What's Up Doc?
You have your choice this weekend between everyone's two favorite bunnies: Bugs and Easter.
• The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II," a concert featuring live orchestral accompaniment to famous Looney Toons cartoons, musical scores and two new 3-D shorts. Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, and Tom and Jerry will make cameos; Emmy winner George Daugherty will conduct.
Times are 7:30 tonight; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $15-$99, 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
• The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum gets a jump, or a hop, on the season with the Bunny Trolley, a ride on a restored antique trolley with the Easter Bunny,
Trolley rides leave every 20 minutes with the last ride leaving the platform at 4 p.m. Ongoing activities include an Easter Egg Hunt, a springtime craft activity, 4-H Club's live rabbits and photo opportunity.
It runs Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and repeats April 18-19. Admission is $10; $9 for seniors (62+); $7 for children (ages 1-15); under 1 are free. Admission also includes an introductory film on the trolley era, photo exhibits and a tour of some of streetcars. Information: http://pa-trolley.org.
It's an old-school hip-hop night at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, with KRS-One, the hip-hop heavy from the Bronx who delivered the gangsta rap prototype "Criminal Minded" with Boogie Down Productions back in 1987 and then went on to forge the Stop the Violence Movement just a few years later.
KRS, real name Lawrence Krisna Parker, aka The Teacher, has continued to release socially conscious records, with a dancehall reggae vibe at times, under the mainstream radar, the most recent being "The BDP Album," which reunited him with his brother Kenny.
This show has him on a bill with Smilo and Pittsburgh's politically charged Jasiri X. It's at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. www.mrsmalls.com.
New sound, new hair
Two of the more daring women in the rock scene will be within a few miles of each other Friday night.
Kathleen Hanna, the original Riot Grrrl, is at Mr. Smalls fronting her latest project The Julie Ruin.
Stage AE counters with the more contemporary St. Vincent, one of the most acclaimed artists of the decade. Annie Clark, who works under that banner, started in the '00s with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens.
It didn't take long for the singer-songwriter-guitarist to prove herself as a unique force in her own right, starting in 2007 with her debut, "Marry Me," and building with "Actor" (2009) and "Strange Mercy" (2011). She took a detour in 2012, teaming up with David Byrne for "Love This Giant."
Now, she's back with electric white hair and otherworldly art-rock sound on the new self-titled fourth album, which has drawn raves across the board (89 on metacritic). This time she worked with drummers Homer Steinweiss (Dap-Kings) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake).
"I wanted the groove to be paramount," she said of the album. "I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral."
The LA Times wrote of a recent show that "Clark was riveting, a natural on the stage whose songs are as lyrically intricate and accomplished as her delivery ... she confirmed herself as one of the most exciting pop artists working today."
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 advance; $25 day of show. www.ticketmaster.com.
Mac/Icona Pop at CMU
Here's a college happening sure to be invaded by high schoolers.
The CMU Spring Carnival welcomes hometown rapper Mac Miller in his first local show since bringing the Space Migration Tour to Stage AE last July.
It's a free party on the CFA Lawn at 7:30 p.m. also featuring Icona Pop, the Swedish synthpop duo, on tour with Miley Cyrus, that hit No. 2 on the charts with "I Love It."
If it rains, the show will move to the Wiegand Gymnasium, where pre-obtained student tickets will be required.
Sister Spit, a queer-centric multimedia explosion of tastemakers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses, performance artists, poets and filmmakers, performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, at 8 p.m. Friday
This multimedia program features host Ali Liebegot, along with authors Dia Felix ("Nochita") and Beth Lisick ("Yokohama Threeway: A Collection of Small Shames"), slam poet and award-winning playwright Chinaka Hodge, fat activist Virgie Tovar (one of the U.S's leading experts on body discrimination), award-winning playwright and poet Lenelle Moise ("Haiti Glass") and novelist Rhiannon Argo ("Girls I've Run Away With").
Tickets: $15, $10 students and members, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
The Senator John Heinz History Center becomes the hot spot for cool historic items at the second annual Vintage Pittsburgh.
The vendor fair will feature more than 30 local merchants selling genuine vintage fashion, accessories, housewares, vinyl, home decor, artwork, books, toys, small furniture and collectibles.
DJs will spin vintage-inspired tunes on the fifth floor: Matthew Buchholz, Jay Malls, The Garment District/Bad Seed, and Michael Lutz. Live performances on the first floor will include Jody Perigo (10-11 a.m.) and Dan Baker (11 a.m.-1 p.m.).
It runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features music throughout the day and a cash bar with cocktails for the early risers (10 a.m. to noon). While there, visitors can then check out the museum, including the "Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris" exhibit.
The discounted admission is $10; $6 for students; www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Meet the Executioner
Canadian dubstep pioneer Excision is pulling into Stage AE on Saturday to push the boundaries of bass with 150,000 watts of sound bolstered by lasers, fog machines and his monstrous looking 28-foot-wide 15-foot-tall video and lighting installation known as The Executioner.
Here's how his team describes it: "Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision's skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld."
Excision is joined by French drum and bass DJ team Dirtyphonics and Canadian glitch-hop guru Ill Gates. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $24-$30; ticketmaster.com.
Earth Day events
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh celebrate Earth Day with free events Saturday and Sunday at the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill.
On Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., there's a community campfire for all ages. The Parks Conservancy will provide the fire and roasting sticks, guests are asked to bring their own hotdogs, veggie dogs or s'more fixings.
On Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., it's nature activities, walks and hikes led by expert naturalists. Visitors can brush up on tree and mushroom ID skills, learn about "critters in the litter," explore stream habitats, look for wild edibles and more. Also, bring binoculars and join local bird enthusiasts in identifying the birds of Frick Park; volunteer to remove invasive plants; take a herpetology hike to learn about native species of reptiles and amphibians in Pittsburgh, and more. There will be a Ceremonial Tree Planting with representatives from the City of Pittsburgh at 4:15 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to sign up and secure a spot at scheduled events. Go to www.pittsburghparks.org/earthday for the complete list of adult and children's Earth Day 2014 activities.
NEED TO KNOW
• The Kelly Strayhorn Theater's second Let's Move! Family Dance Party is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aimed at families with toddlers, the event features kid-friendly music spun by DJ Selecta from 720 Records. The all-ages event is pay-what-you-can and features music, dancing and craft activities. Information: kelly-strayhorn.org.
• Smart London indie band Fanfarlo returns to Mr. Smalls on Saturday, having released a third album, "Let's Go Extinct." Lilies On Mars opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14; www.mrsmalls.com.