Mahler on the menu
Manfred und Mahler -- might be the name of a documentary someday on Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra music director Manfred Honeck's remarkable connection with Gustav Mahler's music. The latest example will likely come when Mr. Honeck leads the PSO in Mahler's Symphony No. 6. It's not performed nearly as frequently as the Viennese composer's First, Second and Fifth opuses, but the hair-raising first movement alone make the Sixth must-hear music. Despite the title "Tragic" and the pessimism about life therein, it was written at a rare happy time in the composer's life. That's Mahler for you.
The concerts this weekend at Heinz Hall, Downtown, mark the end of the subscription season. Also on the program is a curiosity: Goossen's Concert Piece for Oboe and Two Harps. It will be performed by a family of PSO musicians: co-principal oboist James Gorton, principal harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen and their talented harpist daughter, Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Jerry's Records is heading to the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh this weekend for its first ever Vinyl-Palooza with more than 50,000 records and music items -- "priced to sell! no junk!" -- up for grabs for $1.
There will be local DJs, refreshments and 10 other dealers, offering everything from books to DVDs to posters. "It's just a great big gathering for people who like vinyl. I'm practically giving this stuff away. This is stuff I usually sell for $3 or $4," says Jerry Weber, who was just profiled in Goldmine magazine.
It's at 6886 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A shuttle will run from Jerry's Records, 2136 Murray Ave., every hour on the hour. Call 412-421-4533.
We are fun.
Here comes fun. -- the band.
After selling out Mr. Smalls, the show was moved to the much larger Stage AE Indoors, where tickets sold out in a heartbeat.
Generating all the excitement has been the single "We Are Young," which spent six consecutive weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100.
It comes from fun.'s second album, "Some Nights," which Rolling Stone praised as blending "classic bubble-pop tunefulness with rococo rock & roll."
fun., which formed in 2008 when singer Nate Ruess broke off from Arizona band The Format, is fresh from playing Bonnaroo and the MTV Movie Awards (with Janelle Monae). Later in the summer, it will hit Lollapalooza. In the meantime, it is pushing the next single, "Some Nights," which recently was released on YouTube.
The doors open at 7 p.m., and Now Now opens the show.
A cast of 13 middle and high school students of Pittsburgh Westinghouse will get another shot at "Fame Jr." with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kelly-Strayhorn Performing Arts Center, East Liberty.
The show was performed at the school last month, when musical theater returned to Westinghouse with the help of iTheatrics, part of the national project by the NBC show "Smash." Kelly-Strayhorn teaching artists Bridgette Perdue and Shana Simmons worked with students to create the first full-fledged musical production at the school in a decade.
More about the pay-what-you-can event at www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-363-3000.
Starting Friday night with a preview party, the Frick Art Museum is home to "Three Centuries of Printmaking," three exhibitions of exquisite prints. The exhibitions -- "In the English Manner: Mezzotint Portraits," "Picturesque Architecture by Thomas Shotter Boys" and "The Prints of Jacques Callot" -- showcase the vitality of the printmaker in providing a unique view of the world at their time.
A traveling exhibition, "The Prints of Jacques Callot," organized by the Reading Public Museum, displays highlights from his revolutionary printmaking career. The other two exhibits, "Picturesque Architecture" and "In the English Manner," are centered around the Frick's permanent collection of 19th-century chromolithographs and 18th-century mezzotints.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, you can view the exhibition while indulging in hors d'oeuvres and wine. Admission to the preview party is $12; $10 for members. Reservations are recommended: 412-371-0600.
"Three Centuries" will be on display Saturday through Sept. 2. Go to www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.
With its first show in February selling out, "Speaking of ..." is following a recipe for success with its second show, "In Bloom."
Start with a base of poetry, made from one part each of poets Khary Jackson and Brian Francis. Stir in an exclusive preview of Texture Contemporary Ballet's summer show. Carefully add some opera by Erica Olden, member of the Microscopic Opera Company, and whisk in progressive folk duo Faithful Sinners. Garnish with Pittsburgh flash fiction writer Sherrie Flick, and pour mixture into the New Hazlett Theater.
The medley is perfect for a large number of guests, as proven by the group's first iteration of the show, and seems primed to dish out another appetizing performance.
Santigold at AE
She cites influences ranging from hip-hop to reggae to jazz to Nigerian music and claims her favorite band is Devo.
The result is the wide world of Santigold, who plays Stage AE on Saturday. Touring on her latest record, "Master of My Make-Believe," Santigold (real name Santi White) is an enigma -- riding the waves of alternative music and garnering loose comparisons to British singer M.I.A., among others. She's already hit Coachella and Bonnaroo and is booked to complete the holy trifecta with Lollapalooza this August -- clearly the Philly native is in demand.
Blassie at B&N
Pittsburgh Pirates great Steve Blass will step away from the broadcast booth for a stop at the Barnes & Noble, Waterfront, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to greet fans and sign his new book, "A Pirate for Life."
It tells the story of the 1971 World Series champion turned color commentator who retired in 1975 after famously struggling with his control.
For details, go to www.triumphbooks.com/SteveBlass.
NEED TO KNOW
• Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners bring "Since I Don't Have You," "Three Coins in a Fountain" and other hits to Hartwood Acres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday for a free concert. The Nighthawks perform as part of a tribute to Glenn Pavone at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday (see page W-11).
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents Adam Sandler in "Jack and Jill" at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, on Sunday. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is screened at Brookline Memorial Park tonight, Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville) on Friday, and Grandview Park (Mount Washington) and Riverview Park (Observatory Hill) on Saturday. All start at dusk.
• Guitar ace Lindsey Buckingham will do a one-man show at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead doing songs from Fleetwood Mac and his solo albums, including the new "Seeds We Sow." It begins at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35/$75; 412-368-5225.
• Bootsy Collins, of Parliament-Funkadelic fame, brings his band back to town at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rex Theater. Tickets are $36-$40. Call 1-877-435-3849.
First Published June 14, 2012 4:00 AM