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The 33rd annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show moves into its final weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, with more than 1,500 exhibits, products and services.

Lori Verderame, aka "Dr. Lori" of "Auction Kings," will appraise small antiques at 7 p.m. today; noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday (one item per person).

Don Engebretson, the "Renegade Gardener," and The CAPA House Band will be there all weekend.

Hours are 4-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $4 kids 6-12; under 6 free. Information: Parking is available at Heinz Field lots for $6 and includes a continuous running shuttle to the show.

Falling for 'Once'

"Once the Musical," winner of eight Tony Awards, isn't your typical Broadway musical. The refreshing take on what a musical can be has enthralled critics and audiences in the same way the 2006 film "Once" proved to be the little film that could -- win the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and win best foreign film at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The play, at the Benedum Center through Sunday, tells the story of a Czech immigrant, known as The Girl (played by Dani de Waal), who makes a musical connection with The Guy (Stuart Ward), a native of the Irish town where she has landed.

The tunes include Oscar winner "Falling Slowly" by singer-songwriters and movie co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Mix and match PSO

Leonard Slatkin leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a mixed-and-matched concert weekend. Performances 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday feature Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Michel Camilo's Piano Concerto No. 2 (with the composer as soloist) and several works by Ravel ("Alborada del gracioso," "Pavane pour une infante defunte," "Menuet antique" and "Bolero").

In lieu of three of those works (Mr. Camilo's performance, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Menuet antique"), Saturday's 8 p.m. concert features a "Behind the Notes" discussion and presentation of the music with Mr. Slatkin and the orchestra. In addition, several other pieces appear for cameos, including works by Bizet, Ravel, Lecuona, Gould and Falla, with solos by concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams.

If you're confused, just head to Heinz Hall, and the orchestra will take it from there. Tickets are $25.75-$105.75; 412-392-4900 or

The PSO also presents its annual reading session of works by young composers at 11 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Slatkin leads the PSO in works by Jeffrey Binner, Kai-Young Chan, Erberk Eryilmaz and Marina Lopez at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are free; 412-392-4900.

'Black Angels' flies again

Layon Gray's "Black Angels Over Tuskegee" returns to town for an encore after a one-night-only performance in Pittsburgh last year. New Horizon Theater presents the docudrama that follows the journey of the men who became the first African-American aviators in the U.S. armed forces. The play can be seen 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Tickets: $30-$50; 412-431-0773 or email


Hard Rock comic

New York City comedian Steve Hofstetter, who has written columns for Sports Illustrated and Maxim, will appear at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, tonight.

His CDs include "Dark Side of the Room" and "Cure for the Cable Guy," which created some controversy with a cover depicting a Larry the Cable Guy doll hanging from a cable.

The show is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20;


Caliendo comedy

Comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead.

The comedian, best known for "MADtv" and "Frank TV," more recently has displayed his talents as a guest on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" and Fox TV's "Fox NFL Sunday."

Showtimes are 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $35; or 412-462-5233.


Juilliard Baroque

Renaissance and Baroque presents its final concert of the season with a performance by Juilliard Baroque, which counts as its members faculty from Juilliard's historic performance program.

The ensemble -- violinist Robert Mealy, oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz, bassoonist Dominic Teresi and harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman -- will perform works by Handel, two Bachs (Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Sebastian) and Zelenka.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Synod Hall, Oakland. $10-$35; or 412-361-2048.


Orchid show

The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania holds its annual Orchid Show, an opportunity to learn about and acquire the exotic flowers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., Shadyside.

Admission is free. Information:


■ Good Fridays at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, are free in March. This Friday, from 5-10 p.m., there will be a cash bar and music by DJ Shawn Watson, specializing in an all-vinyl set of funk, punk, reggae and rock. Information:

"GMO OMG" -- Jeremy Seifert's documentary about genetically modified foods screens at the Hollywood Theater, Dormont, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Drusky Entertainment Film Series. Tickets: $10; or 1-877-4-FLY-TIX.

■ Soul singer-songwriter-guitarist Jesse Dee, who won the 2010 Boston Phoenix Music Poll Award for best R&B act, plays 9 p.m. Friday at the Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville. Tickets: $12 advance/$15 day of show; 412-682-0177 or

■ The Pittsburgh Concert Society presents its second Young Winners recital this season at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland. Pianists Suvir Mirchandani, Rebecca Lee and Caroline Fedor, guitarist Joseph Daval and baritone Joel Goodloe will perform. Tickets: $10-$15, free for students;

■ The Met Live in HD production of Massenet's "Werther" will be screened at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Cinemark Robinson and Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, with an encore 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information and tickets:

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