"Can You Do That In Public?," a free talk on art in the public square and the challenges of upkeep, will be given by Renee Piechocki at noon at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Ms. Piechocki is founding director of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art, an artist and public art consultant. A New York City native, she moved to Pittsburgh in 2003. She was instrumental in reinstalling Aaronel deRoy Gruber's sculpture "Steelcityscape" in Mellon Park. (724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.)
This month's Culture Club at Carnegie Museum of Art will feature The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition. The evening begins with socializing at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. a salon-style conversation will be led in the galleries by award-winning exhibiting artists Atticus Adams, Seth Clark and Kara Skylling. Admission, $10, includes museum admission and one drink ticket. (412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.)
Nathaniel Philbrick appears as part of Writers LIVE @ CLP, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 6 p.m. Mr. Philbrick, a Pittsburgh native, is a master historian, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of "In the Heart of the Sea" and "Mayflower" and is on tour promoting his latest book "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution." The event is free, but registration is encouraged at www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
Sister Helen Prejean, international speaker and author of "Dead Man Walking," will speak at 7 p.m. in Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. A well-known opponent of capital punishment, Sister Helen will share her experiences counseling men on death row and how it led her to write several books and an Academy Award-winning movie against the death penalty. This event is free and open to the public. For more info: 412-621-6566.
Wake Up and Dream, a world premiere music concert featuring pop/R&B recording artist Bridgette Perdue, at 8 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The show is an integration of music, dance, multimedia and visual art, created to inspire others to overcome life's obstacles and pursue their dream. For tickets, $10, www.culturaldistrict.org or 412-456-6666.
"The Man Behind the Camera": Kenneth Love, director of the documentary "Aaronel deRoy Gruber: A Life in Art," will talk about interviewing the late artist, her colleagues and family, at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. An exhibition of Ms. Gruber's works, "Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion," runs through June 2 at the museum, where Mr. Love's film is screened daily at 1 and 3 p.m. A film director, producer and still photographer, Mr. Love has worked on more than 30 award-winning National Geographic television specials. His most recent documentary, "Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterwork," premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in 2011; his first independent film, "Fallingwater: A Conversation With Edgar Kaufmann Jr.," premiered in 1994 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was recently shown at the Louvre in Paris. (724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.)
FRIDAY through NEXT SUNDAY
After all the piano concerto masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and others from "the continent," it is an early work by a Norwegian composer that has become the most iconic of all. Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto's opening cascade of notes is famous, one of those classical music bits that has hit the big and small screens, including cartoons. This weekend at Heinz Hall you get the chance to go beyond the stereotype to hear the piece performed by pianist Valentina Lisitsa and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Yan Pascal Tortelier, once a regular conductor of the PSO, returns. He also will conduct a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, "Sidereus," and a lesser-known work by Edward Elgar, "In the South ('Alassio')." Maurice Ravel's passionate "Rapsodie Espagnole" completes the program. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets start at $20; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
First Published May 12, 2013 4:00 AM