Home improvement time
The Pittsburgh Indoor & Outdoor Home Show makes itself at home at the Monroeville Convention Center this weekend with 200 exhibitors displaying home improvement products and services.
There will be seminars spotlighting do-it-yourself projects, decorating ideas and quick/healthy meals; an appearance by "Kitchen Cousins" star Anthony Carrino at noon Sunday; a Wildlife Defenders showcase with live native and exotic species; and a chance to win a new home compliments of 422 Homes.
Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9; $7 for seniors and free for children age 10 and under.
Walter Mosley speaks as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, at the Frick Fine Arts auditorium on the Pitt campus, at 8:30 tonight. Mr. Mosley's next Easy Rawlins novel, "Rose Gold," is slated for release in September.
He is the author of more than 40 books including "Devil in a Blue Dress," which was adapted into a major motion picture. He is a recipient of PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as an O. Henry Award. The event is free and open to the public.
Information: www.pghwriterseries.wordpress.com or 412-624-6508.
Viking metal from Sweden hits Mr. Smalls tonight in the form of Amon Amarth, which attacks with growling vocals and twin guitars.
The band, formed in 1992, is touring on its ninth album, "Deceiver of the Gods," which was hailed by All Music Guide for its "unyielding blasts of Viking brutality."
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22; www.mrsmalls.com.
Thalia Zedek, who built her reputation as frontwoman for '80s noise-rockers Live Skull and '90s indie band Come, released her first solo album in five years in 2013. PopMatters called "Via" a "rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful."
She performs at Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, at 9 tonight with Emily Rodgers and Kevin Finn. Tickets are $10. www.thunderbirdcafe.net.
One on One with 9th Wonder
Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder (Jay Z, Drake) will participate in an intimate talk hosted by rapper/activist Jasiri X at 7 tonight at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave. It is presented by 1Hood Media, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Collective. Admission is $5; http://1hood.org.
• If you missed the Nox Boys CD release at The Warhol (it was sold out) you can catch the garage-rock band at the Teenage Takeover at Mr. Smalls Friday, also featuring Face Box, A Lovely Crisis, Chase The Monkey and Pachyderm. It begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 advance; $10 door; www.mrsmalls.com.
• Rebelution, which may be guilty of going a little clever with the name, brings warm reggae vibes from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Stage AE Friday. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; ticketmaster.com.
The Andy Warhol Museum and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will hold a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to celebrate the arrival of the "Art.Write.Now.Tour," a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing original work created by teen award winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The exhibition includes 130 art and literary works from students nationwide.
The free reception in the first-floor lobby includes complimentary beer, wine and light bites. More at www.warhol.org.
G. Love reunion
The G. Love and Special Sauce 20th anniversary tour reunites the original lineup of singer-guitarist G. Love with upright bassist James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott and drummer Jeffrey "The Houseman" Clemens for the first time in eight years.
The funky, bluesy, hip-hoppy trio, which hits Stage AE at 8 p.m. Saturday, is about to drop "Sugar," its first since 2009, led by the single "Not Quite Like Home."
"We wanted to take it back to the old-school vibe of the first record, those rich, warm sounds from when we were rocking small clubs and going on that acoustic feeling," the bassist said,
The shows will feature the band playing its 1994 debut in its entirety.
Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; $25 at the door. Ticketmaster.com.
Barwick at Warhol
Julianna Barwick, with her drony ambient sound, seemed a bit lost opening for Sigur Ros at Stage AE last summer.
She'll be more suited to the intimate Andy Warhol Museum theater on North Side at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the museum's Sound Series.
Ms. Barwick, whose latest album is "Nepenthe," has lush compositions and a unique ambient aesthetic built around multiple loops and layers of her ethereal voice.
Special guest Vasillus opens the show. Tickets are $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. Free parking in the Warhol lot.
Taste of Pittsburgh
Eat.drink.PITTSBURGH is a party Saturday at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown, with samplings of food, wines, beers and more from local restaurants.
Presented by CBS Radio Pittsburgh and WHIRL Magazine, it will feature exhibits, information on local cooking and wine classes and live music by the Matt Ferrante Trio.
General admission starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30; a $40 VIP ticket includes early admission at 5 p.m. The event is 21 and older. Information: www.kdka.com/eat.
• The Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Copland, Sousa, Varese and others at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert, at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg, also features horn player Carrie Vertin on Beckel's "The Glass Bead Game." Free tickets available at 724-836-8000.
• Conducted by Jeffrey Turner, the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra will perform Bernstein's "Candide," Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite No. 2 and Holst's "The Planets" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. $10 suggested donation. Information: www.duq.edu/music or 412-396-6083.
NEED TO KNOW
• Tonight's Joe Nichols and Uncle Kracker concert at Stage AE benefiting Pressley Ridge has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
• The 20th annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest gets underway today with more than 1,000 local students in grades 4 through 12 in competition at Pittsburgh Public Theater's O'Reilly Theater through Feb. 14. Contestants perform monologues and/or scenes for judges, and those selected will progress to the Showcase of Finalists at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Winners in several categories will be chosen from two divisions, grades 4-7 and 8-12. Audiences are welcome, free of charge. Information: ppt.org.
• This month's topic of The John McIntire Scandalously Live Comedy Talk Show, at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, is "Watergate to Bridgegate to Ravengate: a comedic look at political scandals." Panelists include Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, mayoral chief of staff Kevin Acklin and mayoral press person Sonya Toler. It's at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10; free with same night Cultural Trust ticket stub. www.pgharts.org or 412-325-6769.
• The Met Live in HD production of Dvorak's "Rusalka" takes the two-dimensional stage at the Cinemark in Robinson and Tarentum. The screening starts at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, with a re-run on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Information: fathomevents.com.
• The Butler County Symphony Orchestra will present "Celestial Fantasy," a concert of works by Mussorgsky, Kernis, Richard Strauss and Rachmaninoff featuring pianist Igor Lipinski. The 7:30 p.m. concert on Saturday is at the Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler. Tickets: $23, $5.50 for students; www.showclix.com or 724-283-1402.
• The Opus II String Orchestra plays "Disney Classics" at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McGrady Road, Churchill. The orchestra, made up of high school and volunteer musicians, is playing as part of the church's Music on the Hill concert series. A free will offering will be accepted. More at 412-242-4570 or www.beulahpresby.org.