Hot List: What's on this weekend

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Zombie and Monsters

This weekend at Consol Energy Center, Monster Jam will welcome the newest member of the monster trucks party. His name, which should be of particular interest to local audiences, is Zombie.

Zombie will be joined by Grave Digger, Advance Auto Parts Grinder, Eradicator, Backdraft, Ice Cream Man, Razin' Kane and Monster Mutt.

The trucks are approximately 12 feet tall by 12 feet wide, weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds and can fly up to 35 feet in the air and a distance of 130 feet.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., Party in the Pits gives fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers. Pit Passes are available to purchase for ticket holders of the 2 p.m. shows for an additional $10. A limited number of Pit Passes are available.

Tickets start at $20 at Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Unseam'd Shakespeare Co. opens its 20th season with "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a parody that sets a rollicking pace and perhaps best illustrates the Pittsburgh-based troupe's slogan: "theater of maximum effect with minimum means."

Directed by Elizabeth Ruelas, "The Compete Works" features Nicholas J. Browne, Connor McCanlus and Andy Kirtland. The play by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield begins with a Valentine's Special at 8 tonight, then continues at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show runs through March 2 (check for dates and times beyond this week).

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown, is host to the Unseam'd Shakespeare Co. production. Tickets are $15 tonight, then $23 in advance/$25 at the door ($18/$21 for students and seniors) at


Cinderella solo

In an off-and-on career that spanned almost 30 years, Cinderella released just four studio albums, the biggest of which was the 1986 debut "Night Songs."

The last album hit in 1994, so it's been a long wait for fans of the bluesy glam-metal band from Philadelphia. The good news is that frontman Tom Keifer has finished a solo album, "The Way Life Goes," that he started back in 2003.

It won't be out until April 30, but judging by the first single, "The Flower Song," it clearly has the feel of vintage Faces.

He plays the Altar Bar at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$23 through


The earliest instruments

An unusual night of music, even for The Andy Warhol Museum, takes place 8 p.m. Saturday in its first floor theater space. Co-presented by the University of Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge series, soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher will alternate with several virtuosic and edgy pieces. Iranian native Ms. Abghari will sing solo vocal works by Cage, Kurtag and Aperghis. Ms. Pegher will premiere local composer Patrick Burke's "Saturn Girls" and Pitt composer Mathew Rosenblum's "Northern Flicker," as well as music by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan and Andrew Knox. It's just the sort of repertoire that involves a lot of moving around for the soloist and extra vocalizing for the singer. Tickets: $10-$20; 412-624-7529.


A symphonic nightmare

Music director Manfred Honeck returns to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in one of the most harrowing compositions, Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain." Its depiction of a witches' Sabbath was moved into popular culture in Disney's 1940 movie "Fantasia," but the fear it captures in the beholder seems a bit more edgy. Then, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will perform a work of terrifying difficulty, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert finishes with some solace in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20; 412-392-4900 or


• San Francisco jam band Tea Leaf Green is working on the followup to 2011's "Radio Tragedy" that is set to be released in May. The hard-traveling band plays a show at Mr. Smalls at 8 p.m. Saturday with Tumbleweed Wanderers. Tickets are $15 through

• Next up at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is International Guitar Night, which has founder Brian Gore leading an acoustic guitar ensemble that features Scotland's Martin Taylor, Solorazaf from Madagascar and Celso Machado from Brazil. Friday's 7 p.m. show is sold out, but tickets remain for the 9:30 p.m. show ($45). Go to or call 412-322-0800.

• Wear your favorite hat (or bring it to show and/or to make a painting of) to an opening reception of "Hats Off" from 5:30 to 8 tonight at the Eastside Gallery in the Village of Eastside (near Trader Joe's), 6400 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Artists showing include Lila Hirsch Brody, Adrienne Heinrich, Sue Pollins, Susan Sparks and Kathleen Zimbicki. The exhibition continues from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through March 29. Information: 412-465-0140 or

• Electronic dance music artist Robert Delong, a 2013 MTV Artist to Watch, performs with Badboxes at the Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty, at 10 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 8 p.m.). The singer, songwriter, producer, programmer and drummer just issued his debut album, "Just Movement," featuring the single "Global Concepts." Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door, at Information: 412-363-8277.

• Midnight Ghost Train, a blues-based metal behemoth from rural Kansas, rolls into the 31st Street Pub, Strip, at 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6; 412-391-8334.

• A Modern Twist: Attack Theatre + Cello Fury will take place at the Hillman Center for the Performing Arts at the Shady Side Academy Senior School, Fox Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets -- $25 adults, $20 seniors and $10 students -- at or 412-968-3040.

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