Seven Springs goes green
Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be like Irish Springs this weekend.
Its second annual Irish Festival, running Friday through Sunday, will feature authentic Irish food, traditional Irish entertainment, children's activities, storytelling, an Irish marketplace, Irish pub and Friday night fireworks.
The Screaming Orphans -- four sisters who originated from Donegal, Ireland, and backed up Sinead O'Connor -- will perform, along with Rebel Heart Irish Dancers, Corned Beef and Curry, Terry Griffith, Red Hand Paddy, Cueball, Mike Gallagher, Matthew Craig and Kerry Tipper Band, Glengarry Bhoys, Dignam and Tedesco and Ruefle and David Shelow.
The culinary lineup will include bread pudding, shepherd's pie and Irish sausage.
Admission is $7; children under 12 are free. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.7springs.com or call 1-800-452-2223.
Summer is the busiest time for concerts. At least pop and rock ones. Classical music groups in Pittsburgh have largely take the season off. Opera Theater has decided to help to fill that gap by presenting a Summerfest.
A festival needs a classy and verdant setting, and the company found both at Shady Side Academy. In various locations on campus and in the Hillman Center, the festival continues with outdoor activities and three mainstage offerings: a dance version of Bizet's "Carmen" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bernstein's "Candide" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" 2 p.m. Sunday. Each is followed by "Night Caps," a series of mini-operas that all take place in bedrooms of the hotel, featuring soprano Anna Singer. Hillman Center, Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Tickets start at $20 ($10 for "Night Caps"); 412-326-9687 or www.otsummerfest.org.
The Young and Restless
It's a bit surprising that the band name was even available.
The Young -- a shoegazing psych-rock band from Austin, Texas -- adopted the banner in 2007 for a sound draws comparisons to Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Comets on Fire.
Touring on its second Matador album, "Dub Egg," The Young plays Gooski's in Polish Hill tonight with Kim Phuc and Slices.
The A.V. Club said of "Dub Egg": "The band's sophomore full-length hemorrhages distortion. Jagged, loose-jointed and walking with a bit of a wobble, the disc's 10 songs are stitched together by the interplay between Hans Zimmerman's chunky riffage and Kyle Edwards' alternately chiming and chafing leads."
It begins around 10 p.m. Admission is $7.
Brass at Frick
Throw down a blanket for a picnic to end the work week when the River City Brass takes the stage at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze. The concert is part of the First Fridays at The Frick outdoor concert series.
Wine, cheese, fruit -- everything but a grill is welcome. But you can also buy tasty selections from its Cafe, which opens at 5:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The River City Brass will reach into its large repertoire bag to perform American tunes, big band swing and jazz, Broadway, marches and more.
Admission to museums is free, but the museum asks for a $5 donation per adult. Information: 412-371-0600 or www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
Jazz in the park
The 10th annual Monroeville Jazz Festival will take over the Tall Trees Amphitheater in Monroeville Community Park West, from 1-9 p.m. Saturday.
Pittsburgh Jazz Channel host Tony Mowod will emcee. Performers include: Eric Johnson, 1 p.m.; Maureen Budway, 2:30 p.m.; Benny Benack Jr., 4 p.m.; Lilly Abreu, 5:30 p.m.; and the United States Air Force Jazz Band, aka "The Airmen of Note," at 7:30 p.m.
The 18-member Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band.
Suggested donation is a bag of nonperishable food items to be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Cash donations also will be accepted. Information, www.monroevillejazz.org or 412-372-4332.
Party on Polish Hill
Pierogi, klezmer music, crafts and a trip to a record store -- it's all in a day at the fifth annual Polish Hill Arts Festival running from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Located at the corner of Brereton and Dobson Streets, the free event, sponsored by the Polish Hill Civic Association, will feature more than 30 local artists and contemporary craftspeople, food prepared by Immaculate Heart of Mary church, hands-on art-making presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and a full lineup of music:
Timbeleeza (Brazilian samba drumming); Zout (klezmer); Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band (alternative country); Lungs Face Feet (Cumbrian-influenced brass band); Steve Pellegrino (accordion and Big Concept Band); The Committee for Getting Attention (solo singer-songwriter, folk music); The Frantic Heart of It (rock); and Truth and Rites (reggae).
Gooski's, Mindcure Records, Copacetic Comics and the Urban Gypsy gift shop will be among the local businesses open during festival hours.
A limited amount of free parking is available at the West Penn Recreation Center and on neighborhood streets. Walking, biking and taking the bus is encouraged. Go to http://blogski.phcapgh.org/polishhillartsfestival.
The Henry Clay People, an LA indie band that rocks in anthemic fashion, just released its second album, "Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives," and will turn up at the Brillobox on Sunday with the Futurebirds and Kid Durango.
"We wanted to finally make the record that our 16-year-old selves would have been excited about," songwriter Joey Siara told Paste magazine. "Unfortunately the only way to do so was to live for the last 13 years and get some adult suffering under our belt. Now we can direct our misguided teenage angst at our failed 20s."
The Henry Clay People, which have been compared to The Replacements, Pavement and The Hold Steady, have built an audience through appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and tours with the likes of Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, and Drive By Truckers.
The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: www.ticketweb.com or 1-866-468-3401.
NEED 2 KNOW
• The Pittsburgh Symphony is on the road this weekend, performing free concerts at South Park at 8 p.m. Saturday and Hartwood Acres at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
• The Allegheny Brass Band performs at Bach, Beethoven & Brunch 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mellon Park, Shadyside.
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated animated drama "Hugo" at Brookline Memorial Park tonight; Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville) on Friday; Grandview Park (Mount Washington) and Riverview Park (Observatory Hill) on Saturday; and Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, on Sunday. All start at dusk.
• The free Iron City Sound Downtown series at Market Square continues Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Parrothead party featuring Tom Watt doing the music of Jimmy Buffett.
• Meet Pittsburgh artist and wit Sid Kweller and celebrate his 95th birthday at an opening reception for his exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Panza Gallery, 115 Sedgwick St., Millvale. The show, "An Avian Adventure in the Annals of the Odd-U-Bon Society," continues through Aug. 4. Free; 412-821-0959.
• St. Paul Cathedral pulls open its doors and all its stops for its Summer Series of Organ Concerts. The recitals on its huge Beckerath pipe organ begin with one of the stalwarts of the local scene, Alan Lewis of Calvary Episcopal Church. It and the other weekly concerts take place at 4 p.m. Sunday and are free (a donation is requested). Corner of Fifth Avenue & Craig Street in Oakland. Information: 421-621-6082 or email@example.com.
• Point Park University grad Luke Murphy will bring his work-in-progress "Drenched" to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater as part of the venue's East Liberty LIVE! series. The piece is a deconstruction of twists and turns of romance in contemporary society expressed through physical dance theater and a dose of humor. It's 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Information: www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-363-3000.