Be a Night Owl at the National Aviary
Head in for the 21-and-up night to experience the sights, sounds and tastes.
Tonight, the 21-and-up crowd can enjoy National Aviary at Night — an opportunity for nighttime bird watching at half the price of daytime admission. Purchase a seasonal nightcap from the cash bar and grab some fare from Atria’s Kookaburra Kitchen before experiencing the night’s sights and sounds.
The menu features such dishes as hummus and tabouleh, sherry crab bisque and smoked salmon grilled cheese. Exhibits include the ever-popular “Penguin Point,” where 16 African “jackass” penguins bray, swim and waddle into your heart; and the newer “Canary’s Call” that brings the colorful bird’s history to life while offering an up-close view of the Malayan Flying Fox. Provide a receipt from a North Side or North Shore restaurant to receive a $2 discount on your admission fee.
[Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St., North Side; 5-9 p.m.; free for members, $6.50 non-members; 412/323-7235, aviary.org]
—Krystal Hare, PM Fact-Checker
OAKLAND’S RETRO-STYLE NIGHTLIFE ANTIDOTE
The mention of “an Oakland bar” in any conversation about drinking conjures up a barrage of mental imagery — endless shot pitchers, the latest track from Pitbull, sticky floors and no respite from any of the above. A single trip to Butterjoint, however, might turn that bit of conventional wisdom upside-down. In fact, Oakland might be the first neighborhood that comes to mind next time you’re looking for a place to have a cocktail and unwind. PM Editorial Intern John Lavanga puts Butterjoint through the Bar Exam in this week’s edition of After Dark!
PITTSBURGH’S MASTER DRUMMER HITS THE BIG SCREEN
World-class jazz drummer and Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries has played alongside musical greats for more than 50 years. He’s now getting the big-screen bio treatment in “Roger Humphries: Pass it On,” a documentary directed by Billy Jackson that is set to premiere Saturday night at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In addition to a black-tie gala screening of the film — and a jam session, which will feature standouts from CAPA High School — the post-film awards ceremony features event co-chairs Mayor Bill Peduto and MCG founder Bill Strickland. If you’ve attended jazz performances in Pittsburgh, you know what Humphries can do; come out Saturday to hear the whole story.
Tomorrow at dusk the Market Square Public Art Program’s free inaugural showcase debuts “Congregation,” an “interactive kinetic video and sound installation for pedestrian performers” created by U.K.-based duo KMA. The installation is on view through March 16. —K.H.
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co. welcomes 12 Peers Theater performers for Glen Berger's “Underneath The Lintel,” in which a librarian explores fate, miracles and mysteries as he travels the world in search of a 113-year overdue book offender. Catch one of the final shows, scheduled Monday through Wednesday. —K.H.