The Society for Contemporary Craft has begun summer "Sunday Salons: Crafting Community at SCC," free public presentations by members of the local creative community. The talks are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2100 Smallman St., Strip District, and allow time for questions and discussion. Today's presenter is Justseeds Artist Collective, a network of 24 artists in the U.S., Canada and Mexico committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental and political stance. Information: 412-261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.
If you feel like you might as well be "Walkin' on the Sun," head to Stage AE on the North Shore for an outdoor concert featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms with special guests Vertical Horizon and Fastball, who are hitting up venues across the continent on their Under the Sun tour. Children of the '90s and early '00s will revel in hits such as "All Star," "Someday" and "Everything You Want." The show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets $15-$30; more at stageae.com.
THURSDAY through NEXT SUNDAY
Comedian Aries Spears will appear at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead. Best known as a series regular on Fox TV's sketch comedy show "MADtv," Mr. Spears is best known for playing Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brother in the film "Jerry Maguire." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. next Sunday. For more info and tickets, $22, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Express Burlesque presents "Burlesque: The Introduction" at Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. This burlesque-style dance review combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative, yet classy, twist of today. A meet-and-greet follows the performance. Doors open at 10 p.m. for this 21-and-over event. Admission is $10 at the door or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.