The Academy of Music of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra recently started the Summer Philharmonic, planting a new seed in Pittsburgh's growing summer classical music scene. The group will present its inaugural summer concert at Seton Hill University's performing arts center in Greensburg at 8 p.m. The free performance will feature works by Copland, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Berlioz. Information: 724-837-1850 and www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
The third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art will begin with food, drink and activities at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. film screening will begin in the museum courtyard. Admission is $10 and includes one drink ticket. Arrive by 6 p.m. to give your feedback on the museum during a Public Innovation Session led by MAYA Design in the museum cafe and be rewarded with a drink on the house. Information: 412-622-3131or www.cmoa.org.
The string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 7:30 p.m. The quartet features Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Nicolas Cords, viola, and brothers Colin Jacobsen, violin, and Eric Jacobsen, cello. The ensemble has performed in a range of venues and festivals including Joe's Pub in New York City, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Japan's Todai-ji and the South by Southwest Festival. Pre-concert mixer is at 6:30 p.m. and intermission catering is provided by Bar Marco. Each ticket comes with one free drink and complimentary food. Cash bar is available for additional drinks. For tickets, $20, www.pittsburghchambermusic.org or 412-624-4129.
Fans of Led Zeppelin may want to find the nearest stairway to Heinz Hall. The Pittsburgh Symphony will team up with rockers to perform The Music of Led Zeppelin, a score of the band's classics transcribed and conducted by Brent Havens, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $25-$75, 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show with featured comedian Gab Bonesso ponders Pittsburgh's hipness at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Is Pittsburgh becoming GROOVY? A progressive mayor will soon take office. Hipsters are on every corner. Is this old steel town getting its groove on? Mr. McIntire and Ms. Bonesso will be joined by Bill Peduto's top aide Kevin Acklin and political activist Khari Mosley to determine with absolute certainty whether Pittsburgh is, indeed, officially groovy. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
Calypso Rose performs at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater at 7:30 p.m. as part of the East Liberty Live summer series. The Trinidadian diva of Calypso music who was the first female Calypso artist named "Calypso King" continues a strong 50-year career of bold rhythms and melodies with witty social commentary that turns any venue into a carnival. Doors open at 6 p.m. with Calpyso and soca dance lessons. A dance party, free to concertgoers and $10 for others, follows the show. Tickets: $20 in advance, $35 at the door; 412-363-3000, ext. 312, or www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
The North Suburban Big Band will present its annual summer jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless. The show features everything from Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin arrangements to Quincy Jones and Horace Silver originals. Tickets are $10, free for children under 12. Information: 412-931-2700 or nssband.org.