Aries Spears will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv this weekend.
Ribs, Wings and Rock
Fans of rock and barbecue are directed to Seven Springs Mountain Resort this weekend for the fourth annual Rib & Wing Festival.
Working the grills will be Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild Barbecue, Pigfoot BBQ, Mojo's Rib Shack, Armadillo's BBQ & Rib Company and more. There also will be games, crafts, a beer garden, face-painting, kids crafts, temporary tattoos and sand art.
On the music menu will be Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Scott Blasey of The Clarks, The Bill Deasy Band, Jill West and the Blues Attack and more.
Admission is $7; kids 11 and under free. Admission does not include food. Parking is free and the lots will be serviced by resort shuttles. Hours are 4-9 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: John McDonald and The Mango Men
1-2:30 p.m.: The Joseph Sisters
2:30-4 p.m.: Scott Blasey of The Clarks
The Alumni Theater Company, a group of 25 urban artists in grades 6-12, performs the Elton John-Tim Rice musical "Aida" for one musical weekend at New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Hallie Donner directs the coming-of-age story of a Nubian princess and an Egyptian warrior, with choreography by Staycee Pearl, music direction by Bridget Perdue and costumes by Fashion Africana.
Aries Spears, of "MADtv" fame, turns up for a weekend of standup at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront, Homestead.
Mr. Spears appeared in "Out-of-Sync," portrayed Redd Foxx in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," starred alongside John Leguizamo in "The Pest" and delivered a memorable performance as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brother in "Jerry Maguire."
Showtimes are 8 tonight; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. For more info and tickets, $22, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
WYEP hosts its Final Fridays Series on Friday in Schenley Plaza with Northern California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, who cites Paul Simon as a big influence.
He is joined by Goldspot, a New York-based band led by Siddhartha Khosla, described as R.E.M. meets George Harrison.
The free show begins at 7 p.m.
Starring at Stage AE this weekend will be ... beer.
The North Shore venue presents the inaugural Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest with more than 250 craft beers from more than 80 breweries, plus food trucks and live local music.
The two-day event benefits Pittsburgh-area animal rescue and adoption organizations. It runs from 7:30 (6:30 for VIP ticketholders) to 11 p.m. $35-$55; more at beerfesttickets.com or 1-888-941-0229.
Saxophonist Eric Darius, a popular player in the contemporary jazz genre, will perform at the second annual South Beach Party on Saturday at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
The New Jersey native grew up in Tampa, Fla., loving Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and Jeff Lorber. He released his first album at 17.
In 2008, his song "Goin' All Out" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts.
"My music isn't just smooth jazz," he has said. "Rather, it's fused music -- many genres spun into a colorful harmonious fabric that comforts, soothes, inspires, energizes and moves you. Hip-hop, r&b, jazz, reggae, gospel, pop, rock, funk, blues, country ... they all have a place in my songs."
Express Burlesque presents "Burlesque: The Introduction" at Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m.
This burlesque-style dance review combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative, yet classy, twist of today. A meet-and-greet follows the performance.
Doors open at 10 p.m. for this 21-and-over event. Admission is $10 at the door or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
Southern Hippie rockers
Texas Hippie Coalition, a Southern rock band from Denison, Texas, with a metal edge, rolls into Altar Bar at 7 p.m. Sunday with Eve to Adam, Homicide Black and I Claim as Mine.
Frontman Big Dad Ritch explains in the band's bio: "We want the people that love Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, .38 Special, the Van Zandts and those bands that are growing older to know that somebody else out there is already waving the flag high."
Tickets are $13-$15; ticketfly.com.
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the animated classic "Finding Nemo" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington; and Sunday on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Also on Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens "The Tuskegee Airmen." The films begin at dusk.
• An American Sign Language interpreter will accompany the 2 p.m. Saturday performance of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's "Lady Windermere's Fan." The Oscar Wilde play is in its final weekend. Tickets are $25-$48 ($20 under age 26); use the code LMD2013 when you check out at picttheatre.org for $30 tickets (includes fees) or ask for the last-minute discount at 412-561-6000.
• The free County Concert Series features Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike with Johnny Miller at Hartwood Acres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Pop band Sixpence None the Richer, best known for the hit "Kiss Me," plays the free show at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Chelsea Baratz performs at the Stars at Riverview Jazz Series in Riverview Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Cello Fury plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• Donora and Radio Tokyo team up for the Shadyside Summer Jam on Walnut Street at 7 p.m. Saturday.