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James McBride
Date(s): 09/22/2014 Time: 7:30 pm
James McBride is the author of the 2013 National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and well as the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride will focus on his life and on his newest novel, The Good Lord Bird, a story humorously narrated by the elderly Henry Shackleford, as he reminisces about his youthful adventures.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Book of Mormon
Date(s): 09/23/2014 - 10/05/2014
The Book or Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Creators Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone also begat the four-time Emmy Award-winning landmark animated series, "South Park."
Presenter: PNC Broadway Across America
Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Passing Strange
Date(s): 09/25/2014 - 10/09/2014
The ground-breaking adventurous musical Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald tells the story of a young African-American's travels from his roots in Los Angeles to Europe and back in his search for personal and artistic authenticity. Winner: 2008 Tony for Best Book of a Musical and three Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Musical. Mark Clayton Southers directs.
Presenter: The Phoenix: A Theatre Company
Location: TBA

Cello Fury
Date(s): 09/25/2014 Time: 11:30am - 1:30p
WQED and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership present a LIVE performance by the "cello rock powerhouse" Cello Fury to usher in a new season of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on WQED-TV. The PBS Arts Fall Festival -- a Friday night fall tradition since 2011 --will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26 at 9 pm with "Sweeney Todd" in concert with the New York Philharmonic.
Location: Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Public Record - A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
Date(s): 09/26/2014 - 11/09/2014
Public Record — a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists — explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working. 'Paul’s Vinyl Records' (at 707 Penn Gallery) features recordings were sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again.
Presenter: SPACE Gallery
812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Date(s): 09/26/2014
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawls with exhibitions and live music in the downtown Cultural District including the openings of Pittsburgh Biennial shows at SPACE gallery and 707 Penn Avenue.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Location: Cultural District, Pittsburgh, PA

Date(s): 09/26/2014 - 10/12/2014
Florence Foster Jenkins was an eccentric wealthy socialite whose utter inability to carry a tune never prevented her from holding recitals at the Ritz Carlton or selling out Carnegie Hall. Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Stephen Temperley's hilariously off-key Souvenir has been called "the funniest show on Broadway since The Producers." It's a wonderful and poignant journey through her performances that were the talk of New York. Tome' Cousin directs.
Presenter: The REP - Pittsburgh Playhouse
Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Avenue Pittsburgh, PA
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Newberry Consort - Rosas das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria
Date(s): 09/27/2014 Time: 8:00 pm
While languishing in ilness, Alfonso X - twelfth-century king of Castille, Leon and Galicia—prayed to the Virgin Mary for divine intercession that he might survive. After his recovery, he commissioned songs, or cantigas, recounting the Virgin's miracles and singing her praises. Set to compelling melodies, these cantigas are, at turns, funny, moving, and even awe inspiring. This multimedia production includes lavish images from the E codex, currently held in El Escorial, Spain.
Presenter: Renaissance & Baroque Society
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Beaver County Invitational Marching Band Festival
Date(s): 09/27/2014 Time: 6:30 pm
Thirteen Beaver County High School Marching bands perform their fall shows. Sponsored by the New Brighton Band Parent Organization.
Presenter: Music in a Great Space
Location: Reeves Field, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA

Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita!
Date(s): 09/28/2014 Time: 4:00 pm
Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest comes to Pittsburgh for an afternoon of Italian arias and art songs, performed by soprano Jen Aylmer, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor Eric Rieger, bass Randall Scarlata, and pianist Laura Ward.
Presenter: Music in a Great Space
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
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