The Raconteurs in Concert at Stage AE; Van Gogh in Bloom Continues at Phipps (Tues, 8/13/19)

1) The Raconteurs last played Pittsburgh in 2008 for the New American Music Union. They rocked and were a highlight of the two-day festival. Alas, it was a one-time event. Then the Raconteurs went on hiatus. But they’re back—with this year’s Help Us Stranger. The Raconteurs formed in 2005. Members include singer/guitarist Jack White, who was already famous in the White Stripes. Brendan Benson, who has an accomplished solo discography, also sings and plays guitar. (Like with the Beatles’ Lennon and McCartney, it’s fun to try and discern who’s singing lead or harmony vocals.) Bassist Jack Lawrence performs with White in the Dead Weather. And drummer Patrick Keeler performs with Lawrence in the Greenhornes. So many commitments; no wonder it took the Raconteurs 11 years to release a new album, following 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely. Catch them at Stage AE for a phone-free show. (Phones will be secured in a pouch upon admittance.) Doors open 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

The Raconteurs' Brendan Benson and Jack White jamming together in concert at the Accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2006 (photo: Frida Borjeson and Wikipedia)

The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson (l.) and Jack White (r.) jamming together in concert at the Accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006 (photo: Frida Borjeson and Wikipedia)

2) Artist Vincent van Gogh inspired many, including the horticultural designers at Phipps Conservatory. Their “Van Gogh in Bloom” flower show recreates several of the famous artist’s most famous works through vibrant flowers and plants, trees, and specially created props. The artist’s works that have been transformed for the exhibit includes: “Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Wheat Field with Cypresses.” Beautiful in the daylight, as well as on Friday nights when the conservatory  is open until 10 p.m. Seeing “Van Gogh in Bloom” at night reveals the intricate interplay between light and shadow, highlighted by architectural lighting. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays open until 10 p.m. This exhibit is part of the 2019 Summer Flower Show. One Schenley Park, Oakland.