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City's 'Abigail/1702'

City Theatre's production of "Abigail/1702" tells Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's "whatever happened to?" story of Abigail Williams, the main villain of the Salem witch trials and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Young Abigail became the key accuser of witchcraft in her village while plotting the murder of the wife of the man she loved. The teenager disappeared not long after her "dance with the devil," and footnotes in history have suggested she wound up a prostitute in Boston.

The haunting play "Abigail/1702" imagines a different fate 10 years after the events of "The Crucible."

The show runs through May 26, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Also, 1 p.m. May 15 and 1 p.m. only May 22. Tickets: $35 to $55; 412-431-CITY (2489) or


Crystal persuasion

Crystal Castles -- the Toronto-based electronic duo of Ethan Kath and crowd-surfing frontwoman Alice Glass -- plays Mr. Smalls at 8 tonight.

The band, known for its pounding and chaotic live shows, is touring on its third album, "III," on which they ditched the computers and recorded to tape.

"We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience," Mr. Kath said in a statement. "We'd limit ourselves to one take on each song because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea."

All Music said of "III": "Crystal Castles have made room to be sad, angry, pretty and danceable at the same time."

Tickets are $32.50 through


Colonial Chocolate

The Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park will blend history and chocolate as part of a Colonial Chocolate Weekend, presented in partnership with Mars Chocolate North America.

It begins Friday with a "Colonial Chocolate Evening" program from 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring an in-depth presentation on how chocolate has evolved in American culture, including how it was made and consumed by Pittsburghers during the 18th century. Fort Pitt Museum education manager Andrew Gaerte and a Mars chocolate history ambassador will demonstrate the historic bean-to-beverage story of chocolate using cocoa pods, cocoa beans and various tools used in Colonial times.

Visitors can sample a Colonial-style chocolate drink -- American Heritage Chocolate -- which will also be available for purchase. Admission is $5 (pre-register by calling the Fort Pitt Museum at 412-281-9285 or emailing

At the museum's monthly Summer Saturdays at the Fort series, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can watch Colonial re-enactors roast coffee and chocolate beans, prepare 18th-century game such as buffalo and venison, and take home sample recipes to try for themselves. Mars will offer free samples and discuss the history of chocolate making from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6; $5 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6-17, and free for History Center members.

Information: 412-454-6415 or

May Market

With planting season right around the corner, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' opens its popular May Market on Friday and Saturday.

It will feature organic herbs and vegetable seedlings; tropical plants and succulents; low-maintenance perennials and shrubs on Phipps' Top 10 Sustainable Plant Lists; and native and rain garden plants.

Also available for sale will be everything from organic soil and landscaping materials to botanical art and natural body care products. Phipps' staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to share advice, and hand-dipped fondant strawberries.

In honor of National Public Gardens Day, attendees will also receive half-off admission to the Summer Flower Show, featuring bright blooms and glass art, during event hours. Cafe Phipps will be open both days as well.

May Market hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is free and open to the public. Information:


Prime 'Walk Two Moons'

Sharon Creech's Newbery award-winning novel, "Walk Two Moons," transfers to live action with the play's second production and the regional premiere by Prime Stage Theatre.

Inspired by the fortune-cookie message "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins," Ms. Creech tells the tale of 13-year-old Salamanca "Sal" Tree Hiddle's six-day drive with her grandparents from Ohio to Idaho for her mother's birthday. Sal entertains them with the outrageous stories of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom, including mysteries and clues that parallel Sal's own experiences.

Tom Arvetis adapted the young adult novel for the stage, and director Lisa Ann Goldsmith has gathered a cast that includes Elly Bleier as Salamanca and Lily Lauver as Phoebe and Ivy Steinberg as Sal's mother, Sugar.

Author Creech will attend the opening-night performance and post-show reception Saturday. The show runs Friday (preview night) through May 19, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Tickets: $10-$20 in advance, $15-$25 at the door ($10 in addition to ticket purchase for opening night reception);


Brahms on the menu

It may not sound like it, but Brahms' "Tragic" Overture is a great way for a conductor to debut. It is a gorgeous, if brooding, work, and guest conductor Kazem Abdullah will open his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut with it, closing with Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler."

In between will be the return of Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti soloing in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Performances are 8 p.m., Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. $20-$98; 412-392-4900 or


Offense taken

If you're a normal person, it's almost certain that Anthony Jeselnik will offend you Saturday night at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall.

At least, that's what the comedian from Upper St. Clair and host of Comedy Central's "The Jeselnik Offensive" will attempt to do.

"The most guttural laugh you could get out of someone is when someone has died and you make a joke so inappropriate it causes people to laugh," he told the PG earlier this year. "Then I thought, what if you could do that with every joke? And what do I have to do to pull that off?"

"I'm almost never myself on stage. I consider myself the villain," he added.

The Tulane graduate previously brought his humor to Comedy Central's roasts of Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr and was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central's Hot Comics in 2009. This year, he debuted "Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula," which is now on DVD.

"People in Pittsburgh don't seem to care that I'm from Pittsburgh," he said in the interview. "Maybe it's because I don't talk about being from Pittsburgh on stage. ... When I get my face painted on the Primanti Bros. wall, we'll know I've made it."

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 through

From Montreal

Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson performs his genre-defying melodic and layered compositions at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the museum's Sound Series.

He visits the museum's theater following extensive touring with musicians and bands such as Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and The National. Sarah Neufeld, of Arcade Fire, opens the show.

For tickets, $15/$12 members and students, or 412-237-8300.


Dark night

Bauhaus reunited in 2005 for a tour that led to its first album in 25 years, but when the same old tensions flared up, the British goth pioneers weren't even around to tour it.

Now, frontman Peter Murphy is out on his own to mark the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus, with a tour that plays Mr. Smalls at 8 p.m. Sunday. Along with the horror-rock anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead," Mr. Murphy and company are doing songs like "Double Dare," "In the Flat Field" and "God in an Alcove," as well as a few that Bauhaus never performed live, like "Kingdom's Coming" and "King Volcano."

"The band that I'm working with has been with me for eight years," he recently told the Village Voice. "They can play that stuff and, I know this sounds awful, but they actually play it better than Bauhaus could live. But, that aside, I've been the biggest advocate for Bauhaus over the years trying to get them back together and it didn't work out ... twice. So, since the all-Bauhaus show went well, I thought, 'Let's do the Bauhaus tour.' It is truly something that is genuinely from me rather than being some retrospective."

Last month, the singer was arrested in LA and charged with misdemeanor DUI, hit-and-run driving and methamphetamine possession. It is not expected to affect his visit here.

The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25;

Son of a Beatle

His dad accomplished a few things in the music world, and now after a series of EPs, James McCartney jumps in with his first full-length, simply titled "Me."

James, the 35-year-old son of Paul and his late wife, Linda, played guitar and drums on a few of his dad's solo albums and debuted as a solo artist in 2009. His influences range from the Beatles to Radiohead and Nirvana.

Following his gig at Coachella in April, he told Rolling Stone, "Over the years, it's been Dharma spiritual, grunge cathartic. And now the more I listen to the Beatles and the Stones and the '60s and all that stuff, it's more about the intensely good feeling. I'm not saying I ever achieve it, but I'm trying to enjoy it."

He performs at Club Cafe at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15;


• Peter Yarrow -- of Peter, Paul and Mary fame -- makes his second trip to Pittsburgh in a year for a show at East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is pay-what-you-can with proceeds going to Hope Academy of Music and the Arts. For information, call 412-441-3800, ext. 11.

• LA quintet He's My Brother She's My Sister, featuring sibling singers and a tap-dancing drummer, is described as exuding "the earnestness of folk, the colorfulness of glam rock, the rawness of blues and the theatrics of cabaret." The group, which plays Club Cafe tonight, played SXSW and will play Bonnaroo, touring on the album "Nobody Dances in This Town." The show is at 8 p.m. Admission is $10;

• Michigan Americana band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys hits the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville at 8 tonight with "true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin' grandpas, and celebrations of love, life and nature." Tickets are $8;

• Also in the clubs, eclectic New York band Donna the Buffalo plays the Rex Theater at 8 p.m. Friday ($17-$20; and ska-rock legends the Mighty Mighty Bosstones play Altar Bar, Strip, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday ($28-$30;

• Pig's Blood Prom is a benefit for the Hollywood Theater's Go Digital Campaign on Friday with a screening of "Carrie" and music by Venus in Furs and the Bridge City Bombshells. It's at the Hollywood, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. Doors at 7 p.m., film at 8, followed by the bands. Tickets are $10 at door or at

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