Hot Ticket: Mumford & Sons; Colonial festival; Butterfly Forest
focus on beauty
The work of pop artist Stephane Pedno, on display at Christine Frechard Gallery, is turning heads, and for good reason. A professional hairstylist, the Montreal-based artist creates massive portraits of beautiful people with — what else? — beautiful hair.
“I have been a hairstylist for 22 years, and have seen thousands of people in front of me improving their image,” Pedno says. “It seems logical now for me to paint faces, creating an image that draws on all those years of improving people's self-esteem.”
The exhibit includes more than a dozen portraits, each with thickly painted textures in certain areas to insinuate flowing hair and slick surfaces in others that replicate smooth skin.
The exhibit continues through Sept. 21. Christine Frechard Gallery is at 5871 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and until 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Details: 412-421-8888 or www.christinefrechardgallery.com
— Kurt Shaw
Colonial Arts and crafts
The 20th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival will feature more than 500 men and women in 220 exhibit booths displaying and selling a variety of wares.
The festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Pleasant Unity, not only offers crafts ranging from embellished clothing to tole and decorative painting to wooden toys and pet treats, but also hosts a demonstration of Civil War times and some period music.
Carpenter's Battery, CSA, will have an encampment at the festival, including ammunitions and drilling.
Performers include two string bands, Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray and Beaver Creek Colonial String Band, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2; and The Westland Choir, an all-girls flute choir, and the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department Pipes & Drums Band, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Children can enjoy the Wild World of Animals show and insect demonstrations by “The Bug Lady” Mary Gall.
Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Admission is $6, $5.50 for age 65 and over, and $1 for ages 6 to 12.
Details: 724-863-4577 or www.familyfestivals.com/Colonial-Festival.html
Butterfly Forest to close at Phipps
This week offers the last chance to see colorful winged creatures at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' indoor Butterfly Forest, which closes Sept. 2.
In the seasonal room, visitors can spot many butterfly species flitting around, including Monarchs and Zebra Longwings. They flutter among cheerful, bug-attracting plants in the Butterfly Forest, where you also examine specimens in a case. The Butterfly Forest is a family favorite, Phipps officials say.
While you're at the Oakland conservatory, you can explore the outdoor children's Discovery Garden, which will remain open through early fall, weather permitting. Activities are included with Phipps general admission of $15, $14 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $11 for ages 2 to 18.
Details: 412-622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org
— Kellie B. Gormly
Mumford & Sons at First Niagara
Mumford & Sons, a Grammy-winning English folk-rock band, will be at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown on Aug. 29.
The band is known for a complex sound that incorporates bluegrass and folk instrumentation — banjo, upright bass, mandolin and piano — played in a rhythmic style based in alternative rock and folk.
Band members put out their debut album, “Sigh No More,” in 2009. The album topped the charts in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and later reached very high positions on the American Billboard 200 and the U.K. albums chart.
The band's second studio album, “Babel,” won album of the year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Mumford & Sons' biggest hits include “I Will Wait” and “The Cave.”
The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., includes special guests The Vaccines and Bear's Den. Tickets are $35 to $50, and the show was almost sold out early this week.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com
— Kellie B. Gormly
It's hard to estimate the influence of Frank Zappa on modern music, since his combination of eccentricity and virtuosity have seldom, if ever, been equaled in similar measures. His music is simply too hard, too weird, and too “out there” to be anything but a dead end for all but the most talented, dedicated acolytes.
If anyone can crack the code of the legacy, though, it's his son, Dweezil Zappa, who's coming to the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall on Sept. 4 for “Zappa Plays Zappa.” The guitarist and his band take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $69.50.
Details: 412-368-5225 or www.librarymusichall.com
— Michael Machosky