Phil Collins in Concert at PPG Paints Arena; Pitt Theatre has ‘Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights’ (Wed., 10/2/19)

1) Phil Collins: Genesis drummer turned Genesis singer turned solo artist. He joined the prog-rock band in 1970 and mostly stayed behind the drum set until singer Peter Gabriel left in 1975. A Trick of the Tail, the group’s first record with Collins as singer, succeeded. His debut album was 1981’s Face Value, which contains the single “In the Air Tonight.” He wrote and sang the songs on the Tarzan soundtrack for the 1999 Disney animated movie. You’ll Be in My Heart” won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The musical adaptation debuted on Broadway in 2006. It features a book by David Henry Hwang and music by Collins, who wrote nine new songs. Collins has had some fun with tour titles. He announced a First Final Farewell Tour in 2003, and his Still Not Dead Yet Tour takes him to PPG Paints Arena. His latest albums are this year’s Other Sides (a B-sides collection) and Remixed Sides. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (CM)

Gertrude Stein's works included 'The Making of Americans.' She also wrote 'Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights,' an electric tale of fate and folly, on stage this month at Pitt. (photo: Carl Van Vechten, 1935)

Gertrude Stein’s works included ‘The Making of Americans.’ She also wrote ‘Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights,’ an electric tale of fate and folly, on stage this month at Pitt. (photo: Carl Van Vechten, 1935)

2) Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny (now Pittsburgh’s North Side) at the dawn of the modern industrial age, so naturally her take on the Faust legend includes updates. In Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, the Doctor invents electricity but seems unable to cure a woman or women bitten by a viper, while the Devil lurks and a talking dog says “Thank you.” 8 p.m. Continues through October 6. At the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre in the Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 

Wednesday, October 2 Free RADical Days Events

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Free Admission: 9:30am – 8pm
Explore the beauty and wonders of nature at Phipps, encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct gardens and three of the greenest buildings in the world, plus Van Gogh in Bloom. Wander through recreations of Van Gogh’s legendary paintings brought to three-dimensional life through vibrant blooms, majestic trees and hand-crafted props.
One Schenley Park (Oakland) |
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland) Free Historical Tours: 11am & 1pm
Join experienced staff and volunteer docents as we take you on a guided tour through Andrew Carnegie’s Main Library. You’ll get a look at the wonderful art and architecture that created this historic landmark, as well as how the building’s interior has changed over time. Tours will take place on Sundays at 1 PM and 3 PM and Wednesdays at 11 AM and 1 PM. All tours will meet in the front lobby of the Main Library. Registration is strongly suggested, but not required. Click here to register.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hill District Free Admission: 5-6pm
Family Playshop for children (infant to five years) and their parents. Visit for more details.
2177 Centre Ave. (Hill District) |

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