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TODAY

Bernstein's "Candide" closes the Opera Theater's Summerfest in Fox Chapel. Actually, that production, at 2 p.m., is not the real end. At 5 p.m. the troupe will perform six short operas called "Night Caps," each set in bedrooms of a hotel, featuring soprano Anna Singer. Concerts take place at the Hillman Center on the campus of Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road. Tickets start at $20 ($10 for "Night Caps"); 412-326-9687 or www.otsummerfest.org.

WEDNESDAY

Musuhallpa: Music of the Andes performs as part of the Fifth Annual Solar Concert Series at Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square, in front of Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side, from 12:15-1 p.m. This Peruvian folk ensemble features native wind, string and percussion instruments. Pittsburgh's first green concert series continues Wednesdays in July and August. Information: http://solarconcertseries.org.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Expect more of a show than a concert at City Theatre on the South Side when the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performs music that explores the notion of silence in our hectic world. Inspired by Jeffrey Nytch's "Silences," the concert will feature Alfred Schnittke's moving cello solo "Klingende Buchstaben" and "Triple Crown" by David Stock. At 8 p.m. $15-$30, free for first-time patrons; 412-431-2489 or pnme.org.

FRIDAY

The opening reception for "Humor in Craft," "ironic, sarcastic and just plain amusing artworks by 32 artists," will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. $5 donation at the door. The exhibition continues through Oct. 27. Information: 412-261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.

SATURDAY

Comedian Ron Placone hosts his one-man show "Madness in the Message" at Steel City Improv Theater, 808 Tripoli St., North Side, at 8 p.m. "How is a profit-driven mass media affecting democracy -- and what can we do about it?" Mr. Placone explores this question in a provocative multimedia performance of media criticism and comedy that's described as " 'The Daily Show' meets the BBC series 'How TV Ruined Your Life' with an academic edge." Mr. Placone promises a tour through a contemporary media landscape where advertisers, owners and special interest groups come first and the general public comes dead last. His call to action will resonate regardless of whether you're ready to Occupy Mellon Square or throw a Tea Party in the Mon. Admission, $5 at the door. For more information, www.ronplacone.com.

FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY

Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres is slated to feature Canned Heat, Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, Anthony Gomes, Albert Cummings and Barbara Blue, plus local bands. KidZone (with arts, crafts, healthy snacks), raffles, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food. Free Friday (only) admission with bag of groceries for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Kids 12 and under always free -- plus free parking. Personal cooler donation fee: $10. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, two-day passes $45 (available until July 19). Information and tickets, www.pghblues.com or 412-460-BLUE.

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