Nothin' Beats Free

Thanks to RADical Days 2012, you can get into some terrific theater, arts and entertainment events through October.

Photo by Dave DiCello


Good news: If you're reading this before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, you still have time to admire the botanical gardens at the Phipps Conservatory — without paying a dime. But if you don’t get out to Oakland today, don’t worry. There are plenty more free events this weekend, as part of RADical Days 2012.
RADical Days is thanking the public for support of regional access by providing locals with endless activities in favorite area hot spots. On Sunday, be among the first to get a look at Prime Stage Theater’s fall production, Fahrenheit 451. Or take pleasure in the beautiful fall Pittsburgh weather with the world’s first green passenger vessel, Explorer; hang out with friends or family on the dock along the Allegheny River and, once you're done, stroll next door to the Carnegie Science Center to see all the science exhibits, shows and displays. RADical Days continue through Oct. 13, so don’t miss some great events and attractions. Did we mention that they’re free?

(Full schedule:
—Maggie Stankaitis, PM Editorial Intern


Go to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and you’ll find some loud animals. Go to Heinz Field, and you’ll find some even louder crowds. Go to the First Niagara Pavilion, and the music will be louder still. But drop by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh this Saturday, and you’ll find a noisemaker to rival them all: the “Great American Horn Machine,” a one-of-a-kind contraption billed as the "world’s largest mobile musical instrument" — and a featured part of the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire. The unique event brings together tinkerers and do-it-yourself-ers of all stripes, demonstrating everything from tiny robotic kangaroos to light-up clothing. You’ll find yourself exclaiming “wow” every minute … if you can hear yourself over the Horn Machine.

(Buhl Community Park and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Square, North Side. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info and tickets:
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor


There’s always been a slew of interesting performers and theater groups around town. It’s just been tough to find them. Now, though, small companies and out-there troupes are popping up in every neighborhood — and getting noticed. This week’s edition of After Dark profiles two new ways to be entertained this weekend: “improvised comedy clatter” show MONDO! (this month featuring PM’s own Rick Sebak) and a cabaret from upstart under-the-radar troupe 12 Peers Theater. Expand your on-stage horizons with this week’s edition of After Dark!

In Theaters:
Weekends at the multiplex don’t get much more diverse than this one. You can check out director Paul Thomas Anderson’s already-acclaimed The Master, about an enigmatic cult leader; you can get your Halloween season started early with The House at the End of the Street, starring The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence; or you can try to figure out why Clint Eastwood is in a quiet drama called Trouble with the Curve, his first acting appearance in a film he did not direct in nearly 20 years. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 9:15 a.m. to review The Master and The House at the End of the Street; if there are two things Sean likes, they’re slapdash horror flicks and prestige pics about cult leaders, so it should be a good week. Tune in to 102.5-FM or for Sean’s reviews!
On Saturday morning, take part in the Sewickley 5K Heart and Sole Run at the War Memorial Park or the Westmoreland County Heart Walk at the Kennametal Fitness Trail.
As for Sunday, you can start your week on a positive note by participating in sue’s run4kids at Riverview Park; the event benefits the Lipman Youth Fund of KidsVoice.

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