Party for a Purpose, Check Out the Oaks Theater for a Scary Good Time

This weekend, you can feel good about partying down at Rivertowne and embrace your inner child at the Steel City Con.

Feel Good About Your Partying
Ah, Rivertowne. That party-heavy North Shore establishment. The best place in town for kayaking, yoga, bike bowling … wait, what? That’s not offered every day? Hmm. In that case, PGH Party with a Purpose’s big bash tonight is a can’t-miss event. The group exists to throw giant parties for deserving organizations; it plans and presents the fiesta, and nonprofits keep all proceeds. This time, Venture Outdoors and Girls on the Run will be the beneficiaries. A suggested $10 donation gets you in Rivertowne, where there will be live music, yoga classes, hip-hop dance classes, cornhole competitions, bike bowling and more. Venture Outdoors will be renting kayaks for 30-minute trips, and, of course, there will be plenty to eat and drink. If you’re going to get wild and sweaty on a summer evening, why not make sure that someone benefits from it?

(Rivertowne North Shore, Del Monte Building, 337 North Shore Drive. Thurs., 5:30-10:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation; $5, children 18 and under; children under 5, free. Info:

After Dark: A Trio Of Up-and-Coming Theater Companies
I’ve dedicated previous After Dark posts to two of my favorite local theater companies, and both are back this weekend with new offerings. Bricolage has another installment of its fantastic old-time radio parody series, Midnight Radio Episode 2: Cowboys and Aliens; and the No Name Players, fresh off of the quirky comedy The Book of Liz, return with The Mistakes Madeline Made, a coming-of-age comedy about the infinite gap that lies between clean and dirty. I’m also very pleased to report that I’ve found a new favorite troupe: the fine folks at Organic Theater Pittsburgh. I was able to take in a preview of the company’s summer offering, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and found it to be haunting and hilarious. Read more in After Dark.

-Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor,


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Pittsburgh Actor Brings Starring Role to the Oaks
You may have caught Pittsburgh-born actor Ivan Martin in films like Fighting or Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending—or on the small screen with one-off appearances on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “White Collar.” His potential star turn, though, is in a groundbreaking indie horror film called Daylight, and you’ll have your first chance to see it locally this weekend. The film is best if little is given away, but this shocking, psychological thriller has drawn raves from critics at The New York Times, the Village Voice, and Variety; super-film-nerd site Ain’t It Cool News called Daylight “a dramatic re-invention of the contemporary horror film.” Beat the heat this weekend and catch Daylight in its exclusive run at The Oaks.

(310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. Fri.-Thurs., 8 p.m. $8; seniors and students and youths, $6. Info: 412/828-6311,

In theaters this weekend:
New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the ensemble rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore; Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the big summer action flick with the very direct title, Cowboys and Aliens; and, for some evil, unknown purpose, the CGI re-imagining of The Smurfs. Sean Collier, Pittsburgh magazine’s Film Editor, will be on the WDVE Morning Show tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. to review Cowboys and Aliens and The Smurfs—assuming, anyway, that he isn’t too traumatized by those little blue monsters to even speak. Tune in to 102.5 to hear his feedback.

Pittsburgh Zoo Summer Safari
Who said the zoo is just for kids? Those 21+ can attend Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s fundraiser this weekend for a wild night out at the zoo. Guests can expect drinks, live entertainment and plenty of grazing stations (provided by a bunch of great Pittsburgh restaurants). READ MORE.

Steel City Con
Pennsylvania’s largest toy, comic and pop culture convention, Steel City Con roars to town this weekend, with 500 dealer tables showcasing toys, comic books, anime, gaming, action figures, Star Wars, Transformers, Barbie and more. Also on hand for autographs and photo-ops is the Bionic Woman herself, Lindsay Wagner. READ MORE.

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