Hot Ticket: Big Time Rush; Mac Miller; Doo Dah Days
Big Time Rush at First Niagara
Pop boy band Big Time Rush brings its Summer Break Tour to First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, on July 14.
Bandmates Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Carlos Pena and Kendall Schmidt star in Nickelodeon's hit series “Big Time Rush,” which premiered in January 2010. The group released its first self-titled album “BTR” in October 2010 and had fans swooning and jumping with Billboard chart toppers “Boyfriend” and “Big Night.”
Fellow Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice (“Victorious”), a two-time Kids' Choice Awards nominee for favorite TV actress, opens the show. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $22.50 to $91.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com
— Emma Deihle
Mac Miller comes to Stage AE
Hip-hop superstar Mac Miller is coming home, for a show July 12 at Stage AE, North Shore.
Now, he's had some time to adjust to fame and fortune, and prove he's not just a one-hit wonder. But it's hard to stay on top in hip-hop, so the young rapper from Point Breeze has some decisions to make.
A good place to start is where it all began — Pittsburgh. Bringing along a bunch of hot, hungry young rappers is another good move (unless they blow you offstage), and Mac has Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples and The Internet opening.
The show starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $30-$35.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.stageae.com
— Michael Machosky
New works by Wen Gao
Born in Beijing in 1957, artist Wen Gao grew up during the Cultural Revolution and eventually made his way to the Pittsburgh area.
While a young man in China, he organized cultural movements that stood for freedom of artistic expression, which resulted in him being thrown into prison numerous times, totaling seven years in duration, without being formally charged or taken to trial.
In more recent years, he has settled in Ross and has been teaching art from his studio there, as well as working on his own paintings. Now, Wen is ready to reveal his latest works in the exhibit “The New Art of Wen Gao.”
It opens Friday at International Images in Sewickley with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues through Aug. 31. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. International Images is at 514 Beaver St.
Details: 412-741-3036 or www.internationalimagesltd.com
— Kurt Shaw
An architect's personal turmoil
Summerfest will offer a look beyond Frank Lloyd Wright's brilliance as an architect to the turmoil of his personal life when it presents the opera “Shining Brow,” starting July 11 in Oakland.
The 1993 opera by Daron Hagen has been highly praised and will be presented in a new version by the composer for six singers and seven instrumentalists prepared on commission for Opera Theater Summerfest. “Shining Brow” tells the story of Wright's affair with Mama Cheney, the wife of one of his customers.
Jonathan Eaton, Opera Theater's artistic director, staged the opera. The company's music director, Robert Frankenberry, will conduct the performance, with Kevin Kees as Frank Lloyd Wright, Lara Lynn Cottrill as Mama Cheney, James Flora as Louis Sullivan, Dimitrie Lazich as Edwin Cheney, Kara Cornell as Catherine Wright and Anna McTiernan as the maid.
Performances of “Shining Brow” start at 7:30 p.m. July 11 and 19 at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland. Admission is $20 to $40.
Details: 412-326-9687 or otsummerfest.org
— Mark Kanny
Musical satire debuts
An original rock-musical comedy that won the audience favorite award at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival gets its Pittsburgh-area debut July 12.
No Name Players' cast of 12 will perform “Viva Los Bastarditos,” the satiric story of three rock heroes who unite to save the world — or, at least, the people of western Massachusetts — from a would-be dictator.
Among those cast by director Don DiGuilio are Daina Michelle Griffith, Missy Moreno, Jason A. Shavers, Brad Stephenson and Andrew Swackhammer.
Performances are July 12 to 27 at 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and July 22 at Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. Admission is $20; $15 in advance.
— Alice T. Carter
Lawrenceville celebrates songwriter
Lawrenceville's own Stephen Collins Foster was one of the most-legendary songwriters in history, known for composing more than 200 songs like “Oh! Susanna” and regarded by many as the “father of American music.”
In honor of this parlour-minstrel (modern day “pop”) music icon, the Lawrenceville Historical Society and the Allegheny Cemetery History Society invite you to the seventh annual Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival (Doo Dah Days) at Allegheny Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13.
Guests will enjoy interaction with re-enactors and buskers, food and Conestoga wagon and buggy rides. Period bands Tone/Overtone, Home Front, The Bumper Jacksons and Pocket Full of Tin will give live performances. Admission and parking for the event are free.
Details: 412-235-1950 or www.doodahdays.com
— Emma Deihle