The Blues and Some Grey (CP’s Sun. 10/6/13)

1) Music is good for the soul, health screenings are good for the body, and today the two complement each other in Warrendale. Join the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania for their fundraiser, “Blues Goes Pink…the Divas Return,” at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proceeds from the event benefit Adagio Health for breast and cervical cancer screenings. See performances by Pittsburgh blues women including Jill West and Blues Attack, Ms. Freddye Band, Zoe Zelinski, Mia Z Band, and many more. We all have a woman in our lives, so come out to support these amazing ladies and help keep our women healthy. 1:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

2) Maybe you read it, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James has taken pop culture by storm. With fame inevitably comes parody. Enter 50 Shades! The Musical. Dubbed “the original parody,” the show—presented by a national touring company—follows a book club and their interpretation as they read the James novel. With 11 original songs and a script that pokes fun at the book as well as the cultural phenomenon, audiences are in for a hilarious treat at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. 7:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

3) The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-2014 season this weekend at Heinz Hall, and you won’t want to miss it. This weekend’s performance is the unmistakable Carmina Burana composed by Carl Orff. If the title doesn’t sound familiar, you may have heard the music at PNC Park or in a TV commercial and not even realized it—Orff’s choral masterpiece has been sampled for countless uses. Based on 24 of the medieval Latin poems of the same name, Carmina Burana will be sung by three distinguished guest artists along with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. In addition, the bill includes the premiere of composer David Stock‘s Sixth Symphony, written specifically for the PSO. Sit back, relax, and lose yourself in the music. 2:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) With six vocalists and an eight-piece band including strings, guitar, percussion, and pipes, Celtic Thunder has something for just about anyone. You’ll get smooth and mesmerizing vocals along with criss-crossing genres of traditional Irish, classical, and adult contemporary music when the supergroup stops in Pittsburgh for a performance at Benedum Center. With deep and complex harmonies, as in “Amazing Grace,” Celtic Thunder may give you some of those “oh-my-gosh-that-was-amazing” chills. 8 p.m. 803 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.

5)  Today’s Allegheny County RADical Days include free events at the Senator John Heinz History Center & Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, National Aviary, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, City Theatre – Theater Workshop, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main. For more information visit the RADical Days Web site.

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