Things To Do This Weekend in Pittsburgh

Top Pick: Flash back to the '90s with Vanilla Ice, Coolio and more.


The nostalgia-tour circuit gets a bad rap. While seeing a posse of stars from yesteryear may not be as hip as checking out the next big thing, rocking out to some jams from one’s youth is, in a word, fun. (And, unlike when you were listening on your Walkman on the school bus, you can now dance with a drink in hand!)

And after the planning, the traveling, the turkey and (if you must) the shopping, you could use some sheer, unadulterated fun.

You’ll certainly get a party atmosphere Saturday night at Rivers Casino, as the “I Love the ’90s Tour” fills the spacious event center with hip-hop hits from the end of the millennium. Who better to lead the charge than Vanilla Ice, the early-decade favorite whose “Ice, Ice Baby” remains irresistible 30-plus years later. (If you’re lucky, he might drop in the “Ninja Rap” from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II,” but no promises.)

“Ice, Ice Baby” may be the biggest hit you hear on Saturday night, but it won’t be the best; I’d give that nod either to “Gangsta’s Paradise,” the Grammy winner from Coolio, or the foundational hip-hop track “It Takes Two,” by Rob Base; both rappers will perform Saturday. Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory (“Everybody Dance Now”) rounds out the bill.

At press time, only a smattering of tickets were still available from the Rivers Casino website; you may want to check StubHub if you’re after a Saturday-night flashback.

More This Weekend
Looking for a calm way to wind down from Thanksgiving? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where the famous Carnegie Trees are now on display in the stately Hall of Architecture. It’s the 60th anniversary for the iconic trees, and a new “Bedazzled” theme makes for a dramatic celebration. While you’re there, visit the equally beloved “Neapolitan Presepio” — think of it as the most elaborate under-tree nativity scene you’ll ever encounter — displayed for the first time alongside complementary artwork in the Scaife Galleries. There’s plenty more holiday programming planned at CMOA, as well, so make sure to schedule for a wintertime trip.

Need to deposit the kids somewhere useful so you can get some shopping done? The National Aviary is offering a one-day camp Friday for young bird aficionados ages 6-12. The little ones will get a behind-the-scenes look at caring for the aviary’s menagerie, along with animal encounters and activities; you’ll get a few hours to navigate the sales in peace. Pre-registration is required; if you miss this one, there are two more coming up on Dec. 28 and 29.

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait became one of the most in-demand comics of the 1980s based on a wacky, over-the-top character — who performed whip-smart stand-up. He has since dropped the goofy voice seen in movies such as “Police Academy” and “One Crazy Summer,” but he’s still just as powerful a comedian. He’ll be at the Pittsburgh Improv Friday-Sunday.

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