Mr Smalls Hosts The Interrupters; Midnight Radio Opens ‘Wizard of Oz’; ‘Barr Bash’ at Irma Freeman (Thurs., 2/28/19)

1) The Interrupters are a ska-punk band, who have toured with The English Beat and played the Vans Warped Tour. They come to Mr. Smalls Theatre in support of their 2018 album, “Fight the Good Fight.” Their song “Family” features Tim Armstrong from Rancid. Masked Intruder and Ratboy opens. 8 p.m. Sold Out. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

2) Newcomers to Pittsburgh are surprised to learn that Midnight Radio is not at midnight nor on the radio. It’s live theater done in the style of an old-time radio drama, but often more comedy than drama, and since some of the city’s best theater artists are involved, the laughter quotient can be quite high. Having celebrated this past Christmas with a unique adaptation of Die Hard, the Midnight Radio team now turns to another classic from the Western canon: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Lissa Brennan has done the adapting for this one. Cast members—all in multiple roles—are Julianne Avolio (her parts include Dorothy), Lisa Ann Goldsmith (all witches, dead and alive), Sam Lothard, Jason McCune, and Nancy McNulty. The show also includes added features for audience accessibility and sensory-friendliness, with an ASL-interpreted performance scheduled for April 5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is presented by Bricolage Production Company and it opens the company’s 11th season of Midnight Radio. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-want tonight. Performances continue through April 14. 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

3) Thursday night is totally right for an art party, so the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is hosting a “Barr Bash.” This free event celebrates the wrap-up of the first solo show by noted Pittsburgh outsider artist Chuck Barr. His paintings are still on the walls, as are works in the Center’s Second Gallery by artists Emory Biko, the late Robert Wright, and others. Pat McArdle, curator of the show, will provide gourmet treats including beer and kettle corn. Entertainers include Rice Bowl Launch and 89-year-old Chuck Barr himself, who began his artistic career ‘way back when on the tenor sax. He’s been playing free jazz since free jazz was invented, and, once again, the Barr Bash is free. 7 – 10 p.m. Irma Freeman Center, 5006 Penn Ave., Garfield. (MV)

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