Crawl To The Square

Okay, we don't really want you to crawl to Market Square. But we do hope you do walk, run or even hop to the Square before, during or after tonight's Gallery Crawl that starts Downtown at 5:30 p.m. For the summer Crawl, the Cultural Trust transforms  Downtown into one big art gallery and block party, with plenty of art, music, food and beverages along Penn and Liberty avenues. And we hear there are some really, really big surprises in store this time around. Oh, and did we mention that it's all free? How's that for a great night out in the city?

Of course, there's plenty more going on in and around Downtown this weekend. If you can snag a ticket or two, check out "The Producers" at the Benedum. This non-stop outrageous and non-hilarious musical from Mel Brooks is back for another round of laughs. Based on the cult favorite movie, "The Producers" won just about every award on Broadway you can imagine. If you haven't seen it yet, you better hurry. The show ends this Sunday.  If you make it down on Sunday, you can grab a sandwich at Primanti's or refreshing drink at Starbucks.

Now that the Major League Baseball All Star Game is over, the Pirates are back in town to play division rivals the Houston Astros. Even if the Bucs aren't doing so well in the standings, we think PNC Park is the most perfect place in the universe to watch a ballgame. Along with the enjoying the peanuts and Cracker Jack, it's Beach Towel Night for Friday's game — and don't forget the sunscreen.  You can snag your fresh roasted peanuts at Nicholas Coffee in Market Square and suncreen at the CVS.

Jazz fans will want to check out Little E's on Liberty to catch some of the coolest riffs around. And the Theatre Square Cabaret premieres "’S Wonderful," an all-singing and all dancing celebration of the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. This tuneful journey carries the audience to New York City, Paris, Hollywood and New Orleans on the music of one of America's most famous and beloved songwriting teams.  So maybe a retro cocktail at Bella Sera is in order here?

Just to warn you, with so many people enjoying summer in the city this evening, you might just want to think about chilling in the Square for a while at night's end. Whether you're waiting for traffic to ease up or just want to make the magic of Downtown last a little longer, the Square's a perfect place to end a big night on the town.

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