Kid Rock performs at First Niagara Pavilion on Sunday.
Mirren as the Queen
National Theatre Live’s broadcast of the London production of “The Audience” returns to Pittsburgh at the SouthSide Works Cinema, with Dame Helen Mirren now a Tony winner in the role of Queen Elizabeth II.
She won the Olivier Award, the West End’s Tony equivalent, for the role before the Peter Morgan play transferred to Broadway last season. The play spans 60 years and imagines conversations between the Queen and each of 12 English prime ministers — from Winston Churchill through David Cameron — in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience. Movie times are 7 tonight and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the box office or at www.sswcinema.com.
Also this summer, SouthSide Works will present NTL’s broadcast of Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) in “Everyman,” adapted by Carol Ann Duffy with movement by Javier De Frutos and helmed by the National Theatre’s new director, Rufus Norris. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 11 a.m. Aug. 9.
Comedian Ralphie May appears at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront, Homestead, this weekend. Best known for his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing” and voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Mr. May released his record-setting fourth one-hour Comedy Central special, “Too Big to Ignore,” in 2012.
Showtimes are 8 tonight, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25, $50 VIP; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Phat Man Dee sendoff
Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised $18,000, cabaret singer Phat Man Dee and burlesque performer/videographer Smokin’ McQueen are heading to Europe to perform at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, along with various clubs and jam sessions.
They will return with video for an online series called “Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee.”
They are throwing Our Big Phat Bon Voyage Birthday Party at Lava Lounge, 2204 E. Carson St., South Side, at 9 tonight with guests Tommy Amoeba, Gena Musica, Christiane Leach, Andrew the Impaled, David Apocalypse, Viva Valezz, Nomi Darling, Lita D’Vargas, Just Jingles, Fangs the Clown and Sheila Shebang. Admission is $10.
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont offers a free screening of the short films that came out of the 2014 Film Factory Competition & Community Showcase at 6:30 tonight.
Among the films are “Paper Umbrellas” by Julie Jigour; “All-Sight” by Talia Shea Levin; “Check Yes or No” by Kelechi Urama; and “Zombie Woman” by Kevin Hejna. Information: www.thehollywooddormont.org.
West Virginia-born country star Brad Paisley brings his “Crushin’ It World Tour” to the First Niagara Pavilion on Friday, and like in the studio for the new album, there’s a bar on stage.
“It enhances the show in a couple of ways,” he told the Arizona Republic. “And one is the opening acts are incorporated. Mickey Guyton comes out and sings a song with me, and she sits there in a darkly lit kind of nightclub-looking setting. And Justin Moore is sitting there with his guys, and he’s pouring beer for the guys. And then, we also have giveaways at radio [stations] and people get to come up 20 at a time to be on the stage and watch the show behind me.”
Mr. Paisley, who opened for the Rolling Stones in Nashville this month, is touring on his 10th studio album, “Moonshine in the Truck,” on which he went for more of a honky-tonk sound.
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60; www.ticketmaster.com.
Parade of Trolleys
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington welcomes Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for the annual Parade of Trolleys Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trolley parades will occur at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. There also will be children’s activities, Operation Lifesaver Display, Steel City LEGO Users Group display, tours, and furry friends from the Washington County Humane Society.
Admission is $10; $9 for seniors; $7 for children 3-15. Information: 724-228-9256 or www.patrolley.org.
John Holt will perform his one-man show “Voices of the Stars” in a late-night cabaret Saturday at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. The local musical theater actor who has performed at local venues including a decade at the Shiloh Inn on Mount Washington and a six-year stint at the Hyeholde, does vocal impressions of more than two dozen female singers: Billie Holliday, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Carol Channing and more.
Tickets are $10 at the door or free to ticketholders of any earlier Pittsburgh Cultural District show. Doors open at 10 p.m. for the 10:30 p.m. show. More info: trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
An Evening With Dr. Cyril Wecht, at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont on Saturday, finds talk show host John McIntire interviewing Dr. Wecht about his work on countless cases including JFK, JonBenet Ramsey, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, O.J. Simpson and Kurt Cobain. He’ll also discuss his federal prosecution and ultimate vindication. A Q&A will follow.
It begins at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15 advance; $17 day of show; www.theoakstheater.com or 412-828-6311.
DMX in Millvale
DMX, who has given new meaning to the idea of rap sheet, pulls into Mr. Smalls in Millvale on Saturday.
The hardcore rapper, the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at No. 1, last released “Undisputed” in 2012, and comes with such rap hits as “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “What’s My Name?”
Also on the 7 p.m. bill are smoothvega, Da Deputy, Brandon Marcel, Highrollerz, Nuk and DJ Yemi. Tickets are $35; www.ticketweb.com.
OpenStreetsPGH returns Sunday with 3.5 miles of closed-off road for bicycling, walking, running, shopping, yoga, kids’ fitness and dance classes.
It takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday on Penn Avenue and Butler Street, from Market Square, Downtown, through the Strip District to Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.
The Event Hubs for group activities are Market Square; Eighth and Penn; 23rd and Penn and Leslie Park in Lawrenceville.
Go to www.OpenStreetsPGH.org for details.
Kid Rock, one of the best bargains in show business, returns to the First Niagara Pavilion with the “$20 Best Night Ever” tour.
Billboard said the Detroit rocker’s newly released 10th album, “First Kiss,” was “hardly his most adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one.”
Kid Rock, who debuted back in 1990, brings along hits ranging from rap-rockers like “Bawitdaba” to heartland songs like “All Summer Long.”
He brings along ’70-’80s hitmakers Foreigner (“Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” “Urgent”), a band that is down to one original member in guitarist Mick Jones.
Tickets are $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total ticket price at about $30 or less. There will be $4 beers and special $20 tour T-shirts.
Show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Go to www.LiveNation.com.
• The WYEP Summer Music Festival features Martin Sexton, The Lone Bellow, Kopecky and Brightside at 6 p.m. Saturday in Schenley Plaza, Oakland; wyep.org.
• Chris Higbee, formerly of Povertyneck Hillbillies, performs the Jam on Walnut on Walnut Street, Shadyside, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Alternative rock band Eve 6 plays the South Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Pittsburgh Celtic punk band Bastard Bearded Irishmen plays Hartwood Acres with The Hawkeyes at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
• The Stars at Riverview Jazz Series, Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, presents Roger Humphries at 7 p.m. Saturday; www.Citiparks.net.
• Blues Brotherhood: Blues Brother Tribute plays the Rivers Casino Amphitheater, North Side, at 7 p.m. Friday; www.riverscasino.com.
• Gedeon Luke and the People performs at the Summersounds series at St. Clair Park, Greensburg, at 7 p.m. Friday (6:15 p.m. pre-show with Ben Shannon); www.summersounds.com.
• Bach, Beethoven and Brunch in Mellon Park, Shadyside, features Quinta Voce Wind Quintet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday; 412-255-2493 or www.Citiparks.net.
• The Squirrel Hillbillies perform at the Shady Side Academy Junior School, 400 S. Braddock Ave., Point Breeze at 5 p.m. today (in gymnasium if rain), www.shadysideacademy.org/playground; 412-968-3045.
• Citiparks’ Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park screens “The Hundred-Foot Journey” at Brookline Memorial Park, Oakridge Street, tonight; at Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville, Friday; and Grandview Park, Mount Washington, Saturday. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is at Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, on Saturday; and Oscar-nominated animation “The Boxtrolls” is at Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill, Sunday. All start at dusk; www.citiparks.net.
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