Rex Hosts Stones for Children’s; Bruce Bruce in Concert at Pittsburgh Improv (Fri., 5/19/17)

1) This show’s a win-win: support Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital and enjoy some hot rock at the same time. Stones for Children’s features the entire tracklisting of 1981’s Tattoo You, the Stones’ last album to reach No. 1 in the U.S., featuring “Start Me Up,” “Tops,” and “Slave.” Additionally, the encore set will contain other Stones classics. It’ll be performed by a stellar line-up of local musicians, and by line-up, we mean all of these people: DVE’s Randy Baumann, Joe Grushecky, Rob James, Rick Witkowski, Clinton Clegg, Jay Wiley, Jon Belan, Chet Vincent, Paul Luc, Nathan Zoob, Josh Verbannets, Freddie Nelson, backup singers, and a horn section. A portion of the proceeds goes to Pittsburgh Children’s. 8 p.m. The Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St., South Side.

2) Bruce Bruce is in town. No, that’s not a typo the editor missed; it’s comedian Bruce Church’s stage name. Church overcame growing up in one of Atlanta’s roughest neighborhoods to become a successful comic. He’s hosted BET’s “Comic View” for two seasons and has had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. He’s also made numerous appearances on TV and in films. A big man who pokes fun at his size and good-naturedly ribs the audience, With Don Rickles now gone, Bruce can fill some of that void. He is also a spokesperson for Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits. Bruce puts on a show that makes for a good time. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Shows through Sunday. Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

3) The Pirates play our cross state rivals the Philadelphia Phillies in a 7:05 p.m. game. You’ve heard of locust invasions, look out… for an invasion of Phillies fans around town. Here’s to sending them home in a bad mood! It’s also a Zambelli Fireworks night.  PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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