It sounds like a horror story, but “God of Carnage” is really a hoot and also some hollering. Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play, at Little Lake Theatre through Nov. 2, matches two upper-middle-class parents as they confront what to do about their sons’ playground fight that resulted in two broken front teeth for one of the boys. The seriocomic meeting starts out civil but degenerates into rages and admissions between the parents and the spouses.
Gregory Caridi and Jennifer Sinatra play the Novaks, a self-made hardware wholesaler and his wife, and Art DeConciliis and Mary Liz Meyer are the Raleighs, a hotshot attorney who is never without his cell phone and his busy wife, who is prone to panic attacks. Little Lake artistic director Sunny Disney Fitchett directs.
“God of Carnage” contains adult language and runs 8 p.m. Thursdays (except Halloween) through Saturdays, plus Wednesday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $18 Thursday and Sunday and $20 Friday and Saturday at www.littlelake.org or 724-745-6300.
This weekend marks the debut of brand-new music organization Resonance Works, which explores the relationship between music and space. Founded by local conductor Maria Sensi Sellner, the group will start with a production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
David Gram will direct the production, which features singers Galen Bower, Amelia D’Arcy and Joseph Gaines in the main roles.
The performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $15-$50, at www.artful.ly/store/events/1529, and information at resonanceworks.org.
Off the Wall opener
Off the Wall Productions begins a new season Friday with “The Zero Hour,” a play about lesbian relationships and the Holocaust by Madeleine George, author of City Theatre’s “Precious Little.”
Erika Cuenca (Rebecca) and Daina Michelle Griffith (O) portray a Queens, N.Y., couple in turmoil. O is happily unemployed while Rebecca is a closeted academic who is writing a textbook for seventh-graders about the Holocaust and struggling about how inclusive and graphic to be. And then there are those Nazis riding the 7 train …
Ms. George created the play as a member of 13P Playwrights Collective (www.13p.org); Robyne Parrish, the artistic director at the Gilbert Theater in Fayetteville, N.C., directs her sixth play for Off The Wall, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 9. Tickets $5-$35 at www.showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS; more info at insideoffthewall.com.
PSO does Scotland
Late October is probably not the ideal time to visit Scotland, but it’s just as well to hear music inspired by that rugged terrain. Conducted by Nikolaj Znaider, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present concerts on Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. of works with Scottish themes at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown.
Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture,” Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” for violin (starring concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley) and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony are featured. Tickets: $30.75 to $124.75; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Philadelphia experimental/indie band Man Man, which broke out in 2007 when it toured with Modest Mouse, is back with a fifth album, “On Oni Pond,” that’s described as “a compelling mash-up of ‘Fear Of Music’-era Talking Heads, classic soul, psychedelia, hip hop and ’50s rock and roll.”
“With this album we got to do something that very few bands or creative people get to do, which is a reboot, and one that feels natural,” said singer Honus Honus.
Man Man returns to Mr. Smalls in Millvale at 8 tonight. Tickets are $15 to $17; www.mrsmalls.com.
Tubes at Jergel’s
Back in 1975, The Tubes wrote a song about the fans called “White Punks on Dope.” It became the Bay Area band’s signature song and a highlight of outrageous live performances that would include bondage and game show elements.
The Tubes were on bills with the likes of Led Zeppelin and the New York Dolls and went on to score some radio hits in the ’80s with “Talk to Ya Later” and “She’s a Beauty” before frontman Fee Waybill split in ’86. He returned in ’93, and since then there has been a series of reunions.
The singer leads a version of The Tubes with original members Roger Steen, Prairie Prince and Rick Anderson into Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Marshall at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29; Jergels.com.
Umphrey’s McGee at AE
Chicago progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee headlines Stage AE at 7 p.m. Friday still touring on the 2011 album “Death by Stereo.”
The band is continuing its “Headphones/Snowcones” project, which allows a certain amount of fans to rent studio-grade headphones and wireless packs ($40) so they can hear the band directly from the soundboard.
The London Souls open the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$25; ticketmaster.com.
The ToonSeum’s annual Ka-Blam! fundraiser will explode in synergy with an exhibition at the Downtown museum: “Ka-Blam V: Attack of the ’90s” coincides with “All That and a Bag of Chips: The ’90s Animation Renaissance.” The fundraiser will have room to move, at the former Saks Fifth Avenue at 513 Smithfield Ave., Downtown.
The 1990s marked the transition from traditional to digital animation and cover animations such as “Tiny Toons,” “Ducktales” and “The New Adventures of Batman,” plus the more adult-oriented “Ren & Stimpy,” “Beavis and Butthead,” “Daria” and “South Park.” Expect to party to music by artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Salt & Pepper, plus activities, surprise guests, a costume contest and treats and beverages.
A VIP reception before the Ka-Blam! main event begins at 6:30 p.m. (tickets are $120 or $200 for two); general admission doors open at 8 p.m. ($40, or $30 for students). More at toonseum.org; for tickets: www.showclix.com. The ToonSeum is located at 945 Liberty Ave.
Vieux Farka Toure, son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, is often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara.”
The guitarist, who plays the Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society series Saturday at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland, debuted in 2007 and has honed a sound that combines rock, Latin music and African influences.
He furthered his reputation as a guitar virtuoso on his third album, 2011’s “The Secret,” which was produced by guitarist Eric Krasno (of the Soulive trio) and featured South African-born Dave Matthews, and guitarists Derek Trucks and John Scofield.
The New York Times said of him, “Vieux Farka Toure is forging his own identity, expanding on [traditional] drones and gnarled picking patters with a rocker’s joyful audacity.”
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39; $20 (student rush w/ID); 412-361-1915; www.calliopehouse.org.
It’s a Monster Mash … well, kind of.
The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh is getting into the Halloween spirit early with “Monster Mass,” a concert featuring choral masses by Bruckner and Byrd with a spooky twist. Guests are encouraged to attend in costume (anyone have a Bach costume?).
The concerts, which also feature the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, are 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the St. Agnes Center at Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $10-$30; www.showclix.com or 1-888-718-4253.
Pooches on parade
The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania invites dog lovers to enjoy a fun day together at South Park on Sunday for the fifth annual MGA Pooch Parade.
The family-friendly event features a one-mile fun walk on a paved trail beginning at the Ethelbert Shelter at South Park, near the Dog Park. Registration is $25 for one walker/one dog and $15 for walkers without dogs. Registration includes coffee and donuts, a tote bag full of goodies, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a doggie bandana.
The event features raffles and a costume contest with prizes for best dog and best dog/owner combo costumes. Vendors will be on hand with information and products. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the “Pooch Parade” begins at 10 a.m.
Call 412-566-1545 or visit www.mgawpa.org to download a registration form.
The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale will be joined by three other regional choirs — the Central Assembly of God Choir of Houston, Pa., the South Fayette Vocal Express Show Choir and Woodland Hills High School Chamber Choir — for the second annual “Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale’s Festival of Choirs.”
The concert includes a collaboration among all four choruses on selections from Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” It’s 4 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $5; pccsing.org.
NEED TO KNOW
• In 1986 keyboardist Bob James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn released their gold fusion record “Double Vision.” They’re teaming up again at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for two shows on Friday, but this time they’re touring behind last year’s acoustic-based “Quartette Humaine.” Shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost $72.50; www.mcgjazz.org or 412-321-0800.
• Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, who lived in Pittsburgh as a kid, is about to release the new album, “Always Been.” In advance of that, he plays the Rex Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$25; showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
• Kim El stars in her one-woman show “Straightening Combs” at the Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. The poet, playwright and actress immerses herself in seven characters as part of this coming-of-age story. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets — $30 for table seating, $20 for balcony seating ($25 at the door) and $10 to only attend the after party on Saturday — www.kaufmanncenter.com or 412-292-1753.
• Nik Turner, a founding member of pioneering British space-rock band Hawkwind, is on tour in support of his new record, “Space Gypsy.” He stops at the Brillobox in Bloomfield tonight with a band that features Nicky Garratt (UK Subs), Jurgen Engler (Die Krupps), Jeff Piccinini (Chelsea) and Jason Willer. He’s joined by the Sicks and Hedersleben. Doors at 9 p.m. www.brillobox.net.
• The Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players will be up in Foxburg for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a concert featuring works by Mahler, Erno Dohnanyi, Zdenek Fibich, Schumann and Dvorak. It is part of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Art’s annual Octoberfest, and takes place 7 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $10-$25 and can be reserved at 412-867-1816.