The Hotlist of events for the coming weekend

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More 'South Side Stories'

"Are yinz ready for some stories 'bout the 'Burgh?" If the answer is "Yes," then you should know that Tami Dixon's "South Side Stories" has returned to City Theatre, where it's listed as an "extended run" following its 2012 world premiere.

Ms. Dixon spent months on the Flats and Slopes, on corners and inside bars and churches -- anywhere someone was willing to share his or her tale -- before weaving the stories into an 80-minute solo show. Last year's co-PG Performer of the Year recounts stories about steel mills, parking chairs, teenage mischief and more, plus her own South Side experience.

Directed by Matt M. Morrow and with projections by David Pohl, the play is at City's Lester Hamburg Studio Theater on the South Side (of course) through Jan. 26, with a post-show talkback after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday. Tickets are $40-$55 (under age 30, $15, and age 62 and older, $22, at the box office beginning two hours prior to show); or 412-431-CITY (2489).

'Wonder Women' at ToonSeum

The upcoming film "Batman vs. Superman" has its Wonder Woman, and the ToonSeum has its Wonder Women. Last month, Gal Gadot from the "Fast and Furious" franchise was chosen to play the role on screen, and for the new year, Pittsburgh's museum of comic and cartoon art presents "Wonder Women: On Page and Off."

The exhibition, with pieces from Trina Robbins' historical collection, is an exploration of the role of women in the comics industry and the way they have been portrayed on the page, noting that Pittsburgh is the home of the first African-American woman cartoonist, Jackie Ormes.

"Wonder Women," curated by Kathleen Adam of The Women's Museum of California, with assistance from "herstorian" Robbins and the ToonSeum staff, runs Wednesday-Sunday through March 30. Suggested admission is $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12. Information:

RV dreams

Looking for a vacation home -- on wheels? The Pittsburgh RV Show is the one-stop shop for motorhomes, travel trailers, park models, tent trailers, 5th wheels, accessories and more.

Appearing on Saturday and Sunday will be Game Show Network's "Minute to Win It" in which competitors face challenges using everyday household items.

Also on Saturday, retired Steelers punter and 93.7 The Fan sports radio host Josh Miller will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. with a few of his Steelers friends.

It opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 19. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10; $9 seniors (55 and up); $5 kids 6-16; buy-one-get-one-free on Monday and Tuesday nights. Information:


Mascots on ice

The Schenley Park Skating Rink will be overrun by some fine furry friends on Saturday for the Citiparks 27th annual Mascot Skate.

There will be dozens of local mascots on the ice including Iceburgh, Pirate Parrot and Kenny Kangaroo, who will all be well-padded in the event they actually hit the ice.

It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is a great photo op for parents.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and younger) and seniors (60 and older). Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50. Information: 412-422-6523 or

h2 at Warhol

Saxophone quartet h2 performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Warhol Museum, North Side, as part of the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh.

Works include William Albright's "Fantasy Etudes," Amy Williams' "Univocity," Bernard Rands' "PRISM: Memo 6b," Mathew Rosenblum's "Mobius Loop" and Daniel Wohl's "Microfluctuations in Plainchant."

Tickets are $10-$15 in advance, $15-$20 at the door; 412-624-7529 or

Baroque gala

Join Chatham Baroque for its 15th annual Twelfth Night Gala, a masqued ball with music performed by the trio, food from E2, drinks from the Livermore and a silent auction.

Tickets are $100, $90 for subscribers and $150 for VIP level, available at or 412-687-1788. The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

Meet The Mixus Brothers

Unlike the Avett Brothers and very much like the Punch Brothers, there's no familial bond in The Mixus Brothers. Drummer Johnny Willett (Red Mixus) and Jacob Stempky (Jebbh Mixus) are just guys who play an offbeat brand of hazy indie folk, influenced by the likes of Syd Barrett, Beck and The Flaming Lips.

The Mixus Brothers release their second album, "To the Far Blue Mountains," with a Club Cafe show at 7 p.m. that will also feature keyboard player and vocalist Chris Naccarelli (Hud Mixus) and special guest Again the Bandits.

Admission $7;

Live @ Eide's

Pittsburgh photographer/writer Hugh Twyman celebrates 10 years of his music blog HughShows by launching the music series HughShows Live@Eide's Saturday at Eide's Entertainment, third floor, Downtown.

Working in collaboration with The Wilderness Recording Studio, he will present a free family-friendly monthly concert series featuring three local bands in a semi-acoustic format amenable to special guests and one-off jams.

It will run the second Saturday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature the charity drive for Gear for Grades sponsored by the Homeless Children's Education Fund collecting donations of school supplies and nonperishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Saturday's lineup features alt-country band The Red Western, folk-rocker Paul Luc and indie band Household Stories.



Beethoven on the Bluff

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams join pianist David Allen Wehr for the third concert of the Beethoven on the Bluff series, presented by the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown.

Combinations of the three musicians will perform Sonata No. 4 for violin and piano, Sonata No. 5 for violin and piano ("Spring") and Sonatas No. 1 and 2 for cello and piano, all by the series' namesake composer. The performance starts at 3 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Information:

Meklit folk

Fans of Ani DiFranco and Tracy Chapman are encouraged to check out Meklit Hadero, a singer-songwriter who goes by Meklit.

The Ethiopian-born artist is a Yale grad (poli sci) who launched her indie-folk sound in San Francisco with an EP in 2008 and followed two years later with "On a Day Like This," of which Filter described as "New York jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero's beguiling voice."

She performs at Club Cafe at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; or 1-866-468-3401.


■ The Pillow Project's "Second Saturdays" improvisational jazz dance series continues Saturday at The Space Upstairs, Point Breeze. From 8 p.m. to midnight, stop by to watch Pillow Project dancers push the boundaries of jazz dance with multimedia experiments, improv movements and more. Suggested donation is $10. Information:

■ Bring your family and friends to an afternoon of fun and games at Attack Theatre's Game Day for Families. It will include life-sized chess and interactive movement activities. It's 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Suggested admission $5. Information:

■ The SouthSide Works Cinema launches its $1 Family Films series this weekend with the animated caveman comedy "The Croods." Times are 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It continues with "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" (Jan. 18-19), "Turbo" (Jan. 25-26), "The Great Muppet Caper" (Feb. 1-2). Admission is $1. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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