2Do This Week, Sept. 8-15: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
September 8, 2013 4:00 AM
New Horizon Theater presents "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," about seven men trying to become the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, Saturday at the Byham Theater.
"Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening," the ultimate art train, stops at Union Station/The Pennsylvanian, Downtown, with musicians, performance art and artworks from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The project, organized by artist Doug Aitken, brings together cultural figures as varied as musician Thurston Moore, artist Ernesto Neto and chef Alice Waters. Launched Friday in New York City, Pittsburgh is the second venue of nine during its cross-country tour. Tickets, $25, may be purchased at http://stationtostation.com.
The Future Tenant Art Space (819 Penn Ave., Downtown) is starting out its biannual "Trespass Series" with the return of John Zobele and "RRRECYLE BIN." Every night from 6-9 p.m. you can check out the self-described "digital collective of reborn art" that features artists around the world, which is, according to RRRECYCLE BIN's website, "a loud, flashy and new audio visual experience." It's also free. More at http://futuretenant.org.
Austrian composer Hugo Wolf was a contemporary of such composers as Brahms, Wagner and Mahler, but unlike those composers he was known for his songs, including his "Italian Songbook." Pittsburgh Song Collaborative will present the songbook at a concert in PNC Recital Hall at Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University (600 Forbes Ave., Downtown). The show features director Benjamin Binder with soprano Sari Gruber and baritone Daniel Teadt. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and there is a $10 suggested donation. More at www.duq.edu/music or 412-396-6083.
Steel City Tattoo Convention hosts its first gathering at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20 for one day; $30 for two and $40 for weekend. Children 12 and under free. The public is invited to get tattooed by artists of local and international acclaim. Artwork will be on display and merchandise sold. Information: www.shaneoneillproductions.com/tattoo-convention-steel-city.html.
New Horizon Theater, Inc. presents "Black Angels Over Tuskegee" at the Byham Theater, Downtown at 8 p.m. This award-winning play by Layon Gray is a historical docudrama about seven men embarking on a journey to become the first African-American aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during the era of racial segregation and Jim Crow laws. Tickets: $25-$100 at 412-456-6666 or Trustarts.org.
Citiparks presents "Alphabet Trail and Tales," a free early and elementary-age literacy event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for families at Blue Slide Playground in Frick Park, Squirrel Hill. Features include a puppet parade, musical entertainment, historical storytellers, face painting, children's art activities and more. Details: 412-665-3665 or www.Citiparks.net.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents "Romeo & Juliet" directed by Helen M. Meade at Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler streets, Lawrenceville, at 2 p.m. each day. "Meade is staging Romeo and Juliet's stories simultaneously, and the audience will have to choose sides -- will they follow the Capulets (Juliet) or the Montagues (Romeo)? Of course, the lovers will reunite for their scenes together," says PSIP artistic director Jennifer Tober.
Audience members are advised to take a blanket and be prepared for the show to go on in any kind of weather. All performances are free to the public, with audience donations accepted. The remaining dates are Sept. 21-22, 2 p.m., at Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill. All shows run about an hour and 20 minutes. Information: www.pittsburghshakespeare.com.