2Do This Week, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

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TODAY

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents the afronaut(a) Film Club at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., at 2 p.m. Afronaut(a) is a seven-part film series showcasing films that inspire the work of Pittsburgh artist Alisha B. Wormsley. The films range from science fiction, African diaspora and mythology to storytelling, anthropology and experimental art. Each salon-style event includes a guest artist who facilitates a short discussion and shares how the film has influenced his/her own works of art. The series integrates live performances by local and national artists. This week's installment includes Maya Deren's short film "Meshes in the Afternoon" works by performance artist Marina Abramovic. The feature film is Julie Dash's 1991 "Daughters of the Dust," with movement by Jasmine Hearn. It's free. Doors open at 1 p.m. Info: www.kelly-strayhorn.org and afronautafilms.tumblr.com.

MONDAY

Author Terry McMillan appears at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. as part of a Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust special event. The best-selling author of "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" will discuss her latest book, "Who Asked You?", which casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting one's own judgment even when others don't agree. A book signing will follow the program. (Please note: Ms. McMillan will personalize copies of "Who Asked You?" only for VIP ticketholders. She will sign only copies of "Who Asked You?" after the program.) KDKA-TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland is the moderator with the opening performance by Pittsburgh's Dr. Goddess (the writer/activist Kimberly Ellis). Tickets are $40 for VIP (includes pre-lecture reception with Ms. McMillan from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.), $17 for the first floor and mezzanine and $10 for the gallery. Contact www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.


THURSDAY

Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead, will host a night with Bill Crawford and "Pittsburgh Dad" Curt Wootton. Actor/comedian Wootton is a southwestern Pennsylvania native best known for the YouTube show "Pittsburgh Dad," which features the observations of a typical, everyday blue-collar father. With more than 10 million views, "Pittsburgh Dad" has thrust him into the lore of the city as his character has interviewed such Pittsburgh legends as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, former Steelers star Hines Ward and attorney Edgar Snyder. There's a meet and greet with Pittsburgh Dad after the show for the first 100 guests. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info and tickets, $20, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.


SATURDAY

If you're supposed to retire at 65, somebody forgot to tell the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will open its 65th season with a concert that features Dvorak's Cello Concerto, Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring," at Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Drive. Cellist Edward Arron, who recently performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma, will be soloist. Music director Matthew Kraemer will offer a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. $5.50-$23; tickets available at showclix.com or 724-283-1402 or at the door.

SATURDAY

The fall signals the start of the classical music season, but the opening concert of new music organization Music on the Edge will likely flip the name of that genre on its head. It will present two groups -- Ensemble Son, hailing from Stockholm, and Either/Or, from New York -- in a concert of contemporary works, including several written by the musicians themselves. Ensemble Son features saxophone, guitar, percussion and trombone; Either/Or features "flexible instrumentation." So much for "classical." The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. $10-$15; tickets and more at music.pitt.edu/tickets or 412-624-7529.

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