Rock With a View
Take in great music and even better sights at the Summer Concert Series at Station Square.
Rock lives on at Station Square
While we’re all pretty happy with the arrival of Highmark Stadium on the South Shore, plenty of ’Burghers still miss the oft-renamed amphitheater that formerly stood on the site. Many a local teen went to his or her first concert on that sea of asphalt, and the sprawling annual Fright Fest was a happy Halloween tradition for more than a decade.
Fortunately, the historic area has not gone completely silent with the venue’s closing, thanks to the Summer Concert Series at Station Square. This year’s series has seen appearances from ska mavericks The English Beat and Badfinger’s Joey Molland. There are two big shows to go: Jeff Jimerson & Airborne on Thursday, and Starship, the Jefferson Starship splinter group behind such ’80s mega-hits as “We Built This City,” on Aug. 29. Penguins fans are familiar with Jimerson’s formidable pipes, thanks to his frequent appearances performing the national anthem at Consol Energy Center. Head to Station Square tonight to check out his regular gig.
(Bessemer Court, Station Square; 6:30 p.m.; free; all ages; stationsquare.com)
A classy afternoon at the cemetery
Call it a Halloween warm-up. The Homewood Cemetery, the historic final resting place of such notable locals as Henry Clay Frick and Henry J. Heinz, is celebrating its restoration efforts with a swanky party this Saturday. It’s showcasing unique art made from former trees in the cemetery, and it's offering food, music and more. You’re even encouraged to bust out your best 1920s-style attire for the occasion. What’s it like to party in a final resting place? We’ll investigate in this week’s edition of After Dark!
Food, music and more in Carrick
As fall approaches, the harvest festival tradition gets into full swing. It’s a Pennsylvania mainstay: Find a small town or tight-knit community, and you can bet it has a named for food. Carrick happens to love corn. The annual Community Cornfest takes place this Saturday in scenic Phillips Park. In addition to bluegrass and rock outfits, ethnic dancers and student groups will provide entertainment to go along with a bevy of local food offerings. The event, co-sponsored by the folks in Overbrook and City Parks, is a great opportunity to see a lovely Pittsburgh neighborhood — and, of course, eat.
(Brownsville Road and Parkfield Street, Carrick; Saturday, 12-6 p.m.; free; carrickpa.com)
In theaters: The already-acclaimed, star-studded slice of history Lee Daniels’ The Butler hits theaters this weekend, telling a fictionalized account of the life of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen. Also coming to local screens, Paranoia, the high-tech thriller with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, and the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5-WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review The Butler and Paranoia. Tune in to 102.5-FM or DVE.com to hear Sean’s reviews!
The music of Psychic TV is both beat-driven and hallucinatory, and members combine musicianship with projection screens and trippy lighting effects. Check out this unusual project tomorrow night at the New Hazlett Theater, as part of The Warhol’s Sound Series.
On Sunday, the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra interprets an album of new music written — but never recorded — by Beck. Click here for more info.