In the Pittsburgh Alleghenies' first National League game in 1887, the rag-tag squad amassed six runs against the mighty Chicago White Stockings, establishing the team as a force to be reckoned with for decades to come. Today, through more than 130 years, five World Series titles, and four previous stadiums, the Alleghenies—now the Pirates—make their home at PNC Park, where pop flies soar amid views of the Clemente Bridge and Steel City skyline sprawling in the background. Located only 443 feet away—or, by official MLB measurements, 807.3 half-eaten hot dogs—the Allegheny River waits for home runs to splash down after sailing over the right-field wall, which stands at 21 feet high in honor of legendary Pirate Roberto Clemente. Off the field, the stone archways lining the entry-level façade tip their cap to the club's former longtime home, Forbes Field, and an outdoor terrace and riverwalk cool down fans enjoying the game on warm summer nights.
As a rising strummer who opened her voice up at the age of eight, Carlile started her career as a backup for an Elvis impersonator before eventually performing alongside the Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin. This concert positions the genre-jumping songstress alongside the most epic of backing bands, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Resistant to labels, Carlile's jams have been called country, folk, pop, and all the blended permutations in between. On June 30, she'll likely be playing a number of selections from her recent third album, Give Up the Ghost, which debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200.
In 1949, Charles “Chick” and Elda Mae Bruckman founded Bruckman School of Dance as a center of education for dancers of all ages and skill levels. A lifelong devotee of dance, Chick began his career at 6 years old and remains the school’s artistic director to this day. Along with a team of instructors, the Bruckmans introduce students to dance styles including tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and hip-hop. As they lead students in mastering choreographed routines, they also teach dance history, imparting the origins of ballet and how NASA scientists made the moonwalk a dance craze in the early '70s. In addition to conventional dance classes, they host dance-inspired fitness classes, such as the Hip Hop Hustle and Turbo Kick, to get cardiovascular systems pumping.
In 2009, the Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team put their own spin on the annual March Madness. Defying the odds, the team made an unprecedented run to the Atlantic 10 conference championship game and followed that with its first berth in the NIT since 1994. The resulting whirlwind brought plenty of media attention to a university that otherwise prefers to stay off the beaten path. Sprawled across a serene 43-acre hilltop campus, Duquesne University hosts 16 Division I athletic teams in sports such as soccer, track and field, and women's volleyball, and since the school's inception, the Dukes' colors of red and blue have remained the same, unlike a chameleon that constantly changes its favorite movie.
The cloak of sparkling newness belies Benedum Center’s deep history in the theatrical world. Opened to regal fanfare and a holographic performance by Tupac in 1928, the theater then waded through the downs and ups of history until a $43 million restoration buffed its surfaces back to their former glory in 1984. Today, the 90 chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, the Grand Lobby’s mirrors and marble, and most of the 1,500 feet of brass rail throughout are all original. The centerpiece is the main chandelier, a 4,700-pound, 20-foot-high, 12-foot-wide behemoth that sparkles to remind visitors of the theater’s glory days.
Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the August Wilson Center commands a striking architectural confidence. Its two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the bravado of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat. Within the steal and glass, a 486-seat theater hosts plays, dance performances, and lectures while multiple exhibition galleries display art and cultural treasures for the community. The center draws on the legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania, infusing each curation with a celebration of rich history.
Guests must redeem their Groupons for tickets at the box office before 5 p.m. on April 7. Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Now in its 49th season, the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society continues to attract renowned chamber ensembles, from virtuosic string quartets to ivory-pounding pianists. With this deal, you can catch any of the remaining shows in the 2010–11 season, including the upcoming November 8 show with clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who'll perform a Brahms sonata, a Mendelssohn piece, and more. Those lobbying to put Beethoven on the cover of Teen Beat can immerse themselves in the hunky German's melodies on November 29, when the acclaimed Pacifica Quartet comes to town. Or celebrate the holiday season with Christmas classics at the Empire Brass's festive concert on December 13, guest starring vocalist Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Baron Georg and Maria von Trapp from MTV's classic reality show, The Sound of Music.
The show is produced by Pittsburgh Musical Theater and takes place in the historic Byham Theater. All tickets are in Gold Circle seating and can be picked up before the performance at the Theater Square box office or the day of at the Byham Theater box office. Children's tickets are regularly priced at $25.
The New Hazlett Theater, built in 1889 as the Carnegie Musical Hall, pays more of a resemblance to a cathedral than a concert space, from its austere stone walls to its soaring bell tower. In fact, the hall would serve as a religious retreat th
• For $12, you get one ticket to an 8 p.m. performance on a Thursday (up to a $24 value, not including parking; student tickets are $7). • For $12, you get one ticket to a 2 p.m. performance on a Saturday or Sunday (up to a $24 value, not including parking; student tickets are $7). • For $13, you get one ticket to an 8 p.m. performance on a Friday or Saturday (up to a $27 value, not including parking; student tickets are $8).
Established by a group of seven theatrically dedicated friends, the recently inaugurated Throughline Theatre Company stages ambitious productions of both famed and upcoming works within Seton Center’s sizeable 300-seat theater. Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stretches its tangible drama across the main stage, giving theatergoers and feline apologists an in-depth glimpse into a highfalutin Southern family’s complicated goings-on. Set at the ailing patriarch’s birthday party, the play exposes the conniving nature of the family members while exploring the need for more breathable roofing material. While not included in today’s Groupon, a ticketed after-party celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s life and contributions will follow the June 11 performance.
Dedicated to promoting local and national concerts, Pittsburgh-based Drusky Entertainment presents Ribs on the River 3, a three-day festival and cookout. Along with a different line-up of 10 or more professional tune-makers each day, each night features a special headliner; Kiss's original spaceman Ace Frehley headlines Friday night, bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd tops the bill on Saturday, and rock icon Leon Russell melts any remaining intact faces on Sunday. Guests can keep fingers sticky to avoid dropping a beverage or concert program courtesy of renowned barbecue vendors including Florida Skin and Bones, Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ, and Sgt. Oink's, who serve up saucy, slow-cooked eats throughout the show.
The nonprofit Bodiography Contemporary Ballet explores the struggle against heart and lung disease in a performance that layers multiple genres of dance over a classical-ballet foundation to create evocative, modern movements. Artistic director and choreographer Maria Caruso's experience interviewing patients, shadowing heart surgeons, and following physicians pulsates through this eclectic work, which is inundated with poignant emotion and certifiably sterile heartstring tugs. Proceeds from the event benefit Family House’s Family Assistance Fund, which provides housing for seriously ill individuals and their families staying in the Pittsburgh area for medical treatment.
For more than 30 years, Barry Manilow has romanced the airwaves and the hearts of millions worldwide with his ethereal melodies, relentless showmanship, and touching sincerity. With his ageless, silky voice, Barry’s continues to tug the heartstrings of boomers and bloomers with his timeless tunes, including “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At The Copa),” and “Could It Be Magic.” For this very special Florida visit, the magnanimous Bank Atlantic Center is proud to host Barry Manilow along with his razzling, dazzling cast and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.