The Hot List of events for the weekend of Oct. 6-9
October 6, 2016 12:00 AM
Ben Folds will appear at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall tomorrow night.
Little Lake ‘LUV’
The comedy “LUV,” winner of three Tony Awards in 1965 and a nominee for best play, comes to Little Lake Theatre through Oct. 15. In the play by Murray Schisgal, Harry is ready to jump off a bridge when he is recognized by old college chum Milt, who is as miserable as Harry. Enter Milt’s wife, Ellen, and soon Milt foists Ellen upon Harry so that he can run off with another woman. The outrageous “LUV” triangle is the stuff of absurdist humor and traditional comedy.
“LUV” marks the return of retired Little Lake artistic director Sunny Disney Fitchett as a guest director. The setting on a pedestrian bridge is one of the theater’s largest design undertakings and will be built by Jared Pfennigwerth to span the width of the stage, with special effects lighting used to simulate moving water.
At 500 Lakeside Drive S., North Strabane. Through Oct. 15, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-$20; www.littlelake.org or 724-745-6300.
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture is host to “Wonderheads: Multiple Choice Non-Verbal Edition,” an event in which you have choices about your experience. Arrive at 8 p.m. ($25, all ages) and experience a performance by the award-winning masked troupe the Wonderheads. In “Grim and Fischer,” the Grim Reaper meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. 21 and over, Wonderheads ticketholders are welcome to stay for the silent disco at no extra charge.
At 9 p.m., the AWC Silent Disco features DJ SMI and DJ Inception for the 21+ crowd ($5 advance/$10 door). From Quiet Events, the Silent Disco lets you choose your jam with a flick of a switch: Blue, red or green lights on each headset show which DJ other partygoers are listening to, so you may sway to the same song as your friends or tap into your own tune. Silent films from Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and George Melies also will be featured at the party. More at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Young Nashville country singer Chase Bryant, who hit top 10 on the Country Airplay chart last year with his debut single, “Take It On Back,” plays the brand new Tequila Cowboy on the North Shore Thursday.
Thus far, the 22-year-old singer, whose grandfather performed with Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings, has toured with Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore. A lefty, he plays his own leads, using a right-handed guitar flipped upside-down a la Hendrix.
It’s at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10; http://tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh
Those are a few of the terms people reach for in trying to describe Animal Collective, the adventurous ensemble that broke out of Baltimore and became a critical darling in the early ‘00s. The group makes a long-awaited return to Pittsburgh, touring behind its 10th album, “Painting With,” another dizzying display of the band’s absurdist tendencies.
Brian Weitz, aka Geologist, recently told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “We work very hard at what we do, and we take that very seriously. Especially earlier in our career – 2004, 2003 – I think some people thought we were almost making a joke or being ironic, and we’ve never felt ironic about anything we do or never tried to convey irony. We are very sincere in what we do. We value our friendship with each other first and foremost. Music is supposed to be fun, and it means so much to us that if it’s not fun we’re not going to do it.”
They play Mr. Smalls at 9 p.m. Friday with Wife. Sold out.
Ben Folds + piano
His current tour, billed as “Ben Folds: A Piano & A Playpen,” is fashioned like his first solo tour back in 2001 and will find the beloved piano rocker running through his deep catalog, sharing stories and improvising on various instruments.
The tour follows a year after releasing the acclaimed “So There,” which had him collaborating with the yMusic Ensemble on eight chamber pop songs and debuting his “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra” with the Nashville Symphony.
It debuted last September atop Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover charts. “It’s a pop record, if that’s what you call what I write,” he said.
He’s at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, 8 p.m., $48-$239; ticketfly.
Nightmare on Hellsworth
Swedish sensation Zara Larrson, working in the electropop vein of Lorde and Robyn, headlines Nightmare on Hellsworth, an outdoor Halloween show in Shadyside sponsored by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh and Kiss 96.1 FM.
Larsson broke internationally last year with the singles “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You” and just released the new song “Ain’t My Fault.”
Ellsworth Avenue at Maryland, 7 p.m., free but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Costumes are encouraged.
Glass Center collaboration
Pittsburgh artists Seth Clark and Jason Forck collaborate in “Dissolution,” an exhibition at the Pittsburgh Glass Center that combines their “mutual interest in Americana landscape and the concept of abstraction through decay.”
The first collaboration for Clark, a collage artist, and Forck, a glass artist, it includes panels of blown glass collage in which shards of broken hot glass were layered into a kiln and fused together. One large installation includes 27 of these panels assembled together. Clark also displays his signature two-dimensional collages, and Forck will show a series of collapsing barn structures.
The opening runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition will be on view until Jan. 16 at 5472 Penn Ave., East Liberty. www.pittsburghglasscenter.org.
For the Dude
It is time once again to dis The Eagles, praise bowling and white Russians and, most importantly, pay homage to all things Dude.
The fourth annual Pittsburgh Abides: “Obviously You Are Not a Golfer” at Spirit in Lawrenceville celebrates “The Big Lebowski” with games, contests and cosplay, and a screening of the movie.
Guests can compete in trivia, ear spitting, ringer toss, a costume contest and mini golf featuring holes designed and built by Pittsburgh artists, including Mike Budai, Ashley Brickman and Tommy Bones Werner.
They can also pitch their Lebowski sequel to Patrick Jordan (barebones productions/Black Box Theater), perform their two-minute version of the movie and partake of the dance competition judged by Peter Kope (Attack Theatre).
Alexi Morrissey (Adventure Bingo) will host music performances by the [Expletive] bEagle Brothers, and Charlie Hustle and the Grifters as The Dude’s Tape Deck. Steer & Wheel will deliver In & Out-style burgers, and the Second Breakfast truck will offer lingonberry pancakes and pigs in a blanket.
Doors open at 3 p.m. at Spirit, 242 51st St. Tickets are $20; $18 advance: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2593910
Esperanza Spalding brings her new project Emily’s D+Evolution to the August Wilson Center, Downtown, on Friday.
It’s a departure for the four-time Grammy-winning bassist-singer melding rock, funk, jazz and pop in a power trio of electric bass, guitar and drums.
The former child prodigy described it, saying, “Emily is my middle name, and I’m using this fresh persona as my inner navigator. This project is about going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity and using it as a compass to move forward and expand. My hope for this group is to create a world around each song; there are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video and the movement of our bodies.”
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55-$65, www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Get down tonight
Ready to party like it’s 1976?
KC and The Sunshine Band pulls into the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Sunday to rock the house with “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way I Like It,” “Boogie Shoes” and more.
The group, going now for 40 years, was the first act since The Beatles to score four No. 1 pop singles in one 12-month period in 1976. It went on to score three triple platinum albums, three Grammys (including album of the year for the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack) and an American Music Award.
The last update to the discography was 2007’s “Yummy.”
Show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59-$79 ($5 additional at the door); www.thepalacetheatre.org
Calliope turns 40
Calliope — which has presented such artists as Odetta, Richie Havens, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Mickey Hart, Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and Jorma Kaukonen — celebrates its 40th Anniversary Sunday in a big way with the Taj Mahal Trio at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland.
The Harlem-born Mahal, who chose music over farming in late ‘50s, worked with such legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters, and formed The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder in 1964. His early association with the Rolling Stones exposed him to a wide audience and, after making his recording debut in 1968, he became renowned in the ‘70s for his blend of blues and Caribbean music.
The Grammy winner’s many collaborations include working with Eric Clapton, Etta James and members of The Band, and in 2012 he was part of the Experience Hendrix tour. His most recent album, 2008’s “Maestro,” received a Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album.
The concert is a fundraiser for Calliope, the folk music society that began in 1976 as Calliope House on the North Side and is now a non-profit with two concert series, a music school and a musician referral service.
Mahal has been busier than ever, touring and recording at a whirlwind pace with old friends and fellow musical sojourners.
It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75; $125 VIP; $20; www.calliopehouse.org or 412-361-1915.
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