1) Several weeks after the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, when we’ve recovered from our immersion in Irish culture, green beer, and whiskey, and are starting to long for some cheerful Celtic music, Celtic Woman are playing Heinz Hall. The multi-platinum-selling group of angelic-voiced women rose to fame on their vocal talents and quality production values. Many people learned of the group through their popular performance specials on PBS. Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the long running Irish stage show Riverdance, created the ensemble. Although members have changed over the years, the group itself is currently on its Twelfth Anniversary tour. 7:00 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.
2) Soba Restaurant—located along Shadyside’s Ellsworth Avenue—specializes in traditional and contemporary Asian dishes. With many small plate offerings Soba is perfect for sharing food with friends and family and making new culinary discoveries. Most of the inspiration for the menu comes from the cuisines of China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Soba also puts a twist on some classic American dishes like Long Island duck and Korean fried chicken. An especially tasty small plate item is the bahn mi bao buns with pork belly, duck pate, pickles, and cilantro. The menu is categorized by sections: share, dim sum, maki & sashimi, soups and salads, plates, and rice and noodles. The culinary team is led by the restaurant’s executive chef, Lily Tran, and Big Burrito Group’s Executive Chef Bill Fuller. Soba sports a modern, yet comfortable interior. There is a happening lounge there as well featuring a fun selection of cocktails, wine, sake, and beer offerings. The restaurant takes its name from the soba Asian noodle made from buckwheat which it serves. Open for dinner 7 days a week. 5847 Ellsworth Ave.