The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

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‘Mysteries’ revealed

“Mysteries of the Unseen World” brings the world of invisible phenomena to the giant Omnimax screen.

The 40-minute film opens today at Carnegie Science Center.

Using high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and other cutting-edge imaging technologies, the film lets viewers experience things that are too small, too fast or too slow for the human eye to see — the invisible wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, plants moving toward the sun, tiny organisms in the human body, nano-structures, the atoms that make up DNA and more.

Information: 412-237-3400 or


Return of ‘The Chief’

Tom Atkins had a big warm-up to reprising his role as “The Chief.” In 2013, he starred in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “Our Town” — his first time as the Stage Manager — and then quickly moved into Pittsburgh CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” — his sixth go-round as Ebenezer Scrooge. His 2014 return to the one-man show about Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. marks the Public’s ninth production with Mr. Atkins as “The Chief.”

The best-selling show in the company’s history was written by Rob Zellers, the Public’s education director, and Post-Gazette sports columnist Gene Collier, and directed by the Public’s chief, Ted Pappas, The play finds Rooney in his circa 1976 office in Three Rivers Stadium, where he reflects on his life and times growing up on the North Side and the history of the Steelers franchise.

The show lives on in DVD, but you can see it live for a limited engagement at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown, through Sunday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $48 and $65, or $15.75 for students and ages 26 and younger 412-316-1600 or

‘Ghost’ music

The 1990 tearjerker starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg has been made into a stage musical, “Ghost the Musical,” that aims to re-create the on-screen ghostly effects for a live audience.

Projections, lighting and behind-the-scenes magic created illusions such as a man walking through a closed door and a speeding train to go along with new music by Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard — and yes, “Unchained Melody” makes an appearance, too. Bruce Joel Rubin adapted his screenplay for the stage musical, and Paul Kieve, who consulted on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Matilda the Musical,” conjured the theatrical illusions.

“Ghost the Musical,” part of the PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh series, continues at Heinz Hall, Downtown, 7:30 tonight (a free pre-show talk with Post-Gazette senior theater critic Christopher Rawson is at 6:30 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave.), 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 pm. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26-$75 at or 412-392-4900.

‘Civil War’ ending

“Pennsylvania’s Civil War” is coming to a close.

We’re speaking of the 9,000-square-foot exhibit exhibition that has been running at the Senator John Heinz History Center since June.

Although Pennsylvania played a pivotal role in the Civil War, not much attention has been paid to the state beyond the crucial Battle of Gettysburg.

“There are so many unknown stories of the Civil War that deserve to be highlighted,” Andrew Masich, president and CEO of the Center told the PG. “We also wanted to make this relevant to Pennsylvanians today.”

The exhibit features more than 150 artifacts, including items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. The space is filled with six lifelike museum figures, a printing press, a tintype camera, rifles, war medals, women’s gowns, photographs and handwritten letters from soldiers. Many of the walls are lined with quotes from citizens of Western Pennsylvania who feared an attack on Pittsburgh in 1863.

There is also a 26-foot-long replica of a 90-ton cannon that was built in 1864 at the Fort Pitt Foundry in the Strip District.

Admission is $15; $13 for seniors; $6 for students and children and free for children under the age of 5.

For more information on the exhibit, including artifact photos and updated event information, visit

Holiday leftovers

If you’re still in the holiday mood, or want to reminisce on Christmas 2013, there are some leftovers in the museums.

• Carnegie Museum of Art/Natural History in Oakland has “Carnegie Trees 2013: Embracing the Art of Play” — featuring unique decorations for each tree, inspired by the 2013 Carnegie International — running through Jan. 12, with the Neapolitan presepio, a miniature Nativity scene, also through Jan. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 412-622-3131;

• Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Schenley Park, Oakland, keeps the Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden aglow with the magic of light and glass through Jan. 12. The Candlelight Evenings run right along with it. Brunch in Bloom concludes on Sunday. 412-622-6914;

• The Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze continues its Clayton holiday tour, “A Pittsburgh Christmas,” focusing on Pittsburgh Christmases of the late 19th century through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• “Spirits of Giving From Around the World,” a display of life-size Santas and original paintings capturing a world of Christmas folklore and fantasy, continues at The PPG Place Wintergarden, Downtown, through Tuesday. Hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free.

• The holiday spirit and a quartet of spirits play on at the CLO Cabaret, where “Plaid Tidings” re-creates those oldies but goodies through Jan. 12. At the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays plus 2 p.m. today. Tickets: $34.75-$44.75; or 412-456-6666.


Celebrating U2

U2 devotees can worship the band at the altar of Altar Bar on Saturday night with One: A Celebration of U2.

The band from Canton, Ohio, promises an authentic tribute to the beloved Irish quartet with a “cutting-edge lighting and video show.”

It begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 advance; $12 at the door.


Bubba live

Bubba Bradley, who appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” takes the stage at Latitude 40 in Robinson for an evening of standup on Friday and Saturday.

He touches on “a childhood rife with family dysfunction and a very outspoken, out-of-the-closet brother” as well as “jobs running the gamut from powder metal factory worker to Yellowstone security guard to small-town Montana bar bouncer.”

He’s joined by Michael Whatule at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25;


Lil Duval at Improv

You may know Lil Duval aka Roland Powell from the “Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup” show and DVD.

The comic from Jacksonville, Fla., who visits the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront this weekend, made a name for himself with “Stalker’s Anthem,” set to Musiq Soulchild’s 2000 hit “Just Friends.”

He has released two underground comedy DVDs, “Dat Boy Funny” (2003) and “Put Your Hands on Me” (2005), appeared on MTV’s “Guy Code” and “Hip Hop Squares.”

T.I., who signed him to his label Grand Hustle’s comedy roster, said of him, “He’s someone who says what everyone else is thinking and scared to say. He talks about life’s most difficult and embarrassing moments. To take these things and find ways to make people laugh, especially when folks see fit to cry, is comedy at its finest.”

Shows are 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.

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