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The phantom of the opera

bella notte: a beautiful night with renée fleming | One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming joins Manfred Honeck and your PSO for one night only. Hear a remarkable operatic performance by the Grammy-award-winning Ms. Fleming including arias from Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Dvoˇrák’s “Song to the Moon,” a beautiful song from Mahler, Broadway favorites from André Previn’s “A Street Car Named Desire” and more! For information on Bella Notte gala packages, call 412-392-6070. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / 7:30 p.m. / $25–$110

1 wednesday the phantom of the opera | After 17 years of touring, “The Phantom of the Opera” comes to Pittsburgh for the last time. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international awardwinning phenomenon has woven its magical spell to become the longest running show in Broadway history. Don’t miss your last chance to experience this timeless story of seduction and despair at the Benedum Center. PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh Special Benedum Center / $27–$125 Also Sept. 2–5, 7–12 & 14–19

8 wednesday broken social scene with special guests the wooden birds | The Toronto indie rock collective is known for the improvisational easiness of its live sets and a steady following on college radio. A Broken Social Scene performance is an effervescent rush of melody, invention and sonic magic. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series & Opus One Productions Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / $32.75, $37.75

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kathy griffin |

Multiple HBO and Bravo specials weren’t enough! Catch double-Emmy-award-winning Kathy Griffin live in her true element. She has more stories, more dish, more of what she shouldn’t say but you know you kathy griffin want to hear. Come with an open mind and laugh until you puke…just a little. Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. $40.25–127.75

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lisa lampanelli | Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean, heralded by Jim Carrey as “more than a standup — a standout,” Lisa Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. Lampanelli also earned accolades from Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.” Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. / $43.50

pittsburgh jazz orchestra | Swing! Jam! Groove! The August Wilson Center’s resident orchestra, led by the multi-talented trumpeter Sean Jones, showcases the music of Pittsburgh legends Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams. August Wilson Center / 8 p.m. / $20–$30

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23 thursday 1 great big sea | Experience Celtic rock at its best. Great Big Sea fuses the energy and spirit of its Celtic roots with straight-on rock and roll. Renowned for its rousing, synergistic live shows, Great Big Sea has been playing together for more than 17 years and is touring in support of its latest studio recording, “Safe Upon the Shore.” Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / $32.75, $37.75

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honeck & beethoven’s fifth Manfred Honeck, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano. Gandolfi: Selections from “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation”; Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” is a colorful and dynamic piece inspired by a dazzling garden in Scotland based on patterns found in nature, physics and mathematics. “ Rhapsody,” based on Paganini’s well-known Violin Caprice No. 24, is one of Rachmaninoff’s most popular and virtuosic compositions. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony may be the most famous piece of music ever written. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $17.50–$80 Also, September 25 & 26

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29 wednesday 1 celtic thunder | Featuring five male vocalists ranging in age from 17 to 40, and backed by a superb orchestra, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits and heartwarming songs of love and loss. Its repertoire spans the Celtic music spectrum — Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary — and is earning rave reviews and standing ovations. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Benedum Center / 7:30 p.m. / $32.25–$72.25

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esperanza spalding & the chamber music society | Featuring uncanny

gallery crawl in the cultural district | Free showcase of art and

instrumental chops and a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, 25-year-old prodigy-turned-pro Esperanza Spalding is the future of jazz and instrumental music. With her wide range of talents as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and band leader, Spalding unveils her newest project — a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with string trio arrangements threading jazz, folk and global sounds into the enduring foundations of classical music. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $20.75–$37.75

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world of jewtopia | The New

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York Times and Los Angeles Times call it “unstoppable, outrageously funny, chicken world of jewtopia soup for the soul!” World of Jewtopia highlights scenes from the smash stage production, as well as standup comedy, excerpts from the bestselling “JEWTOPIA: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People,” and a dazzling multimedia presentation. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / $28.25–$43.25 Also Sunday, September 26

lives in a lavish Manhattan apartment, befitting their status as the glamorous first family of 1920s Broadway (think Barrymores). While the outsized egos of these actors can lead to outrageous comedy, the play is also a valentine to the theater and the people who make the stage their home. From the comic genius of playwright George S. Kaufman (“You Can’t Take it With You”) and novelist Edna Ferber, the Public’s grand production will be directed by Ted Pappas. Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater / $35-$60 / 26 & younger: $15.75 Also October 1–3, 5–10, 12, 14–17, 19–24, 26–31

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Oct. entertainment at various galleries and arts spaces. Trust Education & Community Engagement Locations throughout the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District 5:30–9 p.m. / Free and open to the public

rioult | The New York-based company Rioult has a reputation for creating and presenting the sensual, articulate and exquisitely musical works of the visionary choreographer, Pascal Rioult, building a legacy of work that speaks to the mind and heart. The program includes a bold interpretation of Ravel’s “Bolero.” Pittsburgh Dance Council Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / $19.75–$45.75 rioult

Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Plex and Toodee, this live event includes music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and the opportunity to see these characters come to life with the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba.” Special guests rock their favorite “dancey dance” moves and join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show. Rapper Biz Markie teaches kids to beatbox with Biz’s Beat of the Day. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series & Opus One Productions Benedum Center / 4 & 7 p.m. / $33.75–$125

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honeck & bronfman | Manfred Honeck, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, Piano. Strauss: “Don Juan”; Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3; Mozart: Symphony No. 39. Richard Strauss’s first tone poem, “Don Juan,” is not about the lecherous Don Juan of legend, but about the sympathetic hero who yearns for a love that can never be. Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto was composed as a surprise birthday gift for his wife and is one of his last and most lighthearted works. Symphony No. 39 is one of Mozart’s grandest symphonic creations. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $17.50–$80 Also, October 2 & 3

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Sha Na Na is among the longest-running bands in popular music. Enjoy hits “Blue Moon,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Whole Lotta Shakin,” “At the Hop,” “Sandy” from “Grease,” and more! Following the performance on Saturday, October 9, the Heinz Hall lobby will be transformed into a 1950s sock hop. Come dressed in your best 1950s costume (optional). Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall/ $20–$89 Also, October 8, 9 & 10

9 saturday terful comic treatment of the first play in the Beaumarchais trilogy gives opera some of its funniest moments. Pittsburgh Opera Benedum Center / $10.50-$140.50 Also October 12, 15 & 17 the barber of seville

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deeper, “Radical Reels” captures the most outrageous mountain sport film clips from the 33rd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. “Radical Reels” will thrill and inspire you with big-screen moments that capture adventurous outdoors enthusiasts taking on the toughest bike trails, the wildest waters and the world’s steepest slopes. Venture Outdoors Byham Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $11.75–$22.75

hot pink pittsburgh | A sizzling

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off the record x: pittsburgh malpractice! | The annual musical

dbr (daniel bernard roumain) | Taste the delectable offerings served up by innovative composer, violinist and bandleader Daniel Bernard Roumain as he performs selections from his latest CD, “Woodbox Beats & Balladry.” August Wilson Center / 6 p.m. / $20–$30

evening of music and dance to benefit breast and cervical cancer screening for uninsured women in Western Pa. Enjoy performances by the area’s best singers, dancers and musicians. Pre-performance reception and silent auction features hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Pittsburgh’s top caterers and restaurants. To purchase tickets visit hotpinkpittsburgh.org or call 412-253-8165. Adagio Health Byham Theater reception 6 p.m., performance 7:30 p.m. $60–$125; Children 12 & under $25

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the fabulous ’50s with marvin hamlisch & sha na na | Marvin Hamlisch,

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incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. / $25–$45

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conductor; Sha Na Na, vocalists. Take a trip back in time with this symphonic jukebox of popular tunes from the 1950s. Put on your bobby socks and roll up your jeans, because it’s time to do a “Whole Lotta Shakin.”

changing shoes | Tina Sloan, star of “Guiding Light” for 26 years, performs a one-woman show about the beautiful, lifechanging and sometimes difficult discoveries we make when we least expect them. Join Tina as she searches for the answers to life’s ultimate questions in the bottom of her closet and finds reasons to celebrate, rather than give up, as she ages. Trust Guest Attraction Byham Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $30.75 & $75.75 david sedaris | With sardonic wit and

the barber of seville | Rossini’s mas-

radical reels | Faster, steeper, higher,

comedy spoof of Pittsburgh politics and other follies, featuring a cast of performing pros and media amateurs, plus emcee Ken Rice and celebrity rebuttals. Proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Trust Guest Attraction Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / $20.75–$60.75 ticket price includes pre- & postperformance receptions

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robert morris university presents the pittsburgh speakers series thomas friedman | New York Times reporter, Middle East expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Lexus and The Olive Tree,” as well as “The World Is Flat,” and “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.” Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. / Subscription Only

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15 friday 1 daniel ulbricht presents a dance spectacular | Principal New York City Ballet dancer Daniel Ulbricht showcases topnotch international dancers, including representatives from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park University. Trust Guest Attraction Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / Tickets TBD

16 saturday 1 citizen cope | Although his poignant work is impossible to categorize, singersongwriter Citizen Cope has been described as a “modern-day bluesman who paints a plaintive portrait of the human condition.” A remarkably charismatic live performer, Citizen Cope is a committed road warrior, introducing his brilliantly crafted music to the world. In his newest work, “The Rainwater LP,” Citizen Cope offers the clearest distillation yet of his distinct approach: a laidback gumbo of acoustic blues, singer/songwriter rock & roll and deep soul grooves. CD Live! / Byham Theater 8 p.m. / $33.25–$40.25

yo-yo ma & kathryn stott in recital | Yo-Yo Ma returns to Heinz Hall with pianist Kathryn Stott for an evening of exceptional musicmaking. One of the most famous classical musicians, Ma is also a best-selling classical recording artist with no fewer than 15 Grammy Awards. Other

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esteemed awards include The Avery Fisher Prize and The National Medal of Arts. Subscribers receive priority seating and a 15 percent discount on tickets to this concert. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall 8 p.m. / $25–$90

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duck for president, fancy nancy, and other stories theatreworks usa | See all your favorite picturebook characters come to life in this brand new musical revue. Can a Duck really get elected President? Are lace and frills truly the must-have accessories that Nancy thinks they are? What about Leonardo? Will he ever become a terrifyingly terrible monster? This show will also be performed Oct. 20–24 at satellite locations throughout the region. Visit pghkids.org for more information. Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Byham Theater / 2 p.m. / $9.50 in advance; $11 door >>

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music 101 with joan tower:

choreographing sound | Joan Tower, PSO Composer of the Year and guest speaker. Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Association, Music 101 is a lunchtime lecture series providing the community with opportunities to hear personal insights from PSO musicians, conductors and key personnel in an intimate setting. The free Music 101 series is held in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms. Doors open and lunch is served at 11:15 a.m. No reservations necessary. Pack a lunch or call 412-392-3303 to order a Common Plea gourmet picnic lunch. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / 12:30–1:30 p.m. / Free and open to the public

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26 tuesday 1 experience hendrix | Inspired by Jimi Hendrix's unparalleled creative and musical influence, “Experience Hendrix” is an all-star tribute that pays homage to the innovative spirit and timeless legacy of one of the world’s greatest guitarists. Trust Guest Attraction Benedum Center / 7:30 p.m. / $60 & $75

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rachmaninoff’s piano concerto no. 1 | Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Olga Kern, piano. Tower: “For the Uncommon Woman” and “Made in America”; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1; Dvoˇrák: Symphony No. 6. Joan Tower composed the fanfare “For the Uncommon Woman” to honor adventurous women, and “Made in America” as a commission for 65 U.S. orchestras in all 50 states. Winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, Olga Kern debuts in Rachmaninoff’s seldom-heard First Piano Concerto. Although composed in the Viennese symphonic tradition, Dvoˇrák’s Sixth Symphony unmistakably portrays his Czech heritage. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $12.50–$46.50 Also, October 22 & 23

the phantom of the opera adapted for students | This timeless story of seduction and despair combines student actors from the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory with the CAPA orchestra. Pittsburgh Musical Theater Byham Theater / Tickets start at $25.50 Also October 22, 23 & 24

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the three musketeers | It’s “all for one and one for all” in this tale of the swashbuckling adventures of the legendary swordsmen. The ballet is brimming with dashing swordfights, passionate pas de deux and comedic vignettes, all swept along by Giuseppe Verdi’s lush and colorful score, performed live by the PBT Orchestra. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Benedum Center / $20–$90 Also October 23 & 24

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australian pink floyd | The best tribute band of all time, Australian Pink Floyd continues to attract sold-out crowds and an enthusiastic following all over the world with its impeccable musicianship and renowned stage production. Every Australian Pink Floyd performance transcends the brilliance of the legendary band’s canon of timeless “prog rock” classics. Shine on, you crazy Aussies. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Benedum Center / 8 p.m. / $32.25–$47.25

29 friday 1 curious george live! | The new can’t-miss live stage musical will delight your whole family. Join Curious George, the world’s most inquisitive and loveable little monkey as he takes audiences on an intriguing problem-solving adventure. Trust Guest Attraction Benedum Center / Tickets TBD Also October 30 & 31

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sarah chang plays bruch | Ludovic Morlot, conductor; Sarah Chang, violin; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Weber: Overture to “Oberon”; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Tower: “Sequoia”; Ravel: Suite No.2 from “Daphnis et Chloé.” French conductor Ludovic Morlot makes his PSO debut with the Overture to Weber’s “Oberon,” an opera based on the king of the fairies in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Joan Tower’s “Sequoia” is one of her first award-winning compositions. Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis et Chloé” is a ballet score and one of Ravel’s most passionate works. Sarah Chang, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, performs the ever-popular Bruch Concerto No. 1. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $17.50–$80 Also, October 31

30 saturday 1 fiddlesticks family concerts: what makes music? | Lawrence Loh, conductor; Katy Shackleton Williams, vocalist. Melody, rhythm and harmony make music. Like an architect designs a building, composers create music with these essential building blocks. Watch a musical skyscraper take shape with Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood,” Strauss’s “Radetzky March” and music from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” Before the concert, beginning at 10 a.m., children may meet PSO musicians and learn about stories and dances in the music they will hear. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / 11:15 a.m. / $16 & $19

The Three Musketeers: Artists: Alexandre Silva, Alejandro Diaz and Nurlan Abougaliev; Photo: Duane Rieder

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pilobolus | The riveting artistic choreography of Pilobolus features dancers engaging in strong physical interactions and contortions that seize the audience’s attention. Started nearly 40 years ago as an outsider dance company that quickly became renowned the world over for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus has evolved into an American cultural institution in the 21st century. Pittsburgh Dance Council & Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / 2 & 8 p.m. / $22.75–$56.75

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south pacific | A stunning reinvention produced by Lincoln Center Theater, “South Pacific” swept the 2008 Tony® Awards, winning seven honors, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director. This breathtaking new production features a cast of 34 and the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production. Set on a tropical island during World War II, it tells the story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. The beloved score includes “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame.” PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh Benedum Center / $20–$70 Also November 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

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violin superstar leila josefowicz & “finlandia” | Susanna Mälkki,

capitol steps | In 1981, a politically diverse group of Senate staffers quit their day jobs and set out to satirize the very people and institutions that had employed them. More than 25 years later, no matter who holds office or what is happening on the Hill, Capitol Steps never runs out of timely, hilarious material. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / 3 p.m. / $20.75–$42.75 capitol steps

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robert morris university presents the pittsburgh speakers series elizabeth gilbert | Dubbed a “rock star author” by Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, “Eat, Pray, Love,” spent over 155 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and has been published in more than 30 languages, with more than 6 million copies sold worldwide. Her latest book, “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage,” is also a New York Times best-seller. Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. / Subscription Only

4troops

4troops | Through the power of music, four U.S. Army veterans honor the sacrifices made by American military troops and help to raise awareness in support of the men and women serving our country. “4Troops” is a live performance covering a variety of musical genres and is a great evening of entertainment for the entire family. Cohen & Grigbsy Trust Presents Series Byham Theater 7:30 p.m. / $30.25 & $35.25

conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin. Stravinsky: “Scherzo Fatastique”; Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Sibelius: “Finlandia.” Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her PSO debut with the music of fellow countryman Jean Sibelius, featuring his single-movement Seventh Symphony and his best-known piece, “Finlandia.” Stravinsky’s colorful orchestration is displayed in “Scherzo Fantastique.” MacArthur-Award-winning violinist Leila Josefowicz returns for a dazzling performance of Shostakovich’s searing Violin Concerto No. 1. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $20–$88 leila Also November 6 josefowicz

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7 sunday omara portuondo | Legendary Havana singing sensation Omara Portuondo gained international acclaim as the female star of “The Buena Vista Social Club.” She has had an extraordinary career, from her early work as a dancer in the famed Cabaret Tropicana to her lush vocal styling for the Cuarteto d’Aida and Orquesta Aragon. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness of one of Cuba’s greatest musical ambassadors. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series omara Byham Theater / 7 p.m. portuondo $25.75–$42.75

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13 saturday 1 lucia di lammermoor | This bel canto showpiece never fails to thrill. The tragedy of Lucia’s forced marriage and her subsequent descent into madness is an opera experience like no other. Pittsburgh Opera Benedum Center $10.50–$140.50 lucia di Also November 16, lammermorr 19 & 21 pharoah sanders |

One of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists in jazz history, the legendary Pharoah Sanders is one of the few remaining pioneers from the fertile NY jazz scene of the mid-1960s. This event marks Sanders’s first Pittsburgh performance since 1986. August Wilson Center / 8 p.m. / Tickets TBD

14 sunday 1 the true story of the three little pigs emerald city theatre co. |

present Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy. The story centers on Sally, a former cheerleader from a conservative family, and Matt, a Lithuanian Jew who escaped from war-torn Europe. When they meet in a Missouri boathouse on July 4, 1944, a lot separates this unlikely couple. But they discover one thing that just might be stronger than all their differences. Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater $30–$55 /26 & younger: $15.75 Also November 12–14, 16–21, 23, 24, 26–28, 30, December 1–5, 7–12

Alexander Wolf claims he has been wrongly accused. He may be big, but he is certainly not bad, and he has never tried to blow anything but his own nose. Based on the bestselling book by John Scieszka and Lane Smith, this hilarious retelling of the classic story will have audiences laughing out loud, questioning what they thought they knew, and cheering for an unlikely hero. This show will also be playing Nov. 17–21 at satellite locations throughout the region. Visit pghkids.org for more information. Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Byham Theater / 2 p.m. / $9.50 in advance; $11 door

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benise | Guitarist extraordinaire Benise

rags to ritzes: the music of irving berlin | Jack Everly, conductor; Ashley Brown, vocalist; Hugh Panaro, vocalist; NaTasha Yvette Williams, vocalist; James T. Lane, vocalist; Tony DeSare, vocalist. Jack Everly conducts an all-star cast in a stirring program of Berlin’s greatest music. This concert honors the most beloved and prolific of American songwriters with “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “White Christmas.” Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $20–$89 Also, November 12, 13 & 14

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The self-taught guitarist performs intoxicating Spanish flamenco-inspired riffs with the intensity of rock and roll. Benise’s newest staged production, “The Spanish Guitar,” leads audiences of all ages on an inspiring musical odyssey that features brilliantly choreographed dance and richly woven orchestration. Cohen & Grigbsy Trust Presents Series Byham Theater 7:30 p.m. / $26.25–$45.25

lou donaldson | A living jazz legend, Lou Donaldson’s career spans decades and has influenced bebop to funk and back again. At 83 years of age, Donaldson is still blowing side men off the bandstand with the subtle clarity of his alto saxophone. The Lou Donaldson Quartet roars in to the set and never lets up. BNY Mellon Jazz presents JazzLive / $25–$30 Cabaret at Theater Square / 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

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bellydance superstars present bombay bellywood | Reinventing belly dance as an art form with intriguing new dance elements and various cultural influences is what makes Bellydance Superstars a truly captivating experience. “Bollywood” is a broad term for exotic, contemporary Indian culture. Bellydance Superstars present a bold interpretation of Bollywood by weaving traditional and tribal belly dance with Indian dance styles, brilliant costuming and emotive, infectious music. Cohen & Grigbsy Trust Presents Series Byham Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $20.75–$37.75

robert morris university presents the pittsburgh speakers series ben carson | With his mother’s support and determination to overcome poverty, Ben Carson became the world-renowned director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 33. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008, his life story is portrayed in the film, “Gifted Hands,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. Heinz Hall / 8 p.m. / Subscription Only

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“a river (of air) runs through it” benise

Charles Lirette, trumpet. Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Association, Music 101 is a lunchtime lecture series of informal

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presentations, providing the community with opportunities to hear personal insights from PSO musicians, conductors and key personnel in an intimate setting. This free series is held in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms. Doors open and lunch is served at 11:15 a.m. No reservations necessary. Pack a lunch or call 412-392-3303 to order a Common Plea gourmet picnic lunch. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / 12:30–1:30 p.m. / free and open to the public

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slatkin conducts copland’s “appalachian spring” | Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Michael Rusinek, clarinet. Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront”; Tower: Concerto for Clarinet; Copland: “Appalachian Spring.” Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin brings American music to life in this program of vivid music. Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score for the film “On the Waterfront” is a classic example of music illustrating a story. PSO Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek performs Joan Tower’s Clarinet Concerto. The program closes with Copland’s beloved ballet, “Appalachian Spring,” including variations on the familiar Shaker theme, “Simple Gifts.” Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $17.50–$80 Also November 21

21 sunday 1 russian tales | Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with the music of Vaughan Williams, Rossini, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. For information, visit pyso.us or call 412-392-4872. Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / 7 p.m. Free and open to the public

pink martini

pink martini | More than a concert, Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure. Composed of 12 musicians, this “little orchestra” has performed its multilingual repertoire on stages around the world. The group draws its inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s, but with a more global perspective. Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series & Opus One Productions Byham Theater / 8 p.m. / $47.75–$62.75

22 monday 1 buddy valastro: the bakin’ with the boss tour | The baker and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” will share the stories behind his hit TV series and his colorful Italian family, answer audience questions, and give a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the nation. Buddy will even invite audience members to join the fun on stage. Heinz Hall / 7:30 p.m. / $25–$45

23 tuesday 1 rock of ages | In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker in LA’s most famous club, and they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s the five-time Tony®-Award-nominated love story, “Rock of Ages,” told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh Benedum Center / $21–$64 Also November 24–28

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honeck & a waltz tradition | Manfred Honeck, conductor; Johannes Moser, cello. Dvoˇrák: Cello Concerto; Waltzes and polkas by the Strauss Family. This highly popular Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues with Honeck, the PSO and music by the Johann Strauss Family, including delightful waltzes, polkas and additional surprises. Johannes Moser makes his PSO debut with one of the most famous cello concerti ever composed. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall / $17.50–$80 Also November 28

28 sunday 1 mark milovats’ “christmas magic” Premier showman Mark Milovats returns with his fun-filled holiday show, featuring outstanding Nashville musicians, the Santa Belles Dancers, Duquesne University Dance team, Vat Pack Orchestra, Markem Children’s Choir and other special guests. Trust Guest Attraction Byham Theater / 7 p.m. / $25 & $35

30 tuesday 1 highmark presents chris botti | Back by popular demand! Grammy-nominated trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Heinz Hall. Botti is best known for his smooth jazz interpretations, as well as his collaborations with Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Paul Simon, among others. Do not miss this unique artist in this special concert. The PSO will not appear in this performance. Heinz Hall / 7:30 p.m. / $29–$65

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H A P P E N I N G S AT

Theater Square

’s wonderful: the new gershwin musical | Don’t miss the world premiere of this all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the brilliant music and lyrics of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Five mini-musicals take audiences on a ride to the different places, times and styles that made the Gershwin brothers the most successful songwriting team in musical history. Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret at Theater Square Through September 5 Wed–Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 2 p.m.; Select Thurs at 1 p.m. / $34.50–$44.50

655 penn avenue between 6th & 7th streets

improv comedy jam | Thursdays

wednesday wine flights |

10 p.m / $3 admission

Cabaret at Theater Square, 6:15 p.m. / $35 includes presentation, wine samplings & light fare provided by Café Zao.

salsa fridays | Fridays / 10 p.m. $5 or free with ticket stub * 10–10:30 P.M. Beginner’s Salsa Dance Lessons

Sept. 1 briar valley vineyard & winery | Meet vintner Tod Manspeaker and discover what fine wines are being crafted in Bedford, Pa.

Oct. 6 que syrah, shiraz |

salsa fridays

Whether it’s a Shiraz from Australia or a Syrah from France or the U.S., delight in this versatile grape varietal.

Nov. 3 the pacific northwest |

triple espresso | What did three guys do in four minutes that got them banned from show business for life? And why would they try it again? It’s a rags to rags story that romps across the funny bone with a spirit of infectious fun! “Triple Espresso” is a highly caffeinated comedy about highly caffeinated comedians celebrating their own reunion, and crowds keep coming back for refills. Critics say “It’s like an evening with the Marx Brothers.” Friends say, “Let’s see it again!” Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret at Theater Square Sept. 9–Jan. 9 Wed.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Select Thurs. at 1 p.m. / $34.50–$44.50

late night cabaret | Saturdays / 10 p.m. / $5 or free with ticket stub * visits pgharts.org for information on current Late Night shows.

Move over, California! Find out why wines from Washington State and Oregon are gaining in stature and popularity. wednesday wine flights

* free admission (based on seating availability) with ticket stub from any earlier show downtown

backstage bar at theater square Live music / No Cover / Smoke-Free Tues.–Thurs.: 5 p.m.–Midnight; Fri.: 5 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sat.: 5 p.m - 2 a.m.; Sun.: Noon – 6 p.m. 412-325-6769 / backstagebar.com

backstage bar

craft beer school | Cabaret at Theater Sq., 6:15 p.m. / $25 includes presentation, beer samplings & light fare provided by Café Zao.

bny mellon jazz presents jazzlive | Free live jazz showcasing the region’s finest musicians. Tuesdays 5–11 p.m. Backstage Bar. 5–8 p.m. 8–11 p.m.

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Oct.

Nov.

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Dwayne Dolphin Jam Session Tony Campbell Maureen Budway Roger Humphries, Jr. Gerald Haymon Kevin Howard Dwayne Dolphin Salsamba Alton Merrell Colter Harper Roger Humphries, Sr.

23 0 30 0

Carolyn Perteete Jay Willis

Kevin Howard Roger Barbour Max Leake Al Dowe Band w/ Etta Cox Don Aliquo, Sr. Jared Wilson Tim Stevens Tania & Jeff Grubbs Lee Robinson Thoth Trio Lou Donaldson Quartet ($30 / 7:30 & 9;30 p.m.)

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Gerald Haymon Michele Bensen

14 meet the brewer: Sept. 0 furthermore beer | Beerly this, and

much more…sample the offerings of Furthermore, the pride of Spring Green, Wis. Native son Aran Madden returns to lead this session. 19 craft beer words of Oct. 0 wisdom | Sip some tasty craft brews

while Cris Hoel, Esq., shares inspiring words and phrases extolling the many virtues of beer. lou donaldson

16 meet your local brewers | Nov. 0

When you think local, drink local. Sample the best from Erie Brewing Co., Voodoo Brewery, East End Brewing Co. and Rock Bottom Brewery.


Visual Arts

scale | Guest curator: Ally Reeves

open mic and easel Friday, October 15 & Friday November 19 / 8 p.m / $5

All visual arts exhibits are free and open to the public (except where noted)

This exhibit invites a group of artists and designers to disseminate innovations in the use of low-cost, efficient and highly durable approaches to productive, sustainable living. November 19–February 6

Wood Street Galleries

707 Penn Gallery

601 Wood St. (Above T-Station) Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

709 Penn Ave. Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

outer body/inner experiences | Artists: Airan Kang, Matt Stokes, Lawrence Malstaf, Luc Courchesne and Jim Campbell Interactive artwork inviting viewer participation in an outer body experience. Through September 12

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Guest Curator: Kate Little Four local artists question our understanding of language through a variety of media. Exhibit includes installation art, interactive art, mixed media and paintings. September 17–October 24

associated artists of pittsburgh

outer body/inner experiences

chosen plays performed each night by local directors and actors. November 4 –6 & 11–13 / 8 p.m. / $10

August Wilson Center 980 Liberty Ave. Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

romare bearden serigraph, in my father’s house

November 26–December 31

709 Penn Gallery 709 Penn Ave. Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

gary guydosh: nature in glass

Sound Installations by Jem Finer and David Rokeby October 1–December 31

Gary Guydosh shows his appreciation and interpretation of nature through glass. Flowers and other natureinspired pieces are sculpted larger than life to create a landscape of fragile beauty. Sept. 10–Oct. 24

September 23–January 11

sculptures by thaddeus g. mosley nature in glass

deanna mance & maria mangano

812 Liberty Ave. Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Works by the two Best in Show winners from the 2010 Three Rivers Arts Festival November 5–December 31

Guest Curator: Josh MacPhee A major collection of contemporary print works addressing issues of social justice and global equity as part of a larger political paper politics conversation. “Paper Politics” features works by more than 200 international artists. This exhibit has traveled to several U.S. cities and will be expanded to include work by local artists, including area youths. Through October 24

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in which African Americans collect and preserve their culture. This mixed-media exhibition uses the visual art and material culture of people of African descent, from heirlooms and fine art to political memorabilia and digital media, to explore how the past influences the present, weaving a community together from generation to generation. September 9–July 2, 2011

associated artists of pittsburgh

SPACE

paper politics |

in my father's house | Discover ways

Wood sculptor Thad Mosley digs deep into art history, jazz, heritage and himself to create emotive, freestanding sculptures. Ongoing

pittsburgh: reclaim, renew, remix | Explore African American contributions to the cultural life of southwestern Pennsylvania. Ongoing

Future Tenant 819 penn Ave. / Thurs.–Sat., 1–6 p.m.

ToonSeum

music performance and art installation | Samantha Chope and

945 Liberty Ave. Wed., Thurs. & Sun, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Fri & Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / Adults $4; Children ages 12 & under free toonseum.org / 412-232-0199

Udini from Charleroi, Belgium. Friday, September 3 / 8 p.m.

eat me | Curated by Jill Larson Group exhibit exploring food, art, and temptation. A food-related fashion show will take place during Pittsburgh Fashion Week. September 17–October 9 fashion show September 30 / 10 p.m.

the dog days of summer: cartoon canines Through September 19

pictopia: alan moore and don simpson September 25–October 31

In My Fathers House image: Sorcerer’s Village Romare Bearden,Serigraph,1972; Nature in Glass image: Gary Guydosh, Sunflower,Glass, 2010

audio space |

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o n g o i n g Bricolage 937 Liberty Avenue 1st floor webbricolage.org / 412-381-6999

midnight radio |

A raucous live comedy in the style of classic 1940s radio broadcasts, featuring suspenseful action thrillers, vintage sound effects, musical guests, fake news segments, commercial spoofs, and more! Mix one part SNL with one part Prairie Home Companion, add pinches of The Daily Show and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and you’ve got Midnight Radio. September 23–25 9 p.m. $20; Thursday $10

midnight radio: war of the worlds | For the “Midnight Radio” finale, Bricolage re-interprets H. G. Wells’s classic sci-fi thriller about an alien invasion of Earth. October 21–23 9 p.m. / $20; Thursday $10

e v e n t s Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre 542 Penn Avenue / pghplaywrights.com

the theatre festival in black & white | This festival celebrates diversity by bringing together black and white artists on stage and behind the scenes. Festival Passes (8 plays) $24.95; $14.95/single performance. Tickets: ProArtsTickets.org October 14–30

how to order tickets Tickets are available online, by phone, or by visiting the Cultural District box office. A service charge is added to phone orders. Ticket sales are final; no exchanges or refunds. Seats are subject to availability. Ticket availability for some events may have changed since this was printed.

Online pgharts.org

Harris Theater 809 Liberty Avenue

three rivers film festival | The festival screens independent American cinema, documentaries and critically acclaimed international films, and includes visiting directors, informal post-screening discussions, live music performances, a one-day symposium, parties and more. Pittsburgh Filmmakers Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room and Regent Square Theater 3RFF.com / 412-682-4111 November 5–20

By phone Benedum Center, Byham Theater & Cabaret at Theater Square

412-456-6666 August Wilson Center

412-338-8742 Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

412-392-4900 Pittsburgh Public Theater

412-316-1600


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FALL Season at-a-glance September sunday

monday

[ productions listed in purple mark an event’s first night ]

tuesday

wednesday

thursday

1 Wednesday Wine Flights

2 ’S Wonderful

The Phantom of the Opera Phantom 5 Theof the Opera

6

8

Broken Social Scene The Phantom of the Opera

friday

3 ’S Wonderful

Kathy Griffin The Phantom of the Opera

4 ’S Wonderful

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

9 Triple Espresso

saturday The Phantom of the Opera

10 Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

11 Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

12 The Phantom of the Opera Triple Espresso

13

14 JazzLive Craft Beer School The Phantom of the Opera

15 Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

16 Renée Fleming Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

17 Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

18 Lisa Lampanelli Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

19 The Phantom of the Opera Triple Espresso

20

21 JazzLive

22 Triple Espresso

23 Great Big Sea Midnight Radio Triple Espresso

24 Honeck & Beethoven’s Fifth Triple Espresso Midnight Radio

25 World of Jewtopia Honeck & Beethoven’s Fifth Triple Espresso Midnight Radio

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28 JazzLive

29 Celtic Thunder Esperanza Spalding Triple Espresso

30 Yo Gabba Gabba! The Royal Family Triple Espresso

26 Triple Espresso World of Jewtopia Honeck & Beethoven’s Fifth

DBR photo: Leslie Lyons; Renée Fleming photo: Andrew Eccles; Esperanza Spalding photo: Sandrine Lee

7 JazzLive The Phantom of the Opera

’S Wonderful

yo gabba gabba!

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esperanza spalding & the chamber music society

buddy valastro: the bakin’ with the boss tour

australian pink floyd

renée fleming

bellydance superstars

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sunday

monday

tuesday

wednesday

thursday

October 5

6 Wednesday Wine Flights

JazzLive The Royal Family

Honeck & Bronfman The Royal Family 10 Daniel Bernard Roumain Triple Espresso The Royal Family The Fabulous 50s

7 The Fabulous 50s Off the Record X Triple Espresso The Royal Family

The Royal Family Triple Espresso

Triple Espresso Honeck & Bronfman The Royal Family

8 The Fabulous 50s Triple Espresso The Royal Family

9 The Barber of Seville The Fabulous 50s Triple Espresso The Royal Family

13 Citizen Cope Thomas Friedman Triple Espresso

14 Triple Espresso The Royal Family

15 A Dance Spectacular The Barber of Seville The Royal Family Triple Espresso

16 Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott Triple Espresso The Royal Family

18

19 JazzLive Craft Beer School The Royal Family

20 Music 101 with Joan Tower The Royal Family Triple Espresso

21 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 The Phantom of the Opera

22 The Three Musketeers The Royal Family Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

23 The Three Musketeers The Royal Family Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

The Three Musketeers The Royal Family Triple Espresso The Phantom of the Opera

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The Royal Family Triple Espresso Midnight Radio

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25 31 Capitol Steps Curious George Sarah Chang plays Bruch The Royal Family Triple Espresso

26 JazzLive Experience Hendrix The Royal Family

27 Australian Pink Floyd The Royal Family Triple Espresso

28 The Royal Family Triple Espresso

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Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Midnight Radio

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Midnight Radio

29 Curious George Sarah Chang plays Bruch The Royal Family Triple Espresso

30 Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Pilobolus Curious George The Royal Family Triple Espresso

[ productions listed in purple mark an event’s first night]

monday

tuesday

wednesday

thursday

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2 JazzLive

3 Wednesday Wine Flights

4 South Pacific

November 7 Omara Portuondo 8

4Troops South Pacific

9 JazzLive

15

16 JazzLive Craft Beer School Benise Lucia di Lammermoor Talley’s Folly

23 Jazz Live 21 Russian Tales 22 Buddy Valastro: The Bakin’ with Rock of Ages Pink Martini the Boss Tour Talley’s Folly Appalachian Spring Lucia di Lammermoor Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso 28 Mark Milovats’ 29 Christmas Magic Honeck & A Waltz Tradition Rock of Ages Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

Triple Espresso

Elizabeth Gilbert South Pacific

friday

saturday

Josefowicz 6 5 Leila & Finlandia South Pacific Triple Espresso

Leila Josefowicz & Finlandia South Pacific Triple Espresso

10 Triple Espresso

11 Rags to Ritzes The Music of Irving Berlin Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

12 Rags to Ritzes The Music of Irving Berlin Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

17 Bellydance Superstars Ben Carson Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

18 Music 101 with Charles Lirette Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

19 Copland’s 20 Talley’s Folly Appalachian Triple Espresso Spring Lou Donaldson Quartet Lucia di Lammermoor Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

24 Rock of Ages Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

25 Rock of Ages

26 Honeck & A Waltz Tradition Rock of Ages Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

South Pacific Triple Espresso

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs Rags to Ritzes The Music of Irving Berlin Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

2

12 JazzLive Hot Pink Pittsburgh The Barber of Seville The Royal Family

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14

1 Gallery Crawl

11 Changing Shoes David Sedaris

17 Duck for President The Barber of Seville The Royal Family Triple Espresso

sunday

saturday

Rioult Honeck & Bronfman Triple Espresso The Royal Family

4 Radical Reels

3 Triple Espresso

friday

13 Lucia di Lammermoor Pharoah Sanders Rags to Ritzes The Music of Irving Berlin Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

27 Rock of Ages Talley’s Folly Triple Espresso

30 JazzLive Chris Botti Talley’s Folly

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