Weekend Hot List, Aug. 21-24

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Next weekend is that big Oddball Comedy Festival at the First Niagara Pavilion.

This weekend, there's one that is more homegrown.

The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, running this weekend at the Henry Heymann in Oakland, will feature stand-up and improv comedy acts from Pittsburgh and nationwide, open mic opportunities, panel discussions and more.

Judah Friedlander, stand-up comedian and actor known for his role as Frank on "30 Rock," headlines at 8 tonight and Friday.

Improv duo Cackowski and Talarico, comedy writers and members of the Los Angeles improv troupe Dasariski, take the stage during the 8 p.m. session Saturday.

Among the other performers are the Amish Monkeys, Left for Dead, Molly Sharrow, Well Known Strangers and Day Bracey.

Tickets are $40 for a festival pass ($30 for students) and $20 for a single day ($15 for students). The headlining show, not included in the passes, is $15. For tickets or more information, visit pittsburghcomedyfestival.org.

Olympic hopefuls

Kyla Ross, a member of the "Fierce Five" that won the team gold medal in London, will compete this weekend in the P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center.

The men's senior competition will feature plenty of names from London. All five performers from 2012 -- John Orozco, Jonathan Horton, Sam Mikulak, Danell Leyva and Jake Dalton -- will be at Consol. Team USA finished fifth in London, so the men will hope to use the meet as a springboard to bigger things in Rio.

Here is the schedule:

Today: Junior women's competition (1 p.m.); senior women's competition (7:30 p.m.).

Friday: Junior men's competition (1 p.m.); senior men's competition (7 p.m.).

Saturday: Junior women's competition (2 p.m.); senior women's competition (7:30 p.m.).

Sunday: Senior men's competition (1 p.m.); Junior men's competition (7:30 p.m.).

Single session tickets cost $20- $99. All-session packages as well as other ticket packages for combinations of events also are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Consol Energy Center box office, Ticketmaster.com outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Craft class

The inaugural Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival takes place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Marshall Friday and Saturday with classes, workshops, lectures, interactive demos and a marketplace focusing on a variety of creative arts.

Classes include wet felting, quilting, bead embroidery, ancient wire weaving, dyeing, paper folding and soapmaking.

It kicks off with a reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with a sneak preview of the marketplace that will include demonstrations, mini classes, music and the open marketplace ($30 advance; $35 at the door). Classes, demos and marketplace will be open all day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ($12-$15).

Details: www.pghcreativearts.com.



Piano banger

As straight-up rock 'n' roll bands go, it's hard to do better than J Roddy Walson and the Business led by the piano-pounding singer from Tennessee.

You may have seen them at Club Cafe or Stage AE or at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. On Friday, the band that's been rocking festivals all summer brings its tour to Mr. Smalls, working a third album called "Essential Tremors."

The singer, who plays in a Jerry Lee Lewis style, said in a statement that the title refers to a nervous-system disorder that's long plagued him.

"It's this condition where my hands shake sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad. I've referenced it throughout all our records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don't even want to talk about it."

The Nox Boys open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13; mrsmalls.com.



Community days

The 32nd annual Run Around the Square begins on the streets of Regent Square and then moves into the Frick Park trails. The 1.5 Mile Run/Walk starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K Race starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of Milton and Henrietta Streets. There will be live music along the way. Registration is now closed.

* The Run can be paired with a visit to Edgewood Community Day at Koenig Field, which begins at noon and features games for kids, music by Eli Alfieri. teen rock band Pachyderm and the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, followed by Zambelli Fireworks. Details: www.edgewood.pgh.pa.us.

 Warhol at Warhol

Indie hip-hop artist Chancellor Warhol (aka Antonio Boleyjack) performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series.

Chancellor Warhol, who recently played Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Sundance, is out with "Paris Is Burning," showcasing a rap style and a sound influenced by alt rock and electronic music. With an overall interest in intersections of art, cinema, fashion and music within pop culture, he cites Andy Warhol as a strong influence and inspiration. Local sound artist Herman Pearl (aka DJ Soy Sos) will open the show.

This event is in the museum's entrance space, where there is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.

Punk off

Keith Morris, of Black Flag and Circle Jerks fame, returns Saturday, this time with Off!, the punk band he formed in 2010 with Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes).

Off! is touring with "Wasted Years," a 23-minute bliztkrieg recorded in the band's practice space. Bad Antics and Gay Kiss open the show at Altar Bar, Strip, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the show; Ticketfly.com.

Hipster panel

The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show ponders Pittsburgh hipsters in "Hipsterization Too ... The 2nd One!" at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Panelists include Ellie Gordon, mayoral chief of staff Kevin Acklin, Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman and a hipster to be named later. Admission is $10 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.

Schumann show

Western Pennsylvania native and baritone Edward Parks will perform "Dichterliebe" by Schumann and other works in a concert at the singer's alma mater, Indiana Area Senior High School, 450 N. Fifth St., Indiana.

In 2008, Mr. Parks was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; he debuted with the Met in the 2009-10 season.

The Schumann song cycle is based on poetry by Heinrich Heine. Instead of piano, Mr. Parks will be accompanied by string quartet; the arrangement is by Stanley Chepaitis, who, along with Swana Chepaitis and two recent Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, will make up the accompanying ensemble. In the second half, Mr. Parks will sing a selection of favorites from opera and Broadway, with Scott Salser on piano.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. $35 VIP tickets (including reserved seating and reception), $20 general admission and $10 student tickets are available at www.indianaartscouncil.org or 724-465-2787.

Mr. Parks will give a master class on Friday at 4 p.m. Cogswell Hall, room 121 on the IUP campus. Admission is free, but seating is limited.



Walnut street comes alive this weekend for the 17th annual Shadyside ... The Art Festival on Walnut Street.

The event, which started in the early '70s and got complicated there for a while in the '90s, has settled into a cozy routine.

It will feature local and national artists from 30 different states showcasing their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry and pottery. There will be a unique blend of contemporary and original works at affordable prices.

It runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: www.ArtFestival.com or 1-561-746-6615. All ages welcome. Free.



The Pittsburgh New Works Festival gets underway Sunday with staged readings of "The Art of Seduction" by Michael Wolfson (produced by Pittsburgh New Works); "The Double, Half-Broken Line" by Christopher Cotten (The Company of Pittsburgh) and "The Wager" by William Sikorski (Comtra). The one-act play festival at Off the Wall Theater, Carnegie, opens at 7 p.m. Staged readings Sunday and Aug. 31 are free; then a dozen productions (three on each of four programs) are onstage at Off the Wall Sept. 4-28. More at www.pittsburghnewworks.org. Tickets: showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.



• The free Citiparks Cinema in the Parks series continues with the animated hit "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" tonight at Brookline Memorial Park, Friday at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Saturday at Grandview Park, Mount Washington, and Sunday at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park. "All Is Lost" will be shown in Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, Saturday. All screenings are at dusk.

• South Park Amphitheatre is the scene for BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Gloria Reuben and Caribbean Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Duquesne Tamburitzans perform at Hartwood Acres, Hampton, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Jevon Rushton plays the Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

• The Horn Guys perform at The Citiparks Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series in Highland Park (Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive) from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Birds of Chicago play the SummerSounds series in Greensburg's St. Clair Park at 7 p.m. Friday.

• The Gathering Field and Mercury play the Station Square Summer Jam Friday at 6:30 p.m.



Southern rockers .38 Special ("Hold on Loosely") play the Meadows Casino Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $19.95 to $34.95; www.ticketmaster.com.

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