHOULS AND GHOSTS)
The Halloween season is officially underway. Jack-o-lanterns, Katy Perry’s Left Shark costumes and repeated viewings of The Nightmare Before Christmas are great — but let’s face it. A person can take only so many haunted corn mazes, chainsaw-massacre pumpkin patches and zombie cider tastings. Looking for the peaceful-but-still-fun side of the season? Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has your back.

The Phipps Fall Flower Show houses a colorful collection of rooms dedicated to Kiku-no-hana, or Kiku, the Japanese name for the chrysanthemum, autumn’s poster-child blooming flower. The showcase features the flower’s Asian traditions and its importance to the Japanese culture. Explore the displays in the Palm Court, The Serpentine Room, the Sunken Garden and the Victoria Room. Open for the kids (and the kid in you) as well, Phipps’ Garden Railroad will present a miniature locomotive journey through the plots of fairy tales and fables.
(1 Schenley Park, Oakland; through Nov. 8; click here for more info)
— Lauralei Kraski, PM Editorial Intern

 


THE THRILL OF COMPETITION

A few years ago, large swaths of downtown Pittsburgh still could be regarded as untapped markets for a bar and restaurant. Competition was fierce on East Carson, on Forbes, on Butler and in dozens of other spots — but as recently as the mid-’00s, one could find oneself looking hard for a beer and a burger after dark in the Golden Triangle. With the continued ascent of Market Square and the Cultural District, however, that is no longer the case — so can a by-the-numbers gastropub hope to compete? This week, After Dark visits the new Market Square location of The Yard, first seen in Shadyside, to see if downtown’s stalwarts have a contender on their hands.

 

 


ROCK HALL MEMBER JORMA KAUKONEN PLAYS OAKLAND

Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, inducted in 1996 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane, may be one of the best guitarists to fly under the radar of broad public knowledge. The blues, rock and folk songwriter founded Jefferson Airplane spinoff Hot Tuna after the more iconic group split (and several members opted to press on as the decidedly less rockin’ Jefferson Starship). Since then, he’s released a bunch of acclaimed solo records and collaborated with the likes of David Crosby, Phil Lesh and the late Warren Zevon. He’ll be joined Sunday by blues picker Ernie Hawkins for an intimate show at Oakland’s Carnegie Lecture Hall (inside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History) presented by Calliope.
(4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; enter via Schenley Drive; 7:30 p.m.; click here for more info and tickets)
— Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor

 


IN THEATERS:
The locally-shot “Last Witch Hunter” arrives in area theaters this weekend, alongside the highly-anticipated biopic “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender, the live-action reboot of the “Jem and the Holograms” cartoon series, horror sequel “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and Bill Murray in “Rock the Casbah.” PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow on the 102.5-WDVE Morning Show to review “Steve Jobs.” Tune into 102.5-FM or DVE.com to hear Sean’s reviews!

The Reelabilities Film Festival, spotlighting films that explore issues related to physical and intellectual disabilities, begins tonight at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Click here for more info on the festival, presented by Jfilm. — S.C.

Tomorrow night at Arcade Comedy Theater, it’s another installment of the “live sitcom” The Sisters Sorella, presented by No Name Players. Click here for tickets.
— S.C.
 

 

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