'Star Trek' Star Hosts Pittsburgh Symphony Sci-Fi Spectacular

Live long and prosper Friday through Sunday with the PSO, George Takei and other special guests.



The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be taking Heinz Hall to new interplanetary heights this weekend with its Sci-Fi Spectacular, an “out-of-this-world” concert featuring music from some of the most iconic sci-fi films of all time — including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Star Trek,” “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and other classics.

Seasoned space explorer and former “Star Trek” USS Enterprise helmsman George Takei will host, while the world-renowned Jack Everly will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Betsy Burleigh of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Artist and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch of Studio A.M. will paint three individual pieces, inspired by the weekend’s sci-fi theme, in the Grand Lobby before each concert and during intermission. Batch will present the finished paintings onstage at the end of each show, and the paintings will be auctioned off online.

— Jordan Locke


#ByTheNumbers: Eat'n Park on Banksville Road is back in business

Late last week, the newly relocated and constructed Eat'n Park on Banksville Road opened its doors. The site melds old and new Pittsburgh, featuring many mainstays along with a marble-top bar near the kitchen, free WiFi, local wall art and LEED silver touches.  

  • 3: the minimum number of times the Banksville site has relocated
  • 2: Eat'n Park restaurants — Homestead and Banksville — use Combi ovens, giving the teams access to technology that allows them to test new menu items
  • 1,000: cups of coffee sold at the Banksville location Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • 800: salad bar orders purchased at the Banksville restaurant Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • (nearly) 500: Super burgers ordered at the Banksville spot this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday


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