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.
Before he disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean on a research trip for the unfinished play Waterworld, William Shakespeare is rumored to have said to gatherers on the beach, "The past and future of theater is in time travel." See the Bard's sage wisdom come alive with today's Groupon. For $25, you get a scale-two ticket to the Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Time of My Life at the O'Reilly Theater. Represented in green on Pittsburgh Public Theater's seating chart, scale-two tickets are available for your choice of show on April 15–18, a $45–$50 value depending on the day of the week. While Pittsburgh Public Theater offers $15 tickets for those age 26 and younger, they can only be purchased an hour before the show for Friday- and Saturday-night shows, or must be ordered in advance.
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.
• 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).
With a lineup of scary ghouls devoted to frightening the hearts of visitors, The ScareHouse will open its doors to reveal a masterful collection of spine-freezing horrors that will make hairs stand on end as if possessed by extra-hold raspberry jam. General admission gets visitors access to three separate haunts, designed with high-tech special effects and ultra-convincing props and prosthetics.
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.