2Do This Week: Cultural Events Around Town
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Playwrights from Pittsburgh, Montana and New York will premiere three one-act plays in Week One of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival at the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks.
"A Light Subject Matter" by local playwright Sara Baines-Miller looks at five women who find themselves at an abortion clinic for five different reasons. The play is being produced by Greensburg Civic Theater.
Montana playwright Connie Dillon penned "Art Initiates Life," in which a man wrestles with his responsibilities vs. what he really wants out of life. CCAC South is the production company.
The Theatre Factory presents "Seeing Purple People" by New York playwright Michelle Gusto. In this work, 10-year-old Chrissy struggles with insecurities, bullying and body issues until she meets a figure in her mirror.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Following the Thursday night performance will be "Mingles," a chance for audiences to meet casts, directors, playwrights and crews.
For tickets, $15 in advance, $40 for a four-week festival pass, www.pittsburghnewworks.org.
Comedian Pablo Francisco will appear at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead. In addition to his Comedy Central specials and DVDs "They Put It Out There," "Ouch" and "Bits and Pieces," Mr. Francisco has appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Comedy Central's "The Show Biz Show w/ David Spade" and "Mind of Mencia." He was a cast member on the Fox sketch comedy show "MADtv." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Info, tickets ($25): www.improv.com; 412-462-5233.
Election season is in full swing at the South Side's City Theatre, where laughs are on the ticket for "Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President." The Kinsey Sicks -- Irwin Keller (Winnie), Ben Schatz (Rachel), Jeff Manabat (Trixie) and Spencer Brown (Trampolina) -- run a platform of four-part harmony and parodies galore from City's Mainstage. Times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $40 at 412-431-CITY (2489) or www.citytheatrecompany.org.
City of Asylum Jazz Poetry Concert 2012 features the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet with Meshell Ndegeocello and poet Patricia Smith, at Sampsonia Way between Monterey Street and Sherman Avenue, North Side, at 7:45 p.m. Oliver Lake's Steel Quartet features Lyndon Achee, one of the few pan steel virtuosos on the jazz scene. Ms. Ndegeocello is a 10-time Grammy nominee, playing bass and singing. Ms. Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion and finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry. Free. Info: 412-321-2190 or www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org.
A relatively new ensemble in town, OvreArts, focuses on new ballets and art music. At 4 and 8 p.m. it performs both, so to speak, when it premieres two ballets at Pittsburgh CAPA, Downtown. "Infinity," composed by Blake Ragghianti, and "The Alkonost," composed by Luke Mayernik, are choreographed by Texture Contemporary Ballet (Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman) and Pearlann Porter with the Pillow Project. Alejandro Pinzon and Ryan Keeling conduct. $28-$40; 412-294-8071 and www.ovrearts.org.
First Published September 2, 2012 12:00 am