1) 1) The Cabaret at Theater Square features dinner performances of “Side by Side by Sondheim,” incorporating a collection of the American composer’s most acclaimed numbers, including “Company,” “Send in the Clowns,” selections from “West Side Story,” and collaborations with famed fellow songwriters Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rogers. Tickets serve as dinner reservations. Ends Sunday. 7:30 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.
2) It’s not really summer until you’ve seen the sun set over PNC Park while watching the Pirates hold on to their National League lead. Tonight, they square off against the Oakland A’s—both teams will be playing to defend the top ranks in their divisions. 7:05 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.
3) The Quiet Storm will get a bit louder during the second installment of Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s midday dance party series, Beats-N-Eats. Expect specially selected food and drink menus along with DJ host J. Malls, whose musical selections should help to get you up and moving. Come eat, drink, and dance with KST members and the dedicated people of East Liberty LIVE!, who helped organize the “first-Wednesday-of-the-month” summer roster. Noon– 2 p.m. No cover. 5430 Penn Ave., East End.
4) “Art Interprets Alzheimer’s,” an exhibit that focuses on the effects of this debilitating disease, features the work of two nationally recognized artists: potter George Roby, who, in an effort to come to terms with his wife’s Alzheimer’s, created a series of sculptures that attempt to capture the couple’s emotions and thoughts; and artist Herbert Ascherman, Jr., an internationally acclaimed photographer whose black and white work contributes a visual elucidation of the disease, focusing on the power of portraiture to accentuate emotion both in the subject and the viewer. The exhibit intends to promote Alzheimer’s awareness, in terms of the effects it has on both patients, caregivers, and the community—as well as to push forward research for a cure. Continues through September 29. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free, $5 suggested donation. Open daily through midnight. Continues through September 29. BNY Mellon’s Satellite Gallery is located in the “T” station lobby of BNY Mellon Center, Downtown.
5) BugWorks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s exhibition of insects, features detailed photography, carefully preserved specimens, and live insects. Focusing on the aspects of insects we don’t always notice in our homes or outdoors, the exhibit shows us their miniscule complexities and the subtle intricacies that allow them to keep surviving and evolving as the most pervasive and ubiquitous class of animals worldwide. If you like this, you might want to continue by taking a look at Carnegie Museum’s other insect-related exhibit, Lord of the Crane Flies, which examines zoologist Chen Young’s three decades of crane fly research. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.