That 1 Guy Plays Club Cafe; ‘Murder for Two’ Opens at Mountain Playhouse (Wed., 9/20/17)

1) That 1 Guy is just that—one guy. His real name is Mike Silverman, and his homemade instruments, such as The Magic Pipe, redefine the concept of the one-man band. Sprinkle in some esoteric lyrics and a churning baritone, and you’ve got one guy who could give Beck a run for his money in originality and sheer weirdness. Although based in Las Vegas, he tours relentlessly; he is a fixture on the international festival circuit (Electric Forest, Big Day Out, and the Montreal Jazz Festival to name a few). 2014’s Poseidon’s Deep Water Adventure Friends is his latest album, the first of a four-part “magicland” series according to Bandcamp, which also describes the LP as a “dense deep water journey of discovery.” His collaborations with guitarist Buckethead as the Frankenstein Brothers have certified That 1 Guy as one of the most freakish men in music today. Freakishly awesome, that is. 8 p.m. Club Cafe, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (CM)

2) Arthur Whitney, a great American novelist, has been shot, and it’s up to Officer Marcus Moscowicz to solve the crime and prove he can be a detective. Is the perpetrator Whitney’s wife? The ballerina? The psychiatrist? Or one of 10 other suspects? One actor plays all 13 persons of interest, so expect laughs and intrigue in Murder for Two. The musical’s title plays off its two-person cast. Both actors will also take turns at the piano throughout the 90-minute performance. The musical premiered through the Chicago Shakespeare Theater company in 2011. Its writers won a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical. Before it toured nationally, the regional premiere was at Pittsburgh CLO. For those who missed it or want to see it again, it’s running at the Mountain Playhouse. 2 and 7 p.m. Performances through October 1. 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown. (CM)