Roaring '20s Party
The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama kicks off the celebration of its 100th year by taking a walk on the wild side, Roaring '20s style, with "The Wild Party." The musical based on the 1928 Joseph Moncure March poem of the same name is the creation of Andrew Lippa, who created the book and songs for the story of a vaudeville dancer and a clown who find romance until jealousy and passion rage out of control.
Matthew Gardiner directs and Thomas Douglas is musical director for the show, which runs tonight through March 1, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays at the Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts, on CMU's Oakland campus. Tickets are $27-$32; www.drama.cmu.edu/50 or the Purnell Center box office.
Pittsburgh International Children's Theater is bringing the "Teacher From the Black Lagoon" to a school near you this weekend, then heading to the Byham Theater, Downtown.
The hourlong musical revue is recommended for ages 3 to 10 and follows Hubie and friends as they learn to be courageous when confronting the things that scare them.
Shows are 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today at Marshall Middle School; 7 p.m. Friday at Moon Area High School; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Mellon Middle School, Mt. Lebanon. "Teacher From the Black Lagoon" moves to the Byham at 2 p.m. Sunday and 10:15 a.m. Monday. Tickets are $9.50 or $11 day of show if available at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Bach and friend
Chatham Baroque presents "Bach and Beyond," a concert featuring the titular composer's Chaconne for violin, a Suite for German lute and, well, beyond. The concert also features works by Bach's contemporaries, including Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel and Johann Krofgans. The trio (Andrew Fouts, violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba; and Scott Pauley, German lute and theorbo) performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Sewickley Presbyterian Church; 8 p.m. Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Chapel, Chatham University. Tickets are $10-$30; 1-888-719-4253 or chathambaroque.org.
Directed by Mike Tomaro, the Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble will present The Music of the Beatles at 7:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, Forbes Avenue, Duquesne University, Uptown.
Last year's sold-out concert prompted Mr. Tomaro to put the event in a larger venue. Featuring Mary Pappert School of Music faculty and students, the concert includes exact transcriptions of the songs, jazzier interpretations and audience sing-alongs. $10 suggested donation. Information: 412-396-6083.
Black Joe Lewis and his band (once known as the Honey Bears) come up from Austin, Texas, with a new album, "Electric Slave," and a hard-driving blues-funk sound that harks back to the Godfather of Soul and even early Stones.
"Electric Slave," the singer-guitarist explained, "is what people are today with their faces buried in their iPhones and the only way to hold a conversation is through text. The next step is to plug it in to your damned head."
Pickwick opens at 8 tonight at the Rex Theater, South Side. Tickets are $17; www.showclix.com.
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Victor De Sabata guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to the Heinz Hall podium to lead the PSO on Casella's Symphony Fragments Nos. 1 and 2 from "La Donna Serpente"; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the International Classical Music Awards' 2012 artist of the year; and Schumann's Symphony No. 2.
The PSO notes the big spectrum of emotions the program covers, from "the exotic, witty and vibrantly scored" Casella, to the "dauntingly complex" Prokofiev, to the Schumann symphony that is "a remarkably uplifting piece given the composer's struggle with illness and depression."
Tickets for the concerts, 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, are $25.75-$105.75; 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
It will be just Rick Springfield, his guitars and stories at Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall on Friday.
The rocker, who went to No. 1 in the charts in 1981 and won a Grammy for "Jesse's Girl," is on The Stripped Down Tour, his first-ever solo tour. He'll be doing hits, old favorites, songs from his latest CD, "Songs for the End of the World," and a Q&A session with the audience.
"There are some old favorite songs that I've written that I have never had the chance to perform live mainly because they have never fit into our sets," he said in a statement. "I think my fans will be as excited to hear these songs live as I am to play them live. I've also added a Q&A section with this tour as a way to connect with my audience."
A few talking points for fans: Last year, he collaborated with Dave Grohl for the "Sound City" soundtrack; in May he is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and he will be releasing his first novel, called "Magnificent Vibration."
It's at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$66; librarymusichall.com or 412-368-5225.
Playwright and performer Daniel Beaty returns to City Theatre for a free event to celebrate the release of his book "Transforming Pain to Power" (Penguin Books), an autobiographical journey from poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage, to graduation from Yale and a successful life path.
Mr. Beaty, whose "Through the Night" and "Breath & Imagination" have been produced at the South Side theater, will be at City from 6-7:30 p.m. The event begins with a panel discussion about art and its relationship with social justice and activism, as well as about issues surrounding mass incarceration.
The author will then share his story about the triumph of faith over adversity, using poetry, music and character excerpts from his award-winning plays. There will then be a meet and greet and book signing in City's Gordon Lounge. Admission is free with registration at 412-431-CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org.
Baritone Daniel Teadt will perform at 4 p.m. at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as part of the Music in a Great Space series. The singer has performed with Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera and (now-defunct) New York City Opera.
This weekend's recital, "Wanderlust in Translation," will feature music by Adamo, Quilter, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf and others. Tickets are $10-$20; 412-682-4300 or www.shadysidepres.org.
"Travel the World in Music" with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernard's Church, 311 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The PCO will focus on Hungarian and Italian music, including works by Bartok, Liszt, Cimerosa, Verdi and more. Orchestra members Deborah Silverstein and her daughter Rebecca will perform Cimerosa's Concerto for Two Flutes, and music director Warren Davidson will play violin in Hubay's "Hejre Kati." $10 suggested donation for adults. More at 412-279-4030 or www.pittsburghcivicorchestra.net.
NEED TO KNOW
• The Quantum Theatre production of "Madagascar" has been extended beyond its original run and will be at the old Union National Bank Building, now The Carlyle, Downtown, at 8 p.m. through Saturday. "Madagascar," an edgy mystery that is revealed through the dynamics of relationships, features Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers and Melinda Helfrich. Tickets are $36-$46 (students $18 select performances, via phone); 412-362-1713 or quantumtheatre.com.
• Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company has a belated Presidents Day special: The musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which reimagines the seventh prez as a rock star. Directed by Michael McKelvey, "BBAJ" is in previews tonight and runs Friday through March 2 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $18-$20; 412-392-8000 or at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.
• As for Point Park's dance side, its Conservatory Dance Company will perform works by faculty at a showcase at the university's George Rowland White Performance Studio, Downtown. Doug Bentz, Ronald Hutson, Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, Peter LeBreton Merz and Ron Tassone are among the faculty members whose choreography will be featured. It's 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 28-March 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and March 1-2. Tickets: www.pittsburghplayhouse.com or 412-392-8000.
• Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project presents "Beautiful Struggle" at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The dance theater work, which integrates live music, text and performance art, ponders the visibility and invisibility of race and privilege and how violence and love live on in the body's memories. $15-$25; www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-363-3000.
• Air Dubai, a hip-hop sextet from Denver that mixes R&B, jazz and alt-rock, play The Club at Stage AE, North Shore, Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 advance; $14 at the door; www.ticketmaster.com.
• Comedian/actor/writer Jim Jefferies, creator and star of FXX's "Legit," brings his "Day Streaming" tour to Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead at 8 p.m. Saturday. $37.50; librarymusichall.com or 412-368-5225.
• Chicago post-metal band Russian Circles will blow people's minds at Altar Bar at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$17; www.thealtarbar.com.
• Attack Theatre will present "The Soldier's Tale," a story of greed and temptation, Sunday through March 1. Dancers will be accompanied by musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, with conductor Daniel Meyer. Dancers also will team with Chatham Baroque on a new duet, "A Tiny Droplet of a Portrait," which features an original score by Dave Eggar. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 26-27 and March 1 at 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Tickets: attacktheatre.showclix.com.