"How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" swoops into Consol Energy Center through Sunday with flying fire-breathing animatronic dragons and state-of-the-art multimedia effects.
The show retells the story from the DreamWorks' animated film of an awkward boy named Hiccup and Toothless, the dragon he befriends. The live show features 23 animatronic puppets that fly and blow smoke and fire during the show. It takes more than 50 trucks to carry the show from city to city.
"We stay very true to the story, and it's a story with a message for all ages, about tolerance and understanding and not judging a book by its cover," said Lynda Lavin, the show's resident director told the Post-Gazette.
It runs 7 tonight; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $37.20-$144.45 at consolenergycenter.com/events or 412-642-1800. See a video at post-gazette.com.
Eye of the Tiger
Old Economy, the home of the Harmony Society, considers itself an old survivor, so perhaps it's appropriate that it would hold a fundraiser on Friday with the band Survivor, best known for the 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger."
Survivor is fronted by Jimi Jamison, who joined the group in 1984 for the hits "Burning Heart," "High on You" and "The Search Is Over." He reunited with the band in November after leaving in 2006.
The newest member of Survivor is keyboardist/guitarist Walter Tolentino, a Sewickley Academy graduate who formerly played in the Pittsburgh band 7th House.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the historic garden with opener Bishop Clay Band. Tickets are $30-$50. Information: 724-266-4500 or www.showclix.com.
'Interim 2' at Alloy Studios
Choreographer Staycee Pearl and musician Herman Pearl will present their collaboration "Interim 2: study ... discuss," the latest offering from the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's East Liberty LIVE! summer series.
The work-in-progress combines performances by the Staycee Pearl dance project and sound installations to explore what it means to be black and to live free of racial identifiers and stereotypes. After the show, Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Purcell will lead a discussion about post-blackness and personal identity.
It's 8 p.m. Friday at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship. Tickets are $10; www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 1-800-838-3006. Seating is limited.
Rock the Quarry XII on the Panhandle Trail in Collier is a two-day affair with bands, food, kids games, a Rubber Ducky Race and more to benefit the trail.
The Bill Ali Band headlines 9 p.m. Friday, with guests Dan Hanczar & Friends, Justin Fabus Band at 5:30 p.m.
Jill West and Blues Attack headlines 9 p.m. Saturday, with the openers starting at noon with Friendly Gesture, Second Empire, Morning After, Eddie and the Bruisers, Midlife Crisis, Trainwreck and Jamie Bruno Band.
The Rubber Ducky Race is at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Donations are appreciated. Details: www.panhandletrail.org or 724-693-0870.
Squonk turns 20
Squonk Opera will celebrate its 20th anniversary with two free performances of "GO Roadshow," a musical street spectacle on wheels, at Schenley Park Plaza in Oakland at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
After the shows, Squonk will be hosting a party at The Porch in Schenley Plaza to also celebrate the release of the "GO!" CD from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at: www.showclix.com/event/SquonkAnniversary.
On Sunday, Squonk will perform "GO Roadshow" at 7 p.m. Sunday in Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden (North Hills Community Outreach), 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue. The performance celebrates the program's newly planted orchard, which helps local food pantries provide fresh organic produce to families in need. This event is free and family-friendly; donations go directly to North Hills Community Outreach to support its programs.
More information about "GO Roadshow" can be found at www.squonkopera.org.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh will celebrate the upcoming premiere of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," a new animated show featuring the children of the puppet characters from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It will feature a sneak preview of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" in the museum's theater, mask-making, art collages, finger puppets and more.
All activities are free with museum admission: $12 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $13 for adults. Children under 2 are free. Information: 412-322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org.
Music fest at Hartwood
The concert season at Hartwood Acres wraps up Sunday with Pittsburgh's tribal rock band Rusted Root headlining the 13th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.
Opening the show will be Jaira, Lightning Box, The Red Western and Liz Berlin's "We Rock Workshop," featuring a band from the summer camp session. The music begins at 5 p.m., with Root playing at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $20 per car to benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.
NEED 2 KNOW
• The Duquesne Tamburitzans perform a free concert at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Reservoir of Jazz continues at Reservoir Drive in Highland Park at 5 p.m. Sunday with Dave Throckmorton featuring bassist Tony Grey.
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park screens "The Smurfs" at Brookline Memorial Park tonight; Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville) on Friday; Grandview Park (Mount Washington) on Saturday; and Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, on Sunday. Riverview Park (Observatory Hill) offers "Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows" on Saturday. Films start at dusk.
• Saturday's 30th annual Regent Square Run Around the Square races include a 1.5-mile fun run/walk (dogs allowed) through the neighborhood beginning at 8:15 a.m. and a 5K race through Frick Park's cross-country trails at 9 a.m., along with musical entertainment along the way. Registration is closed. Information: www.runaroundthesquare.com.
• HockeyFest 2012 is a two-day event at The Iceoplex at Southpointe, 114 Southpointe Blvd., Canonsburg, that will include meet and greets with former Pittsburgh Penguins such as Phil Bourque, Bryan Trottier, Peter Taglianetti and Francois Leroux, as well as on-ice clinics with Iceburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew. The Interactive Kids' Zone will feature activities like bounce castles, face painting, balloon art and arcade style games. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and family four packs can be purchased for $35. Information: 970espn.com.
• Blackberry Smoke, a Southern rock band from Atlanta in the Black Crowes vein, rolls into Altar Bar in the Strip at 7 tonight with the new album, "The Whippoorwill," on the Zac Brown Band's label. Admission is $18.
• The Houserockers play the eighth annual Houserocker Picnic Sunday at the Biddle Serbian Club near Irwin. The Knobs open at 4 p.m. The $5 admission benefits the club.
First Published August 23, 2012 4:00 AM