Blake Shelton performs at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pa., kicks off its new season with the Bunny Trolley, a chance for families to ride on a beautifully restored antique trolley.
Activities include an egg hunt, a springtime craft activity, Four-Leaf 4-H Club’s live rabbits and a photo opportunity with the bunny.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and then again March 25-26. Trolley rides leave every 20 minutes with the last ride leaving the platform at 4 p.m.. Admission is $12; $10 for seniors (62+), $8 for children (ages 1-15), under 1 are free. Go to www.patrolley.org.
For more information, call 724-228-9256 or go to www.patrolley.org.
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company concludes the 2015-16 season with the romantic comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone,” the musical-within-a-musical comedy in which melancholy Man in Chair cheers himself up by listening to — and guiding the audience through — a fictional wacky 1928 cast album that comes to life in his apartment.
Directed by Jack Allison with associate director and choreographer Eileen Grace, “The Drowsy Chaperone” runs Friday through March 27 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $24, $10 for students and seniors, at 412-392-8000 or www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.
Avant-rock power trio Rangda — guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Comets on Fire) with free jazz drummer Chris Corsano — plays The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, tonight as part of the museum’s Sound Series.
The Drag City band is touring in support of its third album, “The Heretic’s Bargain.” Joining Rangda will be guitarist/composer Dave Bernabo of Host Skull. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Spring crafts festival
The 17th annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival takes over the Monroeville Convention Center this weekend with more than 180 booths displaying jewelry, decorative painting, scented candles, clothing, functional and decorative wood, fabric decor, purses and much more. There will be plenty of items with bunnies for your Easter shopping needs.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.50; $5 seniors; $1 kids 6-12; under 6 free. Go to www.familyfestivals.com.
The Calliope season continues with New England-based string band Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, hailed by the Boston Herald as “one of America’s most inventive string bands,” Saturday at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland.
The group — Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion) — combines bluegrass, swing, gospel and bluesy folk-rock, employing four-part harmonies.
Speaking of new album “Violets Are Blue,” Ms. Arbo told MassLive.com, “We’ve been joking trying to write the press release for the album, saying they’re sugar-free love songs or songs that tell it like it really is or midlife love songs. But it’s been hard to come up with a one-liner to describe it. The point is we couldn’t have made this album in our 20s. We didn’t know enough. So it’s fun to make an album now when we can think that we actually have something useful to say.”
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42; $23 with full-time student ID; www.calliopehouse.org or 412- 361-1915.
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Ireland, will visit the Senator John Heinz History Center Saturday to present an in-depth Irish Genealogy Workshop highlighting sources found in Ireland.
The workshop will also include research tips from the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives, the Westmoreland County Historical Society, and numerous local genealogical societies.
Presentations will include “Intro to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research,” “Sources for Finding 17th-Century Families in Ireland,” and “Solving Your Brick Walls: an Extended Q&A Session.”
Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the History Center’s Irish-American collection.
It runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Cost is $40; $30 for History Center and Westmoreland County Historical Society members. Box lunches are available for an additional $10.95. Pre-registration is required at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.
Shelton at Consol
Blake Shelton gets out of his big red chair on “The Voice” and into the round at Consol Energy Center for his first show here in three years.
In 2014, the country star released “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” with the hits “Neon Light,” “Lonely Tonight,” “Sangria” and “Gonna.” He followed that with the greatest hits album “Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits” in the fall, and just dropped “Came Here to Forget,” his first single since splitting with wife Miranda Lambert.
The show is at 7 p.m. $28.25-$66.50; ticketmaster.com.
Music on the Edge
The Andy Warhol Museum has a second Sound Series show this week, with composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow, co-presented by Music on the Edge.
The duo will perform “Surface Image,” a composition for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics hand-wired by Mr. Perich.
It’s at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Hopping at the Zoo
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium celebrates the changing of the season with Zoo Hop to Spring Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors can see the animals receive special treats, make fun crafts (the people, that is), and enjoy entertainment and games at Water’s Edge.
The Phipps Garden Center gets dressed up this weekend with The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania’s annual Orchid Show.
This year’s theme, “An Orchid Odyssey,” will offer varied exhibits displaying hundreds of blooming orchids. Society volunteers and experts will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be free educational seminars, raffles and sales by vendors from all over the eastern United States. You can watch your orchid plant being repotted. Cost is $5 per orchid, including bark and 6 inch or under plastic pot.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1059 Shady Ave., Shadyside. Admission is free (donations are appreciated), and the public is invited; www.oswp.org.
Carnegie Science Center presents its annual SpaceOut! Astronomy weekend Saturday and Sunday, exploring the universe through hands-on activities, special guests and interactive tables.
The Buhl Planetarium will offer armchair astronauts a guided tour of the galaxy with its high-definition digital projection system, and astronomy fans can discover how to navigate the stars, learn about telescopes, and get an up-close look at meteorites and Moon rocks. Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh members will be on site to share their expertise.
Make-and-take activities will offer a chance to make Mars soil, comets, sundials and star clocks.
Weather permitting, visitors can launch rockets from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the patio and partake in safe solar observing. SkyWatch will run from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night on the rooftop observatory (SkyWatch is free with the purchase of an evening Planetarium laser show or Omnimax movie).
On Saturday only, Terry N. Trees will discuss “Radio Astronomy for the Uninitiated” (1 p.m.); Andrew Zentner will talk about “The New Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy” (2 p.m.); and Larry McHenry offers “Stargazing, Myths and Ancient Folklore” (3 p.m.).
Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and are included with general admission. CarnegieScienceCenter.org or 412-237-3400.
Titus and Finn
Rowdy New Jersey indie rockers Titus Andronicus don’t waste time on small gestures. The fourth and latest album, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy,” is a sprawling, five-act, 92-minute rock opera that frontman Patrick Stickles has described as being a “complicated metaphor about manic depression.”
They’re taking it out on the “No Faith / No Future / No Problem” tour with the brilliant frontman for The Hold Steady, Craig Finn, along for the ride.
To celebrate, Titus and Finn released a split single, with each doing their own version of the other artist’s “No Future.” You can also find them on YouTube doing Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right” and The Replacements’ “Bastards of Young” from the Titus release party in Brooklyn in July.
It’s at Cattivo, Lawrenceville, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18; ticketfly.com.
More than a dozen of the city’s favorite comedians will fill Altar Bar, Strip District, for two shows on Sunday for the 12th annual Comedy Relief Pittsburgh, raising money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
It is presented by comedian Matt Wohlfarth and Drusky Entertainment with this lineup:
7 p.m. show: Colin Chamberlain, Sean Collier, Sharon Daly, Andy Picarro, David Kaye, Johnny Dam, Mike Sasson, Aaron Kleiber, Jeff Konkle, T-Robe Robeson, Mike Wysocki and Tom Kupiec.
9:30 p.m. show: Ray Zawodni, Derek Minto, Tom Henry, Tim Ross, Ed Bailey, Molly Sharrow, Matt Light, Brandon Schell, Shannon Norman, Day Bracey, John Dick Winters, Alex Stypula and Ron Renwick.
“The comedians get together for the Food Bank every year because we figure we might be using it,” Mr. Wohlfarth says, half-joking. “No, the Food Bank are great people who help people keep their head above water in tough times.”
There will also be music by local alternative blues-rock power trio Dovewires, which recently released its first EP.
Tickets are $20 at www.ticketfly.com.
PMT’s ‘Sister Act’
Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s production of the uplifting musical comedy “Sister Act” opens tonight with special guest Bishop David Zubik and continues to “spread the love around” through March 26 at the Byham Theater, Downtown.
The stage adaptation of the Whoopi Goldberg film features songs by Glenn Slater and Alan Mencken and provided the star turn that launched Patina Miller as disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and goes into hiding as a nun. From Deloris, the sisters learn to “Raise Your Voice,” while she learns the true meaning of sisterhood. Amanda Foote has the role for PMT, in a cast including Tim Hartman, Chris Laitta, Allison Cahill, Justin Lonesome and Missy Moreno.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12.75-$49.75; pittsburghmusicals.com, trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
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