1) PHILADANCO is short for Philadelphia Dance Company, one of the companies that has come to define modern dance in the African-American tradition since its founding in 1970. If there’s anything you have seen done or even imagined being done in that general department, PHILADANCO has done it, plus a few things you probably couldn’t have imagined. The company’s styles range from exuberant to sensuous, from comical to mystical, and the music includes everything from drums to old piano-bar torch songs to weird new stuff. The brief video above is from the company’s 2009 visit to Pittsburgh. PHILADANCO is back, and dance fans can be there or risk being square. Presented by the Pittsburgh Dance Council, one night only. 8 p.m. August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.
2) The Intern – Have you been wondering what Nancy Meyer’s been up to recently? This writer/director is the purveyor of a certain sort of picture which might best be described as “Troubles in Suburbia.” Her titles include It’s Complicated, in which Meryl Streep had to choose between Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, all the while running a muffin shop; Something’s Got to Give in which Diane Keaton had to decide between Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves, all the while tending her successful playwriting career and The Holiday in which Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap gorgeous homes and start dating Jude Law and Jack Black. Well here she comes again with The Intern. Robert DeNiro plays the title character, a businessman so bored with his retirement that he agrees to intern at a new online fashion start-up, run by Anne Hathaway. No, they don’t fall in love, thank God (if it was a Woody Allen film, they would) but Bob goes from intern to mentor and helps Anne sort out her chaotic business and even more chaotic love life. Rene Russo, Adam DeVine and Andrew Rannells co-star. Check Fandango for screens and times.
Allegheny County Radical Days 2015
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
Gateway to the Arts and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Lawrenceville: Three Billy Goats Gruff!
Free admission 10:30am
Gateway to the Arts’ StoryCorner programs engage children and bring books to life through dance, dramatic play, music and visual art explorations. Come see Teaching Artist Amber Fantini lead children in dramatic play, music, and pantomime as they explore the classic tale, “Three Billy Goats Gruff!”
279 Fisk St. (Lawrenceville) gatewaytothearts.org carnegielibrary.org
City Theatre: Young Playwrights Finalists Play Readings
Free admission 7pm
As part of the 2015 Young Playwrights Festival, City Theatre will hold public readings of the top four finalists’ plays from the 2015 Contest. Be the first to hear these creative high school writers’ words come to life on stage in the Hamburg Studio! For ages 13 and up.
1300 Bingham St. (South Side) citytheatrecompany.org