On the Fringe
The first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival sends out 22 works by artists from as far away as San Francisco's Joe Medina, of the band Merch, and as near as the No Name Players premiering the new musical "[best imitation]" by Jeremy Richter.
As part of the festival, the Pittsburgh Gothic & Lolita Fashion Show by Bling Up is 1 p.m. Saturday at Gallerie Chiz, 5381 Ellsworth Ave. Performance venues are Steel City Improv (5950 Ellsworth), the Shadyside Boys & Girls Club (6 Brownell St.) and several sites at Winchester Thurston School (555 Morewood Ave.).
Shows run at various times Friday through Sunday; each site has 50 to 100 seats and its own box office. You will be required to show your festival badge ($3 at all sites; single tickets are $12 on site). Find details and a full schedule at pghfringe.org.
Wild, crazy, 'Underpants'
Little Lake Theatre has gone all giddy over Steve Martin's "The Underpants," a wild and crazy adaptation of a "gently ribald" 1910 German farce by Carl Sterheim. Art DeConciliis directs the story of a young bride and her stodgy husband as they wrestle with scandal, instant celebrity and smitten suitors after her bloomers drop to her ankles at a parade.
The cast of the comedy is Dan Bisbee, Amy Lynn Bonner, Lindsey Bowes, Jay Breckenridge, Stephen Joel Crawford, TJ Firneno and Tyson Sears. Through May 17; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and May 15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $12-$20 at 724-745-6300 or www.littlelake.org.
Oneohtrix at Warhol
Like the frequency knob on a synthesizer, developments in ambient electronic music seem to emerge in pulses: from '70s Tangerine Dream to '90s The Orb to Boards of Canada and the "IDM" movement in the early part of the new millennium. The latest wave seems to be led by Daniel Lopatin, a Bostonian son of Soviet-Jewish immigrants who has released a consistent stream of elegantly cosmic arpeggiations for the past decade under the cryptic moniker Oneohtrix Point Never.
Beginning with limited CD-Rs, he progressed toward curating a label, Software, joining respected Austrian imprint Mego, and last year signing to the highest profile electronic label, Warp.
Last year's "R Plus Seven" ended up on Pitchfork's Top 25, while Rolling Stone compared its undulating repetition to Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
In the footsteps of his hero John Carpenter, Mr. Lopatin co-wrote the soundtrack for the Sofia Coppola film "The Bling Ring" and unwittingly co-founded an entire YouTube-based genre of music called "vaporwave" based on nostalgic samples and melodies from the Reagan Era. What was labeled "hypnagogia" by UK mag The Wire has triumphed in the recycled aesthetics of Generation Y.
Oneohtrix Point Never performs with video artist Nate Boyce at 8 tonight at the Andy Warhol Museum, North Side. Tickets: $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
It's May Market weekend at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where horticulturists, local garden clubs, nurseries, farms and other vendors will gather on the front lawn for a plant sale.
There will be organic herbs and vegetable seedlings, tropical plants and succulents, perennials, shrubs and more seasonal favorites.
Also available will be organic soil and landscaping materials, botanical art and natural body care products. Phipps' staff will be on hand to share advice and the traditional hand-dipped fondant strawberries will be served.
There will be a 50 percent discount on Conservatory admission and a peek at the Summer Flower Show, opening Saturday.
May Market runs 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is free and open to the public. Go to phipps.conservatory.org.
E! star Chelsea Handler arrives at Consol Energy Center Saturday on a stand-up tour supporting her fifth book, "Uganda Be Kidding Me," so a good portion deals with the African safari she did with friends.
She wanted to see where rappers came from, she jokes.
Among the other subjects the star of the late-night show "Chelsea Lately" likely will take on include her distaste of PETA, her dedication to her dogs and rules for men during sex.
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52-$71. ticketmaster.com
Pyrotopia Festival of Fire Arts, taking place Saturday at West Field in Munhall, boasts dazzling performances, fire science, live music, fireworks and emcees Phat Man Dee and Andrew the Impaled. Artists will include Airhart Circus, aerial acrobatics, and Tesla Coil, electric art and music; Toxic Bloom of Boston; and Phoenix Fire from Indianapolis.
From noon to 4 p.m., Volcano Village, the free family component, will offer interactive games, demonstrations and experiments. Sterling Yoga will teach LED-spangled hula hooping and Pittsburgh Glass Center will use honey to simulate glass blowing.
The main festival begins at 8 p.m. and continues through midnight with performances, installations, sculpture and other art that incorporates the festival's "three themes of fire, light and electricity." Live music will be provided by brass/percussion band Lungs Face Feet, and DJ Pandemic Pete, known for his global dance parties. It will close with a special custom show.
Admission is $10 advance; $15 at the gate, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Lawn blankets are permitted, but no lawn chairs. Free shuttles will run from 6:30 p.m to 12:15 a.m. from Steel Valley High School, 3113 Main St. Go to www.pyrotopia.net.
NEED TO KNOW
• Montreal post-rock/experimental ensemble Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra plays Mr. Smalls at 9 p.m. Saturday ($14). At 8 p.m. Sunday the Millvale venue hosts LA electropop duo Uh Huh Her touring on its new album, "Future Souls" ($16). www.mrsmalls.com.
• Youth Invasion 2014 will invade the Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, at 5 p.m. Friday with a fashion show, local teen band performances, a dance party and more. Tickets are $5 at the door, www.warhol.org.