Things To Do This Weekend in Pittsburgh
Top Pick: Club Cafe is Back
The return of live music to Pittsburgh has been less a light switch and more a gradually filling bathtub. There were some scattered outdoor shows, then there were some big venues, then the mid-sized venues showed up. That process took at least six months. Now, thankfully, we’re getting around to the intimate spots — and Club Cafe, one of the best (and the stalwart survivor of South Side concert venues), is now back in action.
While you’ll occasionally find a familiar name on the cozy venue’s calendar, this is a place for discovery. You go to Club Cafe to investigate a performer — sometimes because you heard an endorsement from a friend, sometimes because their name or poster intrigued you and sometimes simply because you’re in the neighborhood. It’s a pure, exciting process; pay a few bucks (and usually just a few) and see if one hour of up-close music can make you a fan.
Among the events at Club Cafe over the next few days: Nashville-bred pop-rock from Jon Worthy and country-flavored singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox (a long-ago “American Idol” runner-up). Both shows are affordable — the former is $15, the latter $20. Will either of them become a new favorite? I don’t know. But I know a good way to find out.
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For a much larger crowd, head to Stage AE Friday night for a highly anticipated performance by Phoebe Bridgers. The breakout indie star rapidly ascended after the 2017 release of her acclaimed debut album, “Stranger in the Alps.” In 2020, she received multiple Grammy nominations — including a curiously late Best New Artist nom — and made her dynamite debut on “SNL.” She hasn’t toured since 2019, however. Arrive early to catch the opening act, the irresistible dance-pop band MUNA.
This one will separate the true horror hounds from the spooky-season bandwagon jumpers. Friday and Saturday, Riverside Drive-In hosts the fall installment of its biannual Drive-In Super Monster Rama festival; this installment is dubbed “Giallopalooza,” with a focus on the vivid, twisty and often gory Italian crime thrillers of the ’70s. Expect bright colors, slightly confusing plots and indelible images; fright devotees often cite flicks like these, including “Deep Red” and “Blood and Black Lace,” as some of the best scary movies ever made.
Get some science without all those pesky kids filling their brains nearby! This Friday, the popular 21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center returns to action; the theme for the first edition is “Rock and Roll,” featuring sound waves turned into flame, guitar distortion demonstrations and all of the museum’s regular offerings. Pair your evening with a Pink Floyd Laser Show (ticketed separately) to really unlock the doors of perception. (Elder millennials, mark your calendars; the next evening, set for Oct. 22, promises a “Dirty 30” celebration flashing back to 1991.)
Rock, scary movies and flaming science — let’s close with something a bit more mild, shall we? This Saturday is the 19th annual Robinson Township Autumn Festival, held in the Burkett Sports & Recreation Complex. Expect live music, family activities, food and all things fall. If you don’t head home with a candy apple and a handmade craft, you did it wrong.
Watch Sean Collier discuss this weekend’s events on KDKA’s “Pittsburgh Today Live” here:
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