Chamber Music Pittsburgh Hosts Cypress Spring Quartet; ‘Elvis & Nixon’ Now Screening (Mon., 4/25/16)

1) We are all familiar with rock bands and their farewell tours. Well it appears that the same type of thing can happen in the chamber music world. Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s next concert happens tonight and features the noted Cypress Spring Quartet, who will be disbanding this summer after performing together since 1996. The group is breaking up so that the members can explore new individual artistic endeavors. Described as “one of the most passionate, insightful, and innovative ensembles of our time” they will be performing a program of four pieces, composed by Beethoven, Kevin Puts, François Couperin, and Schubert. Joining them is Gary Hoffman (cello). Their will be a pre-show recital in the lobby. Hear great music in a beautiful setting. Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. 7:30 p.m., 4400 Forbes Ave.

 

2) Elvis & Nixon – The idea is so delicious it’s no wonder it’s been broached a few times before. In 1970 Elvis Presley, perhaps a little over medicated, began a cross-country trip which ultimately (and with a few detours) ended up with him flying to Washington D.C. in hopes of becoming an undercover agent for either the FBI or the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He achieved neither but through a bizarre turn of events ended up having a one-on-one meeting with Nixon which resulted in the now legendary photography of the King and Tricky Dick shaking hands—one of the most requested pictures in the National Archives. The story was first filmed in 1997, a documentary was made in 2009 and now this version written by Joey and Hanala Sagal and, somewhat surprisingly, Cary Elwes. No word yet on how good it is, but just the casting may make it worth the trip: Kevin Spacey plays Nixon and Michael Shannon is Elvis. Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Tracy Letts, and Tate Donovan (as Haldeman!) also star. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

3) It’s Global Mondays at Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside with imported bottled beers for only $3. While there, team up an import with a bowl of their scrumptious chili. 5431 Walnut St.