Pink in Concert at PPG Paints Arena; Bill Murray, JaneVogler and Friends at Heinz Hall (Sat., 4/7/18)

1) Whereas some of her pop contemporaries have faded, P!nk continues to record and tour and plays the PPG Paints Arena this month. Born Alecia Beth Moore, she became famous with songs like “There You Go” from her debut album, 2000’s Can’t Take Me Home. Her appearance on “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 further propelled her career as did “Get the Party Started,” also released that year. She began the new decade strong with “Raise Your Glass.” It first appeared on 2010’s Greatest Hits… So Far!!! Although nearly all artists tack on new tracks to greatest hits records, “Raise Your Glass” became a bona fide hit, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her latest album is 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. Opening is Bleachers, a project of Jack Antonoff. Even if you don’t know Antonoff’s name, you’ve heard his music (or at least his production). He is a member of fun., and he’s co-written and produced songs for artists such as Taylor Swift, Lorde, and P!nk. Kid Cut also opens. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (CM)

2) We have known Bill Murray as a very good comedic singer since his Nick the lounge singer act in the TV sketch comedy show “SCTV” and singing the Star Wars song on SNL. He even played the piano in the 1993 film Groundhog Day. Now though he is touring professionally as a singer with the world-reknowned cellist Jan Vogler and several other musicians billed as New Worlds. Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends. Murray sings and recites passages from noted literature. Should be an interesting evening. 8 p.m. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. 

3) It’s hard to have more fun than going to a fringe festival, and one could try, but why be difficult? The 5th annual Pittsburgh Fringe unfolds, transpires, and otherwise manifests itself on the North Side this month. A fringe festival is a panoply, assortment, and concatenation of live shows. These may include some fairly well-known acts—like the Japanese storyteller Motoko, in town for this year’s Pittsburgh Fringe—but may also include just about anything. For example, quoting from descriptions on the web: Andrew Frank’s MACROCOSM is a one-person comedy show exploring “the totality of existence.” The Daring Douglasses perform stunts with fire and nails that children should not try at home or anywhere in the universe. Philadelphia “farrier and actor” Bob Weick presents Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho, which is about Karl Marx, not Groucho. And Anthony Alterio’s Who-Ha is an audience-interactive performance dance piece “that showcases feminine hygiene, feminine characteristics, and feminine oppositions in pop culture that are fueled by the straight, socially constructed male gaze.” Schedules and admission-price options are complex, so check the Pittsburgh Fringe website. Continues through tomorrow. Multiple locations, North Side. (MV)

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