Sights & Sounds - Feb. 26

Published Feb 26, 2014 at 6:53 am (Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 8:49 am)

Cause-Play Party

The ToonSeum is calling all superhero, cosplayer, anime characters, stormtroopers, ghostbusters, furries and more to its first ever Cause-Play Party at 8:30 p.m. March 1 at Tilden Lounge located at 941 Liberty Avenue, just two doors down from the ToonSeum.

Guests are encouraged to show up as their favorite character. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in a variety of costume categories. A silent auction will feature a variety of items, including character costumes, original art and unique experiences.

In addition, light hors d’oeuvres and specially crafted Super Shots will be served throughout the night. A cash bar will be availablel. A Superfan VIP Pre-Party will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased at www.showclix.com/event/CausePlay

Unconventional ballet

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present 3x3, a show featuring three ballets by three choreographers, including the Pittsburgh premiere of Julia Adam’s “Ketubah,” two weekends, March 7-16 at the August Wilson Center.

Experience an unconventional exploration of ballet musicality and movement featuring a PBT world premiere, the cross-cultural fusion of Julia Adam’s “Ketubah,” and the expressive syncopation of Dwight Rhoden’s “Smoke ‘n Roses” set to the live vocals of Pittsburgh’s own Etta Cox.

“Ketubah” is inspired by the Eastern European Jewish Ashkenazi wedding ritual. Set to Klezmer music, the performance follows one young couple from matchmaking to their wedding night.

Leading up to its main-stage performance, PBT presents the following:

• Ketubah Display, through March 16, American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh.

• Ketubah Salons, 7 p.m. Feb. 25, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill, and 7 p.m. Feb. 27, JCC, South Hills. Explore the ballet, ketubah art and symbolism, and the cultural history of Jewish wedding traditions.

• Pointe of View Discussion, 7:30 p.m. March 4, McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University. Explore the ballet’s connections between the cultural heritage of ballet, of the ketubah as an artifact and art form, and of Jewish marriage customs.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 7, 8, 14 and 15; 2 p.m. March 9 and 16; and 7:30 p.m. March 13.

Tickets start at $25.75, and can be purchased online at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square.

Concert pianist

Music for Mt. Lebanon will present 2012 Keynotes Scholarship Winner and pianist Alvin Zhu at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Southminster Presbyterian Church. Zhu’s artistry has taken him to various halls around the world, including New York’s Steinway Hall, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, Canada’s Montreal Palais du Congress, China’s Beijing Concert Hall as well as Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. Zhu also conducts, composes, plays violin, viola, drum and guitar. For tickets, visit www.musicformtlebanon.org or purchase at the door.

Artist’s society

Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild will present “Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International” March 8-30 at 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie. An opening reception is set for 6-8:30 p.m. March 8. For details, call 412-276-5233.

PYSO concert

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will present “A Russian Easter Overture,” at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Heinz Hall.

The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. Download free tickets at www.pyso.us.

Theater season

Producers Jude & Shirley Pohl announce the spring and summer schedule for their Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre in Bethel Park. Kicking off 2014 will be “Murder at the Convent...And Then There Were Nun,” which opens on March 14 and runs for four performances March 14, 15, 21 and 22. “Hee Haw Jamboree” runs May 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. “Broadway Show Stoppers” runs June 6, 7, 14 and 21. Sr. Gertrude of our Servants of Our Lady of Joyful Agony and Grief returns in July for “Sr. Gertrude’s Guide to Heaven ... Avoiding Excommunication At All Costs” and runs July 19, 25 and 26 and Aug. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

Cost of $40 per person includes dinner, tax and tip. To make reservations, call 724-746-1178.

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