pearlPresents Dance Festival at New Hazlett; Mr. Smalls Hosts Starship Mantis and Feralcat Double Release Show (Sat., 6/1/19)

There will be lots of dance action on the boards at the New Hazlett Theater with the pearlPresents Dance Festival.

There will be lots of dance action on the boards at the New Hazlett Theater with the pearlPresents Dance Festival.

1) The inaugural pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival features solo dancers and companies, both local and national, over seven days. It is produced by Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Soy Sos. There’s even an overlap with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. “noontime/GROOVE” occurs at 12 p.m. Fri., June 7 at the Dollar Bank Main Stage at Point State Park. It features three dance companies and is sure to get the audience itself grooving on the Point’s grass. The festival also has daily classes, all but one of which are donation-based. The classes begin Monday, June 3. The performances begin 7 p.m. Wed., June 5 with “3600 seconds of solos:” 12 dancers, each performing for five minutes. Attendees can join the artists for brunch at the Federal Gallery on the last day of the festival. Check the festival’s website for a full schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the New Hazlett Theater. Performances continue through June 9. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (CM)

2) It’s insects and a feline at Mr. Smalls Theatre to jumpstart June. Pittsburgh funkateers Starship Mantis and tenor saxophonist Feralcat (née Roger Rafael Romero) are celebrating a double album release party: Black Hole Radio AM/FM and Feralcat, respectively. Here’s the former act performing “Roger Jones” and the latter performing “Jaguar.” Funkadelic once said, “Free your mind, and your ass will follow.” Starship Mantis have a similar mantra: “Your brain is in your butt.” 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)