JULY 5 – TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET. Texture celebrates its third birthday with a benefit bash that includes food, drink and plenty of dancing, of course. Pittsburgh Dance Center, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
JULY 7 – A WHISKEY AND A JAZZ. A benefit for The Space Upstairs. Wigle Whiskey will donate 12 percent of sales to support this primo space. Tickets: $20, includes two drink tickets.
JULY 7 – JASMINE HEARN. Jasmine unveils new work, undone, with jhon r. storks. PearlArts Studios, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: General/$15, Artists and Students/$10.
JULY 8-13 – CIVIC LIGHT OPERA. The CLO continues its season with Evita, with a new staging by director Michael Grandage and choreographer Rob Ashford. The Benedum Center. Click on CLO for more details.
JULY 9 – BEATS-’N-EATS. Meet with Penn Avenue creatives for a midday dance party sponsored by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at Everyday’s a Sunday & Cafe in East Liberty. Noon. Free.
JULY 12 – SECOND SATURDAYS. Spontaneity springs eternal with The Pillow Project at The Space Upstairs. Stranger Convention provides the music. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 at the door.
JULY 12-13, 17, 25-26 - OPERA THEATER OF PITTSBURGH/ATTACK THEATRE. OTP and Attack join together in a production of the long-running off-Broadway musical, The Fantasticks. Attack founder Peter Kope directs and company members add their own flair. Twentieth Century Club in Oakland (across from Soldiers and Sailors), evening performances at 7:30, Sunday matinees at 2. Tickets: $25-75; click on Fantasticks.
JULY 17-20 – TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET. It’s time for Texture to pump up the volume. That means expanding to 17 dancers in Life, Love, & Jazz. Premieres from Alan Obuzor (with Marty Ashby and the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild Quartet), Kelsey Bartman (music by fun) and Gabriel Gaffney Smith (music by Sylvan Esso). New Hazlett Theater, Thurs. 7:30, Fri.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Tickets: Advance/$20 and At the Door/$25. Click on Showclix.
JULY 18-27 – CIVIC LIGHT OPERA. The CLO presents that singular dancical, Cats, where dancers who sing capture their inner felines. The Benedum Center. Click on CLO for more details.
JULY 19 – THEGRABPRODUCTIONS. This inaugural event stands for Gracefully Reaching Absent Boundaries and consists of four former University of Pittsburgh students — Greg McCummings, C. Riana Manuel, Allison Felton and Brittany Smith. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults/$11.34 (with tax), Children/$6.17; $15 at the door. Click on GRAB.
JULY 25 – GABRIELLE REVLOCK & NICOLE BINDER. These “fierce feminists” join with 25 Pittsburghers in a work-in-progress, I made this for you, challenging notions of competition and beauty. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can.
JULY 26 – THE PILLOW PROJECT. Called A One Night Stand on Broken Piano, it takes place at The Space Upstairs, but in the downstairs lounge. One dancer, one musician, a broken piano, one night. 9 p.m. Tickets: $10.