Cool car alert
Pirates closer Jason Grilli and WWE wrestlers Chris Jericho and Sheamus are the special guests for this weekend's 53rd annual Baierl Subaru World of Wheels at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
The focus of the show is the hundreds of custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and race cars on display. Among the exhibits will be America's Top Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks & Motorcycles, Steel City Award of Excellence competition, Pedal Car Challenge, Drag City USA and World of Wheels 1961 Extreme.
There will be a DJ all weekend, live music at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, a pinball tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Pin-Up Girl Contest at 8 p.m. Saturday and Artist's Alley featuring handmade Automotive Art Meguiar's Car Care Tips. The FMX Stunt Motorcycle Show is Friday (5 and 7 p.m.), Saturday (noon, 4 and 7 p.m.) and Sunday (noon and 3 p.m.).
Appearance times are Sheamus (Friday 6-8 p.m.); Chris Jericho (Saturday noon-3 p.m.) and Jason Grilli (noon-2 p.m.).
Hours are 3-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $16; children 6-12, $5; under 5 free. Information: http://autorama.com.
Salute to John Williams
Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops for concerts featuring the music of composer John Williams. Mr. Williams has composed some of the world's most famous film music, including "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Schindler's List" and "E.T."
Resident conductor Larry Loh will lead the orchestra. Concerts are 7:30 tonight; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $21-$99; www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
Comedian and actor Roy Wood Jr., a series regular on the Pittsburgh-set TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son," performs at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront this weekend. Mr. Wood has been a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and was named one of 12 comics to watch by Entertainment Weekly. He has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and NBC's "Last Comic Standing."
Showtimes are 8 tonight; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $17; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The locally based Freya String Quartet will perform at the Wood Street Galleries, Downtown, at 10 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Friday performance is part of the Cultural Trust's CrawlAfterDark (see below). FSQ will play Steve Reich's "Different Trains," Ingram Marshall's "Entrada (At the River)" and Pittsburgh composer Sean Neukom's new work, "The Ghost and Mister Able." The latter piece will be performed alongside the Symbiotic Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets: $8-$15; symbioticcollusion.com/see-us/.
The first Gallery Crawl of 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the quarterly Cultural Trust art/music tour on Friday by keeping the lights on a little later.
The Crawl will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature "Structures of Time and Space" by Erwin Redl at Wood Street; "Behind Our Scenes" photography show at Space; The third annual Bad Art Sale at Shaw Galleries; Attack Theatre at Trust Arts Education Center (7 and 8 p.m.); "Arena: Remembering the Igloo" at 707 Penn Gallery; Steel Town Fire at Katz Plaza; Radium Girls at Future Tenant; Paul Tabachnek at Backstage Bar; and much more.
CrawlAfterDark is a new addition that will add the concert by the Freya String Quartet at Wood Street Galleries (10 p.m.; $15). Also:
• Host Skull, The Gotobeds and Meeting of Important People's Josh Verbanets at Trust Arts Education Center ($5; 805-807 Liberty Ave.).
• A local comedy show at the Arcade Comedy Theater ($10; $5 students; 811 Liberty Ave.).
• Kartoon Karaoke at Toonseum (9 p.m.; $5; 21 and up; 947 Liberty Ave.).
• Global Beats dance party at Enigma Lounge (9 p.m., $5, 130 7th St.).
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society begins the year on a bluesy note with True Blues, a concert at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland, hosted by Corey Harris and featuring roots musician Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart.
True Blues is an evening of music and conversation that follows the rich history of the blues from the Mississippi delta of the early 1900s to present day.
Last year True Blues released a 13-song live CD recorded at various venues throughout the United States including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
Mr. Harris and Mr. Hart were featured in Martin Scorcese's "The Blues: A Musical Journey," a roots journey to West Africa. Mr. Davis, following in the footsteps of his parents, actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, was most recently in the Broadway revival of "Finian's Rainbow," and earlier in "Mulebone" and "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil."
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39, $23 student rush with ID (prices include handling fee); 412-361-1915 or www.calliopehouse.org.
Strike Duo at Warhol
Strike Duo, a piano and percussion duo comprising pianist Jeffery Meyer and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt, will perform at The Warhol Museum, North Side, at 8 p.m. Saturday, as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge series and the museum's Sound Series.
The pair will perform works by Jim David, Mario Davidovsky, Brooke Joyce, Mark Mellits, Eric Moe and Chen Yi. Tickets are $15-$20, $10-$15 in advance; 412-624-7529 or music.pitt.edu/tickets.
Things will get a little social at the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra concert, where some audience members will sit in "tweet seats" and discuss the show over Twitter -- before, during and after the show. Lance LaDuke, a CMU artist lecturer of euphonium and music business, will lead the tweeting.
Conducted by Ian Hobson, the 7:30 p.m. concert at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, features works by Ravel, Mozart and Beethoven. Information, tickets: $5, free for students; http://music.cmu.edu/events/198 or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
Chamber choir Pittsburgh Camerata presents "Fields of Praise," a concert featuring Italian Renaissance music, English folksong and works by Brahms, Rachmaninov and John Corigliano.
The 3 p.m. concert takes place at Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave., North Side, with a repeat performance Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., Sixth Presbyterian Church, 1688 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. Tickets: $5-$20; www.pittsburghcamerata.org or 412-421-5884.
NEED TO KNOW
• Tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, is Rich Engler's induction into the Pittsburgh Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame with a performance by Pittsburgh all-star rockers including Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor and Scott Blasey. The benefit for the Cancer Caring Center begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150; Cancercaring.org.
• Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound brings its funky blend of R&B, Caribbean and New Orleans style to Club Cafe at 8 tonight with Sun Hound. Tickets: $16; www.clubcafelive.com.
• The Pittsburgh Opera production of American composer Nico Muhly's "Dark Sisters" opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at the CAPA Theater, Downtown. Saturday's show is sold out, but other performances will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets: $50; www.pittsburghopera.org or 412-456-6666.
• The Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music's Music on the Mount series continues with a free performance by the Triano Woodwind Quintet Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount, 403 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington.