The Hot List of events for the weekend of July 7-10
July 7, 2016 12:00 AM
Pittsburgh band Grand Piano.
Happy 200th, Pittsburgh!
The city will celebrate its Bicentennial, aka the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh’s incorporation as a city.
It begins on Friday with the Bicentennial Birthday Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Heinz History Center, Strip District, with live music from the Move Makers Band, Etta Cox Jazz Trio, Billy Price Band, and Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Food is provided by Common Plea catering, and there will be cash bars and a birthday cake featuring Pittsburgh’s skyline. Tickets are $40 at www.showclix.com/event/PGHBicentennialBash.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Bicentennial Day Parade will commemorate the election of Pittsburgh’s first mayor in 1816, Ebenezer Denny. Bands, entertainment ensembles and descendants of all 56 previous mayors will march along Liberty Avenue from 11th Street to Point State Park. It will be followed by a Bicentennial Showcase in Market Square and, at 6 p.m., a festival and fireworks at Point State Park.
Info is available at http://www.pgh200.com.
Big Butler Fair
The161st Big Butler Fair continues at the fairgrounds on New Castle Road in Prospect with food, fireworks, carnival rides, games, demolition derbies, concerts and truck pulls.
The daily events include the Bar C Ranch camel ride, comedy hypnotist Brad Matchette, chain saw wood carver Dennis Beach, a petting zoo, a Pirate acrobatic act, a puppet show and Syria Shrine clowns. In the grandstand this weekend will be Diesel Truck Pull, Hot Farm Tractors, Semi Truck Pull (tonight), Pony Pulls, Dave Martin Bull Ride Mania, Draft Horse Pull (Friday); Miniature Horse Pull, Performance by The Clarks, Annual Bike Night (Saturday).
Details: 724-865-2400 or www.bigbutlerfair.com.
Chamber Music Pittsburgh wraps up its fourth annual Just Summer series with a performance featuring jazz trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles. His band will perform music from his album “Creole Soul,” which features diverse styles and influences from calypso to Haitian voodoo music.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, and a preconcert mixer including refreshments from the Livermore begins at 6:30 p.m. $25: 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org.
Maher in real life
There couldn’t be a better time to see Bill Maher than during this frenetic election year.
The outspoken star of HBO’s “Real Time” steps off the screen for an evening of stand-up comedy Friday at Heinz Hall, Downtown.
Mr. Maher, who started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, performs about 50 dates a years, and three of his 10 stand-up specials for HBO — 2007’s “The Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss” and “Bill Maher… But I’m Not Wrong” — have been nominated for Emmys. He has 34 Emmy nominations and one win as executive producer for the HBO series “VICE.” He’s also known for “Religulous,” his controversial documentary about organized religion.
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $54.50; www.heinzhall.org.
The summer ’16 Gallery Crawl, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, takes over the Cultural District from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday with exhibition openings and premieres, live music, comedy and dance performances at more than 25 locations. It will include:
• The U.S. premieres of two deep-space multimedia installations — “PÊLE-MÊLE” by Olivier Ratsi and “BOÎTE NOIRE” by Martin Messier — at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St.
• A closing reception for “Vanessa German: Introspective” at the August Wilson for African American Center, 980 Liberty Ave.
• The opening of “Forever Overhead,” new work by Caroline Record, at 707 Penn Gallery.
• The opening of “[in]COMPLETION • [in]TRANSITION: The Redevelopment of Cuba’s National Schools of Art” at Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave.
• Soul/rock band Commonheart at Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue.
• Live improv comedy at the Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave.
After the Crawl, you can head to the August Wilson Center for the Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh party at 9 p.m. with Balkan beats by West Philadelphia Orchestra, the Brazilian rhythms of DJ SMI, groove funk by Boulevards and more. Tickets are $30 at trustarts.org/cosmo.
For a complete schedule, go to trustarts.org.
British pop-metal band Def Leppard returns to the First Niagara Pavilion on Friday bringing such hits as “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Hysteria” and “Armageddon It.” The band — Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) — has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since debuting in 1980.
“Pyromania,” released in 1983, was ranked No. 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Joining Def Leppard will be REO Speedwagon (“Roll With the Changes,” “Keep on Loving You”) and Tesla (“Signs”).
It begins at 7 p.m. $25-$99.50; ticketmaster.com.
The Dave Matthews Band has been on a recording hiatus, having released its last album, “Away From the World,” four years ago.
Word is that the DMB, which plays the First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Saturday, will take 2017 off from touring to work on new material. Some of it, like “Plastic Girl,” is turning up in the current sets on this 25th anniversary tour. Once again, the group will go without an opening act and perform two sets.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.50-$85; ticketmaster.com.
The fourth annual Deutschtown Music Festival, now expanded to two days, will spread 180 bands across 21 stages, including six outdoors, in and around the Deutschtown neighborhood of the North Side.
The free festival will offer a range of jazz, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass and electronic music, along with troupe performances, live art installations, a fashion show from CAPA students and printmaking station at Artist Image Resources.
Family-friendly daytime activities will include face painting and more than 20 food trucks and vendors. A free school-bus shuttle will transport attendees from North Shore parking lots and the T station to the various venues.
New Castle Fireworks
A trip up I-79 will take you to the 25th annual New Castle Fireworks Festival featuring Arts on the Riverwalk from 3 to 10 p.m.
The free event offers an artisans market, children’s amusements, a Makers Fair, glass blowing, chainsaw carving, a 40-foot-tall zip line and a fireworks finale by Pyrotecnico.
There will be performances by the New Castle Regional Ballet, Funky Fly Project and Occasional Reign on the Main Stage and the New Castle Mini Stars, Elliptica Belly Dance and Hoop Spirit’s fire dancing on the Mill Street Stage.
For a full schedule of events, call 724-654-8408 or visit www.facebook.com/NCFireworksArtsOnTheRiverwalk.
Citiparks presents its annual Riverview Park Heritage Day on the North Side, with games, crafts, pony rides, rock wall climbing, mascot appearances, Summer Soul Line Dancing lessons and a bike rodeo.
The Citiparks Roving Art Cart will offer crafts and families can tour the Allegheny Observatory. There will also be free refreshments.
It runs from noon to 4 p.m.; www.Citiparks.net or call 412-255-2493.
Doo Dah Nights
The Lawrenceville Historical Society celebrates native son Stephen Foster with Doo Dah Nights, a music festival and square dance at Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville, across from Allegheny Cemetery where Stephen Foster is buried.
Held in conjunction with the city’s 200th anniversary celebration, it will feature food and drink, square dancing, historic vendors, demonstrations and Foster songs from Prof. Guibert and the 1913 Blue & Gray Reunion Band (7:30 p.m.) and square dancing with Devilish Merry and The Haygood Paisleys (9 p.m.).
A John Carpenter concert? Yep. The horror filmmaker best known for “Halloween” will offer “John Carpenter: A Live Retrospective,” part of the first live concert tour for the director and composer who just released his second non-soundtrack album, “Lost Themes II.” He will be joined on stage by his son Cody, godson Daniel Davies and a full band.
It’s at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $39.50; ticketfly.com.
FREE MUSIC & MOVIES
• The Summer Fridays at the Frick continues at The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze with Zany Umbrella Circus. It begins at 6:30 p.m. TheFrickPittsburgh.org, 412-371-0600.
• BNY Mellon Jazz presents The Bad Plus at the South Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Americana band Delta Rae plays the Hartwood Acres performance area, Hampton, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with Jeanne Jolly.
• The Station Square Jam series at Bessemer Court Friday at 7:30 p.m. features Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out.
• Dancing Dream plays the Greensburg SummerSounds series at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Clair Park.
• Jay Vonada Trio performs as part of the Citiparks’ Stars at Riverview jazz series at 7 p.m. Saturday at Riverview Park, Perry North. www.Citiparks.net.
•The Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series at Mellon Park (Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside) continues at 10 a.m. Sunday with River City Brass.
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park screens “Life of Pi” at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Sunday, and at West End/Elliott Overlook Tuesday. Both start at dusk.
The comedy “The Great Outdoors” will be shown at Brookline Memorial Park tonight; Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville, Friday and Grandview Park, Mount Washington, Saturday. All start at dusk.
“Concussion” will screen at Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, at dusk Saturday.
• Summer Soul Line Dancing lessons are being offered by Citiparks. Free sessions will take place throughout the summer in Highland Park, Mellon Square, Schenley Park and the West End Overlook. Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&B music in classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves. A Mellon Square session, at Smithfield Street and Sixth Avenue, Downtown, is slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. For more information: www.Citiparks.net.
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