St. Vincent Appears at Stage AE; Quantum Starts Revolution With “Pantagleize” (CPs Fri., 4/11/14)

1) Singer/songwriter St. Vincent, born Anne Erin Clark in Tulsa, Okla., took her stage name from a line in a Nick Cave song that references St. Vincent’s Medical Center where poet Dylan Thomas died. Additionally, it was her great-grandmother’s middle name. St. Vincent is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, organ, bass, and theremin. Her music, as heard in the song “Cruel,” has an evocative pop sound that can take you higher or lower. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) The curtain rises tonight on Pantagleize, the final production in Quantum Theatre‘s current season. Michel de Ghelderode’s 1931 avant-garde play is adapted by Quantum’s Jay Ball, who follows beat poet Allen Ginsberg as he encounters unusual characters on his way to Prague, including a quirky guide, a sexy spy, and a nasty dictator.  An accidental revolution starts that puts militarism in perspective. Directed by Jed Allen Harris. 8 p.m. Runs through April 27. Lexington Technology Center, 400 N. Lexington St., Homewood.

3) John Witherspoon is a comedian and actor whose work has transcended many years and genres in the entertainment industry. Most notably he is remembered for playing Ice Cube’s funny dog-catcher dad in the Friday movie trilogy and in sitcoms as Pops on “The Wayan’s Brothers” and Spoon on “The Tracy Morgan Show.” Witherspoon even acted in an episode of the 70’s  TV detective show “Barnaby Jones,” which so happened to be the same episode where Sean Penn had his first acting role. Witherspoon has more film, TV, and comedy credits than can be squeezed in here. With all his versatility and accomplishment, an evening with Witherspoon should be fun and interesting. Pittsburgh Improv, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; runs through Sunday. 166 E. Bridge St. The Waterfront, Homestead.

4) Don Quixote with the Orchestra, based on the classic tale about the man who tilts at windmills, is told with all the majesty of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Benedum Center, 237 7th St.

5) The David Mayfield Parade is performing tonight in a 10:30 p.m. show at Club Cafe. Mayfield, a folk rocker who’s played with the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, is touring in support of  his latest album, Good Man Down. The album was recorded after a Kickstarter campaign brought in twice as much as its goal. Mayfield is also a Grammy-nominated record producer. Nameless in August is the opener. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

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