Big Butler Fair
The 157th Big Butler Fair opens Friday with the ever-popular Bike Night and The Clarks performing in the grandstand at 7 p.m. with the Earthquakers.
Among the other big grandstand draws will be the school bus demolition derby 7 p.m. Sunday, Rusted Root 8 p.m. Tuesday and the Y108 Freedom Fest July 8 with Lonestar and Casey James.
Daily attractions include the 4-H competitions, carnival midway, Sea Lion Splash show, camels and a fishing tank for the kids.
The fair runs through July 7 at the fairgrounds off of U.S. Route 422 in Prospect.
Admission is $8; $6 before 4 p.m. Just about everything, except the carnival rides, is included in that cost. Information: www.bigbutlerfair.com.
Coral Reefer stop
Parrothead Party on a Thursday night, here it goes.
Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer Band roll into the First Niagara Pavilion tonight to carry on a tradition that has been going on in Burgettstown now for decades.
This tour, which kicked off in Austin on May 30, is called Lounging at the Lagoon, but that is not the name of a new album. The last one was 2009's "Buffett Hotel," but he did recently appear on the chart-topping Lionel Richie record, "Tuskegee" and he told Billboard that he's "got a lot of songs and I'm gonna go in this year" to record.
"I'm happy with the material 'cause I've been working at it for a while," Mr. Buffett says. Song titles include "Useless and Important Information," "Einstein Was a Surfer" and "Clueless People in a 'Fraidy Cat World." Until then, he will turn up for this Parrothead Party with old faves like "Margaritaville," "Son of a Son of a Sailor," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."
The sold-out show begins at 8 p.m.
En Vogue with strings
R&B artists En Vogue will headline the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Community Partners Concert. This locally lauded annual benefit concert raises money for area nonprofits by having patrons specify which organization will get proceeds from their ticket. (The PSO donates the orchestra services.)
These events have raised more than $631,000 since 2004. En Vogue has sold more than 8 million albums with songs such as "Hold On," "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and "Whatta Man." 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, Downtown. $25-$85; www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
As a part of the group's biggest headline tour since its first album in 2008, Jukebox the Ghost will be gliding into Mr. Smalls Saturday. Following a performance at Bonnaroo during the latest album's release weekend (June's "Safe Travels"), the Brooklyn-based band has evolved in the four short years since its debut release.
"We've always been the kind of band that juxtaposes darker lyrics with upbeat music, but this record feels a little more personal," said pianist and co-singer Ben Thornewill. "It's certainly not a downer record, but you need pain to get joy, and joy to get pain."
The doors are set to open at 7:30 p.m. for the indie rockers, and tickets are $13 at www.mrsmalls.com.
DJ bounces back
In December, New York DJ Jonathan Toubin went to bed at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Ore., tired from extensive touring. About a month later, he woke up from a coma, the result of a freak accident: A taxi had crashed into his room, pinning him underneath the car.
After extensive rehabilitation, Mr. Toubin returned to tour duty and is rolling his "New York Night Train" into the Brillobox this Saturday. The DJ will be performing his "Soul Clap and Dance-Off": one part dance contest and one part soul party. Although he's been ordered by his doctor to take a lighter schedule, don't expect the music to be any less fervent.
Doors are expected to open at 9:59 on Saturday -- no rounding up.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show examines: "Who's scarier? The Mormon or the Black Guy?" at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Panelists include Allegheny County Council's Heather Heidelbaugh, former mayoral candidate Mark DeSantis and community activist Khari Mosley. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. More info: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site in South Park, will explore the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and demonstrate how the Millers would have joined the fight for independence, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Declaration will be read at 2 p.m. Special exhibits of the signers of the Declaration will be on display in the barn, and the Trading Post will sell copies of the Declaration as well as other goods of the period.
Admission is $2. Call 412 835-1554 or visit www.olivermiller.org.
NEED TO KNOW
• Cello Fury -- the classical-rock band featuring cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muno and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton -- performs at Hartwood Acres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with B.E. Taylor.
• At South Park on Friday at 7:30 p.m., it's a free show with San Diego indie-pop band Delta Spirit, which recently performed at Bonnaroo.
• Carnegie Brass performs at Bach, Beethoven & Brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mellon Park, Shadyside.
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents the Kevin James comedy "Zookeeper" at Brookline Memorial Park tonight; Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville) on Friday; Grandview Park (Mount Washington) on Saturday; and Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, on Sunday. Riverview Park (Observatory Hill) screens "Captain America: The First Avenger" on Saturday. All start at dusk.
• Bill Deasy and Meeting of Important People team up for the Shadyside Summer Jam at 7 p.m. Saturday on Walnut Street. It's free, but an admission charge to the drinking tent benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
• Modern dance company Attack Theatre has partied in a lot of places: theaters, abandoned nightclubs, museums, the street and so on. Tonight, it goes on board the Pittsburgh Luxury Cruises' Fantasy at Lockwall One Marina, 23rd Street, Strip District, to celebrate the close of its 2011-12 season. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. A minimum donation of $30 is suggested. Information: www.attacktheatre.com.
• Philadelphia-based idiosynCrazy Productions will bring its work-in-progress "Private Places" to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater as part of the venue's "East Liberty LIVE!" summer series. Through high-energy movement and a stylized form of hip-hop called J-setting, the piece explores the emotional demands of flight attendants. It's at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Information: www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
• The Pillow Project presents a fresh take on its "Second Saturdays" series with the debut of "Fifth Fridays," an evening of spontaneous movement held each month that includes five Fridays. This weekend, the public is invited to experience dance, music and conversation. It's 9 p.m. Friday at The Space Upstairs, 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze. Admission is free. Information: www.pillowproject.org.
First Published June 28, 2012 4:00 AM