Mat Kearney and Atlas Genius Play Stage AE; ‘Macbeth’ Opens at Little Lake (Thurs., 9/20/18)

1) Mat Kearney’s 2014 single “Heartbeat” is an infectious dance-pop tune that’s likely to have the crowds at Stage AE grooving in seconds. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, the Nashville-based musician has had music appear on television shows, including “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” His latest album is this year’s Crazytalk. Atlas Genius, a great indietronica group from Australia, opens. Doors open 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (HM, CM)

2) Over the years, Shakespeare’s Macbeth has sometimes provoked actual bloodshed. In New York City in 1849, dueling productions of the play led to the notorious Astor Place Riot. Fans of the lead actor in one Macbeth attacked the theater presenting the other; the militia was called out; over 20 people were killed and hundreds injured. Macbeth has also inspired stunning adaptations, such as Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 film Throne of Blood. The movie placed the story in samurai-era Japan and cut out most of Shakespeare’s dialogue, instead searing viewers’ eyeballs with intense physical action and haunting scenes filmed on the misty slopes of Mt. Fuji. Further, Macbeth has inspired many parodies. A 1996 radio spoof on “Prairie Home Companion” had Macbeth’s role done in a sweet voice emulating Mister Rogers: “Is this a dagger which I see before me? Is it? Yes, it is!” Now comes Little Lake Theatre with a new production of Macbeth. Although riots are not expected, just about anything else can happen, and usually does. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through October 6. 500 Lakeside Dr. South, Canonsburg. (MV)

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