by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are your Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of June 25 through June 28.
Light the Fuse
You probably never imagined you’d ever hear a mash up of Brahms’ First Symphony and Radiohead’s OK Computer, but the songs from the latter are intricately woven into the former, fusing together a never-before-heard “hybrid” sound that is at once classical and contemporary at Fuse@PSO. Also on the program are a mash-up of Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” (from “The Bends”) and a virtuosic orchestral fantasy based on Radiohead’s “Idioteque” (from Kid A). You can find these mash ups June 24 at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information, go to http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/production/44752/fuse-at-pso-brahms-plus-radiohead
Barrelhouse of Laughs
Pittsburgh has a thriving comedy scene. If you’re curious about all things comedy in Pittsburgh, then you need to check out the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Open House on Thursday June 25. Enjoy short sets from local improv and stand-up acts, join in grown-up-friendly games lead by City of Play, and indulge in fantastic cocktails from Wigle Whiskey’s award-winning distillery. It’s at the Wigle Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information and tickets, go to http://pittsburghcomedyfestival.org/comedy-open-house/
Pittsburgh in Hollywood
Thursday, June 25 is the Steeltown Film Factory Community Showcase. See locally produced short films like “Zombie Woman,” “Paper Umbrellas,” “Woman in a Blue Gown,” “Always a Bridesmaid,” and more! Meet them all before they become all Hollywood. It’s at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. It’s a free event, but registration is required. Register here: http://www.steeltown.org/events/steeltown-film-factory-community-showcase-screening
You’re in luck, you have two more weekends to catch, Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” It’s the story of charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary and dramatizes his meteoric rise from a newspaper cub reporter to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.” You can find the “Lucky Guy” at the Little Lake Theater, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317.
Brewing up Trouble
When Roxette brings her new girlfriend home and calls all of her sisters together, old grievances flare setting into motion an impossible moral struggle in Scott T. Barsotti’s play, “Brewed.” The play opens June 26 at Off the Wall Theater, 25 East Main Street, Carnegie. For more information, go to www.nonameplayers.org