X Plays the Rex; Balcony Big Band at Jergel’s (Mon., 9/25/17)

1) X is a punk band, but its ear has always been wide open. Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ late keyboardist, produced X’s first album, 1980’s Los Angeles, named after their hometown. You can hear his psychedelic keys all over “Nausea.” The album also includes a cover of The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen.” Manzarek produced X’s next three albums: all eclectic, and all buoyed by John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s sharp songwriting. “New World,” which name-checks American cities arguably betrayed by political promises, is more relevant than ever. Original guitarist Billy Zoom, known for performing with a wide smile and making eye contact with audience members, left before 1987’s See How We Are. The original lineup regrouped in 1998 and then again in 2004. Since then, the quartet continues to perform and is playing the Rex Theater as part of its 40th Anniversary Tour. Skating Polly opens. 8:15 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. (CM)

2) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

Free RADical Days 2017 Events

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Free admission: 9:30AM–11PM
Phipps combines nature with glass art, historic sculptures and waterfalls, displayed in 13 beautiful indoor gardens and six outdoor gardens. Experience one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, with native landscapes, scenic views and art that blurs the line between the living and built environments.
One Schenley Park (Oakland)

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
Free admission: 10AM–4PM
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is the nation’s only military memorial dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service, from all generations and conflicts.
4141 Fifth Avenue (Oakland)

Tull Family TheaterThe Great Gatsby
Free admission: 5pm
Enjoy a screening of the classic 1974 film of obsession and tragedy based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Rated PG. Though admission is free, seating is limited; first come–first served.
418 Walnut Street (Sewickley)

Pittsburgh Public Theater: Youth Theater Experience
Scott Twp Library
Free admission: 6:30PM
Pittsburgh Public Theater will offer a hands-on experience for studens ages 7-13 to learn more about the theater and try their hand at fun improvisation activities. RSVP with Scott Twp library as space is limited: scottlibrary.org
301 Lindsay Rd. (Scott Twp)