Beckett’s ‘Endgame’ Opens at PICT; Pour at the Park in South Park; Pittonkatonk at Schenley Park (Sat., 5/14/22)

Martin Giles (L.) and James Fitzgerald play Hamm and Clov respectively in PICT's production of Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame.' (Photo: PICT Classic Theatre)

Martin Giles (L.) and James Fitzgerald play Hamm and Clov respectively in PICT’s production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame.’ (Photo: PICT Classic Theatre)

ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett. PICT Classic Theatre. May 12 – 18.

1) Samuel Beckett was an Irish writer whose life spanned well into the modern age of radio and television. He took full advantage of those newer mediums for his written works. However, he was mainly a novelist, playwright, poet, and short story teller. PICT Classic Theatre is presenting his stage play, Endgame, which won an Obie Award (for Off-Broadway productions). Endgame is often listed as one of Beckett’s best works. Beckett also wrote the more famous play, Waiting for Godot. Endgame centers on an elderly man who is blind, paralyzed, and very controlling. Joining him in a post-apocalyptical world are his parents, and his subserviant companion. PICT describes the play as “Endgame is an exploration of ending – ending life, ending time, and what we find at the conclusion.” Endgame features resident company members Martin Giles, James FitzGerald, Karen Baum, Ken Bolden and is directed by the noted PICT Artistic and Executive Director, Alan Stanford. Fred Rogers Studio at WQED, 4802 Fifth Ave., Shadyside.

There will be many beers, and spirits, to sample at Pour at the Park in North Park. (photo: Gina Vensel)

There will be many beers, and spirits, to sample at Pour at the Park in South Park. (photo: Easy Street Promotions)

2) The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is having a very exciting fundraiser at South Park Fairgrounds—its annual Pour at the Park. The event, which occurs Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature beer, spirit, and food tastings. Live music will be provided by The Turpentiners and Through Binoculars. Prize baskets valued at $250 to $500 each will be awarded by a ticket raffle. Coach Dave Gray of McCandless, owner of CDG Sports Events, will create an Ultimate Sports Zone from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for kids ages 6-15. They can test their sports skills: see how fast they can run, test their football tossing accuracy, plus other sports challenges. Come on out and support the Allegheny County Parks Foundation and its mission to improve, conserve and restore the nine Allegheny County Parks. This is a family friendly event. Sorry no dogs though. Event tickets required.

3) Pittonkatonk is a fun-ky music festival featuring mainly brass bands from near and far. It’s held every year at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion at Schenley Park. Bands slated to perform include: Son Rompe Pera (Mexico City), Gili Yalo & Anbessa Orchestra (Ethiopia/Israel/USA), Undertow Brass Band (Formerly What Cheer? Brigade Providence, RI), Torbaci (Toronto – featuring members of Lemon Bucket Orhestra), Kiko Villamizar (Colombia/Austin,TX), Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit, MI), and from Pittsburgh – Colonel Eagleburger Band, Timbeleza, Big Blitz, 1Hood, and
Afro Yaqui Music Collective. Food and beer trucks, and other vendors will also be on hand. Starts at 1 p.m.