2Do this week, June 1-7: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
June 1, 2014 12:00 AM
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Pittsburgh writer Jacob Bacharach will discuss his new Pittsburgh-set novel, "The Bend of the World," on Thursday at the Carnegie Library in Oaklan
Jazz on the River will feature legendary Pittsburgh drummer Roger Humphries and his RH Factor Band on the Gateway Clipper, Station Square. Special guests include R&B singer Flo Wilson performing classics and the Azucar Band providing Latin music. The Clipper will begin boarding at 12:30 p.m. and will return at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Roger Humphries Sr. Music Scholarship Fund. For tickets and more information, $35 in advance, $40 at the door, www.RogerHumphries.com or 412-321-1069.
Jacob Bacharach appears at Writers LIVE @ CLP -- MAIN to discuss his debut novel "The Bend of the World" at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 6 p.m. Described as a coming-of-age story reminiscent of Michael Chabon's "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," Mr. Bacharach's novel is set in modern-day Pittsburgh with 29-year-old Peter Morrison, along with his addict, conspiracy-theorizing best friend Johnny, getting pulled into a world that includes UFO sightings, evil corporations, time-altering drugs and underground conspiracies. Mr. Bacharach is an arts administrator at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and manager of the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Free. Information: 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org.
Open Mic/Stage with live house band Trio+ will be held at AVA Cafe + Lounge, 304 N. Craig St., Oakland, 8 p.m. The house band will provide backup for vocalists, poets, MCs, musicians and more. 21 and over only. The cover is $5. The BYOB fee is $3 per six-pack/750-ml. bottle. Information: www.avapgh.net or 412-904-3400.
The Sixth Annual Full Bloom Summer Dance Party will be held at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 9 p.m. This annual dance party and benefit will feature: J. Malls of TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party, DJ Vex spinning beats all night, a VIP reception with exclusive perks and soul music by DJ Lovelife, an outdoor concert with Vie Boheme, and special performances by Continuum Dance Theater, aerialist Kelsey Keller and opera by REDMOOSEPRESENTS. The event also will include a photo booth, pedicab joyrides and special art activities. The VIP reception begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, $35 dance party, $125 all-access VIP, www.kelly-strayhorn.org or www.eventbrite.com.
The Jazz Intervention Project Workshop, featuring jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley, will be held at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland, at 3 p.m. Mr. Beasley, an acclaimed performer, the "heir to Grover Washington Jr.'s throne," and a Berklee College of Music professor, will share some of his experiences in music -- professionally and educationally. Students are invited to learn from one of the greats in contemporary jazz. Workshop tickets: $10. Information: 412-567-2804 or www.nmotionent.com.
SATURDAY AND NEXT SUNDAY
Weekends are as much about freedom as about decision -- how to choose between music, art and the great outdoors? Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, a performing arts group "inspired by Pittsburgh's industrial and economic reinvention," will let you hit on a few of those leisure activities in one performance. "Natural Frequency!" explores natural imagery and innovation by pairing music by Debussy, Barber, Copland and local composer Nancy Galbraith with projected visual images by photographer Chuck Beard. Artistic director Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct. The shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. next Sunday, New Hazlett Theater, North Side. $10-$40; $15 for the reception. More at 412-501-3330 or www.resonanceworks.org.
The Jazz Intervention Project Concert, featuring jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley and the Jazz Intervention High School All-Star Jazz Band, introducing Savannah Wiggins, will be held at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets -- $35 in advance, $40 at the door -- www.brownpapertickets.com, Dorsey's Record Shop at 412-731-6607 or Stedeford's Discount Records & Tapes at 412-321-8333. Information: 412-567-2804 or www.nmotionent.com.
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