RADical Days 2013 offers free admissions and tours in favorite places


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For the 12th annual RADical Days, 50 of the region's favorite cultural spots, from the Carnegie Museums to Heinz Field, will open their doors at no charge on specific days.

RADical Days, sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), is a thank-you to the public for the sales tax funds that support the region's parks, libraries, sports and civic facilities and programs, and arts and culture organizations.

RADical Days 2013 begins on Saturday and runs through Nov. 10.

New this year are guided hikes with the Audubon Society and performances by Squonk Opera and WQED's Musical Kids winners.

Here is the full schedule:

SATURDAY

Frick Art & Historical Center: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free family art activities and tours of Clayton (the restored Frick mansion), the Car and Carriage Museum and the Frick Art Museum.

SUNDAY

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Main: Free admission 2 p.m. World Kaleidoscope featuring rapper Jasiri X.

MONDAY

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Free admission 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

TUESDAY

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania: Free admission 9 a.m.-10 a.m. RADical Days Senior Hike: A walk tailored for more seasoned nature lovers.

SEPT. 26

PNC Park: Free admission: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (tours only). Tours take place on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last tour starting at 3 p.m.; 60 guest maximum, on a first-come, first-served basis. All areas, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Check radworkshere.org for information if a cancellation occurs.

Heinz Field: Free admission: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (tours only). Tours on the hour; last tour starts at 3 p.m. Limit 50 guests per hour. First come, first served.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Free admission 2-3 p.m. Free half-hour docent tour of the 2013 Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Master Visual Artists exhibits.

Squonk Opera & New Hazlett Theater: Free admission 8 p.m. The Squonkers will perform family-friendly, fast, funny excerpts from "Mayhem and Majesty" and demonstrate the technologies they use: instruments, projections, stage design.

SEPT. 27

David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Free admission for tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Gallery Crawl: Free admission 5:30-10 p.m.

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania: Free admission 7:30-9:30 p.m. Radical Days Owl Hike.

SEPT. 28

Society for Contemporary Craft: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition: "ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out." Offer your thoughts in our video booth and create your own talisman in the Drop-In Studio.

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania: Free admission 10-11 a.m. RADical Days Kids Walk -- best for children up to age 10 accompanied by parent or caregiver.

Allegheny County Parks -- Hartwood Acres Hay Day: free admission 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Carolyn M. Byham Studio: Free admission 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a free tour inside WQED-FM 89.3 Carolyn M. Byham Studio and meet "QED Morning Show" host Jim Cunningham as he broadcasts live from Katz Plaza in the Cultural District where various musicians and guests will join him from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for interviews and performances.

Young Men & Women's African Heritage Association: Free admission noon-6 p.m. YMWAHA Quilt Guild members will offer an art exhibition of quilts, including ones made by nationally recognized artists from the Gee Bend's Quilt Collective in Alabama. A variety of short films, dance and music performances are also included.

Prime Stage and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Main: Free admission noon-1 p.m. Prime Stage presents a sneak preview reading of its world premiere of "The Devil's Arithmetic," the Newbery Medal-winning tale about the Holocaust by Jane Yolen.

Pittsburgh Opera: Rising Stars: Free admission 6-7:30 p.m. Meet the 2013-14 Resident Artists as they introduce themselves through their favorite arias. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Limit 4 seats per reservation. Call 412-281-0912, ext. 216.

SEPT. 29

The Andy Warhol Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Carnegie Science Center: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission to all exhibits, planetarium and live shows on RAD Day; Omnimax and laser shows not included.

RiverQuest: Free admission 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit EXPLORER, the world's first green educational vessel for free science activities at the dock, including RiverWorks Discovery, sponsored by Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

Carnegie Museum of Art/Carnegie Museum of Natural History: Free admission noon-5 p.m.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians with Fiddlesticks (1 p.m.) and Chatham Baroque (2 p.m.).

Young Men & Women's African Heritage Association: Free admission noon-6 p.m. See activities description on Sept. 28.

Mattress Factory: Free admission 1-5 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera Up Close: "Aida," free admission 2-3:30 p.m. Opera Up Close is an in-depth look at the music and story of Verdi's "La Traviata" with music director Antony Walker, plus singers and directors from the production.

SEPT. 30

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

OCT. 1

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

OCT. 2

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MCG Jazz and Youth & Arts Festival: Free admission 5-7 p.m. Hands-on art projects and studio demonstrations, plus a family-friendly concert in the MCG concert hall for an all-ages performance.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Free admission 6-8 p.m. Free admission to the galleries and artist talk with Akiko Kotani, PCA 2013 Artist of the Year.

OCT. 3

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Free admission 2-3 p.m. Free half-hour docent tour of the 2013 Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Master Visual Artists exhibits.

OCT. 4

Pittsburgh Glass Center: Free admission 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Featuring heat-defying acts of art including glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations, plus the Lifeforms gallery.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Free admission: 7:30 p.m. (Program A) and 9:15 p.m. (Program B); two programs (each about 80 minutes) of award-winning short films from the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival including animation, documentary and experimental works.

OCT. 5

Bulgarian-Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center: Free admission 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fort Pitt Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boyce-Mayview Park/The Outdoor Classroom: Free admission 2-8 p.m. Guided nature hikes, geocaching, crafts and campfire treats (campfire 5-8 p.m. only).

Allegheny Land Trust -- Wingfield Pines Conservation Area: Free admission 2-7 p.m. Guided nature walks about bats and water, and self-led fun such as bird-watching and crafts.

City Theatre: Theater Workshop, free admission: 2:30-4:30 p.m. STORYTELLERS with Dance, Mime & Movement: Participants will create an original performance piece that they will then perform live in City Theatre's studio. Limited to ages 11-18. To register: 412-431-4400, ext. 225, or email klink@citytheatrecompany.org.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Free admission 7:30 p.m. (Program B) and 9:15 p.m. (Program A). Two programs (each about 80 minutes) of award-winning short films from the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival including animation, documentary and experimental works.

OCT. 6

Senator John Heinz History Center & Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of music with performances by Gateway to the Arts (noon), Tuesday Musical Club (12:30 p.m.), River City Brass (1 p.m.), WQED Musical Kids (2 p.m.), South Hills Chorale (2:30 p.m.), Children's Festival Chorus (3 p.m.).

National Aviary: Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Free admission: 1-4 p.m. Free art activities for kids and families in our studios and Galleries.

City Theatre: Theater Workshop, free admission: 2:30-4 p.m. LET'S GO GREEN!" Puppetry: Participants will learn how to make and manipulate their own puppets using narration, movement, and imagination. By the end of this workshop, students will take to the stage and watch their creations come to life. All supplies provided. Limited to ages 11-18. To register, call 412-431-4400, ext. 225, or email klink@citytheatrecompany.org.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Main: Free admission 3:30 p.m. Hear the Library's Music Department collection come to life at "Sounds Upstairs" featuring the South Side Sharps. This unusual grouping -- clarinet, euphonium and trombone -- will perform music ranging from Renaissance to Ragtime.

OCT. 10

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Free admission 2-3 p.m. Free half-hour docent tour of the 2013 Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Master Visual Artists exhibits.

OCT. 12

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Sketch Crawl: Free admission: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Downtown Cultural District provides a six-hour drawing marathon led by Rick Antolic. Bring a sketch book and drawing instruments. For all ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

OCT. 19

Allegheny County Parks -- South Park Hay Day: Free admission noon-4 p.m.

Attack Theatre: Free admission 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Attack Theatre at the new Pittsburgh Public Market for free, family-friendly dance performances featuring playful physicality and unmatched originality. Fun for all ages.

NOV. 10

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Free admission 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gates close at 4 p.m.). Performances by Pittsburgh CLO Mini-Stars (noon), Bulgarian dance troupe Otets Paissii (1 p.m.) and Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (3 p.m.). Note: the zoo entrance is next to major construction on Route 8 Butler Street, west of the Highland Park Bridge -- traffic delays are likely.

More information can be found at radworkshere.org. Updates also will be posted on the District's Facebook page facebook.com/radworkshere.org. Mobile users can receive updates via the District's text site: text RAD to SMASH (76274). There is no charge to receive text alerts; however, users' standard message and data rates may apply.

Admissions are first-come, first-served. Parking fees might be charged at venue lots. Performances are subject to change.

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First Published September 19, 2013 4:00 AM


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