2Do This Week, Aug. 10-16: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

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WEDNESDAY 

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra performs at 9 p.m. at Renziehausen Park as part of the McKeesport International Village festival, at Eden Park Blvd. and University Dr. The 35-plus-piece group conducted by Charlie Rappaport includes mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, guitar, woodwinds and percussion. Admission is $2. 

THURSDAY 

Locally based composer and pianist Federico Garcia opens the Community Supported Art season at the New Hazlett Theater with a recital of music for two pianos. The 8 p.m. performance features music by Alexander Borodin and Simon Eastwood and two works by Mr. Garcia, including “Renderings,” a world premiere. He’ll be joined by Daniel Pesca. Individual tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Subscriptions to the CSA, which includes six performances by local artists between now and next June, are $100 at www.newhazletttheater.org. 

THURSDAY

Jazz + Hip-Hop at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side, at 6 p.m. This event is a first-time a partnership of MCG Jazz, James Street Gastropub and local hip-hop artists. Hip Hop artists perform to live jazz accompaniment, and musicians, poets and hip-hop artists come together to share a brief history of how the links of jazz and hip-hop are tightly woven. For tickets, $20, www.mcgjazz.org or 412-322-0800.

FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY

Comedian Loni Love appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. She’s best known as a regular guest DJ on “The Ellen Show” and co-host of the Fox daytime talk show “The Real.” In 2009, she was named Campus Activities Magazine’s “Hot Comic” in 2009 and one of Variety’s “Top Ten Comics to Watch.” Ms. Love worked as an engineer for about a decade before getting into stand-up and acting. She has starred in her own Comedy Central special and is the author of “Love Him or Leave Him — But Don’t get Stuck With the Tab.” Showtimes are 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets: $20; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

FRIDAY 

The next stage of the eight-venue 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial opens with receptions at two locations including founding institution Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. An artist collaborative plus 22 artists are exhibiting at the Center, 1047 Shady Ave., Shadyside. Admission to the reception, to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; members free. The reception at the Center’s sister venue, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland, will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Two artists and a collaborative are exhibiting at Filmmakers. Information: http://pittsburghbiennial.org. 


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