The Hot List of cultural events for the weekend

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In the RAW

"RAW: natural born artists" is back with another showcase of local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m.

This month's event, "Expressions," features Phillip Seth, Continuum Dance Theater, Glenn Isenberg, Christopher Boring, Rob Seanor, Nicolette Romero, Stani, Scarlett Sagraves Photography, Rebecca Weaver, Angie Candell Photography, Brett Guerra, James Guentner and more. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Kate, the host.

Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Info:


British steel

It wasn't Anthrax, Slayer, Motorhead or even Slipknot that started the mayhem last summer at the Mayhem Festival at First Niagara Pavilion. It was British metalcore band Asking Alexandria, whose frontman Danny Worsnop called for the crazy lawn mosh pit.

There won't be any mud to throw at Club Zoo in the Strip District -- at least we don't think so -- but it should be a hard, messy time nonetheless. The new Asking Alexandria album, "From Death to Destiny," hasn't been released yet, but the band did just issue the raging single "The Death of Me."

The openers mostly stem from festival second stages: Motionless in White, Whitechapel, Chimaira, I Killed the Prom Queen and Let the River Swell.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bands at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance; $30 at the door.

Teens on Warhol

Teens take over the museum for Youth Invasion 2013: Status Update at the Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, at 5 p.m. Friday.

This multifaceted project features a teens take on Warhol, with their points of view, ideas, and creative expressions energizing the entire museum.

Highlights include a fashion show, performances, a dance party and the launch of Hive Pittsburgh and The Sprout Fund's "Hive Days of Summer" -- a campaign to encourage young people to reinvent summer learning.

For tickets, $3 students/$5 adults/CMP members free, or 412-237-8300.


'La Cenerentola'

The Pittsburgh Opera reunites with star mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux for an elegant yet rip-roaring production of Rossini's "La Cenerentola," or "Cinderella." The well-directed affair that sways between droll and guffaw-inducing also brings back Pittsburgh Opera-fan favorite Paolo Pecchioli as Don Magnifico. Tenor Arthur Espiritu shines as the prince Don Ramiro.

It's at the Benedum Center, Downtown, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $10.75; 412-456-6666 or


Kennywood's open!

It's been a long winter. At last, it's time to ride.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kennywood Amusement Park will open its gates for the season (sort of) and the rides will start going at 11 a.m. It will stay open till 10 p.m., based on attendance.

This is more or less a season preview. Kennywood will be open again on May 11 and 12, and the park will begin normal daily hours May 16.

Admission is $39.99 (over 46 inches to age 54); $26.99 (under 46 inches); $19.99 (age 55+); $24.99 (after 5 p.m.); free (age 2 and under). Information: or 412-461-0500.

Lovett acoustic

If you missed Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group at the Byham in November, you have another chance to hear it. The five-piece band, led by one of alt-country's pioneering songwriters and a four-time Grammy winner, turns up at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall, still touring on his 11th studio album, "Release Me." It's a mix of originals and covers that have been staples in his shows throughout the years.

Doors at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $57 to $87 in advance, $60-$90 at the door;; 412-368-5225.

Vintage soul

New Horizon Theater presents the legendary soul trio Ray, Goodman & Brown at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty.

Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown scored several hits in the early '70s as the Moments before they became Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1978. Their ballad "Special Lady" topped the R&B charts in 1979 and reached No. 5 on the pop charts.

For tickets, $40-$100, 412-431-0773,, Dorsey's Records or Stedeford's.

Muscle show

Bodybuilders and fitness athletes from around the region will flex their muscles in Pittsburgh this Saturday. Sponsored by GNC, the NPC Pittsburgh Championships in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and physique will be held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Around 300 strength and fitness athletes are expected to compete in several different age groups. Prejudging will start at 9 a.m., with the finals starting at 6 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for prejudging and $40 for the finals.

Free comic books

Superheroes! Jugheads! The Walking Dead! It must be Free Comic Book Day, an annual giveaway started in 2002. The first Saturday in May has been designated for participating shops across the globe (and the ToonSeum, too) to hand out free comic books -- while they last -- to all customers who walk through their doors. For local sites and rules, visit


Choral concert

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale will connect local audiences to a legend in the choral world when it premieres a work by Dale Warland, founder of the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers. Part of its "Made in America" program, the performances also will include music by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen.

The 8 p.m. Saturday concert is at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church; the 4 p.m. Sunday performance is at Ingomar United Methodist Church. Tickets are $20-$25 (students $8, children under 12 free); or 412-635-7654.


Anniversary shows

• The Edgewood Symphony celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, with Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and the premiere of Pittsburgh composer Robert Schultz's "Lament." Music director Walter Morales will move from podium to bench to solo in Grieg's Piano Concerto $15 (seniors and students $10). 412-473-8880.

• The North Suburban Symphonic Band celebrates 20 years with Pittsburgh Symphony principal horn player William Caballero soloing in Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 conducted by Howard Hillyer, former PSO principal horn. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Hall, Ross. $5-$8;


• The local premiere of "Our Class," inspired by the dark events in a Polish town invaded by Soviet and Nazi armies, finishes its run at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre this weekend: 8 tonight and Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The show runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission, at the Henry Heymann Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $25-$48 at or 412-561-6000.

• Barbara Russell stars in the Pittsburgh premiere of "Suite Surrender," Michael McKeever's farce about two 1940s divas assigned to the same suite at a Palm Beach resort. Joe Warik directs at South Park Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 11. Admission is $12 at or 412-831-8552.

• St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland presents pipe organist Crista Miller in recital at 8 p.m. Friday. She is the staff organist and director of music at Houston's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The concert is free; call 412-621-6082 for more information.

Dianne Reeves, the only singer to have won the Grammy for best jazz vocal performance for three consecutive albums, appears at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's Jazz Hall in the last concert of the season. Shows are sold out.

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