Sharon Needles will help kick off the Carnegie International at a sold-out gala Friday.
Ultimate art opening
After a four-year buildup, it's finally International time at the Carnegie.
The Carnegie International, founded in 1896, is the second-oldest international survey of contemporary art in the world and one of the most prestigious.
The 56th installment -- curated by Tina Kukielski, Dan Byers and Daniel Baumann -- opens Saturday at Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland, and runs through March 16.
The gala premiere Friday night with Sharon Needles and DJ Total Freedom (in collaboration with the VIA Festival, see page W-10) is sold out.
On Saturday, there will be performance art with CI artists: 11-11:30 a.m., "Soccer Ball and Figure," interactive experience designed and led by Ei Arakawa and Henning Bohl (all ages); 1-1:30 p.m., musical performance by Rodney Graham; 2:30-2:45 p.m., "The Praise of Laziness," reading of Mladen Stilinovic's artist text; 3-3:30 p.m., "Museum Piece (for Margot Lovelace)," puppet performance, written by Paulina Olowska, performed by local artists (free with museum admission).
Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is the opening of the Art Lending Collection; bus shuttle service between the museum and Braddock Carnegie Library (free with museum admission).
International hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; until 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $17.95; seniors $14.95; students and children age 3 to 18, $11.95; children under 3 and members, free; after 4 p.m. Thursday $10 general and seniors, $5 children (includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History).
Jerry Seinfeld -- you may have heard of him ... he had a TV show -- will be live on stage at the Benedum on Saturday night. The 7 p.m. show is sold out, but there are seats left for the 9:30 show. Tickets are $50-$82 at trustarts.org or 412-456-4800.
Tonight, Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront has a special evening with Bill Crawford and Curt Wootton, better known as "Pittsburgh Dad," who provides the observations of a typical, everyday blue-collar father. There's a meet-and-greet after the show for the first 100 guests. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info and tickets ($20): www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The Improv's weekend attraction is comic Sommore, offering a woman's perspective with a frank and fearless approach that made Oprah Winfrey call her "a force to be reckoned with in the new millennium."
"Accomplice," a twisty mystery by Rupert Holmes, is at Little Lake Theatre under the direction of Jena Oberg and featuring Deborah Bender, Charles Brown, Dan Bisbee and Tammy Tsai.
What begins as a conventional British thriller with a wife and her lover plotting to murder her stuffy husband turns to murder ... but then the husband reappears, very much alive.
Times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 12. Tickets are $18 Thursdays, $20 Fridays and Saturdays at www.littlelake.org or 724-745-6300.
DogtoberFEST 2013, at the SouthSide Works on Saturday, is an outdoor festival to promote dog adoptions that will feature dozens of animal shelters, breed-specific rescues, specialty vendors, live music, homemade food, Ask-A-Trainer and Ask-A-Vet booths and training demonstrations.
It starts at 11 a.m. with a Pooch Pride Parade Costume Contest with more than $500 in prizes available for Most Creative, Best Homemade and Dog-Owner Lookalike Costume ($5 entry fee). Adoptable dogs from shelters and rescues across our area will be available and ready to meet their potential new families. Dogs from the public are welcome to come and meet the adoptable dogs or just have a day out on the town, but they must be current on vaccinations.
Fall signals the start of the classical music season, but the opening concert of new music organization Music on the Edge will likely flip the name of that genre on its head. It will present two groups -- Ensemble Son, hailing from Stockholm, and Either/Or, from New York -- in a concert of contemporary works, including several written by the musicians themselves.
Ensemble Son features saxophone, guitar, percussion and trombone; Either/Or features "flexible instrumentation." So much for "classical."
The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. $10-$15; tickets and more at music.pitt.edu/tickets or 412-624-7529.
City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival features six one-act plays by Western Pennsylvania middle school and high school writers, chosen from 200 submissions. The creativity on display includes stories about crisis in a post-apocalyptic radio station, adventures in the Amazon and a spirited holiday period piece, and subjects that range from teen depression to consumerism.
Middle school selections: "The Amazon: Race to the Cure" by Honesty and Hope LeGrande, Pittsburgh Arsenal; "Deck the Halls" by Lily Buchanan, Pittsburgh CAPA; and "What Are the Odds?" by Ariana Distler and Alayna Perrine, Sharpsville Middle School.
High school selections: "Dial Tone" by Mayah El-Dehaibi, Pittsburgh CAPA; "Flicker" by Shea Minter, Shady Side Academy; and "Tame (This Monkey's Gone to Heaven)" by Tyler Hudson, Pittsburgh CAPA.
Schedule for performances at City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side: Saturday -- 1 p.m. middle school; 6 p.m. high school; Sunday -- 1 p.m. high school; 6 p.m. middle school. Tickets for each performance (three middle or high school selections) are $10 students; $15 adults. More tickets and info on workshops: citytheatrecompany.org or 412-431-CITY.
There are traditionalists in every industry: readers who prefer physical books to tablets, moviegoers who would rather go to a movie than see it on a TV screen. The live concert version of that philosophy -- in classical music, at least -- is listening to music on period instruments. Chatham Baroque will put on its "Variations on Corelli" concert this weekend, featuring music by Corelli (in honor of the 300th anniversary of his death), Couperin, Geminiani and Scarlatti. In other words, that's Chatham Baroque playing baroque music on baroque instruments.
The Saturday concert starts at 8 p.m. at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Oakland; the Sunday show at 2:30 p.m. at Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, 5798 W. Woodland Road, Squirrel Hill. $10-$27; tickets and more at chathambaroque.org or 1-888-718-4253.
Irish singing sensations Celtic Thunder return to Pittsburgh on the 2013 Mythology Tour, performing songs from last year's top-selling World Music CD and DVD, "Mythology."
Well-known for its public television specials, the six-member vocal group puts a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition with its music, dramatic lighting and choreography and a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway.
The new album includes the songs "My Land," "Turning Away" and "Rocky Road To Dublin."
The concert is at the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets go from $37.75 to $77.75; trustarts.org.
For something a bit more irreverent, there's "50 Shades! The Musical The Original Parody," a stage production based on the steamy hit novel by E.L. James.
The national tour -- which stars Amber Petty, Chris Grace, Jessica Kemock and Emily Eden, among others -- promises wrestling singlets, whips, feather dusters and plenty of laughs.
The show is at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Reserved seats are $37, $45, and a limited number of Gold Circle seats at $65. Tickets will increase by $3 on the day of the show. LibraryMusicHall.com or 412-368-5225.
Two weeks after Sigur Ros, we're visited by fellow Icelandic performer Olafur Arnalds, a pianist and multi-instrumentalist who went from playing drums in a hardcore band to creating minimalist contemporary classical music, starting with 2007's "Eulogy for Evolution."
He toured with Sigur Ros soon after, signed to Mercury Classics in 2012 and recently has had songs featured on "So You Think You Can Dance Season 8" and in the trailer for the movie "Looper."
Writing about the Decibel Festival in Seattle last week, Rolling Stone said, "Iceland's Olafur Arnalds employed an iPad to record his audience singing before working their chorus and his piano strains into an entrancing symphony ..."
He performs at the New Hazlett Theatre, North Side, at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25; visit www.ticketfly.com.
Glazier plays Gershwin
The music of George Gershwin is tattooed on the American consciousness. Americans in Pittsburgh (the Paris of Appalachia, as they say) will be able to hear a piano concert of Gershwin's music performed by Richard Glazier, whose experience meeting Ira Gershwin at the age of 12 launched a lifelong devotion to the music of the American songbook. Mr. Glazier, who has two PBS specials to his name, will play rare arrangements of Gershwin tunes and a complete piano version of "Rhapsody in Blue."
The concert is a tribute to pianist Oscar Levant, who grew up in the Hill District and is regarded as a preeminent Gershwin interpreter.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Temple Emanuel of South Hills (1250 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon). $5; 412-279-7600 or templeemanuelpgh.org.
NEED TO KNOW
• The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's newMoves Festival is in its fifth year of sharing new work by choreographers from Pittsburgh and around the country. Short works by up to six choreographers are presented in programs at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Single-performance tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for 15206 residents, $10 for students/artists; a full festival pass is $45; kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-363-3000.
• Frick Art & Historical Center treats kids to ArtKids: Focus Pocus, which explores the photographs of Vik Muniz -- "a world where nothing is as it seems." They can conjure up visual tricks to make their own art from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
• Stage AE closes its outdoor season on Sunday with A Day to Remember's House Party Tour (see page W-11). Before that, though, Stage AE hosts a wild one Friday with another Florida band, metalcore specialists Trivium, on a co-headlining tour with Devildriver, a groove metal band from Santa Barbara, Calif. The openers are After The Burial and SickSense. Tickets are $25; Doors at 6 p.m. ticketmaster.com.
• Billy Joe Shaver, a classic country outlaw from Texas best known for the song "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train," plays the Rex Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26 to $30. www.rextheatre.com.
• San Fermin, the chamber pop project of Brooklyn musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone, recently released a debut self-titled record inspired by Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." The band plays Brillobox, Bloomfield, at 9:30 tonight with Cold Weather and Wicked Chief. www.brillobox.net.
• Cam Heyward, of the Steelers, is the honorary chairman for Walk at the Waterfront, a benefit for the Cancer Caring Center, Sunday at 10 a.m. (registration 9 a.m.). A donation of at least $25 gets you lunch after the Walk and a raffle ticket to win a $50 gift card. Go to http://cancercaring.org/donate.