Hot Ticket: Cory Elder's solo exhibit 'Of' at Artists Image Resource
A 2013 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Cory Elder has worked as an assistant to three well-known contemporary artists — printmaker Stefan Hoffmann, multimedia artist David Ellis and sculptor Robert Shure. He's also worked for the Giust Gallery of Boston, where he learned classical clay-sculpting techniques, mold-making and traditional plaster casting.
Elder has returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to display his latest series of oil paintings at Artists Image Resource in a solo exhibit titled “Of.” The exhibit will open Feb. 21 with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m.
At 7 that night, Elder will talk about this new body of work and how it evolved from a personal mythology into an invented language of abstract paintings that represents thoughts on faith, perception, truth and intent.
The exhibit will remain on display through March 28. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Artists Image Resource is at 518 Foreland St., North Side.
Details: 412-321-8864 or artistsimageresource.org
What a ‘Drag'!
Pittsburgh is the city of champions, we like to say. Well, what other explanation could be given for the city's unexpectedly strong showing in LogoTV's “RuPaul's Drag Race”?
Bloomfield's Sharon Needles won a season of the seductively weird drag-queen competition by becoming a blood-drooling zombie, a glamorous beer mug, a wrestler and a presidential candidate, among other things. Another former Pittsburgh resident, Alaska 5000, also made her considerable presence felt, with authority.
Now, they're putting the whole thing on the road with “RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons,” which will come to the Byham Theater on Feb. 24. The show will include performances by Needles, Alaska 5000, BenDeLaCreme, Courtney Act, Ivy Winters, Jinkx Monsoon, Raja and Cary NoKey.
Tickets are $30 to $75, and the show will begin at 8 p.m.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
Telling the story of jazz in Pittsburgh involves more than simply words. Music is a big part of it, too, and “Steeltown Jazz Storytellers” will have both. The program will open Feb. 21 at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy and continue on the third Saturday of every month through June.
The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a group led by drummer Roger Humphries performing in the second-floor ballroom. At 8 p.m., there will be a screening of “Billy Strayhorn — Steel City Grooves: Celebrating Western Pennsylvania Jazz,” produced by the Senator John Heinz History Center and the music department at California University of Pennsylvania.
After the screening, a panel of jazz musicians and experts will talk about the past and future of jazz in the area. It will be moderated by Bob Studebaker of WESA-FM. More music will follow the talk.
Each of the films in the series will focus on a different member from the Pittsburgh jazz legion.
Admission is $60 for seating in front of the stage and $45 for general admission.
Details: 412-979-0912 or steeltownjazz.com
Walks take many routes, and this one will explore the trail of the arts Downtown.
The staff at Venture Outdoors always is trying to find new ways to experience the outside, so the Cello and Wine Tasting Walk on Feb. 22 will offer a hike with a cultural twist.
Trekkers get a tour of Heinz Hall, a stop at an art gallery and visit the Philip Injeian Violin Shop on Penn Avenue. There, a craftsman builds and maintains the instruments that let wood make great sounds.
The adventure will end with a glass of wine at the Capital Grille on Fifth Avenue and a private performance by Cello Cello.
Each walker must be 21.
The tour will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participation is $59.
Details: 412-255-0564 or ventureoutdoors.org
There's just a few more hours before the time is up for Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of “My Fair Lady.”
The lavishly costumed, big-cast production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's well-loved musical will end Feb. 22 at the O'Reilly Theater, 619 Penn Ave. Downtown. You have but seven more chances to hear “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
Remaining performances will be at 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and 21, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Admission is $29-$72, $15.75 for students and those 26 or younger.
Details: 412-316-1600 or ppt.org
A Celtic band with roots in Irish and Scottish music, Gaelic Storm will play Stage AE on the North Side on Feb. 19.
Movie buffs might know the band best as the group that played on board the ship in the 1997 blockbuster film “Titanic.”
The band's first album, self-titled, came out in 1998; their most recent effort, “Full Irish,” came out in July. This “best of” album includes songs the band released from 2004 to '14, along with two new tracks and the unreleased “Titanic” song, “Irish Party in Third Class.”
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, all general admission.
Details: 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com
Serving up monologues
Servants in Shakespeare's plays have some of the best character parts and often some of the best lines. Even when they don't have actual names, Juliet's Nurse or King Lear's Fool make lasting impressions. For those who have often fantasized about trying on one of these parts, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park offers a low-risk platform to indulge your dream.
On Feb. 23, the company will focus its monthly BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) reading series on scenes and monologues delivered by maids, valets, footmen and other workers, including ladies like Rosalind, who masquerade as saucy lackeys. The informal evening is open to professional actors, nonactors, academics and fans of all ages.
Storyteller Alan Irvine will emcee, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's artistic director Jennifer Tober will read and encourage others. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes.
Readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill. A suggested $10 donation at the door supports Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' free Shakespeare performances in city parks.
For details or to indicate interested in reading, contact 412-521-6406 or pittsburghshakespeare.com
Floyd and more
PFX — The Pink Floyd Experience will take the stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St.,Greensburg.
The performance will be a celebration of the music, themes and innovation that the band Pink Floyd brought to fans around the world. The show will feature a spectacular light show, state-of-the-art video, full quadraphonic sound and six musicians.
Tickets range from $23 to $34.
Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org
Home show to fill the Mills
The Alle Kiski Strong Chamber HomExpo will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Pittsburgh Mills , Frazer.
The three-day event will feature hundreds of vendors offering a variety of home products and services available in the Alle-Kiski Region.
There will be entertainment, a craft area, giveaways and local-author book signings.
Details: 724-224-3400 or allekiskistrong.com
Oakmont Carnegie Library will host a Local Author Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
Visitors can talk with authors from the Pittsburgh area who have written fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Copies of their books will be available for purchase. Coffee and tea will be available.
The fair will be on the lower level of the library at 700 Allegheny River Blvd.
Details: 412-828-9532 or oakmontlibrary.org
Quilt Show selection
The Quilt Show at the Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd.,Natrona Heights, continues through Feb. 21. If you haven't already, stop by the library to participate in the People's Choice competition that invites viewers to vote for their favorite quilt in the hand-quilted, machine-quilted and wall-hanging categories.
A prize will be awarded to the winner with the most votes in each category.
The library is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21.
Details: 724-226-3491 or alleghenyvalleylibrary.org
“King Lear,” a tragedy by William Shakespeare, will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Cinemark at Pittbsburgh Mills , Frazer.
Filmed live at the Stratford Festival, an internationally recognized annual celebration of theater in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario, “King Lear” tells the story of a kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm.
Many of the greatest Canadian, British and American actors play roles at the Stratford Festival. It is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays.
Tickets range from $16 to $18.
Details: 724-274-0155 or cinemark.com/king-lear