Pittsburgh New Works Festival Continues; St. Lucia Visits Pittsburgh (CPs Thurs., 9/25/14)

1) An evening of one-acts offers a varied experience at the theater, and Pittsburgh’s New Works Festival—now in its 24th year, drawing entries from across the country—is one of the major events of its kind. Twelve original one-acts are staged in four separate programs of three plays each. Selections range from comedies and dramas to surreal sci-fi. Authors include newcomers as well as award winners from past festivals, such as Chris Gavaler (his new one-act is Crisis on Infinite Earths). There’s even a play from a TV soap-opera writer in Los Angeles (Close Your Eyes by James Harmon Brown). Each one-act is produced by a different local community theater group. 8 p.m. Continues through Sunday. All plays are at Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie.

2) St. Lucia—the stage name for Jean-Philip Grobler—performs with his band tonight at Mr. Smalls Funhouse. Grobler grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and sang with the internationally known Drakensberg Boys Choir. When older, he moved to Liverpool, England, to study for three years before moving to Brooklyn, New York, where he started his musical career. In 2012, he was signed to Neon Gold Records, who released his full-length album, When the Night. He cites Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Paul Simon, and Phil Collins as the main musical influences for his synth-pop. Joywave opens. 9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

3) The Pens play the Minnesota Wild in the second home preseason game of the season. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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