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Entertainment briefs: 'Who Do You Love?"; library extravaganza

| Thursday, June 7, 2012, 6:01 p.m.
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‘Who Do You Love?' tells ancient story

The story of Esther gets a contemporary re-telling in “Who Do You Love?” It will have its Pittsburgh premiere this weekend at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

Written by Shaundra Miles, who also serves as the vice president of programming at the August Wilson Center, “Who Do You Love?” is a tale of a woman who unexpectedly gains everything and is then forced to choose between the life of her dreams and losing her life for the sake of her people.

“It's about the great mystery of love and marriage. It's also about social issues and the history of the relationship between church and state within the context of black communities … we are all called for a purpose,” Miles says. “God has commanded us all, and ultimately we all have to choose the extent to which we will travel to answer the call.”

Performances: 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, North Side. Admission: $20.

Details: 888-718-4253 or www.demaskus.showclix.com

— Alice T. Carter

Get ready to read

at library extravaganza

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is kicking off its Summer Reading Program on Sunday with the annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, outside the main library in Oakland. The free event, from noon to 5 p.m., includes a giant slide, a medley of musicals from Pittsburgh Musical Theater, a Pittsburgh Pirates cornhole game, “The Bremen Town Musicians” puppet show, and more. Kids can decorate an Eat'n Park Smiley cookie, visit small animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, dance to Radio Disney, and more. The library will host a used book sale at the event. People attending the event can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, which promotes reading and learning during the summer months. This year's reading theme is “Dream Big! @ Your Library.” Details: 412-622-3114 or www.carnegielibrary.org.

— Kellie Gormly

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