The special election for Pittsburgh's vacant District 8 City Council seat is Tuesday, and if you aren't familiar with the candidates on the ballot, we've compiled a primer here. We also look at how and why this surprise race — one touched off by former Councilman Dan Gilman's December resignation — has been a surprisingly interesting one to watch. There are four names on the ballot — two independents, one Democratic nominee and one Republican nominee. Learn more about them here.
It would be easy to quickly drop several thousand dollars at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. Hot tub? Need it. A dozen plants? Add to cart. A cedar pavilion? For sure. Instead of blowing your savings account, there are some fun free things to do at the 10-acre home and garden expo. Here's what you need to know if you're a first timer and what you can't miss (for free).
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It's a little like HGTV irl at the Home & Garden show, which comprises 1,800 exhibits across 10 acres. Check out the technology at the Dream Home Innovation Center and ask all your plant questions at the Garden Resource Center. The show runs daily through March 11. Pro-tip: If you buy your tickets online, you get a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Before you go, check out our list of 11 *actually* free things to do at the show, including sipping wine, petting dogs and gawking at robotic lawn mowers.
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)
When: March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to March 11, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Watch a re-mastered version of the cult classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on the giant screen. At this sing-along event, go on an adventure with King Arthur and his knights in search of the holy grail. Showtimes are at 4 and 7 p.m.
Where: The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: March 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10 | $8 members
A variety of performers are set to show off their skills at Brookline's Got Talent before a panel of judges. Take a seat in the audience and cheer on your favorites at this BYOB event. Proceeds benefit Brookline Teen Outreach.
Where: Brookline Teen Outreach at 520 Brookline Blvd. (Brookline)
When: March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Local comedian Aaron Kleiber will film "No Vacations," his new one-hour comedy special live, produced in association with Animal Media Group and Executive Produced by Michael Killen, of ABC’s "Downward Dog." You probably know Kleiber from the hundreds of shows he’s performed at the Pittsburgh Improv and Arcade Comedy Theater, his appearances in Pennsylvania Lottery commercials, namely as President Grover Cleveland, or his goofy Pittsburgh Power commercials. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead at 510 E 10th Ave. (Munhall)
When: March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $20
A rotating group of improvisers will engage in an improv cocktail party — some in costume, all in character. They'll chat about all kinds of things like celebrity drama and neighborhood gossip. Audience suggestions and participation encouraged.
Where: Steel City Improv Theater at 5950 Ellsworth Ave.
When: March 3, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: $5