2Do This Week, Oct. 21-27: Cultural events around town
October 21, 2012 4:00 AM
Geoff Tate, lead singer of Queensryche, will perform at the Rex Theater Wednesday.
Duquesne University's concert series Budapest on the Bluff features Liszt's whimsical Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in a two-piano version as well as other works. Performers include pianists Natasha Snitkovsky, Barbara Nissman and David Allen Wehr, 3 p.m. at PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University. $10; 412-396-6080.
Take in the fall color and find some great pots during the self-guided Indiana County Potters Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at nine locations in and about Indiana. Some studios will host guest potters also. Information, directions: www.potterstour.com or 724-286-9741.
Poet, playwright and novelist Maureen McGranaghan will read from her works as part of the free Sunday Poetry Series at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 2 p.m. Her chapbook of poetry "Attached to Earth" was published in 2011. Her plays have been performed by the Workshop Theater Company in New York City, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, Bricolage Production Company, Tennessee Stage Company and Jacksonville State University. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Pittsburgh CAPA. Information: www.carnegielibrary.org or 412-622-3151.
Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his third novel, "The Marriage Plot," as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Eugenides has a "perverse love" for his hometown Detroit, which he says exemplifies the highs and lows of American history. The Pulitzer Prize winner has created a "deeply humane and eloquently constructed" novel about a love triangle full of intellectual angst. Tickets: $15-$35, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Fisher Auditorium at 8 p.m. Eight virtuoso uke players present a comedy-laden concert performance. As part of a special "Uke Jam," audience members who have a ukulele are invited to join the orchestra from their seats to perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." Tickets: $23, $18 for seniors and groups of 15 or more; 724-357-1313 or www.IUPTickets.com.
Joe Negri performs "You and the Night and the Music" as part of The Mansions on Fifth Grand Hall Concert Series, 5105 Fifth Ave., Shadyside, at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. Admission is $30 and includes a reserved seat in Grand Hall, small plates and dessert. Reservations, information: 412-381-5105 or www.mansionsonfifth.com.
Off the Wall Productions has opened the doors to a new home and a new season with the drama "The Other Place," at the Off The Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. The Sharr White play hits Broadway Jan. 10. "The Other Place" -- about a biophysicist on the verge of a breakthrough in dementia medication when her life takes a disorienting turn -- is directed by Melissa Hill Grande and features Erika Cuenca, Virginia Wall Gruenert, Mark C. Thompson and Ricardo Vila-Roger. Remaining shows are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets: $5-$35 at www.showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
A free artist's reception for an exhibition of Chuck Olson's new paintings, "Hybrids: Object/Place/Time," will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at James Gallery, 413 S. Main St., West End. At 7:30 p.m. a musical interlude will feature songs of Edith Piaf performed by Clelia Cicero and Neter Calafati from Parma, Italy. The exhibition continues through Dec. 1. Information: 412-922-9800.
"Light Amidst the Clouds," a free talk on how the cultural shockwaves of pre-WWII America parallel many of the problems faced by society today, will be given at 7 p.m. by Michael Carey at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Mr. Carey is professor of history and political science at Seton Hill University. The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Modern Dialect: American Paintings From the John and Susan Horseman Collection," which continues through Nov. 4. Information: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.
The Pittsburgh Area Theater Organ Society brings back Tony Thomas for a concert at 2 p.m. at the Keystone Oaks Auditorium. $15-$20; 412-241-8108.
You won't have to go to Heinz Hall to hear one of the best concert pianists to perform in town this season. Polish pianist Maciej Grzybowski will give a recital of music by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and several Polish composers. He is presented by the Polish Cultural Council at 5 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland. $15-$25; 412-871-3347.