More than 110 regional and national artists gather this weekend in Mellon Park for The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh’s 45th annual A Fair in the Park.
The juried contemporary fine art and craft festival features artists showing their work in clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media and more. This year, the fair is expanding the entertainment and food offerings, with the Saturday headliner being Cello Fury, the Pittsburgh-based “rock” group featuring three cellists and a drummer.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium will be at the Fair with animals, Calliope will conduct demonstrations, glass artist Mike “FIG” Mangiafico will demonstrate glass-working techniques, and providing interactive activities will be the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Touchstone Center for Crafts.
The 24th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival takes over Riverplex at Sandcastle this weekend with three days of music (Scythian, Screaming Orphans, POGEY, more), authentic Irish food, an Irish marketplace and children’s activities. Hours are 4-11p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. See page W-6.
Stage AE has a busy lineup this weekend:
Tonight: The always intense Florida metalcore band A Day To Remember, still touring on 2013’s “Common Courtesy,” opens its Parks & Devastation Tour with Bring Me the Horizon, Motionless in White and Chiodos. Outdoor show. Doors at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$45; ticketmaster.com.
Friday: Rusted Root and The Wailers team up for a free Back to Football Kickoff Concert (indoors). Doors at 5 p.m.
Saturday: Twenty-One Pilots, Columbus indie/rap-rock duo, plays a sold out show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Stage AE will be open before the Steelers-Browns game with a tailgate party with WDVE’s Bill Crawford and music by The Lava Game. Free.
Bard in park
Now in its 10th year, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park will be performing “As You Like It” every weekend in September at parks throughout the city, starting at Frick Park in Squirrel Hill, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Storyteller Alan Irvine will present his take on “As You Like It” with a 10-minute version of the play before some performances, including at 1:40 p.m. on Sept. 7. Also, Falstaff’s Fellows — Shakespeare for kids — continues its partnership with PSIP for a 45-minute kid’s version of the comedy. For more times and venues, visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org; Twitter: @PghShakespeare; Facebook: www.facebook.com/PittsburghShakespeare.
Beat Cancer Pittsburgh is a live music benefit in support of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation with North Dakota blues-rock singer Shannon Curfman, who has toured with John Mellencamp, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood and The Indigo Girls.
She will be joined by Shannon LaBrie, Jeff Campbell (who performed on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live Show” and won the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter 2 Competition), Brooke Annibale and The Mike Medved Band.
The benefit will raise funds in support of a new integrative oncology center at UPMC’s existing Hillman Cancer Center of Pittsburgh.
Ticket packages for the event start at $30 and VIP packages are available. Doors open at 5 p.m. for VIP guests, 6:30 p.m. for general admission. Go to www.beatcancerpittsburgh.com/
Sports and hip-hop
As part of First Fridays on Penn, Rare VNTG will host “Rare VNTG Gallery: A Fusion of Hip-Hop & Sports,” a collection of sports-inspired hip-hop memorabilia, original artwork inspired by the theme and the release of a limited edition vintage Pittsburgh Penguins jersey.
It will also feature a performance by Choo Jackson, of Mac Miller Most Dope Family.
“Choo and I share a common appreciation for hip-hop and streetwear fashion,” Rare VNTG founder and owner Casey Pitocchelli said in a statement. “I want people to learn something about sports and hip-hop, and the relationship between both through fashion and music, that they didn’t know before.”
It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at 5450 Penn Ave.
Jazz, poetry and Lake
The 17-piece Oliver Lake Big Band — blending classics, contemporary non-jazz and free-wheeling improvisation — makes its first appearance since 2010 at the City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s 10th annual Jazz Poetry Concert.
This year, to accommodate its a growing audience, the concert has been relocated from its longtime home on Sampsonia Way to West Park, near the National Aviary and it will take place under a giant tent, rain or shine.
To mark the 10th year, the organizers have invited back favorite performers from the first nine years based on audience surveys and have invited only English-language poets, in order to showcase how English sounds and is transformed as a global language.
Featured will be Kei Miller (Jamaica, from 2007), Gerald Stern (U.S./Pittsburgh, 2008), TJ Dema (Botswana, 2012) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal).
Mr. Lake will be premiering “Stoopin’ is a Verb,” a song he is creating about what it is like to live on the North Side, during a 10-week residency at City of Asylum Pittsburgh. The lyrics are a mash-up of comments taken from the transcripts of focus groups that Mr. Lake conducted at seven North Side organizations. Tami Dixon will be the vocalist.
Rascal Flatts closes out the summer season at the First Niagara Pavilion on its REWIND Tour 2014 with special guests Sheryl Crow and Gloriana.
“Rewind” is the ninth studio album from Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney and the eighth consecutive one to debut in the top country spot. The chart-topping title track is the trio’s 15th No. 1 hit single.
The band, known for such hits as “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most,” “Take Me There,” “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Why Wait,” had to cancel some shows last month due to Mr. LeVox having vocal problems, but things seem to running smoothly again.
It begins at 7 p.m. Go to ticketmaster.com for ticket info.
Beethoven on the Bluff
The second season of the Beethoven on the Bluff series, presented by the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music, showcases music from the composer’s late years.
It opens with “Ode to Joy,” featuring Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte; Quintet for Piano and Winds; and, of course, Symphony No. 9, in Liszt’s transcription for two pianos (David Allen Wehr and Cynthia Raim). Also performing are soprano Sari Gruber, pianist Benjamin Binder, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and others.
It starts at 3 p.m., PNC Recital Hall, 600 Forbes Ave. Suggested donation is $10. More at 412-396-6083 or www.duq.edu/musicevents.
NEED TO KNOW
• Winger, featuring Kip Winger and Pittsburgh guitarist Reb Beach, plays Altar Bar, Strip, at 7 tonight with Gene the Werewolf, Chip Dimonick and Icarus Witch. 7 p.m. $30. www.thealtarbar.com
• Soprano Lilly Breu, contralto Daphne Alderson, pianist Pauline Rovkah and musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Richard Page, bass clarinet; Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, viola; and Charles Lirette, trumpet) perform “From Bach to Gershwin,” a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring classical music from across the centuries. The performance takes place at Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus, in Richland Township. Free admission. More at www.chatham.edu/summerseries or 412-365-1375.
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