Eat and Play Green at Seven Springs

Plus Bocktown expands further into the 'burbs and local poets take part in a global event.

Seven Springs photo by DanWendell on Flickr

Eat and Play Green at Seven Springs
Hiking with llamas. Investigating sports cars that get 100 miles to the gallon. Nibbling on heirloom tomatoes. Foraging for food in the wild. Learning how to begin an all-green remodel of your home. Building walls out of straw. Starting an at-home farm with small-scale livestock and an organic garden. These are the activities you had planned for your Seven Springs trip, right?

No? Well, then you’re going to have to get up there early this weekend. In addition to the normal skiing, golfing and general scenery-gazing, you can register for the second-annual Mother Earth News Fair. The event boasts more than 150 indoor and outdoor events, workshops, and demonstrations that will show you the frontiers of a green lifestyle—and may well leave you wanting to take a llama home with you. Register in events for cheaper tickets, and bring the kids—anyone 17 and under gets in free!

(777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs. Sat.-Sun., all day. Weekend passes: $25, in advance; $30, at the gate. One-day passes: $15, in advance; $20, at the gate; children 17 and under, free. Info, tickets: 800/234-3368,

After Dark: Bocktown Expands, But Not in the Direction You’d Think
When faced with a desirable destination in the ‘Burbs, we collectively hold out hope that they will eventually relocate a bit closer to downtown. Such has long been the case with beloved Robinson institution Bocktown Beer and Grill. One of the region’s flagship spots for beer snobs, the restaurant has long convinced city folk to venture through the maze of The Point at North Fayette in search of bold infusions, great local food and a welcoming, good time. And when they finally did announce plans for a second location this year, it was determined that the new branch would emerge in … Monaca. Bit of a shock, but it’s still worth the drive. Read more in After Dark!

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Join us Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Rivers Club of downtown’s One Oxford Centre for the One Breath at a Time “A Night of Masquerade” Gala to raise awareness and funds for lung disease education and research. Enjoy dinner and drinks, live and silent auction, entertainment, and more. Help the American Lung Association make a difference. For details visit

Poets by the Boatload
The folks at 100 Thousand Poets for Change weren’t messing around when they began planning the largest poetry reading in history. Readings will take place simultaneously in 450 cities and 95 countries around the world—from Kabul to Kansas City—ranging from coffee-shop gatherings to major cultural events in city centers. Pittsburgh’s entry will take place at Hemingway’s in Oakland; an all-star lineup of performers includes Phat Man Dee, Vanessa German, Christiane Leach and PM’s own Kristofer Collins, and an open mic will follow. If you can’t make it to Hemingway’s, check out webcasts of events worldwide on the 100 TPC website.

(Hemingway’s, 3911 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Sat., 8-10 p.m. Free. Info:

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Come to Bakery Square this Saturday (5-9 p.m.) for Bakery U, the ultimate orientation for students and residents. One Sweet Burgh, the city's top Dave Matthews Band tribute, will perform Saturday. The BkSq Sunday Marketplace (noon-4 p.m.) will feature I Made It! Market artists, and catch a live performance by the Abby Lee Dance Co., the group featured on hit TV show "Dance Moms." For more info, visit

In Theaters This Weekend
New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include Brad Pitt talkin’ baseball in Moneyball, Morgan Freeman talkin’ dolphins in A Dolphin Tale, Taylor Lautner talkin’ kidnapping in Abduction (filmed in Pittsburgh!) and Robert de Niro talkin’ violence in Killer Elite.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Head down to CONSOL Energy Center this Saturday to bob your heads and sing along to some "Old Time Rock & Roll."  You're sure to have a rockin' time! READ MORE.

Leading Ladies Auction Gala: Put on your finest mask and gown, and sail away to Venice for the night as you help honor the "leading ladies" of Pittsburgh at this eighth-annual masquerade. READ MORE.

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