Don’t sleep on getting tickets, which are on sale now in the brewery’s taproom, as proprietor Asa Foster says the event will “definitely sell out soon.”

Looking for more beer and Valentine’s fun? We also suggest the Crafts and Drafts Valentine’s Artist Market at East End Brewing Co. on Feb. 7.

Please note: as of February 9, the Valentine’s Day Black Tie Formal at The Brew Gentlemen is sold out.

Sumeida's Song

Sumieda’s Song. Photo by Jill Steinberg.

 4. Sumieda’s Song at The Pittsburgh Opera: February 21, 24, 27 & March 1

Gripping family drama, spiraling dance rhythms and mournful melodic writings converge for three nights at the Pittsburgh Opera. Audiences will be drawn into a timeless moving story about a peasant family living in Upper Egypt, as traditional and modern values merge in tragic ways for Alwan, his mother Asakira and his cousin Sumeida. The Pittsburgh premiere of a new production by the talented Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, Sumeida’s Song is based on the play, Song of Death, penned by the prolific and influential Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898 – 1987).

Scored for a small orchestra that features a specially-tuned keyboard, periodic tuning adjustments for instruments and the traditional Middle Eastern darabukka (a goblet-shaped drum), the moving work reflects Fairouz’s Arabic heritage, and was composed when he was just 22 years old. Born in 1985 and based in NYC, Fairouz is a significant new artistic voice and among one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation.

Starring in the production are Resident Artists Laurel Semerdjian (Asakir), Adelaide Boedecker (Mabrouka), Alex DeSocio (Alwan) and Adam Bonanni (Sumeida). Go behind-the-scenes at one of the opera’s public programs, including Brown Bag Concerts, Opera Up Close discussions, Cultural Touchstones displays and Meet the Artist events. Purchase tickets.

Bricolage 2007. Photo ©

Bricolage Urban Scrawl 2007. Photo ©


5. Bricolage Urban Scrawl turns 10: February 27 & 28

You’ve got two nights to hop aboard the B.U.S. to one of Pittsburgh’s most eclectic fundraisers. A creative cocktail of guerrilla theater, friendly kidnapping and battle of the wits, Bricolage Production Company‘s signature benefit puts theatre-making in the spotlight.

How’s it work? Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, participants have 24 hours to write, cast and direct a brand new 10-minute play. If you think this sounds like a pilot for an Off-Off-Broadway reality show, you’ve got to see the results for yourself. Take a seat on the B.U.S. and watch as the stories unfold during this exhilarating one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

Turning 10 years young, this year’s wacky edition features 40-plus local artists collectively pushing the envelope to support the company’s ambitious 2015 season. Pairing distinguished theater veterans with stage newbies, the lineup features gifted B.U.S. riders Vanessa German, Melissa Martin, Mark Clayton Southers and many more.

To take in all of the action, purchase a “Double Decker” ticket, making you a VIP fly on the wall with a behind-the-scenes view as the plays are being created. Hop on board for the main event on Feb. 28, complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a debut of the plays at the New Hazlett. Watch this promo video for a sneak peek. Purchase your B.U.S. fare now.


Mantra Percussion. Photo by Ian Douglas.


6. Beyond Microtonal Music Festival at The Andy Warhol Museum & Pitt Music Building: February 27 – March 1

Seeking some fresh unexpected sounds for the New Year? Fans of avant-garde and contemporary music should not miss the Beyond Microtonality Festival, which showcases and celebrates artists who use alternate tunings and pitches that exist beyond Western music’s 12-tone equal-tempered system. The first-of-its-kind Pittsburgh festival features composers and performers hailing from Slovenia, Los Angeles, NYC and right here in town.

Guitarists Mak Grgić and Daniel Lippel kick off the event with a performance of the 1985 piece, Subconscious Wave, by Romanian-French composer Horațiu Rădulescu. Also featured will be Michael Harrison, who will perform his hour-long work, Revelation, for re-tuned piano. On Feb. 28, the festival welcomes Flux Quartet, who will perform String Quartet #2 and other works by the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. Next, Mantra Percussion will perform Timbre, by American composer Michael Gordon, who is co-founder of Bang on a Can. Gordon’s epic hour-long piece is composed for six 2 x 4 pieces of wood and a light installation.

The festival culminates on March 1 with a symposium about microtonal music and hybrid tuning systems led by NewMusicBox editor Frank Oteri and Robert Hasegawa of McGill University. Following the discussion, Ray-Kallay Duo will perform Enno Pope’s Rad and new works by Oteri, Eric Moe and Kyle Gann. Flux Quartet and Mantra Percussion will then premiere a new work by Mathew Rosenblum, while Alia Musica will perform Nach-Ruf…entgleitend by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas. Purchase tickets & passes.