by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of April 30 through May 3.
The Pittsburgh New Works Festival celebrates 25 years with special performances of two previous “Best Play” Donna Award winners — “Harmonic Convergence” (1995) by Scott Sickles (General Hospital) and “The Blasphemy of Bees” (2009) by Christopher Dimond (Pittsburgh CLO‘s “Judge Jackie Justice”). Both playwrights have gone on to exciting professional writing careers and both will be returning for this evening’s event to participate in a post-show talkback! It’s at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall on Friday, May 1 on 25 W. Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, go to http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org/
Brass bands invade Pittsburgh at “Pittonkatonk” It will feature the Pitchblack Brass Band, Black Bear Combo, Detroit Party Marching Band and many more. Come out and hear the music play on Saturday at 3:00 at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/736736263113518/
Two students, Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney, are in love with two young ladies, Amy and Kitty. But a protective uncle won’t let them anywhere near the boys. Charley and Jack talk their friend Babbs into posing as “Charley’s Aunt.” Naturally, comedic trouble ensues. “Charley’s Aunt” is at the McKeesport Little Theater,1614 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132. For more information, go to http://mckeesportlittletheater.com/
Postcards from Paris
Have you heard? “Jacques Brel is Alive & Well and Living in Paris.” Okay, that’s the title of PICT’s new show. It’s a desperately romantic story told with music, but it’s not a musical really. It’s at the Pierce Studio, Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, go to http://www.picttheatre.org/
Barebones Theater opens “American Falls.” The play is a modern day “Our Town,” as it follows the lives of six living people & two dead ones in American Falls, Idaho. Rush over to their new theater space at the barebones theater, 1211 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA. For more information, go to http://barebonesproductions.com/