Go Tannin at the Original Fish Market's Wine Tasting Event

Plus six films open in town and the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Gets 'Earnest.'

Wine and fish pairings: tasting at the Original Fish Market

If you’re like me, the world of wine is somewhat confusing. You know that reds are red, whites are white and one goes in the fridge while the other doesn’t. Beyond that, you may be lost. The traditional way to learn more, of course, is with a tasting; tomorrow, the Original Fish Market has a great one for you.

Starting at 5 p.m., the downtown institution will be offering a selection of wines from its impressive, worldwide collection to help you figure out a bit more about your varietals and pairings. Hors d’ouevres will be thrown in—and from a place as tasty as the Fish Market, that alone should be enough to get you in the door. And the best part: Admittance is a mere $10. RSVP to shiah.richardson@westin.com or 412/227-3657, and be sure to eat a light lunch on Friday!

(Original Fish Market, 1000 Penn Ave., downtown. $10. Fri., 5 p.m. Info: 877/EAT-FISH, theoriginalfishmarket.com)
-Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/afterdark

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Who’s seeing what this weekend

After a summer dominated mainly by one gargantuan movie release after another, we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed by robots, wizards and superheroes. Fortunately, a beautiful thing has returned to local movie theaters: choice. At least six new films debut in the ‘Burgh this weekend, and After Dark has a handy guide on who’s going to be buying a ticket to what. Plus, drink pairings! What—you thought drink pairings were just for food? No, sir! We could do drink pairings for anything. We could pair whiskey with sitcoms. (Hmm … future column idea?) Anyway, check out After Dark for the cinematic rundown!

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PICT Brings A Fresh Take on ‘Earnest’

The adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest currently being mounted by Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre requires a little explaining. See, there’s a framework at hand: It opens with an older Wilde drinking the night away in a French cafe, reflecting on his finest work. As he glances at the young waiters surrounding him, he imagines that they are the characters, and the play begins. As such, the cast is entirely male, with Wilde himself taking the juicy role of Lady Bracknell.

It’s a reinvigorating take on a timeless work of comedy, and Wilde’s hilarious setup still stands just fine on its own. This production played to sold-out audiences for two seasons at Dublin’s Abbey Theater, and PICT has imported director Conall Morrison and actor Alan Stanford (in the Wilde/Bracknell role) for this revival. In a packed summer for Pittsburgh theater, this may be the can’t-miss show.

(Charity Randall Theater, Stephen Foster Memorial Building, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $48-$50; seniors, $46-48; 25 years and younger, $20 with valid ID. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Additional performances through Aug. 27. Info, tickets: 412/394-3353, proartstickets.org)

In theaters this weekend:
As detailed in After Dark, a boatload of new movies are debuting in Pittsburgh this weekend. The list contains (but is not limited to) bestseller adaptation The Help, comedy 30 Minutes or Less, horror franchise flick Final Destination 5, horse film Buck, and, of course, Glee! The 3-D Concert Movie.

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