City Theatre Previews ‘Live From the Edge’; Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers Play Dormont Festival (Sat., 10/9/21)

LIVE FROM THE EDGE by Universes. Presented by City Theatre. Oct. 9 – 31.  

New York's Universes ensemble roars into Pittsburgh to kick off the 2021-22 season at City Theatre.

New York’s Universes ensemble turns spoken word into a roar.

1) Live from the Edge, created and performed by the New York-based company Universes, comes to Pittsburgh as part of City Theatre’s new season. Universes grew out of New York’s spoken word scene in the 1990s. A few artists began performing together, then gradually turned themselves into an ensemble producing feature-length theater pieces. They use spoken, chanted, and sung words in myriad configurations limited only by the human imagination. Live from the Edge “tracks the evolution of language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop, gospel, Latin jazz and down home blues.” October 9 – 14 are pick-your-price previews; reserve online for $5 or more. Live from the Edge is on City Theatre’s Mainstage, 5:30 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (M.V.)

2) This evening one of Pittsburgh’s rock royalty, Joe Grushecky, and The Houserockers are playing the 13th Annual Dormont Street & Music Festival. In 2020 Grushecky celebrated the anniversary and reissue of their landmark 1980 album, Have a Good Time…But Get Out Alive (see our story). Grushecky and The Houserocker’s music is the wonderfully written, true-to-life, guitar and drum driven rock that Pittsburgh has enjoyed and run on for many years. This is a great opportunity to see Grushecky and The Houserockers in a free show in his own neighborhood. 6:30 p.m. Potomac Ave.

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 2018 for a concert. (L.to r.) Jeffrey 'Joffo Simmons, Grushecky, Johnny Grushecky, Jeff Garrison, and Danny Gochnour. (photo: Jesse DeFlorio)

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers in Asbury Park, New Jersey for a 2018 concert. (L.to r.) Jeffrey ‘Joffo Simmons, Grushecky, Johnny Grushecky, Jeff Garrison, and Danny Gochnour. (photo: Jesse DeFlorio)

3) This evening Three Rivers Cabaret presents Cabaret of the Dead at Carnegie Stage. Three Rivers Cabaret says, “Soon it will be All Hallows’ Eve- the night where the barrier between the realm of the dead and living is at its weakest. The night where the dead can walk the earth, and perform for the living in their Cabaret of the Dead.” 7 and 9:30 p.m. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie.