Bronze and Gold
The busts have arrived, just as the Steelers saved their season from going bust. The Heinz History Center has borrowed the bronze busts of all 22 Steelers Hall of Famers as part of the exhibition "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
The collection, which includes 2012 inductees Jack Butler and Dermontti Dawson, will be on display through Monday.
"Gridiron Glory" exhibit features more than 200 football artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, exclusive videos from the vaults of NFL Films, and a special section on the Steelers and football in Western Pennsylvania.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15; $13 for seniors (age 62-plus); $10 for students and children (age 6-17); and free for children (age 5 and under). Go to www.showclix.com or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.
The Doubletree Hotel Greentree will be inked up for the 20th annual Meeting of the Marked Tattoo Arts Expo, which will feature tattoo artists from around the world, art displays, contests, tattoo history lectures and exhibits, professional seminars, tattoo contests, entertainment and more.
Hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission $15 per day; 14 and under free. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and can not be tattooed during the event. Call 412-531-5319 or visit www.meetingofthemarked.com.
Casualties of war come in all shapes, sizes and situations. In "Time Stands Still," now at Little Lake Theatre, an American photojournalist who has been injured on assignment in the Middle East has trouble transitioning back into a normal life at home.
The drama by Donald Margulies has humor to mine as well for Little Lake director Sunny Disney Fitchett and cast members Mary Liz Meyer, Mark Cox, Laura Barletta and Art DeConciliis.
"Time Stands Still," which includes adult language and themes, runs through Nov. 3; showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $18 on Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday at 724-745-6300 or littlelake.org.
Tribute to Gene Kelly
Patricia Ward Kelly brings her tribute program honoring her late husband, dance legend Gene Kelly, to his alma mater as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Centennial Celebration.
The film historian offers Pittsburgh- and Pitt-centered commentary and insights on Kelly's life and career as she shares classic moments from his films. Mrs. Kelly has given sold-out presentations on Gene Kelly in L.A., with fans such as Justin Timberlake and "Glee's" Harry Shum Jr. offering tributes, and at New York's Lincoln Center.
The free program here, part of events marking Pitt's 225th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Academy Award-honored dancer, director, choreographer and actor, begins at 8 p.m. in the seventh-floor auditorium of Pitt's Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.
Reservations are required by e-mailing GK100@pitt.edu or calling 412-624-4147.
Truckers pull in
Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers will pull into Mr. Smalls tonight. The Georgia band is on a fall tour playing songs from the 13 albums recorded over the past 14 years, including 2010's "The Big To-Do" and 2011's "Go-Go Boots."
"We put out album after album after album," Truckers guitarist Mike Cooley told the Lexington Herald Leader. "And of course, the more you release records, the more you tour. So it was just time to let it all take a rest. You want to give your audience a rest after a while, too. You can start overexposing yourself to them. There's a chance they might start losing interest, and you definitely don't want that to happen."
The band's busy schedule did bring on the departure of Shonna Tucker, the Truckers' longtime bassist/singer. She is replaced for now by Matt Patton, from Alabama band The Dexateens, Frontman Patterson Hood did release a third solo record this year, "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance."
The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 through ticketmaster.com.
'Pittsburgh Ghost Stories'
Midnight Radio puts you in the Halloween mood with "The Haunted," a spooky installment by Bricolage artistic director Jeffrey Carpenter and Matthew Adams. The story centers on a grad student who learns he has a unique gift, and it includes local legends and landmarks that are rumored to be haunted.
"The Haunted" is part of "Midnight Radio: Pittsburgh Ghost Stories," Bricolage's variety show/old-time radio broadcast presentation that includes a set by Phat Man Dee and guitarist Carlos Pena, featuring original compositions about ghosts of the region.
The cast includes Tony Bingham, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Jason McCune and Bria Walker, with music director Deana Muro and Skyler Sullivan handling the Foley sound effects.
Shows: 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday (Friday is sold out) and Nov. 2 and 3. Tickets: $25 ($15 for students) at www.bricolagepgh.org or 412-471-0999.
Wicked clowns Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, aka Insane Clown Posse, bring their hip-hop horrorcore to Stage AE at 7 p.m. Friday, touring on the new album, "The Mighty Death Pop," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
ICP made news last week when police in Royal Oak, Mich., urged a venue to move its Hallowicked Tour concert to Detroit because of "type of crowd they bring" -- that would be the Juggalos, which has been classified by the FBI as a gang.
ICP has been up in arms about the distinction, but needless to say, the 'Los are a colorful, rowdy bunch who will invade the North Shore on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28 advance; $30 door, through ticketmaster.com.
LP lovers are directed to Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Saturday, where Mind Cure Records and I DIG PGH present Pgh Vinyl Con #3.
There will be vinyl for sale from vendors from four states, along with music-related movies and videos projected in the screening room and in the main theater, and complimentary refreshments for adults after 3 p.m. courtesy of Yuengling.
Doors open at noon. Admission is $3. For more info email PghVinylCon@gmail.com, or call Mind Cure at 412-621-1715.
The official after-party will be Title Town Soul & Funk Party at Shadow Lounge, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Halloween treats and a costume contest, plus J. Malls & Gordy G. joined by a special friends spinning Soul & Funk 45's.
If you want to learn about ways to become a published author, hear veteran writers talk or buy books from Penguin Bookshop, you can join 40 authors Saturday at "Women Read/Women Write." This free event, from 1 to 6 p.m., features four, hourlong discussions in the courtyard in front of the Ann Taylor store at the Galleria, Mt. Lebanon.
Gwyn Cready, a Mount Washington author of six romance novels, along with Meredith Mileti, the Mt. Lebanon author of "Aftertaste," organized the gathering of nationally known and local writers. Panel topics include how to write about difficult experiences, how to get published and how heroines are changing. One discussion is called "Fifty Shades of Blush: The Reverberations of Fifty Shades of Grey in Bedrooms, Book Clubs and Mainstream Fiction."
Ms. Cready, whose latest book is "Timeless Desire," began writing in 1997. The first of her six books appeared in 2008. Her novel "Seducing Mr. Darcy" won a Rita Award, an honor given to romance novelists. Other local authors at the event will be Mary Frailey Calland, who wrote "Consecrated Dust," a historic novel set in Pittsburgh during the Civil War, and mystery writer Kathleen George of the North Side, who wrote "Simple, "Taken," "Hideout" and "Fallen."
The North Suburban Symphonic Band takes a creative approach to the first concert of its 20th anniversary year by having Carnegie Science Center astronomer Elaine Lucas-Evans "host" a program with John Philip Sousa's "Transit of Venus March" and Gustav Holst's "Jupiter."
It takes place at 3 p.m. at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, Ross. Also on the program are "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance and "Olympic Fanfare" by John Williams. Tickets are $5-$8 (children under 10 are free); www.nssband.org.
NEED TO KNOW
• Before there were the White Stripes and the Black Keys, there was the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who came along in the early '90s with a raw garage-rock revival. The trio -- Jon Spencer, bassist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins -- returned from hiatus in 2010, and have now released a new album, "Meat and Bone." The band is at the Rex Theater at 8 tonight. Tickets are $15 at www.showclix.com; 1-888-718-8425.
• Grand marshal Rick Sebak and the Allderdice Marching Band will lead a parade that launches the third Fall Festival at Summerset at Frick Park in Squirrel Hill on Saturday at 1 p.m. There will be a dedication of the new park honoring the late Mark Schneider, participation by the Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The National Aviary and more, plus food from the Goodie Truck, Franktuary, BRGR, Oh My Grill, Peddlin' Company Pierogies, and Dozen. It runs until 3:30 p.m.
• Polish pianist Maciej Grzybowski gives a recital of music by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and several Polish composers, presented by the Polish Cultural Council at 5 p.m. Sunday at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland. $15-$25; 412-871-3347.
• Radoslav Lorkovic, a veteran touring artist who draws on blues, country and soul, visits Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society for a concert at 7:30 tonight in the Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Tickets $18 (advance), $12 (student rush) at www.calliopehouse.org or 412-361-1915.
• A weekend of dance, organized by Baba Chuck Davis and the Legacy Arts Project, will feature the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, IIIStyle and Peace Productions. It's at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for youths/students at www.kelly-strayhorn.org or 412-228-5160.
• Local celebrities team up with members of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble for an evening of friendly competition and fun. Those partnering with company dancers are Dwayne Fulton, Jennifer Gold, Saleem Ghubril, Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, K. Chase Patterson, David McL. Hillman, David Huddleston and Holly Frazier. It's at 7 tonight. Tickets are $25, plus $10 for voting ballots. Information: 412-338-8742, 412-456-6666 or www.augustwilsoncenter.org.
• Have some good old-fashioned fun at Attack Theatre's latest "Game Night Plus" event. Try your skills at Four-Square, backgammon, 3-D tic-tac-toe, darts and more. Performances from the company will be peppered throughout the evening. It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Attack Theatre Intergalactic Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. $5 suggested donation. Information: www.attacktheatre.com.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater's season-opening "Born Yesterday" has just six performances left: 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Billie Dawn learns her lessons well at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown, where tickets are $29-$60 at ppt.org or 412-316-1600.