1) The organizers couldn’t have picked a more apt name. Four Chord Music Festival at Highmark Stadiumfeatures pop-punk, guitar-based bands, such as headliners the Offspring. “Come Out and Play,” from 1994’s Smash, was a smash single. “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” and “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” were other hits. Simple Plan are also on the bill as are numerous other openers. There will be live wrestling too. 11 a.m. 510 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square. (CM)
CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND by Lauren Yee. Through Oct. 6, City Theatre.
2) Chicago is a big theater town, so when a play gets rave notices like “the best show you’ll see in Chicago this spring. Maybe all year,” it’s probably pretty good. Cambodian Rock Band is now at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where the early returns have been strong as well. (See our review for details.) The play is an unusual hybrid. It deals with a grim subject, the reign of terror imposed by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the 1970s, by telling a story of rock musicians who’ve been targeted for death as enemies of the people. That story is bracketed by another one, a father-daughter seriocomedy set in today’s Cambodia. Cambodian Rock Band is fictional but includes true events, characters based on real people—and plenty of live music. Written by Lauren Yee, the play is co-presented by City Theatre along with Victory Gardens Theater, which staged it in Chicago a few months ago, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre of Lowell, Massachusetts. Today’s performance is an audio description and open caption show. 2 p.m. Ends today. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (MV)
Sunday, October 6
|Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium||Free admission: 9am-5pm (gates close at 4pm)
From the echoing call of a swinging siamang to the playful splash of a California sea lion, experience it all for free this RADical Day! Sponsored by PPG. Please expect traffic congestion and large crowds.10AM-noon: Join us for kids activities and giveaways with Chamber Music Pittsburgh.
Noon-1PM: Performance by the River City Brass Quintet, an all-brass ensemble playing an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, classical, and Broadway tunes.
Visit pittsburghzoo.org/rad-day for up-to-date times and locations.
|7370 Baker St. (Highland Park) | pittsburghzoo.org | chambermusicpittsburgh.org | rivercitybrass.org|
|National Aviary||Free Admission: 10am – 5pm
Walk through immersive habitats with free-flying birds from around the world, and see rare and endangered birds including penguins, flamingos, eagles, owls, parrots, and even a sloth!
|700 Arch Street (North Side) | aviary.org|
|Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)||Free Historical Tours: 1pm & 3pm
Join experienced staff and volunteer docents as we take you on a guided tour through Andrew Carnegie’s Main Library. You’ll get a look at the wonderful art and architecture that created this historic landmark, as well as how the building’s interior has changed over time. Tours will take place on Sundays at 1 PM and 3 PM and Wednesdays at 11 AM and 1 PM. All tours will meet in the front lobby of the Main Library. Registration is strongly suggested, but not required. Click here to register.
|4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)|
|Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures||Free Admission – 2:30pm
Join us for a Words & Pictures lecture with award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Lecture Hall. Recommended for Middle Grade readers and above.
|4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland) | pittsburghlectures.org|