CHMH Hosts Sinbad; Three Rivers Arts Fest Opens (Fri., 6/2/17)

1) Comedian and actor Sinbad (real name David Adkins) has headlined his own comedy specials on HBO and starred in films like Necessary Roughness, First Kid, and Jingle All the Way. He was a host for the talent show “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” and starred in “The Sinbad Show” on Fox for a year. Earlier in his career he was even a contestant on the TV talent  show “Star Search,” beating Pittsburgh native Dennis Miller before losing in the next round of comedians. Sinbad is no stranger to the Pittsburgh region; he was once a “Houseguest” of fellow comedian Phil Hartman at Hartman’s house in Sewickley, as part of a movie of the same name they were shooting here. Sinbad took his stage name from the fictional character Sinbad the Sailor. The Air force veteran and Michigan native plays Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

A very talented group. photo: Rick Handler

Jenny Lewis performing at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2015. photo: Rick Handler

2) The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival opens today. The festival features 10 days of free art and music shows! There’s also theater and dance productions and hands-on arts activities for kids. Don’t forget the festival food including gyros, Italian sausage, grilled chicken kabobs, funnel cakes, plenty of deep-fried food items and some surprises! Today’s highlights include an aerial dance performance by Blue Lapis Light on the facade of Fifth Avenue Place building at 9 p.m.. The musical headliner for tonight is Rebirth Brass Band, a Grammy Award winning jazz/funk band from New Orleans. 7:30 p.m. Dollar Bank Stage. Festival opens at noon daily and runs through June 11. Point State Park and Gateway Center, Downtown.

Fans and friends of Aaron Pfeiffer began to crowd Fieldwork Contemporary Gallery when they learned he was back in town and performing at Unblurred.

Fans and friends of Aaron Pfeiffer began to crowd Fieldwork Contemporary Gallery when they learned he was back in town and performing at Unblurred. photo: Martha Rial.

3) Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn features a variety of visual and performing arts at galleries, clubs, and restaurants along Penn Avenue (4800-5500) in the Garfield, Bloomfield, and Friendship neighborhoods. 6 – 10 p.m. Most events are free.