Eric Church performs at the PPG Paints Arena on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra launches a two-week celebration of Vienna with a trio of concerts focused on Mozart’s last three symphonies, all composed during the summer of 1788. The concerts feature pianist Till Fellner in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, but otherwise each program, conducted by music director Manfred Honeck, is different.
On Friday, you’ll hear Haydn’s Overture to “Armida” paired with the concerto and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39; Saturday brings Mozart’s Overture to “La clemenza di Tito” followed by the concerto and Symphony No. 40; and Sunday’s offering includes Schubert’s music from the play “Rosamunde” followed by the concerto and, you guessed, it, Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”
Performances start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets, $20-$94, 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Pollak at Improv
Comedian/actor Kevin Pollak, a well-known face from dozens of films, including “A Few Good Men,” “Casino” and “The Usual Suspects,” performs at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront at Homestead.
Times are 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The Conservatory Dance Company at Point Park University will wrap its 2016-17 season with “Point Park Connections,” showcasing works by faculty members. Featured choreographers are Pearlann Porter, Daniel Karasik, Colleen Hooper, Kiki Lucas and Ernest Tolentino.
It’s 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the George Rowland White Performance Studio at Point Park University, Downtown. Tickets: $20-$24 for general admission or $10 for students and seniors at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com or 412-392-8000.
Deadheads will be heading to movie theaters nationwide on Thursday for “The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary.”
Locally, it will be shown at the Cinemark 17 Pittsburgh Mills, Cinemark Monroeville Mall and Cinemark Robinson at 7 p.m.
The concert film captures the five-night “farewell” run the band did in October 1974 at San Francisco’s iconic Winterland. There will also be an exclusive look at footage from the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary, “Long Strange Trip.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com.
Eric Church makes his first trip to Pittsburgh since dropping one of his best albums, “Mr. Misunderstood,” by surprise in late 2015.
The rowdy country rocker is on the Holdin’ My Own Tour, playing Springsteen-style marathon sets that run more than three hours, with no opening act. Even he is surprised that they can hold a crowd’s interest for 39 songs.
“Just look at what radio songs we’ve had,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve only hit the top on five singles. There’s other artists in their career that you would consider mid-level ones that have more No. 1s than we do. It’s not like we have 39 or 40 hits. I’m not George Strait or Kenny Chesney. I’m not those guys. They can probably go out and play 50 No. 1s. We shouldn’t be able to have one of the longest shows right now.”
The show is at the PPG Paints Arena, Uptown, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69; www.ticketmaster.com.
Tinariwen, a Grammy-winning Algerian band returns with its hypnotic blend of traditional Tuareg rhythms and melodies and Algerian, Moroccan and western pop.
Tinariwen is supporting its latest album “Elwan,” which features guest performances from Kurt Vile, Matt Sweeney, Alain Johannes and Mark Lanegan and addresses Tinariwen’s homeland — a Saharan mountain range between northeastern Mali and southern Algeria — being transformed into a conflict zone.
With Dengue Fever. Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 8 p.m., $24/$45; www.ticketfly.com.
Art and music will fill the Cultural District for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s spring Gallery Crawl.
It will feature the opening of robotlab’s “bios [bible]” and “the big picture” at Wood Street Galleries (exploring the relationship between man and machine); “Instill & Inspire: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art” at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture; “Non-Punk Pittsburgh” with a reunion of Carsickness at SPACE Gallery; and performances of Supernatural Shakespeare, which include scenes from “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave.
It runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and will be followed by CrawlAfterDark events at the Arcade Comedy Theater (the improv comedy show “CrawlSpace”; $7) and the Nightcap: The Premiere Post-Crawl Party at Future Tenant ($15).
Info at TrustArts.org/Crawl and 412-456-6666.
“Oaths and Epithets: Works by Sonya Clark” will open with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District.
The internationally exhibited artist is a native of Washington, D.C., who is chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, Richmond, Va. In her work she explores how everyday objects act as mirrors and sponges, reflecting and absorbing our personal and collective narratives.
The exhibition continues through Aug. 19. Information: http://contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003.
Jimmy Bleu in Kiss the Sky tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Kiss the Sky
Marking the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s debut album, Kiss the Sky — The Definitive Jimi Hendrix Experience will perform “Are You Experienced” in its entirety.
The album, which was released in the UK on May 12, 1967, and the American version, issued Aug. 23, was loaded with such classics as “Purple Haze,” “Manic Depression,” “Hey Joe,” “I Don’t Live Today,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Fire” and “Foxy Lady,” not to mention the title track. It spent 106 weeks on the Billboard chart.
Kiss The Sky is fronted by Jimy Bleu, who was featured on the AXS-TV network show ‘”The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”
It’s at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12. Over 21 show.
The New York dance-pop duo The Chainsmokers, known for such hits as “Closer” (with Halsey) and the Grammy-winning “Don’t Let Me Down” (with Pittsburgh singer Daya), headlined the Thrival Festival in Swissvale last fall and now return two weeks after releasing their debut album, “Memories … Do Not Open.”
The latest single from the album, “Something Just Like This,” is a piece of majestic pop created with Coldplay.
Drew Taggert recently told CNN that the album focuses on “moments of tension within our lives … That’s the most compelling stuff to us, at least right now.” He added, “We’re producers first, and we come from the dance music world, so creating some of the songs fresh [is important] and also inherently, Chainsmokers is really important to us.”
With Kiiara. PPG Paints Arena, 7 p.m., $39-$72; www.ticketmaster.com.
Alone Together tour
Dave Mason brings his Alone Together Again tour to the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, on Saturday.
The 70-year-old British singer-songwriter-guitarist, who was on tour last summer with Journey and the Doobie Brothers, will perform his 1970 solo debut “Alone Together” in its entirety, performing the classics “Feelin’ Alright,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know.”
It begins at 8 p.m. $39; www.ticketfly.com.
The Senator John Heinz History Center will feature more than 40 local vendors Saturday at the fifth annual Vintage Pittsburgh vendor fair, presented in partnership with The Neighborhood Flea.
Up for grabs will be vintage fashion, accessories, housewares, vinyl, home décor, artwork, books, toys, small furniture and collectibles.
Activities will include photos in the Pittsburgh Camper Booth, the Meat Here! food truck, Isaly’s ice cream, the Zeke Coffee’s pop-up coffee shop, retro board games and a special edition of Storyburgh story time at 11:30 a.m.
It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a discounted admission rate of $10 for general admission; $6.50 for students and children 6 to 17; children 5 and under, and members, free; www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Ten years passed between JoJo’s second album and the release of last year’s “Mad Love.”
Now, the pop singer who debuted on “America’s Most Talented Kids” in 2003 brings the Mad Love Tour to Stage AE, North Shore.
JoJo had her first hit when she was 14 in 2004 with “Leave (Get Out),” which appeared on her self-titled debut album. She followed that quickly in 2006 with second album, “The High Road,” scoring a hit with lead single “Too Little Too Late.”
What followed was a legal dispute with her label Universal. She returned last year on Atlantic with “Mad Love,” joined Wiz Khalifa on the single “F*** Apologies,” Remy Ma on “FAB” and Alessia Cara on “I Can Only.”
Doors at 7 p.m. $25-$39; ticketmaster.com.
Food and yoga
Inhale Pittsburgh, a Downtown yoga studio on Seventh Street, will mark its anniversary Saturday with a day of live music, food, fun and, of course, yoga. A Chakra Flow class (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) kicks off the celebration, followed by a “Coffee, Tea and Chakra” talk (11:30 a.m. to noon). Stop by from noon to 5 p.m. for a bazaar, featuring fresh juices from Salud Pgh, mandala making, mini massages, shopping and more. In the evening, live music by Guy Russo will accompany a rejuvenating yoga session (5 to 7 p.m.). End the day with a party with pizza from Proper Pittsburgh and brews from Brew Gentleman.
Admission to all events are by donation, which will support Tree Pittsburgh. Register in advance: inhalepgh.com.
The ToonSeum will honor cartoonists Ed Piskor and Caitlin Rose Boyle at the annual Ka-Blam! fundraiser, which is coming home to the Pittsburgh museum of comic and cartoon art, located at 945 Liberty Ave, Downtown.
“We decided to switch the venue this year because we currently have two historic exhibits on display at the ToonSeum,” said executive director John Kelly.
The theme of this year’s Ka-Blam! is Cosmic Cause-Play and will feature sci-fi costumes, themed activities and a pop-up showcase highlighting the work of Joss Whedon, creator of “Firefly” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the director who launched Marvel’s Avengers on the big screen..
Piskor (“Hip Hop Family Tree”) and Boyle (“Jonesy”) will receive the ToonSeum’s NEMO Awards, given “for excellence in the cartoon arts.” Past NEMO recipients include veteran Ka-Blam! 2017 will also honor Gregg Behr of The Grable Foundation with its GERTIE Award for support of the ToonSeum’s mission.
Ka-Blam! features live drawing, auction items, food and refreshments. A VIP session ($75) will start at 7 p.m., and general admission begins at 8 ($45); toonseum.org or 412-232-0199.
The whole ‘Messiah’
The Pittsburgh Camerata, a chamber choir, joins Chatham Baroque to give a historically informed performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as part of the church’s Music in a Great Space series.
It’s also a temporally informed performance: Handel’s work, often played during Christmastime, in fact debuted in April 1742.
It begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 412-682-4300 or www.shadysidepres.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
‘Elijah’ at Carlow
The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh sings Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at St. Agnes Center, Carlow University, Oakland. Artistic director Thomas W. Douglas conducts the performances, featuring baritone Keith Dean, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Mendelssohn draws on his musical mentors Bach, Handel and Mozart to construct this brilliant oratorio full of incredibly dramatic and compelling narratives,” Mr. Douglas said in a press release. “Though by the time of its composition Mendelssohn had converted to a Lutheran, he reached back to make a connection with his family’s Jewish heritage in the writing of this monumental work.” $12-$30, www.bachchoirpgh.org or 1-888-718-4253.
Pianist Alexander Kobrin, the gold medal winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will give a recital at 3 p.m., presented by the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania. The all-Beethoven program includes four sonatas and takes place at Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland. $20, $10 for students, free for society members and CMU students. More at www.sswpa.org.
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