Children from St. Raphael School in Morningside and jazz guitarist Joe Negri will perform in an anniversary tribute to Lawrenceville-born composer Stephen Foster. The free program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Main Chapel of the Temple of Memories at Allegheny Cemetery, 4715 Penn Ave. in Lawrenceville.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Foster's death on Jan. 13, 1864. The event is co-sponsored by the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for American Music. Deane L. Root, professor of music and director of the center, will talk about Foster's place in musical history and accompany the musicians. James Wudarczyk, author of multiple books and articles about Lawrenceville and Pittsburgh history, will discuss Foster's life and legacy. The composer is buried in Allegheny Cemetery's Section 21, Lot 30-31. For more information: 412-325-1948 or www.alleghenycemetery.com.
The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet will perform Latin American dances by Arturo Piazzolla, Macedonio Alcala, Miguel del Aguila and other composers at 8 p.m. in the Kresge Theatre on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, Oakland. CMU's school of music is presenting the free concert.
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"CORNINGWORKS: Recipes Our Mothers Gave Us" will be on stage at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. Three seasoned performers -- an American, an Asian and a French/Swede -- explore the societal stories that season one's life. It is created and performed by Beth Corning, along with award-winning, critically acclaimed guest artists Maria Cheng and Francoise Fournier. A complimentary tasting event will follow each performance hosted by a local guest celebrity chef. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, $30, $25 seniors/students, www.showclix.com or 888-718-4253. For more info: www.corningworks.org or www.newhazletttheater.org.
Carnegie International 2013-14 programming begins the year with a replay of the standing-room-only puppet performance given during the big exhibition's opening weekend at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver and original cast members Kristen Barca and Joann Kielar reprise CI13-14 artist Paulina Olowska's puppetry performance "Museum Piece (For Margo Lovelace)." Mr. Sarver will also preview a new work with fellow puppeteer Mike Cuccaro. The Culture Club event, "These Aren't Your Kids' Puppets!," begins at 5:30 p.m., when the bar opens, and continues until 9 p.m. with the performance and opportunity to create an original puppet. $10 includes admission and one drink ticket. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
Writer/photographer Adam Eisenstat's multimedia presentation "Hidden Lawrenceville: An Exhilarating Sphere of Living History" will kick off the Lawrenceville Historical Society's 2014 lecture series at 7 p.m. in the McVey Auditorium, Canterbury Place Building, 310 Fisk St. (near Penn Avenue and 40th Street.). The event is free, and reservations are not required. "To walk Pittsburgh is to feel Pittsburgh, and nowhere is that truer than in Lawrenceville," says Mr. Eisenstat. "On a nice day, the neighborhood seems luminous. Maybe it's that way all the time and you just notice it more when you're on foot." (www.lhs15201.org)
The photographic exhibition "Arena: Remembering the Igloo" by David Aschkenas opens at the 707 Penn Gallery, Downtown, and runs through March 2. The exhibition presents a visual record of the Civic Arena's last months in operation and its yearlong demolition process. A free opening reception will be held 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, www.trustarts.org.
Meeting of Important People performs in the newly renovated entrance space at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. This Pittsburgh trio has shared the stage with artists such as OK Go, The Secret Machines and Dean & Britta. Several of the trio's songs were heard on TV shows such as "The Real World" and "The Ghost Whisperer." The Nox Boys, a young local garage rock band, will open the show. This performance is standing-room only. For tickets, $10/$8 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
The Cincopation Woodwind Quintet and the Carnegie Mellon Honors String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Greenburg's Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Presented by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra chamber music concert series, Cincopation will perform works by Grieg, Milhaud, Rota, Holst and Debussy; the strings will follow with Beethoven and Dessner. Tickets are $5-$10, available at the door.