Peter Frampton Plays Benedum Center on Finale Tour; ‘Van Gogh in Bloom’ Continues at Phipp’s (Tues., 7/2/19)

1) The year was 1976, the bicentennial of the United States, but an Englishman was ruling America’s radio airwaves. Peter Frampton was that man. Formerly of the English group Humble Pie, Frampton embarked on his own in 1971 and recorded four albums before his 1976 release of Frampton Comes Alive! That release had several songs that burned their way up America’s rock charts—especially “Show Me the Way“, “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” The album became the top-selling one up to that point, and it has been certified platinum eight times. Since then, Frampton has had some missteps and dormant periods, but he’s managed to remain relevant by continuing to write, record, and perform great music. It also doesn’t hurt that he appeared as himself on Fox’s “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” Frampton’s most recent release is All Blues which was released in June. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. This concert tour is named Peter Frampton Finale as he has unfortunately been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis (IBM), a progressive muscle disorder. 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center,  7th St. and Penn Ave. Cultural District. 

2) Artist Vincent van Gogh inspired many, including the horticultural designers at Phipps Conservatory. Their “Van Gogh in Bloom” flower show recreates several of the famous artist’s most famous works through vibrant flowers and plants, trees, and specially created props. The artist’s works that have been transformed for the exhibit includes: “Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Wheat Field with Cypresses.” Beautiful in the daylight, as well as on Friday nights when the conservatory  is open until 10 p.m. Seeing “Van Gogh in Bloom” at night reveals the intricate interplay between light and shadow, highlighted by architectural lighting. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays open until 10 p.m. This exhibit is part of the 2019 Summer Flower Show. One Schenley Park, Oakland.