Blues/rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. started appearing on the national radar when he played the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2012, he performed as part of a musical tribute at the White House called “Red, White, and Blues.” For that concert, he performed solo and with the legendary musical performers B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy. PBS televised the concert. Clark Jr. rose out of Austin, Texas, playing at the same club—Antone’s— that launched brothers Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan years earlier. Clark Jr.’s incendiary runs on his Epiphone, Gibson, or Stratocaster guitars can be heard on songs like “When My Train Pulls In” and “Bright Lights.” He’s touring in support of his just released studio album, This Land. Clark Jr. has also landed some TV and film roles. His songs can be heard in several soundtracks as well. 8 p.m. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.
2) Noted magician and Pittsburgh native Lee Terbosic tours nationally and has had numerous national TV appearances. Now he is debuting an exciting new magic show this evening at Liberty Magic. The new act is called In Plain Sleight and showcases Terbosic’s amazing card tricks and other feats of magic. He recreated the Houdini straitjacket escape in Pittsburgh in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the event. He has also appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
In regard to the Cultural Trust opening Liberty Magic, where he is an artistic director, Terbosic said recently, “I liked the idea. It’s been a dream of mine since I was about 20 years old to have a magic parlor in Pittsburgh—the city that I love—for local and national magicians.” He continued, “It would be a great place for young magicians to come and see other magicians and possibly have some magic workshops for them.” 7:30 p.m. Terbosic will be appearing at Liberty Magic through May 12.
There is also a special Skeleton Key VIP Experience which unlocks the first two rows of the cozy theater for a chance to become part of the performance (if you wish), and gives you an exclusive meet and greet with the magician after the show which includes private, close-up tricks. Members of the Skeleton Key VIP Experience will also be able to purchase merchandise not available to the general public.
Liberty Magic is recommended for ages 18 and up; no one under 12 will be admitted. Cocktail or party attire is suggested. The venue also offers a special space for private groups. There is also a BYOB option for a corkage fee. Liberty Magic is at 811 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District. For tickets and more information visit the Trust Arts Liberty Magic or call (412) 456-6666.
3) Claire Kiechel’s play Pilgrims is a socio-drama with a sci-fi setting. The pilgrims are a disillusioned soldier and a troubled teenager aboard a passenger spaceship. They’re bound for a newly colonized planet that is expected to be more livable than even the most livable city on Earth has become. Then a robot flight attendant says they must stay confined to their quarters because a virus has broken out on the ship. And not the kind William S. Burroughs meant when he wrote that “Language is a virus from outer space.” Carnegie Mellon School of Drama performs Pilgrims in a FREE production, i.e., with no admission charge. 8 p.m. Continues through March 22. In the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater on campus, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (MV)