Time to See Ballet Under the Stars
This weekend, the PBT presents its annual production at Hartwood Acres under the night sky.
Photo by Rich Sofranko
DANCING AL FRESCO WITH PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE AT HARTWOOD
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre makes its annual journey to the great outdoors this Sunday, as the troupe ramps up to its 45th anniversary season with “Ballet Under the Stars” at Hartwood Acres. At 5 p.m., a family-friendly pre-show event will take over the Hartwood lawn, with events for tiny dance fans as well as appearances from the BRGR food truck and The Pop Stop; those looking for the gourmet experience can opt for a $75-per-plate VIP dinner (head to pbt.org for tickets). The program itself will contain selections including a scene from “Sleeping Beauty,” the upcoming season opener, and revivals of dances from last season’s hits “Don Quixote” and “In Your Eyes.”
(200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton Township; pre-show activities and dinner, 5 p.m., show, 7:30 p.m.; free; click here for more info.)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor
BRAZEN KITCHEN’S PICKS FOR A DELICIOUS RESTAURANT WEEK
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has grown up so much in two years. I first wrote about it in January 2012, when it launched with a pioneering 30 restaurants. The celebration has grown as fast as everything else in our food scene. Today it opens with 70 participating restaurants in the city and beyond. Spots are offering three-course prix-fixe menus or specials for $20.14.
The full lineup is posted online here. There's a lot to sift through. So let me help you out with The Brazen Kitchen Best Bets for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. These are the healthiest, yummiest plates of the week — proving, of course, that good-for-you food tastes very, very good. For seven fantastic options, head to pittsburghmagazine.com/brazenkitchen now.
— Leah Lizarondo, PM’s Brazen Kitchen Blogger
SET YOUR DVR, THEN GO AND EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN SHARK WEEK
Sure, we get into Shark Week. Minor controversies about accuracy aside, who doesn’t love spending some couch time with the ocean’s misunderstood predators? As much as we love television, though, it’s time to make your underwater experience a little more active. In this week’s edition of After Dark, step-by-step instructions for the perfect Pittsburgh Shark Day — from up-close encounters to a little seafood of your own. Dive in with some help from After Dark!
IN THEATERS: Sure, it’s another adaptation of a young adult novel, but this one has been around for a while. “The Giver,” based on the Newbery Medal-winning 1994 novel by Lois Lowry, arrives this weekend; the film stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Also debuting this weekend: “The Expendables 3,” the latest chapter in the over-the-top action franchise, and “Magic in the Moonlight,” Woody Allen’s comedy with Colin Firth and Emma Stone. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. to review “Expendables 3” and “Magic in the Moonlight.” He hasn’t seen any previous “Expendables,” but he’ll probably be able to get up to speed. Tune in to 102.5-FM or DVE.com to hear Sean’s reviews!
The first Music for MS Festival takes place Saturday at Hartwood Acres, featuring Bill Deasy, City Dwelling Nature Seekers and others. Click here for more info. — S.C.