By Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant
April 15 and 16 is “Word Play,” a night of stories and music. The night features storytellers James Kincaid, Shannon Reed, Nathan Rosswog and host Alan Olifson, with DJ Todd Keebs. It’s all at the Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information, click here.
World on Fire
April 16 and 16 is the Burning Bridges Festival. Local comedian John Dick Winters is bringing you a comedy festival filled with rising stars. Geoff Tate (seen on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson) will headline a slew of performers, both local and touring. It will also premiere of “Open Mike,” a television pilot about a comedian and his struggles. Lots of laughs can be found at Work Hard Pittsburgh, 744 E. Warrington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. For more information, click here.
Cry me a River
Two nationally renowned bands, River Whyless (Ashville, NC) and Driftwood (from Binghampton, NY) come to the New Hazlett on Saturday, April 16. Rise out of your seat and dance at at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information, click here.
Time Keeps on Slipping…
On Sunday, April 17, playwrights, directors and more than 20 actors will gather on one day to create six, one-act plays in 24 hours at the “24 Hour Play Fest.” It sounds exhausting, but it will be a ton of fun. Also, it’s a benefit for the Pittsburgh-made “Dani Girl.” It’s at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, click here.
Rising Russian star Sergei Sergeyev is pitted against American great Tim Porter in an epic showdown in “The Last Match.” The play follows the two tennis titans through pivotal moments on-and-off the court. Get ready, get set to go to the City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. For more information, click here.
A sixth thing…
Bocce, Bingo and a cookie table? That’s as Italian as you can get. It’s a fundraiser for “The Sisters Sorella” on Monday, April 18. Of course it’s in a church in Bloomfield? It couldn’t get any more Italian. Oh wait! There will be spaghetti. Come down to St. Maria Goretti’s Parish Hall, 300 Edmond Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224/ For more information, click here.