Multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's sound series. Holter's "lush compositions and overall ambient aesthetic blurs the boundaries between, and falls evenly within, the broad categories of indie music, modern composition, and electronic music." Her 2011 album "Tragedy" was inspired by Euripides' play "Hippolytus," followed by "Ekstasis," released in March. The Garment District, the new project of multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, formerly of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor, opens the show. For tickets, $15, $12 for CMP members and students, www.warhol.org or www.ticketweb.com or 412-237-8300.
"Listening to you, I get the music/Gazing at you, I get the heat ... I get the story." Remember where you were when you first heard those lyrics? Before Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend bring the Quadrophenia tour to town in November, Robert Morris University recalls those hard-rocking times with "The Who's Tommy" under the direction of Ken Gargaro, with choreography by Lisa Elliot, at the Colonial Theatre in Massey Hall, Moon Campus. The musical adapted from the circa-1969 rock opera has the older Tommy narrating his life, from traumatized child to rock god. Student singers will be backed by an eight-piece band including music director Tim Marquette. Tickets are $10 at 412-397-5454 or www.rmu.edu/theatre.
Award-winning authors Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Gerald LaFemina will give free poetry readings at 8 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University, Shadyside. Ms. Mazziotti Gillan, director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University, won the American Book Award in 2008 for "All That Lies Between Us" and has written 14 books of poetry. Mr. LaFemina, director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, has written six books of poetry, the latest "Vanishing Horizon." No registration necessary. If questions: 412-365-1190.
Russian pianist Olga Kern will perform one of the most difficult works in the repertoire, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The composer is considered one of the greatest pianists to ever live, and he showed it with this virtuosic concerto. Conducted by Leonard Slatkin, the program is rounded out with Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances" and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish." Tickets start at $20; at 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. at Heinz Hall, Downtown, www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
The Fourth Annual Wood-Fired Words at UnSmoke Systems Artspace, 1137 Braddock Ave., Braddock, at 7 p.m. Sherrie Flick of the Gist Street Reading Series is curating the event, which will include readings by Sean Thomas Dougherty, Braddock's 2013 Into the Furnace Writer-in-Residence; Sarah Leavens, Braddock's Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence; and Salvatore Pane, author of the forthcoming novel "Last Call in the City of Bridges," published by Braddock Avenue Books. The event will include The East End Book Exchange pop-up used bookstore, paintings by local artist Anna E. Mikolay and wood-fired pizza baked in Braddock's community pizza oven (with special chef appearance by Kevin Sousa). Drinks are BYOB, and an ongoing potluck will occur inside the gallery. Readings will begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7. Info: www.unsmokeartspace.com.
Antique Appraisal Day. Just like on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow," local certified appraisers Sam Berkovitz and Richard Wagner will provide oral appraisals of anything you can carry through the door, 2 to 5 p.m. at Waverly Presbyterian Church, 590 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square; 412-242-0643. $5 for each item, limit three per-person. No sports memorabilia will be appraised.
Founded in the Netherlands in l99l, the baroque music ensemble Rebel is now based in New York. On a now domestic tour, it will meet with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and trumpeter John Thiessen, both acclaimed artists in their own rights, on the stage of Synod Hall in Oakland at 8 p.m. The program is Bach, Handel and Telemann. $10-$35; www.rbsp.org or 412-361-2048.theater - music