Pittsburgh's Top 10 Things to Do in October
Here are your 10 best bets this month.
The First Tee of Pittsburgh believes golf can teach children how to become successful adults — and not just by showing them how to negotiate a business deal while driving from the tee to the green. It claims the solo sport promotes nine “core values” of mature adulthood: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The nonprofit organization is holding its annual Tee It Forward fundraiser at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park.
[5370 Schenley Drive, Squirrel Hill; thefirstteepittsburgh.org]
Contemporary symphony orchestras often toggle between two repertoires: classical compositions and orchestral arrangements of popular hits. The idea behind FUSE@PSO — led by composer Steve Hackman — is to synthesize those two types of music and create something entirely new in the process. The first edition in June fused Brahms’ First Symphony with Radiohead’s classic “OK Computer.” The current iteration skillfully weaves the melancholy dance music of Coldplay through Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony. As Coldplay sang, “Nobody said it was easy.”
[Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/392-4900, pittsburghsymphony.org]
Over the Edge is an annual event where people rappel (in a safe and controlled manner but c’mon…) down 21 stories of EQT Plaza, downtown. The event raises money for Our Clubhouse, which supports those touched by cancer. Those who are too chicken to rappel can participate in the “Chicken Coop.” The truly brave can conspire with their co-workers to raise enough money to “Toss the Boss.”
[625 Liberty Ave.; ourclubhouse.org]
For its 30th anniversary, The Pittsburgh Project is roasting Saleem Ghubril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program, at PNC Park’s Hall of Fame Club. Event proceeds benefit The Pittsburgh Project. Given that The Pittsburgh Project is a Christian nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of vulnerable citizens, you can expect gentle ribbing rather than the bawdy insults of cable television. Here, the roasters/toasters include former Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, former Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt and Grant Oliphant, current president of The Heinz Endowments, among others.
[115 Federal St., North Shore; 412/321-1678, pittsburghproject.org]
This year, Ringo Starr became the final member of the Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame for his solo work. Although he was honored for his unpretentious drumming style, most people know Starr for his self-deprecating demeanor, best heard in his cover of “Act Naturally.” Since 1989, he has been touring as Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, an ever-changing lineup of sidemen and guests. The troupe is stopping at Heinz Hall.
[600 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/392-4900, pittsburghsymphony.org]
Some enterprising economist probably has written a paper correlating the success of “The Price is Right” to consumer anxieties in the 1970s over rising inflation and the end of the gold standard. Thankfully, you won’t have to read it to enjoy The Price is Right Live at The Palace Theatre. The stage version of the long-running television game show features a rotating roster of celebrity hosts and all of the costumes, games and showcase showdowns of the original.
[21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 724/836-8000, priceisrightlive.com]
When folk singer Arlo Guthrie became a Republican and then veered into libertarianism, it suggested that his protest music was an attitude, not an ideology. The 1960s counterculture icon and son of folk legend Woody Guthrie has said he wanted to create a “loyal opposition.” It’s what his songs, such as the epic talking blues “Alice’s Restaurant,” always have done: opposed the status quo in favor of updating old traditions. He’ll stand up to the man at The Palace Theatre.
[21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 724/836-8000, thepalacetheatre.org]
The Marvel Universe actually is a multiverse — a system of distinct universes where events can play out in different ways. While comic-book fans have been following Marvel characters for years and moviegoers await each new blockbuster from the studio, families can enjoy Marvel Universe Live! The stage show at the Consol Energy Center features 25 Marvel characters — from X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man and others — chasing down fragments of the Cosmic Cube before they fall into the wrong hands.
[1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; marveluniverselive.com]
In her role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, author Kate DiCamillo (“Flora & Ulysses,” “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Because of Winn-Dixie”) has been touring the country promoting the idea that stories connect people. It’s also the theme behind the Our Stories, Our Community project. All summer, kids throughout Allegheny County have been creating personal projects showing how their own lives relate to DiCamillo’s books. Her stop at the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh includes a speech and an awards presentation.
[4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; carnegielibrary.org]
Our rolling hills and thick woods delight when summer becomes winter, as anyone who has enjoyed a “fall foliage” festival can attest. The Cook Forest Photowalk is an opportunity to see the beauty of nature through the lens of a professional. Veteran nature photographer Kevin Kaltenbaugh leads a daylong trek through Cook Forest State Park, near Clarion, giving pointers for capturing the beauty in photographs. The event begins at Gateway Lodge, and pre-registration is required.
[Route 36, Cooksburg; 814/744-8017, gatewaylodge.com]