To the Batmobile!
The Batmobile, Dragula and the ZZ Top Eliminator Coupe will be among the choice wheels at the 52nd annual Baierl Subaru World of Wheels at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this weekend.
The show will feature hundreds of custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and race cars, along with feature exhibits and celebrity guests, including Danielle Colby-Cushman from "American Pickers" and Stefanie Scott from "A.N.T. Farm" (both 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday), former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels (noon to 3 p.m. Sunday), and Butch Patrick (aka "Eddie Munster").
Other features include the Gene Winfield "Chop Shop," the Steel City Award of Excellence competition, Drag City USA presented by Pittsburgh Raceway Park, 2013 Builder of the Year Exhibit featuring Chuck Lombardo
"It looks like we will have one of the highest quality shows ever which is a tribute to the car owners and builders in Pennsylvania. Vehicles just keep getting better," says PR director Larry Way. "We have a fantastic feature package this year with three generations of the iconic Batmobiles."
There will be live music Friday (7:30-9 p.m.) and Saturday (3-6 p.m.), pinball tournament Saturday (2-4 p.m.), and a Pin-Up Girl Contest Saturday (8 p.m.)
Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $15; $5 kids 6-12. Discounted tickets available at DVE.com. Go to www.autorama.com.
The Penguins are finally back in action, but the excitement at Consol Energy Center is far messier this weekend.
The ice will be covered in dirt for Nuclear Cowboyz, a touring production that two freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in a futuristic world is told through freestyle aerial feats and pyrotechnic and laser displays.
Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 features motocross, trials and quad riders, including recent X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore. It also includes former gold medalists -- Pittsburgh native Adam Jones -- and Matt Buyten as well as award-winning freestylers Derek Garland, Brody Wilson, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Wes Agee, Nick Dunne, Geoff Aaron, Keith Wineland and Marco Picado.
Shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket are $35-$85; $10 kids ages 2-12. All tickets $2 more day of show. Tickets are available at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, Ticketmaster Outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
For more information on the tour, go to www.NuclearCowboyz.com.
Debuts at Heinz Hall
Christian Tetzlaff is one of the best concert violinists to have never played Heinz Hall. He will make his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut with Dvorak's Violin Concerto, itself essentially a PSO premiere after so few performances. Conductor Michael Francis also makes his debut in a program that also contains works by two other Czech composers: Smetana's "Sarka," from "Ma Vlast," and Janacek's "Taras Bulba." The intriguing program is completed by one of the masterworks of music history, Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Concerts take place at Heinz Hall 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are start at $20; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
The lesser-known secret
Domenico Cimarosa is one of those hugely famous composers who eventually are remembered for one work. As is the case for artists like him, that one piece is often quite compelling. That's the case with his opera "The Secret Marriage." But the comedy with delightfully convoluted love interests is not staged often, which makes it a treat for opera buffs when the Pittsburgh Opera's Resident Artist program performs it. The stage director, Stephanie Havey, also is a member of the training program. The fresh ideas and fresh faces, conducted by Sara Jobin, take the stage 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, with additional shows Tuesday and Feb. 1 and 3. Tickets are $40-$50; 412-456-6666 or pittsburghopera.org.
Two years ago, rapper/activists Jasiri X and Paradise Gray established One Hood Media Academy, with the mission of helping 25 young African-American men, ages 13-19, "improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression."
To help launch the next round of the program, created in conjunction with August Wilson Center for African American Culture and a donation provided by the Heinz Endowments, they gather Friday evening for A Conversation with David Banner, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rapper/producer. He will talk about the black male image in hip-hop, his career and the state of hip-hop. The ceremony will also feature a performance by One Hood Media Academy graduates Jordan Montgomery and Cameron Layne.
The David Banner event begins at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Admission is free. Applications for entry to the Academy are being accepted until Feb. 1. For info, go to www.facebook.com/jasirixofficial.
Nico at Warhol
The Andy Warhol Museum offers an evening with Nico in the form of performance artist Tammy Faye Starlite.
Starlite, who has channeled Tammy Faye Baker and Tammy Wynette in cabaret shows, rediscovers the Warhol "superstar" Nico who briefly fronted The Velvet Underground. She uses dialogue based on that the German actress and model had with journalists, and a repertoire that includes VU classics "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Femme Fatale" and "All Tomorrow's Parties," as well as Nico covers of Bowie's "Heroes," Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine," The Doors' "The End" and more.
It's at the Warhol at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 to $25. Go to www.warhol.org.
A program of performances by local artists will be presented by Pittsburgh PACT (Public Action Communitarian Theatre) to coincide with the March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday.
The local event unfolds at 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown home of Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., and features scenes, monologues, essays and video, including pieces submitted to NYC-based NoPassport for the theater action in Washington, D.C. The program was created to support sensible legislation that reduces gun violence and promises to include a range of artistic perspectives on the issue.
The announcement by playwright-director Kyle Bostian, Pittsburgh PACT founder, said to expect "a mix of one-sided rants and balanced thought pieces, heartfelt appeals and outrageous satire -- and maybe even a 'surprise' appearance or two." Organizers include actor-director Mark Staley and award-winning playwright Tammy Ryan. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by emailing email@example.com (include full name and number of seats requested) or online at http://tinyurl.com/nogunpact. A list of participants will be posted at www.facebook.com/pghpact.
NEED TO KNOW
• "Seminar" jumps from previews to opening night on Friday, with a cast led by stage and screen actor Daniel Gerroll in the witty play by "Smash" creator Theresa Rebeck. The Broadway hit about a successful novelist and a group of aspiring writers of varying degrees of talents is on City Theatre's Main Stage through Feb. 10. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Also, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 (no evening performance Feb. 6). Tickets: $35-$55; 412-431-CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org.
• Improvisational dance artist Gia Cacalano will give a preview of a performance she will present in the United Kingdom. It's 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wood Street Galleries, Downtown. Tickets available at the door or firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.