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ALL WEEKEND

Swing thing

While Light Up Night will be the weekend focus for thousands of Pittsburghers, for a certain subculture, it don't mean a thing ...

The swing scene will be in motion for PittStop Lindy Hop 13, a festive celebration of the Lindy Hop and other dances from the flapper era of the '20s to '40s. There will be seven dances over three days, with dancers coming in from 19 states.

Here is the lineup:

Friday: Local band Dr. Zoot, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland (8 p.m.-midnight); Solomon Douglas Sextet from Seattle, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District (1-5 a.m.).

Saturday: Local and national DJs, Soldiers & Sailors (1-5 p.m.); Gordon Webster's eight-piece band from New York, Soldiers & Sailors (8 p.m.-midnight); Gordon Webster blues sets, Pittsburgh Opera (1-5 a.m.).

Sunday: Local Boilermaker Jazz Band (1-5 p.m.) and Solomon Douglas Sextet blues sets (8-11 p.m.), both at Carnegie Mellon University Rangos Ballroom, Oakland.

Dancers of all ages and experience levels are welcome all weekend. Prices vary from $10 to $20. Information: www.pittstoplindyhop.com, or call 412-242-4562.

Undercroft's 'Norma'

Undercroft Opera will present Bellini's "Norma," tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Seton Center Auditorium, 1900 Pioneer Ave., Brookline. "Norma," considered one of the great soprano roles in operatic history, is a Druid high priestess in 50 B.C. Gaul who has been sleeping with the enemy, a Roman proconsul, who betrays her for another.

Most of the cast alternates by performance: Kelly Lynch and Charlene Canty in the titular role, Diana Cantrelle and Mary Beth Sederburg as Adalgisa, Robert Frankenberry and Seth Gruber as Pollione, Milutin Lazich and Jonathan Stuckey as Oroveso, Jessica Spafford as Clotilde and William Strom as Flavio.

Walter Morales will conduct the performance, sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets, $15-$38, available at www.undercroftopera.org or 412-422-7919.

FRIDAY

Carey on

You can see Drew Carey every day as the host of "The Price Is Right" on CBS, but seeing him do standup is quite a bit different.

The comedian from Cleveland, who starred in "The Drew Carey Show" from 1995 to 2004, will perform at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall at 8 p.m. Friday.

The comic told "CBS Sunday Morning" that the more adult-oriented standup shows a different side of him. "Part of it is intimacy. You want to talk like you do when you are with your friends having a beer. I do it on purpose, because that's how I want to present myself, and it's all really well thought out. It's not because I'm just lazy."

Tickets are $30-$50; www.librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.

Wrestling zombies

If you live in Pittsburgh, you've probably seen all varieties of zombie movies. Brace yourself for "Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies."

Produced and directed by Cody Knotts and Shane "Franchise" Douglas for their production company, Principalities of Darkness, it's a revenge story about wrestler Angus, who sells his soul to bring back the dead in a plot to destroy "Franchise" for killing his brother in the ring. It was filmed in 16 days in Parkersburg, W.Va., in 5- to 17-degree weather with the wrestlers doing almost all of their own stunts.

Mr. Douglas, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Matt Hardy, Reby Sky and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan will assemble in Uniontown Friday at the State Theater Center for the Arts for the U.S. movie premiere of "Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies," which already has premiered in England, Germany, Brazil and Belgium.

They will gather at Meloni's restaurant in Uniontown for a pre-party meet and greet. The red carpet premiere starts at 7 p.m. followed by the post-party at DiMarcos featuring live music from the band Dead in 5 and Alex Shreckengost.

Movie tickets are $10; VIP tickets are $50, which includes entrance to the pre-party, photos with the stars at the red carpet premiere, preferred seating during the screening, admittance to the after-party with cast and entertainment and other perks for discounted merchandise, autographs and more. Information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/453549 or www.facebook.com/Pro.Wrestlers.vs.Zombies.

'Nutcracker' preview

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre join forces for Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes -- a family-friendly event that brings "The Nutcracker" to the historic glasshouse in Oakland.

The sampling of ballet vignettes -- including the Sugarplum pas de deux -- will be performed by a cast of pre-professional students from the PBT School. Performances are 6 and 7:30 p.m., and a meet-and-greet with the Sugarplum Fairy -- and other costumed dancers -- will conclude each show with photo opportunities for children and families.

Registered guests can also explore Phipps' gardens and stop by the cafe throughout the evening for wine and other fare.

Tickets are $25.75 for adults and $12.75 for children, and includes an exclusive 50 percent off ticket special to attend PBT's "The Nutcracker" at the Benedum. Reservations are required: www.pbt.org or 412-454-9107.

PSO for free

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free hourlong concert at Heinz Hall, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. Friday thanks to a grant from the Regional Asset District.

Resident conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the PSO in popular works by Beethoven and Mozart and Sibelius' Violin Concerto, performed by Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra violinist Inori Sakai.

Tickets available at the door, at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.

SATURDAY

RAW contest

The RAW Pittsburgh Semi-Finals show features the top 27 local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1916 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m.

The top three local nominees in nine categories will be showcased along with hand-picked local highlights of the 2013 Pittsburgh season. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Kellee Maize the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $17 at www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh/rawards2013, $20 at the door. The ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, an ice cream sundae bar and sweets.

Saltworks 'Gospel'

Saltworks Theater Company will present Tim Hartman and his band, the Carnival of Souls, in "Cotton Patch Gospel" by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Emmanuel Christian Church, 1427 Davis Ave., Brighton Heights.

The story follows a reverential retelling of the book of Matthew set in modern-day Georgia.

Tickets are $10 and $5 for children 12 and under; child care will be provided for children 3 and under. Reservations: 412-761-0428.

SUNDAY

PBT bash

A family friendly holiday bash will be held noon-3 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre headquarters, 2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District. The afternoon will include "Nutcracker"-themed classes and performance excerpts, crafts with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and WQED, "Nutcracker" story time with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and more.

It's free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and will receive in exchange a chance to win a "Nutcracker" gift basket.

Information: www.pbt.org.

NEED TO KNOW

■ The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert of big band tunes at 8 tonight at Bellefield Hall in Oakland. www.music.pitt.edu.

■ '70s doom-metal pioneers Pentagram, led by Bobby Liebling, play Mr. Smalls with Carousel and Doctor Smoke at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$22; www.mrsmalls.com.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of "Whose Line Is it Anyway?," do a night of improv comedy at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. They describe it as "The most fun you can have with a theater full of people that's legal and doesn't include washing up." Tickets are $38.50; www.librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.

Ysaye Barnwell, a former member of the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, will lead a community sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. The event is free, part of the church's third Cathedral Concerts series.

■ The Freya String Quartet will present a sneak preview of its upcoming album, "Snapshots," at Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The album features short commissioned works by Richard and Sean Neukom. Concerts are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $8-$15, available at www.showclix.com.

■ Concerto orchestra Ensemble Ripieno will perform Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for four winds at the Charity Randall Theater, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Heather McGarvey (oboe), Tony Negron (clarinet), Kari Rich (bassoon), Jaclyn Perez (horn) and Dieter Hennings (guitar) will be the soloists. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $20, available at www.ripienopittsburgh.org.

■ The Music in a Great Space series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Sunday at 4 p.m. The groups will perform Mozart's "Requiem." Tickets are $10-$20; 412-682-4300 or www.shadysidepres.org/migs.


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