Throughline Staging ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’; Mario’s East Side Team Trivia (Thurs., 5/10/18)

The actual Picasso, duded up in Paris and ready for the Lapin Agile.

The actual Picasso, duded up in Paris and ready for the Lapin Agile.

1) Yes, it was that Steve Martin who wrote Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1993, and it is the only play in which young Pablo Picasso meets young Albert Einstein. Which didn’t happen in real life, although there really is a Lapin Agile. The name means “nimble rabbit.” It’s a cabaret in Paris, made famous in the late 1800s and early 1900s when artists and others would gather there to debate the meaning of art, life, and so forth. Often people got laid, too, an activity prominent in the play but not acted out on stage. The year is 1904. We’re on the verge of Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis (“miraculous year”) of ’05, when he will publish scientific papers that reveal several previously unknown secrets of the universe. But right now Einstein himself is unknown, just a guy in a bar. Then in walks Picasso—and to join the fun, see Throughline Theatre’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This is the first of three very bizarre comedies in Throughline’s 2018 season, themed “Make ‘Em Laugh.” Continues through May 12. 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Mario’s East Side hosts Team Trivia Night every Thursday. Win, place, or show and your team will earn Mario’s gift certificates. Play against the Miller Lite Girls, and you could even win Miller Lite trinkets and giveaways! Feed your brain some chewy trivia and your stomach some delicious Mario’s food. 8 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.

3) Moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, and baklava are all beautiful-sounding Greek (food) words that will be spoken today through Saturday at the 57th annual Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Food Festival in Oakland. In addition to the food, they’re offering Greek wine, coffee, music, and dancing. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., with music until midnight. 419 S. Dithridge St.