1) The National are having a great year. The rock quintet’s fourth album, Boxer, turned 10. It is one of their best in a discography filled with capital-G Great albums. A lesser band’s career might have floundered, or at least plateaued, 10 years after such a release. Not the National, who have steadily risen from their beginnings in Cincinnati through their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, released this September. The group, now based in Brooklyn, consists of the brothers Devendorf, twin brothers Dessner, and frontman Matt Berninger. Lizzy Goodman chronicles the National and dozens of other indie groups in her book Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York 2001-2011, which was released this year to considerable buzz. However, the National never forgot home with songs like “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” They play an outdoor show at Stage AE. Doors open 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)
2) Alonzo King LINES Ballet has its home season at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. However, the company also tours. This fall, it will perform in cities throughout Europe and the United States, including Pittsburgh. King founded LINES Ballet in 1982. His original productions incorporate other genres, whether they are recordings of endangered indigenous languages in this year’s Figures of Speech or live jazz saxophone and piano in 2016’s Sand. “The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world,” King wrote on the Artistic Vision page of the company’s website. King has received the NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship, the 2nd Annual San Francisco Mayor’s Art Award, and numerous other accolades. He is also a lauded teacher, and his company leads community and summer programs as well as offers a BFA at Dominican University of California. 8 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District. (CM)
3) Wouldn’t it be cool to get a look inside interesting—normally off limits—places like Mayor Peduto’s office, Teutonia Maennerchor, the Priory Hotel, First Prebyterian Church, and many more. That’s the idea behind Doors Open Pittsburgh. For all the doors that will be open and more info visit their website. This weekend it’s OK to be nebby and it’s free!
The Frick Pittsburgh
Free admission: 10AM–5PM
FREE family activities! Explore Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion, view fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum, and experience Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, a multisensory installation in the Greenhouse.
7227 Reynolds St. (Point Breeze)
Allegheny County Parks: South Park Hay Day and Public Safety & Health Day
Free admission: noon-4PM
Enjoy activities for the whole family including hay rides, hay maze, arts and crafts, petting zoo, puppet shows, games and more. Check out our public safety, specialized emergency response and public works vehicles and equipment!
South Park Fairgrounds, Brownsville Road (South Park 15129)