Carrie Underwood in Concert at PPG Paints Arena; Pittsburgh Opera Opens ‘Don Giovanni’ (Sat., 10/12/19)

1) Winner of the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005, Carrie Underwood has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Underwood, an Oklahoma native, already has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and has won seven Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards. Best known for her pop country ballads and light rockers like “Before He Cheats,” she will be performing here as part of her Cry Pretty Tour. Cry Pretty is also the name of her latest LP.  Underwood is also co-hosting the CMA Music Awards in November and could be taking home some  more impressive hardware. She is nominated for Entertainer of the Year,  Female Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year. Underwood is married to Mike Fisher, a former NHL hockey player for the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. Maddie & Tae and Runaway Jane open. 7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

In Pittsburgh Opera's 'Don Giovanni,' the night is alive but someone soon will not be. (photo: Cory Weaver for Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The uniquely themed production is being re-staged here with a new cast.)

In Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni,’ the night is alive but someone soon will not be. (photo: Cory Weaver for Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The uniquely themed production is being re-staged here with a new cast.)

2) When Mozart composed an opera about the seducer Don Juan, he had an apt librettist. Lorenzo Da Ponte was a renowned wit, and a Catholic priest with many lovers and children. Mozart’s brilliant music worked beautifully with Da Ponte’s story and sharp lyrics. Don Giovanni premiered in 1787 and it is this season’s opener at Pittsburgh Opera. In its time, Don Giovanni was a genre-buster. Operas of the 1700s were either serious or comic—seria or buffa—but Da Ponte and Mozart mixed the two, producing a dark comedy that has an eerily modern feeling. Don Giovanni sees himself as a wild joker, yet he does serious harm to the women he’s after, commits a murder, and finally pays the price. Tarantino? Pittsburgh Opera had a better idea, recruiting director Kristine McIntyre to stage the opera in film noir style. McIntyre has done the production in other cities and it’s said to be a knockout. The Pittsburgh cast features baritone Craig Verm as Don Giovanni, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as his sidekick Leporello, and sopranos Rachelle Durkin, Corrie Stallings, and Antonia Bocci-Lodovico as the women. 8 p.m. Continues through October 20. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (MV)

RUPAUL’S WERQ THE WORLD TOUR. Oct. 12 only, 8 p.m., at Heinz Hall. 

3) Best RuPaul quote: “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.” He sends a cavalcade of queens to Heinz Hall on a mission dubbed the Werq The World Tour. 8 p.m. sharp at 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

Saturday, October 12 Free RADical Days Events

The Frick Pittsburgh Free admission: 10am – 5pm
Free family activities! Explore Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion; discover amazing vehicles and view the exhibition The Hunt for a Seat: Sporting Carriages in the Early Twentieth Century at the Car and Carriage Museum; and experience fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum. Reservations are not required.
7227 Reynolds St. (Point Breeze) |
Pittsburgh Musical Theater Free Admission: 10:30am – 1pm
Join Pittsburgh Musical Theater for Dancing in the Streets! – a day of live music and performances, as well as vendors from the West End. Snacks and refreshments provided. No reservations needed.
327 South Main Street (West End) |
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust All workshops are free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register at

10–10:30am (3 – 4 yr olds) AND 11–11:45am (5 – 6 yr olds): Dance Days: Afro-Caribbean Beats
Our youngest artists can dance their cares away, as they explore how to maintain a steady beat, perform call and response, and develop their own moves all inspired by Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

1– 4pm (For all ages; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult): Sketch Crawl in Katz Plaza (meet at the corner of Penn Ave and 7th St.)
Guided by one of the Trust’s talented teaching artists, you will go on an art-filled journey through the Cultural District, stopping and sketching in response to what you see all along the way. Bring a sketch-book, your favorite drawing medium, and a chair.

1-4pm (6th – 8th grade): Magnificent Mega Masks
Working with fluted cardboard, you will fold, roll, shape, and cut your way to creating an original large-scale mask inspired by global designs and iconography.

5-8pm (age 18+): Anything but Clothes Costume-Making
What do bubble wrap, duct tape, and swim noodles all have in common? They are just some of the fun, fantastic supplies you might use when you create an original costume that will most certainly be anything but clothes.

All events are held at the Trust Arts Education Center (807 Liberty Ave.) unless otherwise noted |
Chatham Baroque with WQED-FM Free Admission – 2:30pm
An all ages concert of spirited music by Bach, Corelli, and more featuring Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo). The program will be recorded live by WQED-FM and the station’s host Jim Cunningham will lead a lively discussion after the performance.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary – Hicks Memorial Chapel – 616 N. Highland Ave (Highland Park) | |
Quantum Theatre Free discussion – 4:30pm
Join Quantum Theatre and Yvonne Hudson of New Place Collaborations and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks for a Q&A session about Anne Hathaway, the mysterious wife of William Shakespeare, in preparation for Quantum’s Shakespeare’s Will, which runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 1. Email Shannon ( for more details and to reserve your spot.
West Homestead United Methodist Church – 515 W. 8th Ave. (Homestead) |