Robyn Hitchcock in Concert at Club Cafe; Huge Local Music Bash at Jergel’s to Benefit the Mentally Ill (CPs Sun., 11/16/14)

1) “Guess what, I’ve spoken to Norm and we’re going to live in the trees” is the opening line of the popular song “We’re Going to Live in the Trees” from singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. Both as a solo artist and as a member of The Soft Boys, The Egyptians, and The Venus 3, Englishman Hitchcock—who plays the guitar, harmonica, piano, and bass guitar—has enjoyed just-under-the-radar success. Another song that showcases his talents is “Autumn is Your Last Chance.” This is a great opportunity to see an insightful and fun performer. 8 p.m. Club Cafe  56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

2) Some of the most fun we all have is when we’re partying for a cause. Well, today there’s just that happening. Some of the best names in local music are performing at a benefit that  Jergel’s Rhythm Grille is hosting to raise money for NAMI Southwestern PA. NAMI is a support and advocacy organization that helps our family members, friends and neighbors live a better life while dealing with various mental illnesses. They also pressure the government to solve the problem of severely underfunded programs that assist the mentally ill. The benefit includes performances from The Jaggerz, Joe Grushecky, Granati Brothers, Fathertime with Donnie Iris, No Bad JuJu, Sputzy, Shari Richards, Kenny Blake, and more. 2 -10 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.


3) Human Capital – A thriller about three families thrown together by a car accident is playing today as part of the Three Rivers Film Festival. Human Capital is Italy’s official entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 2:30 p.m. Regent Square Theater, 1035 Braddock Ave., Regent Square.


4) Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is a13 film, written and directed by Japanese master Shion Sono, about a movie crew who get caught up in a yakuza clan feud. Well, it beats other plots like teenagers getting probed by aliens. The cast and crew better produce a box office hit! 7 p.m. Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont.


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