City of Asylum premieres “LOST/FOUND: Finding Refuge in Pittsburgh,” at the Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 6 p.m. This original work by the directors of Prague-based Archa Theatre and Allstar Refugee Band is based on stories gathered from Pittsburgh’s refugee communities. Original music is by Michael Romanyshyn and the Allstar Refugee Band. A concert follows at 8 p.m. The public event is free, but reservations are recommended at cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/events.
The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “Noises Off,” the uproarious farce that’s all about “sardines and doors, doors and sardines” -- and lot and lots of laughter -- finishes its run at 2 p.m. today at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown, also marking the finale of the company‘s 39th season. Tickets are $29-$55 at ppt.org or 412-312-1600.
Neko Case, a singer with power-pop band the New Pornographers, supports her solo release, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” with a concert presented by Opus One and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater; tickets are $32.75-$78.25 at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
The Three Rivers Regatta begins three days of events around the July 4 holiday weekend, including the Y-108 Battle of the Bands -- local country bands, that is -- on the Main Stage at Point State Park from 3 to 8 p.m. It‘s also Day 1 of the Guinness World Record Day, with up to 15 individual records attempted at Point State Park from 4 to 6:30 p.m. For the complete regatta schedule, visit www.threeriversregatta.net.
Get ready for sightings of furry creatures about town. Anthrocon 2014 hits town on this day -- on-site registration day -- and runs through next Sunday, when folks fascinated with anthropomorphics -- humanlike animal characters -- invade the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Guests include voice actors Lee Tockar and Jim Cummings for the weekend fuzz fest, which features workshops, panel discussions, an art exhibition and a dealers’ room. Single-day admission is $30; find maps, hours and more at www.anthrocon.org.
The summer of ’64 roars back into focus as Pittsburgh Filmmakers marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ “A Hard Day‘s Night.” A restored version of the movie that includes a soundtrack (featuring eight Beatles songs) that has been remixed and remastered by Giles Martin, son of producer George Martin, at Abbey Road Studios, opens on the Fourth of July at the Regent Square Theater. For showtimes and more, visit theaters.pittsburgharts.org.
A Scanning Day for the public to add photographic images to A People‘s History of Pittsburgh will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art. Visitors who bring a hardcopy of a photo for scanning will receive free museum admission. The project is part of the Hillman Photography Initiative and is led by Pittsburgh photographers Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, co-founders of Spaces Corners bookstore. Submissions to date have ranged from family photographs of the last century to neighborhood and steel mill shots. Contributors are also invited to share stories. The images will form an ever-growing archive of local photography some of which will be chosen to appear in an eventual print publication. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
Western Pennsylvania art professionals will discuss “Starting an Art Collection on a Shoestring Budget” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m from the Laurel Stage of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg. A tour of the nearby Westmoreland Art Nationals juried art exhibition will follow. Admission is free.
SATURDAY and NEXT SUNDAY
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents “Summer Sparklers,” a free outdoor concert led by artistic director Daniel Meyer. The concerts feature light works by Sousa, Tchaikovsky, Williams and others. Saturday‘s 7 p.m. concert takes place at St. Clair Park’s Robertshaw Amphitheater at of North Maple Avenue. and East Otterman Street, Greensburg. It repeats at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday for the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield and Unity townships. More at 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org.