A Miltoniopsis orchid, one of many on display at the annual Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania Show held at the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center this weekend.
The 36th annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show continues through the weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
The Home Show will include vendors offering more than 1,700 products and services, plus Boyce Thompson with 10 Life-Changing New Products, local designers’ version of the Office of the Future and No Place Like Home gardens created by Bidwell Training Center’s horticulture students.
Visitors can try out the judge’s command chair from “The Voice” and meet Pittsburgh Dad Curt Wootton (2-3 and 7-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m. Sunday).
Antiques appraiser Lori Verderame will evaluate treasured heirlooms, collectibles and antiques (photos are OK for larger items) for those who arrive at The Antiques Home Show stage 30 minutes before her showtimes: noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. One free item per person.
“Renegade Gardener” Don Engebretson and local garden writer Doug Oster will appear, and a special 10th anniversary version of the CAPA House Band featuring alumni who are now professional musicians will play jazz at the Crawford Grill.
Other returning favorites are Duquesne Light’s Electric Lane, Builders Showcase, Designer Showcase, Children’s Village, a railroad layout by the Train Collectors’ Kids Club and Turtle Races.
Show hours are 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for those under 6. Information and discounts on weekday admission only at www.pghhome.com. Parking is $7 at Heinz Field lots with free shuttle.
Premiere of ‘Findings
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company follows up its historic presentation of “Seven Guitars” last summer at August Wilson’s childhood home with a run of world premieres, beginning with “Findings” by Arlene Weiner.
Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith, “Findings” finds Jennifer in turmoil. She prides herself on being able to see crisis as an opportunity, but can she keep on “bright-siding” when her doted-on daughter runs away, her sister’s behavior threatens the family with ruin, and a secret from the past may burst into the open?
Lissa Brennan, Sam Lothard, Amy Marsalis, John Michnya, Charles Richards and Julia Rocha comprise the cast of the play at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Times are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.50; www.pghplaywrights.org.
Two decades of Riverdance
Riverdance — The 20th Anniversary World Tour taps into the Benedum Center, Downtown, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The show’s return to North America features new costumes, lighting, projections and a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe performance.
“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” producer Moya Doherty said in a statement. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank-you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets — $26, $36, $56, $66 and $71 — www.trustarts.org or 412-456-4800.
Strand of Oaks
Along with supplying the dynamic duo of Kurt Vile and the Violators and the War on Drugs, the Philly scene has given us another passionate and noisy guitar-rock band in Strand of Oaks.
The new “Hard Love” is another gem, prompting Salon to go ahead and declared it “a rock ’n’ roll masterpiece.”
Tim Showalter and company played one of the strongest sets at the Thrival Festival, and return now to overpower fans at the intimate Club Cafe, South Side.
The show is sold out.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, The Mattress Factory is launching a MF@40 a series, beginning Thursday with “A Walk Through the Archives.”
Co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, and archivist Sarah Hallett, have selected archival artworks, documentation and objects that capture the museum’s evolution since its founding in 1977. Selected pieces are from installations by Juan R. Diago, Ann Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Kim Jones, Greer Lankton, Kiki Smith and others. This will be the first time the majority of these remnants have been on display to the public.
It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at mattress.org; free for Mattress Factory members. Tickets include two drinks, light appetizers, after-hours access to the museum’s galleries and guided tours of archival materials. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
Puppets and Koala
For something completely different, Canadian turntablist Kid Koala will present a multidisciplinary performance of his graphic novel “Nufonia Must Fall,” directed by KK Barrett (“Being John Malkovich,” “Her”).
It will incorporate live puppet theater, a string quartet, video and electric instruments to tell the story of a tone-deaf and completely unemployable robot who falls in love with its human creator.
It’s presented by The Andy Warhol Museum with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human.
It’s at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, at 8 p.m. $25; www.warhol.org.
Celtic Thunder singer
Troubadour Keith Harkin, hailed by BBC Radio/Ulster as the “Irish Jack Johnson,” is on a St. Patrick’s Day tour that brings him to the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday.
The guitarist and pianist joined Celtic Thunder in 2007 and in 2012 released a debut album featuring a duet with Colbie Caillat on Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.”
His latest album was a Christmas album, “Nollaig,” but he won’t be playing much of that this week. A new acoustic CD and DVD are on the way.
The show is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35; showclix.com.
Dungen at Warhol
The stunning Swedish progressive rock band Dungen arrives at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, Saturday, as part of the museum’s Sound Series with a special project.
The quartet, which formed in 1999 and debuted in 2001, eventually becoming acclaimed in indie-rock circles, will perform its latest (and first) all-instrumental album, “Haxan” (“The Witch”), which was created as the soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger’s “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926), considered to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film.
Asked about the American premiere, multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes said in a press release, “In this setting, the movie becomes a solo instrument of its own, and we are simply backing up what we see on the screen. In many ways, it was a liberation to share the focal point with an audience when you’re performing with this kind of accompaniment. It’s a refreshing change to be playing live and not be the center of attention; it’s the movie instead.”
The show is sold out.
The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold its annual Orchid Show Saturday at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., displaying hundreds of the blooming flowers.
Society volunteers and expert orchid growers will be on hand to answer questions. There will be orchids for sale from all over the eastern United States, free educational seminars ranging from beginner to specialty topics and plant raffles.
At the Repotting Table, you can watch and learn as your orchid plant is repotted. Cost is $5 per orchid including bark and 6 inch or under plastic pot.
It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated; www.oswp.org.
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival pops up with the “Halfway to the Festival” party on Sunday afternoon at the Bulgarian-National Educational and Cultural Center in West Homestead.
It will feature live music from Hooley, The Wild Geese and Terry Griffith, along with Irish step dancers from the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, the Pittsburgh Irish Reelers and the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. The Celtic Gift Shoppe will be on hand selling Irish gift items, from jewelry to tea wool sweaters, at a discount.
Tickets are $40; $20 for children (children under 2 are free). Guests will receive two complimentary beverages, a traditional Irish meal and a free raffle ticket to the “Irish Auction.”
It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at 451 West 8th Ave.; www.eventbrite.com.
Blue October goes ‘Home’
Melodic Texas alt-rock band Blue October plays the Carnegie of Homestead of Music Hall in Munhall on Sunday, touring behind its eighth album, “Home.”
“ ‘Sway’ was about finding inner peace and learning to live in a healthy way,” said singer-guitarist Justin Furstenfeld. “This new album ‘Home’ is about what we do with our time on earth, how we’re going to utilize that time in a positive way and make it the best we possibly can by bettering ourselves.”
Opening the show will be singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield, who is on the road with new album “Recoil.”
It’s at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35; $40 day of the show; ticketfly.com.
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