Hot List of events for the first weekend in February
February 2, 2017 12:00 AM
G. Love and Special Sauce will appear at Mr. Smalls in Millvale tonight.
Back to Jurassic
Some things will never change, and one of them is kids loving dinosaurs.
They can take a trip into the Jurassic era at “Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED” at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, Friday through Sunday.
There will be close encounters with a stegosaurus, velociraptor and T. rex (not real ones) in the walk-through exhibit. Kids of all ages can also ride a dinosaur, dig for dino, pan for fossils, work on crafts and enjoy themed inflatables.
Hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $22 adults, $26 children, $19 seniors; under 2 free with a paid adult. T-Rex Tickets (ages 2-12) are available for $56 and include one child general admission ticket, one face paint, one fossil find bag, one green screen photo print, a make-and-take T-shirt, one drawstring backpack, and one pair of socks for the inflatables; www.DiscovertheDinosaurs.com.
CAPA does Wilson
Students of Pittsburgh CAPA take on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the 1982 play that launched August Wilson’s American Century Cycle.
Mark Clayton Southers, head of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, directs the 1920s story set in a Chicago recording studio, where ambition and racial tensions collide for Ma Rainey’s band members.
It is recommended for audiences 13 plus. Times are 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pittsburgh CAPA auditorium, 111 Ninth St., Downtown. Tickets are $5-$15 at www.eventbrite.com.
Passion and rage
Does a trip to France for Valentine’s Day sound good? Well, head there a bit early — at least musically speaking — with Chatham Baroque.
The early music ensemble presents “When Love Enflames the Heart: Passion and Rage in Baroque France,” a program of music from the courts of Louis XIV and XV. The concert includes works by Louis-Nicolas Clerambault, Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain. Soprano Pascale Beaudin, baroque flutist Stephen Schultz and harpsichordist Andrew Appel join the core trio.
Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair), 8 p.m. Saturday (Synod Hall, Oakland) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University). Tickets: $30, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, at www.chathambaroque.org or 412-687-1788.
For the younger set, the group offers its family friendly Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside. $5 for children, $8 for adults.
Philly group G. Love and Special Sauce, providers of the “trashcan-blues,” will heat up a Thursday night at Mr. Smalls in Millvale.
The last new thing we heard from G. Love was 2015’s “Love Saves the Day,” a 10th album that the frontman called “the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues.” It found the group — G. Love, upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens — joined by David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.
They’ll do it without those people in this 8 p.m. show with RIPE. Tickets are $27.50-$30; ticketweb.com.
Love and Loss
The DANA Movement Ensemble will perform “Take My Hand … I Am Here” at KST Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship, at 8 p.m. Friday.
Choreographer Nick Daniels and composer Tom Luketich team up for a work-in-progress performance about the love and loss of one’s parents that draws inspiration from Butoh, contemporary dance and more.
It’s a Pay-What-Makes-You-Happy event. Tickets and info at www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-363-3000.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland, invites guests to eat, drink and dance the night away at Party in the Tropics (21 plus) in the Tropical Forest Conservatory.
There will be food, cocktails and a DJ. It begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $17.95; $16.95 seniors and students. phipps.conservatory.org.
Through the lens
The 17th edition of Silver Eye Center for Photography’s “Fellowship” exhibition will open with artists talks from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a reception until 9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries, 477 Melwood Ave., N. Oakland.
International Award recipient Kris Sanford of Michigan exhibits her series, “Through the Lens of Desire,” that speculates on gender relationships subtly expressed between individuals in old photographs. Pittsburgher Francis Crisafio exhibits the series “HOLDUP in the HOOD,” a 13-year documentation of self-portraits made by students in the Manchester neighborhood.
The exhibition continues through April 15. Information: https://silvereye.org.
Oscar-winning actress, talk show host and comedian Mo’Nique, best known for her portrayal of the mentally disturbed abusive mother in the film “Precious,” will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront in Homestead.
Times are 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Crafts and Drafts
East End Brewing will be the scene Saturday for the Crafts and Drafts Lovefest, designed to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.
There will be gifts and art from local makers, food and treats, crafts and activities for kids, and a free sample of beer. Vendors include Goods and Evil T-shirts and accessories, Knotzland Bowties, A519 Chocolate, Wigle Whiskey, The AP Collection (fine art and illustration), Flipping Records & Tapes (used vinyl), Hip Modern Soap, Frost Finery (handmade modern jewelry), North Ave Candles, garbella screen printed accessories, Moon Pine Tactile Talismans (wooden handmade jewelry), and The Barefoot Forge (locally crafted steel jewelry and products).
Food trucks include La Palapa, Pittsburgh Po’Boy and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.
It runs from noon to 5 p.m. at 147 Julius St. Admission is free; EastEndBrewing.com.
Keller and Kottke
Keller Williams, known for his one-man jam-band style, will strip the sound down on the Shut the Folk Up Tour with one of his musical heroes, Leo Kottke.
They will play separate solo sets, with the 71-year-old Kottke displaying fingerpicking mastery that blends blues, jazz and folk, and Mr. Williams touring behind “Raw,” one of two new albums he’s just released.
Speaking of the tour, the latter told Jambase, “Oh, man, I’m just really loving it. Getting back to the roots and playing some of these songs that sometimes get lost in cavernous shuffles, and playing to people who are really, actively listening, you know? That’s something special.”
They play the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29-$49; ticketfly.com.
Let the children play
Are the kids bouncing off the walls?
Let them bounce around at the Giant Eagle Kid-a-palooza Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
Among the attractions:
• The Fisher-Price Little People will dance and sing at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and pose for photos in 100.7 Star Cartoon Camp at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
• The Carnegie Science Center will present “Science Takes Flight” at noon.
• The Strandtastics will perform at 2 p.m. on the main stage.
• Fairytale Princesses will stop by the Cartoon Camp at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and the Pirate Parrot will visit at 12:30 p.m.
• 93.7 The Fan will host a Sports Zone with interactive sports and games for kids.
• Families can get a Fit Family Magazine Cover Photo at the KDKA Health Fair.
• Kids will feel like royalty in the Kids Castle with makeup, face-painting, hair stylists and princess visits.
• NewsRadio 1020 KDKA will feature KiDKAst where kids can play reporter.
• Families can stop by the Zerorez Creative Corner to get creative and learn to build with the Home Depot Kids Workshop.
• There will be rides and inflatables, and broadcasts from Y108 and 100.7 Star.
It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for kids age 12-plus, $6 for kids ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 and under; www.kidapalooza.com.
‘Rich Man’ tour
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, whose father had a long association with the Vaughan brothers in Austin, Texas, is on the road behind his long-awaited fourth album, “Rich Man,” which was released in September.
He’d been busy in recent years working with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow, while also embarking on spiritual and musical journeys to India and Africa. “Rich Man” is a mix of blues, R&B, Indian and Arabic sounds.
“I’d been writing pretty consistently for other artists and projects since my last album and had stored a lot of songs, sort of documenting my life story,” he said in a statement. “I feel like the stars finally aligned to allow me to be completely myself as an artist for the first time — singer, guitar player, songwriter, producer — and take things that were happening in my life and put them into music.”
He plays the Rex Theatre, South Side, at 8 p.m., with Emily Gimble. Tickets are $26 to $30; www.ticketfly.com.
The Irish pub Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle celebrates its 25th anniversary Saturday with 12 hours of live music.
It begins at 1 p.m. with John Wiatrak, followed by Johnny Gallagher (3:30 p.m.), Mike Gallagher (6 p.m.) and Guaranteed Irish at 8 p.m. There will be free anniversary cake at 7 p.m.
It’s at 24th Street and Penn Avenue in the Strip; www.harpandfiddle.com.
Souper Bowl Sunday
WYEP (91.3 FM) continues its tradition of helping the homeless on Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Alternative Souper Bowl.
It runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland with live music from Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Brooke Annibale, and The Buckle Downs.
Bring a non-perishable donation for HEARTH, providing shelter and support for families in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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