City Theatre Previews ‘Where Did We Sit on the Bus?’; Pitt vs. Duke (Tues., 1/22/19)

It's a long way from a foreign land to Chicagoland, and Brian Quijada does highlights of the trip in City Theatre's 'Where Did We Sit on the Bus?' (photo courtesy of the artist)

It’s a long way from a foreign land to Chicagoland, and Brian Quijada does highlights of the trip in City Theatre’s ‘Where Did We Sit on the Bus?’ (photo courtesy of the artist)

1) Twenty-odd years ago, when Brian Quijada was in grade school, the teacher gave a history lesson that puzzled him. It was about civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who challenged the old Southern rule that made black people sit separate from whites on buses. Little Brian wanted to know What about us Latinos? Where did we sit? Today, Quijada is a theater artist. He’s won rave reviews in Chicago and New York for a one-man play inspired, he says, by that long-ago question. City Theatre brings Quijada to town for the Pittsburgh premiere of Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, an energetic mixture of seriocomic storytelling and live music. Quijada’s stories cover subjects ranging from his parents’ chaotic immigration from El Salvador, during the country’s civil war, to his own wrangling with issues of both ethnic and personal identity. He is also a one-man hip-hop band, skilled at live-looping, beatboxing, rapping, and singing—all of which figure prominently in Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Chicago’s Teatro Vista gave the show its world premiere in 2016. 7 p.m. Tonight is a pick-your-price preview night. Performances continue through February 24. City Theatre presents it at the Lester Hamburg Studio, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (MV)

2) The Pitt Panthers basketball team play the Duke Blue Devils in a game of hoops tonight.The Panthers have a very young team and a new coach, but are playing hard and making progress. They recently upset the Top 15 ranked Florida State Seminoles, but then lost on the road at Syracuse. Jump ball is at 9 p.m. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.

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