Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Moss discusses his book "Salt, Sugar, Fat" as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Moss investigates the processed food industry and finds out how the food giants are seducing an unwitting public with salt, sugar and fat. Tickets: $15-$40, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
Angel Olsen makes her first appearance at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. The Chicago-based singer-songwriter's latest release is "Half Way Home." She has collaborated with Emmett Kelly and his collective, the Cairo Gang, adding her unique vocal harmonies and textures to the Bonnie "Prince" Billy releases "The Wonder Show of the World" (2010) and "Wolfroy Goes to Town" (2011). The lush harmonies of drone/folk ensemble Pillars and Tongues open the show. For tickets, $15 general/$12 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
The first performances for Pittsburgh's bigger classical music ensembles are still a few days away, so if you can't wait for their seasons to heat up, head to Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, for the opening concert in the Music in a Great Space series. This iteration will feature mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and pianist Laura Ward. Ms. Graves has sung in such major opera houses as Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris and San Francisco Opera; Ms. Ward has played everywhere from New York's Carnegie Hall to Italy's Spoleto Festival. The 8 p.m. show will include classics by Bizet, Handel and Saint-Saens and popular tunes by Gershwin and Rodgers. Tickets $10-$20; more at 412-682-4300 and www.shadysidepres.org/migs-2013-2014-season.
The most recognizable musician in classical music returns to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's "Once Upon a Time" gala at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma could play a C major scale and he'd likely still fill up halls around the world. On Friday, however, he'll play in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations" and "Andante Cantabile." The PSO also will play other music inspired by fairy tales, including works by Dvorak, Humperdinck and Prokofiev. The gala benefits the PSO's education and community engagement programs. $40-$110; more at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
"17 Border Crossings" by Thaddeus Phillips/Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental will be presented at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. Collected in 15 years of international travel, "17 Border Crossings" weaves together real adventures of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. The preshow party will be Friday at 7 p.m. For tickets -- $20 general admission, $15 for 15206 ZIP code residents and $10 for students/artists -- www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
"ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out," comprising work by 14 contemporary artists that speak to the impact violence has on our lives and the role the arts can play in restoring peace and security, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. From noon to 1 p.m. Saturday a peace drum circle will be held followed from 1 to 3 p.m. by the performance movement group InterPlay and an opportunity to talk with some of the exhibiting artists. All events are free and public. Information: 412-261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.
This weekend marks Carnegie Mellon University's homecoming, and two of the school of music's ensembles will mark the occasion with a double-header of free concerts, both at the Kresge Theatre, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The wind ensemble plays at 4 p.m., featuring works by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams and others. The Carnegie Mellon Choirs bring up the rear at 8 p.m. in a concert celebrating the centennial of Benjamin Britten. Goooooo team! More at music.cmu.edu.
First Published September 22, 2013 4:00 AM