2Do This Week, Oct. 20-26: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

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TODAY

You may have heard of the hunchback of Notre Dame, but now you can hear its organist. Olivier Latry plays organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he also teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Today at 4 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside, he'll perform works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Widor, among others, and even do his own improvisations. A reception will follow the concert, which is presented by the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh. $5-$12. Tickets and more at www.oas-series.com or 412-242-2787.

MONDAY

Ian Frazier, the humorist and longtime journalist for The New Yorker, will speak as part of the Ten Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Frazier's latest work is "The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days," expanding on his humor pieces about a beleaguered wife and mother who cusses up a blue streak. Mr. Frazier will also speak about his latest work of nonfiction, "Travels in Siberia." Tickets: $15-$40, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.

MONDAY

Comedian Dylan Moran stars in "yeah, yeah" at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. Mr. Moran, the star of "Black Books" and "Shaun of the Dead," uses his cruel, curmudgeonly humor to explore aging, religion, children, relationships and the general absurdities of life. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $32, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

MONDAY

Looking for a way to get over the Monday blues? Head to PNC Recital Hall on the campus of Duquesne University, Uptown, where cellist Adam Liu, violinist Rachel Stegeman and pianist David Alan Wehr will perform a concert of works by Bach, Kodaly, Handel-Halvorsen and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. www.duq.edu/music or 412-396-6080.

MONDAY

Don't be the person holding up your cell at the Danzig show at Stage AE. On this 25th anniversary tour, the cranky metalhead has already asked the crowd to punch a fan who was taping. The Danzig tour has him playing a solo set with the band, then teaming with former Misfits cohort Doyle for songs like "Death Comes Ripping" and "Skulls." With Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance; $27 day of show at www. ticketmaster.com.

MONDAY and TUESDAY

Comedian Ralphie May appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. Best known for his debut on season one of "Last Comic Standing" and voted one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch," Mr. May released his record-setting fourth one-hour Comedy Central special, "Too Big to Ignore," in 2012. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets: $25; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

SATURDAY

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Randy Weston's African Rhythms Quintet plays at The New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side, at 8 p.m. The internationally renowned pianist, composer and bandleader's quintet includes TK Blue on reeds and flute, Robert Trowers on trombone, Alex Blake on bass and Neil Clarke on percussion. For tickets, $30, www.showclix.com or 1-888-718-4253.

SATURDAY

Start your Halloween celebrations early with "Halloween Spooktacular," the first concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fiddlesticks Family Series, at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Resident conductor Lawrence Loh and assistant conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the PSO and vocalist Katy Williams in spooky works, including pieces from the "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Other activities include arts and crafts and the "Bone Zone" with the Carnegie Science Museum. Those start at 10 a.m., with the concert beginning at 11:15 a.m. $12-$22.25; www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.

SATURDAY

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of works by Beethoven, Elgar, Grieg and George Tsontakis, with Mr. Tsontakis narrating the world premiere of the reworked version of his own "Let the River Be Unbroken." The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Ave., Altoona. Tickets, $13-$35, at www.mishlertheatre.org.

SATURDAY and NEXT SUNDAY

Kim El stars in her one-woman show "Straightening Combs" at the Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. The poet, playwright and actress immerses herself in seven characters as part of this coming-of-age story. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets -- $30 for table seating, $20 for balcony seating ($25 at the door) and $10 to attend the after party on Saturday -- www.kaufmanncenter.com or 412-292-1753.

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First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM


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