Cinema Under the Stars
PMWeekend: The city's popular Cinema in the Park series has expanded to eight locations this summer.
GET SOME CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
As much as the multiplex provides a comfy escape from the summer heat, it’s not too easy on the wallet. Ticket prices have inflated up to around $10 — and that’s just the beginning. Want to see it in 3-D? That’ll be extra. IMAX? Upcharge. Want some elbow room? Premium seating is extra. Oh, and you’re hungry? Please try to ignore the prices above the concession stand; just hand over your credit card and brace yourself.
So why not catch a flick in a beautiful setting for free? The city’s Cinema in the Park series has expanded to eight locations this year, and they’re all great places to see a movie. Bring a date, bring the family, heck — bring the dogs! This weekend, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog makes the rounds through town: tonight at Brookline Memorial Park, Friday at Arsenal Park, Saturday at Grandview Park and Sunday at Flagstaff Hill. Not in the mood for a family feature? Academy Award-winner The Help plays Saturday night on Observatory Hill.
(Full schedule and info HERE)
—PM Associate Editor Sean Collier
MERCURY'S ADAM SIVITZ GOES SOLO, FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Long-standing local rockers Mercury have built a consistent following over ten years of packing local venues. The band’s drummer, Adam Sivitz, wanted to branch out from the successful outfit, however, and recently released his debut solo effort, Under a Blueberry Moon — an album he calls “the ultimate rhythmic experience.” Now, as Mercury gears up for an opening gig with rock legends Boson at Stage AE, After Dark checks in with Sivitz about his wide-ranging sonic interests and ideas.
A UNIQUE RESIDENCY AT THE ICE HOUSE
When it comes to artistic talent, it seems most people fall into one of two categories: Either you’re someone who struggles with stick figures (like most of us), or you’re the next Pablo Picasso. Anastas Konstantinov is definitely among the latter. The renowned European artist, whose work is revered and admired all over the world, has officially opened a gallery in Pittsburgh. Konstantinov’s reputation stems from his unique ability to insert symbolism, mysticism, and iconographic riddles into his seemingly ever-evolving paintings.
With pieces in the Museum of Modern Art and numerous European museums, it’s quite remarkable that Konstantinov chose Pittsburgh to showcase his “U.S. Project,” in which he aims to expand his American audience. Before, you’d have to cross the pond; now, just make an appointment at the Ice House Artist Studios in Lawrenceville to catch a glimpse of his one-of-a-kind, vibrant works.
(Full info at anastasgalleryusa.com)
—PM Editorial Intern Caitlyn Kronket
In Theaters: There’s a little something for everyone in theaters this weekend. Feel like a laugh? Try The Campaign, with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Need some action? The Bourne Legacy replaces Matt Damon with Jeremy Renner. Are you a young romantic? Indie romcom Ruby Sparks is here for you. Not-so-young romantic? How about Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs. None of the above? Well, we can only do so much for you. In any case, PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review The Campaign and The Bourne Legacy. He’s a longtime fan of Jeremy Renner, and he’s pretty sure that Zach Galifianakis can do no wrong, so he considers it a good week. Tune in to 102.5-FM or DVE.com for Sean’s reviews!
This weekend offers a chance for some fun with the whole clan. The Northland Public Library is hosting the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, which offers free story time for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more.
During the 18th century, inhabitants at Fort Pitt didn’t exactly have range cooktops and convection ovens to work with. This Saturday, Aug. 11, the Fort Pitt Museum is hosting Food at the Fort, which will feature demonstrations on how the occupants hunted, fished and gardened to satisfy their hunger. Admission priced at $5 for adults and just $3 for kids 6-17, so you can indulge in a meal (the modern way) later. Click here for more.