Petty's arena rock
The past few visits from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been greatest-hits celebrations out in Burgettstown.
This time, the band changes the scenery, moving back indoors, at Consol Energy Center, and adding more rarities and covers to the set. Songs making appearances in the set list have been "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (from the Traveling Wilburys), "Friend of the Devil" (Grateful Dead) and "So You Want to be Rock and Roll Star" (Byrds).
"Well, in all the tours, I always put in some new stuff and some stuff we haven't done," Mr. Petty recently told Rolling Stone. "But you can sort of get into a routine where you kind of really know the show really well. I don't want to become a jukebox, but I do enjoy all the gigs. I can't say I don't enjoy them, but this is pretty exciting."
The Heartbreakers, fresh from headlining Bonnaroo on Sunday night, plays Consol at 7:30 tonight with the Smithereens. Tickets are $30-$120; ticketmaster.com.
Wild passion of 'Carmen'
One of the Pittsburgh arts scene's lesser-known gems is Undercroft Opera. It casts local professional singers in the leading roles they don't often get on regional main stages. This weekend the company stages Georges Bizet's "Carmen," one of the greatest operas ever penned.
Directed by Patrick Brannan, the production will be sung in English and conducted by Walter Morales. with the Eastern Area Youth Chorale and dancers from Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.
Performances take place at the Antonian Theatre at Carlow University in Oakland at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$38; 412-422-7919, www.undercroftopera.org and at the door.
PSO and Pixar
The sounds of award-winning family films such as the "Toy Story" trilogy, "The Incredibles," "Up" and "Brave" will be celebrated by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in "Pixar in Concert."
The movie scores will be performed live by the full orchestra while video clips play on an overhead screen at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $19-$75 at pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
Still a kid at 30
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh celebrates turning 30 with a day of free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free day of activities at the North Side museum, made possible by the Jack Buncher Foundation, includes live music, hula hoops, cupcakes, kazoos and more.
All day: roaming performances by Ben Sota of Zany Umbrella Circus and performer/puppeteer Josephine Calvo.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Make birthday hats and musical instruments.
10 a.m.-noon at Buhl Community Park (weather permitting): Stefanie Zito from Spinster Hoops for an interactive hooping program.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Music by local acts Elliott Sussman, Soundwaves Steel Drum Band and the Timbeleza Brazilian percussion ensemble.
At 2 p.m.: free cupcakes (while supplies last) and a performance of "Happy Birthday" with a kazoo orchestra. A parade with the May Day Marching Band and puppets by Lisa Leibering starts at 2:30 p.m., throughout the museum and Buhl Community Park. For more information, visit www.pittsburghkids.org.
Scream for Scares That Care
Horror Realm, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, will hold a screaming -- er, screening of George Romero's 1978 "Martin" to benefit Scares That Care at 6 p.m. Saturday. (The Wikipedia entry says that "Martin," filmed in Braddock, is Mr. Romero's favorite film.)
The vampire drama will haunt Dormont's Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., with actor John Amplas, who plays the title character, Michael Gornick (director of photography) and Tony Buba (sound) in attendance.
Tickets are $10; $25 for admission plus an autographed collectible poster at www.showclix.com/event/martinstcbenefit.
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the swashbuckler "Hook" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; 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 "Men in Black 3." The films begin at dusk.
• The free county concert series at Hartwood Acres continues with alt-country band Langhorne Slim and the Law at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday with reggae legends The Wailers.
• River City Brass plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• Piano-based pop-rocker Sara Bareilles has a new single, "Brave," and a new album, "The Blessed Unrest," coming on July 16. First, she plays Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $30; www.librarymusichall.com or 412-368-5225.
• The schedule at Mr. Smalls continues to be relentless. This weekend it does three shows in a row with folk/punk icon Jonathan Richman tonight ($15); alt-country pioneers Son Volt, touring on the countrified new album "Honky Tonk," on Friday ($17); and indie-rock/hip-hop band WHY? on Saturday ($15). All shows at 8 p.m.; www.mrsmalls.com.
• Comedian and Oscar-winning actress Mo'Nique, best known for her portrayal of the mentally disturbed abusive mother in the film "Precious," will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Shows are 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40. For tickets or more information: pittsburgh.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
• "Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" opens Saturday at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The exhibition comprises more than 200 recently excavated objects, none of which had been seen outside Saudi Arabia until 2010. The exhibition continues until Nov. 3. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.carnegiemnh.org.
• Carnegie Science Center just opened "BIKES: Science on Two Wheels," featuring a collection of rare, historic and peculiar bikes. On Friday, there will be a 21+ Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Adults will have access to all four floors of exhibits, and there will be a cash bar, snacks available for purchase and a performance by local acoustic guitarists Drew Pinchotti, Zig Daniels of The Delaneys and Jim Tobin. Information: 412-237-3400 or CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
• Gary Racan & studio e band, led by a former singer for the Vogues, will perform in Warriors Rock, a concert to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Tickets are $25 each and available at www.thepalacetheatre.org.