An Evening With Maia Sharp at Club Cafe; Gene Kelly’s Legacy Lives on at the Byham (CPs Wed., 5/21/14)

1) Folk singer/songwriter Maia Sharp brings her soulful and sultry voice to Club Cafe. On a mission to uplift her audiences, Sharp writes and performs songs that are both thought-provoking and lighthearted. The Americana feel of her songs hasn’t gone unnoticed; she’s written for such big names as the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Trisha Yearwood. Tonight she will be promoting her latest album, Change the Ending, including songs like “Me After You” and “Sober,” along with some old favorites. With special guests Garrison Starr and AG. 8 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

2) Get a new view of long-time local legend (a Peabody High graduate) Gene Kelly by the woman who knew him best, his wife Patricia Ward Kelly. She brings us Gene Kelly: The Legacy at the Byham Theater for a night of insight into the man behind the legend. While many know about the actor and dancer’s work, little is known about his personal life, and that’s where Gene Kelly’s widow comes into the picture. The presentation about her late husband delves into the intimate memories of the pair’s relationship. The audience will get to see rare film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal items, and, of course, footage of a few of his best known scenes. 7:30 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.


3) Variety is the spice of life, so mix up your mid-week routine with Rumba Night at Los Sabrosos Dance Company. Featuring the spinning skills of DJ Juan Diego, the dance floor comes alive with Pittsburgh’s best kept secret for Latin dance. No experience is necessary, but beginner lessons are offered every Saturday in case you’ve got cold feet. Whether you like the hot contemporary sounds or classic cha-cha, you’ll hear it all. Grab your favorite dance partner and bailamos. 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 4909 Penn Ave., Friendship.

4) Mix up your Wednesday dinner with an outing at SMOKE Barbeque Taqueria in Homestead. The cash-only eatery specializes in Mexican infusion as well as American favorites; breakfast is served all day. Tortillas made in-house enhance the pulled pork taco into an extra delicious treat, while the creamy mac and cheese is downright heavenly. Combine American and Mexican with the Reuben taco, or simply nibble on some house-made chips with queso over a few brews (BYOB). Vegetarians won’t be disappointed with the selections available for their tastes, either. While boasting “never a day-old tortilla,” you can be sure you’re getting the freshest ingredients and a perfect mid-week price. Closed Mondays. 225 E. 8th Ave.

5) The Pirates take on the Baltimore Orioles in an interleague game at PNC Park. Enjoy a special pregame celebration with members of the 1979 World Series team to mark the 35th anniversary of that big win. Let’s go Bucs! 7:05 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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