Other Picks: William Parker, Daniel Carter hit stage at Thunderbird
Playing for the future
William Parker and Daniel Carter will be looking into the future May 28 at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville.
Of course, that's only to be expected. Bassist Parker and reed player Carter seem like they have never been pleased with the present day in music. Their concert will be another lunge at the days ahead.
Parker, one of the most influential musicians in New York City's free-jazz scene, has played with forces such as Cecil Taylor and David S. Ware. Carter, a Wilkinsburg native, often performs with Parker, but has worked with DJ Logic, Yo La Tengo and Matthew Shipp.
With guides like these, the trail always leads far into the beyond.
Music will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Thunderbird Cafe is at 4023 Butler St.
Details: 412-682-0177 or showclix.com
Voices with passion
With a voice said to be “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (by Florida radio station WPRK), Laney Jones sounds like she can sing just about anything. Maybe being raised on an exotic-animal farm in a rural Florida town had some effect.
Jones will get a chance to prove that May 29 at the Pittsburgh Winery, Strip District.
She's a woman with multi-instrumental prowess — playing the banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band, the Spirits.
Jones will share the bill with Boston's Sarah Blacker, a songwriter that has been noted for her emotional lyrics and soulful voice.
The music will begin at 8:45 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $15, $10 in advance. The Winery is at 2815 Penn Ave.
Details: 412-566-1000 or pittsburghwinery.com
The party on ‘Widow's Row'
For four widows in Port Town, N.C., finding a date can be pretty tough. Especially if you have a reputation for burying husbands.
That's the idea behind Samm-Art Williams' play “The Dance on Widow's Row,” which will close out New Horizon Theater's season beginning May 28.
The widows, who live on the same street, have buried nine husbands between them. However, they aren't ready to retire just yet. A party brings out three eligible gents, and the evening becomes a laugh-filled affair.
The play will continue through June 13, with performances at 7:30 p.m. May 28 to 30, June 4 to 6 and 11, 13 and 14, 3 p.m. May 30, 31 and June 14. Tickets are $15 and $20.
The library is at 7101 Hamilton Ave.
Details: 412-431-0773 or newhorizontheater.org
Dozens of vintage jeeps will give a World War II flair to a parking lot on Smallman Street.
The Senator John Heinz History Center Jeep Cruise on May 31 will feature the military workhorse of the 1940s, including the Butler-built Bantam, Willys-Overlands and Fords.
They will be at a free display at the parking lot at 12th and Smallman streets, which also will feature music from “Sweet and Hot” on WESA-FM (90.5) and a visit from Rosie the Riveter.
The event is one of many connected to the history center's “We Can Do It: WWII” display that focuses on the area's role in the conflict. A 1940 Bantam, the oldest known jeep in existence, is part of that display.
To register a jeep for the show, contact heinzhistorycenter.org/events/jeep-cruise.
The jeep cruise will be from 1 to 5 p.m. The World War II display is included with history center admission, which is $15, $13 for seniors, $6 for those 6 to 15, and free for those under 5. Active and retired military receive admission for $6.
Details: 412-454-6000 or heinzhistorycenter.org
Green grows the music
Benny Benack Jr. and his son, Benny III, will put their family legacy into a big-band setting at the Jazz in the Garden concert at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland.
The Benacks carry on the musical history of their namesake, the cornet-playing star who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to the 1960 World Series. But at their May 28 concert at Phipps, they'll be leading a modest-sized band in an exploration of big-band classics and music that singer Frank Sinatra made famous.
Reed player Benack and his trumpeter son will be joined by the saxophones of Eric DeFade and Rick Matt, the trombones of Bob Matchett and Kevin McManus, keyboardist Max Leake, bassist Mike Houlis and drummer David Glover. In addition, singer Tania Grubbs will open the show.
Music will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $35. SOLD OUT
Details: 412-622-6915, ext. 6505 or phipps.conservatory.org
Guitarist David Torn knows how broad the term “music” is. He will show that understanding May 31 in a concert at Club Cafe on the South Side.
The performer-composer-conceptualizer has worked with artists from jazz trumpeter Don Cherry to pop singer David Bowie. He studied in a young-artists program with Leonard Bernstein and then privately with John Abercrombie.
His music stretches out rhythmically and stylistically, borrowing pieces from styles and cultures.
He'll be playing guitar and oud with some mechanical complications.
Music will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $20.
Details: 412-431-4950 or ticketweb.com
THE WORLD OF ‘EVERYTHING'
Think of it as “Mad Men” with lots of laughs.
Little Lake Theatre Company's latest production, “The Best of Everything,” is set in Manhattan and follows the goings on in a 1950s-era secretarial pool at a publishing company. It will begin its run May 28.
“It's light and frothy but with some serious bite,” director Roxy MtJoy says of the play based on Rona Jaffe's novel.
Before each show, patrons are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. for a 1950s-style cocktail party, featuring some of the same gin- and scotch-based drinks and desserts that the characters will partake in throughout the play.
There will be no intermission; it runs about 90 minutes.
The show will run from May 28 to June 13. Curtain times are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $20. Little Lake is at 500 Lakeside Drive South, North Strabane.
Details: 724-745-6300 or littlelake.org