Beach Boys Catch Wave to Heinz Hall; Pitt Theatre on ‘Parade’ (Sat., 11/15/17)

1) Mike Love, a founding member and singer/songwriter for the quintessential American pop-rock band—The Beach Boysbrings his version of that band to Heinz Hall tonight for a concert. Love reunited a couple of years back with Brian Wilson and other surviving original members for a tour and album, and he performs tonight with his band under the Beach Boy’s banner. The Beach Boys created many top hits, including, “Surfin’ USA” (which Wilson wrote lyrics for and was heavily influenced by Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” After some wrangling Berry received a co-writing credit), “California Girls,” and “I Get Around.” Love has also written in a different media, his memoir Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy is a New York Times Bestseller. Additionally, Love has a new double album coming out titled Unleash the Love. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

Leo Frank, the central figure in ‘Parade,’ had a bright future but a ghastly end.

Leo Frank, the central figure in ‘Parade,’ had a bright future but met a ghastly end.

2) In 1913, at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, a young woman who worked on a production line was found murdered. In a trial marked by flawed evidence and frenzied media coverage, the factory’s superintendent—Leo Frank, a transplanted Northerner and prominent member of Atlanta’s Jewish community—was convicted of the crime. After Georgia’s governor commuted his death sentence to life in prison, a group of men led by prominent non-Jewish citizens kidnapped him from the prison and lynched him. And not long after that, another group burned a cross on nearby Stone Mountain to announce the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan. This story is now chronicled in a work of theater. Playwright Alfred Uhry, a Pulitzer Prize winner (for Driving Miss Daisy) and native of Atlanta, collaborated with composer Jason Robert Brown on the musical Parade, which premiered in 1998. It received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score. It’s been staged internationally, and this month it can be seen here. 8 p.m. Continues through tomorrow. Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts is performing Parade in the Charity Randall Theatre at the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (MV)