Curtains Rise on “Once”; Pens vs. Caps (CPs Tues., 3/11/14)

1) A street performer in Dublin is discouraged and about to hang up his attempt to have a musical career when a young woman is captivated by his compelling love songs. As their relationship deepens, his music soars to new heights. The inspiring tale shows the power of faith in overcoming fear and pursuing your dreams. The play is Once, the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production features an impressive ensemble cast who sing and play instruments. 7:30 p.m. (free pre-show talk begins at 6:30 p.m.) Runs through Sunday. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.

2) The Pens take on the Washington Capitals in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Consol Energy Center. Here’s hoping that the Pens pop the Caps. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

3) Thunderbird Café‘s Space Exchange series, which explores progressive jazz in relation to other musical genres, continues tonight with the Matt Booth Quartet, featuring Matt Booth (bass), Ben Opie (sax), Brett Williams (piano), and Tom Wendt (drums). 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

4) At Theater Square, bassist Dwayne Dolphin is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. No cover. 5 – 9 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

5)  If you live farther out from the center of the city and wish to ice skate in a sylvan setting, then Allegheny County’s North and South Parks ice skating rinks are “your ticket to fun!”  The rinks offer both free and paid skating lessons as well as skate rentals. Today’s sessions are from 7:30 – 9 p.m. North Park rink is on Pearce Mill Road; South Park rink is on Buffalo Drive.

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