Happenings: Kenny Blake; Slavic Soul Party; Salsa Friday; 'On Golden Pond'; Montgomery Gentry
Spice up your Friday
Celebrate the start of your holiday weekend with a little salsa.
Beginning around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, heats up the late-night scene with its weekly Salsa Friday event.
The action begins at 10 p.m. with a free 30-minute lesson on how to move to a salsa beat. At 10:30 p.m., a team of rotating DJs takes over to provide music until 1:30 a.m.
Recognizing that all that dancing can work up a thirst and an appetite, the Cabaret at Theater Square offers food and beverage service.
Admission is $10 cash at the door or free to ticket holders of any earlier same-day Cultural District show. Limited to age 21 and older.
Details: 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org
— Alice T. Carter
Throwing a Soul Party
Slavic Soul Party isn't a political party, but they deserve your vote anyway.
The polyethnic Brooklyn band plays some of the most high-spirited party music on the planet — blending Balkan brass with funk, jazz and soul, blissfully unconcerned with the orthodox purities of any tradition.
Slavic Soul Party also seems to love Pittsburgh — which has been uniquely receptive to their innovative take on Eastern European musical traditions. Plus, the venue they're playing, Gooski's in Polish Hill, has awesome homemade pierogies.
Gooski's is tiny, smoky and gets crowded early. The show starts at 10 p.m. Sept. 3, with locals Lungs Face Feet getting it started. Tickets are $8 to $10. Details: 412-681-1658.
— Michael Machosky
Jazz and superheroes
In some ways, saxophonist Kenny Blake seems like a perfect companion for “The Avengers.”
A jazz star powerful enough to handle all sorts of styles and the vagaries of the music business, Blake has to have the power of Tony Stark — better known as Iron Man — Thor or the Black Widow.
That kind of similarity makes for a fitting end-of-the-season Stars at Riverview concert Aug. 31 at Riverview Park on the North Side.
Blake will be the feature of the concert, beginning at 7 p.m. After he finishes, “The Avengers” will tell the story of Nick Fury's band of superheroes saving the world from Loki and his army of villains.
The film begins at dusk. Both events are free. Details at www.citiparks.net or, for the concert, 412-255-2493, and the film at 412-422-6426.
Three generations with very different lifestyles and perspectives come together in the Thayer family's summer home.
Ernest Thompson's “On Golden Pond” is the story of an aging couple who return to their lakeside cottage for their 48th summer.
They're visited by their recently divorced and very prickly daughter who brings along her dentist fiance and his teenage son.
When the daughter and dentist jet off to Europe, they leave the sulky adolescent with Ethel and Norman, forcing everyone to adjust their routines, attitudes and expectations.
It's a sweetly sentimental tale about how generations can learn from each other to everyone's benefit.
Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Aug 29 to 31 and 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at Apple Hill Playhouse, 275 Manor Road, Delmont. Admission is $13 to $16.
Details: 724-468-5050 or www.applehillplayhouse.org
— Alice T. Carter
Montgomery Gentry, a country-music duo composed of Kentucky singers Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, will be coming to Stage AE on the North Side on Aug. 29. The duo have cited Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. as influences, and have a Southern rock accent in their music.
Montgomery Gentry's biggest hits include “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “Roll With Me” and “Gone.” The outdoor show will be held rain or shine.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, and the show was almost sold out earlier this week. Details: 800-734-3000 or www.stageae.com
— Kellie B. Gormly