Baritone Daniel Teadt will perform “Songs of Needful Love,” a concert featuring music by Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem, Mark Blizstein, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, local composer David Mahler and others. The recital benefits Renaissance City Choir, the only LGBTQA choral group in Western Pennsylvania, and features the works of several gay composers. Some RCC members will join Mr. Teadt in the concert. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for students, at www.rccpittsburgh.com.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY
The two-day Cultured Steel Hip-Hop Festival includes an art gallery opening, a film screening and artists meet-and-greets. On Thursday, the “40 Years of Hip-Hop Arts & Culture” exhibit opens at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Doors open at 6 p.m., gallery opening at 7 p.m. with a light reception. The screening of 9th Wonder‘s film “The Hip Hop Fellow” follows at 8 p.m. On Friday, a hip-hop concert will be held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 7:30 p.m. Headliners Talib Kweli and Rapsody, assisted by Pittsburgh artists Jasiri X, Kellee Maize and Palermo Stone, perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. Day 1 tickets are $10. Day 2 tickets are $15. Two-day passes also are available for $20. More info and tickets: www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
THURSDAY through SATURDAY
Chris D’Elia appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. He's best known as Danny on NBC’s comedy “Undateable” and he also starred opposite Whitney Cummings on the NBC comedy “Whitney.” Variety named him one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2011. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thurs., 8 and 10:15 p.m. Fri., and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $25; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Part two of Pittsburgh Biennial 2014 opens with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., East End. Seven artists who usually employ other media, in collaboration with Glass Center staff, created novel works that incorporate objects formed of various glass art techniques such as blown and cast. The exhibition continues through Oct. 26. Information: www.pittsburghglasscenter.org.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concludes its summer concert series with “Triple Play,” a light classical concert with conductor Christian Capocaccia and pianist Xiayin Wang. Works by Glinka, Suppe, Offenbach and Rossini will be featured, as well as music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” and “Star Wars.” Ms. Wang will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. The 7:35 p.m. concert is at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets, $25-$50, 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.