Check Out the Bold Side of Musical Theater in Lawrenceville

Plus a pulsating new club opens in the Strip and a slate of new movies hit theaters.


Check out the bold side of musical theater in Lawrenceville
Almost everyone goes to see a musical at least once a year. Even those without an affinity for the sounds of Broadway end up accepting a ticket to the Benedum or Heinz Hall for the big smash thing from last year or the revival tour of the famous one–you know, the one with all the songs. Sadly, most people believe that musical theater starts and ends there.

Consider this a public service announcement, then, that there are more engaging and daring purveyors of musicals in the world. William Finn’s a great one, and rising local player the BALD theatre co. debuted last year with a review of his work. This weekend, BALD is back with his darkly comic A New Brain, a hospital-set musical full of energy and great tunes. The production will be staged at Lawrenceville’s intimate Grey Box Theater, the perfect venue for a show like this.

(3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Sept. 2-10: Fri.-Sat., all performances at 8 p.m.–except Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. $20. Info: baldtheatre.org)


Static brings electronica beats to the Strip
The building at 1650 Smallman St. in the Strip has seen a number of tenants throughout the past few years, all hoping to be the next major player on the Pittsburgh club scene. The folks behind the current incarnation of the venue–perhaps most famously known as Rosebud in the ’80s and ’90s–have come up with a simple idea, though: Try something different. Static markets itself as Pittsburgh’s first electronic dance club and offers a more memorable nightlife experience than those found at interchangeable dance joints elsewhere. Check out the full story in After Dark!
 


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KFC as fashion: Buckethead in concert
Once upon a time, there was a band called Guns N’ Roses who played very loud, catchy songs–usually about strange, vaguely sinister places (see “Paradise City,” “Welcome to the Jungle”). The guitarist – and, almost definitely, the key member – of Guns N’ Roses was an enigmatic man named Slash. But when evil singer Axl Rose decided to reform the band about 10 years after anyone cared, Slash was no longer interested. So, he was replaced with an even more enigmatic man named Buckethead, who wore an elaborate mask chiefly consisting of a KFC bucket.

Eventually, Buckethead, too, decided that the antics of evil Axl were not acceptable and returned to his own bizarre career that has, to date, produced 30-plus albums in a wide variety of genres. If any of that made sense, you can see the bizarre virtuoso this Sunday at Altar Bar.

(With special guests Daddy Jones Kingdom and Havoc Theory. Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. Sun., doors open at 7 p.m. $25; $28, at the door. Info: 412/263-2877, thealtarbar.com; tickets: ticketmaster.com)


In Theaters: New movies coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include classy espionage thriller The Debt; British low-fi alien flick Attack the Block; yet more aliens–these of a historical lean–in Apollo 18; and, of course, Shark Night 3D. (Gotta love a direct, no-nonsense title like that.) There’s no ambiguity about Shark Night 3D: You can be sure that it will be dark, there will be sharks and they will be running things. It is, after all, their night.

The Tale and Songs of an Italian Story: Batman isn’t the only comic-book hero who’s been hanging around Pittsburgh these days.  Come check out Italian comic-book artist Giulio De Vita’s latest creations and meet the artist Saturday at the ToonSeum. READ MORE.

Flea Market in the Strip: Come search for some buried treasure this Saturday at the Strip District’s Outdoor Flea Market.  With items such as vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and repurposed furniture, you’re bound to find at least one diamond in the rough. READ MORE.

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