Second Day of Thrival w/Wiz Khalifa, Griz, and Kiiara; Hillman Ctr. For Performing Arts Hosts Giada Valenti (Sat., 9/30/17)

1) Thrival Music is part of the larger Thrival Festival, where the name of the game is capitalist enterprise. Local startup/innovation incubator Ascender powers the festival, a rich brew of entrepreneurship, empowerment, and culture. The music portion continues today at the Carrie Furnace, a pre-World War I iron plant turned National Historic Landmark. The schedule includes local and national acts.Pittsburgh-based Wiz Khalifa headlines day two. The music video for his song “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth), from  the Furious 7 soundtrack, was briefly the most viewed video on YouTube when it surpassed “Gangnam Style” in July. Also performing are Detroit-based DJ and saxophonist Griz, Pittsburgh instrumentalists The Garment District, guitar phenom Bryon Nash and PlanB. and many more. Check the festival’s website for event times. Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin. (CM)

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa performing at Columbia University in 2010. photo: Andra MIhali.

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa performing at Columbia University in 2010. photo: Andra MIhali.

2) Italian songstress Giada Valenti has sprung onto the American music scene in part due to concert specials on PBS in recent years. Born and raised in Venice, she started singing and playing the piano at the age of seven and would later go on to earn a degree in music from the Tartini Conservatory in Trieste. Valenti fires on all cylinders with a good voice, charismatic personality, and classic Italian beauty. She’s able to sing and speak in five languages, and her songbook contains American and Italian hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, as well as recent contemporary songs. The beautiful dresses she wears in concert are all custom-made for her in Venice. Valenti will be performing From Venice With Love at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.. 8 p.m. 423 Fox Chapel Rd, Fox Chapel.

Singer Giada Valenti in her hometown of Venice. Italy.

Singer Giada Valenti in her hometown of Venice. Italy.

Free RADical Days 2017 Events

Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Free admission: 10AM-noon, 1-3PM
Ceramics open studio day! Get your hands dirty and have some fun! Our ceramics tech will be on site to offer demos and guide instruction as needed. Pre-registration is required as we have limited spots available. Day-of walk-ins will be granted if space is available. Note: glazed work takes up to two weeks to be fired, so we’ll notify you when your piece is available for pick up. For more details and to register: (412) 741-4405
200 Broad St. (Sewickley)

Carnegie – Carnegie Music Hall – Family Concert and Activities
Free admission: noon-4PM
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s Music Hall is patterned after Carnegie Hall in New York City, and is renowned for its superb acoustics.
300 Beechwood Ave. (Carnegie)

noon: Tuesday Musical Club (Music Hall)
The String and Wind ensembles of the Tuesday Musical Club will present a program of light classical  Broadway and popular tunes that you are sure to recognize and enjoy. Members of the Club have delighted audiences with their music making in the Pittsburgh area for 128 years.

1pm: Family Activity-Make your own instrument (Library/Studio)

2pm: Family Activity-Interactive family story time (Library/Studio)

3pm: Chatham Baroque (Music Hall)

Chatham Baroque presents a fun, family-friendly concert for ages 4-104. The musicians lead a musical tour of some of the best music of the Baroque, talk about their unique gut string instruments (including the six-foot long theorbo), and tell amusing stories about composers who lived more than three hundred years ago. Featuring music of well-known composers J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and Corelli, as well as lesser known gems of Matteis, Kapsberger, and Sanz. Run-time: 50 minutes.

New Hazlett Theater and Texture Contemporary Ballet
Free admission: 4PM
Texture presents excerpts from Boundless followed by interactive games for the children in the audience. The New Hazlett is a creative hub for a diverse range of artists, audiences, and performances. Though the performance is free admission, seating is limited so tickets must be reserved in advance. Visit textureballet.org; click tickets for Boundless; click Children’s Performance; one ticket per family.
6 Allegheny Square East (North Side)