2Do This Week, Aug. 18-25: Cultural events in Pittsburgh

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Rounding out the fifth annual Scottish Festival in Foxburg is a performance by the Scottish rock band Big Country, touring the continent after the release of the group's latest album, "The Journey." Concert attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas for the outdoor show, which will take place at RiverStone Farm (352 Foxview Road, Foxburg). An opening act will start at 2 p.m., followed by the headliners at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the gates. More at www.alleghenyriverstone.org or 412-867-1816.

WEDNESDAY

Few things beat enjoying a bottle of wine, but enjoying that bottle of wine while listening to live music may do the trick. The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a Cajun band, are the first group to featured in the monthly concert series Frenchmen on Penn, which will showcase New Orleans and Louisiana musicians at the Pittsburgh Winery (2815 Penn Ave., Strip District) through the fall. The space is meant to offer an intimate setting evoking the small clubs on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, though the wine shouldn't hurt the atmosphere, either. The show starts at 8 p.m. $15 (wine not included); tickets and more at pittsburghwinery.com.

THURSDAY

The 2013 Moth Mainstage "On Point: Stories of Balancing Acts" at the Byham Theater, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. Comedian Dan Kennedy, author and host of The Moth weekly podcast, will host this Pittsburgh event. Local storytellers include Pittsburgh actor David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely, the beloved "speedy delivery" man on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Other storytellers will include Shannon Cason, Kelly Dee, Justin Strong and Trisha Coburn. Pittsburgh singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joy Ike will perform musical accompaniment and keep the tellers to their time limits on stage. For tickets, $20-$55, www.pittsburghlectures.org, 412-622-8866 or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Comedian Kevin Nealon will appear at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead. The veteran comedian, best known for his nine-year stint on "Saturday Night Live," created some of the show's most memorable characters including The Subliminal Man and Hans and Franz. Nealon's reoccurring role as an anchor on Weekend Update made the sketch a show staple. More recently, he was a series regular on Showtime's "Weeds." Performances are 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday. For more info and tickets, $25, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

SATURDAY

Pittsburgh-based portrait artist Sonja Sweterlitsch will open her solo show "Julia" at BoxHeart Gallery in Bloomfield. The exhibit is a series of portraits featuring Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julia Erickson, who Ms. Sweterlitsch also included in her previous exhibit "Beautiful Dreamers" at Fe Gallery in Lawrenceville. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Information: www.boxheartgallery.com or www.sonjasweterlitsch.com.

SATURDAY

Andy Warhol Museum Voices Gallery Talk: Queer and Brown in Steeltown with Raquel Rodriguez and Ayanah Moor, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 2 p.m. The Warhol's Voices program provides context and sparks dialogue about the issues raised in the museum's exhibitions. During the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Caldwell Linker exhibitions, Voices will present a diverse range of speakers discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender themes related to these exhibitions. "Queer and Brown in Steeltown" is a podcast started by Rodriguez and Moor in 2012. It originated from conversations about what living in Pittsburgh (aka Steeltown) is like for queer people of color. During this time, Pittsburgh was gaining the reputation as being the most livable city in the country while simultaneously being one of the whitest metropolitan areas and having a high poverty rate among African-Americans. They couldn't help but wonder: livable for who? Free with museum admission/members free; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.

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