Things to do in Pittsburgh when you’re dead

I’m not actually dead, nor even resting, unfortunately. But I may be dead by the this time next week, given the full slate of activities I have lined up. Local folks might want to join in (for the activities, not the dying of exhaustion bit):

Thursday, June 3
Geek Night the 35th, Church Brew Works, Lawrenceville, 5pm – whenever
From the invite: “Join us for the thirty-fifth iteration of the Pittsburgh Geek Night on Thursday, June 3, 2004. Drink beer. Trade stupid user stories. Enjoy the soothing chirp of a room full of pagers.” Details, directions, and RSVP info here.

Later that same night, if I can manage it, I’ll be at the Rex Theatre, South Side, at 8pm, to see the Reverend Horton Heat. Tickets through Ticketmaster, whom I’d link to if they weren’t Evil Incarnate.

Friday, June 4
Gist Street Reading Series, James Simon Sculpture Studio, Uptown, 7:30pm – whenever
Aaron Smith from New York City will read poetry, Lois Williams from Highland Park will read non-fiction. Details, directions, and more here. Arrive early to ensure you aren’t shut out. BYOB.

The evening ends on a rather less highbrow literary note: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban opens, and I may try to catch a midnight showing. Gary Oldman with long, shaggy hair: mmmm.

Saturday, June 5
Vanilla Soul Revue, at the Brick House, Butler, about 10:30pm. As always, look for the most spastic, flailing dancer, and that’ll be me. But I won’t be out too late because…

Sunday, June 6
Early in the morning, red-eyed and smoke-smelling — yet clear-headed and insightful — I’ll be co-leading a session of the Fat Plum Book Boot Camp. (This first Boot Camp was a grand success, with all the participants giving us excellent feedback. We’re already booking people for the next camp, which will be held on Wednesday evenings. Details here.)

That evening, David Sedaris reads from his new book, Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim at the Benedum Center, 7pm. A few tickets may still be available.