An evening of Irish traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and music making will be enthusiastically presented by In Two Minds at 7 p.m. in the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416 W. North Ave., North Side. Len Graham, one of Ireland's best-known singers, has gained an international reputation for his inimitable singing style and for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music. American-born Brian O hAirt gained intimate insight into Ireland's singing traditions in his youth and shares the collective mind of an older generation of singers. Tickets are $15 at www.eventbrite.com.
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author, talks about her life and work, including "People of the Book," "March," and her latest best-seller, "Caleb's Crossing," as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. This lecture is sold out, but to be placed on the waiting list call 412-622-8866.
Sports journalist, talk show host and TV personality Stephen A. Smith, a regular on ESPN's "First Take," will headline the panel "Sport, Hip-Hop and Race" at California University of Pennsylvania's eighth annual Hip-Hop Conference at 4 p.m. in the Cal U Convocation Center. A Q-and-A session will follow with special commentator Roger Kingdom, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the track and field coach at Cal U. The presentation will end with an impersonation contest. A prize will be awarded to the student who performs the best Stephen A. Smith impersonation. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, www.calu.edu.
Indie-noise/pop group Deerhoof performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Able to embrace and deconstruct traditional "pop" conventions, the NY Times declared them "one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade," and FILTER stated "Deerhoof can walk into any musical territory and make it their own." Band members are Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. The high energy rhythms and melodic hooks of the Brooklyn-based ensemble, People Get Ready, open the show, which is sold out.
In conjunction with its "1968: The Year That Rocked America" exhibition, the Heinz History Center will transport visitors back to the 1960s as part of Vintage Pittsburgh, a special two-day event. The History Center will host a " '60s Fashion Show: A Showcase of Yesterday's Styles & Today's Trends" on Friday at 7 p.m. and a Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer vendor fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, featuring guest appearances by Pittsburgh native and actress Barbara Feldon, who played Agent 99 on the hit television show "Get Smart," and Herbie, one of the original Volkswagen Beetles from the 1968 movie "The Love Bug."
Admission to the fashion show, $30 general and $15 for History Center members, includes one drink ticket, light refreshments and access to the "1968: The Year That Rocked America" exhibition from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday's vendor fair is free with regular History Center admission, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62+), $6 for students and children (age 6-17), and free for children (age 5 and under). The History Center also will offer an "Early Bird Special" Saturday offering half-price admission from 10-11:30 a.m. Also, those who attend the '60s Fashion Show on Friday will receive $5 off regular admission after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Paving the Road of Survival, the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble presents "The List," choreographed by Christopher Huggins and "Dedication," choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff at the center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. For tickets, $7.50 to $30, www.augustwilsoncenter.org or 412-456-6666.
Catherine Johnson, author of "Thank You Andy Warhol," speaks at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., at 2 p.m. The book comprises 80 interviews conducted by Ms. Johnson, with an impressive range of artists, designers and others who were influenced by Warhol. The interviews paint an incredible picture of Warhol and the notable interviewees who include Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, Jeffrey Deitch, Danny Fields, Bibbe Hansen, Liza Minnelli, Richard Prince, Kenny Scharf, Simon Doonan, Kara Walker, Jamie Warhola and Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol Museum. The program will include a brief talk about the book and a rare video screening of select interviews, followed by a Q-and-A with the author and a book signing. Free. For more information, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
"Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass" at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Glass, creator of the acclaimed public radio show "This American Life," will discuss the keys to his program's success, including the process of tracking down the great untold stories. General admission tickets are $40, and VIP tickets, which include guaranteed orchestra seating and a pre-show reception with Glass, are $125. For tickets, www.thehillman.org or 412-968-3040.
Amid the fervor about the election of Pope Francis, a local concert will celebrate the music connected to the life's work of another South American Catholic leader, Bishop Martinez Companon. It's a bit of a difference: Campanon lived in the 18th century and was as much a scientist as a priest.
He collected watercolors that artists of Peru drew of natives, plants and animals that are now housed in Madrid's Royal Palace. Tom Zajac, best known as a member of the early music group Piffaro, found music scores of songs tucked inside a volume of these paintings and realized they were Mestizo and native music.
He put together a program, "The Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Companion," which brings this music to life with vocalists, instrumentalists (here Chatham Baroque), dancers and projected slides of the watercolors. There are "drinking songs, love songs and a hymn to the Virgin Mary," according to the presenter, the Renaissance & Baroque Society of Pittsburgh. 8 p.m. at Synod Hall in Oakland. Tickets are $10-$35; 412-361-2048 or www.rbsp.org.