Sights & Sounds – April 24
‘There Goes the Bride’
Everyone has a wedding story of some kind. You know, the one where everything that could go wrong on that important day did go wrong. That’s the premise of the Ray Cooney and John Chapman play, “There Goes the Bride,” running April 26-27 at The Baldwin Players in the Baldwin United Methodist Church.
Director Allison Weakland said what makes a Cooney comedy so enjoyable is that the British playwright “takes a common experience shared by most people (the chaos of a wedding day), and uses any possible mishap. Obviously he takes those mishaps to the extreme for comedic effect, but everyone has one or two crazy stories from a wedding day.”
Tickets are $25 for dinner and show or $12 for show only. Call 412-881-1002 for information and reservations.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall presents “Americana” performed by The Renaissance City Winds with Bill Troxler, hammer dulcimer, at 7:30 p.m. April 29, at the Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie.
The season finale of the Listen Locally: Chamber Music at the Carnegie Music Hall concert series features a new and unique collaboration of hammer dulcimer and winds.
General admission tickets are $15.
Comic Kicks Party
The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh, is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Meetup Group Creative Crafters to bring a hands-on comic decoupage workshop from 5-8 p.m. April 27. Learn to make over a favorite pair of pumps, flats or sneakers into a brand new comic creation.
All materials (except a pair of shoes) will be supplied. The event is BYOB.
Cost is $10 per person ($7 for ToonSeum members).
The Heritage Players, Bethel Park, will hold auditions for “Nunsense” at 6:30 p.m. May 5 and 6 at Schoolhouse Arts Center, second floor, 2600 South Park Road, Bethel Park.
Actors ages 17-40s are needed for performances June 21-23 and 28-30 at The Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline.
For details, visit www.heritageplayers.org or call 412-254-4633.
• Murder-mystery dinner show fundraiser “Till Death Do Us Part,” 7 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19 at the Castle Shannon Municipal Building, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon. Ticket price of $25 includes show and dinner catered by Mama Lucia’s. Gift basket donations for the raffle are welcome. Call 412-254-4633 or reserve online by May 11 at www.heritageplayers.org.
Wine & Chocolate
Renaissance & Baroque and The Pittsburgh Camerata will celebrate a season of music by holding a Wine and Chocolate Tasting with a Spanish flair from 4-6:30 p.m. May 5 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside.
Reservations can be made in advance ($50 Guest Level or $75 Patron Level) by calling 412-361-2048 or by visiting www.rbsp.org. Reservations at the door on the day of the event are $60.
R&B and the Camerata have enlisted wine enthusiast/blogger Jack Brice and Mon Aimee Chocolat owner Amy Rosenfield to share their expertise and pair selected wines and chocolates for guests to sample. There will also be a silent auction and musical entertainment provided by members of the Camerata and R&B musicians.
For more information about the fundraiser and its 2013-2014 concert series, call 412-361-2048 or visit www.rbsp.org.
The Washington Symphony Orchestra presents WSO Country Jamboree 8 p.m. May 4 at Trinity High School and ends its 11th season on a foot-stomping note. Whether it’s the theme from “Bonanza,” “Shenandoah” or “Tennessee Waltz,” the WSO will bring the music to life.
Conductor Yugo Ikach is pleased to feature nationally recognized hammered dulcimer musician Adam Sutch from Washington County and currently a senior at California University. Sutch will perform several American folk songs including “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Blackberry Blossom.”
Advance tickets are available at Citizens Library and all branches of Washington Financial, by calling 724-223-9796 or online at www.washsym.org. Tickets will also be sold the evening of the concert at the door.
The 2013 regional festival band at the Three Rivers Community Band Festival, 2:30 p.m. April 27 at the Upper St. Clair Theater will be conducted by Samuel R. Hazo. Admission to the festival is free, but contributions are greatly appreciated.
The Three Rivers Community Band Festival is a showcase of the many musically talented individuals in the region, and the concert promises a medley of music that will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes. The 2013 Festival Band is the “ultimate community band,” made up of 86 musicians from 44 community bands in Allegheny County and 10 other counties in the region. The band will perform selections under the baton of guest conductor Samuel R. Hazo, including two of his own original compositions. Mr. Hazo is a world-renowned composer and music educator who lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
Community Band South will again represent the South Hills communities and this year’s regional guest band will be the Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band from the West Hills area of Pittsburgh.
For more information, visit www.ewsb.org/festival.
Happy Birthday Hollywood
Friends of the Hollywood Theater are hosting a second birthday party for the historic Dormont theater 7:30 p.m. May 3. The evening will include live jazz by the Thoth Trio, classic film shorts and cartoons, and a debut of a video about the theater created by Duquesne University student Julian Routh. Just like at any good birthday party, there will be birthday cake, a candy buffet, drinks, pretzels by Vinnie’s Pretzel Shoppe, and entertainment, including a Tarot Card reader. Raffles prizes include two club seat tickets for a 2013-14 Penguins game; tickets for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, David Byrne, and Tracy Morgan; a family fun pack from Children’s Museum; signed movie posters; and much more.
On May 4, the Hollywood Theater will throw open its doors for a free community day from noon-3 p.m. The day will have a family-friendly feel with cartoons and comedy shorts playing continuously and free popcorn for all.
Tickets are $20-$30 and can be purchased in advance at showclix.com/event/HollywoodBirthdayGala or at the door.
The Price is Right Live
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman present The Price is Right Live! at the Benedum Center, 7:30 p.m. May 9. The hit interactive stage show gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to “Come On Down” to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.
Tickets are $47.50-$100 and can be purchased by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting www.trustarts.org.
Off The Wall Productions, Carnegie, will present “Without Ruth,” a world premiere play by Virginia Wall Gruenert. While it’s true that mothers and daughters often have contentious relationships that will keep therapists in business for decades to come, there is no denying the deep bond that exists between them. “Without Ruth” deals with the end-of-life decisions that must be made by dutiful daughters, as well as the discord, conciliation, warfare and ultimate acceptance between strong, independent women bound by love and family.
For tickets, call 412-489-5840 or visit www.insideoffthewall.com.
Little Lake opportunities
Little Lake Theatre Company, North Strabane, is looking for the following:
• Visual artists – High school and college students who have exceptional abilities as visual artists are needed to serve as artists/designers for the Looking Glass Theatre series. Adult artists are needed to guide the students. Students will have this opportunity to build their resumes and portfolios by working on three plays in the summer schedule and one in the fall production of the Fall Family Matinee.
• Acting auditions – Adults, teens and children over 8 are welcome to audition for plays in the Looking Glass Theatre summer series. Auditions will be held 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 4 and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. May 6.
Visit www.littlelake.org for details or acting audition requirements.
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will perform “Shining Brow” June 7 and 8, the weekend of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th birthday. This American opera, with music by Daron Hagen and libretto by Paul Muldoon, will be performed on Fallingwater’s terraces.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with a reception starting at 6:30. A chartered bus will be available for the Saturday performance.
For details, call 412-326-9687.