Quantum Theatre takes audiences on another wild ride with "Mnemonic," the brainchild of the award-winning British company Complicite. The play tells interlocking stories -- including the discovery of a preserved Ice Man from 5,200 years ago -- that push the boundaries of time and memory and address the human compulsion to study our own ancestry.
Quantum's Karla Boos directs Malcolm Tulip, who played the title role in last season's "John Gabriel Borkman," Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Anand Nagraj, Ken Bolden, Patrick Jordan, Katya Stepanov and Antonio Marziale. Video designer Joe Seamans has a lot of surfaces to work with at the show's East Liberty site, the Kirkwood Building at 215 N. Highland Ave. (entrance is to the left, facing a courtyard).
"Mnemonic" opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through June 28 with performances Wednesday through Sunday nights at 8. Tickets: $36-$46 ($49 opening night); quantumtheatre.com or 412-362-1713. (Read more in Friday's Magazine section.)
Guitar on Great Lawn
Robert Michaels, a guitarist from Toronto known for his Latin jazz and Flamenco, performs at First Fridays at the Frick this week on the Frick Art & Historical Center's Great Lawn in Point Breeze.
Mr. Michaels is a Juno winner whom the Ottawa Sun called "Flamenco's version of Led Zeppelin ax-god Jimmy Page." He debuted in 1996 with "Paradiso" and won the Juno for Best Instrumental Album in 2003 for "Allegro."
"From the beginning I didn't play flamenco or Latin jazz in any traditional way," he said in a statement. "I had experience playing so many other styles that I merely incorporated all of the influences. My style was never planned. I arrived at it spontaneously while playing in front of the audiences."
He will perform with drums and bass.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. A donation of $5 per adult is suggested. Guests are invited to come early and create a gourmet picnic with selections from Cafe at the Frick, which begins serving at 5:30 p.m. The Frick Art Museum and Car and Carriage Museum will remain open until 10 p.m.
Information: 412-371-0600 or TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
Pittsburgh Glass Center presents a free reception for "Lifeforms," contemporary glass artworks drawn from nature, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 5472 Penn Ave., East End. The inspiration for the exhibition was the Harvard University museums' collection of glass biological models made in the 19th and 20th centuries by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. Several Blaschka works from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History collection will complement the works.
"The Jill and Julia Show" at Club Cafe, South Side, on Saturday is an informal evening of comedy, monologue and music between singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, of "Saturday Night Live" fame.
Ms. Sobule, a Denver-born artist, debuted in 1990 with the Todd Rundgren-produced pop-rock album "Things Here Are Different" and then drew more attention and acclaim for her self-titled 1995 album, which included "I Kissed a Girl" (the original) and "Supermodel." Her most recent studio album was 2009's "California Years," and more recently she's been collaborating with John Doe of X.
Ms. Sweeney, best known for the androgynous "SNL" character Pat, does comedy monologues and is the author of "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother."
The Oliver Miller Homestead celebrates the country's birthday with Liberty Day, which will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence by re-enactors, the firing of Pennsylvania long rifles and a pie-eating contest.
Patrons also can view the needlework of Homestead members in the Stone House and talk about the century kitchen, eating habits and recipes. The Homestead is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive, in South Park. It runs from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $2. Information: www.olivermiller.org or 412-835-1554.
PSO in the parks
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the Fourth of July with two free outdoor concerts, both part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series.
On Saturday evening, the PSO will salute the flag with American (and America-themed) music, from Marvin Hamlisch's "Love Theme" from the movie "Sophie's Choice" to Tchaikovksy's "1812 Overture," at the South Park Amphitheater.
Sunday's performance, at Hartwood Acres, will include Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (performed by PSO violinist Jennifer Orchard) and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
Both concerts will take place at 8 p.m. More at pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the animated horror film "Hotel Transylvania" Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington; and Sunday on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Also on Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens "The Dark Knight Rises." The films begin at dusk.
• Allegheny Brass Band plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• Pittsburgh Guitars presents the 11th annual Big Beatles Show Sunday at the Rex Theater, South Side, with local bands and musicians performing nonstop Beatles music. All proceeds benefit the Strum Together Scholarship Fund, which gives local students the chance to take free guitar lessons when they submit an essay. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show. Tickets are $5 at www.rextheatre.com.
• Warped Tour veterans and Arizona alt-rock band The Maine play Altar Bar at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, touring on the new album, "Forever Halloween." Tickets are $20 to $22; www.thealtarbar.com.