Zappa Plays Zappa at Carnegie of Homestead; Club Cafe Hosts Acousticafe; (CPs Mon., 4/6/15)

1) Pittsburgh has recently been visited by tribute bands in which concertgoers have heard the music of  The BeatlesLed ZeppelinThe Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. The Zappa Plays Zappa ensemble has an authenticity beyond the others (if “authenticity” can be applied to a tribute act) because it is led by the late moustached guitarist’s son, Dweezil, perhaps the only man Zappa’s cult-ish fans would trust to channel the elder Zappa’s irreverent trippiness, offbeat humor, and multifaceted compositions.  Before tonight’s show at the Carnegie Library Music Hall, Dweezil will be teaching a guitar class at the library attached to the venue; he’s promising to show how he expanded his technique to play his dad’s dizzying works. 3 p.m. class; 8 p.m. concert. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

2) Check out new and established talent at one of the city’s best open stage nights, Club Cafe’s AcoustiCafeThe host of tonight’s supportive and friendly event is Bill Danylo/Akrasia. No cover. 7 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.


3) Human Capital (Regent Square Theater)Paolo Virzi directs an Italian adaptation of a novel by American Stephen Amidon about two families who are drawn together one Christmas Eve night when a cyclist is the victim of a hit and run accident. Set against the backdrop of the global economic meltdown, Human Capital is part family drama, part thriller noir and part dark comedy. A winner at the Tribeca Film Festival and Italy’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 8 p.m. 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square.


4) Get Hard Gee, there hasn’t been a Will Ferrell manchild comedy released in, what has it been?, the last three weeks. Director Etan Cohen and writers Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and Adam McKay rush in to fill the void with this little comedy confection about an evil millionaire who gets convicted of fraud and is given prison time. Before he reports to the Big House to begin his sentence he hires Kevin Hart, whom he believes to be a seasoned ex-con, to make him prison-ready … and oh the merry mix-ups which ensue. Check Fandango for screens and times.

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