Comedian Eddie Izzard brings his Force Majeure tour, which has hit 25 countries on five continents, to the Byham Saturday and Sunday for sold-out shows.
What’s Izzard been up to? A lot.
He recently wrapped filming of “Boychoir” in Connecticut with Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates and Debra Winger. He recently turned up on the NBC series “Hannibal.”
And on June 6, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, he will stage a landmark version of Force Majeure in Normandy, France, performing the entire show in German, French, and then English. He will also shoot Terry Jones’ next film, “Absolutely Anything.”
Izzard, who was born in Yemen and grew up in Northern Ireland and South Wales, is considering a run for mayor of London in the city’s 2020 elections, telling the Asbury Park Press he would be a moderate “live-and-let-live” type of candidate.
“I’ve decided that I’m going to do an Al Franken and try and get myself elected, if people will elect me, and see what I can do. I feel I have the energy that I have, doing gigs in different languages, I’ll put all that into politics and see if I can bring something positive to the table. I don’t know what I can do. I might be hamstrung by political situations, but I’m campaigning in elections, have been since 2008, so hopefully I can do something positive.”
The Byham shows are at 8 p.m.
PSO does Vivaldi
With Pittsburgh’s weather, you can sometimes get four seasons in one week, but the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will one-up that with four seasons in one concert. The PSO performs Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with violinist Ye-Eun Choi, the Chaconne from Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 all weekend. Early music expert Nicholas McGegan will conduct and play harpsichord on the Vivaldi.
Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets, $25.75 to $105.75, 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Mellon Square opens
Mellon Square, under restoration for the last three years to return to the public space to its 1955 appearance, reopens today with a concert and dedication ceremony.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. there will be live music by Mia Z as well as remarks by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy President and CEO Meg Cheever, Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, BNY Mellon President Karen Peetz, and representatives from organizations that have partnered with the Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh in planning the restoration project.
The Mellon Square Concert Series continues at noon through Aug. 21 at 500 William Penn Place
Chapin for WhyHunger
Singer-songwriter Jen Chapin brings her Reckoning tour to Club Cafe at 8 tonight in a benefit for WhyHunger.
She continues the work of her late father, folk singer Harry Chapin, in working to end hunger and poverty. Ms. Chapin, who has a jazzy, folky style reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, will be joined by Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and guitarist Jamie Fox on guitar.
WhyHunger co-founder and executive director Bill Ayres said in a statement, “Carrying on Harry’s legacy through music and activism, Jen’s longtime commitment to WhyHunger has helped us raise tremendous funds and awareness for our work over the years. We are honored to be the beneficiary of her upcoming performance and are thrilled to see her spearhead our new Harry’s Giving Circle campaign.”
Damaged Pies opens the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10; www.clubcafelive.com
Hungry Hearts III
Bruce Springsteen has moved on, perhaps to a well-deserved summer vacation, but the music isn’t going anywhere.
Pittsburgh musicians gather Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe, South Side, for Hungry Hearts III: The Music of Bruce Springsteen featuring 8th Street Rox, the Hungry Hearts Club Band and special guest Mike Stout with 7-year-old drumming sensation Avery Molek.
The event also includes rare Springsteen memorabilia for auction. Hungry Hearts raised $3,800 in the first year and $6,500 in the second year. The goal this year is $10,000.
Admission is $15. Go to www.showclix.com/event/HungryHearts3.
Playing with heart
If you watched the Coachella stream in April you may have seen The Head and the Heart, a beardo indie-folk band from Seattle that’s making waves with its expansive second Sub Pop album, “Let’s Be Still.”
The tour brings the six-piece band to Stage AE on Saturday in one of the summer’s more anticipated young Americana shows.
Frontman Josiah Johnson told Rolling Stone of the new album, “This is the first time that we produced as a full band. . . This one is everyone’s influences equally present and prevalent throughout the album. I think that comes from being better musicians, more comfortable with each other from two-plus years of touring on the road.
“We opened for all of these bands — like My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Dr. Dog, Iron and Wine — that we all had loved for years and found inspiration in. We did our version of reaching out into those sonic spaces that we saw them creating.”
Lucius opens the show. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance; $28 door. www.ticketmaster.com
NEED TO KNOW
• The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform its first ever rock concert in its 45-year history when it presents An Evening of Pink Floyd-The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Palace Theatre. It features the WSO with musicians and vocalists from Jeans ‘n Classics. Tickets are $30 to $50. 724-836-8000; www.thepalacetheatre.org.
• AEP River Operations will have its M/V Chuck Zebula open for free public tours Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The boat will be docked at the Gateway Clipper Fleet, and the crew will be on board to answer questions about how tugboats work.
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