Big in Butler
The Kenny Chesney show is in the history books, but now the Big Butler Fair opens its gates Friday in Prospect for nine days of country fun, with a range of motor sports and performances.
Daily attractions will include the carnival, Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular, petting zoo, camel rides, Syria Shrine Clowns, wood carver Dennis Beach, Granpa Cratchet show for kids and The One Man Band.
Here is the special event schedule:
Friday: Annual Bike Night (ride your motorcycle into the Grandstand through the West Gate and your admission is free) with a concert by Donora and The Clarks at 7 p.m.
Saturday: The grandstand features harness racing at 9 a.m., antique tractor pull at 1 p.m., Big Rigs Pulling Series & Semi Truck Pull at 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday: School Bus Demolition Derby, 7 p.m.
Monday: Giant Auto Demolition Derby, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Truck Night, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Rusted Root with The Truth, 8 p.m.
July 4: Freestyle Motocross Motorcycle Show, 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.
July 5: Smoker Series Tractors & Pro-Stock Tractor Pulls, 7 p.m.
July 6: Miniature horse pulls (11 a.m.), Freedom Bike Fest and Y109 Freedom Fest with Aaron Tippin and Weston Burt.
Tickets are $7; $20 all-day ride band; $6 before 4 p.m.; under 2 free. Route 422, Prospect. 724-865-2400 and www.bigbutlerfair.com.
The Sharp Edge bills The Great European Beer Festival as "the country's only all European Beerfest."
Last year it featured 135 different beers, of which 40 were Belgian.
Admission includes three hours of tasting and a "Sharp Edge Tasting Glass" to keep. There will be live entertainment during each session as well as homemade food available for purchase under the tent.
Sessions are 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium Parking Lot, 302 S. St. Clair St., East Liberty. Admission is $65. 412-661-3537.
'Best of Boy Mayor'
The ToonSeum has launched the exhibition "Juice Box Memories: The Best of Boy Mayor," covering seven years of Post-Gazette editorial cartoons by Rob Rogers.
Even though Luke Ravenstahl is 33, Rogers continues to draw the mayor as a 6-year-old addicted to juice boxes. Readers often ask the cartoonist if the "Boy Mayor" will ever mature on the page. "You'll have to ask him," Rogers replies.
The exhibition will run through July 31 at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Admission: $6, $3 for ages 6-13. More at toonseum.org or 412-232-0199.
Every dog has its day, and it appears that today is Sylvia's. The street-smart mutt played by Kate Neubert-Lechner is up to new tricks in Little Lake Theater's "Sylvia," a relationship romp involving husband, wife and dog. Sylvia may be just the thing to help Greg through his midlife crisis, and the dog is thrilled to find a comfy couch to call home. But Greg's wife, Kate, isn't biting, especially after Sylvia sinks her teeth into a designer shoe.
The A.R. Gurney comedy is at Little Lake at 8 p.m. through Saturday, with Sunny Disney Fitchett directing Art DeConciliis, Pat Cena Fuchel and Terry Westwood. The show contains some adult language, mostly by Sylvia. Tickets are $18 Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday. More at littlelake.org or 724-745-6300.
WYEP's big free show
Anders Osborne, a Swedish-born singer-songwriter based in New Orleans, headlines the free WYEP Summer Music Festival Friday in Schenley Plaza.
Mr. Osborne left Sweden as a teenager and traveled around the world, landing in New Orleans in the late '80s. His early records, like 1995's "Which Way to Here," showed off influences from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan. In the late '90s he got picked up by Shanachie Records for albums like the bluesy "Break the Chain," "Live at Tipitina's" and "Ash Wednesday Blues."
Now, he's on Alligator Records, where Relix magazine says he continues to display "raging, expressive guitar and soulful singing ... from scorched-earth rock to sweet, tender ballads."
He will be joined by Jason Isbell (former Drive By Truckers) & The 400 Unit, Boston-based singer Jesse Dee and Pittsburgh band Neighbours. It begins at 6 p.m.
DVE Comedy Fest
Randy Baumann of The DVE Morning Show will play host for the WDVE Comedy Fest Friday at the Byham.
Taking the stage will be Amy Schumer, star of Comedy Central's popular "Inside Amy Schumer," which was just renewed for a second season; Matt Braunger, from "Up All Night" and "MADtv"; Iliza Shlesinger, the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of "Last Comic Standing"; Chris Porter, who finished third on season 4 of "Last Comic Standing"; and Bill Crawford, co-host of the DVE Morning Show.
"This year the lineup is filled with rising stars in the comedy world -- they all have such different styles. I'm really excited to share these comedians with the DVE audience," Mr. Crawford said in a statement.
Tickets are $50; www.DVE.com.
You've heard of Gladys Knight and the Pips.
We give you Gladys Knight and the O'Jays.
The pairing of R&B/soul greats takes place Saturday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Ms. Knight, an eight-time Grammy winner, began singing gospel at age 4 and had her first hit with the Pips in 1961.
She known for the classic 1973 No. 1 hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" as well as "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)," "Every Beat of My Heart," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."
In 1995, the Empress of Soul earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the following year, Gladys Knight & The Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The O'Jays formed in Canton, Ohio, in the late '50s and broke out via the Philly soul movement of the early '70s with such hits as "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train." The trio -- led by original members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, with Eric Nolan Grant, who joined in 1995 -- was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will include fireworks. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000.
Touchfaster presents Summer Solstice 2013, a local art and music showcase at the Rex Theater, South Side, Saturday with music, sculpture, live painting and a game of musical chairs that will give patrons a chance to win art from featured artists.
Music will be provided by Grandchildren, Mega Def, Chrome Baby Jesus and, DJ, Mr. Owl. Artists include Pierce Marratto, Natiq Jalil, Matt Hunter, Rachna Radar, Devin Dysart, Stephanie Zini and Justin Wujcik.
It begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 through wwww.showclix and are $13 at the door.
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the swashbuckler "Hook" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington; and Sunday on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Also on Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens "Men in Black 3." The films begin at dusk.
• The free county concert series at Hartwood Acres features bluegrass singer-songwriter-fiddler player Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday with BNY Mellon Jazz presents Monty Alexander.
• River City Brass plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• The Wallflowers sounded great opening for Eric Clapton back in April. Now, the band led by Jakob Dylan, touring on the comeback album "Glad All Over," plays a full show at Altar Bar, Strip, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$33; www.thealtarbar.com.
• Arizona alt-rock band Jimmy Eat World, back with the "mature breakup album," "Damage," plays Club Zoo in the Strip at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $27-$30; www.ticketfly.com.
• Comedian Tommy Davidson, best known for his work on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color," will appear at the Pittsburgh Improv, Homestead. Most recently the actor has voiced the character Cream Corn on Adult Swim's cartoon adaptation of "Black Dynamite." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $20: www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
• Pittsburgh Playwrights' "Radio Golf," the production that completes the company's 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle of August Wilson plays in 10 years, finishes its run with 8 p.m. shows tonight through Saturday at 37 Liberty Ave., 3rd floor. Downtown. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. More at www.pghplaywrights.com/radio.
• Responding to an animal shelter food shortage emergency, the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), Eyetique and The Mall at Robinson are coordinating a food drive Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Mall at Robinson. Cash donations and dog food will be accepted with the convenience of a drive-through set up in The Mall at Robinson's Food Court parking lot area near Houlihans. More information can be found at www.pittrescue.org.
• Washington County's Whiskey Rebellion Festival will take over Market Square from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today with bluegrass string band The Weedrags and re-enactors roaming the farmer's market. It previews the July 11-13 festival.
First Published June 27, 2013 4:00 AM