Cheap Trick at the Palace; New Horizon Staging ‘Too Heavy for Your Pocket’ (Sun., 2/9/20)

1) Cheap Trick is a quintessential ’70s rock band and a staple on the classic rock touring circuit.. They sang “Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird, surrender …” for their big hit “Surrender.” Other highly successful songs are  “I Want You to Want Me,” and “The Flame.” Cheap Trick formed in Rockford, Illinois, in 1973. Cheap trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, and crew’s most recent releases are 2017’s We’re All Alright! And Christmas Christmas. Rookie opens. 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. 

2) New Horizon Theater, producing theater from African-American points of view since 1992 in Pittsburgh, presents a play about the Freedom Riders movement. In 1961, young men and women from around the country challenged the era’s segregation laws by teaming up to ride interstate buses across the South in mixed-race groups. It was a dangerous venture: Freedom Riders faced howling mob scenes, violent beatings, and jail. Too Heavy for Your Pocket, by playwright and screenwriter Jiréh Breon Holder, imagines the personal drama surrounding a young man who decides to give up a precious college scholarship to join the movement. The play has received strong reviews in New York. New Horizons’ cast for Too Heavy for Your Pocket includes Hope Anthony, Jadah Johnson, Brenden Peifer, and Maurice Redwood. 3 p.m. Performances continue through February 23. At the Falk School auditorium, 4060 Allequippa St., Oakland. (MV)