2Do this week, June 22-28: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
June 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The Archa Theatre and Allstar Refugee Band will perform Friday and Saturday at City of Asylum on the North Side.
Get ready to "cut loose" when Pittsburgh CLO kicks off its Sunday shoes for the Broadway hit "Footloose," featuring Pittsburgher Bill Hartung, who originated the role of Chuck in the Broadway production and plays Cowboy Bob for CLO. Patrick Cassidy and Dee Hoty co-star as the Reverend Moore and wife, Vi, and Mr. Hartung's daughter Elizabeth is among 12 students of the newly named PNC Children's School (previously the CLO Academy) in the company. Mr. Hartung, who attended Pittsburgh CAPA and Point Park University before heading to Broadway, currently is creative director for the Center for Theater Arts in Mt. Lebanon. The musical opens at the Benedum Center on Tuesday and runs through next Sunday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets range from $75.75 to $10. Read an interview with Bill Hartung in the Post-Gazette's Magazine section on Tuesday.
This is the last day to catch Showcase Noir from noon to 8 p.m. at Penn Avenue and Eighth Street, Downtown. The African-American Artist & Designer Market features wares by regional artists including pottery, watercolor paintings, jewelry and sculpture. Admission is free.
It‘s also the last day to catch Megan Hilty’s season-ending concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops at Heinz Hall. The TV and Broadway star -- CMU grad -- presents a Sinatra-tinged program is at 2:30 p.m.; tickets are $15-$99 at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
A Night at the Opera may be the name of the album, but these musicians will play Queen’s music for a night at the symphony. Joined by a rock band, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Music of Queen” at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Conductor Brent Havens arranged Queen songs for orchestra and rock band, and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk (who sang at last summer’s Led Zeppelin tribute with the PSO) will be lead vocalist. $25-$75; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
A Belgian music group calling themselves Flat Earth Society might ordinarily seem to be a bastion of conservatism and retrogression, but they’re just the opposite: a large-scale ensemble of innovators who blend the European brass band tradition with whimsical, progressive jazz improvisation, somewhat in the same vein as Holland’s Instant Composers Pool Orchestra. They’ve worked with avant guitarist Fred Frith, classical adventurers Arditti Quartet, jazz pianist Uri Caine and electronica icon Jimi Tenor, and for trainspotters in the audience, the group of 15 musicians, founded by Peter Vermeersch,includes trumpeter Luc Van Lieshout of legendary postpunkers Tuxedomoon. They’ll perform a free concert at 8 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium supported by local jazz openers Scientific Soul, led by saxophonist Nathan Frink; 412-624-4126.
Say congrats to Art DeConciliis as he performs his 100th role for Little Lake Theatre, playing one of a trio of squabbling siblings in the Tony-winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The play runs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the theater at 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. Tickets are $12-$20 at 724-725-6300 or www.littlelake.org.
Andrew Raftery, professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, will lecture at 6:30 p.m. on “Copying as Research: Uncovering the Secrets of the Master Engravers” at Carnegie Museum of Art. The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque.” The exhibition galleries will be open from 7:30 to 9 p.m. as will a cash bar. Admission is free.
SATURDAY and NEXT SUNDAY
City of Asylum presents the world premiere of “LOST/FOUND: Finding Refuge in Pittsburgh,” at the Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, North Side at 6 p.m. This original work by the directors of the Prague-based theatrical collective Archa Theatre and Allstar Refugee Band is based on stories gathered from Pittsburgh‘s refugee communities. Original music is by Michael Romanyshyn and the Allstar Refugee Band. Members of Pittsburgh’s refugee communities, as well as actors, musicians and performers from the wider community, also will participate in the event. The performance starts at 6 p.m. The band’s concert begins at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended and may be made online at cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/events.
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