The Zombie Outbreak Claims Millvale this Saturday

Head to the riverfront community for this year's Pittsburgh Zombie Fest, featuring ghouls, grub and more.

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Perhaps it is the relatively carefree attitude of zombies that makes so many of us want to dress up and shamble about like the undead. I mean, think it over: A zombie doesn’t have car payments. A zombie never has to make time for the gym. Few, if any, zombies keep a close eye on the presidential campaign. The only entries on a zombie’s iPhone calendar are “Moan” and “Find brains,” repeated every day, for all eternity. Small wonder, then, that so many Pittsburghers get decked out in the finest crypt-appropriate fashions each year for Pittsburgh Zombie Fest.

This year’s event moves to Millvale’s Riverfront Park, where the festivities are set to include live performances from bands such as Fist Fight in the Parking Lot and Motorpsychos, zombie-themed activities and much more. Also on tap for this year: a live taping of The It's Alive Show's 10th Anniversary Special, as the late-night local horror program moves into its second decade. Attendees are encouraged to dress up, bring a nonperishable food item for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and observe the zombie rules of conduct.
(River Front Drive, Millvale; noon-8 p.m.; $10; click here for more info)

— Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor

Speaking of all things ghoulish, we have now reached mid-October; you’d best get to your Halloween activities before Christmas barges in a few weeks from now. In this week’s edition of After Dark, we’ll share 10 can’t-miss October activities to fill your calendar, from the harrowing (say, a trip to the ScareHouse’s always-grueling Basement) to the harmless (spooky-lite fun for the kids at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and The National Aviary). Whether you’re a diehard horror nut or you just appreciate seasonally-appropriate outings, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Ready to trade out the headphone life for a day? Celebrating Pittsburgh’s singer-songwriter tradition, local and national musicians are gathering this weekend for the second fall installment of BurghSong, a listening-room concert designed by musicians for music lovers. Each event will pair a local songwriter with an out-of-town guest; this Saturday’s event features series co-creator Christopher Mark Jones and Michigan’s Annie and Rod Capps. Be on the lookout for future BurghSong installments on the third Saturday of November, March, April, and May. All ages are welcome, and the event is BYOB for those 21 and up. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
(Sunburst School of Music, 5843 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 7:30 p.m.; $22.50; click here for more info and tickets)

— Lauralei Kraski, PM Editorial Intern

IN THEATERS: An overflowing weekend of new releases includes Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance “Crimson Peak,” the long-delayed kiddie spookfest “Goosebumps,” the indie drama “Freeheld” and acclaimed Chinese romance “Coming Home.” PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show to review “Crimson Peak,” “Freeheld” and “Goosebumps.” Tune into 102.5-FM or to hear Sean’s reviews!

Wigle Whiskey is hosting its Apple Whiskey Festival Weekend to celebrate the release of Walkabout, its annual fruit-flavored offering. Register here for either or both days of the fest. —S.C.

Four Winds Gallery, Shadyside’s home for Native American artworks, this weekend begins a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary. — S.C.


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