Pittsburgh preview: Movies, music, and more
Pittsburgh — or Shitsburgh, reportedly Sienna Miller’s loving moniker for the town — doesn’t always get the best rap as a fun city for young people. But fear not, because there is much more to the city than you might expect. This upcoming fall season is shaping up to have plenty of opportunities for big, exciting city living.
The Books with special guest Lohio
Rangos Hall, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
With all the great programming right here on campus, you might not even have to leave Carnegie Mellon to find entertainment. AB (Activities Board) Coffeehouse wastes no time and is hosting a concert the very first week of classes. Come to Rangos Hall in the UC on Thursday and see the first of many concerts this semester that are sponsored by your student activities fee. Tickets are free with your student ID and can be picked up at the information desk on the first floor of the University Center.
Consol Energy Center, Sept. 5, 8 p.m.
Lady Gaga comes to the ’Burgh early next month as part of her Monster Ball tour. And while rumors swirled that the tickets to her show sold out in a minute, you might still be in luck using sites like StubHub. Tickets start at over $100, but reviewers rave that it’s certainly worth the cost. Be warned, though; it’s probably not the type of event you want to take your little brother to — and you should probably start planning your outfit now.
Broken Social Scene
Byham Theater, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.
Broken Social Scene will be stopping in town as part of the tour for their newest album, Forgiveness Rock Record, released in May of this year. Even if you’re not into indie rock, you might recognize the band as the fall concert headliner at Carnegie Mellon in 2007. Tickets to see them again — not for free this time — can be purchased through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The National with Owen Pallett
Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead,
Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
The National continue their rise to popularity with their recent release, High Violet, and a headlining tour that lands them in Homestead, Pa., at the end of September. Their opening act, composer Owen Pallett, rose to popularity under the name Final Fantasy and has worked with a huge number of artists from Arcade Fire to Mika. Tickets are $38.50 and can be purchased through www.carnegieconcerts.com.
Heinz Hall, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
If classical music is more your style, the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be performing this October in downtown Pittsburgh. His show promises to offer everything from Baroque pieces to traditional Chinese melodies.
Love and Other Drugs
This romance/comedy was shot here in Pittsburgh and stars Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. It won’t be out until Thanksgiving, though. Even if you don’t recognize the Pittsburgh scenery at all, the movies stars aren’t so bad to look at.
The Next Three Days
Also shot in Pittsburgh, The Next Three Days stars Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe, and Olivia Wilde in a crime thriller about a prison break. If the trailer is a good representation of the movie at all, it should be action-packed and fun to watch, and it promises lots of opportunities to yell, “Ooh, I’ve been there!”
And for the Twilight-obsessed: Taylor Lautner. Every 16-year-old’s favorite werewolf has been filming Abduction in Pittsburgh this summer. Likely caused by Lautner’s stardom alone, the casting call brought 900 people to our own Rangos Hall. And while the film doesn’t yet have a release date (filming should conclude at the end of September), we believe a film with Lautner realizing that his parents are not his parents just can’t fail.
The Phantom of the Opera
Benedum Center, Aug. 25–Sept. 19
One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals is coming to Pittsburgh this fall. The Phantom of the Opera will be showing downtown for just over four weeks. Carnegie Mellon often sponsors tickets, so be on the lookout for possible discounts through your RA or the Info Desk.
The World of Jewtopia
Byham Theater, Sept. 25–26
This self-promoted “brand new multimedia extravaganza” is a one-act comedy show based on the bestselling book JEWTOPIA: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People. While the show is only playing in Pittsburgh for one weekend, we expect it will find an audience here that finds the show both hilarious and uncannily accurate.
He Who Gets Slapped
Philip Chosky Theater, Sept. 30–Oct. 9
The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama kicks off its 2010–11 season with He Who Gets Slapped. While this show may not be one you’re familiar with, the School of Drama always produces incredibly professional plays and offers you the chance to see students from your class perform. The complete schedule and information on getting tickets can be found on the School of Drama website, www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama.
While famed Pittsburgh sports usually involve football championships and a strong hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team also offers cheap tickets and a beautiful view of the city. So even though the Pirates might not win that many games, the money you save on tickets lets you buy a fun opportunity to hang with your friends at a lower price than you would find at a Steelers or Penguins game.
The Great Race
The Great Race is an annual 10K or 5K run and 5K walk through Pittsburgh. The 5K course is mostly downhill, so don’t be intimidated. If you are up for a challenge, there is the 10K course, although it is also predominately downhill. You must register for the event by Sept. 3 for the discounted rate, or Sept. 21 at the latest to participate. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Fund, in honor of the race’s founder and the city’s late mayor. The Great Race is a great opportunity to see the city and be fit!
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Want a break from the pressures of modern life? Go back in time and visit the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, full of lords, ladies, food, and shows. The Renaissance Festival is in West Newton (about an hour drive from campus), and it is open every weekend through the end of September. The festival has all the attractions you would expect at a Renaissance fair, from medieval crafts to blacksmiths — and, of course, a jousting arena. Visit www.pgh-renfest.com for tickets and more information.
No matter what you’re trying to find this semester, don’t think that just because you’re in Pittsburgh you’re out of luck. Try checking out The Tartan’s weekly calendar of events, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s calendar, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website (www.pgharts.org), or updates on AB’s Facebook page for even more ideas.