Stop Procrastinating and Buy Mom a Present Already

Still trying to figure out a Mother's Day gift? This weekend at Shop Shadyside, you can cop one for a great cause.

Stop procrastinating and buy mom a present already
No, we’re not here to talk about a clichéd card-swiping, bag-toting shopping spree. This weekend, proceeds from shops in Shadyside will benefit the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. That’s right, women (and men, too) will have a legitimate excuse to indulge in their starry-eyed love affair with shopping for a couple of days.

Tomorrow and Saturday, join the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce for Shop Shadyside (formerly Walk on Walnut), when 38 businesses on Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue and South Highland Avenue will contribute to the center to aid victims of domestic violence. Businesses range from eateries, such as Harris Grill, to stores and galleries, including MODA and Four Winds Gallery. But don’t forget to snag your Perk Pass — available at the Think Shadyside website — to receive 10 percent off at certain participating spots. Make shopping mean something this weekend … and stop procrastinating on getting Mom a present.

(Full list of shops available at

A classic and a newborn from Pittsburgh's theatrical innovators
For the 2012-13 season, the downtown theater mavericks at Bricolage Production Co. decided to expand their periodic “In the Raw” script-reading series into a full festival. After weeding through a trunkload of hopeful plays, they settled on a trio of offerings to workshop and present; they decided to read them alongside two all-time classics, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Raisin in the Sun. Check out our interview with Bricolage producing artistic director Tami Dixon and find out more in this week’s edition of After Dark!

Mother's Day with folk royalty
You can take Mom to brunch (see below), to the movies, to dinner — you can even cook, if you’re so inclined. But this Mother’s Day, why not take her to a one-of-a-kind performance? Folk singer and songwriter Peter Yarrow, best known as one-third of Peter, Paul and Mary, was an influential voice of the 1960s, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and providing the soundtrack to nationwide cries for social justice. In addition to original songs like “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” Peter, Paul and Mary scored top-10 hit interpretations of folk classics including “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer.” Yarrow will perform in a pay-what-you-can concert at East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, to benefit Hope Academy of Music and the Arts. Timeless music in a beautiful setting, all for a worthy cause — yup, that’s better than breakfast in bed.

(116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty; info here, tickets at —Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor

In Theaters: After delays, speculation, a half-dozen visually overwhelming previews and a somewhat bewildering soundtrack, director Baz Luhrmann — you remember him from Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet — is finally ready to unleash his interpretation of The Great Gatsby on audiences this weekend. Can it possibly live up to the hype? PM Film Editor Sean Collier will be on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review Gatsby. He swears he read every page in his ninth-grade English class, honest. Tune in to 102.5-FM or to hear Sean’s review.

On Saturday, the Steeltown Entertainment Project’s 2013 Film Factory will celebrate its finale with the announcement of its winners, a special tribute to late co-founder Ellen Weiss Kander and the grand opening of Carnegie Mellon University’s Philip Chosky Theater. Click here for more information. —K.H.

Tonight at 8 p.m., ’70s and ’80s superstar Eddie Money — responsible for hits including “Two Tickets to Paradise” — makes a special appearance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. Check out the Jergel's website for info and tickets. —S.C.

And if you are going the brunch route for Mother’s Day, try one of our preferred spots (click here for a sampling) before relaxing in the butterfly forest at Phipps Conservatory. Click here for details. —K.H.

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