Venture Outdoors Saturday for Annual Festival
Head to the Golden Triangle for rock climbing, kayaking and other outdoorsy activities.
PHOTO BY MARTHA RIAL
CONQUER THE CITY’S RIVERS AND TRAILS FOR FREE
Perhaps, traumatized by a winter that alternated between frigid and super frigid, you haven’t yet embraced the warm weather that reluctantly has returned to the city. It’s OK! Couches are comfortable — we don’t blame you. But the active folks at Venture Outdoors are here to rouse you: This Saturday is the annual Venture Outdoor Festival, where an array of sun-soaked activities will be available to you, free of charge.
Try your hands (and feet) at a climbing wall with routes appropriate for both beginners and veteran climbers. Get on the water via stand-up paddleboard, kayak (thanks to Kayak Pittsburgh) or dragon boat (courtesy of Three Rivers Rowing). Stop by the Yoga Tent for some complimentary zen, and then bring that focus to bear on a training session from Capoeira Pittsburgh. Bike, fish and play cricket! Really — cricket! There also will be activities for younger adventurers and adaptive recreation opportunities.
(Point State Park, downtown; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; click here for more info)
— Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor
‘WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE’ AND A PODCAST PRIMER
Dive into the remarkably popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” and you’ll find that very little of what you’re hearing makes much sense. Not to worry, though; that’s how they write it. Described by nearly everyone as the crossroads between Garrison Keiller’s dispatches from Lake Wobegon and David Lynch’s mysteries of Twin Peaks, the twice-monthly horror-comedy radio show comes to Pittsburgh for a live version tomorrow night — which makes it an excellent time to introduce the unfamiliar to the varied world of podcasting and the often-surprising delights of attending a live taping. It’s a podcast primer this week in After Dark!
DRINK WINE, GET NEW CLOTHES, HELP OUT
Here’s your chance to sip wine and look good doing it. Raid the back of your closet and head to Dreadnought Wines for Wine and Consign For a Cure, an offbeat fundraiser where you’ll swap items (you can bring up to 10) with other guests over wine and appetizers. You’ll be able to pick and choose from everything on display, with a silent auction for high-end items. If you’re not ready to part with any outfits, Dreadnought also welcomes accessories, books and household trinkets. It’s for a good cause — ticket proceeds go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Swing by Saturday afternoon for a better way to go about your spring cleaning.
(3401 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville; 3 p.m.; click here for tickets)
— Brady Langmann, PM Editorial Intern
IN THEATERS: It’s a tale of two sequels at the multiplex this weekend. After the collegiate a cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect” became a mega-hit in 2012, a second installment was inevitable; Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and company return this weekend in “Pitch Perfect 2.” Inevitable is not the word for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” however — a fourth installment seemed less than likely for much of the 30 years that have passed since “Beyond Thunderdome,” the most recent installment. — S.C.
The annual EQT Children's Theater Festival is this weekend, with live productions, games, exhibits, activities and more. Click here for more info. — S.C.
Go west, metalheads: Rock on the Range, a three-day festival starring Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Slipknot and 50 other bands, invades Columbus, Ohio, this weekend. — S.C.