Halston and Warhol’s ‘Silver and Suede’ Exhibit Shines; Il Divo Brings Broadway Tunes to the Benedum (CPs Sun., 5/18/2014)

1) Some things are just better together. Peanut butter and jelly, leather and lace—and art and fashion icons. Andy Warhol and the fashion designer Halston, who were friends and fans of each other, come to life in the Andy Warhol Museum‘s latest exhibit, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede. Halston (born Roy Halston Frowick, and one of the first U.S. celebrities to go by a single name) was an avid collector of Warhol’s art. He also was featured in many of Warhol’s pieces—so much so that he gets his own chapter in a book of the artist’s work. You’ll be able to fixate on Halston’s famed pillbox hat designed for Jackie Kennedy Onassis, then adjust your focus to Warhol’s contrasting background videos. There’s much more to see in this exhibit, which runs through August 24. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side.

2) Broadway music is best done by the professionals. Classical crossover group Il Divo brings A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the Benedum Center for a night of the show tunes we’ve come to love. Promoting their latest album, A Musical Affair, the foursome put their own spin on songs from Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and more. Rich harmonies and moving melodies blend for a night of nostalgia in which the hardest part is resisting the urge to join in. 7:30 p.m. 237 Seventh St., Cultural District.

3) Visual arts take on a new dimension with the exhibit Digital Hand at the 709 Penn Gallery. Featuring pieces by students from Penn State’s School of Visual Arts (SoVA), the show includes studio pieces made with the help of digital processing. The young artists have used techniques such as 3D scanning and printing and laser cutting to “amplify” the creative work of their own hands. The resulting pieces are thought-provoking hybrids of tradition and technology. Runs through May 25. 709 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) We’d say he’s back, but he never really left. Country music great Ronnie Milsap is still touring, and he’s making a stop at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. It was almost impossible to be a country fan in the ’70s and ’80s and not hear Milsap on the radio. Famous for his crossovers, the singer/pianist fuses aspects of rock and roll, R&B, and soul with classic country for a sound that is uniquely his own. While his radio airtime may have diminished through the years, the 71-year-old hasn’t slowed his career. He’s released three new albums since 2009, promoting the latest, Summer #17, on his current tour. Also performing is special guest Gary Pratt. There are two rows of pit seats available for those who want to get their groove on. 3 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

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