Earth Week Ecolution Fashion Show and Party; The Public Previewing “Death of A Salesman’ (Thurs., 4/20/17)

Members of the Staycee Pearl Dance Project and The Pillow Project improvise on the steps of the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

Members of the Staycee Pearl Dance Project and The Pillow Project improvise on the steps of the Fairmont Pittsburgh. photo: Martha Rial.

1) There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and pay tribute to our beautiful and delicate planet. One interesting manner is Pittsburgh Earth Week Ecolution Fashion Show, which kicks off four days of events for Pittsburgh Earth Day 2017. The main event begins in the beautiful, airy lobby of the Fairmont Hotel at 7 p.m. and is curated by Richard Parsakian and styled by Izzazu Salon, Spa, & Serata. This year’s theme, Planets–Preserving the Wonders of the Universe, is destined to give you an out-of-this-world experience. Musical heat will be generated by the noted DJ Soy Sos and attendees will enjoy performances from the Staycee Pearl Dance Project. The main highlight of the evening, from 7 to 10 p.m., will be a runway fashion show. It will feature models sporting stylish clothing made from recycled and reused materials created especially for the event by talented local designers. There is a VIP part of the evening, which begins at 6 p.m. and features complimentary cocktails and appetizers. VIP ticket holders will also get a seat next to the runway for the fashion show. Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St., Downtown. 

Actor Zach Grenier from his days as David Lee on "The Good Wife."

Actor Zach Grenier from his days as David Lee on “The Good Wife.”

2) Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a tragic play that’s been hailed as one of the 20th century’s greatest. The aging salesman of the title, Willy Loman, has lost his job despite the post-World-War-II economic boom while his two once-promising sons, nicknamed Biff and Happy, aren’t getting along well in life either. There’s a lot of back and forth about what went wrong for whom, and, as the title forebodes, Willy dies. This may sound like a downer all around but it is perceived as a classic dissection of the nature and failings of the postwar American Dream. Death of a Salesman won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The part of Willy Loman is played by Zach Grenier, who portrayed attorney David Lee for seven seasons on TV’s “The Good Wife.” Pittsburgh Public Theater is staging it at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.  8 p.m. Performances through May 21. (MV)

3) The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival opens today and is an annual festival celebrating cinematic Judaica. Now in it’s 24th year, the festival features a variety of short and full-length films, talks, and events. The goal of the festival is to showcase the many varied aspects of Jewish life and culture and demonstrate that we are all part of a common humanity. Screenings will be held at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill and continue through April 27. The opening night film is “Harmonia,” a biblical tale re-interrupted through the life of  a modern-day harpist in the Jerusalem Philharmonic. For a complete list of films and times for JFilm Festival see their website. 1729 Murray Ave.

4) The Pens line up again in the playoffs with a home game tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let’s hope the Pens close out the series tonight! 7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.


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