The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at Hartwood Acres, Hampton, at 8 p.m. as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Led by resident conductor Fawzi Haimor, the concert features PSO cellist Adam Liu in Saint-Saens‘ Cello Concerto No. 1, Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” Tchaikovsky‘s “1812 Overture” and more.
Saxophonist Kenny Blake heats up lunchtime with a free noon jam, part of the U.S. Steel Tower Plaza Summer Concert Series, Downtown
Peter Frampton has been putting his guitar to work with inspiration from Cincinnati Ballet, with the result the recent release “Hummingbird in a Box.” He’s also taking his act on the road and will be at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets: $50, $65, $75; www.thepalacetheatre.org or 724-836-8000.
Singer Maxwell is on the road for the first time since 2010, bringing his Summer Soulstice concert tour to Heinz Hall, Downtown, at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $58.75-$98.75; pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
THURSDAY through SATURDAY
It’s not for everyone, but they don’t try to be: Rage of the Stage Players presents James Michael Shoberg's "Oliver Twisted," a version of the Charles Dickens story that‘’s strictly for adults. Curtain is up at McKeesport Little Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday through July 19. Tickets are $15 at the door, or reserve seats at 724-292-TICS (8427) or email@example.com.
THURSDAY through NEXT SUNDAY
Comedian Pablo Francisco appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. He’s probably best known for his Comedy Central specials. He also was a cast member on Fox’s sketch comedy show “Mad TV” and TBS’s “Frank TV” and made his debut appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show in 2009. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets: $25; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont returns to flower power and “The Summer of Love,” a ‘60s jukebox musical opening Thursday and running through July 26. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. July 20 and 27. Tickets are $20; Thrifty Thursdays, $16. More at applehillplayhouse.org or 724-468-5050.
The New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art Performance Series joins the Downtown Gallery Crawl when Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., hosts a preview performance that starts at 6 p.m. and continues into the night. The artists will mingle with the audience, and refreshments will be served. It’s free and open to the public. Information: newhazletttheater.org or 412-320-4610.
Paws for awwws: The Pittsburgh Pup Crawl benefiting Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society brings vendors, raffles and games to the Roberto Clemente Bridge at PNC Park, where on-site registration ($35) opens at 7:45 p.m. Or register in advance for $25 at pghpupcrawl.org.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s eighth annual Writers in the Gardens series features literary readings staged at Mechanics’ Retreat Park, Buena Vista and Jacksonia streets, North Side, at 4 p.m. Curated by Jim Daniels, this year’s featured writers are Craig Bernier, Leslie Ann McIlroy, Dave Newman, Wendy Paff and Jamar Thrasher. It‘s free, but reservations are required at www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org.
The Clarks take to Stage AE 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 (plus fees) at Ticketmaster.com or 412--229-5483.