2Do This Week, Sept. 1-8: Cultural events in Pittsburgh

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RAW: natural born artists showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1916 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8:30 p.m. This month's event, "Translations," includes Kyle Anthony Adams, Abby Diamond, Frequently Fly Clothing, Yury, Jessica Duggan, The Locomotive Explosive, Megan Gardner, Badboxes, Daniel K. Haas Photography, Vehement Romantic, DeAndreaDesigns, Charlene Bidula, Shade Ilmaendu, Rachel Dawn Renaudin, Beth Anderson, Michael Goltz Photography, Hizwerks, Masha Mouse Bones Vereshchenko, Ashley Steedle, Erica Ersik, Kara Zuzu, Heather, Robyn Troetschel, Nina VanSuch, master of rotations, ricardo iamuuri and Nate Taylor. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Kellee Maize the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.


You're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but just because it's September doesn't mean summer is over quite yet. There's one more show in the First Fridays at the Frick series. The final outdoor summer season concert features Axiom Brass, a brass quintet that has made rounds in the chamber music competition circuit. The performance starts at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Frick (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze; $5 suggested donation per adult). More at thefrickpittsburgh.org.


J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark performs the jazzy, soulful and classical divas that have provided the soundtrack to her life in "The Ladies Who Sing With the Band" at 8 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave, East Liberty.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For tickets, $40 general admission, $75 VIP, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.


Fresh Works @ The Alloy Studios, with choreographer Jasmine Hearn and filmmaker Alisha B. Wormsley at 5530 Penn Ave. at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. For tickets and more info: www.kelly-strayhorn.org.


Today's the last full day to see Knit the Bridge, the monumental fiber installation on the Andy Warhol Bridge, Downtown. Volunteers will dismantle the panels Saturday and Sunday, after which they will be commercially cleaned and donated to shelters.


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's Writers in the Gardens at 3:30 p.m. This literary event takes its audience on a progressive reading through several private North Side gardens; in each garden, a local writer treats the audience to a reading. Writers include Joan E. Bauer, Laura Castonguay, Robin Clarke, Vanessa German, Peter Trachtenberg and Marc Nieson. The event is free, but space is limited; reservations can be made online at www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org


City of Asylum's annual Jazz-Poetry Concert at 7:45 p.m. on Sampsonia Way, between Sherman Avenue and Monterey Street on the North Side. Oliver Lake returns with Dee Alexander and her trio -- Harrison Bankhead, Miguel de la Cerna and Ernie Adams -- plus featured poet Joy Harjo. This year's poets and writers include Wang Jiaxin (China), Sridala Swami (India), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Khet Mar (Burma) and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran). And there will be some surprise guests. The event is free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org.


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents "Romeo & Juliet" directed by Helen M. Meade at Allegheny Commons, Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side at 2 p.m. Meade is staging Romeo and Juliet's stories simultaneously, and the audience will have to choose sides -- will they follow the Capulets (Juliet) or the Montagues (Romeo)? Of course, the lovers will reunite for their scenes together," says PSIP artistic director Jennifer Tober.

Audience members are advised to take a blanket and be prepared for the show to go on in any kind of weather. All performances are free to the public, with audience donations accepted. PSIP will stage the play the first four weekends in September. Other show dates include Sept. 14-15 at Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler streets, Lawrenceville; and Sept. 21-22 at Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill. All shows are at 2 p.m. and run about an hour and 20 minutes. Info: www.pittsburghshakespeare.com.

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First Published September 1, 2013 4:00 AM


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