Phipps Unveils 'Tropical Forest India' Exhibit

Plus, 'darkly mysterious' songstress Eilen Jewell plays Club Cafe and a Lawrenceville spot offers Civil War-era libations.

Photo by Raja Sambavasian on Flickr

Quick – Drop What You're Doing a Get to Phipps

Look at the clock. Is it before 5 p.m.? And is it still Thursday? Then get in the car. Today only, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is celebrating Free Admission Day, courtesy of their friends at the Jack Buncher Foundation. Bonsai! Orchids! The all-new Center for Sustainable Landscapes! What — You weren’t really doing anything with your Thursday afternoon, right? Get in the car!
And if, by chance, you happen to be reading this after the free offer has elapsed … well, don’t let that stop you. Phipps recently unveiled its “Tropical Forest India” exhibit, for which they sent representatives to the subcontinent to conduct research. There’s an Ayurvedic healing garden, an authentic Indian temple facade, looks at native spices and teas and much more. Plus, all of the aforementioned fauna is constantly on offer at one of Pittsburgh’s natural treasures. Free or not, Phipps is always worth the trip.

(One Schenley Park, Oakland. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays until 10 p.m. Adults, $12; seniors and students, $11; children, $9. Free admission day on March 1 only. Info:

Grab Your Daily Rations

People have been sitting around and drinking in Pittsburgh since long before our confluence had a name. Hard as it is to believe, there were no sports bars 150 years ago; it was either grab a glass at a tavern, or have someone fill up your bottle with the spirits of the day and uncork at home. And the best retro spot for topping off a growler just might be the unassuming Arsenal Cider House, where Civil War-era music and decor complement some of the most unique potables in town. Get the full story —  and a recommendation or two for cider skeptics — in this week’s After Dark!

Revisit Club Cafe, Courtesy of Eilen Jewell

When every bar has a stage and every concert venue is trying to pack in a half-dozen shows each weekend, the “who” usually takes precedence over the “where.” But a fine setting can add or subtract a lot to the draw — and for a certain type of show, South Side’s Club Cafe is the ideal setting. Sometimes you need a place with the intimacy of a bar but the sound of a big club — just without the noise of 100 disinterested patrons hovering behind you. It's perfect, for instance, for a talented singer-songwriter like Eilen Jewell, who’ll play Club Cafe in support of her aptly titled Queen of the Minor Key. Jewell’s sound blends blues, soul, country and girl-group swagger into a haunting, irresistible blend — one perfectly suited to her piercing voice. Don’t miss this “darkly mysterious” songstress, who will take the stage tonight!

(56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. Thurs., 8 p.m. $12. Info:

In Theaters This Weekend:
The Oscar hangover weekend is, traditionally, not the most packed spot on the movie calendar. You could take the kids to see Dr. Seuss’ great green fable The Lorax or revisit your debauched youth with the teen party flick Project X; there’s also the animated ode to Cuban jazz Chico and Rita at the Harris Theater. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the WDVE Morning Show tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. to review The Lorax and Project X. He’d like to note that he’s very mad at all of you for not going to see the hilarious Wanderlust; after he called it “the best comedy since Bridesmaids” last weekend, the flick finished at a dismal eighth place at the box office. Make it up to him by tuning in tomorrow to 102.5 FM or!
This weekend marks the start of the Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The show is the largest home event in Pennsylvania, and boasts over 9 acres of everything you need for your home. While you are there, stop by and say hello at Pittsburgh Magazine's Lifestyle Lounge.
Here's a date night you can both enjoy: Fine art meets classic cars at "Warhol and Cars: American Icons." . This new exhibit at The Warhol focuses on automotive icons that fascinated the artist, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs and other mediums. The exhibit runs through May 13. Click here for more.

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