Young Musicians Rock Diesel

Plus, a celebration of women and books in Bethel Park and After Dark combines dinner with (shocker) drinks.


HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL AT DIESEL

Pittsburgh has an incredible wealth of talented musicians, performing citywide just about every night of the week. Let’s be honest, though: Sometimes a 10 p.m. set at a South Side bar is just another night at the office for pro performers. They go all out, of course, but you can tell that they are, perhaps, not quite as excited as they were when they were a bright-eyed kid with a guitar and rockstar dreams. Once in a while, it’s awfully nice to see a band that’s clearly pumped to be in front of you. So why not find some of those bright-eyed kids?

The Pittsburgh High School Rock Challenge invited bands of youngins from throughout the region to compete in four preliminary rounds at the Smiling Moose throughout the past six weeks. Now, two standouts from each night will take the stage at Diesel Club Lounge for the finals, with groups from as close as the North Hills and as far afield as Erie slated to perform. There are major prizes, including more gigs and studio time, for the eventual grand champion. But the draw isn’t the competition— it’s seeing the eight most passionate bands playing in Pittsburgh this Sunday night trying to rock your face off.

(1601 E. Carson St., South Side. Sun., 5 p.m. All ages. $10, in advance; $12, day-of-show. Info, tickets: dieselpgh.com)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor


DINNER DRINKS, WHATEVER – JUST GET OUT OF THE COLD!

During the warmer months, we do enjoy our outdoor dining ’round here. Give us a rooftop, a patio—even a large window—and we’ll get drinks and nachos there in a hurry. Now that winter has (finally) arrived, however, we’d prefer some place warm and inviting— and we don’t much care what happens when we get there. In this week’s After Dark, discover two cozy places that offer both a restaurant and a bar for your winter escapes: Regent Square’s Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen and Mt. Lebanon’s Il Pizzaiolo. Get the details—then get inside and warm up!


A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN AND BOOKS IN BETHEL PARK

Local authors Gwyn Cready and Meredith Mileti came up with the Women Read/Women Write festival “to celebrate the books women love to read," Cready says. “Our event is designed to laud women's love of reading.” Pointing out that women comprise 57 percent of all regular readers and purchase almost two-thirds of all books sold, the two writers—Cready, an award-winning romance novelist; Mileti, a writer of women’s fiction—organized the first-ever fest, bringing in a group of Pittsburgh-based writers to hold panels, sign copies and chat about “the books women love.” The free fest, which the organizers hope to expand next year, will give away a Nook e-reader, the better to catch up on your reading with.

(Barnes & Noble, 301 South Hills Village, Bethel Park. Sat., Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info: womenreadwomenwrite.com)


In Theaters:
New films coming to the area this weekend include the complex spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and your yearly unnerving exorcism flick, The Devil Inside. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will be on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review those two films. Tinker Tailor was so complicated that cinema staffers handed him a three-page explanatory dossier when he walked in the theater; he imagines that the plot of The Devil Inside will be a bit simpler. Catch Sean’s reviews Friday morning at 7:15!
 
After all the cooking you've done the past two weeks, you're surely in need of some R&R. Fear not—Seven Springs has you covered this weekend with its Gourmet Getaway, the ultimate escape for foodies. READ MORE.
 
If your walls are looking a little bare, head over to the Jeff Edwards Gallery for its 2011 Holiday Open House Exhibition. Local artists' works are on display, all of which can be purchased by adoring fans. READ MORE.

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