It’s a bit early in the year for mid-terms, but about a dozen dance majors at Point Park College already have those exam jitters. Such is the price when you’re one of a dozen or so student choreographers who have been rehearsing your fellow students to perform your piece in the annual student showcase. Now in its 17th year, “Tomorrow’s Choreographers” features original works in ballet, modern and jazz by the Playhouse Dance Company, the student dance company of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory of Performing Arts. Times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $14.
Details: (412) 621-4445.
Five or six years ago, Crypt Records was the one-stop shop if you wanted to dip your ladle in one of the last pure, undiluted streams of raw, crazed wildman rock ‘n’ roll. For lots of people who thought rock ‘n’ roll had been blow-dried, art-directed and demographic-researched out of its rightful primal state, Crypt’s stable of bands such as The New Bomb Turks, The Devil Dogs and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion were the antidote. Then Crypt kind of went away for awhile, and nobody knew why.
Finally, the beast has awakened – and NYC’s The Little Killers are the reason. Crypt’s first new band in way too long, The Little Killers are one guy and two girls playing fast, sweaty rock ‘n’ roll that connects the dots between Chuck Berry, the New York Dolls and now – like it’s what they were born to do. The Little Killers hit the Strip District’s 31st Street Pub’s “Skull Room” with like-minded locals The Mud City Manglers and Burning Rubber (all the way from Norway!) at 10 p.m. today.
Details: (412) 391-8334.
What’s the dark secret that an Alabama town is guardingâ¢ Is the father of the atom bomb passing secrets to the Russiansâ¢ Are those pointe shoes really what they appear to beâ¢ The answers to these and other questions may be revealed this week at the 13th annual Pittsburgh New Works Festival. The festival that presents world premieres of one-act plays concludes this weekend at the Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre at City Theatre, 13th and Bingham streets, on the South Side.
This week’s offerings:
This year’s Graffiti Challenge winners, Science Fiction Idols, provide music for the play from its soon-to-be-released second album.
Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7. Details: (412) 881-6888 or www.pittsburghnewworks.org .
So you know that the easily identifiable, tuberous tentacles of the aloe plant are good for burns, but what about those more exotic healing plants such as Motherwort, which is used to calm the nervous systemâ¢ What does something like that look like?
If you’re not in the know, you might want to stop by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, where “The Healing Plants of Ida Hrubesky Pemberton” opens today. It’s an exhibition of original watercolors of medicinal plants that Pemberton painted between 1935 and 1942 for her planned book, “Drug Plants.”
Although Pemberton’s book was never published, the original 64 artworks she created for it reached critical acclaim after her first solo exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden in 1950. Now, 45 of those original watercolors have been chosen for this exhibition, and none of them has been on display publicly for at least 21 years – making this a rare opportunity, indeed.
The exhibition will be on display – for free, no less – on the fifth floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University until Feb. 29. Details: (412) 268-2434.
Jumping from a plane isn’t always the most advisable course of action, but the crew from the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute is trying to make sure it’s fun.
The Downtown group has put together a parachuting class at Skydive Pennsylvania in Grove City, Mercer County. The daring can go there, get four or five hours ground preparation and then be taken up to about 4,500 feet for a static line jump. In that kind of jump, a line attached to a plane opens the chute. It creates about two or three seconds of free fall as the chute opens.
Oh, on the relaxing side, there also will be some Frisbee play and barbecues. The class is $169 for members and $180 for nonmembers. Details: (412) 255-0564.