The Temptations Play the Palace; Festival of Firsts: ‘Karoo Moose—No Fathers’ and ‘Frankenstein & Karate Man Patrick Kim’ (Thurs., 10/25/18)

1) The Detroit vocal group The Temptations signed with Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1960 and struggled at first to record a hit song. But the Temps kept at it—working with different songwriters, working through tweaks and changes in personnel—and produced a series of widely loved no. 1 and top-ten songs, starting with “My Girl” (above) in 1964. The Temptations also showed versatility, evolving their sound and style. Along with sweet ballads they did rollicking, turn-it-up numbers like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” Then in the late ‘60s and ‘70s they moved into “psychedelic soul” and social-message songs, capped by the remarkable “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The Temptations are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they’re still rolling. With a lineup that includes original member Otis Williams and long-timers Ron Tyson and Terry Weeks, they’ll be doing it at The Palace Theatre. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV)

KAROO MOOSE—NO FATHERS by Lara Foot. Oct. 25-28, Baxter Theatre of South Africa, presented by Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

This is 'Karoo Moose—No Fathers,' but it sure looks like some cool dads and moms are on board for the show. (Photo: courtesy of Baxter Theatre, South Africa)

This is ‘Karoo Moose—No Fathers,’ but it sure looks like some cool dads and moms are on board for the show. (Photo: courtesy of Baxter Theatre, South Africa)

2) South Africa’s Baxter Theatre Company presents Karoo Moose—No Fathers, a play that details, with cleverness and creativity, the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. The story takes place in a destitute village where a girl has killed a moose. What was the moose doing there? And where did it come from? These are among several questions which need to be answered. The production combines African storytelling and magical realism. Part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sunday. Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. 

MIDNIGHT RADIO PRESENTS LARGER THAN LIFE: FRANKENSTEIN AND KARATE MAN PATRICK KIM by Bricolage Production Company (Pittsburgh) and Hanut31 of Israel. Oct. 25-27, presented by Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

Midnight Radio presents 'Larger Than Life: Frankenstein'

Midnight Radio presents ‘Larger Than Life: Frankenstein’

3) Remember when you went to the ol’ neighborhood movie theater for a double feature? Well, Bricolage Productions‘ Midnight Radio team and Israel’s Hanut31 Theater & Gallery present Larger Than Life: Frankenstein & Karate Man Patrick Kim—an exciting theatrical radio-play double feature, replete with Foley sound effects done live during the production. Fictional worlds collide when the truly larger-than-life stories of Frankenstein and Karate Man Patrick Kim are told in different styles. Part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. 8 p.m. Continues through Saturday. 937 Liberty Gallery, 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. 

4) Bruno Sammartino was one of the most popular wrestlers in the word. He was also a first-class person and a great representative for the city of Pittsburgh. Even though he passed  on to the great wrestling ring in the sky, his wife Carol is carrying on their good works through the Bruno and Carol Sammartino Foundation. A core value of the foundation, their Facebook page says, “is that value and assistance can only be achieved if our actions are forthright and integrate our strengths and integrity. The BACS Foundation will provide services to the poor and less fortunate.” To fund that mission there will be a lively fundraiser tonight at DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant called Taste The Good Life Gourmet Gala. Guests will enjoy fine Italian food, wine, spirits, cigars, fellowship and entertainment while saluting the life of the late wrestling World Champion Bruno Sammartino. For tickets and more information visit the Taste the Good Life website.