Things to Do in Pittsburgh This Weekend, April 12-15

ALL WEEKEND

City serves up ‘The White Chip’

After a week of previews, it’s opening week for the world premiere of “The White Chip,” Sean Daniels’ humor-filled play about one man’s path to sobriety.

City Theatre nurtured and now presents the play, with Kyle Cameron, a newcomer to Pittsburgh, as Sean, and local actors and married couple Daniel Krell and Daina Michelle Griffith in dozens of other roles.

It’s at City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side, through May 6. 7 p.m. Tuesday; 1 and/or 7 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday.-Friday; 1, 5:30 and/or 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 or 7 p.m. Sunday. (Check citytheatrecompany.org for times and events.) Tickets: $38-$61; citytheatrecompany.org or 412-431-2489.

THURSDAY

Heart & Soul

JD McPherson will be part of the Outlaw Music Festival this summer but not our Burgettstown show by all indications.

You can catch the roots-rocker from Oklahoma at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, touring behind his first album in three years, “Undivided Heart & Soul,” recorded at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tenn.

He experimented and took a more personal approach to this album.

“I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this,” he said in a statement, adding, “This record was difficult for me to make, difficult to write, difficult to record. It took a lot for me to say that I can’t force these songs to be the way people are expecting.”

American Songwriter called it his “best set to date.”

The show is at 8 p.m., $18/$20; ticketweb.com.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

Eclipse tour

Brit Floyd, one of the top tribute bands in the world and the next best thing to seeing Roger Waters or David Gilmour, returns to the Benedum, Downtown, for a two-night stand.

The group, led by singer-guitarist Damian Darlington (formerly of Australian Pink Floyd), is presenting Eclipse, “faithfully re-creating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning million dollar light show, large circle screen and arch plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics.”

Concerts are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.; $34-$89; trustarts.org.

FRIDAY

Diawara for Warhol

The Warhol Sound Series continues with Fatoumata Diawara, a folk singer-songwriter from Mali who resides in France.

Her 2011 debut album, “Fatou,” was the No.1 album on the world music charts for six months, and hailed by Pitchfork as a “beguiling album” that “simply surrounds you with its atmosphere.” The long-awaited follow-up, ”Fenfo (Something to Say),” will be out May 18.

The show is at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland, co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of its event series, “Becoming Migrant …What Moves You?” $20; $15 members/students; www.warhol.org.

FRIDAY

Reggae cruise

The 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center,Downtown, this weekend, with talks and seminars.

As part of the event, there will be a Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with comedian Medicinal Michael Boris and reggae from Ras Maisha, Blaise Players and more.

Tickets are $85 advance; $100 door. Sponsored by Legally Mine & Cannabis Medical Network; www.compassionatecertificationcenters.com.

FRIDAY

Sil­ver­tones from Italy

Freddy Velas and the Sil­ver­tones, the Ital­ian group that au­di­tioned on­line and won a spot on the na­tion­ally tele­vised PBS “My Mu­sic Ser­ies,” is at the Jean­nette Amer­i­can Le­gion on Fri­day.

It is the be­gin­ning of a U.S. tour for the group that ap­peared on “Doo Wop Gen­er­a­tions,” which has aired in more than 300 U.S. mar­kets. It is re­leas­ing its sec­ond CD, “Doo Wop Girls,” ded­i­cated to Jimmy Beau­mont and The Sky­lin­ers and to The Mystics, fea­tur­ing five cov­ers and eight orig­i­nals.

They will be joined by Pure Gold at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $30.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Chatham Baroque tour

Chatham Baroque explores music for three violins and continuo during three concerts this weekend.

The program features music by Marini, Schmelzer and Purcell as well as Pachelbel’s ubiquitous Canon in D.

Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Galbreath Chapel, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair; 8 p.m. Saturday at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Oakland; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel, Squirrel Hill.

Tickets are $35 at the door, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students and active U.S. military. Advance purchase reduces the price $5; chathambaroque.org.

SATURDAY

Rock heavies

The Afghan Whigs/Built to Spill tour, just underway this week, pays a visit to Mr. Smalls in Millvale, showcasing a pair of indie/alt-rock heavyweights touring together for the first time.

The Whigs, formed in Cincinnati in 1986, reunited for their first album in 16 years in 2014 and followed that last year with an eighth album “In Spades,” named by Pitchfork as one of the the Top 20 Rock Albums of 2017.

“It’s a spooky record,” frontman Greg Dulli noted. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory — in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”

We last heard from BTS, the stormy guitar band from Boise, Idaho, led by Doug Martsch, in 2015 with “Untethered Moon.”

The show is at 7:30 p.m. with Ed Harcourt, $35; ticketweb.com.

SATURDAY

Festival!

The 38th Latin American & Caribbean Festival takes place on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland, with music, food, dance, crafts, and children’s activities from Latin America and the Caribbean.

It is free and open to the public at Wesley W. Posvar Hall Galleria, First Floor, from noon to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Q Ball

The proper attire for Quantum Theatre’s Q Ball 18: Cabaret Voltaire at the Gym at Butler Street Lofts in Lawrenceville is 1930s cabaret and the mood is extravagance.

From 7 to 9 p.m., VIPs will enjoy the Boilermaker Jazz Band, intimate cabaret performances, specially crafted cocktails and food from Kate Romane’s Black Radish Kitchen ($200).

From 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be a dance party with drinks, desserts and a DJ/drag showcase with DJ Big Phill, DJ Hank D and Doc Hood. ($50/$60 at the door)

It’s at 4434 Butler St.; www.quantumtheatre.com.

SATURDAY

Tribute to Ella

Delores King Williams and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shady Side Academy Senior School campus.

The concert celebrates the 100th year of the “First Lady of Song,” who won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums. The tribute presents many of her original big band arrangements.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. Tickets are $50; www.thehillman.org.

SUNDAY

Steinway concert

The Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania presents pianist Alex Slobodyanik in concert at 3 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Theatre, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. His program includes music by Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Tickets available at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for CMU students with ID. More information at sswpa.org.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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