Church Basement Ladies, ‘Last Potluck Supper’ at Mountain Playhouse; Bluegrass Jam at Park House (Wed., 6/21/17)

1) Church Basement Ladies – The Last Potluck Supper, by Greta Grosch and Drew Jansen, is the fourth sequel in the Church Basement Ladies musical series. All were inspired by Growing Up Lutheran, a book by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson. The book humorously reflects upon their 1950s, Midwestern, Lutheran upbringing. The musicals, meanwhile, concern Vivian, Mavis, and Karin, the church ladies in question, who cook in the church basement for various function. In The Last Potluck Supper, the function is the Centennial of First Cornucopia Lutheran. The trio reflect on their lives and the lives of their families in relation to the church’s 100-year history. It’s sure to be poignant and, thanks to the musical numbers, joyous. A Second Helping, another installment of the series, is playing at South Park Theatre around the same time should you find yourself wanting, ahem, seconds.2 and 7 p.m. Performances through July 2. The Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown. (CM)

Members of The Shelf Life String Band bring bluegrass to the Deutschtown Music Festival.

Members of The Shelf Life String Band bring bluegrass to the Deutschtown Music Festival. photo: Christopher Maggio.

2) Check out the Bluegrass Jam at the Park House, which bills itself as Pittsburgh’s oldest and friendliest tavern. The Shelf Life String Band hosts this weekly event where you can relax and enjoy the music or join the jam. Either way, Yuengling pints are only $2 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Jam starts at 9 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary peanuts and popcorn. 403 E. Ohio St., North Side.

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