Soul singer Morgan James brings her Reckless Abandon tour to the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side, at 7:30 p.m. She has crossed over from the cast of Broadway's “Motown: The Musical” to a soul recording artist. Her special guest is Andy Allo. For more information and tickets, $39.50, www.mcgjazz.org or 412-322-0800.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Composer Trevor Weston will appear at two free events ahead of the Saturday premiere of his “Requiem for Rice,” described as “a modern take on a classic requiem that will be a lamentation for the souls who were enslaved, exploited and brutalized on rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia.” At 7 p.m. Monday, head to an interactive presentation, “Time-Binding: Communicating History with Music,” at the Afro-American Music Institute, 7131 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Then, the lecture “Composing as Confirmation” takes place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Margaret Morrison hall, 103 Breed Hall, Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. CMU’s Center for the Arts in Society has been involved in the development of “Requiem for Rice,” which will be premiered in Charleston, S.C., in October. More at www.requiemforrice.com.
A Spring Break Family Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mattress Factory museum, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. The free event will celebrate spring with activities for all ages that include building a boat inspired by the work of artist Bill Woodrow, participating in a Yayoi Kusama-inspired "obliteration" project, and making a garden book with treasures found in the Winifred Lutz Garden (all artists in the museum's permanent collection). The museum’s education department in partnership with Workshop PGH also will host a pop-up maker space. Galleries will be open. Information: www.mattress.org or 412-231-3169.
The Peter Evans Septet performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum’s Sound Series. New York City-based trumpet player and improviser/composer Peter Evans is on tour in support of his latest release “Genesis,” featuring his septet (Mazz Swift, violin; Sam Pluta, live electronics; Ron Stabinsky, piano and synthesizers; Tom Blancarte, bass; Levy Lorenzo, percussion and electronics; and Jim Black, drums). He is best known as a member of the subversive combo Mostly Other People Do the Killing with bassist Moppa Elliott. For more info and tickets, $15, $12 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Jazz Live 365 presents DK Cypher at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, this music series showcases some of the region’s finest jazz musicians. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
TUESDAY through SATURDAY
STOMP performs at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Downtown. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, $41.25, $51.25 and $61.25, trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Edwidge Danticat speaks as part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series at 8:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. She’s the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir “Brother, I’m Dying,” and the novel “The Farming of Bones,” which won the American Book Award. Her short story collection “Krik? Krak!” was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award for Fiction, making her the youngest person ever to be named a finalist for that honor. Free and open to the public. For more information: pghwriterseries.wordpress.com or 412-624-6508.
Mark Eitzel and Howe Gelb perform at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum’s Sound Series. The two highly influential songwriters will be performing as duos, with accompaniment on bass or piano. Mr. Eitzel, the romantic songwriter behind cult-favorite American Music Club, is on tour in support of his latest solo album “Hey Mr Ferryman.” Mr. Gelb, former frontman of the wonderfully off-kilter alt country band Giant Sand, has shifted to jazz-tinged piano-based arrangements on his new solo album “Future Standards.” Free parking is available in The Warhol lot. For more info and tickets, $15, $12 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Ensemble SurPlus performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum’s Sound Series, co-presented by Music on the Edge. The ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its primary objective is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot. Tickets: general admission $20, $15 in advance; students $15, $10 in advance at www.warhol.org or 412-624-7529.
Future Tenant will host SPOTLIGHT: Monologue Night at its space, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. The live performance competition showcases emerging Pittsburgh-area theater, spoken word and slam poetry artists. The winners will compete for audience votes and the performer(s) with the most votes at the end of the night will win a $200 cash prize. There will be complimentary beverages by Straub Beer. For tickets, $7 online in advance, $10 cash only at the door, www.futuretenant.org or www.brownpapertickets.com.
The second annual TEDxYouth@Shadyside, an independently organized TED event put together by a dozen Shady Side Academy Senior School students, will be held at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features speakers from various fields including research, small business, film and medicine, who together illustrate the many revolutions taking place in Pittsburgh. Speakers include Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; Audrey Russo, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Technology Council; Sanjay Chopra, co-founder and CEO of Cognistx; Costa Nikou, director of software at Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics; Harley Baldwin, vice president of design at Schell Games; Corinne Clinch, co-founder and CEO of Rorus Inc.; Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the UPMC Healthy Lifestyle Program; Chris Ivey, commercial and documentary director-producer; Josh Lafazan, author of “Political Gladiators” and Ian Rosenberger, founder of Thread International and Team Tassy. For tickets, $15, trustarts.org.