Richard Konzen will perform an inaugural concert at 3 p.m. on the restored Aeolian pipe organ at Hartwood Acres mansion. Volunteers and professionals have been rebuilding the instrument since 2009. Today's program is sponsored by the Harmony Society Chapter of the Organ Historical Society and the Friends of Hartwood. Remaining tickets will be on sale for $10 at the door. Call 412-767-9200 for more information. The entrance road to the mansion is via Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township.
The Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Garfield, kicks off its 2013 Summer Lecture Series at 6 p.m. with illustrated talks by glass artists Dave Walters, DH McNabb and Richard Parrish. Admission is free. Mr, Walters, a rural central Pennsylvania native, lives in Seattle where he has been glassblower for Chihuly Inc. since 1993, and assistant to Venetian maestro Lino Tagliapietra since 1995. Mr. McNabb, born in Florida, has traveled the globe to learn about and see glass. Mr. Parrish holds two degrees in architecture and finds inspiration in both the man-built and natural environments for the kilnformed glass he makes in his Bozeman, Mont., studio.
For information about talks, call 412-365-2145 or visit www.pittsburghglasscenter.org, which has links to artists' websites.
"An Introduction to the Pittsburgh Film Office" will be given by Jessica Conner at 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave., N. Oakland. Admission is free. Ms. Conner, assistant director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, will discuss the ways in which local filmmakers, crew and actors can benefit from using the film office as a resource for location scouting, job hunting, finding crew and actors, and more. Information: 412-681-5449.
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Comedian and actor John Henton will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Henton, who got his big break on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in the early 1990s, is best known to TV audiences from his roles in "Living Single" and "The Hughleys." Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $15-$17. For tickets or more information, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
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The Watoto Children's Choir from Africa performs "Beautiful Africa: A New Generation" in four Pittsburgh-area communities. The performance includes African music and dance routines and life-transforming stories. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. Choirs have traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty and have visited Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S,, among other places. The choir performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St. in Sharpsville; at 4 p.m. Saturday at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Penn Hills; at 8 and 10:15 a.m. next Sunday at Mount Pleasant Church of God, 936 W. Main St., Mount Pleasant; and at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at Graystone Presbyterian Church, 640 Church St., Indiana, Pa. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information: www.watoto.com.
Nathan James' one-man show "Growing Pains" at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Through spoken word poetry, monologues, movement and multimedia imagery, Mr. James illuminates the voice of the hip-hop generation. The show takes a firsthand look at the births of the mentalities of urban African-American males and examines the influence of media and upbringing over the way people view politics, beauty, each other and themselves. For tickets, $10, www.augustwilsoncenter.org, www.culturaldistrict.org or 412-456-6666.