‘Frozen’ on Ice
Hard to come up with a Disney film that makes more sense on ice than “Frozen.”
Anna, Elsa, Olaf and more will hit the Consol Energy Center rink this weekend for the 34th Disney On Ice spectacular.
In this story, Anna embarks on a journey to find her magical sister, Elsa, who has run off to test her powers. She gets help along the way from mountain man Kristoff, loyal reindeer Sven and lovable snowman Olaf.
The crowd gets to sing along with such songs as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”
There will be special appearances by other Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and the “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo” gangs.
Times are 7 tonight; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $35; ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
Home Show Downtown
The 35th annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show continues this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
It includes 1,700 exhibits with a Builders Showcase, a judge’s chair from “The Voice” for photo ops, five backyard getaways, a children’s village, a kitchen center, a construction and remodeling center and a cafe with live jazz.
The 2016 Top 10 Life-Changing New Products for home and garden are selected and presented live each day by author and renowned home expert Boyce Thompson (former editor of Builder Magazine).
Guests can bring heirlooms and collectibles to The Antiques Home Show with Dr. Lori of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” (noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon and 3 p.m. Sundays).
Fans can meet comedian Pittsburgh Dad 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m. Sundays.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $4 kids 6-12; under 6 free. PghHome.com. All-day parking at Heinz Field is $7 with free shuttle rides.
Ballet + Johnny Cash
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Mixed Repertory #2 at the Byham features three Pittsburgh premieres, one that involves the music of Johnny Cash.
The program consists of Michael Smuin’s “Eternal Idol,” James Kudelka’s “The Man in Black,” Yoshiaki Nakano’s “A Fellow Feeling” and Antony Tudor’s “Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden),” which the PBT last performed in 2013.
“Three of these ballets are plotless, but they all have strong emotional overtones,” said Terrence S. Orr, PBT artistic director, in a statement. “I think audiences will be very moved by this collection of works — the honesty of ‘The Man in Black,’ tenderness of ‘The Eternal Idol,’ drama of ‘Jardin Aux Lilas’ and energy of ‘A Fellow Feeling.’ We’re also incredibly proud to debut work by one of our own: Yoshiaki Nakano. He’s a bright talent, and we’ve all enjoyed being part of his creative process.”
“The Man in Black,” from 2010, is set to six of the singer’s later covers: “Four Strong Winds,” “Further on up the Road,” “Hurt,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “In My Life” and “Sam Hall.”
Tickets start at $28 and are available at www.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or the Box Office at Theater Square.
PSO goes all-Sibelius
Osmo Vanska, the acclaimed music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, returns to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony in an all-Sibelius program. Mr. Vanska is an expert in the music of Jean Sibelius, the foremost composer of his native Finland. December marked the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Included on the program are Sibelius’ patriotic tone poem “Finlandia,” Violin Concerto (with Canadian violinist James Ehnes) and Symphony No. 2. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20-$94, www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
The SUNSTAR Festival begins today and runs through the weekend at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty celebrating women’s contributions to the arts, entrepreneurship and community with performances, talks, workshops, parties and more.
Here is the schedule
Today: A conversation with Amy Novak of Google (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); poet Joy KMT: Let’s talk about #currency, power, & magic (7:30 p.m.); Opening Night Mixer (9 p.m.).
Friday: Ayana Ledford: Value, Negotiating With Power (10 a.m.); Cultural Strategist, Sage Crump on women of color in the arts (2 p.m.); Aria Lynn Copeland : As Bright as YOU: The Trials, Dreams and Truths of Black Trans Women (8 p.m.); Beyoncé Karaoke & Dance Party (9 p.m.).
Saturday: Bekezela Mguni on youth and adult artists (11 a.m.); screening of “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” (2 p.m.); SUNSTAR: Women in Music with performances by Be Steadwell, Christiane D., Jacquea Mae and Anqwenique Wingfield (9 p.m.); Dance Party with Julie Malice, Nina Barbuto & Ratchet Ivy League (10 p.m.).
Admission is Pay What Makes You Happy. www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
Ralphie May, best known for his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” appears at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront in Homestead this weekend.
Once named to Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” the comedian released his one-hour Comedy Central special, “Too Big to Ignore,” in 2012 and Netflix released his most recent comedy special, “Unruly,” in 2015.
Showtimes are 8 tonight, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25 general admission, $50 VIP; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Butcher Babies, the LA metalcore band that was on the road with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour in 2013, plays Altar Bar tonight, supporting sophomore album “Take It Like A Man.” It came out last August, led by the crunchy single “Monsters Ball.”
Announcing the original tour, singer Carla Harvey said: “We feel like old road dogs now as we recognize all the truck stop showers and coffee shops all across the states. However, the best thing about touring is seeing all the familiar faces in the crowd.”
The show begins at 8 p.m. with Through These Walls and NeverWake. Tickets are $18; thealtarbar.com.
Food Science party
The Carnegie Science Center teams up with Wigle Whiskey for Food Science, a 21-and-over night with a chance to taste the science of food and drink through hands-on activities — and free samples.
While testing bitters, guests will discover how genetics can affect taste preference. They can also explore the differences between fermentation, malting and distilling and see gas production in action.
Other activities include using molecular chemistry to make fruit juice “caviar,” experimenting with the malting process, and watching a cooking demo in the Body Stage with Rivers Casino’s Chef Michael Shimek on the science of salt.
There will be live music, cash bars and snacks available for purchase. Participants get a discount on Omnimax movies and laser shows that evening.
Tickets cost $10 in advance, and $15 at the door; proper ID required; CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Gab for families
Comedian Gab Bonesso will perform her family-friendly show “Child Lady” at Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Friday.
The opening act is comedian Michael Buzzelli with a special appearance by Josh Verbanets of The Josh and Gab Show and the music group Meeting of Important People. Tickets: $10; $5 students and seniors, www.arcadecomedytheater.com.
St. Paddy’s Parade
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade — 23,000 participants strong — runs through the city streets Downtown on Saturday morning, accompanied by the Parade Fest in Market Square with Weekend at Blarneys, the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, the Pittsburgh Ceili Club and the After the Parade Fest with Bastard Bearded Irishmen and the Stickers.
It begins at 10 a.m., preceded by an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in the Strip. The route goes from the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, ending at Stanwix Street.
Lizz Wright, the singer from Georgia who blends gospel, jazz, folk, pop and blues, will perform Saturday at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m.
The New York Times wrote of new album “Freedom & Surrender” that “[Lizz] Wright has found a new sensual register as an artist.”
Initially, it was to be a disc of mostly covers centered on themes of “the circuitous dance of love.” Instead, it became an album of mostly originals. “There’s a time for everything,” she said in a statement. “There’s a time to do cover-song records, which can be like sharing good homework after doing really beautiful research. It can be amazing and very creative in that way. But I just knew it wasn’t time for me to be doing that. I had to prove it and buckle down and make it happen.”
Tickets: $35; www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
The Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania presents a recital featuring the Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit, who will perform music by Bach, Slonimsky, Chopin and others. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University. $20, $10 for students, free for CMU students. Additional information is available at www.sswpa.org or 412-371-7447.
The Palace Theatre in Greensburg jettisons back to the ’60s and ’70s for consecutive shows this weekend.
On Friday, it’s LA hitmakers Three Dog Night, who gave us such hits as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One.” The current group consists of two original members, singer Danny Hutton and guitarist Michael Allsup. It begins 8 p.m. $38-$85.
On Saturday, we get a rare visit from Lou Christie, the pop sensation best known for “The Gypsy Cried” and “Lightnin’ Strikes.” Last year, the New York-based singer made a long-awaited return here to show off his still-polished falsetto at the Pittsburgh Rockin’ Reunion and was then inducted as one of the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends. It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$69; www.thepalacetheatre.org.