Polo, Poetry, Monsters and Crafts

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Family House Polo Offers 28th Annual Match and Celebration

If you’re eager to investigate the wide world of sports beyond Heinz Field and ESPN, Family House is giving you a rare glimpse at an ancient sport this Saturday. The 28th annual Family House Polo Match will pit the Virginia International Polo Club against the Potomac Polo Club; the world-class competition will only be part of a day full of activity for the whole family, however.

The Boutique Village will offer one-of-a-kind shopping at Hartwood Acres, and Children’s Entertainment Tents will keep the little ones busy as you browse. A classic car display will be present for gearheads–or those who simply love vintage rides–and the raffle prizes, to be drawn at the end of the match, are always fantastic. All proceeds benefit Family House, an organization that provides housing to those waiting for medical treatment and their families.

(Hartwood Acres, Middle Road Field, Hampton Township. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Info: 412/647-POLO, familyhouse.org)

Searching for the Heart of Dormont

As we were working on the roundup of Pittsburgh’s suburbs in our City Guide, I realized that I had never really had a full night out in Dormont. The streetcar suburb beyond the borders of Mount Lebanon has one of the most unique (and fastest growing) business districts around, and I was certainly familiar with the Hollywood Theater and Tom’s Diner. I hadn’t, however, simply been out drinking in this dyed-in-the-wool ‘Burgh neighborhood. On a rainy Labor Day, I decided it was time to give it a shot. Read the results in After Dark!

Unique Literary Events Abound, Thanks to Creative Nonfiction and City of Asylum

Creative Nonfiction, a literary journal headquartered in Pittsburgh, is about to release its 42nd collection of outstanding work and is celebrating with an event covered in local ties. Readers at the party will include Bud Shaw, a surgeon of note who spent time as a fellow at Pitt; and J.C. Hallman, a published writer of stories and nonfiction who studied at that University. Additionally, new artwork will be on display from ‘Burgh illustrator Seth Clark. The first 100 to arrive Saturday night will receive a free copy of the mag!

Meanwhile, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh will host its one-of-a-kind Jazz Poetry event Saturday as well. That show combines an international roster of contemporary jazz musicians with a just-as-global lineup of readers. Can’t make it out to the North Side? The event will stream live here. With two must-see spoken word events in one night, you owe it to yourself to make it out to one or the other.

(Creative Nonfiction Reading and Launch Party, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: creativenonfiction.org. 2011 Jazz Poetry Concert, Sampsonia Way between Monterey and Sherman streets, North Side. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: cityofasylumpittsburgh.org)

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Get Your Monster On

The Riverside Drive-In is back with its annual Super Monster Rama festival – two big nights featuring eight schlocky horror favorites. Friday features the Boris Karloff classic Black Sabbath and Vincent Price’s The Last Man on Earth (known by its much-later-day remake, I Am Legend). Both of the beloved Dr. Phibes movies (The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again) are on the bill for Saturday. And that’s only half the films! Admission is only $10 per night, kids 12 and under get in for free and overnight camping is available if you just can’t tear yourself away.

(Route 66, North Vandergrift, Westmoreland County. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. $10 per person per night; kids 12 and under, free. Info: 724/568-1250, riversidedrivein.com)

In Theaters This Weekend

New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the hotly anticipated and locally made fighting drama Warrior, with Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy; disease outbreak mayhem with an all-star cast in Contagion; unbearable-looking, bawdy gags from Adam Sandler’s production team in Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star; and the acclaimed South-African awards contender Life, Above All.

42nd Annual Mexican War Street House and Garden Tour
Stop by the Mexican War Streets this Sunday for the 42nd annual House and Garden Tour.  Treat yourself to a self-guided tour of the beautifully restored homes and gardens, and catch a behind-the-scenes look at all the hard work that goes into this lengthy process. READ MORE.

Captain’s Dinner Dance Cruise
All aboard the Gateway Clipper! Sail the three rivers on Pittsburgh’s finest luxury ship while enjoying great music and great food.  With an additional stop at the lavish Rivers Casino, this is one boat ride you won’t want to miss! READ MORE.

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