The 56th annual Pittsburgh World of Wheels rolls into the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, this weekend with hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, trucks and motorcycles.
Celebs, too. You can check out a “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion with Catherine Bach and Tom Wopat (1-5 p.m. Saturday) and appearances by WWE star AJ Styles (6-9 p.m. Friday) and Kira Kosarin of “The Thundermans” (1-5 p.m. Saturday).
Also look for Chop Demonstrations featuring Gene Winfield, Drag City USA hot rods, the All American Motorcycle Show, a 50th anniversary celebration of the Camaro, a Pinball Tournament (2-4 p.m. Saturday), a Pinup Girl Contest (6 p.m. Saturday) and rockabilly bands (7 p.m. Friday and Saturday).
Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18; $6 kids 6-12; 5 and under free ($16 and $5 at NAPA stores). Go to worldofwheels.com.
The Just Films series at Chatham University will screen “Trapped,” a documentary by Dawn Porter that follows clinic workers and lawyers working to keep abortion safe and legal.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Sarah McNeil (medical director of Bay Area-abortion training program TEACH), Dr. Colleen Krajewski (Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania) and Jessica Semler (Planned Parenthood).
It begins at 6:30 p.m. Register at www.justfilmspgh.org.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the first Gallery Crawl of 2017 in the Cultural District, Downtown, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with free art openings, music and dance performances, comedy and more.
It includes the debut of “Permutations of Light” by David Spriggs and Matthijs Munnik at Wood Street Galleries; “The Domesticity of Abandonment,” curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, at SPACE; and a Winter Night Market at 925 Liberty Ave.
See schedule on page WE-8 and go to TrustArts.org/Crawl.
The Winter Jam 2017 tour hits the PPG Paints Arena, Uptown, with an evening of 10 top Christian artists.
The headliner is Crowder, a “folktronica” Grammy nominee and former leader of the David Crowder Band, who released his second solo “American Prodigal” in September, led by the single “Run Devil Run.”
He is joined by pop singer Britt Nicole, below left, who has hit the Mainstream Top 40 with the singles “Gold” and “Ready or Not”; Dove Award-winning band Tenth Avenue North; pop/hip-hop artist Andy Mineo; “American Idol” finalist Colton Dixon; Canadian hard rockers Thousand Foot Krutch; and gospel-rockers and Winter Jam creators NewSong. The Pre-Jam Party will feature OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steven Malcolm.
It begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, with premium Jam Nation memberships available in advance at jamtour.com.
Portland, Ore.-based soul singer-songwriter-pianist Jarrod Lawson performs as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Soul Sessions Series at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown.
JazzFM in London named Mr. Lawson Soul Artist of the Year in 2015, commenting that whether he plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz, everything he touches turns to soul.
It begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Information: trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Glow-ing at Science Center
Carnegie Science Center, North Shore, will focus on the science of light at Friday’s no-kids night, “21 + Glow.”
Guests will be invited to make glow-in-the-dark slime, learn about lasers, explore LED circuits, experiment with fiber optics and see how light can be produced from chemical reactions. They can also have their faces painted with fluorescent paints.
The event will feature cash bars, snacks for purchase, live music by The Virtuals (a Pittsburgh band with a virtual drummer), and discounts on Omnimax and laser shows.
It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Black lights will be used, so guests are encouraged to wear outfits that will glow in the dark. Go to CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Lee Ranaldo was once part of the wall of sound known as Sonic Youth, but those days seem to be over.
Since the split, the guitarist-singer has released the solo album “Between the Times and the Tides” (2012) and two albums with his band The Dust: “Last Night on Earth” (2013) and “Acoustic Dust” (2014).
He will play a solo set in The Warhol entrance space, North Side, with another solo set by Steve Gunn, who was a member of Kurt Vile and the Violators and has also collaborated with Black Twig Pickers and Michael Chapman, among others.
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. See story, page WE-7.
Be a butterfly
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a butterfly?
You’re never going to find out, but the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland, will do its best, opening “Amazing Butterflies,” a new exhibit that “transforms adults and children to the size of a butterfly to take flight on a fun adventure.”
Visitors will climb in pupa pods, soar down the butterfly zip line, crawl like a caterpillar through a monarch tunnel and fend off a hairy plant attack.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and then it continues through April 23. Go to carnegiemnh.org.
Handel with care
Handel’s opera “Richard the Lionheart” is nearly 300 years old. So what’s taken Pittsburgh Opera so long to stage it?
Well, the local opera company isn’t alone. The opera was revived in Europe in the 1960s and has received only one other U.S. production — in 2015.
In many ways, Pittsburgh Opera is ahead of the curve in putting on the Italian-language opera. Set in 12th-century Cyprus, it follows King Richard I of England’s quest, through a war, for his fiancee, the captured Spanish princess Costanza. Mezzo-soprano Leah de Gruyl plays the title character, a pants role originally written for a castrato.
The chamber opera features Pittsburgh Opera resident artists and period instrument trio Chatham Baroque. It opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pittsburgh CAPA, Downtown, and runs through Jan. 29. $50.75-$60.75; www.pittsburghopera.org or 412-456-6666.
BoxHeart Gallery in Bloomfield presents its 2017 Artist of the Year, French-born Alice Raymond, with her debut solo exhibition, “Nowhere & Now Here.”
The description provided by the gallery states, “Using imperfect parallelograms of recycled textile that can be rolled or folded like a map, Raymond references collective pluralistic ideas and questions the individualistic tendencies popular in our world in her artwork by collecting words and translating them into geometrical drawings.”
In conjunction with the opening, BoxHeart Gallery’s second floor will present “Heather Heitzenrater: Thresholds,” paintings “using reflective Mylar to visually represent the split second the human figure spends in that thin space captured between dreams and reality.”
The free reception with the artists will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 4523 Liberty Ave. The show will be on exhibit through Feb. 17. Info at 412-687-8858; www.boxheartgallery.com.
Mathew Tembo, who fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds, will play the SongSpace at First Unitarian series on Saturday night in Oakland. The reggae-styled artist makes use of silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one-stringed instrument) and kalimba (thumb piano).
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance; $20 at the door; $10 student and limited income advance; $15 at door. http://songspace.brownpapertickets.com.
Sumo at Stage AE
Stage AE on the North Shore takes a break from heavy metal, and other musical ventures, to put some heavyweights on stage for a Sumo Showdown, presented by The Young Presidents Organization Pittsburgh Chapter and USA Sumo.
The display of the popular Japanese sport will benefit the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $100; children 12 and under $20; ticketmaster.com.
Dean Ween had a busy 2016 reuniting with Gene for a welcomed Ween tour while also dropping “The Deaner Album,” the debut album from the Dean Ween Group.
The singer-guitarist, whose real name is Mickey Melchiondo Jr., wanted to make a record that tapped his classic rock, soul and funk influences.
“My tastes are very mainstream. I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open,” he says in the bio. “P-Funk, they’re right up there with the Beatles. That’s what my influences were — that and punk rock — and I wanted all that in this album.”
His touring lineup features Ween members Scott Rednor (guitar), Dave Dreiwitz (bass), Glenn McClelland (keyboards), Claude Coleman Jr. (drums), plus guitarist Bill Fowler.
It’s at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, with the Mike Dillon Band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25; ticketweb.com.
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