Enjoy Beer and Books 'After Hours' at Carnegie Library

Plus, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs an 'Uncommon' show and Rivers Casino's penny slots offer cheap thrills.

'After Hours' photo by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Learn Something This Valentine's Day at the Carnegie Library

One does not expect to gain any knowledge on a Valentine’s date. The lovers’ holiday is a prime opportunity for fun, romance, entertainment, intimacy and a damn fine meal; education, though, is usually left at home for the evening. Enter the Carnegie Library, which would like to make it clear that you can successfully combine romance and intellect, at least within its walls.

“After Hours @ The Library” is a special 21-and-over happy hour set for tomorrow, just after regular library hours. Couples (and singles) who make it to the Oakland branch are in for cocktails from Wigle Whiskey and beer from Full Pint Brewing, a live jazz trio fronted by saxophonist Tony Campbell, complimentary sweets from around the region, special tours of the library’s fascinating Oliver Special Collections room, and more. The main event, though, is the mysterious “Live Action Candy Land;” the library is staying vague on the details, but with a name like “Live Action Candy Land” and the assurance that prizes await if you can make it to the Candy Castle, what more do you need to know? Save the candlelit dinner for Tuesday—tomorrow, educate!

(4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Fri., 6:30-9 p.m. $30. Info: clpgh.org/events/programs/afterhours)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor

Penny Slots and You

In my continuing exploration of the Rivers Casino, that grand hall of everlasting nightlife on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, I've long since realized that the one-cent slot machines are the key to an extended visit. If you’re passing through en route to a game or killing off a few bucks after dinner, you can find larger wagers to make; those looking to plan a trip to the casino, however, would be wise to prolong their journey with the aid of tiny bets on the endless parade of video slots. In this week’s After Dark, we’ll play a quick game of our own: What does your machine of choice say about you? Everyone from mobsters to butterflies is represented in After Dark!

PBT Performs 'Uncommon' Show

While choreographer Mark Morris’ works are familiar to local audiences, the three-movement Maelstrom (1994), set to a Beethoven score, is a new addition to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s repertoire. A blend of ballet, folk dance and gymnastics propels seven couples, clad in burgundy-colored evening attire, through formations and recurring patterns accentuated with flexed feet or hands. Programming, which includes live musical accompaniment, features Dwight Rhoden’s Bach-driven world premiere and Brahms' Quintet (1969) by Dennis Nahat.

(PBT's "Uncommon" at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., downtown. Through Feb. 12. Tickets & times: 412/456-6666, pbt.org)
—Karen Dacko, PM Dance Editor

In Theaters This Weekend:
It’s a packed weekend at the multiplex, with the release of the Channing Tatum/Rachel McAdams Valentine’s Day bait The Vow; Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds trading steely glares in Safe House; The Rock and company returning to the center of the earth, or something, in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Plus, the Pittsburgh premiere of the controversial Shame and the 3-D re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review Safe House and The Vow. Guess which one he’s looking forward to more. Get the full report Friday morning on 102.5 FM or DVE.com!
Hair Peace Charities will host its seventh annual Recipe for Hope fundraiser Saturday at the Mayernik Center on Camp Horne Road. Culinary delights prepared by local celebrities, a “pink-tini” bar, live music and a silent auction will add to this memorable evening. READ MORE
Tomorrow, hop aboard the 'Burgh Brewery Tour with Molly's Trolleys. Enjoy an outing full of local brewery samples, information about Pittsburgh's ever-changing beer industry, themed music and prizes on this one-of-a-kind tour. READ MORE

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