2Do this week, March 19-25: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
March 19, 2017 12:00 AM
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will speak Sunday at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland.
By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Words & Pictures series. Mr. Yang has written and drawn more than a dozen books including “The Eternal Smile,” “The Rosary Comic Book,” “Prime Baby” and “Animal Crackers.” His 2006 book “American Born Chinese” was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. His latest graphic novel, “Level Up,” is about a boy who wants to play video games and his parents’ high expectation for him to go to medical school. Tickets: $11; 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org. A book signing will follow the program and books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture. Please limit the number of books to be signed to five per person.
The critically acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet, whose Pittsburgh debut was one of the Post-Gazette’s Top 10 classical events of 2012, returns to Carnegie Music Hall for an appearance as part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh series. The program includes Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet, Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 50, in B minor and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 13, Op. 106, in G major. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39-$46, $15 for students one hour before the concert. More at 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org.
The Blanket, one of Pittsburgh’s newest dance companies, will host “Choreographer: Lucinda Childs” in the George Rowland White Performance Center at Point Park University, Downtown. The event will include a documentary and audience Q&A about Ms. Childs’ career and upcoming lifetime achievement award from the American Dance Festival. It’s from 4-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP: theblanket.org.
The Shaolin Warriors perform at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, at 7 p.m. The group brings remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to its performance. The Kung Fu Masters of the Shaolin temple begin training at a very young age in mental and physical disciplines. They perfect the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, performing feats live on stage typically seen only in the movies. For tickets — $25, $35, $45 — www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
JazzLive presents drummer and percussionist Jevon Rushton at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 5 p.m. This free music series showcases some of the region’s finest jazz musicians. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Tchaikovsky and — Drake? You read that right. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s FUSE@PSO series offers another eclectic juxtaposition in combining music from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with songs by Drake, the rapper and singer known for hits such as “Hotline Bling” and “The Motto.” The concert is conducted by FUSE creative director Steve Hackman, who arranged the music, and features performances by vocalists India Carney, Malia Civetz and Mario Jose and rapper Jecorey “1200” Arthur. A pre-concert happy hour begins at 5 p.m., and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents its annual community engagement concert in Wilkinsburg, benefiting the Wilkinsburg School District’s music programs. The family-friendly program, titled “Spring Into Music,” includes music by Vivaldi, Copland, Piazzolla and more. Under the baton of assistant conductor Andres Franco, the performance will showcase the Wilkinsburg Elementary Drum Ensemble, along with several PSO musicians as soloists. It begins at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High School. $5 for students in K-12, $10 for adults, at the door. More information is available at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The Office of Public Art hosts a Somerset Mural Tour, which begins at the Somerset post office, 201 N. Center Ave., Somerset, Pa., at noon. OPA’s Rachel Klipa will lead a walking tour through Somerset to view several murals from the 1930s and 1940s by former Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) professors: Alexander J. Kostellow, Kindred McLeary and Esther Topp at the post office and the Mary S. Biesecker Library. Many Carnegie Institute of Technology art faculty members spent their summer vacations in Somerset painting, collaborating and leading various workshops and classes. The Somerset Mural Tour is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at Somerset’s post office. Parking is available in the lot next to the post office, and free and metered street parking is available. Please wear comfortable shoes as the two locations on this tour are a half-mile apart. The tour is free and open to the public but is not wheelchair accessible. To register visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org. For more info: 412-391-2060, ext. 237.
A free public Family Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. All-ages activities include art projects and a scavenger hunt. The StageRight! Sensations and the Seton Hill University Griffin Dance Team will perform, and the PKSA Karate Demo Team will give a demo and participatory class. RSVP at http://thewestmoreland.org.
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