Other Picks: Against Me plays Altar Bar; 'Well' at Off the Wall; Venture Outdoors; '365 Days' at the Oaks
Going Against the grain
The righteous rage of punk rock seems like an odd fit for the drunken bacchanalia of New Year's Eve, but hey, maybe it's just what 2013 needs as it sneaks out the door.
Against Me has long been one of the smartest, most self-aware of the pop-punk legions that proliferated in the mid-'90s, and one of the few that survived with their dignity intact. Of course, there have been some changes — lead singer Tom Gabel now goes by the name Laura Jean Grace, which is addressed in their most recent album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.”
They'll take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Altar Bar in the Strip District. Tickets are from $35 to $150. Details: 877-435-9849 or www.thealtarbar.com
— Michael Machosky
All's well that plays ‘Well'
Lisa Kron is an award-winning playwright and actress with a fondness for bringing personal st ories to the stage.
Her “2.5 Minute Ride,” which she performed at City Theatre in 2004, focused on her relationship with her father, who was a Holocaust survivor.
She followed that Obie winner with “Well,” which put her mother at the center of the drama and received a 2006 Tony nomination for best play.
“Well” is finally getting a local viewing through Dec. 28 at Off The Wall Productions in Carnegie as part of its Year of the Woman series.
Kron's largely autobiographical story explores issues and concepts of wellness and community through the story of her mother, who was able to heal a neighborhood, but unable to overcome her own illness.
Local actresses Daina Michelle Griffith and Virginia Wall Gruenert portray Lisa and her mother, Ann, in this often-humorous drama. Also appearing in the cast are Tony Bingham, Linda Haston, Alan Bomar Jones and Susie McGregor-Laine.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 to 28 at Off The Wall Productions, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. Admission is $5 to $35.
Details: 888-718-4253 or www.showclix.com/event/3770577
— Alice T. Carter
Hike in the New Year
Beginning the new year with good intentions often gets no further, but you have to try.
Venture Outdoors, the outside-activities advocacy group, again is sponsoring its New Year's Resolution Hike on Jan. 1, this year in South Park.
The easy trek will give participants a chance to walk off some of the excesses from the night before and, if it all works out, create an attitude that will lead to other productive activities.
Hikers will be on the trail from 1 to 4 p.m. Participation is $10. Details: 412-255-0564 or www.ventureoutdoors.org.
— Bob Karlovits
After the scandal left town
By now, there's some time and distance separating us from the Jerry Sandusky scandal that engulfed Penn State University in 2011-12. One film crew, however, stuck around after the media frenzy dissipated and chronicled the scandal's effects on the town, known in popular parlance for decades as “Happy Valley.”
The resulting film, “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley,” will get its Pittsburgh debut at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, at 3 p.m. Dec. 29.
Tickets are $12, and must be purchased through the website 365daysthefilm.com.
— Michael Machosky
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