'School's' in at Playhouse
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company takes on the Restoration comedy "The School for Scandal" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and directed by Alan Stanford.
The character names, among them Sir Peter Teazle and Henry Bumper, give a clue to their intentions. As the 235-year-old play opens, we meet Lady Sneerwell and her henchman Snake scheming to break up the romance between Charles Surface and Maria. And so the scandalous affairs go from there.
The show at Pittsburgh Playhouse's Rauh Theater in Oakland runs through April 21 at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18-$20 at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com or 412-392-8000.
Deerhoof at Warhol
The Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series continues Friday with Deerhoof, the San Francisco noise-pop band that has churned out 12 albums since forming in 1994 and debuting in 1997 on the Kill Rock Stars label.
Deerhoof, fronted by singer Satomi Matsuzaki, has continued to find quirky ways to surprise the listener.
"With Deerhoof, we talk a lot about a record we would like to make, but when it comes to recording, magic happens when there are no words involved," drummer Greg Saunier recently told the Daily Iowan. "We don't spend a lot of time analyzing what turns each other on while playing but become familiar with it. You could say I know what turns them on musically by creating frustration along with the release of tension, and they do as well."
The Brooklyn-based People Get Ready open the 8 p.m. show. It is sold out.
Sports and hip-hop
Stephen A. Smith, the outspoken commentator on ESPN's "First Take," will headline the panel "Sport, Hip-Hop and Race" at California University of Pennsylvania's eighth annual Hip-Hop Conference at 4 p.m. Friday in the Cal U Convocation Center.
A Q&A session will follow with special commentator Roger Kingdom, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the track and field coach at Cal U. The presentation will end with a Stephen A. Smith impersonation contest.
The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, www.calu.edu.
Venezuelan funk combo Los Amigos Invisibles, winner of a Latin Grammy, performs at Mr. Smalls at 8 p.m. Friday, touring on its seventh studio album, "Repeat After Me."
Los Amigos Invisibles formed in Caracas and debuted in 1995 with a sound called "gozadera," fusing Latin rhythms with funk, disco grooves and quirky retro lounge music. The band got its break when David Byrne signed it to his label Luaka Bop.
The band became part of the New York scene in 2001 and became known for its energetic live shows, guided by guitarist DJ Afro.
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at www.ticketweb.com or 1-866-468-3401.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, which is exhibiting "1968: The Year That Rocked America," will transport visitors back to the 1960s as part of a two-day Vintage Pittsburgh.
" '60s Fashion Show: A Showcase of Yesterday's Styles & Today's Trends" takes place Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer vendor fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, featuring guest appearances by Pittsburgh native and actress Barbara Feldon, who played Agent 99 on the hit television show "Get Smart," and Herbie, one of the original Volkswagen Beetles from the 1968 movie "The Love Bug."
Admission to the fashion show, $30 general and $15 for History Center members, includes one drink ticket, light refreshments and access to the "1968: The Year That Rocked America" from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday's vendor fair is free with regular History Center admission, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62+), $6 for students and children (6-17) and free for children (5 and under). The History Center also will offer an Early Bird Special Saturday with half-price admission from 10-11:30 a.m. Also, those who attend the "'60s Fashion Show" on Friday will receive $5 off regular admission after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information: www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Comedy Central fans know Gabriel Iglesias for his line "I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy" and special by that same name.
On Saturday, he pays a visit to the Benedum Center for a night of stand-up. The comic from San Diego left his job at a cell phone company to work comedy stages and ended up on the Nickelodeon sketch show "All That" in 2000, on "Last Comic Standing" and then voicing a Mexican family on "Family Guy."
More recently, he played a strip club DJ in "Magic Mike."
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 at www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
The Thomas Merton Center will present its Thomas Merton award to actor and activist Martin Sheen on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland
Mr. Sheen, whose esteemed career includes starring roles in "Apocalypse Now" and "The West Wing," has been an outspoken advocate against war, the death penalty and various social injustices.
The ticket includes gourmet food, two drink tickets, entertainment and emcee Sen. Jim Ferlo. Admission is $50; $30 low income and students.
Reservations and more information at www.thomasmertoncenter.org or 412-361-3022.
Book on Warhol
Catherine Johnson speaks at The Andy Warhol Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, discussing her book, "Thank You Andy Warhol," which comprises 80 interviews she conducted with artists, designers and others who were influenced by Warhol, including Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, Jeffrey Deitch, Danny Fields, Bibbe Hansen and Liza Minnelli.
The free program will include a brief talk about the book and a rare video screening of select interviews, followed by a Q&A with the author and a book signing. Free. For more information, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Mr. Glass speaks
"Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass" finds the star of acclaimed public radio show "This American Life" at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mr. Glass will discuss the keys to his program's success, including the process of tracking down the great untold stories.
Tickets are $40; VIP tickets, which include guaranteed orchestra seating and a pre-show reception with Mr. Glass, are $125. For tickets: www.thehillman.org or 412-968-3040.
STS9 at AE
STS9 rolls into Stage AE on Sunday with its self-described "post-rock dance music," mixing standard live instrumentation with electronics.
The group formed in the late '90s in Georgia as the jazzier Sound Tribe Sector 9 but began to adopt more electronics over time, sometimes being referred to has jamtronica.
The band has gone on to be a mainstay of the festival scene, capable of playing three-plus-hour shows.
STS9 is out on its first monthlong coast-to-coast outing in more than two years, in the midst of working on its 12th album, set for release later this year.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 through ticketmaster.com.
NEED 2 KNOW
• Oakland Forever is an evening for families at Schenley Plaza at 4 p.m. Friday with carnival rides, live entertainment and activities. Admission is $10; $5 kids 12 and under. Call 412-683-6243.
• The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble presents "The List," choreographed by Christopher Huggins, and "Dedication," choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff at the center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets: $7.50-$30 at www.augustwilsoncenter.org or 412-456-6666.
• Grammy-winning Christian star Michael W. Smith performs at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35-$65; 724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org.
• Altar Bar in the Strip plays host to the DJ Shadow "All Basses Covered 2013" tour with Queen Beats, Blackdaddy, RSK vs Hipster Magee at 9 p.m. Friday ($22-$25); and Atlanta metal band Sevendust at 8 p.m. Saturday with Patron Saint, Shattered and AftertheFall ($25-$28). Go to www.thealtarbar.com.
• "The Lasers of Oz," a laser-light show featuring the music of "The Wizard of Oz," joins the Carnegie Science Center's Friday and Saturday night line-up starting Friday. "The Lasers of Oz" plays at 7 p.m., then Bob Marley (8 p.m.), No Doubt (9 p.m.), Nirvana (10 p.m.), Skrillex (11 p.m.) and Midnight Floyd. "The Lasers of Oz" will also be shown at 3 p.m. daily through April. Admission is $2 for members, $8 for nonmembers, or a $5 add-on to general admission; CarnegieScienceCenter.org or 412-237-3400.