Things To Do This Weekend in Pittsburgh
Top Pick: Pittsburgh Flicks at a Steel City Landmark.
Throughout 2020, Rivers of Steel presented the first-ever Carrie Carpool Cinema series, monthly revivals of classic films projected onto the hulking face of a building at the Carrie Furnace site. Every night of the series — which, for proper social distancing, was presented in drive-in format, rather than cinema in the park-style screenings — sold out.
The series will return for 2021, with an added focus on local filmmakers, artists and artisans; each month’s theme will feature not only favorite movies but pre-show content from area creators. This week, things get underway in fitting fashion: The first theme is “Filmed in Pittsburgh,” with two recent, Pittsburgh-made movies serving as the main event.
Before showings of “Fences” (Friday night) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (Saturday night), short films from storied Braddock filmmaker Tony Buba will be projected onto the towering screen. The full slate of 2021 screenings has been announced — including the likes of “A League of Their Own,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Gremlins” and “The Thing.” Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
More This Weekend
We covered this one late last week, but you really shouldn’t miss it: There’s a free, ongoing cryptid hunt at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Artist Owen Lowery designed the eight different “artifacts” families can explore to find evidence of cryptozoological invaders. With installation names such as “hibernating jackalopes,” “Nessie’s neck cover” and “puddle of squonk,” what’s not to love? Add audio content through a companion mobile site.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the middle of a month-long celebration of Earth Day. For those looking for a springtime reconnection with the great outdoors, Saturday’s slate includes some guided trips into two city parks — two forest bathing sessions in Frick Park and a “Hike-U” session in Schenley, where a guided hike will culminate in a peaceful haiku-writing session.
Every Saturday this month, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hosting a Car Bazaar, wherein the trunks of cars become stalls at a sort of drive-in flea market, at the Sixth & Penn parking garage. There’s live music in addition to the shopping, and — perhaps an even greater attraction than the sale — breakfast wraps from täkō.
Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale will perform her 2011 album, “Silence Worth Breaking,” in its entirety in a livestreamed performance this Friday night.
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