This Weekend Lawrenceville Is Your Go-to for Fun Finds and Flicks
Find great stuff en plein air as part of the Lawrenceville Summer Sidewalk Sale — and then head to Row House Cinema.
PHOTO BY JOHN ALTDORFER
IT’S A GREAT WEEKEND TO WANDER IN LAWRENCEVILLE
Anyone shopping for a wedding present, birthday gift or awesome conversation piece knows it: There’s cool stuff to find along Butler Street in Lawrenceville. Through Sunday, you can find great stuff en plein air as part of the Lawrenceville Summer Sidewalk Sale. If you tire yourself out hopping from store to store, recuperate inside Row House Cinema — it’s retro-teen-comedy week.
(Click here for Sidewalk Sale info)
— Sean Collier
EAT, ROCK OUT AND BE MERRY IN MCKEES ROCKS
After more than a decade of redevelopment efforts, McKees Rocks launched a free pop-up event — FEASTival — in 2013 to show off its new businesses and facilities. With food trucks and music aplenty, the first iteration saw 500 attendees, which led to another edition in 2014 that brought in 1,500 guests. Now, with McKees Rocks’s multi-million dollar Father Ryan Arts Center up and running, Saturday’s FEASTival is your chance to take the drive to the Rocks and see what the neighborhood’s been up to.
FEASTival scored funk collective Robert Randolph & The Family Band as this year’s top headliner. That’s a pretty big get — lead member Randolph once was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time. New Orleans funk jammers Big Sam's Funky Nation also will appear on the bill. FEASTival’s mobile-food lineup is just as impressive, with Franktuary, Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck, Pittsburgh Crepes and more stopping by. The event runs from 3-9 p.m. and will feature an artist’s market and DJ sets between the live acts.
(McKees Rocks Municipal Lot, 3-9 p.m.; click here for more information)
— Brady Langmann
MORNINGSIDE’S HOME BASE FOR BEER TAKES THE BAR EXAM
Most of our neighborhoods have a lot of bars. It’s kind of our thing around here. But it can be very refreshing when a particular corner of town has a clearly defined flagship — a watering hole that is identifiably the flagbearer for the neighborhood. In Morningside, that’s Bulldog Pub. The inviting Morningside Avenue bar is known for beer, burgers and a welcoming atmosphere — but how will the favorite tavern of this smaller neighborhood stand up to the Bar Exam? Find out in this week’s edition of After Dark!
IN THEATERS: Don’t worry, the bad news already has hit: “Vacation,” the fifth film in the once-great series starring Chevy Chase, opened yesterday. And it’s terrible. Elsewhere in Pittsburgh theaters, a potential blockbuster — Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation” — and a pair of indie flicks — “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “Testament of Youth” — debut Friday.
On Saturday, Ireland’s road to independence will be commemorated with Easter 1916: Pittsburgh Remembers, a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in the Strip District followed by an “Irish wake” at Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle. — S.C.
There’s no denying it: Pittsburgh has gone country. Megastar Luke Bryan takes over the First Niagara Pavilion tomorrow and Saturday. — S.C.