WISH YOU WERE CRAFTING?
Wildcard, Lawrenceville's fun and funky stationary store, sells hundreds of items handmade by local artists, many of whom also sell online at Etsy.com, an online community for crafters and artists with more than 800,000 individual shops and 17 million members worldwide.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, WildCard will host a Pittsburgh Craft Party, part of the Etsy Craft Party 2012, a global celebration of meeting and making, with parties taking place in cities around the world. The theme of the party is “Wish You Were Here,” challenging people to think about what they love in their community.
This event is free and open to the public, but you must make reservations for the event by calling 412-224-2651 or at www.meetup.com/etsy/Pittsburgh-PA/756532/
WildCard is located at 4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville, and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 6 on Sundays.
Details: 412-224-2651 or www.wildcardpgh.com
— Kurt Shaw
HARTWOOD WINDING DOWN
There are few better places to hear live music in Pittsburgh than a summer night show at Hartwood Acres. But there are precious few shows left before it's all over for the year.
Allegheny County Music Festival is a little different, in that it's not technically a free show — it actually benefits the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, which finances “life-enriching items and opportunities” for children and youth receiving services from Allegheny County Juvenile Probation and Department of Human Services. The suggested donation is $20 per car.
Sunday night, Rusted Root, Pittsburgh's last platinum-selling rock band, will be the headliner. The archetypal jam band doesn't play out often, but when they do, it's usually for a good cause. They take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Openers include up-and-coming local bands Jaira, Lightning Box and The Red Western. Details: 412-350-6897.
— Michael Machosky
(INTENTIONALLY) FUNNY POLITICS
The campaign trail runs through Pittsburgh this week as “Second City for President” makes a two-day whistle-stop appearance as a presentation of the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
The comedy and improvisational troupe campaigns on a platform of unbiased, uncensored takes on the absurdity of both parties and the culture that surrounds them.
Performances: 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown
Details: 412-316-1600 or www.ppt.org
— Alice T. Carter
ALL ACCESS TO CRAIG MORGAN
Country star Craig Morgan — known for hits including “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That's What I Love About Sunday,” “Almost Home” and “Tough” — will perform Friday at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Morgan's self-titled debut album came out in 2000, and he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Morgan, an Army veteran, stars in the Outdoor Channel's show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” a reality program that shows him doing his favorite outdoor things like hunting, skydiving and aerial bow fishing. Morgan's latest album, “This Ole Boy,” came out in February. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Meadows in Washington County. Admission is $19.95 for the outdoor show, held rain or shine. Details: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
— Kellie B. Gormly
Popular choreographer Staycee Pearl and her husband musician Herman “Soysos” Pearl will present a thoughtful evening of dance, sound and discussion Friday as part of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's East Liberty Live! summer programming.
The evening will open with her “Gather/Scatter,” followed by his sound installation called “Hand Held,” which explores our obsession with mobile electronic devices.
The second half of the program features “Interim 2: study . . . discuss,” which looks at post-blackness — what it means to be black and act free of racial identifiers. Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Purcell will lead a post-performance discussion of post-blackness.
The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship. Admission is $10.
Details: 800-838-3306 or www.kellystrayhorn.org.
— Mark Kanny