Thrival Festival Brings De La Soul to Bakery Square

The inaugural music and innovation fest aims to boost the city’s startup landscape.




The first installment of the Thrival Festival, born out of Thrill Mill’s Baller BBQs, makes its debut this weekend at Bakery Square. The festival promises to introduce out-of-this-world ideas and new concepts, along with the dedicated folks who are changing the city’s startup landscape.

Thrill Mill and Pittsburgh’s Global Shapers Hub are bringing speakers, community leaders and game-changers together from noon-5 p.m.; at that time, guests can also catch a peak at Google Pittsburgh’s headquarters while listening to pitches from the 13 teams from Thrill Mill’s Hustle Den (for free!).

In the evening, Frightened Rabbit, RJD2 and locals Formula412 will join the hip-hop legends of De La Soul on the stage at the new Bakery Square 2 development (across Penn Avenue). Tickets for Thrival are available through ShowClix. Use the code “PGHMagThrival13” while checking out to receive a special buy-one-get-one-half-off deal.

(Bakery Square, East Liberty; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; $20, VIP accommodations are $100; — Carley Kapcin, PM Marketing Assistant


On Saturday, the Sen. John Heinz History Center will come alive with more than history. This year, Hometown-Homegrown vendors, such as Wigle Whiskey and Marty’s Market, will take over all five floors of the museum. Vote in Pittsburgh’s Perfect Pierogie Contest as Sinful Sweets, S&D Polish Deli and Braddock’s American Brasserie try to win over your taste buds. Be sure to try them all before your submit your vote! Check the schedule for cooking demos Rick Sebak and WQED's Chris Fennimore, among others. After filling up, take part in a fitness activity in the “SmartSteps” exhibit to burn some off some calories.

(1212 Smallman St., Strip District; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $6-$15, event entry included in price of admission; 412/454-6000, — Krystal Hare, PM Fact-Checker

You may not be familiar with such retro horror and sci-fi flicks as Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, At the Earth’s Core or From Beyond the Grave, but they’ll be big draws this weekend. The Riverside Drive-In’s annual Monster-Rama will attract droves of creepshow aficionados to the North Vandergrift landmark for two unbeatable nights of schlocky fun. This year’s celebration isn’t just another night of scares, though: Riverside needs a big weekend to survive the digital conversion and stay open in 2014. Get the full story in this week’s edition of After Dark!

IN THEATERS: As the summer blockbuster season winds down, only one hopeful hit arrives at the multiplex: Riddick, the Vin Diesel sequel to the modest sci-fi successes Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 9:45 a.m. to review Riddick; he missed both of the previous installments, but he thinks he’ll be able to catch up somehow. Tune into 102.5-FM or to hear Sean’s reviews!

Experience a different kind of art at the Monroeville Convention Center during the 21st annual Meeting of the Marked tattoo convention, which runs tomorrow through Sunday. —K.H.

Swing by Sandcastle for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival to incorporate Gaelic fare and tunes into your weekend. —K.H

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