The Hotlist of events for the coming weekend

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'Superstar' concert

Can't wait for the "Jesus Christ Superstar Spectacular" coming to Consol Energy Center in August? Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Professional Company will present "Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert" 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 4.

Directed by Gavan Pamer, the cast includes Tom Rocco of local Christian rock band Third From First as King Herod and Carla Bianco, the center's director of ArtReach, as Mary Magdalene. Ray Cygrymus will play Jesus and Peter Matthew Smith, Judas; both have performed the roles in regional productions.

Tickets are $15-$25 at 724-576-4644 or

'Slowly' on Flagstaff

Howard Barker's "Slowly" makes its Pittsburgh debut courtesy of Alarum Theatre, which sets up shop on Schenley Park's Flagstaff Hill (Schenley Drive and W. Circuit Road) at 7 p.m. today and Friday and 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The 45-minute play, about four women waiting in their besieged city for the arrival of conquering forces, is directed by Jordan Matthew Walsh and stars Jenny Malarkey, Amanda Montoya, Cynthia Sulemana and Lauryn Thomas.

Chairs are provided; tickets are $15 ($10 for students) at Rain dates will be announced if necessary. For further information, email

Corey's comedy

Comedian and actor Corey Holcomb takes the stage this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv, Waterfront, Homestead.

The comic recently finished working on season two of the TV One series "The Rickey Smiley Show" and the soon-to-be released film "Think Like a Man, Too." He voices the recurring character Robert Tubbs on Fox's "The Cleveland Show" and also has appeared in two of his own comedy specials, "Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You" and "Comedy Central Presents: Corey Holcomb."

Showtimes are 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $20; or 412-462-5233.


Gospel at Palace

Gospel singer Mark Lowry, from the Gaither Vocal Band, and The Martins (sibling trio Joyce, Jonathan and Judy Martin) are hitting the road together for the first time, performing at the Palace Theatre tonight in Greensburg.

"We're going to mix it up," Mr. Lowry said in a statement. "The Martins and I will be singing together. I'll be kicking Jonathan out and singing with just the sisters on a couple songs. Whatever it takes to make the night a success, we're going to do."

It's at 7:30 p.m. $28-$48; 724-836-8000 or


Olympic skaters

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who returned from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with the United States' first ice dancing gold medal, will take a victory lap at Consol Energy Center Friday on the Stars on Ice tour.

The pair will be joined by the entire bronze medal-winning U.S. Figure Skating team: two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, 2014 U.S. champion Gracie Gold, four-time and reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, and two-time reigning U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.

The cast also includes 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley, 2010 Olympian and 2014 U.S. bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu, two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, 2013 world junior champion Joshua Farris, and U.S. bronze medalist ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre.

It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25; or 1-800-745-3000.


Butterflies in season

The butterflies are back at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with the seasonal reopening of Butterfly Forest.

The annual exhibit offers intimate encounters with live monarchs, zebra longwings and more as they emerge from their chrysalides and take flight in the public garden's Stove Room.

Phipps is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. The Butterfly Forest exhibit, running through Sept. 1, is included in the price of regular conservatory admission, $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $11 for children ages 2-18. Members and kids under 2 enter for free. Learn more at


Memory music

The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation collaborates with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts for "Remembering Through Music," a commemoration of Yom Hashoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program includes the American and Israeli anthems, Ani Ma'amin, candle lighting and a recitation of the Kaddish. It's 6:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, Downtown. The event is free, but tickets are required. Call 412-421-1500 or email

Harps have rhythm

The Tiffany Concert Series presents "Harpercussion: A Fusion of the Royal Sounds of Harp and Percussion." Harpist Claire Jones performed on the series last year. This time, she'll be joined by percussionist and composer Chris Marshall (who happens to be her husband). The C2Duet performs at 4 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave., North Side. $5-$10; available at the door. Information: 412-323-1070 or


• Lita Ford, of pioneering glam-rock girl group The Runaways, plays the Rex Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday with Akron all-female band 11After. Tickets are $25;

The Martha Redbone Roots Project ("Poised to be Americana's next superstar," according to the Village Voice) blends Native American elements with funk, Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. Tickets are $39; $20 (student rush with ID);

Dance Africa 2014 at the August Wilson Center on Saturday will feature Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble, plus IllStyle and Peace Productions, for shows at 1 p.m. (youth matinee, $10) and 8 p.m. ($20). Information:

Kevin Allison and the Risk! live storytelling show at Garfield Artworks, Garfield, at 7:30 p.m. Friday will feature the member of the MTV sketch comedy troupe The State, and local talent sharing true stories they "never thought they'd dare to share in public." Mr. Allison's Risk! podcast was named the No. 1 Don't-Miss Live Podcast by Time Out LA and Top 10 NYC Podcast by Time Out New York. $20;

• The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh joins with Pittsburgh native Joe Negri and his quartet in "Jazz Mazz," a concert featuring the jazz guitarist's "Mass of Hope" and Paul Balser's "Missa Kenya." Mezzo-soprano Maureen Budway and baritone Thomas Douglas will perform as soloists. The shows are 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at New Hazlett Theater, North Side. $10-$30; or 1-888-718-4253.

• The Kelly Strayhorn theater presents a work-in-progress reading of the multimedia work "Wade in the Water" by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Photos, video and sound are used to explore revolutions spurred by social media in Africa while simultaneously looking back in time to an ancient ceremony on the Barotse Floodplain that relocated the masses to higher ground. It's 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave. Tickets: $15; details:

• An opening reception for "Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics," comprising work by 31 artists, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Several exhibition artists will speak about their work from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. At 2 p.m. the Raphael Prize-winning artist will give a free artist talk. Information: 412-261-7003 or

• The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform Part's "Fratres," Barber's Violin Concerto with Bella Hristova and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Tickets: $10-$39; 724-837-1850 or

Steve Siler, founder of the Nashville-based Music for the Soul, plays a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. Music for the Soul uses the power of songs and stories as a bridge to hope and healing for those facing life's most difficult issues;

• The record-shopping spree moves to the Clarion Hotel Green Tree for The Pittsburgh Record & CD Convention XXXVIII Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with vinyl, CDs, rare posters and memorabilia. $10 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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