Hit the City for Fashion, Dancing and More

“Project Pop-Up: Fashion” brings a one-time-only bazaar of clothing and accessories

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Sure, you’ve already been downtown for festivals, Pirates games and concerts this summer — but it’ll be frigid before you know it, so come back already! We are in the midst of a wide-ranging birthday celebration, as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership celebrates its 20th anniversary via a weeklong series of events. Celebrate Downtown, which began Monday, continues through this weekend with a diverse lineup.

Tomorrow, “Project Pop-Up: Fashion” brings a one-time-only bazaar of clothing and accessories to Market Square from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meanwhile, the owners of forthcoming Point Park restaurant Hundred Wood will host a picnic for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register (and pick your meal) here. Sign up here for a series of free downtown tours throughout the day Saturday and then stick around for an evening concert by the Joel Lindsey Trio in Market Square. On Sunday, feel free to wander as Open Streets Pittsburgh closes down a chunk of downtown from 8 a.m.-noon for a variety of family-friendly activities. For more events, check out the full agenda on the PDP website.

(Some events require ticket or pre-registration; for full schedule and info, click here)

While we hate to cast any civic difficulty as unsolvable, we’re pretty confident on one point: There never will be a clear-cut winner in the endless pizza war between Mineo’s and Aiello’s. The two Squirrel Hill staples forever will have their devotees and forever be worthy competitors in the battle for pie supremacy. We are, however, very interested in the latest offensive in this conflict: Mineo’s has opened a bar, giving ’Burghers a one-stop spot for the perfect combination of pizza and beer. The brew-happy side of Mineo’s is put through the Bar Exam in this week’s edition of After Dark!

Speaking of downtown, the local lore experts at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation have a slew of walking tours designed to fill in the blanks on your ’Burgh knowledge. Each Friday, they offer a free guided tour of downtown sites starting at noon — the perfect way to liven up a lunch break. This month’s jaunt points history’s lens at Grant Street and Mellon Square, covering some of the city’s most historic buildings and landmarks; more info is here, and a phone RSVP is suggested. Like what you see? Come back next month for the a tour of downtown’s bridges and shores.

(412/471-5808 ext. 527 to register; more info here)

IN THEATERS: If nothing else, it’ll be an adult affair: Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in the raunch comedy “Sex Tape,” in theaters this Friday. Elsewhere, one of last year’s horror hits gets a quick sequel in “The Purge: Anarchy.” Looking for a familiar title? The theme of the week at Row House Cinema is “Tragical Magical,” with screenings of films such as “Edward Scissorhands,” “Big Fish” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

On Sunday, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” pianist Laura Hall and her husband, Second City alum Rick Hall, will teach two workshops on musical improvisation at Arcade Comedy Theater. They’ll also perform at 7 p.m. the same night. More info here.

Learn how to walk — or at least balance — on water this Sunday at North Park Lake, as Visit Pittsburgh offers a stand-up paddleboarding course. Info here

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