Briefs: Author Russo to speak at Heinz Lectures
Richard Russo writes about people everybody knows. They are the quintessential small-town Americans, seemingly ordinary in every way. But it’s what Russo does with these average Joes and Janes that makes him one of the best of contemporary novelist. The author of novels including “Nobody’s Fool” and “Empire Falls” (which earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2002), Russo’s most recent novel is “Bridge of Sighs.” Set in upstate New York, it again celebrates the lives lived in the quiet pockets of the country.
Russo will appear at 7 p.m. Monday as guest of the Drue Heinz Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Admission is $25.
Details: 412-622-8866 or online
— Rege Behe
‘Laugh in Peace’ hits Point Park
A rabbi and a Muslim walk into a bar…It’s no joke. The “Laugh in Peace Tour,” which comes to Point Park University at 7 p.m. Monday, combines the standup comedy talents of Rabbi Bob Alper and Azhar Usman , a Muslim, comedian and former lawyer.
Alper, a practicing rabbi, has appeared across North America, in London and at the Hollywood Improv. He is heard regularly on XM and Sirius Radio, and has been seen on Showtime, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” CNN, and “Extra.”
Usman was the subject of an entire of ABC “Nightline” program, and was featured on “CBS Sunday Morning.” He is from Chicago with roots on the Indian subcontinent and has performed throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries with the “Allah Made Me Funny” comedy tour. The two will perform in the ballroom, third floor, Lawrence Hall. Tickets to the event are $20, $10 for students. Point Park is located at Wood Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown
— William Loeffler
Film looks at Cirque’s Beatles show
A screening of “All Together Now,” the documentary about the Beatles/Cirque du Soleil collaboration on “LOVE,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Carmike 10 Cinema in Bethel Park.
“All Together Now” features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “LOVE,” including interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Martin, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison and Giles Martin.
The movie trailer can be viewed here .
Details: Online .
— Rege Behe
Cultural happenings today
• Pittsburgh Public Theater presents August Wilson’s “Radio Golf” at 2 and 8 p.m. Performances continue through Nov. 2 at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $40-$55. 412-316-1600.
• CLO Cabaret presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through Feb. 1 at Theater Square Cabaret, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $39.50. 412-456-6666.
• “Defending the Caveman” takes the stage at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $35. 412-456-6666.
• Pittsburgh Opera presents “Samson and Dalila” at 7 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Other performances are Tuesday, Friday and Oct. 26. $16.50-$150.50. 412-456-6666.
• Comedian Artie Lange performs at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $42.50-$77.50. 412-392-4900.