The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

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Knock, knock

The haunted houses have been open for a month. Now, it's candy time.

Trick-or-treating takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight in the city, and a half-hour later in many of the suburbs. Check with your municipality for details -- or just look out the door and see what the neighbors are doing.

If you're still up for a haunt, some of the attractions, like ScareHouse and Hundred Acres Manor, run through the weekend. See Page W-23 for more.

Halloween rock

Altar Bar marks Halloween with a visit from Death Angel, the Bay Area thrash band that debuted in 1987 with "The Ultra-Violence," sat out most of the '90s and returned in 2004 with "The Art of Dying."

The band is back with the new album, "The Dream Calls for Blood," which All Music says finds the band still sounding "visceral and hungry decades into their work." The show is at 7. $18-$20; or 1-877-435-9849.

■ Dayton metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada -- a fixture on the Warped and Mayhem tours -- plays a sold-out show at Mr. Smalls in Millvale at 8 tonight, touring on the new album, "8:18."

■ The Smithereens were an impressive opening for Tom Petty at Consol this summer. The Jersey band, responsible for such songs as "Blood and Roses" and "Only a Memory," plays Jergel's Rhythm Grille, Marshall, at 8 tonight. Tickets $29;


Portraits of punk

Get Hip Recordings, the Pittsburgh-based garage/punk label and home of The Cynics, will present "The Punk Rock Day of the Dead" exhibit featuring works by seminal punk rock photographer Theresa Kereakes.

Ms. Kereakes was an integral member of the punk rock scene in Los Angeles and had behind-the-scene access to many of the founding figures of punk rock.

"So many punk rock idols have passed on, I wanted to pay tribute to them and celebrate their lives," she said in a statement. "Several years ago, I created an exhibit inspired by Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that honors those who have departed. I am happy to be in Pittsburgh to celebrate Day of the Dead with my friends at Get Hip, one of the biggest champions of punk rock."

She's created art for a commemorative T-shirt and poster that will be sold at this exhibition.

The event is open to the public and includes music, food and drinks. It runs 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Get Hip offices, R.J. Casey Industrial Park in Pittsburgh's Manchester neighborhood. Information:

PSO to Russia

Last weekend, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra took listeners on a musical journey to Scotland. This weekend, it's taking a direct flight (figuratively speaking) to Russia.

The program features Prokofiev's Piano Concert No. 2, with Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov on the black and white keys, as well as Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. Yan Pascal Tortelier will conduct.

Concerts are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets: $25.75-109.75; 412-392-4900 and


Circle music

The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle -- a collective of amateur and semi-pro songwriters who rarely play out -- is back with another annual CD release, presented by Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society on Friday at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside.

It's a 25-song compilation by artists who gather at a weekly songwriters' open stage at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and hold monthly meetings on songcraft. Since the project started in 2005, 80 local songwriters have participated in the album series.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Information: or 412-361-1915.

Philly calling

Dead Milkmen -- who gave us goofy punk rock hits like "Bitchin' Camaro" and "Punk Rock Girl" in the '80s -- disappeared in the mid-'90s and returned in 2011 with its first album in 16 years, "The King in Yellow." The Philly band led by Joe Jack Talcum pulls into Altar Bar at 9 p.m. Friday with Weird Paul and the Lopez. Tickets are $22-$25;

■ Dr. Dog, also from the Philly area, goes with rootsy psych-rock rather than punk rock. The band has done a quick follow to "Be the Void" with the new album, "B-Room," which, according to Filter, is "reminiscent of the sounds of old-school soul and Motown tracks, but there is still a distinct modern/garage rock edge." The show is at Stage AE at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.50-$25;


Groban 360

Josh Groban goes 360 on Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

The pop-classical crossover singer will be in the round on this tour for his sixth album, "All That Echoes." The record, which includes covers of Glen Hansard's "Falling Slowly" and Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)," topped the charts when it debuted in February.

Mr. Groban, an L.A. native who briefly attended Carnegie Mellon University, will be joined by his band, along with a local orchestra and choir.

When he's not showing off his golden pipes, he'll be trying to make you laugh. "Groban is a shrewd showman," according to the Arizona Republic review. "He points out that half his concert audience consists of husbands and boyfriends that were dragged there by significant others, so he goes easy on them. In between each humorless ballad, he engages in self-effacing banter, even programming a half-time Q&A portion of the show ...."

In fact, expect a Justin Bieber impersonation.

He performs at 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$84.50;


The Voice

It's international opera week, and to celebrate, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh is putting on the third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. It showcases young artists, and the winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to sing in Opera Theater's SummerFest as resident artist. The semifinals are on Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. The finals are on Sunday, 3-5 p.m. It's free for the semi-finals, $10-$35 for the finals, which will be emceed by Opera Theater artist and WQED host Anna Singer. Events on both days take place at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Tickets: 412-326-9687 or


Twilight in the park

The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site in South Park, will be open Sunday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Twilight Tour.

The homes, buildings and grounds will be lit by candles and lanterns, and the Miller family and their friends will be seen as they rest and prepare for the end of the day.

On the porch of the Stone House, guests may purchase warm cider and cookies of the type appropriate to the Miller times. Other activities will show guests how to start a fire with a striker and flint and make balls for shooting.

Admission is $2. Information: www. or 412-835-1554.


■ Comedian and actor Eddie Griffin appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. Best known for his hit comedy series "Malcolm and Eddie" (1996-2000), Mr. Griffin also has had roles in films including "The Last Boy Scout," "Coneheads," "Jason's Lyric" and "Norbit." Showtimes are 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $30; or 412-462-5233.

■ The continuing series of National Theatre Live broadcasts brings Kenneth Branagh's "Macbeth," co-directed with Rob Ashford, to SouthSide Works Cinema 11 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday; tickets, $20, are available at the box office or at The play that co-stars Alex Kingston originated at the Manchester International Festival. It will be reimagined in June for a 55,000-square-foot space in New York's Park Avenue Armory.

■ The Butler County Symphony Orchestra will play the soundtrack to "City Lights" alongside a projection of the Charlie Chaplin film. The 7:30 p.m. Saturday show will take place at the Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler. Tickets: $5.50-$23; 724-283-1402 or

■ The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will open its 45th season with a concert featuring works by Bach, Handel and Ravel. Playing alongside the new Westmoreland Symphony Chamber Singers, the WSO will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. Tickets: $10-$39; 724-837-1850 or

■ Norwegian musician and songwriter Jenny Hval makes her first appearance at The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, Friday at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Her latest release is "Innocence Is Kinky." Pittsburgh's The Garment District, featuring Jennifer Baron (formerly of The Ladybug Transistor), opens the show. For tickets: $15/$12 for members and students; or 412-237-8300.

■ Remember learning to play the recorder in elementary school? The members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet kept at it, and they've gotten pretty good, having performed more than 1,800 concerts in 42 countries. Presented by Renaissance and Baroque of Pittsburgh, they'll play "A Musical Banquet With J.S. Bach" at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Oakland, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10-$35; or 412-361-2048.

■ Vinyl alert! The Pittsburgh Record & CD Convention XXXVII takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new location, the Clarion Hotel Green Tree, 401 Holiday Drive. Vendors will offer vinyl, CDs, music memorabilia and posters. Information: 412-331-5021 or



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