Hot Ticket: Point Park's 'A Streetcar Named Desire '
Classics never lose their luster with theater companies. And Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company is no exception.
The company will stage Tennessee Williams' classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” in a production directed by Martin Giles.
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1948, this drama explores the cultural, social and sexual conflicts that explode when a fading Southern belle moves in with her sister, Stella, and Stella's working-class husband, Stanley.
The production will run from April 16 to 26 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Shows will be in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. Admission is $18 to $20.
Details: 412-392-8000 or pittsburghplayhouse.com
THE QUEEN IS COMING
Pittsburghers can give some “Respect” on April 21 to Aretha Franklin, known around the world as the “Queen of Soul.”
Grammy Award-winning Franklin, 73, will perform at Heinz Hall for her first appearance in Pittsburgh in more than 13 years. The singer is one of the most influential and important musicians in the history of American music, with works that span pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel.
Her best-known songs include “Think,” “Chain of Fools,” “Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Freeway of Love” and “Who's Zoomin' Who.”
Franklin has earned numerous national and international awards, including a 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom honor, a 1999 National Medal of Arts, and several Grammy Awards. In 1987, Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Heinz Hall show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 to $99.50; a few gold-circle seats are available for $195.
Details: 412-392-4900 or heinzhall.org
ANKA AT THE PALACE
Paul Anka, one of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s, will bring his tour to the Palace Theatre, Greensburg, for a performance at 7:30 p.m. April 21. Anka gained fame with songs that shaped a generation, such as “Diana” — his first No. 1 hit — “Lonely Boy” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” Ticket prices range in price from $45 to $85.
Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org
Described as a “sweet salute” to Harlem's glory days, the multimedia theatrical production “Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” will stop at the Byham Theater, Downtown, for one performance April 16.
With actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Guy and an original score performed by the Avery Sharpe Trio, “Cane” blends literature, images and movement while looking back to the 1920s explosion of black American creativity and pride known as the Harlem Renaissance.
The show uses dramatic readings of W.E.B. DuBois, Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Gwendolyn Bennett, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen along with paintings by period artists and vintage photographs of Harlem street scenes seen in the background.
Guy, who starred in the '80s TV series “A Different World,” performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sharpe is considered one of the leading jazz bassists of his generation, having performed and toured with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin and Pat Metheny.
The production will begin at 7:30 p.m. at 101 Sixth St. Tickets are $25 to $50.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
• “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented at 7 p.m. April 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. April 19 at Deer Lakes High School Auditorium, 163 E. Union Road, West Deer. Tickets are $8. Details: showtix4u.com (search Deer Lakes)
• Plum Senior High School will present “Shrek” at 7 p.m. from April 16 to 18 in Plum High School Auditorium, 900 Elicker Road, Plum. Tickets are $10. Details: 414-798-4880, ext. 8155, or firstname.lastname@example.org
• “Hairspray” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. from April 16 to 18 and 2 p.m. April 19 at Valley High School Auditorium, New Kensington. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and senior citizens, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for age 5 and younger. Details: 888-718-4253 or vhsdrama.org
Ceramicist Jason Walker will talk about his work in the Society for Contemporary Craft's current exhibition “Bridge 13” at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Carnegie Museum of Art's Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave.
Walker, who lives in Bellingham, Wash., makes work that underscores the impact of the manmade environment on nature.
Each of his eight pieces in the exhibit are a tour de force combining three-dimensional form with two-dimensional imagery, bringing together exquisitely painted narratives in which squirrels, birds and other living things are juxtaposed with manmade devices, such as lightbulbs, plugs and electrical conduit.
“Bridge 13” is a trio of solo exhibitions showcasing the work of Walker, jeweler Keith Lo Bue and sculptor Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor. Through found materials, fiber and ceramics, each artist presents a mash-up of contemporary life by remixing familiar figurative imagery.
Admission to the talk, which is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art, is free. “Bridge 13” will remain on display through Aug. 22. The Society for Contemporary Craft is at 2100 Smallman St., Strip District, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
Details: 412-261-7003 or contemporarycraft.org
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BENEFIT
Hard Hats and High Art for Habitat for Humanity will be featured from 7 to 10 p.m. April 18 in Space 142 at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer. The art show will consist of pieces in many media, including spoken and written work and music and dance that are “reimagined” from items that are “recycled, reused, and repurposed.”
Raffle tickets for a gazebo will be available for $5 or three for $10. There will be food, wine and entertainment. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity to help build decent, safe, affordable housing for people in need.
Details: 724-337-8347 or showclix.com
SCIENCE AS ENTERTAINMENT
Curious minds will be blown when stars of the popular series “MythBusters” bring their live show to the Benedum Center on April 20.
“MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, will get the audience in on the act for an evening of onstage experiments and behind-the-scenes stories.
The Discovery Channel show features the co-hosts using science to tackle rumors ranging from the validity of movie scenes to urban legends.
The family-friendly live show promises to give attendees a new way of looking at the world around them. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with the hosts following the show.The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $42.25 to $152.25.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
TheWestmoreland County Home Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 at Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township. Indoor booths will feature information on home remodeling and improvement, landscaping, building, decorating, repairs, products and services. There will be children's activities, special guests including Barry Williams (Greg Brady from “The Brady Bunch”), a food court, a wine pavilion, a community flea market, local authors, entertainment and door prizes.
Admission is $5 and free for age 11 and younger. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Westmoreland County Food Bank and receive one free admission when you buy one admission.
WATCH YOUR GARDEN GROW
“Spring Gardens” will be presented at 6 p.m. April 21 at Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 400 Lock St., Tarentum. Learn how to get your outdoor space ready for planting, what plants grow best in sun or shade, how to plant in pots or straw, how to make a butterfly garden and how to care for birds in your neighborhood. Flower cuttings and native seeds will be available for exchange or purchase.
This is the fourth program in the “Who Knew?” series presented by the Tarentum Local History department. Seating is limited to 30. Reservations are required.
Details 724-226-0770 or alleghenyvalleylibrary.org
Ford City Public Library, 1136 Fourth Ave., Ford City, will host a full day of activities for Earth Day on April 22. Activities will include storytime at 10:30 a.m., doggie social hours at 11 a.m., a green smoothie demonstration and sample at noon, a geocaching workshop at 3 p.m., Earth Day art at 4 p.m. and a gardening workshop at 6 p.m. The event is free.
LIFE AS CONCERT PROMOTER
Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare will be at the Kittanning Library, 280 N. Jefferson St., at 2 p.m. April 18 to discuss his book “Hard Days Hard Nights.” DiCesare will share insider stories from the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones. The event is free.
Burrell Area Rotary Club 2015 Hometown Flavors Buffet will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wildlife Lodge Road, Lower Burrell. Participants can sample specialties of area food establishments. There will be live entertainment, basket raffles and 50-50 drawings. Tickets are $15, $7.50 for age 10 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Burrell Area Rotary Club charities.
‘THE BEST OF ME'
The From Page to Screen Film Series at Oakmont Carnegie Library, 700 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, will present “The Best of Me” at 6:30 p.m. April 20. The film, starring James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan and Luke Bracey, is the story of Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, two high-school sweethearts who are reunited 20 years later at the funeral of a mutual friend. They find they still have feelings for each other, but Amanda is married.
The film is rated PG-13. The event is free, and there will be free popcorn.
Details: 412-828-9543 or oakmontlibrary.org
BEER AND A MOVIE
The Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, will present Hop Farm Brewing Company for a special Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Tasting and a Movie on April 18. Hop Farms will unveil its new creation, Chester Copper-Hop, a special Raspberry IPA crafted at the brewery in Lawrenceville.
The doors and bar opens at 6 p.m. and the movie “The Goonies” will be shown at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance. Ticket price includes the movie, a pint of Chester Copper-Hop and some tastings and giveaways. This event is for age 21 and older.
Details: 412-828-6322 or theoakstheater.com