St. Vincent to Appear at Stage AE; Nakama Serving Steak, Sushi, and Showmanship (Tues., 1/9/18)

1) Singer/songwriter St. Vincent, born Anne Erin Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma, took her stage name from a line in a Nick Cave song that references St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, where poet Dylan Thomas died. Additionally, it was her great-grandmother’s middle name. St. Vincent is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, organ, bass, and theremin. She is a former member of the indie ensemble The Polyphonic Spree. Her music, as heard in the song “Cruel,” has an evocative pop sound, which can take you higher or lower. “Cruel” is from 2011’s Strange Mercy, a critical and commercial peak for St. Vincent, only to be outdone by her 2014 self-titled album, which sparked the Talking Heads-esque single “Digital Witness.” (Fittingly, she recorded an album, Love This Giant, with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne in 2012.) She returned with 2017’s Masseduction, and its tongue-in-cheek single, “Los Ageless.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (RH, CM)

2) Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Pittsburgh, having amassed more than two dozen “Best of” awards from local publications and nearly 50 people’s choice awards—all since they opened their doors in 2003. The hibachi restaurant owes the accolades to its unique combination of high-quality ingredients, memorable flavors, and the impeccable showmanship of the chefs. Each has his or her own repertoire of tricks, so the experience is different every time. The grills seat up to 12, so you can go with a group or go it alone and make new friends. The front half of the restaurant is a great hangout spot with a full-service bar, TV screens tuned to the night’s sports action, and a sushi bar that can make you any of several dozen traditional or house specialty rolls. 1611 E. Carson St., South Side. There is also a Nakama in the North Hills. (CM)