MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Lino Tagliapietra, one of the world's finest glassblowers, will be artist-in-residence Monday through Friday at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Garfield/Friendship. He will work in the studios with his Seattle-based team, Nancy Callan, Darin Denison, Jen Elek and Dave Walters. The public may watch daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission free). Mr. Tagliapietra was born in Murano, Italy, and was apprentice in the island's glass factories, where he earned the title of maestro at age 21. In 1979, he traveled for the first time to the United States to teach at Dale Chihuly's Pilchuck Glass School. Information: 412-365-2145 or www.pittsburghglasscenter.org.
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado returns to the Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Mr. Jurado, whose latest album is "Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son," has amassed a strong catalog of indie-folk releases featuring his signature powerful-yet-fragile vocals and vivid lyrical imagery. Tickets: $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. Free parking in the Warhol lot.
TUESDAY, FRIDAY AND NEXT SUNDAY
Pittsburgh Opera is back from its winter hibernation with a production of Nico Muhly's "Dark Sisters" at the CAPA Theater, Ninth Street at Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Downtown. The opera by the young American composer deals with the lives of mothers on a polygamist compound in the Southwestern United States after their children are taken from them in a government raid. Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets: $50; www.pittsburghopera.org or 412-456-6666.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy award-winning South African a cappella group, performs traditional songs and gospel-inspired music of peace, love and harmony at the Byham Theater, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$44; www.TrustArts.org or 412-456-6666.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
Actor-comedian Guy Torry will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Torry has appeared on "Def Comedy Jam" and "Comics Unleashed" and been in films including "American History X" and "Runaway Jury." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $17; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Carnegie International 2013 artist Joel Sternfeld will give a free public talk at 6:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art. The acclaimed American photographer will speak on his series "Sweet Earth," photographs and accompanying texts that chronicle experimental utopias in the United States. They're exhibited in the museum's Hall of Sculpture. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and pianist Joyce Yang will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. The concert features Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 and Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F. Concertgoers are welcome to bring nonperishable food items as donations to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Tickets: $10-$39; www.westmorelandsymphony.org or 724-837-1850.
Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville, hosts the second annual Snow Ball Music Festival 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. For one night, on two stages, enjoy a variety of musical genres represented by 17 bands including BOON, Elliott Sussman, Charlie Hustle & The Grifters, Vertigo Go, Son of Bitch, MotherHawk, Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, Lungs Face Feet, The Cheats, Chrome Moses, Faithful Sinners, Allegheny Rhythm Rangers, Armadillos, Shelf Life String Band, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Thunder Vest and Solarburn. DJs Pandemic Pete and Zombo also will be on hand. This 21 and over event has a $10 cover. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 412-687-2157.
Stogie Amir Kenyatta stars in "The World Is My Home: The Life & Times of Paul Robeson" at the Community Empowerment Association Cultural Center, 7210 Kelly St., Homewood, at 7:30 p.m. In his one-man show, Mr. Kenyatta, as Robeson, demonstrates that "from the horrors of the slave trade to the shame of the Holocaust, from the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance to the bebop era, to McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression, in spite of our differences we still have more in common than we do in conflict." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children; www.ceapittsburgh.org or 412-371-3689, ext. 44.