Cool Picks Friday August 10, 2012

1) We lost a good man on Monday with the passing of  Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch was a singular sensation. He won many awards in several different categories. Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Pulitzer were all in his trophy case! We were lucky to have his great personality and magnificent talent here in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Pops conductor. As a suggested tribute to Hamlisch, go out and see a play, enjoy a concert or make a donation to your favorite arts organization. Marvin, thanks for being a Pittsburgher!

2) Broadway at the Overlook from CITIPARKS features performers from Pittsburgh Musical Theater, putting on musical theater productions set against the sweeping backdrop of Pittsburgh as seen from the West End/Elliott Overlook Amphitheater. Picnicking/relaxation from 6-7:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Free.

3) 70’s Geographic Super Group Pick #1 – Boston brings its big, power rockin’ guitar, keyboard and drum sound to Stage AE.  Some of their top hits include: More Than a Feeling, Don’t Look Back, Foreplay/Longtime. Opening artist is Mercury. Gates open 6:30 p.m. North Shore.

4) 70’s Geographic Super Group Pick #2 – Dust in the Wind, Carry on Wayward Son, Point of Know Return are all mega hits from Kansas. Yes, Kansas is actually from Kansas (Topeka), where they started out as a garage band, but were soon discovered to become a huge success. Carnegie Library Music Hall. 8 p.m. Munhall.

5) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring their New Orleans jazz to the South Park Amphitheater as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Free.

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