by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant contributor.
Here are the Top Five Fun Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of March 27 to 30. This week we go from being “In the Heights” to being “Grounded,” and I’ll fill in all the blanks along the way.
Hit the Heights
There’s a lot going on at a Washington Heights bodega and the citizens are willing to sing about it. University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts is producing “In the Heights.” Usnavi will tell you all about it.
Come down to the “Heights” at the Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Oakland.
For more information, go to http://www.play.pitt.edu/content/heights
If the Puerto Ricans from Washington Heights just aren’t downtrodden enough for you, you can see “La Boheme” at the Pittsburgh Opera. It’s the story of two down-and-out artists, Marcello and Rudolpho, having trouble paying the RENT. Puccini beat Jonathan Larson to the story by a century, but it still holds up.
“La Boheme” is at the Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.
Find out more at www.pittsburghopera.org.
Let’s Play Ball
Spring is in the air, and its baseball season. See photographs of baseball history from Pittsburgh legend Teenie Harris. The Carnegie Museum of Art has a fairly straight-forward exhibit titled, “Teenie Harris Photographs: Baseball in Pittsburgh.” See some of the greatest moments in the Negro League, the Major League and good old-fashioned sandlot baseball from behind the lens of a master.
The exhibit runs all season (till September 22) at the Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh.
For more information, check out www.cmoa.org
On the Ground
A gutsy fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold. When she gets back in the game, flying has a whole new meaning: operating remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from an air-conditioned trailer near Las Vegas. Hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, the pilot’s struggle to navigate her dual identities is her toughest mission.
“Grounded” opens March 29 at the City Theater, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh.
For more information, go to www.citytheatrecompany.org/play/grounded
Remember Gene Rayburn in Match Game? Joe King is bringing it back to Pittsburgh. He is going to fill in all your blanks at Match Gayme (an added Y for fabulous reasons). His celebrity panelists are drag queens , Mahogany La Piranah, Lola Le Croix, Anna Steezia and Blade Matthews. He’s also brining a special guest celebrity, real life Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. So get off your blank and get down there.
Match Gayme is at 9:00 pm Sunday March 29, at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street, in the Strip.