The Both Plays Mr. Smalls; Greek Food Fest at St. Nicks (CPs Mon., 5/5/14)

1) The Both is the dynamic musical coupling of singer/songwriter/guitarist Aimee Mann and punk/indie rocker Ted Leo. Mann was a guitarist and lead vocalist in the hot ’80’s new wave band ‘Til Tuesday, with the big hit “Voices Carry.” She’s had good adult alternative contemporary music success in the 2000’s with songs like “Pavlov’s Bell” and “Calling It Quits.” Her melodic voice and smart lyrics and music give Mann’s songs their signature hooks. She was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Grammy Award for the soundtrack she created for the ’99 film Magnolia. Leo has had success with several bands, including Citizens Arrest and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Mann and Leo are forging a new path for rock duos and having fun along the way. What a cool “two for.” Special guest is Nick Diamonds of Islands. 8 p.mMr. Smalls  Funhouse. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

2)  Moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, and baklava are all beautiful-sounding Greek (food) words that will be spoken today through Saturday at the 53rd annual Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Food Festival in Oakland. In addition to the food, they’re offering Greek wine, coffee, music, and dancing. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., with music until midnight. 419 S. Dithridge St.

3) The Balcony Big Band’s hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

4) The San Francisco Giants are visiting our fair city and take on the Pirates in a 7:05 p.m. game at PNC Park. 115 Federal St., North Shore.



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