2Do This Week, Feb. 2-8: Cultural events around Pittsburgh


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TODAY

If you're looking to fill up on culture before you fill up on Super Bowl snacks, head to the CAPA Theater, Downtown, for the final Pittsburgh Opera performance of Nico Muhly's "Dark Sisters," a chamber opera about a polygamist sect in the American Southwest. Tickets for the 2 p.m. performances are $50; 412-456-6666 or www.pittsburghopera.org.

MONDAY

Grammy-nominated pianist Peter Serkin takes the stage at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, in a 7:30 p.m. concert presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. Mr. Serkin will perform works by Sweelinck, Wuorinen, Beethoven and Nielsen. Tickets: $15-$35; www.pittsburghchambermusic.org or 412-624-4129.

MONDAY

The exhibit "Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Art and Life Captured in Comics," goes on display in the City-County Building lobby, 414 Grant St., Downtown. In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Pittsburgh is collaborating with the ToonSeum to present a monthlong free exhibit featuring artwork, photographs and other memorabilia to highlight the contributions of three artists with ties to Pennsylvania: Orrin C. Evans (born in Steelton), the first African-American comic publisher; Jackie Ormes (raised in Monongahela), the first African-American woman cartoonist; Clarence Matthew Baker (raised in Pittsburgh), a talented African-American comic artist who crossed racial barriers and thrived in an era when comics and culture held strong prejudice against African-American artists. An opening reception, which will include refreshments, entertainment by jazz master Roger Humphries, and remarks by Mayor Bill Peduto and others, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information: 412-255-2391 or www.Citiparks.net.

TUESDAY

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appears at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. as part of a Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust special event. Justice Sotomayor will speak in a conversational program with University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. The onstage conversation will be based on Justice Sotomayor's best-selling memoir, "My Beloved World," and the seminal events in her life that have led her to the nation's highest court. The program will include questions from the audience, both submitted in advance and taken live, moderated by Chancellor Nordenberg. A book signing will follow the program. Justice Sotomayor will sign books after the program, but will not be able to personalize books during the signing. Books will be available for purchase from Mystery Lovers Bookshop. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for $25, $40 (including a book) and $50 (including a book) are still available. Contact www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.

TUESDAY

The St. Olaf Band and North Hills Wind Ensemble come together for a concert at North Hills Middle School, Ross. The symphonic band from Minnesota is on a national tour that features works by David Maslanka, Persichetti and others. Tickets are $10, free for students, available at stolaftickets.com or 1-800-363-5487.

TUESDAY

The Incidental Chamber Players and CAPA student groups will perform at a fundraiser for the performing arts high school at 6:30 p.m. at Biddle's Escape, 401 Biddle Ave., Wilkinsburg. Classical Revolution Pittsburgh will host the free event, and all donations go to CAPA's music department. More at www.classicalrevolutionpgh.org.

THURSDAY

Walter Mosley speaks as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, at the Frick Fine Arts auditorium on Pitt's Oakland campus, at 8:30 p.m. Mr. Mosley's next Easy Rawlins novel, "Rose Gold," is slated for release in September. He is the author of more than 40 books including "Devil in a Blue Dress," which was adapted into a major motion picture. He is a recipient of PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as an O. Henry Award. Free and open to the public. For more info: www.pghwriterseries.wordpress.com or act 412-624-6508.

SATURDAY

The John McIntire Scandalously Live Comedy Talk Show takes place at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. This month's topic is from Watergate to Bridgegate to Ravengate: a comedic look at political scandals. Who's a big fat liar? Aren't they all? Panelists include county Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, mayoral chief of staff Kevin Acklin and mayoral press person Sonya Toler. Admission is $10 or free with same night Cultural Trust ticket stub. For more information, www.pgharts.org or 412-325-6769.

SATURDAY

Brooklyn-based recording artist Julianna Barwick performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Ms. Barwick, whose latest album is "Nepenthe," has lush compositions and a unique ambient aesthetic built around multiple loops and layers of her ethereal voice. Special guest Vasillus opens the show. The Warhol partners with the VIA Music & New Media Festival to present this event. Tickets: $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. Free parking in the Warhol lot.


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