Hot Ticket: Zombies go on the prowl at the Heinz History Center
THE DEAD RISE TO CELEBRATE 1968
Zombies will prowl the Senator John Heinz History Center on Friday evening, and some will be paying guests.
As part of the “1968: The Year That Rocked America” display, “Night of the Living Dead” will be screened at the history center. That Pittsburgh-filmed horror classic, a creation of Carnegie Mellon University graduate George Romero, was put together in ’68, a year that was filled with memorable events.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with docent-led tours of the exhibit, followed by “Pittsburgh’s Best Zombie Contest” at 7 p.m. and then a screening of the film at 7:15. Winners of the zombie contest will receive a prize coffin from Scarehouse, the Etna zombie emporium.
The zombie night is included with admission to the center, which is $15, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for students or those older than 6. It is free for history center members.
Details: 412-454-6000 or www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont also will celebrate the horror classic March 2 with the Living Dead Festival. Doors open at 2 p.m., with a celebrity meet-and-greet with cast members of the movie at 4 p.m., and a “Night of the Living Dead” screening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $25 and benefit Hollywood Theater’s Go Digital or Go Dark campaign.
— Bob Karlovits
SINGER BRINGS CHRISTIAN HITS
Chris Tomlin, an American contemporary Christian music artist, will bring the spirit-filled music of his Burning Lights Tour to Consol Energy Center, Uptown, on Saturday. The Texan, also a songwriter and worship leader at Passion Conference events, has 10 No. 1 singles, 18 Dove awards, and one platinum and three gold albums. Some of Tomlin’s best-known songs include “Forever,” “Indescribable,” “How Great is Our God” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” from the soundtrack for the movie “Amazing Grace.” Tomlin’s concert, which includes performances by Louie Giglio and Kari Jobe, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.consolenergycenter.com
— Kellie B. Gormly
THERE’S NO BAND LIKE MAN MAN
It’s safe to say that there’s not a band in the land quite like Man Man. Despite the incongruously simple name — that attracts stupid rhymes like a magnet — the Philly rockers are intensely, strangely original in a genre (indie rock) that seems to be fast running out of new ideas. There’s the wild, stomping, circus-like rhythms and strange instrumentation, that rock like a drunk marching band, and the bizarre, catchy lyrics that evoke soulful, leather-lunged shouters from Tom Waits to Howlin’ Wolf. Of course, they’re awesome live.
Man Man will appear at Mr. Small’s Theatre this Sunday with Murder By Death, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Details: 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com
— Michael Machosky
WORKS ABOUT WOMEN, BY WOMEN
The exhibit “Feminine Aesthetics,” opening with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 709 Penn Gallery, shows there is beauty in diversity.
Featuring the works of 13 women artists from throughout Western Pennsylvania, the exhibit presents diverse interpretations of female beauty in a wide range of media, from paintings to digital photography, assemblages, installation art and fiber art.
The exhibit continues through March 31. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The gallery is located in Downtown’s Cultural District.
Details: 412-456-6666 or pgharts.org
— Kurt Shaw
PLAY EXPLORES RACE, MUSIC
The New Horizon Theater will present “Black Pearl Sings!”, a drama this weekend about racism, classism, exploitation, sexism and trust.
Playwright Frank Higgins’ play with music, directed by Linda Haston, examines the relationship that evolves between Susannah, a white female song collector, and Pearl, a black woman serving time in prison on a murder conviction. Pearl proves a rich source for folk songs that date to the days of slavery. But, she must decide if she can entrust her songs to Susannah.
The play loosely parallels the real-life relationship between John Lomax and Huddie Ledbetter, better known as folk music source and singer Lead Belly, whom Lomax discovered in a Louisiana prison.
Performances: Thursday-March 3; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., Larimer
Admission: $20; discounts for senior citizens and students
— Alice T. Carter
It is always nice to see you, Suzanne Vega
In pop music, to simply survive the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s and stay relevant is kind of a lot to ask. Suzanne Vega was the first in a wave of literate female singer/songwriters (Tracy Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Edie Brickell, etc.), that brought more to the table than just a pretty face and carefully crafted image, but the years have not been kind to most of their music. Vega is the exception. She somehow transformed from acoustic folk singer inspired by Leonard Cohen into an unlikely dance-floor diva (“Tom’s Diner”), then into an eccentric genre-free songwriter, without losing momentum.
Vega will be performing at one of Pittsburgh’s most-intimate venues, Club Cafe on the South Side, on Monday. She’ll be performing two sets, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. Details: 412-431-4950.
— Michael Machosky
The Dark Knight rises, n’at
Members of Pittsburgh-based indie-rap cult band Grand Buffet take on Batman in a not-for-everyone performance of “Pittsburgh Batman.”
Described as a “hilariously vulgar display of hilarity and vulgarity,” the live stage satire features Lord Grunge (a.k.a. Jarrod Weeks) as the Dark Knight, as well as encounters with a plethora of Pittsburgh personalities who include Andy Warhol, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Donnie Iris.
Performances: 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday atBricolage Productions, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown
— Alice T. Carter
Laugh until you’re blue in the collar
Get ‘er done, Uniontown! Larry the Cable Guy is coming to town for two shows Sunday.
The Blue Collar Comedy Tour alum will perform back-to-back stand-ups at 6 and 9 p.m. at the State Theater, 27 E. Main St., Uniontown.
Both performances will be opened by Comedy Central’s Reno Collier.
Tickets are $45 to $85.
Details: 724-439-1360 or www.statetheatre.info
— Chris Ramirez
Time to sing, dance and give back
Everyone gets to feel good about QM Productions’ second-annual Dance and Vocal Benefit Concert, which takes place Friday evening at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. Twenty percent of all ticket proceeds will go to help those in need.
The variety show will range from excerpts from “Swan Lake” performed by Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh to the comedy duo Nile Wingard and Justin Zeno, and from the Czarniak Tap Company to comedian and soprano Joan Russell-Phillips.
The program will feature new choreography for Francis Poulenc’s “Le Bal Masque” performed by baritone Tim Marquette, pianist Nancy Gordon Galluzzo and percussionist Tom Earley.
QM Productions is a registered nonprofit corporation that raises money for local nonprofit organizations. All its shows during the 2012-13 season will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $20; $15 for students and those 12 and under.
Details: 412-576-0898 or www.QMproductionsinc.com.
— Mark Kanny
Rock down to the original roots
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters — known for classic rock hits like “There Goes My Baby,” “On Broadway” and “Under the Boardwalk” — will headline the “Roots of Rock and Roll,” Vol. XXXIX, concert Saturday. The show plays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center, Downtown. The Drifters have been in show business for six decades. The other acts performing include Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Flamingos with Terry Thompson, The Original Clovers with Harold Winley, Kathy Young, Josh White Jr. and Pure Gold. Tickets are $30.75 to $45.75. Details: 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org
— Kellie B. Gormly
Ballet hopes to be childrens’ champion
Maria Caruso’s newest ballet “Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope” will be performed for the first time this weekend in the Cultural District by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.
The two-act ballet, with original music by Nancy Galbraith, pays tribute to the Highmark Caring Place through a narrative about loss and bereavement felt by children, weaving in stories adapted from children who have been helped by the program.
The Highmark Caring Place opened in 1997 in Downtown Pittsburgh and has since expanded to Erie, near Harrisburg and Warrendale. It champions the cause of grieving children by raising awareness of their needs and programs that serve them.
The performances start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown. Admission is $20.75 to $100.75.
Details: 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org.
— Mark Kanny