'80s Bands Rock Out, Improv Star Stands Up

From ZZ Top to wienies, wine and baseball, we've got you covered this weekend.

Make the hair bigger: time for a classic rock weekend
In many ways, every Pittsburgh weekend is a classic rock weekend. Nary a day goes by without the guitar-heavy sounds of yesterday lighting up an amphitheater, rib festival, regatta, cruise or Pirates game. We love classic hits, and we’d prefer to hear them shirtless under the summer sun, thank you very much.

If that sort of thing is your idea of a good time, we’ve got two great options for you this weekend: Seminal bearded duo ZZ Top will play an outdoor show at Stage AE Friday night, bringing hits from a 40-year career to the North Side. The following night, Def Leppard will pour some sugar on fans at the First Niagara Pavilion; no offense to those British-power balladeers, but this is one of the shows where the opener will probably provide a better set, since the night will be kicked off by the reunited members of Heart.

(ZZ Top with Cadillac Black: Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. Friday; Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $30. Info, tickets: ticketmaster.com. Def Leppard with Heart: First Niagara Pavilion, 665 Route 18, Burgettstown. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $39-$125. Info, tickets: livenation.com)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/afterdark


Preposterously specific late-summer picks
It’s hard catering to everyone. I mean, I try to be broad and make weekend recommendations that will please every ‘Burgher, but sometimes it’s tough to keep things general. So, this week, I’m offering recommendations for preposterously specific sub-groups— from the motorcycle enthusiast who might also like dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack to the fan of watching non-spectator sports while eating pasta, and beyond. And if none of these classifications apply to you, pick one at random. Read more in After Dark.

“Who’s Line” star flexes solo muscle at the Pittsburgh Improv
Comic Greg Proops became best known for his stint on Drew Carey’s “Who’s Line is it Anyway?,” the show that introduced most of America to the madness of short-form improv games in the late ’90s. While Proops remains better known in the UK for a long series of TV hosting gigs, “Who’s Line” demonstrated Proops’ quick wit, likable characters and boundless enthusiasm for laughs. Those qualities certainly carry over to his stand-up efforts, which are just as irreverent and unique but well-crafted and precise. Check out Proops this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv.

(166 E. Bridge St., Waterfront. Fri., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m $20. Info and tickets: 412/462-5233, improv.com/comedyclub/pittsburgh)

In theaters: New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the 3-D remake no one asked for, Conan the Barbarian; Anne Hathaway breaking hearts over an incredibly long period of time in One Day; a more indie take on sci-fi in Another Earth; and yet another 3-D remake, this one of beloved ’80s horror camp-fest Fright Night. Pittsburgh magazine’s Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the WDVE Morning Show on Friday at 7:20 a.m to review Fright Night and One Day. Will Collier’s uncertainty over yet another beloved horror film getting the remake treatment make him declare a weepy romance the best pick this week? Find out on 102.5 FM.

Wienies, Wine and Baseball: Top-shelf wine lovers take on Zweigle’s white-hot wienies this Saturday at Dreadnought Wines at what promises to be one of the most unforgettable Pirates tailgates. After the crew is full of wine and wienies, they’ll board the Pittsburgh Water Limo and head over to PNC Park to cheer on the Buccos. READ MORE.

Captain’s Dinner Dance Cruise: View Pittsburgh from a different angle as you spend your evening aboard the Gateway Clipper enjoying dinner and drinks—and dancing. Offered every Saturday evening, this is a great way to look at the ‘Burgh from a different perspective. READ MORE.

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