Summer Times: Your Pittsburgh entertainment and events guide
Pop Music ahead: Rapper Drake will bring his Club Paradise tour to First Niagara Pavilion May 26.
On Stage: Tony nominee Liz Callaway brings her Norma Desmond to Pittsburgh CLO this summer for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard," July 24-29.
Art Exhibits: Edgar Orlaineta's "Solar Do (It-Yourself) Nothing Toy" will be part of The Warhol Museum's "Factory Direct: Pittsburgh."
Dance: Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will collaborate with Point Park University for Jazz Dance World Congress, Aug. 1-5. The five-day workshop will include four performances at the Byham Theater.
Festivals: Despite taking on water, the Leaky Pearl Pirate float, sailed by a group of friends from Mt. Lebanon, took second place in the Anything That Floats Race on the Allegheny River during last year's Three Rivers Regatta.
Free Entertainment: Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform a free show June 8 at Point State Park as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
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We've already had a taste of summer weather.
Now here comes the real stuff: concerts in the park, fireworks, outdoor theater, and festivals with kettle corn and fried Oreos.
Hope this roundup of special Summer Times reports gives you lots of ideas for hot days and nights:
Check out at the bands scheduled to headline the region's major venues, including North Side newcomer Stage AE's second season featuring some 40 acts.
After your days in the sun, take your seat as the curtain goes up on a summer of plays and musicals from Broadway hits to fresh works and new visions.
There's more to the Pittsburgh Symphony's season, including a few special guests at Heinz Hall, but that's just the beginning of a rich regional lineup.
From Impressionism and Paris to Pittsburgh and industry; from American modernists to Australian glass -- the major shows you won't want to miss this summer:
Grab some Texture. Learn some newMoves. Go idiosynCrazy with dance this summer as the local scene explodes.
The summer's schedule of big movies has already started off with a big bang thanks to the blockbuster release of "The Avengers" ... but the season is just getting started.
There are festivals for boats, beer, battles, blues, bluegrass and things that don't start with B, such as kids, cars, sheep, antiques and gardening. A little something for everyone.
You'll have to stay on the move between Memorial Day and Labor Day this season to catch all the special events and exhibits set to open across the region's museums, amusement parks, galleries and, of course, the zoo!
Some of the best things about summer living don't cost a dime, including sunny skies, cool evenings and this kaleidoscope of entertainment at venues near you.
Enjoy some your favorites under the stars at Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park screenings throughout the season.
First Published May 11, 2012 12:00 am