Renaissance Festival Takes Over

Grab a turkey leg and practice your best High English accent, because the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival runs through September.

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What hearest thou, from yonder heath? The clang of swords? Forsooth, a faire, sirrah! Elizabethan culture comes alive at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, the annual family-friendly gathering of knights, maidens and juggling jesters. Nowhere else can you chew a leg of salted turkey and watch armored men joust each other with actual lances. You’ll find an entire village of period performances — plus, patrons are also encouraged to don their own corsets and pantaloons.

(112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton; weekends only, through Sept. 30; 724/872-1670,
—Robert Isenberg, PM Contributing Editor


OK, let’s see here. I’m going to draw four adjectives out of a hat, and that’s what we’re going to lead off with this week: “drag” … “a capella” … “musical” … “comedic.” Now, many weeks, it’d be a challenge finding something that fits those descriptors — but today, we’ve got just the thing.
The Kinsey Sicks are an internationally touring comedic powerhouse, presenting original and cover performances a capella … and, yes, in drag. (The term the Sicks use is “Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” if that clears things up for you.) This weekend, they bring their election-year revue Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President to the City Theatre. Don’t think it’s all just camp, though; DC Theatre Scene praised the group’s “glitter and glamour, the high heels and big egos, the shrewd pokes and rude jokes.” Sixteen-and-over only, please — but if you’re of age and you feel that our somber political process needs to be taken down a peg (yet again), this is the show for you.

(1300 Bingham St., South Side; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 5:30 & 9 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.; 412/321-CITY,
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor


Pittsburgh natives Devin Gallagher and Allison Kole are taking their acclaimed documentary Married in Spandex around the country — and tomorrow night, they’ll finally bring their work to their hometown. The film is about an unlikely wedding ceremony; beyond that, though, it has plenty to say about the institution of marriage in the 21st century. Don’t miss the local premiere in a one-night-only screening at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater, complete with music, a Q&A with the filmmakers and more. Get a full review in this week’s edition of After Dark!

In Theaters:
New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include: star-studded literary drama The Words, with Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and many more; under-the-radar actioner The Cold Light of Day, with Sigourney Weaver; and David Cronenberg’s take on the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show at 9:40 Friday morning to review The Words; since The Words is about plagiarism, he wonders if there’s a critic anywhere in the world with the gumption to steal a review. Tune into 102.5-FM or for Sean’s review!
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