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Jeep Fest

More than a thousand Jeeps of all models and years will descend upon Butler for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, Friday through Sunday at Cooper’s Lake Campground, near Slippery Rock.

Visitors can learn about the history of the Jeep from WWII re-enactors, exhibits and speakers and see some of the latest parts and accessories offered by nearly 100 vendors. Get tips and insights about the Jeep from experts, experience off-road trails and obstacles and participate in variety of individual competitions and organized rides.

New is the Bantam Jeep Muddy 5K footrace, combining mud and the Jeep Playground at 8 a.m. Sunday. The race course will challenge people to perform as well as a tricked-out Jeep.

Friday is the Jeep Invasion in downtown Butler, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Fest hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for kids 3-12. Information: or 724-234-2291.

All-Strauss PSO

Classical music loves anniversaries, and with all those old composers, the classical canon provides plenty of opportunities to celebrate them. Wednesday marked Richard Strauss’ 150th birthday, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is honoring the German composer with all-Strauss concerts Friday through Sunday.

The program features “Don Juan,” Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Elektra” Symphonic Rhapsody, the latter being the world premiere of an arrangement conceived by music director Manfred Honeck and orchestrated by Tomas Ille. “Don Juan” replaces Strauss’ “Burleske” because pianist Rudolf Buchbinder withdrew due to illness. Mr. Honeck will conduct.

The concerts mark the last in the PSO’s classical subscription series, and ticket prices, $15-$50.75, have been slashed. More at or 412-392-4900.


Stirling violin

USA Today called Lindsey Stirling “Mozart meets Skrillex,”

The classically trained violinist, who mixes Celtic folk with dubstep and contemporary dance, makes a return visit to Stage AE on Friday.

Ms. Stirling, who came to fame via “America’s Got Talent” and YouTube, is touring on her sophomore album, “Shatter Me,” which debuted at No. 2 on the charts and collaborations with Halestorm frontman Lzzy Hale and Dia Frampton of Meg & Dia.

She told the Arizona Republic, “I was classically trained. But more than just the fact that I play violin, there’s a lot of classical elements in the way I write, in the way I hear chords. A lot of times, I think of my songs as a symphony made out of electronics rather than instruments.”

The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$27;


Backstreet back

If the billing of The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne sounds familiar, it’s because they appeared together at the Star 100.7 FM holiday party in December at the Petersen Events Center.

They return for a show at the First Niagara Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday that will give fans the full production.

The Backstreet Boys — with the complete lineup of Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson — are on the “In a World Like This” tour (named for last year’s new album) and celebrating 20 years of hits.

Ms. Lavigne is on the road with a self-titled fifth album that added “Here’s to Never Growing Up” to her long string of hits.

Tickets are $63.50-$156;

Black comedy

People may know Michael Ian Black from the MTV sketch show “The State,” Comedy Central’s “Stella” or “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” or even his children’s book, “Chicken Cheeks.”

The comedian, who was born in Chicago and grew up in New Jersey, has had a lot going on, including a stand-up tour that stops for a sold-out gig at Club Cafe on Saturday.

He told Willamette Week, “I haven’t been on tour in probably a year and a half or two years. I was missing it, and I decided it would be fun to go back out. The last thing I did was working toward the special, and then I did the special, and afterwards I toured for a bit more and then I kind of got burned out on it so I took a break. Now I’m writing new material and trying it out and touring around. It’s been really fun.”

The show is at 10:30 p.m.

• Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, led by the former Green on Red guitarist turned frontman, plays the early show at Club Cafe Saturday still touring on his 2012 album, “Temple Beautiful.” The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20;

Living history

The Fort Pitt Museum living history program continues on Saturday, tapping into the Three Rivers Arts Festival crowd.

There will be live musket demonstrations by 18th-century re-enactors at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and in honor of Flag Day and the upcoming 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner,” visitors can sing the national anthem at 4 p.m. with Colonial re-enactors.

All public programs are free with regular museum admission. Information:


Legend show

There are a lot of free shows happening around Pittsburgh this weekend, but you can’t go wrong buying a ticket for John Legend, who is sure to be excellent Sunday at the Byham Theater on The All of Me Tour.

Mr. Legend, a Springfield, Ohio, native who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, is a nine-time Grammy winner who came to fame working with Kanye West and is known for such hits as “Ordinary People,” “Green Light” and his recent No. 1 smash “All of Me.”

Touring on his acclaimed fourth album, “Love in the Future,” the singer-pianist will be joined by guitar/vocal accompaniment and a string quartet.

“I’ve enjoyed this tour immensely,” he said in a statement. “The opportunity to get up close and personal with my fans and tell my story has been so much fun for me.”

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $89.50-$99.50; 412-456-6666 or


• The free Citiparks Cinema in the Parks series continues with “The Little Mermaid” tonight at Brookline Memorial Park, Saturday at Grandview Park, Mount Washington, and Sunday at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park. “Man of Steel” screens in Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, on Saturday. All screenings are at dusk.

Reggie Watkins plays the Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to “Man of Steel.”

Pittsburgh Opera performs at South Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Hartwood Acres has a free Father’s Day Car Cruise 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday followed by Pure Gold, with Pete Hewlett (onetime Billy Joel backup singer) filling in for Jimmie Ross, at 7:30 p.m.

• Citiparks’ Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Concert Series opens in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday with the Allegheny Brass Band.

Gedeon Luke & The People play the SummerSounds series in Greensburg’s St. Clair Park at 7 p.m. Friday.


• The 35-member Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra plays a pre-Father’s Day Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road, McCandless, with bluegrass band Allegheny Drifters. Tickets are $10; $7 seniors; under 12 free.

Antiques on the Diamond in Ligonier features more than 50 vendors around the Diamond and on East and West Main streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Ligonier Chamber Office, 724-238-4200.

Stryper, on the frontlines of Christian metal since 1984, plays the former church of Altar Bar at 7:30 tonight. The latest album, the band’s 15th, “No More Hell to Pay,” got 41⁄2 stars out of 5 from Also on the bill are Xander Demos Band and Angelight. Tickets are $27-$30;

• Little Lake Theater offers the madcap comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the best play Tony Award just two seasons ago. Sunny Disney Fitchett directs Art DeConciliis, Mary Liz Meyer, Allison Cahill, Adrienne Fischer, Jocelyn Hyrb and Ross Kobelak as the scantily clad Spike. Show times and ticket prices through June 28 at the Canonsburg theater are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. June 22; $18 Thursdays and Sundays and $20 Fridays and Saturdays; $12 for ages 15 and under. 724-745-3500 or

• The opening reception for the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Westmoreland @rt 30, the temporary location of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 4764 Route 30, east of Greensburg. Artist awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31. Admission and parking are free. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Information: 724-837-1500 or

• Soprano Jasmina Halimic and pianist Alaine Fink will present “Slavic Songbook,” works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Lysenko, Despic and Prebanda, at 8 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, 159 N. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. The concert aims to honor Pittsburgh’s Slavic heritage and “to show that in spite [of] all out perceived differences, we can come together and create something beautiful,” Ms. Halimic said. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided. Free; donations accepted;

• Pittsburgh alt-rock band The Daily Grind, having ventured out on a 77-day tour all over the country, returns for a homecoming show at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, with Red Room Effect and Adam Melichor. Cover is $10.   

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