Hot Ticket: "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles" at the Benedum Center
Ever since he first saw The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, Mark Lewis knew he wanted to be a Beatle.
That's not an uncommon dream, but he actually pulled it off — well, sort of.
Lewis went on to co-found “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” a multimedia show and Broadway smash that attempts to replicate the Fab Four note-for-note.
The show takes on most of the Beatles' various eras and styles, and does it well enough to record the soundtrack for the made-for-TV show “Birth of the Beatles.”
The family-friendly show will make a stop at the Benedum Center, Downtown, at 8 p.m. May 16.
Tickets are $32.25.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
Painting the town
From Lincoln-Lemington to his own neighborhood of Lawrenceville, painter Ron Donoughe has been busy over the past year painting the 90 neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh.
Donoughe says when you plant yourself in a neighborhood, you never know what's going to happen. “You might be totally embraced, you might be totally ignored. Someone might offer you a glass of water,” he says. “Some places were scary, but I would explain why I was there and ask what is here and what is unique about their neighborhood.”
On May 15 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, all 90 of the works will be revealed in “90 Neighborhoods,” his first solo show to present all of the paintings at one time. Donoughe will be there to discuss the project and sign copies of his book of the same title that documents the project.
Also on display will be seven solo exhibits by artists selected by PCA curator Adam Welch. They include: Danny Bracken, Haylee Ebersole, B.A. Harrington with Chele Isaac, Brett Kashmere, Derek Reese, Mark Schatz and Steven Sherrill.
Each will be present for an opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 15. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5.
All exhibits will remain on display through Aug. 9. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is at 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and until 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Details: 412-361-0873 or pittsburgharts.org
The good old days of radio serials live on in the Arcade Comedy Theater series “Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time,” which follows the adventures of a time-traveling librarian.
The latest installment, “Curse of the Book Thief,” finds our titular hero, Dodge, in a cat-and-mouse chase for a major factory's stolen recipe book in this imagined 1940s Pittsburgh.
The all-ages episode, featuring an expanded cast, will play at 8 p.m. May 16 at Arcade Comedy Theater, Downtown.
Performed in the style of an old-fashioned radio serial, the story is told through spoken word and recorded sound effects and music.
Writers James Catullo and Michael Rubino, originally from Beaver County, and a rotating group of cast members have regaled audiences with the daring exploits of Dodge and his intern sidekick, Pluck Gumption, since 2005.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students and children under 18 and are available online or at the door. The theater is at 811 Liberty Ave.
Details: 412-339-0608, arcadecomedytheater or dodgeintrepidradio.com
Keys to the keys
Amid the sounds of horns, basses and guitars, the piano casts a strong voice in the history of jazz in Pittsburgh.
Piani st Max Leake will lead a quartet taking a look at that music May 16 at the Steeltown Jazz Storytellers event at the North Side's James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.
The group, with drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin and percussionist George Jones, will examine the music of Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams and Ahmad Jamal as it shows off the role pianists have in jazz from the area.
The evening will include a screening of “Steel City Grooves,” a film put together by the Senator John Heinz History Center and California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Bob Studebaker from WESA-FM (90.5) will lead a discussion on the music.
It is all part of a monthly series at the club that takes a look at the legacy and future of jazz in the area.
Music will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $60 for VIP seating and $45.
Details: 412-904-3335 or steeltownjazz.com
Preparing for the ‘Fallout'
The public is invited to see an eco-opera, “A New Kind of Fallout,” being created and express their reactions at developmental workshops May 14 and 17. The finished work will premiere at the 2015 Summerfest in July.
“A New Kind of Fallout” is being created by composer Gilda Lyons and Pittsburgh-based librettist Tammy Ryan, inspired by the work of Rachel Carson, best known for her book “Silent Spring.”
The show will follow a typical Pittsburgh family thrown into conflict by the environmental warnings issued in “Silent Spring” and the personal impact on one family and their unborn child.
The workshops will feature excerpts from the opera, followed by a discussion with the audience led by Jonathan Eaton, the company's artistic and general director. Eaton is staging the opera. Robert Frankenberry is music director.
The workshops will be given at 6 p.m. May 14 at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Oakdale; and 2 p.m. May 17 at Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Oakland. A third workshop will be given at 6 p.m. June 27 at Carrie Blast Furnaces, Swissvale.
Admission to all of the workshops is free.
Details: 412-326-9687 or otsummerfest.org
The Fleetwood Mac tribute band The Chain will return to the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift for a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Members of the band are local, hailing from places like Apollo, Lower Burrell, New Kensington and Shaler. Tickets are $15.
Details: 724-567-5049 or casinotheatre.org
McCaffery Mysteries will present the comedy murder-mystery “Wedding From Hell!” at 7 p.m. May 16 at the Hartwood Acres mansion in Indiana Township.
Things go from bad to worse at this wedding — the groom's snobbish, aristocratic mother, Sylvia, registers her disapproval of the nuptials by wearing all black and attempting to dissuade him from the marriage, even as the bridal march begins. Uninvited ex-lovers show up, the baker was in an accident and half the cake is smashed, and the flowers get switched with a funeral home. Find out if the couple will be together until “death do they part.”
Tickets are $56, $45 for Allegheny County residents. Ticket price includes gourmet desserts, coffee, tea and punch. Reservations are required.
‘Story' of composers
The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra will present “A Story to Tell” at 8 p.m. May 15 at the Succop Theater at Butler County Community College campus, Butler, and at 7 p.m. May 16 at Hampton Middle School , 4589 School Drive.
The program will feature romantic-era composers — from Franz Liszt's “Les Preludes” to Richard Wagner's epic Meistersinger Prelude. Giuseppe Verdi's Overture to Nabucco and “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet round out the concert.
Tickets for the May 15 performance are $15. Tickets for the May 16 performance are $12, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for students and free for age 11 and younger.
Details: 412-223-7501 or pghphil.org/performance-dates/
A Remembering Local Veterans program will be presented at 6 p.m. May 19 at Community Library of Allegheny Valley , 400 Lock St., Tarentum. Honor our local veterans through family stories and personal memories.
Find out about local veteran memorials and veteran associations. This is the fifth program in the 2015 Who Knew? series presented by the Tarentum Library Local History Department. Registration is required.
Details: 724-226-0770 or alleghenyvalleylibrary.org
Casting the lines
A Fishing Derby will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 atNorthmoreland Park , Allegheny Township. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Activity Center/Boathouse.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded to adults and youth, and a door-prize drawing will be held for registered participants. To be eligible for door prizes, all contestants must be registered by noon. All participants age 16 and older must display a current fishing license.
Details: 724-830-3959 or co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=755
Concert in the Park
New Ken-Arnold Social in the Park will present Rockin' Roosevelt from noon to 8 p.m. May 17 at Roosevelt Park , Arnold.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for continuous music from The Wanna Beatles, The Next Month, Soul Raydio, Timinem Project, The Shiners, On the Ridge, Miss Freddye & Her Blues Band, Lenny Collini 5th Element, All My Monsters, Heidi & the Hellcats, Big House Pete and Ozz PA.
There will be food vendors, children's activities and raffles. Proceeds from the concert will be used to staff the park to keep it open during the summer months for the children.
Meet the Folks
ThePittsburgh Folk Festival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. May 15 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 16 at the Monroeville Convention Center , 209 Mall Blvd.
The two-day multicultural festival celebrates the traditional music, dance, crafts and foods of the city's contemporary ethnic communities. Shop the international marketplace for handmade gifts and see cultural performances by local ethnic-dance companies and musicians.
Tickets are $6, $5 in advance and free for age 12 and younger.
Details: 412-278-1267 or pghfolkfest.org
King of pop — classically
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present “For Michael — The Music of Michael Jackson” at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at The Palace Theatre, Greensburg.
The concert will span Jackson's 40-year career, from the earliest Jackson 5 songs, through the Jacksons and the songs from “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” The 30-member Greater Latrobe Senior High School Chamber Choir will be featured.
Tickets range in price from $30 to $50. The Palace is at 21 W. Otterman St.
Details: 724-836-8000 or westmorelandsymphony.org
Time to go cruisin'
The River Church, 200 Freeport Road, New Kensington, will sponsor its 10th annual Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. Everything is free — free food, free car entry, free refreshments and giveaways. An outdoor church service will be at 10:45 a.m.
Details: 724-337-4937 or therivernewken.com
Return of the Flea-tique
The Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society will have its first Flea-tique of the season May 17 at the Tour-Ed Mine, off Bull Creek Road in Fawn.
The outdoor antiques and collectibles flea market will open at dawn and run until 2 p.m. There is a $3 per-car parking fee. Proceeds from the Flea-tique will benefit the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society's Heritage Museum in Tarentum.
Details: 724-224-7666 or flea-tique.org/Schedule.htm
Taste the Town
The fourth annual Taste of Two Towns will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 17 atOakmont Carnegie Library, 700 A llegheny River Blvd.
The library will be transformed into a bistro for this fundraiser featuring a tasting, grazing and sipping event with sample dishes from the top restaurants of Oakmont and Verona. Tickets are $60. Reservations are required.
Details: 412-828-9532 or oakmontlibrary.org