Have a Rough Saturday With the Steel City Derby Demons

This weekend, get down and derby, take a late summer getaway or enjoy all things red, ripe and roasted.

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Have a rough Saturday with the Steel City Derby Demons
Pittsburgh is the proud home to a tight-knit group of roller derby teams under the umbrella of the Steel City Derby Demons. Four teams represent Pittsburgh around the country, bringing a ‘Burgh sensibility (the main squad is called The Steel Hurtin’) to the violent (yet nuanced) sport. As you might imagine, though, there are no TV revenues, no lucrative merchandise deals—and no local advertisements featuring roller girls endorsing their favorite used-car dealership. So, derby teams are always scrounging for the cash to travel to games and pay the bills.

You can help out this weekend, though, at “A Black Eye Affair: Steel City Derby Demons Art Auction Fundraiser,” taking place Saturday night at ModernFormations Gallery. In addition to the auction, featuring 30 one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists—and a few by the Demons themselves—there will be complimentary drinks from Boyd and Blair Vodka and food from Avenue B, the Square Cafe and Burgatory. Space is limited, so register now!

(ModernFormations Gallery, 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. Sat., 7-11 p.m. $25, individual; $40, couple. Info, tickets: steelcityderbydemons.com)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/afterdark

Time for your last late-summer getaway
As the summer winds down, the children return to school, Sundays revert to informal football holidays and outdoor seating becomes a less appealing option, one is inclined to cling to the last vestiges of sunlight and carefree relaxation. Soon, we will be wrapped in Snuggies and thinking about installing a fireplace; now, though, we’re hoping that the temperature will stay above 80 long enough to get a bit more August in. Which means it’s perhaps your last good weekend for a quick summer road trip. Check out After Dark for three suggestions for your late-August reprieve. Pack that neck pillow and throw together a few mix CDs!

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Things get tasty at Phipps
Harvest time is coming, and that means darn good food from here through Thanksgiving. This weekend, you’ll get a fine chance to start your autumnal feasting, courtesy of the folks at Phipps Conservatory. The annual Red, Ripe and Roasted festival of garlic and tomatoes starts at 11 a.m. this Sunday, and if you’ve been there before, you know not to eat breakfast before arriving. A plethora of garlic-and-tomato creations will be available, along with a garlic roast, cooking demonstrations, family activities and the ever-popular tomato contest.

Feeling hungry? Want to add some fresh garlic to every meal you cook this week? You’re in luck: There will be a full farmers market on hand for all of your home-cooking needs. Bring a bag of fresh produce, which will be given to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and admission is free!

(One Schenley Park, Oakland. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with donation of fresh produce. Info: 412/622-6914, phipps.conservatory.org)

In theaters: New movies coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the pleasant-looking Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother, the tense-looking horror yarn Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and the violent-looking action romp Colombiana, with Zoe Saldana. Pittsburgh magazine Film Editor Sean Collier is so excited that a movie called Shark Night 3D is coming out next weekend that he’s taking this one off from appearing on WDVE, but the safe bet is probably Our Idiot Brother.

All Time Low: Rocking out to live music in the great outdoors is as good as it gets. Check out All Time Low, with special guests The Starting Line and Cartel at Stage AE’s outdoor venue. READ MORE.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival: Great entertainment, medieval games, roasted turkey legs and jousting are on the lineup at this year’s Renaissance Festival. Grab your friends, dress up in some medieval garb and step back in time. READ MORE.

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