Hot Ticket: One Direction; Free orchestra concerts
One Direction at Consol
Screaming fans across Pittsburgh are awaiting the arrival of One Direction to Consol Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. July 8. The band, made up of English-Irish heartthrobs Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, first gained notoriety in 2010 on the hit British competition series “The X Factor.”
After a successful North American leg of their “Up All Night” Tour in 2012, the pop group has since soared the charts with songs like “Live While We're Young” and their debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” which recently went platinum.
One Direction was named Billboard's top new artist of 2012, and they have the awards to prove it. The band has won two BRIT awards and cleaned up with three awards (most share-worthy video, best pop video, best new artist) at the MTV Video Music Awards last year.
Admission is $28 to $90.75.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.consolenergycenter.com
— Emma Deihle
Free Summer Concert Series
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will continue its Independence Day weekend outdoor-concert tradition by performing contrasting programs on July 6 and 7 as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Both events will be led by resident conductor Fawzi Haimor.
The patriotic Pops orientation at South Park at 8 p.m. July 6 will include an “Armed Forces Salute” medley, “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Unger and “Born on the Fourth of July” by John Williams. Also on the program are the “William Tell” Overture, the theme from “Sophie's Choice” by Marvin Hamlisch and the 1812 Overture.
The Hartwood Acres program at 8 p.m. July 7 is comparable to a Heinz Hall concert. “The Marriage of Figaro” Overture will open the concert, followed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, with symphony violinist Jennifer Orchard as soloist, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
Admission at both shows is free. Details: 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org
– Mark Kanny
SERIES CELEBRATES SPECIAL-EFFECTS LEADER
For decades, Ray Harryhausen was simply the king of Hollywood special effects. His stop-motion animated monsters inspired uncountable daydreams and nightmares, in a career that began in the 1940s and lasted at least until “Clash of the Titans” in 1981, when newer effects technologies took hold.
Harryhausen, who died in May at the age of 92, will be celebrated all month by a film series at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Regent Square Theater. Every Sunday night, they will be screening a different Harryhausen classic, starting with the self-explanatory sci-fi classic “Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956) on July 7.
July 14 is “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958). July 21 is the Civil War-era Jules Verne fantasy “Mysterious Island” (1961), and July 28 is the “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), with its panoply of mythical Greek monsters. All Sunday screenings start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9.
Details: www.pghfilmmakers.org or 412-682-4111
— Michael Machosky
Heinz Field hosts free holiday show
Up-and-coming country band Florida Georgia Line will headline a free show July 4 at Heinz Field.
The duo of Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) and Brian Kelley (from Ormand Beach, Fla.) met when they were students at Nashville's Belmont University.
Their infectious summer single “Cruise” from 2012, featuring the rapper Nelly, has been at the top of Billboard's Hot Country list for 16 weeks and recently peaked on the Hot 100 list at No. 5. The group's album “Here's to the Good Times” took the No. 1 spot on the top country albums list late last month.
Florida Georgia Line recently won Academy of Country Music Awards for new artist of the year and new vocal duo or group of the year.
The gates open at 2 p.m. at Heinz Field with music starting at 2:30 p.m. with the Pittsburgh Steeline Drumline. Other performers include Sydney Hutchko from 5 to 6 p.m. and The Stickers from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Florida Georgia Line takes the stage from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.
GALLERIE CHIZ RECEPTION
With photos by David Tufino, Brian Sesack, Michael Goswell and Melissa R. Aronson, as well as ceramics by Susan Hale Kemenyffy, the exhibit “What We Saw: Foto Focus Five,” on display at Gallerie Chiz, offers plenty of contemporary and creative viewpoints to see and experience.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 5, join the artists for an opening reception celebrating this new exhibit at Gallerie Chiz. It's free and part of the FirstFriday ArtWalk, when all of the galleries on Ellsworth Avenue, and many of the shops, stay open late for art exhibits, shopping and food.
The exhibit continues through July 27. Gallerie Chiz is at 5831 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Details: 412-441-6005 or www.galleriechiz.com
— Kurt Shaw