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| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 7:49 p.m.
Production still of Gene Kelly in 'Singin' in the Rain.'
Production still of Gene Kelly in 'Singin' in the Rain.'
Augsburg German Band
Augsburg German Band
Augsburg German Band
Pianist Tony DeSare
Monroeville Jazz Festival
Pianist Tony DeSare
“Smallman Street” by Caitlyn Burroughs
Caitlyn Burroughs
“Smallman Street” by Caitlyn Burroughs

FESTIVAL

Event celebrates German heritage

A Pittsburgh-based German cultural organization on Aug. 24 is hosting its first-ever German Fest, which the club hopes to make an annual event.

DANK (Deutches Amerikanisches National Kongress), a nonprofit group with more than 200 members in Pittsburgh, is putting on the event that offers German food and beer, live music and dancing from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bethel Park. German groups, including the Augsburg German Band and the Bavarian Schuhplattler Dancers, will perform at 4 and 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit the DANK Education Fund, which provides financial support to local schools offering German classes and scholarships to students. Admission is $10, and discounted hotel rooms are available.

Details: www.germaninpittsburgh.org

— Kellie Gormly

THEATER

Literally speaking

The New York City storytelling hit “The Moth” moves to the Cultural District for its fifth annual stop in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Byham Theater.

The theme for the Moth Mainstage is “On Point: Stories of Balancing Acts,” which highlights Pittsburgh's Point, a symbol of the city. The performance showcases five storytellers.

The host this year will be comedian Dan Kennedy, author of “American Spirit” and host of The Moth's weekly podcast. Among the storytellers is David Newell, who played speedy delivery man Mr. McFeely on “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.” Pittsburgh musician Joy Ike will provide musical accompaniment. Admission is $15.

Details: 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org

— Emma Deihle

JAZZ

Concert features DeSare, Benack

Singer-pianist Tony DeSare and trumpeter Ben Benack III will give the 11th annual Monroeville Jazz Festival a distinctly young look Aug. 24.

New York City's DeSare presents songs vocally as well as he does on the piano, and his repertoire ranges from jazz versions of current tunes to the classics.

Benack, the third generation of area jazz stars bearing that name, will be at the festival with his band, Elevations. Besides leading the band, which is rooted in the hard-bop of the '60s but also has a contemporary outlook, Benack also is its singer.

Bob Studebaker, a longtime jazz announcer who now is on WESA-FM, will be master of ceremonies for the event.

The concert is at the Tall Trees Amphitheater of Monroeville Community Park. Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but guests are urged to bring a bag of nonperishable goods for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Details: www.monroevillejazz.org or 412-372-4332

— Bob Karlovits

ART

Local landscapes

Big things can come in little packages, and with the work of Caitlyn Burroughs, a whole city can be summed up in just a few brushstrokes.

Nearly two-dozen little landscapes of local scenes by this artist can be viewed in the exhibit, “Caitlyn Burroughs: Miniatures,” at Borelli-Edwards Galleries through Sept. 7.

Borelli-Edwards Galleries is at 3583 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: 412-687-2606 or www.begalleries.com

— Kurt Shaw

FILM

Gene Kelly birthday celebration

Aug. 23 would have been Gene Kelly's 101st birthday.

But the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty is giving audiences the present when it celebrates with a screening of his most famous film, “Singin' in the Rain.” Kelly starred in the 1952 MGM musical comedy with Donald O'Conner and Debbie Reynolds. He also served as the film's co-director with Stanley Donen.

It's a song-filled musical comedy about Hollywood film actors discovering love and finding their niches while making the transition between silent films and talkies.

As with any good birthday celebration, cake will be served as part of the event.

The pay-what-you-can event begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty.

Details: 412-363-3000 or www.kelly-strayhorn.org

— Alice T. Carter

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