Places with air-conditioning have been a big attraction these past few weeks. But the winds are shifting, and it's time to check out the many happenings at local museums and other local institutions this fall.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131
EXHIBITS: "Pittsburgh Adorned: Classic to Contemporary" -- Jewelry from local and museum collections (through Oct. 17); "Life: A Journey Through Time" -- Photographs document life on Earth from earliest history to the present (through Jan. 9).
EVENTS: Paleontology Discovery Day -- Saturday Family Workshops: Sauropods Around the World (Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.), Color Adaptations in Dinosaurs (Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.); registration: 412-622-3288. Lectures: The Carnegie Collection Dinosaurs: Science Meets Sculpture -- Museum paleontologist Matthew Lamanna talks about the Carnegie Collection toy dinosaur series (Oct. 9, 2 p.m.); Lucy, Ardi, and the Evolution of Human Walking -- New Perspectives from Old Evidence -- Owen Lovejoy, professor of biological anthropology at Kent State University will talk about his research on the evolution of human limbs and locomotion (Oct. 9, 7 p.m.); reservations at www.carnegiemnh.org. Adult Programs: Food for Thought: Feather Adornment (Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); Drawing Wildlife Class Series (Oct. 7, 21, 28; 6-9 p.m.); registration required: 412-622-3288. Holiday Camps -- Two-day camps for children: North American Indians, ages 6--10; Archaeoastronomy, ages 11 and older (Dec. 28-29, 9 a.m-3 p.m.). Registration deadline no later than a week before the camp: 412-622-3288. Overnight Adventures -- includes tours, games, projects: Night of the Living Carnegie, recommended for grades 1-8 (Oct. 22); All-in-One Night, recommended for grades 1-8 (Nov. 5); American Indian Night, recommended for grades 1-6 (Nov. 12); Dino-ROAR, recommended for grades 1-4 (Nov. 19). Reservations: 412-622-3289. Pajama Nights -- For grades pre-K through K: Dino-rific (Oct. 16); Pajama Safari (Nov. 6). Reservations: 412-622-3289.
Powdermill Nature Reserve programs: Sunday Program Series -- Talks by naturalists and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and guest speakers. Sundays, 1 p.m. at the museum's biological research station in Rector, Pa.
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
One Allegheny Ave., North Side. 412-237-3400
EXHIBITS: Astronomy Exhibits in Buhl Digital Planetarium lobby -- Newton's Hockey, Hologram Planets, Planetary Weights (opens Oct. 7); Zeiss Model II Star Projector Exhibit -- Historical Zeiss planetarium projector from the original Buhl Planetarium and interactive exhibits (ongoing); Miniature Railroad & Village (opening Nov. 20); If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I? -- Exhibit focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (ongoing).
EVENTS: Parents' Night Out -- Activities geared to ages 6-12. New Night Out Package includes dinner for parents at Lidia's Italy Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, Oct. 9, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Dec. 11); Lidia's dinner package (Sept. 24, Oct. 29). Registration: 412-237-1637. World Space Week 2010: Mysteries of the Cosmos -- Marking World Space Week with new astronomy related exhibits; "Stars Over Pittsburgh" planetarium show and more (Oct. 4-10). NASA Family Science Nights (starting Oct. 5; first Tuesday of the month through April, except for January). Registration: 412-237-1637. Miniature Railroad & Village Behind-the-Scenes Workshop -- Registration: 412-237-1637 (Oct. 2, 9). Smart! Sweet! Stargazer! -- Astronomy event for girls 10 and older. Registration: 412-237-1637 (Oct. 8). ChemFest -- National Chemistry Week celebration features Pittsburgh-area scientists and hands-on activities (Oct. 23-24). Spooky Science Sleepover -- registration: 412-237-1637 (Oct. 29). Kids Festival -- Interactive activities for children (Nov. 13); Miniature Railroad & Village Member Preview (Nov. 17); Light-Up Night Sleepover -- registration: 412-237-1637 (Nov. 19); Lionel Days -- Display featuring 17 operating trains, games and more (Dec. 4-5); Breakfast Express -- Breakfast, train-related activities, "Polar Express" screening, Miniature Railroad and more (Dec. 4, 11, 18); Polar Express Sleepover -- registration: 412-237-1637 (Dec. 4); Observatory SkyWatch -- View the skies through the observatory's telescope (Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting). Information: 412-237-3327.
RANGOS OMNIMAX THEATER: "Hubble" -- the universe as seen through the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope; "The Ultimate Wave Tahiti," surfing in the South Pacific and exploring the science of waves (through Dec.); "Animalopolis," journey through the animal kingdom for ages 8 and under (through Dec.)
BUHL DIGITAL PLANETARIUM: Planetarium Shows: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Two Small Pieces of Glass; A Traveler's Guide to Mars; The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood; Stars Over Pittsburgh; Our Cells, Our Selves.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Allegheny Center, North Side, 412-322-5058
EXHIBITS: Curious George: Let's Get Curious! -- Exhibit based on "Curious George" (through Oct. 3); Tough Art -- Exhibit of interactive art works tough enough to withstand kid handling (Sept. 11-Jan. 16); Art Installation: Missing Links by Felipe Dulzaides -- Inflatable walk-through installation (Oct. 13-29); Whoosh ... It's All About Air -- exhibit lets kids climb in airplane cockpit, launch rockets, step inside a tornado and more (Nov. 13-May 29).
EVENTS: Meet Curious George (Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., Sept. 15, 22 & 29 at 11:30 a.m.); Curious George Storytime with the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh (Sept. 11, 18, 25 at 1 p.m.); Clay Techniques (Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m.); Schmutz Company Papermation Screening -- Stop-motion animation films and workshops. Workshops (Sept. 25; Oct. 16, 23; Nov. 6, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18 & 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.); screenings (Sept. 26; Oct. 17 & 24; Nov. 7 & 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 28 at 1 p.m.). International Heritage Photographic Experience Exhibition -- Photos taken by people 21 and under, exploring the region's heritage (Sept. 17-Oct. 23). Outreach Showcases -- We're Holden Puppets, storytellers Alan Irvine & Tim Hartman and musician Lee Robinson (Oct. 9 from 1-5 p.m.). RADical Day -- Free admission and performances by Museum Outreach performers (Oct. 10 from noon-5 p.m.). Midge Crickett Performance -- Music and songs (Oct. 16, 17 at 1 p.m.). Irony City Improv Troupe -- Comedy, games and theater (Oct. 23 at 1:30 & 3 p.m.). Musical Fusion with the Ortner/Roberts Duo -- Musical performance combines Harlem stride piano and klezmer, with group improv workshop with musicians (Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. RUMPUS -- Family-friendly DJ dance party with Halloween costumes (Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m.). Haunts, Hoots and Howls -- Halloween puppet show by We're Holden Puppets (Oct. 31 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.). 2010 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive (Nov. 4-Dec. 15). Discover Dance with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre -- Interactive introduction to classical ballet (Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.). Tot Time -- Activities, songs and stories for ages 18 months through 3 years (Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; Nov. 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 30 at 11 a.m.). Professor Migooch -- Songs and games with Professor Migooch (Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 3, 24, Nov. 7, 21, Dec. 5, 19, 26 from noon-2 p.m.). We're Holden Puppets -- Learn the art of shadow puppetry (Sept. 18 from 1-3 p.m.).
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
1001 5th Ave., Uptown 412-642-1800
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Nov. 3-7); An Evening with David Jeremiah (Nov. 18); Chelsea Handler (Dec. 4); Harlem Globetrotters (Dec. 26).
GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET
Station Square, 412-355-7980
Dinner Cruises: Captain's Dinner Dance Cruise (Saturdays through Nov.); Chicken & Ribs Dinner Cruise (Thursdays through Oct.). Dinner Theater Cruises: A Dinner with the Godfather (Sept. 17, Nov. 5), Lordy Lordy! Marty's Forty (Oct. 15, Dec. 17). Oldies Dinner Dance Cruise: The Holidays (Nov. 13) Johnny Angel & the Halos (Nov. 20); Blues & Barbeque Cruise: Jill West and Blues Attack (Oct. 1, Nov. 27). Luncheon Cruises: Rivers Casino Lunch Cruise (Mondays). Entertainment Cruises: Polish Polka with Lenny Gomulka (Sept. 25). Sightseeing Cruises: One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise (Weekdays through Sept., weekends through Oct.). Excursion Cruises: Fall Foliage Cruise (Oct. 7-9, 14-16); Oglebay Festival of Lights Cruise & Tour (Dec. 3). Family Fun Cruises: Saturday Family Picnic Cruise (Sept. 11, 25).
Holiday Cruises: Murder Mystery Cruise (Oct. 20); Halloween Fun Cruise (Oct. 30); Halloween Dance Cruises (Oct. 29, 30); Light Up Night Dinner Dance Cruise (Nov. 19); Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise (Nov. 25); Santa Family Fun Cruise (Nov. 26-28, Sat. and Sun. from Dec. 4-19, Sat. morning cruises Dec. 11, 18, plus Mon. Dec. 6); Holiday Dinner Dance Cruise (Fri. and Sat. from Nov. 27-Dec. 18); Holiday Luncheon Cruise (Dec. 3, 11, 17); New Year's Eve Cruises (Dec. 31).
Shuttle Cruises: Shuttle service to PNC Park and Heinz Field for Pirates, Steelers and Panthers games.
Avella, Pa., 724-587-3412
American Indian Heritage Weekend --- Native artisans will demonstrate everyday skills (Sept. 25-26).
Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side, 412-323-7235
EVENTS: WINGS! -- Flight presentation with video and music in the new Helen M. Schmidt Theater (opens Oct. 9; daily at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Haunted Aviary -- over-21 event; tickets: 412-323-7235 (Oct. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.). National Aviary Light Up Night -- Holiday bird show at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: 412-258-9439 (Dec. 3). Holiday Bird Show -- Bird show set to holiday music (Nov. 26-Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Breakfast with Santa: 412-258-9439 (Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 8:30 a.m.).
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Schenley Park, 412-622-6914.
EXHIBITS: Fall Flower Show: Gothic Gardens in Autumn (Oct. 16-Nov. 7); Garden Railroad (Oct. 16-March 13); Winter Flower Show (Nov. 26-Jan. 9).
EVENTS: Phipps Sparkler 2010: Toasting America's EcoFABULOUS Garden -- Proceeds benefit programs at Phipps (Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.). Halloween Happenings (Oct. 29 from 4-8 p.m.). Gargoyles and Early Music -- Chatham Baroque performs (Oct. 29 from 5-9 p.m.). Farmers at Phipps (Wednesdays through October from 2:30-6:30 p.m.). Dr. Phipps Greenline On-Site Plant Clinics (Saturdays through Oct. from 9:30 a.m.-noon); Candlelight Evenings -- Conservatory is open until 10 p.m. (Dec. 6-30); Garlands & Gifts and Holiday Teatime at Phipps; reservations required by Nov. 30 (Dec. 2, 3 and 4 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.). Family Fun Days (Dec. 26-30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); New Year's Eve Family Celebration (Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m.)
PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM
Highland Park, 412-665-3639
EVENTS: UPMC for Life National Grandparent's Day (Sept. 12); Macy's Elephant Day (Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Sea Otter Awareness Day (Sept. 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ); Gorilla Lawyer.com ZooZilla 5k Run/Walk (Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.; registration 7 a.m.); RAD-ical Day -- Free admission (Oct. 10); KDKA ZooBoo for Kids' Sake (Oct. 23-24, 30-31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); Lovable Lemurs, Tropical Forest tours, pre-registration (Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.); Yellow Book Polar Bear Birthday (Nov. 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.); Polar Bears: Symbols of the Arctic -- Video conference on threats facing polar bears with biologists and scientists stationed in the Arctic, pre-registration (Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.); Town Planner Animal Thanksgiving -- Animals get Thanksgiving treats (Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.); Breakfast or Lunch with Santa Claus (Dec. 11-12, 18-19; breakfast at 9:30 a.m., lunch at noon; pre-registration beginning Nov. 3); Winter Mini-Camp -- Education programs (Dec. 28-30). Registration information: 412-365-2528. Noon Year's Eve -- noon ball drop and activities (Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.).
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
1212 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-454-6000
EXHIBITS: Beat 'em Bucs -- The Story of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates -- Features life-size museum figure of Bill Mazeroski, plus artifacts, audio and film (through Jan.); Steelers Super Bowl Trophies -- All six are on display (through Sept. 15); Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art -- More than 200 artworks and objects from the Vatican collection (Oct. 2-Jan. 9).
EVENTS: Blood Drive -- Black and gold theme (Sept. 13 from noon-7 p.m.). Junior Great Race -- Costumed re-enactors will fire muskets to start the race, which takes place at the historic Fort Pitt site (Sept. 19 at noon at the Fort Pitt Museum). Constitution Day at the History Center -- Activities and self-guided tours (Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Kid-storian Wednesdays -- Stories, tours and crafts for ages 3-5 (Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-noon). Renovation & Preservation Weekend -- Celebrating & Exploring the Homes & Properties of our Region -- Program focuses on regional resources for home renovation and historic preservation (Sept. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Pittsburgh Parish Bus Tour -- Tour of four Pittsburgh Catholic Churches (Oct. 16). St. Nicholas Millvale: Pittsburgh Art and Architecture -- Tour of historic church and its murals, followed by tour of the Vatican Splendors exhibit (Oct. 25 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.). Upon This Rock: Warrior Popes, Genius Artists and the Triumph of Christianity: Andy Warhol Museum director Tom Sokolowski talks about the history of the Vatican and its influence on present-day religion (Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.); Church Tours: St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale or St. Anthony Chapel in Troy Hill (Nov. 6). St. Anthony: History on Troy Hill -- Church tour plus Vatican Splendors exhibit (Nov. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Art and Immigration -- Panel discussion with local scholars and professionals (Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.).
Next to Carnegie Library, Oakland.
EVENTS: Pittsburgh Jazz Society Festival (Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.); Carnegie Library Read Aloud -- Storytime for adults (Sept. 25 at noon); WYEP's Final Friday Concert (Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.; 1960s World Series Celebration (Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m.)