Seeing a Ghost
Ghost on Good Friday ... now that's something that doesn't happen every year. The Swedish metal band will be at Stage AE on a return trip with "Infestissumam" ("the biggest threat"), an opulent black mass that could be filed alongside your old Blue Oyster Cult albums.
The Nameless Ghoul, one of the five robed and cowled musicians who backs frightful frontman Papa Emeritus II, told the Post-Gazette last year, "Aesthetically, I don't think we spend a lot of time contemplating whether we're metal or not. Obviously, we are a hard rocking band in several aspects. We choose not to call ourselves anything ... but Ghost."
King Dude opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$25; www.ticketmaster.com.
Heard about Pittsburgh, Pa.
The next Talking Heads tour will probably be ... never.
So, it's left up to others to work the classic band's punk/New Wave catalog. Start Making Sense, playing Mr. Smalls in Millvale on Friday, is a six-piece tribute band started in 2011 and fronted by John Braun, a singer from Bethlehem, Pa., who is also the drummer of the surf-rock band Great White Caps.
The band models its show after the 1984 Stop Making Sense tour, although it has yet to acquire the big suit.
"They're an extremely unique band. No one else sounds like them," the singer told Lancaster Online. "When a Talking Heads song comes on the radio, there's no doubt it's the Talking Heads."
The band is joined by Backstabbing Good People and Hard Money at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15; mrsmalls.com.
Prime Stage Theatre will honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom-heard monologues and scenes Friday.
Directed by Dek Ingraham, "Shakespeare Unleashed" celebrates the Bard's artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up-close -- but safe, we're assured -- fight scenes, choreographed by Tonya Lynn.
The Shakespearean evening begins at 7, with performances running 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Max's Allegheny Tavern, 537 Suismon St., North Side. Tickets are $15 and available in advance only at www.primestage.com.
William Fitzsimmons, born and raised in Pittsburgh and now based in Springfield, Ill., plays the Rex Theater on Friday, touring with his new album, "Lions."
The singer-songwriter-guitarist, who's toured with Ingrid Michaelson and had his music featured on "Grey's Anatomy," works in the vein of Iron & Wine and Elliot Smith. He grew up with two blind parents, and as a mental health therapist, he brings a strong sensitivity to his work.
It's at 8 p.m. Tickets: $18; $20 day of show; www.showclix.com.
Painting the town
Looking to add some rainbow hues to your wardrobe?
Be on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Saturday for the first Pittsburgh Festival of Colors, presented by ISKCON New Vrindaban.
It's a family friendly outdoor festival celebrating spring, life, love and friendship with live music from Pittsburgh rapper Kellee Maize, UK/German band Kirtaniyas and Chicago hip-hop artist Atma.
There will be vegetarian food and free yoga lessons, and every hour there will be a group color throwing, where brightly colored organic powders are tossed into the air. Admission is free. Here is the schedule:
11 a.m.-11:40 a.m.: Srikalogy
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Atma & Bhangra Yoga
12:30-2 p.m.: Namrock & Ananda Groove
2:10-2:40 p.m.: Lokah Bhakti & The Bhakti Dance
2:50-4 p.m.: Kirtaniyas
4:10-5 p.m.: Kellee Maize
5:10-6 p.m.: Atma
NEED TO KNOW
• Israel Houghton & New Breed -- a Christian band mixing gospel, jazz and rock -- and Martha Munizzi perform at the I Promise Now, Inc. benefit concert for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation at the Benedum, Downtown, at 7 p.m. Friday. In honor of sick children worldwide, all-white attire is requested but optional. Tickets are $38.75-$88.75; www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
• The Carnegie Carnegie holds a fundraiser for the library Saturday night with The Turbosonics (instrumental surf-rock), plus special guests Yinz 2 (U2 cover band) and The Tumblers, as well as DJ Zombo spinning tunes between the bands. Frank Aracri will perform solo acoustic in the basement of the library for a mingling after-party. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Carnegie. $20 at the door; cash bar; www.carnegiecarnegie.org.
• On Friday night, 720 Music & Clothing, 4405 Butler St., Lawrenceville, presents Cash 4 Crates: A Benefit for DJ Buscrates, the Pittsburgh expatriate, hip-hop producer and keyboardist who was hit by a car while bicycling to work in Atlanta. Among the performers will be Gene Stovall, Smilo, Divine Seven, Kid A, Melodiq, Billy Pilgrim (of Mega Def), Omar-Abdul and Carlos Pena. Suggested donation is $10. Doors open at 9 p.m.; performances at 10 p.m. BYOB event for those with proper I.D. Call 412-904-4592.
• The Bunny Trolley continues at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum with rides on a restored antique trolley with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rides leave every 20 minutes, and there's an Easter Egg Hunt, a springtime craft activity and more. Admission is $10; $9 for seniors (62+); $7 for children (ages 1-15); under 1 are free. Information: http://pa-trolley.org.
• New Dimension Comics, at Pittsburgh Mills in Frazer, presents the Pittsburgh Comic & Collectibles Show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with artist Chris Burnham ("Batman," "Amory Wars"), John Russo and George Kosana ("Night of the Living Dead") and Steel City Ghostbusters. Vendors will have thousands of comics for collectors to buy, sell and trade. Free. Information: www.ndcomics.com.
• Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have an epic mystery to solve in "Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries," a live theater production at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Benedum. Tickets start at $22.25; www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.