The Hot List: Cultural events taking place this weekend


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ALL WEEKEND

SUNSTAR celebrates women

SUNSTAR Music Festival -- a biennial event in honor of Women's History Month -- returns with a three-day lineup of music, parties and talk.

Here is the lineup:

Tonight at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave.: Jeri Lynn Johnson, founder and music director of Philadephia's Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, joins a panel of Pittsburgh artists and administrators to share successes and challenges of navigating the arts in "Tell the World How to Treat You!" It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free with registration at kelly-strayhorn.org.

Friday at 6119, 6119 Penn Ave.: Light Asylum, an aggressive darkwave duo from Brooklyn, plays the VIA space with Afro-punk outfit Vie Boheme and DJ Lauren G at 10 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Saturday at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty: A Tribute to First Ladies of Jazz features an all-star lineup of Pittsburgh performers, including Spanky Wilson, Etta Cox, Kenia, Tania Grubbs, Maggie Johnson, with the Roger Humphries Band and spoken word artist Vanessa German. Opens with a cocktail reception featuring jazz era cocktails and fashion in the lobby. 8 p.m. $25. www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

TONIGHT

CAVO goes 'RAW'

"RAW:natural born artists" returns to CAVO, 1900 Smallman St., Strip, at 8 tonight with another evening of film, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist.

RAW's showcase of local emerging artists will feature Maggy Pawlesh, Universal Beat Union, David Kelly, Jake Mulliken, Ashley J. Hickey, Kathryn Stabile, Pretty Macabre Dolls, Melissa Ciccocioppo, Eric Hargrove, Matty Freebles, Murdzak and more.

Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Knowledge Build the host.

The dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets are $15 at the door. Info at www.RAWartists.org or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.

Dulcimer jam

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts presents a concert inaugurating its new Center for Iranian Music. The "grand opening" at 8 tonight at Kresge Recital Hall, on campus brings Dariush Saghafi to the stage. A santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) player, he will be joined by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

CMU composer Reza Vali and Dr. Bijan Elyaderani founded the organization "to preserve and promote Iranian music," including traditional, folk, contemporary and religious. Tickets are $10-$20 (free to CMU faculty, staff and students); 412-779-4011 or centerforiranianmusic.org.

FRIDAY

'Soup' man

Joel McHale, the quick-witted host of E! network's "The Soup" and Jeff Winger on "Community," comes off the TV and onto the stage for a sold-out show Friday at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall.

Mr. McHale is a comic who honed his skills with a master's degree in acting from the University of Washington.

In a 2010 interview with the Post-Gazette, he was asked whether he was more comfortable acting or doing stand-up. "Boy, I enjoy both of them a lot," he said. "Stand-up -- it's just really using different muscles and you know you are alone on stage for 60 to 80 minutes. You have no sort of safety net. You are just out there, and your goal is to make people laugh and entertain them. Whereas with acting, you are telling a story and you are playing this role and trying to be this character. So I would say acting is, depending upon the role, a greater challenge. It is what I love to do. But, you know what? I would say stand-up is an equal challenge."

The show begins at 8 p.m. with CJ Toledano. www.librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.

Uncorked in the '60s

The Heinz History Center politely asks that you "lace up your fringe vest, dust off your bell bottoms and get ready for a groovy time."

Uh-oh. The 15th annual History Uncorked on Friday takes on a hippy vibe to go with the latest exhibit "1968: The Year That Rocked America."

Guests 21 and older can enjoy music from DJ Mad Maxx and Chupacabra, food and beverages from local vendors, and a raffle.

It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $65 at the door (in advance, $50 and $100 VIP) and three drink tickets plus cash bar, appetizers and desserts. It benefits the programs and services of the History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Tickets are available at showclix.com/event/HistoryUncorked2013

Winter music

Johnny Winter, who ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, plays the Rex Theater, South Side, on Friday night.

The 69-year-old blues rocker, who has worked with everyone from Muddy Waters to Derek Trucks, had a career resurgence in 2011 with the release of "Roots," featuring his brother Edgar, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and more.

He performs with his band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37-$40 at ticketfly.com.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Robotic theater

The Seinendan Theater Company presents two short plays with robotic flair, "Sayonara" and "I, Worker," as part of the Off the Wall Series at the Andy Warhol Museum.

Theater director Oriza Hirata has collaborated with Hiroshi Ishiguro and the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University to develop "robot-human" theater, fusing theater arts and science.

"Sayonara" finds a human-like android who consoles the human actor dealing with a fatal illness, and "I, Worker," involves two robots interacting with a young couple in a play that questions the meaning and nature of work.

It begins at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $25/$20 members and students, www.ticketweb.com or 412-237-8300.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

A girl's journey

Pittsburgh playwright/actor Kim El shares a story of the repercussions of low self-esteem and overcoming depression in urban America in her solo performance, "Straightening Combs." Through spoken-word poetry, songs and vignettes as six characters, she takes the audience along on an African-American girl's intimate coming-of-age journey.

"Straightening Combs," directed by Chrystal Bates, is in preview at 8 p.m. tomorrow and sold out on opening night Saturday. Remaining shows through March 31 are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except 7 p.m. March 23) and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door ($15/$20 for students, seniors and theater artists). Tickets and details at pghplaywrights.com/combs.

NEED TO KNOW

• Through the end of March, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will offer free admission on Thursday evenings, between 4 and 8 p.m. Parking will be $5 after 4 p.m.

• The Pittsburgh Golf Show, this weekend at the Monroeville Convention Center, features more than 100 vendors, offering everything from equipment to clothing to travel destinations. Celebrity speakers and entertainers include Long Drive Champions Brian Pavlet and Jamie Sadlowski, and Trick Shot Master Chuck "The Hit Man" Hiter. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 (good for 3 days), children 12 and under free. For more information, go to PittsburghGolfShow.com.

• Steve Kimock (the guitarist for psych-rock band Zero, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends, among other Grateful Dead-related projects) joins forces again with keyboardist Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads) for a show tonight at Mr. Smalls. They are joined by percussionist Wally Ingram (David Lindley, Sheryl Crow) and bassist Andy Hess (Gov't Mule). The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$25 through ticketweb.

• An exhibition highlighting the sculpture of the late Pittsburgh artist Aaronel deRoy Gruber will open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Admission is free; reservations are appreciated at 724-837-1500, ext. 36. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org.

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