2Do This Week, July 28-Aug. 3: Cultural events in Pittsburgh
July 28, 2013 4:00 AM
Father John Misty, formerly of Fleet Foxes, will make music at Mr. Smalls on Tuesday.
In a previous life, which was only a few years ago, Father John Misty was J. Tillman (or Joshua Tillman), an indie-folk singer-songwriter who also drummed in the band Fleet Foxes. For his eighth solo album, last year's "Fear Fun," he reinvented himself as Father John Misty and became more adventurous as an artist, placing on year-end top 10 lists. Pitchfork said of the record, "He's finally shaken that lonesome, somber tone, and these songs sound all the better for it: gregarious, engaging, even funny." The tour brings him to Mr. Smalls in Millvale at 9 p.m. with Night Moves. Tickets are $17. www.mrsmalls.com.
"RAW: natural born artists" showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1916 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8:30 p.m. This month's event, "En Masse," includes Streetheart, Stephanie Truchan, Trilodeon, Georgette Frances Jewelry, Cindy Hines, Phoenix Rose, Autumn Cook, Ashley Bates, christan, Rob Sassi, hoornaz, Pet Clinic, rachel toxic, Barry Simpson, KloRebel, Dan Landoni, Bellibeautiez, Headphone Activist, Mario Fusca, Matt Hunter, StOG, Liz Dabecco and Eve Negley. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Kellee Maize the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.
The underground art genre known as "Obscuro Culture" will become slightly less, well, underground when the exhibit "Obscuro Bezango!" opens at Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. In addition to art, sculpture and cartoons, the free event, 7 to 10 p.m., will have live music and complimentary drinks. There will also be some underground artists, but if we told you they wouldn't be so obscuro. More at futuretenant.org.
Folk and bluegrass meet pop and indie rock in the music of North Carolina-based band Matrimony, which will play at First Fridays at the Frick at 7 p.m. (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze; $5 suggested donation, children free). Matrimony's Frick concert was rained out last year, so weather permitting the musicians will finally be able to strum their stuff on the Clayton house lawn. More at thefrickpittsburgh.org.
Gab Bonesso: Undercover Grown-Up (featuring Josh Verbanets) is a one-night-only, family-friendly event at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The duo drives home an anti-bullying message through an evening of stand-up comedy, storytelling, interactive games, original music and free candy. Tickets are $10 at the venue. For more info: www.joshandgab.com.
Let's Move! Family Dance Party is at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Grab your dancing shoes, your family and join the fun. With 720 Music, Clothing & Cafe, this party has the right mix for toddlers and their families to get down and includes tasty treats and fun activities from Citiparks Roving Art Cart, face painting, balloon twisters, an Italian ice station and more. Pre-register at www.kelly-strayhorn.org and receive a free gift bag and a chance to win Children's Museum tickets. This is a pay-what-you-can event.
Express Burlesque presents "Burlesque: The Introduction" at Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. This burlesque-style dance revue combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative twist of today. A meet-and-greet follows. 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.