ShareThis Page
More A and E

Trucks and laughs and Cuba, oh my! Lots on tap this weekend in Pittsburgh

| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
A participant makes their way to the finish line of Cupid's Undie Run outside of McFadden's on the North Shore on Feb. 11, 2017. All of the money raised went to benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
A participant makes their way to the finish line of Cupid's Undie Run outside of McFadden's on the North Shore on Feb. 11, 2017. All of the money raised went to benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Monster Jam takes over PPG Paints Arena Feb. 9-11.
Feld Motor Sports
Monster Jam takes over PPG Paints Arena Feb. 9-11.

Love may be in the air, bit romance isn't the only action in Pittsburgh this weekend.

It wouldn't be winter in Pittsburgh without the thundering commercials announcing MONSTER JAM!!

The giant trucks attract fans of all ages each and every year and this year is no exception.

Get on down to PPG Paints Arena Feb. 9-11 for Monster Jam and see these impressive, massive machines in action.

Details: 800-745-3000 or

Comedian Joel McHale brings his standup to the Pittsburgh Improv stage Feb. 9-10. McHale is known for his stints on "Community," "The Great Indoors," the recent revival of "The X-Files," "The Soup," as well as numerous appearances on late-night talk shows. Yeah, he's that funny guy.


Visit Cuba (sorta)

Dreaming of a vacation? Not happening, right?

The next best thing may just be the ticket. Lush tropical plants, cascading waterfalls and those classic 1940s and '50s American cars that fill the streets are part of the landscape and culture of Cuba that come to life at Phipps' Tropical Forest Conservatory. "Tropical Forest Cuba" opens Feb. 10.

Details: 412-622-6914 or

Ring it

Learn basic metal smithing processes to fabricate sheet metal into adjustable rings at the Society for Contemporary Craft Feb. 9.

Basic rings can be personalized with stamped names and words, as well as a variety of textures and finishes. Using copper, brass and nickel, students will cut, file, stamp, hammer, patina and polish their way to completing several adjustable rings.

The center is located at 2100 Smallman St., located in Pittsburgh's historic produce terminal.


Get (almost) naked

Cupid's Undie Run is a "brief" fun run that takes place in the middle of a big party at Feb. 10 at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on Pittsburgh's North Shore. That's right: party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure to neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. Race organizers encourage undies, but we get that it's not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast and raise some money for NF research.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me