2Do This Week, Nov. 10-16: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

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TODAY

"Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives" opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition showcases the museum's collection of 170 portrait miniatures for the first time in more than half a century. Considered one of the finest in North America, the collection spans six centuries and bridges eight European countries as well as America. The miniatures are exhibited with works by five prominent contemporary artists who explore issues of death, likeness, memory, identity, privacy and body-centered scale, themes that also deeply engaged miniature painters for more than 500 years. The exhibition also features more than a dozen new acquisitions, many on view for the first time. It continues through Feb. 16. Info: www.ClevelandArt.org, 1-216-421-7350 or 1-888-CMA-0033.

TODAY

The Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble and Choirs will perform at the Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Stephen Story, Thomas Thompson and George Vosburgh. The concert features Galbraith's "Danza de los Duendes," Messiaen's "Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloirea" and Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," among other works. For tickets, $5: 1-888-TICKETS or http://music.cmu.edu/events/200.

TODAY AND MONDAY

The Mendelssohn Choirs, young and senior, are active this week. The Junior Mendelssohn Choir will perform Mozart's "Requiem" and a cappella choral works today at 4 p.m. at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. Tickets, $5-$10, are available at showclix.com and the door. Then, Monday at 8 p.m., the Mendelssohn Choir will perform "From Darkness to Triumph," a free concert part of the Music at Rodef Shalom series in Shadyside. Works include Ginastera's "Lamentations of Jeremiah," Carissimi's "Jephte," Schubert's "Mirjams Siegesgesang" and three choruses from Handel's "Judas Maccabeus." More at www.themendelssohn.org.

TUESDAY

Carnegie International 2013 exhibitor Transformazium will discuss the community-based cultural initiatives it has developed in partnership with the Braddock Carnegie Library with globally exhibited artist Paul Ramirez Jonas at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. The Braddock-based artist collaborative comprises Dana Bishop-Root, Leslie Stem and Ruthie Stringer. An Art Lending Collection available to anyone with a county library card is among the projects developed for the current International. Free. Info: www.cmoa.org or 412-622-3131.

TUESDAY

The Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble will play works by Colgrass, Higdon and others at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Eliseo Rael, the show takes place at the Mary Pappert School of Music, 3rd floor, Uptown.

TUESDAY

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will screen the short films "Solace," "Absence of Love" and "Dol" (First Birthday) as part of the My People Film Series -- which highlights the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people of color -- at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., at 7:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, $5, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

THURSDAY

Mike Tomaro and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra will present "Celebrating the Great American Songbook: Then and Now" at 7:30 p.m. in the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom. The concert benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and features vocalists Donna Bailey, Maureen Budway, Lisa Bleil, Adam Brock, Tania Grubbs and Dane Vannatter. Suggested donation $10-$15.

FRIDAY

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh hosts a group show opening party from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Framehouse Gallery at the Icehouse, 100 43rd St., unit 107, courtyard entrance, Lawrenceville. Jurors Kathleen Miclot and Liz Reed selected small works by 43 member artists. Info: 412-586-4559 or www.framehouseonline.com.

FRIDAY

Baltimore trio Future Islands makes its first appearance at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. The group's darkly romantic lyrics and synth-driven sound are filled with melodic hooks. NPR calls the trio's sound as "texturally interesting as it is rhythmically accessible -- music designed for both heads and feet." Tickets: $15 general/$12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. Free parking in the Warhol lot.

FRIDAY

Art and Inspiration with William Rock teams up with Pittsburgh chapbook press Hyacinth Girl Press for a poetry reading at the Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Shaler, at 7:30 p.m. Poets from Maryland, New York, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh will read from their works including Nikki Allen, Jessica Cuello, Sally Rosen Kindred, Deena November and Dan Nowak. Music will be provided by Essential Machine. Free. This event also will also include literary improv games and a reception after the readings with wine, snacks and chapbooks. For more info: http://hyacinthgirlpress.com or 412-486-0211.

SATURDAY

Six-time Grammy award winner and multiplatinum recording artist Amy Grant will perform at the Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, at 8 p.m. "An Evening With Amy Grant" will include some of Ms. Grant's biggest hits as well as songs from her recently released album, "How Mercy Looks From Here." For tickets $35-$65, www.thepalacetheatre.org or 724-836-8000.


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