Cool Picks Sunday, February 24, 2013

1) It’s 1776 and our country is just being born. The Tony Award winning musical 1776 is in it’s last day on stage  at Pittsburgh Public Theater. See actors portraying John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin engaging in passionate debate over the writing of the  Declaration of Independence and also enjoying rousing songs, dances and funny moments. This is no Disney animatronic display; it is is a living and breathing tribute to our founding fathers. Directed by local legend Ted Pappas. 2 and 7 p.m. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) Singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston whose songs often portray troubled lonely characters is in performance at Club Cafe.Johnston has been given the high praise of being called “a songwriter’s songwriter” Special guests are Aaron Lee Tasjan and Martin Rubeo. 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side.

3) Murder by Death  is occurring (performing) at Mr. Smalls Funhouse tonight. A versatile, five piece indie rock band from Bloomington, Indiana, they are fronted by lead singer Adam Turla, whose rich, deep voice gives added dimension to the songs. Also on the bill are Man Man and special guest Damion Suomi. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

4) “Okie” rockers Hinder are in concert at Altar Bar. Also performing are Nonpoint. 7 p.m.  1620 Penn Ave., The Strip District.

5) The Pens meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7:30 p.m. match up at the Consol Energy Center. Uptown.

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