Rib Fest on the North Shore
Here's a tried-and-true game plan for the weekend at Heinz Field: ribs, music and football.
Although the Steelers are not home this weekend, they celebrate the start of the 2013 season with the annual Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival today through Monday.
There will be rib vendors, rides and free concerts by The Clarks, country stars Justin Moore and Montgomery Gentry, and more. The Steelers Experience, from 3 to 8 p.m. today through Sunday, will feature Look Like a Steeler, QB Toss and Locker Room.
Admission is free to the public and there is free bike parking on Reedsdale Street every day of the event except Monday.
All concerts are on the south plaza stage (except for Montgomery Gentry, which is at Stage AE).
Hours are noon-midnight today and Friday; 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday; and noon to the end of the University of Pittsburgh football game Monday.
6:30 p.m.: North Carolina country band Parmalee ("Musta Had a Good Time")
8:15 p.m.: Montgomery Gentry -- the multi-platinum country-rock duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry -- performs at Stage AE with Chris Cavanaugh. Reserved pit tickets are $35, but lawn tickets are free at the Sundance Vacations Booth on the festival grounds.
6-7:30 p.m.: Youth Football Camp
9 p.m.: Pittsburgh rock band The Clarks
9 a.m.: Annual Steelers 5K Race and Fitness Walk at Heinz Field to benefit the AJR Scholarship Fund featuring co-chairs Ryan Clark and Louis Lipps.
5 p.m.: Pittsburgh rock band Tres Lads (south plaza)
8:30 p.m.: Maryland country singer Maggie Rose (south plaza)
7:30 p.m.: Illinois country singer Drew Baldridge
9 p.m.: Nashville country singer Justin Moore ("If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away")
4 p.m.: Pitt Panthers pre-game party at Stage AE with 6 p.m. outdoor performance by country singer David Nail (free).
8 p.m.: Pitt vs. Florida State (8 p.m.): Fans must have a ticket to enter game. Festival grounds open before, during and after game.
For more information on the Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival, visit http://heinzfieldribfest.com.
The Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival hits its 20th year with a time warp weekend at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
The festival takes patrons back to 1776 with more than 500 artisans donning period clothing will peddle their finest wares. There will be more than 220 booths with exhibitors from 20 states displaying floral designs, embellished clothing, scented candles, stained glass, jewelry, decorative painting, functional and decorative wood, seasonal home decorations, fun foods and more.
There will be living history demonstrations and military encampment presented by Carpenter's Battery, C.S.A., plus musical performances by Beaver Creek and Acoustic Shadows of the Blue & Gray (Saturday-Monday) and the Westland Flute Choir (Saturday and Sunday).
Kids can have their faces painted by colonial clowns Glitter Dot & Dapper and enjoy the "Wild World of Animals" and "The Bug Lady" shows on Saturday and Sunday.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Admission is $6; $5.50 senior citizens (65+); $1 kids 6-12. Go to www.familyfestivals.com.
RenFest for kids
It's a three-day second weekend for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in West Newton, where the theme is the Prince, Princess & Pirate Party. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult, and special activities including the Prince, Princess and Pirate Costume Contest, the Royal Quest, knighting ceremonies and photos with the King and Queen.
Hours are 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is $16.95. Information: http://pittsburghrenfest.com or 724-872-1670.
Work that body
Bodybuilders and fitness athletes from throughout the country will flex their muscles in Pittsburgh this weekend.
GNC is the host of the 2013 IFBB North American Championships on Friday and Saturday in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel, Station Square. More than 700 amateur bodybuilders and fitness athletes, both men and women, will compete in several different age groups.
Prejudging for most women's events and men's physique competitors begins at 9 a.m. Friday, with the finals starting at 5 p.m.
Prejudging for men bodybuilders and women figure competitors begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals following at 5 p.m.
Tickets, available at the door, are $30 for each prejudging session and $60 for each finals session.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents "Romeo and Juliet" as an interactive event -- the audience will be asked to choose sides.
"Director Helen M. Meade plays with space and time in a unique way, even for us," artistic director Jennifer Tober says. "Meade is staging Romeo and Juliet's stories simultaneously, and the audience will have to choose [to] follow the Capulets (Juliet) or the Montagues (Romeo). Of course, the lovers will reunite for their scenes together."
The cast includes Bradford Sadler and Danielle Powell as the title characters, with Ron Siebert making his PSIP debut as the fateful Friar Lawrence.
The company's ninth season of providing free outdoor shows (audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket) starts eight weekend-matinee performances of "Romeo and Juliet" on Saturday. The schedule (all shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday): Aug. 31-Sept. 1 -- Frick Park, Blue Slide playground, Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill; Sept. 7-8 -- Allegheny Commons, Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side; Sept. 14-15 -- Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler streets, Lawrenceville; Sept. 21-22 -- Frick Park, Blue Slide playground. The show runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes. More info at www.pittsburghshakespeare.com.
Radio Mad Science
Midnight Radio Jr.'s "Episode 2: Mad Science Lab!" re-creates the trappings of a live radio broadcast as a family-friendly stage show. In this program, a megalomaniac scientist concocts a diabolical scheme to take over the world, but something is amiss -- the terrifying monster has a heart of gold, and what about those mutant veggies sprouting up around the globe? Shows are 2 p.m. (not midnight!) Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $8 for children, $15 everyone else at www.bricolagepgh.org or 412-471-0999.
Root and friends
Rusted Root -- Pittsburgh's all-time favorite tribal rock band -- returns to Hartwood Acres to headline the 14th annual Allegheny County Music Festival Sunday.
It begins at 5 p.m. with sets by Corned Beef and Curry, Royal Teeth, Carla Bianco and Liz Berlin's "We Rock Workshop."
Rusted Root, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with the release of its seventh album, "The Movement," will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The current lineup features singer-guitarist Michael Glabicki, singer-percussionist Liz Berlin, bassist Patrick Norman, guitarist Colter Harper, percussionist Preach Freedom and drummer Dirk Miller.
The suggested donation is $20 per car to benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. The fund finances requests from children and youth receiving services through the county's Department of Human Services or Allegheny County Juvenile Probation for life-enriching items and opportunities not otherwise available through traditional government funding.
THE FREE STUFF
• The free South Park concert series ends with the Hometown Music Fest featuring JD Eicher & the Goodnights, Caleb Lovely and Danielle Barbe at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series concludes with the Disney nature documentary "Chimpanzee" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington. On Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens "Marvel's The Avengers." The films begin at dusk.
• Sax great Kenny Blake concludes the Stars at Riverview Jazz Series in Riverview Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
NEED TO KNOW
• Hank III -- grandson of Hank Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and self-described "king of hellbilly" -- is about to release a double country album ("Brothers of the 4x4") and a punk album ("A Fiendish Threat"). First, he plays Altar Bar in the Strip at 7:30 p.m. Monday with Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch. Tickets are $20-$22; www.thealtarbar.com.
• Comedian Dave Coulier, best known for playing Uncle Joey on the long-running sitcom "Full House," appears at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront, Homestead. Times are 8 tonight; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. For more info and tickets, $20, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
• Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will return to Pittsburgh to introduce a program of nine short films, "Creating the Pandrogyne: Celebrating Breyer P-Orridge," at 8 p.m. Friday at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side. The films are screened in conjunction with the exhibition "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E," which continues through Sept. 15. For tickets, $10, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
• The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show ponders "Carlos Danger: The Rise and Fall of Anthony Weiner" at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Political sex scandals of the past and present will be revisited with Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers, therapist Natalie Bencivenga and mayoral candidate Bill Peduto's press secretary Sonya Toler. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.