Todd Rundgren Brings Boundless Creativity to the Rex (CPs Tues., 3/25/14)

1) “Can We Still Be Friends,” “Hello It’s Me,” and “I Saw the Light” were three monster hits in the 70’s for accomplished pop rocker Todd Rundgren. A musical composer, performer, and producer who plays many different instruments, Rundgren is a free spirit whose creativity is limitless and songs melodically beautiful. He’s produced top albums for many individuals and groups, including Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and The Psychedelic Furs. Rundgren is currently touring in support of his latest release State. This is a great chance to see a top pop composer and musician in the intimate Rex Theater setting. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side.

2)  Whores, a “neo-monolithic noise rock” band from Atlanta, is set to blow out the windows at Brillbox with their heavy energy downdraft. They are touring in support of their October 2013 release Clean and are joined by Lo-pan, Supervoid, and T-tops. 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

3) Tribes is about the destructive power of words, even to someone who can’t hear them. The play, written by Nina Raine, is about a dysfunctional family whose deaf son seeks support (and romance) within the deaf culture. Projections on stage provide subtitles for a few characters’ sign language. Tribes was staged to acclaim  in London and off-Broadway, and recently the Philadelphia Theatre Company put on a production starring hearing-impaired actor Tad Cooley. The Philly ensemble is coming Pittsburgh for a joint production with City Theatre that’s directed by Stuart Carden. It continues through March 30. 7 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.

4) Talk about beating yourself up! An Iliad features all the bloody conflict of Homer’s epic poem/inevitable college-reading assignment. The saga of the Trojan War is recounted by a single actor who plays Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, Helen of Troy, and everyone else. The Pittsburgh Public Theater is taking on this challenge at the O’Reilly Theater in a show that continues through April 6. Teagle F. Bougere, a stage and screen actor whose credits include “Third Watch” and “Law and Order,” stars in this presentation. 7 p.m. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

5) At Theater Square, Don Aliquo is the featured artist for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. Aliquo plays the flute and clarinet and all types of saxophones. No word on whether he plays them all at the same time; now that would be a great show! No cover. 5 – 9 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

6) Thunderbird Café’s Space Exchange series, which explores progressive jazz in relation to other musical genres, continues tonight with Chris Parker 3. Guitarist Chris Parker is joined by bassist Matt Booth and drummer David Throckmorton. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

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