Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards at Jergel’s; Steeltown Entertainment’s Elly Awards; ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at OTW (Thurs., 4/27/17)

1) The new class of 2017 inductees for the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards was announced earlier this year. The new members are Tommy James and the Shondells, The Jaggerz, music industry professional Jerry Reed, and broadcaster Chuck Brinkman. The Pittsburgh All-Star Band will provide a musical backdrop for the evening. There will be an opportunity to see rock memorabilia and to bid on auction items. Benefits the Cancer Caring Center. Rock on! VIP 6 p.m. Regular admissions 7 p.m. Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. 

2) Steeltown Entertainment Project works as a vital hub for the Pittsburgh film industry. Tonight Steeltown is holding The 2017 Elly Awards, named after the group’s co-founder Ellen Weiss-Kander who died in 2012. This years awardees include Bill Isler (Legacy Award), George Romero (Pioneer Award), Steve Tolin (Impact Award), and Julie Sokolow (Indie Award). Special presenters include Tony Buba, Tom Savini, and Greg Nicotero. It’s a veritable who’s who of local film legends! The evening features a champagne reception (6-7 p.m.), awards ceremony (7-8 p.m.), and after party (8-11 p.m.). There’s two types of tickets for the event, one for the whole night or just for the after party. Carl Kurlander, President & CEO of Steeltown, will be a good host for the fun celebration of the Pittsburgh Film Industry. For more information visit The Elly Awards’ web page. Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St., Downtown.

3) Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis is not for theatergoers with delicate sensitivities. Kane, a brilliant but troubled English playwright, committed suicide in 1999 at the age of 28. She finished writing 4.48 Psychosis shortly before that. The play is lucid but non-linear; it has been called brutal but eloquent, and whether it conveys an “understanding” of depressive psychosis is a moot question—it certainly conveys the essence of one woman’s struggles. Kane was considered a leading artist of the British movement known as In-Yer-Face theater, and this play fits the category. Due to the disturbing and demanding nature of 4:48 Psychosis, professional performances are relatively rare. Off the WALL Productions does us a favor by producing the play here. Director Robyne Parrish has put together a unique staging which includes original music by Reni Monteverde and choreography by Ella Moriah Mason. 8 p.m. Performances continue through May 6. At Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. (MV)

4) You made it through winter cold and April showers, so now reward yourself with a tasty local brew. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2017  continues through April 27. The week-long celebration of Western Pennsylvania’s craft brew culture features education, collaboration and cooperation, and responsible consumption of fine craft beers. The many events take place at various times and locations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. See their website for a complete rundown.


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