The Hot List of cultural events for the coming week

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Time to go Home

A sure sign of spring on the way, the 32nd annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show opens Friday and runs through March 10 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

In addition to 1,600 exhibits, the show will feature "Gettysburg 150," marking this summer's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with re-enactors, artifacts and informational programs on the Civil War. On weekends, local re-enactors will march, drill and simulate firing a rifle like those used by Union and Confederate soldiers on the Pennsylvania battlefield in 1863.

Other highlights include the Dream Home Innovation Center, a showcase of the latest ideas and products for the home; a Healthy Living section focused on food, exercise and relaxation; The Kitchen Idea Center, where cutting-edge technology meets culinary flair; a Garden Resource Center, for everyone from beginner to Master Gardener, created by the horticultural programs at Bidwell Center; and "Home Ice" Synthetic Ice Rink, made of durable plastic instead of water.

Hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 ($1.50 discount at The Home Depot). Parking is $6 at Heinz Field on the North Side, with free continuous shuttles. Information: or 412-231-8400.

Disney on Ice

Mickey, Minnie, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and other Disney favorites take a spin on the Consol Energy Center floor this weekend in Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove.

The production transports audiences to the wilds of Africa, the high seas of Never Land and more combining such classic tales as "Alice in Wonderland," "The Lion King," "Peter Pan" and "Rapunzel."

Times are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21-$73.50 through or 1-800-745-3000.

PSO, opera and you

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra swims into new water this weekend when it presents music from the opera stage. Verdi and Wagner are the focus, with Pittsburgh Opera general director Christopher Hahn as host. Soprano Simona Saturova, baritone Gregg Baker and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will sing in highlights from "La Traviata," "Il Trovatore, "Aida," "The Flying Dutchman," "Gotterdammerung" and more.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

At the end of the concerts conductor Manfred Honeck will ask the audience to sing along for Verdi's famous "Anvil Chorus." If you feel that you can barely tread water as a singer these days, you can attend a pre-concert choral workshop on the Heinz Hall stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday to practice. It's free for ticket holders, but registration is required at 412-392-4876 or Tickets start at $20; 412-392-4900 or

Children Chimney Sweeps

Composer Benjamin Britten has few peers when it comes to children's works that don't talk down to children. He did not shy from dipping them in the darkness of reality.

His children's opera "The Little Sweep" explores the dirty -- figuratively and metaphorically -- 18th- and 19th-century practice of using children to clean the most narrow (and dangerous) parts of chimneys. Pittsburgh's Microscopic Opera Company presents this one-act opera of children who save a young boy from a sweepmaster at CAPA Downtown, conducted by Andres Cladera and directed by Adam Pribila. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. $8-$15;


Unblurred on Penn

"Salon des Femmes de la Yinz," an exhibit of work by local feminist artists at the Morris Levy Gallery, is one of the highlights of the monthly Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn in Garfield/Friendship. The exhibit, which features Randie Snow, Lauren Toohey, Masha Fikhman, Lauren Jurysta and more, is presented by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails.

Modern Formations is opening "Heaven Didn't Want Them: New Works by Christian Breitkreutz and Mike Egan," and the Roboto Project presents the Fun-A-Day-Pittsburgh show.

Brillobox has the Pandemic DJ Dance Party at 10 p.m.

Unblurred begins at 7 p.m.

People in pudding

As if the South Side wasn't wild enough, add Pudding and Wrestling and Massacre.

The 5th Anniversary Pittsburgh Pudding Wrestling Massacre moves into the Rex Theater with a night of sweet gooey mayhem hosted by the nightlife blog,

It will feature 12 Pittsburgh ladies dressed in pro wrestling costumes battling it out to become the 2013 Pudding Wrestling Champion, music from DJ Hank D, and celebrity judges including Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet.

The event starts at 10 p.m.; doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10;


Almost Floyd

How great is the demand for Pink Floyd live? Brit Floyd, booked for Friday, added a Saturday show at the Benedum this weekend, due to popular demand.

The group, which started in Liverpool in January 2011, is presenting P-U-L-S-E 2013, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a new three-hour show featuring performances of five full album sides: "Wish You Were Here," "Animals," "The Wall," "The Division Bell" and, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, "Dark Side of the Moon."

Times are 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.25; 412-456-6666 or


Excited music

Many composers write exciting music; Arnold Dreyblatt writes excited music. His Orchestra of Excited Strings is a moniker for the found constructed and reconstructed instruments, such as a double bass restrung with piano wire, that he has built over the years.

His music might be described as a cross between the early minimalism of Terry Riley and the inventing spirit of Harry Parch, with which he also shares the use of just intonation and the division of the octave into more than 12 pitches.

Suffice it to say that Mr. Dreyblatt, born in New York in 1953 but primarily working in Germany, is as avant-garde as it gets today. Lately he has extended his, well, extended techniques to electronic compositions. It is a selection from the latter that he will perform in a solo concert at Garfield Artworks (4931 Penn Ave.) at 8 p.m.: "Spin Ensemble-Turntable History," a laptop work based on MRI sounds. It will be his performance debut in Pittsburgh, although he had an installation piece at Wood Street Galleries in 2011. The saxophone and electronic duo of Ben Opie and Herman Pearl opens. $10; 412-361-2262.


Electric Indigo

Emily Saliers and Amy Ray -- better known as folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls -- arrive at the Byham on Sunday with a little extra help in the form of The Shadowboxers, a five-piece band from Atlanta who will back the Girls.

The Indigo Girls, who launched their career back in '87, have been a mainstay of stations like WYEP-FM with such favorites as "Closer to Fine," "Hammer and Nail," "Galileo" and "Shame on You." The last addition to the catalog was 2011's "Beauty Queen Sister," a 13-song collection recorded in Nashville that featured the Shadowboxers on a few tunes.

Asked to describe the working relationship between the partners, Ms. Saliers told Lavender magazine, "Yin and Yang. It's a beautiful thing. We have very different personalities, different ways of expressing ourselves, different ways of performing, different energies. I think that it's those differences, sometimes those starkly different, that make the whole thing work."

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $33.50; or 412-456-6666.


• Tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, Pittsburgh comedian Amy Capiross stages Rockin' for a Laugh III, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It will feature Pittsburgh comedians Chris Kemp, Paris Knight, Derek Minto, Jason Russ and Pittsburgh bands Echo Jade and Ben Alper with Jake Werkmeister plus special guest Danielle Reinke. It begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Go to

• Also in the clubs, young Florida rapper Jake Miller, who's opened for Mac Miller, plays Altar Bar at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Dception, Ze and Troll Toll ($17-$30;

• Conducted by Lawrence Loh, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will give a concert of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," Bizet's "Farandole" and Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Daniel Mallampalli, winner of the group's conducting competition, leads the Bizet. The concert is free, but tickets are required and can be downloaded at

• Chatham Baroque invites flute and lowland bagpipe player Chris Norman to play along on traditional tunes of Scotland, Canada and Appalachia for concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Synod Hall, Oakland, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Shadyside. Its pre-K program, Peanut Butter & Jam, puts the toddler twist on the program at 10 & 11:30 a.m. Saturday at McClintic Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside. Tickets for main concerts are $30 (seniors/students get discount) and $8 adults, $5 children for PB&J at 1-888-71-TICKETS or

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