Make a Splash: Slide the City Arrives in Pittsburgh
If you didn't yet purchase tickets for this weekend's waterslide fun, act quickly.
PHOTOS COURTESY SLIDE THE CITY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
THE SLIP’N SLIDE HAS EVOLVED, AND IT’S COMING TO PITTSBURGH
After a rainy week, it looks like we’re finally getting a sunny weekend to kick off June — just as the world’s largest water slide comes to town. Dubbed “The Slide,” the 1,000-foot-long monstrosity (more than three football fields) turns an innocent backyard activity into an extreme sports event. It’s the highlight of Slide the City, a touring event set to glide through the Sunny Slopes in South Park on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday is sold out, so only late-registration tickets are left for Sunday’s event. It’s worth the investment – even if you don’t plan on conquering “The Slide,” there’ll be live music, food and drinks to enjoy. Not to mention, you’ll be saving lives with your ticket — a portion of Slide the City’s proceeds goes to Generosity.org, a nonprofit organization that provides clean water to third-world countries. A few must-knows before you strap on your bathing suit: If you’re bringing kids, they must be more than 46 inches tall and at least age 5 to ride. Wear shoes, keep your pets at home and bring your GoPro and/or selfie stick (it’s encouraged). For other questions, head to the FAQ page. Slide on, Pittsburgh.
(Sunny Slopes, South Park; noon-5 p.m.; click here for tickets and more info)
— Brady Langmann, PM Editorial Intern
THREE RIVERS ARTS FEST MUSIC HEADLINERS ARE AS AWESOME AS EVER
The lineup of world-class talent brought in for headlining gigs at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is always dazzling, and 2015 is far from an exception. Under any other circumstances, you’d pay good money to see the likes of Richard Thompson, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and Alvvays — but thanks to the arts festival, you can see all of them and many more for free. And you can get some ridiculous carnival food while you’re at it. For a rundown of this year’s headliners, check out this week’s edition of After Dark!
THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BLOCK PARTY WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON ANY BLOCK
Few can deny the charm of the summer block party, and yet many must miss out on this proud tradition simply because they don’t live on a festive block. Fortunately, there are events such as this Saturday’s Block Party at the Woodlands to accommodate all. For a $35 ticket, guests will get live music from Good Brother Earl, beer from The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, a food-truck roundup and more. Better yet: It’s all in support of The Woodlands, a camp facility that creates programming designed for children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. A fine reason for a block party — no particular address required.
(134 Shenot Road, Wexford; 4-7 p.m.; click here for tickets and more info)
— Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor
IN THEATERS: Long after it would’ve (sort of) been a big deal, the big-screen adaptation of HBO’s comedy series “Entourage” arrived yesterday in theaters. No, we’re not sure why it came out on a Wednesday either. Tomorrow, the spoof “Spy,” from “Bridesmaids” writer/director Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, hits theaters, along with horror sequel “Insidious: Chapter 3.”
You’re probably very aware, but just in case you didn’t notice a year’s worth of marketing: Taylor Swift plays Saturday night at Heinz Field. Need a similarly crowded alternative? Dave Matthews Band is at the First Niagara Pavilion the same night. — S.C.