Today's the last chance to see the 15 life-size bronze figural sculptures by Seward Johnson that have charmed visitors and been the subject of countless photo ops since May in Gateway Center, Downtown. The most popular sculptures were "Holding Out," a woman carrying her groceries near Three Gateway Center, and "Monet, Our Visiting Artist," who paints the fountain in front of him at One Gateway Center, according to sponsor the Laurel Foundation. A window washer at Four Gateway Center ("Nice to See You") and the "Sidewalk Judge" resting on a bench near Two Gateway Center tied for second place. Brochures with a map of sculpture locations are available at lobby security desks of each Gateway Center building or at www.laurelfdn.org/SewardJohnson.
Comedian Aries Spears will appear at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead. Best known as a series regular on Fox TV's sketch comedy show "MADtv," Mr. Spears landed a part in the movie "Home of Angels," which starred Abe Vigoda and Sherman Hemsley, at 17 after being spotted in a comedy club. He also appeared in "Out-of-Sync," portrayed Redd Foxx in "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," starred alongside John Leguizamo in "The Pest" and delivered one of his most memorable film performances as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brother in "Jerry Maguire." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. For more info and tickets, $20, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Meet the collectors and ask them to autograph the exhibition catalog at the 6 to 8 p.m. opening of "Modern Dialect: American Paintings From the John and Susan Horseman Collection" at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Featured are 68 works, most dating from the eras of the Great Depression and World War II. The hardcover catalog is $20. The exhibition continues through Nov. 4. Information: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.
The third Annual Pittsburgh Crossword Puzzle Tournament takes place at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland, at 12:30 p.m. Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword puzzle editor, will provide the puzzles for the competition. The puzzles will range in difficulty from easy to moderate for contestants of all ages and abilities. Event proceeds will benefit the Western PA/West Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The event runs 1-4 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per individual and $40 per team in the pairs competition. To register and for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/pittsburghcrossword/.
The Rock All Night Tour 2012 cranks up in Lawrenceville noon-2 a.m. The free 14-hour community music festival showcases the diverse music styles and genres of Pittsburgh bands, from roots rock to electronic dance and everything in between. The show highlights pre-World War II songs then goes through '50s rockabilly, bluegrass, '60s garage, '70s rock, '80s punk and contemporary sounds. The multi-venue event begins at Stinky's Bar in the 4900 block of Hatfield Avenue with a rockabilly showcase and specialty car show from noon to 6 p.m. Live at Allegheny Cemetery, five Pittsburgh roots rock bands perform from 4-9 p.m. From 1 p.m.-2 a.m. tour various Lawrenceville venues to hear a variety of music. Venues include Thunderbird, Hambones, Cattivo, 720 Records, Arsenal Lanes, Perk Me Up, Eclipse Lounge and Rocking Horse Art Space. Free. For more information: www.rantlawrenceville.com.
The eighth annual UMOJA African Arts in the Park, "Bridging African Rhythms and Jazz," from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Point State Park, Downtown, will include West African music, dance and jazz. Performers include dance and drum troops including Sankofa Village, Dreme Drum Dance, Legacy Arts Project and Tam Tam Magic. Jazz musicians include Afro-American Music Institute, Jessica Lee Quartet, Elevations, Roger Humphries and RH Factor, AfroJazz, Chelsea Baratz Band, Ray Ryan and the Riverside Band, Tim Stevens and the Leonard Johnson Project, Kevin Howard Band, Dwayne Dolphin Band and Spirit Filled Ministries.
Other activities include African storytelling by Temujin the Storyteller and Jackie Jonas and drum workshops by Assane M'Baye. Children's hut events will include Spanish and French arts and crafts, Reading Is Fundamental, Carnegie Library activities, African and mask making, jewelry making, face painting, henna artists, petting zoo, Debo the Clown, a stiltwalker and a bounce house. Free. Information: 412-290-0894 or www. africanartsinthepark.org.theater - artarchitecture - music