Things to Do This Weekend: March 5-8, 2020
See Pittsburgh’s best sports rivalry, revisit the heartache of your teen years and scout your first (or fortieth) tattoo this weekend.
The Best Reason to Leave Your House This Weekend
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
1 p.m. Saturday
PPG Paints Arena
If you want a serious Pittsburgh sports rivalry, you have to head to the rink.
Yes, things often get heated when the Steelers stare down an AFC North opponent — though the games, historically, are as likely to produce a mismatch as a brawl. And sure, there are plenty of spirited challenges at the college and high school level. (Currently, the only significant rival for the Pirates is … the Pirates.) But the Pens versus the Capitals — that’s a matchup.
The Penguins trail Washington by just four points in the gridlocked Metropolitan Division standings and are looking to atone for some lost ground; they broke a six-game losing streak with a dominant victory over Ottawa this week. Taking two points from the Capitals would be a boost (and one that would likely send the PPG Paints Arena crowd into ecstasy). Plus, longtime Penguins foe Alex Ovechkin got some press last week as he notched his 700th goal; let’s slow him down, shall we?
Also: It’s an afternoon game. Those are great. You go to brunch, watch the game, then go to dinner. That’s a solid day.
Dashboard Confessional: 20 Year Celebration
6:30 p.m. Saturday
Emo — punk’s thoughtful younger sibling — was around before the turn of the century, but it had a big ol’ moment right around the year 2000. Plenty of the Warped Tour set traded in their electric guitars for acoustic models and swapped loudly exclaimed opinions for gently expressed feelings; the song structure stayed the same, but the vibe was less “jump in a mall fountain” and more “stare at the encroaching night through a coffee shop window.”
Emblematic of that particular moment: Dashboard Confessional, makers of eyeliner-ruining ballads for a generation of elder-millennial teens. Longtime frontman Chris Carrabba leads the band’s current lineup into Stage AE to mark the 20th anniversary of “The Swiss Army Romance,” the group’s debut album.
Personally, I was more of a fan of The Get Up Kids, fellow emo favorites from that era; they’ll be opening up the show. Expect thirty-somethings having emotions about high school crushes and actual teenagers trying to dress like we did at the end of the millennium.
Pittsburgh Tattoo Expo
Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
I don’t have any tattoos, but I’ve always said that if I was like 8 percent cooler, I’d have two full sleeves. Sadly, I’m not, but for the rest of you (who are), the fourth annual Bleed Black and Gold Pittsburgh Tattoo Expo will be in town for three days and will feature more than 200 tattoo artists, including stars from “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” You’ll also find live entertainment, contests and the option to get tattooed or pierced on site. — Jesseca Muslin
Comedy Royale Improv Madness 2020
9 p.m. Friday
Arcade Comedy Theater
Improv comedy is all about cooperation, group effort and exploring comedy as a unit — so let’s turn it into a head-to-head competition, shall we? Comedy Royale pits four local improvisers against one another as they seek to earn points — via audience vote and guest judges — based on their performance in quick-hit, short-form improv games. During the annual Improv Madness tournament, four favorites are seeded against one another for four weeks straight; the winners face off in a raucous finale (set for March 27). This Friday’s lineup includes Sarah Wojdylak — one of our “5 Funniest People in Pittsburgh (You Haven’t Heard Of)” — as well as Carrie McNulty, Dave Forman and Michael Quigley.
Music in the Museum: Musical Gems
11 a.m. Saturday
The Frick Pittsburgh
Music and the visual arts are natural companions, enhancing one another sensually and intellectually. This month The Frick Pittsburgh offers two performances designed to complement its current exhibit, “Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry.” This Saturday, stop by the Frick’s rotunda for a free performance from Sue Garton, a handbell performer with an innovative repertoire of early 1900s music accompanied by a pianist. Ring-a-ding! Coming up on the 25th, there is a ticketed show, “Electricity: Songs from the Time of Tiffany,” which will feature songs that were popular during or representative of the turn of the 20th century, when designer Louis Comfort Tiffany was a star of his craft. — Cassidy Gruber