Wiz Khalifa in Concert, New Regent Square Restaurants
This weekend, chow down on the best pub grub in the city or let off some steam at the Three Rivers Paintball Festival.
When Pittsburgh first heard Wiz Khalifa’s infectious single “Black and Yellow” during fall 2010, it was hard to fathom how popular the track would become. We were thrilled that we had a hometown-pride tune that was a little more current than “The Pittsburgh Polka,” of course, but could hip-hop fans nationwide really bounce to a Steelers anthem? That question was answered on Feb. 19 when “Black and Yellow” reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Wiz was now rubbing elbows on the chart with the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.
The Pittsburgh kid returns home for a headlining appearance at the Trib Total Media Amphitheatre this Saturday. This appearance follows two sold-out shows during Stage AE’s opening week last winter and a now-legendary performance at the Amphitheatre, when Wiz appeared with fellow ‘Burgh legend Girl Talk and announced his departure from Atlantic Records—an announcement that can be marked as the beginning of his ascension to stardom. The show is sold out, but you can still find tickets on StubHub—since this is definitely not a concert to miss.
-Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/afterdark
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Wanna get some wings or something?
I have to be exceptionally full (or, you know, actually thinking of my health for once) to pass up the opportunity to order something salty, seasoned and ideally cheese-soaked to go with my beer. So, in this week’s After Dark, we’re going to explore my go-to choices in all of the major pub-grub categories—from the fried to the breaded, from sandwiches to cheese plates. One notable exception you’ll notice is nachos. This is because nachos are always good. The best bar for nachos is any bar with nachos. Read more in After Dark!
Eat well and get some old-school camp in Regent Square
The main drag of Braddock Avenue in Regent Square has always been a nightlife and dining destination, thanks to institutions like D’s 6-Pax and Dogz, Murphy’s Tap Room, the Square Cafe and Green Mango. Thanks to two new restaurants opening within a few blocks of one another, it may now be the hottest dining spot in town. The intimate Italian restaurant Cibo offers mouth-watering traditional dishes with modern twists and is perfect for a romantic dinner. Your foodie friends, meanwhile, will be clamoring for a reservation at Root 174, the new venture from former Six Penn Kitchen chef Keith Fuller. Grab a bottle of wine (both restaurants are BYOB) and enjoy an excellent meal—and if you’re in the Square on Sunday, stroll to Regent Square Theater for the sci-fi classic Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda as an interstellar bombshell.
(Root 174, 1113 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Tues.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Info: 412/243-4348, root174.com. Cibo, 1103 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat. Info: 412/871-5923. Barbarella at Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Sun, 8 p.m. $9; seniors and students, $7. Info: pghfilmmakers.org)
SBAWP Summer Festival: Fun in the sun with kids’ activities, games and sports, a live concert and food vendors. Sunday, Aug. 7 from 2-8 pm. at Blueberry Hill Park, Franklin Park. Tickets: $10; children 5 and younger, free. The festival benefits the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania.
In theaters this weekend: New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the James Franco-led reboot of the never-ending Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds switching bodies, lives and other intimate things in The Change-Up; and the weepy Chinese melodrama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Pittsburgh magazine Film Editor Sean Collier laughed heartily while watching The Change-Up (though it is decidedly lowbrow and very much for adults only) and struggled to stay awake during Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (though it is well-acted and generally pleasant).
Sundays at Jeffries Landing: Head to Jeffries Landing this and every Sunday to start your week off right with a surf and turf feast! In addition to the all-you-can-eat crab legs and/or prime rib, Jeffries Landing is offering happy hour every hour! READ MORE.
Paintball Festival: Jump in on the action this weekend at Three Rivers Paintball for a paintball festival! Open to all, the event will include a two-day scenario game, a 10-player woodsball event, vendors and interaction with many notable players. READ MORE.