The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend in Pittsburgh


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ALL WEEKEND

Peculiar musical

The Company of Pittsburgh closes out its first season with the Tony Award-nominated musical "[title of show]," about New York friends Hunter and Jeff, who decide to create a musical for themselves and two actress friends. The minimalist production of the show by Hunter Bell, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, stars Christine Laitta as Susan, Jodi Gage as Heidi, Jim Scriven as Jeff and Chad Elder as Hunter, with musical director Douglas Levine on piano.

When "[title of show]" appeared in New York, Charles Isherwood wrote in The New York Times, "What on earth is this show doing on Broadway? That question is confronted head-on in the peculiar and quite adorable musical called '[title of show].' "

It opens 7:30 tonight and runs through Nov. 16 with showtimes 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grey Box Theater, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Tickets are $20, $12 for students, at the door or showclix.com. Information: www.companyofpgh.org.

Updated Greek tragedy

Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company employs striking images of recent crimes against humanity to retell the classic "Hecuba" by Euripides. In Greek mythology, Hecuba was the wartime queen of Troy and mother of 19, many of whom became major players in "The Iliad." Monica Payne directs this twist on the tragic tale of a mother's grief and the power of revenge, previewing at 8 tonight and playing Friday through Nov. 24 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse's Studio Theatre. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. More information and tickets ($12-$18) at 412-392-8000 or www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.

TONIGHT

Bluegrass Rangers

Fresh off a tour with Steve Martin, which stopped at Heinz Hall, North Carolina bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers returns for a show tonight at the Rex Theater, South Side.

The Rangers just released the follow-up to 2012's Grammy-winning "Nobody Knows You" called "Tell the Ones I Love," produced by Larry Campbell at Levon Helms' studio, The Barn, in Woodstock, N.Y.

"We wanted it to be different from our last album," banjo player Graham Sharp said in a statement, "and create something more raw and immediate." He added that with this new record, "we can be a bridge between the bluegrass crowd and a wider audience that may not be die-hard bluegrass fans."

The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25; www.rextheatre.com.

FRIDAY

Get CRAFTED

The Society for Contemporary Craft pairs handcrafted cups with handcrafted cocktails in "CRAFTED," opening Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The focus is the drinking vessel, showcasing the work of more than 35 American ceramic artists, providing a glimpse into the many ways artists interpret the cup.

Tickets include a handcrafted ceramic cup by local artist Daniel Kuhn, seasonal punch samples and artisanal fare from Bar Marco, and first dibs on the cups, mugs and tumblers featured in "CRAFTED."

Tickets (ranging from $20 to $40) to the opening event are limited. Guests are encouraged to reserve their spot in advance at www.crafted2013.eventbrite.com or by calling 412-261-7003.

Hanson still hot

Hanson, getting along much better than the Jonas Brothers these days, plays a sold-out show at Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall, Friday.

The brothers, still best known for 1997 hit "MMMBop," are touring on their sixth album, "Anthem."

Isaac, the group's oldest member at 32, told the Detroit News that the band endures, because, "Ultimately, our connection with our fans is a music-focused connection. It's about the experience you have in the room when the music starts. It's not just about the celebrity thing. It's about the songs, it's about the music."

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $33-$38; www.librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.

Also in the clubs:

■ Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, a Brooklyn funk/soul band fronted by singer Arleigh Kincheloe, is on tour with a new EP produced by Randy Jackson of "American Idol." The band plays the Rex Theater Friday with bluesy local singer Cait Cuneo, who will be debuting her 10-piece band in advance of a Northeast tour. The show is at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12; www.rextheatre.com.

■ Cocorosie, a Parisian freak folk sister duo that incorporates pop, blues, electronica and hip-hop, plays Altar Bar at 8 p.m. Friday touring in support of its new album, "Tales of a Grass Widow." Tickets are $22-$24; www.thealtarbar.com.

SATURDAY

Sweet a cappella

Soulful a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock plays the Byham Theater Saturday, touring on its 40-year anniversary.

Over its history, 23 vocalists have passed through the group, creating an adventurous mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music, with excursions into symphonic and dance theater.

The current group features Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Casel, Shirley Saxton and Ysaye Barnwell

It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25; www.TrustArts.org or 412-456-6666.

SUNDAY

IonSound

Contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project will present "Eyes on Sound," a concert that merges visual arts with music (and the group's name with a punny concert theme). Painter Joseph Dermody will be painting alongside performances of Prokofiev's "Visions Fugitives," Szymanowski's "Mythes" for violin and piano, and Lyons' "Chrysalis."

The group will also play Nyman's "Yellow Beach." The show starts at 7 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $10-$15, available at the door. More at www.ionsound.org.

NEED TO KNOW

■ Living Colour is on the road celebrating the 25th anniversary of its double-platinum debut "Vivid" by playing the album in its entirety. The New York rockers hit Altar Bar in the Strip at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25-$28; ticketfly.com.

■ Experimental percussionist Samm Bennett, a key player in the Knitting Factory jazz-improv scene of the '80s and '90s, plays Garfield Artworks at 8 p.m. Saturday. Having played with the likes of Yuval Gabay, Elliot Sharp and Tom Cora, he's spent the past 20 years in the downtown Tokyo music scene. Openers are Chris Strollo and Kevin Finn. Admission is $7; 412-361-2262.

■ Bret Michaels, lead singer for Poison and star of "Rock of Love," appears at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon at 6 p.m. Sunday for Knockout Cancer 2013. Tickets are $25 through www.3wsradio.com.

■ The woodwind ensemble of the North Suburban Symphonic Band will perform classical and popular works, from Beethoven to sing-alongs, at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Center Ave., West View. Suggested contribution $5. More at 412-931-1674 or www.nssband.org/ensembles.

■ No Name Players' Andrew Swackhamer and artistic director Don DiGiulio perform Swackhamer's live take on "Toy Story" (for ages 16 and up) at Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com.

 


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