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Thu., June 2 -- Acoustic Rock

Kaia Wilson may not be a household name, but she's had a huge impact among queer musicians. The cofounder of Team Dresch and The Butchies made her mark with those two bands; she also helped found Mr. Lady, a label that was home to Le Tigre and Electrelane, among others. She's played solo off and on throughout her career, and she's currently touring to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her first solo album, Finally a Dyke Album for the Whole Family. Tonight she makes a stop in Pittsburgh in a show hosted by the ladies of Operation Sappho. Gutter Glitter opens. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. All ages. or


Thu., June 2 -- Jewish Music

"Fables and Legends" is the theme of this year's Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, a June concert series held annually at various community and synagogue sites. Tonight's kickoff features a live-music accompaniment to the 1920 silent film The Golem, about the giant clay monster of Jewish tradition. The screening and performance takes place at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. The festival's subsequent performances -- of music from the play Jacob and Rachel, and the play The Dybbuk -- occur at Rodef Shalom Temple and Temple Emanuel of South Hills. 7:30 p.m. (other performances June 6, 12 and 13). AM 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. $10-20 for each performance. 412-394-3353 or


Courtesy of Carol Friedman

Fri., June 3 -- Jazz

While there's live jazz Downtown every weekend courtesy of Little E's, Andys at the Fairmont and NOLA on the Square, this weekend the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ups the ante: You'll have to go out of your way if you want to avoid live jazz during JazzLive International, a new festival. A "jazz crawl" tonight features local artists at myriad venues from Katz Plaza to Caffe Amante in Fifth Avenue Place. Saturday features outdoor stages with jazz all day (on Penn Avenue, at Ninth and Liberty, and further down Liberty). Sunday's Jazz Brunch is followed by a performance from the acclaimed singer Bettye Lavette, who gained fame at the Kennedy Center's tribute to The Who in 2008. AM 5:30-9 p.m., continues through Sunday. Most concerts free; Bettye Lavette concert $20. 412-456-6666 or


Sun., June 5 -- Folk-Pop

Though his sound is contemporary in many ways, Josh Ritter's songwriting hearkens back to the early folk-rock of the '60s. The thirtysomething Idahoan is compared to folks like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and has played with, and been covered by, Joan Baez. The soft-edged songwriter (and author -- he's got a forthcoming novel to his name) opens this year's summer concert series at Hartwood Acres. The Mex-American indie folk outfit David Wax Museum plays as well. AM 7:30 p.m. Middle Road, Hampton Township. Free. All ages. 412-350-2528 or

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