Adults Only at Carnegie Science Center
For the center's latest installment of its 21+ Night, expect lots of dazzling glass demos, music from local pop outfit Balloon Ride Fantasy and cool exhibitions.
MUSIC, GLASS, SCIENCE AND SLOTS (NO KIDS ALLOWED)
It’s time we ’Burghers took a stand: We will no longer cede control of landmarks popular with children to, well, children. Kennywood is as much fun for grown-ups as it is for tots! The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a treasure of conservation and knowledge for adults and young’uns alike. And we want to tear with excitement through the Carnegie Science Center without inadvertently trampling any 8-year-olds!
While we haven’t figured out a way to keep the under-21s out of Kennywood just yet, we can help you on that last point. The Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night provides an opportunity for adults to experience roboworld, SpacePlace and all of its other fascinating exhibits without pint-sized interruption. This installment also features a demonstration from the Pittsburgh Glass Center and catchy, atmospheric live music from the very-cool local pop outfit Balloon Ride Fantasy. Plus, all attendees can continue the night at Rivers Casino with $15 of free slot play.
(One Allegheny Ave., North Shore; Friday, 6-10 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 day of event; 412/237-3400, carnegiesciencecenter.org)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor
THE HEADKEEPER IS A MUST-VISIT IN GREENSBURG
We like Greensburg. I mean, we’re not moving, but as quaint towns on the periphery of the greater Pittsburgh area go, it’s a gem. We like the Palace Theatre; we like Warp Zone. While we’ve had good meals and drinks in Greensburg before, we’ve found our new go-to. The Headkeeper offers hundreds of beers from around the world — you’re encouraged to stare at the shining wall of bottles and select for yourself — and an innovative tapas menu that combines pub grub with European-inspired choices. For a full review, check out this week’s edition of After Dark!
I SPY A BAD MUSICAL
We all know that some movies are just plain awful. Some are so bad that you may feel a little bit better (or worse) about yourself once they end. All in all, it’s usually fairly entertaining to pick apart everything that’s so terribly wrong with the picture. The ToonSeum knows that sometimes there is “something magical about watching something awesomely bad.” That’s why it conjured up Bad Movie Night for the 18-and-up crowd, complete with free popcorn and drinks. Catch the third installment tonight at 7 p.m. for an unnamed spy musical. No, we can’t tell you the film name; you’ll need to wait until you’re there to find out. Nonmembers get to see the movie and access the museum for $10; members get in for $5.
(945 Liberty Ave., downtown; 412/232-0199, toonseum.org)
—Krystal Hare, PM Fact-Checker
IN THEATERS: A funny thing happened on the way to the cinema this weekend. Originally, Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated The Wolf of Wall Street was scheduled for release tomorrow; in October, though, it was delayed until Christmas Day. Almost no one wanted to compete with Scorsese, so things are quiet; the only new release hitting Pittsburgh screens is The Best Man Holiday, the sequel to the 1999 romcom The Best Man. If that’s not your flavor, it’s a fine weekend to catch up on some of the fine recent releases you may have missed — including 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips or The Counselor. —S.C.
Catch a twist on Euripides’ Hecuba, a story originally rooted in Greek mythology and the times of the Trojan War, at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. —K.H.
On Saturday, The Harv at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will welcome Loretta Lynn, country-music legend of 50 years and counting. —K.H.