Don't Look Down: Kennywood's Open

The hotly anticipated new coaster, the Black Widow, is still under construction, but who can resist potato patch fries?

Photo by Dave DiCello, HDR Exposed Photography

Don't Look Down: Kennywood's Really Open

Load up the minivan, apply the sunscreen and place any and all loose articles in the bins beside the ride; Kennywood’s open! Roller coasters, corn dogs and shooting galleries? Yup. Summer’s unofficially here.
The bad news is that the hotly anticipated new thrill ride, the imposing Black Widow, is still under construction. You’ll have to wait ’til later this month to get tossed around like a rag doll on that particular creation. The (very) good news, though, is that they’re letting half your family in for free this Sunday. Head to for a BOGO offer good this Sunday (or any other Sunday in May).

(4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. Opens at 10:30 a.m.; park open Sat.-Sun. and daily starting May 17. Park closes early and some rides are limited on May 13, 20 and 22; call for details. Check website for admission fees. Info: 412/461-0500,

Pick Up Flowers for Mom in Lawrenceville

Stop and smell the flowers this weekend in Lawrenceville! The Lawrenceville Blossom Tour will showcase plenty of fancy flora, but there’s much more to the weekend-long celebration than just petals. Art sales, demonstrations, yoga, special offers from local businesses, and more —  plus, free rides around the neighborhood from the folks at Green Gears Pedi Cabs! And hey, it’s Mother’s Day weekend —  either grab some gifts for mom on Saturday or bring her along on Sunday! 

(Throughout Lawrenceville, Sat.-Sun. Info:

Wings and Brews at Mount Washington's Bigham Tavern

Mount Washington’s Bigham Tavern, reopened and revitalized (with renovations ongoing) in the space formerly occupied by Kaib’s Bigham Street Tavern, has seemingly inspired a passionate following in its first year of business. With formidable wings, great beer and a welcoming environment, this corner bar is the rare neighborhood joint that gets just about everything right. Get the full story on a serious up-and-comer in this week’s edition of After Dark!

In Theaters:
As The Avengers destroy every movie in their path, only one new release is brazen enough to challenge the superhero romp for box-office dominance this weekend. Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, inspired by the cult classic TV serial of the same name, gives Burton fave Johnny Depp another chance to glower in period clothing. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review Dark Shadows; he was excited about it because he thought he had invented the term “glampire” to describe Depp’s character, but it turns out there’s a goth singer from New York with that moniker. Oh well. Tune in to 102.5-FM or tomorrow morning to hear Sean’s review!
Tomorrow, the American Heart Association hosts the Pittsburgh Go Red for Women Luncheon and Conference at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. The event offers a health fair from 9 a.m.-noon and will include screenings for blood pressure, bone density and other important health matters. For more information, visit

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