Entertainment briefs: Psychic TV coming to New Hazlett Theater; Bocce tourney for charity

Psychic TV
Psychic TV
Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A little bit of everything, expected or not

It's just about impossible to sum up the career and legacy of musician/artist/provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who has helped define underground and avant-garde music and art for decades. The gender-bending (to put it mildly) artist currently has an exhibit, “S/He is Her/e,” at the Andy Warhol Museum, which must be the reason for a rare Pittsburgh appearance by Psychic TV, P-Orridge's best-known band.

After winding down industrial-music innovators Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV became P-Orridge's preferred vessel for delivering wild, disturbing multimedia performances. Musically, they could encompass everything from off-kilter pop to white noise, with lots of unexpected stops in between.

Psychic TV will be performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side, as part of the Warhol's “Sound Series.” Tickets are $20 to $25. Details: www.newhazletttheater.org or 412-320-4610.

— Michael Machosky

Bocce tourney to bowl 'em over for charity

The bocce ball will be rolling for charity Aug. 17 at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The center's fourth-annual event benefits the Italian American Endowed Fund and is organized by Jack Mascaro of Mascaro Construction Co.

Spectators can watch 25 four-person teams compete while they enjoy Italian music and food from vendors. The teams are fundraising projects of various groups, but spectators can try the game at no charge on public courts.

The tournament takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the history center in the Strip District. It is free for spectators. Details: 412-454-6000 or www.heinzhistorycenter.org

— Bob Karlovits

Readings kick off Pittsburgh New Works Festival

Actors and playwrights are beginning the warm-up for the 23rd season of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival with the first of two programs of seated readings.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 18 are “Waiting for Dr. Hoffman” by Michelle Willens of New York City and produced by Comtra; “Ch-ch-ch” by Mark Cornell of Chapel Hill, N.C., produced by 12 Peers Theatre; and “Witness Seven” by David Clow of South Pasadena, Calif.

This year's festival of readings and staged productions will be performed in a new location — the Off the Wall Theatre, 25 West Main St., Carnegie.

“We were so impressed with the Off The Wall space. It is so beautiful and so well-equipped,” says festival President Claire DeMarco. “And we know our patrons will enjoy the convenient parking right across the street and easy access to Carnegie's many restaurants and shops.”

Admission to the seated readings is free.

Details: 412-944-2639 or www.pittsburghnewworks.org

— Alice T. Carter

Storytelling festival now at Winchester Thurston School

The 13th Annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, which, for years, has been held at Northland Public Library in McCandless, will make its debut on Aug. 16 and 17 at Winchester Thurston School-North Campus in Allison Park.

The event offers two days of performances by nationally known storytellers, including Beth Horner, Bil Lepp and Randel McGee. Horner, a Missouri native, is known for her comedy about her childhood barnyard escapades and other goofy topics. Lepp is the five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest, and his outrageous and comical tales shed light on subjects like politics, religion, relationships and human nature. McGee will bring a puppet/ventroliquist act with Groark the Dragon.

Admission to most of the festival is free, although workshops cost $35, and the ghost-story session at 8:30 Aug. 17 is $10.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. and run through 10 p.m. both days. Details: 412-915-6976 or www.3rstf.org

— Kellie B. Gormly

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