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BLUFF: The next film to be screened in “Conflict and Community,” the seventh annual Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series, will be “Last Call at the Oasis.” The documentary focuses on the efforts of scientists and environmentalists to head off a worldwide shortage of fresh water. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of College Hall on the university campus. The screening is the free and open to the public. The film series is sponsored by Duquesne’s Department of Modern Languages and Literature. For more information, 412-396-6415.

DOWNTOWN: Unmanned aerial vehicles — UAVs or drones — will be the topic for a program co-sponsored by the Bricolage Production Co. and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and in cooperation with the Anti-Drone Warfare Coalition. The program will include a staged reading of Jack Gilroy’s play “The Predator,” followed by a discussion with Thomas Sanderson, co-director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Daniel Simpson, an editorial writer with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a former diplomat. The program at 7 p.m. at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave. Admission, $15. For more information, or 412-281-1259.

OAKLAND: Speaking at the next Literary Evening, the Monday night lecture series presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, will be journalist and author Helene Cooper. Now the New York Times White House correspondent, Ms. Cooper is the author of “The House at Sugar Beach,” her memoir about growing up in Liberia and fleeing that nation. The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave. For more information or for tickets, or 412-622-8866.

BLUFF: “An Evening of Dessert Music,” a recital featuring two members of the music faculty at Duquesne University, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall in the Mary Pappert School of Music on the university campus. Performing will be Adam Liu, assistant principal cellist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and David Allen Wehr, who holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair. A dessert reception will follow. Suggested donation, $10. For more information, or 412-396-6083.


DOWNTOWN: The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host “Terrorism and Insurgency: Understanding the Levant After the Arab Spring,” a public policy discussion and luncheon. The event will be held from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Center, The speaker for the program, will Thomas Sanderson, co-director and senior fellow of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tickets are $50 for World Affairs Council members, $75 for non-members and $400 for a table of eight. For reservations, 412-281-7970 or welcome@worldpittsburgh.

SHADYSIDE: “An Afternoon of Song.” will be the next program to be presented by the Tuesday Musical Club. The free program will feature works by Faure, Debussy, Mahler, Puccini, Rorem, Duke and Bernstein. Performing will be Margaret Ross Mehl, Katherine Soroka, Catherine Bomstein, Charlotte Sonne and MicheleGray-Schaffer. The program will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave. For more information, or 412-682-0439.

HILL DISTRICT: The executive/general meeting of the Pittsburgh unit of the NAACP will be held at 7 p.m. at Freedom Unlimited, 2201 Wylie Ave. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, 412-471-1024.

SQUIRREL HILL: The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. The speaker will be Bill Swoope Jr., co-founder and co-owner of Coffee Tree Roasters, who will discuss his company and will give a commentary on coffee. For more information, 412-521-9132 or or


OAKLAND: The works of Belgian composers will featured at a faculty recital at Carnegie Mellon University. Cyrus Forough, violin, and Sung-Im Kim, piano, will perform a program that includes works by Ysaye, D’Haene and Franck. The recital will take place at 8 p.m. in the Kresge Theatre of the College of Fine Arts on the CMU campus. Free.


EAST LIBERTY: East Liberty Presbyterian Church will host the concert “Music for the Spirit” at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 116 S. Highland Ave. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck will be joined by the Mendelssohn Choir of the Pittsburgh under the direction of Betsy Burleigh and the “Concentio” of the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts under the direction of Kathryn Barnard . The program will include works by Schubert, Dvoark, Schmidt and Ullman. Tatjana Mead Chamis, associate principal violist for the symphony, will be the featured soloist for “The Holocaust,” Pigovat’s requiem for viola and orchestra. The concert is held in conjunction with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. General admission tickets are free and are limited to four tickets per household. For tickets, or 412-392-4900.


OAKLAND: As part of its observance of Valentine’s Day, the first 50 couples to visit Heinz Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m. will receive a rose. According to legend, couples who kiss on the steps of the chapel at the University of Pittsburgh will marry in the chapel.

OAKLAND: Pittsburgh Citiparks will hold its eighth annual “Valentines on Ice” event from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Schenley Park ice skating rink. The event for couples age 18 and older will include skating to romantic music, ballroom dance lessons, keepsake photos, mini-massages, etc. Admission is $4 per adult couple, $3 for student couple with college identification; skate rental is $2.50 and skate sharpening is $3.50. For more information, or 412-422-6523.

DOWNTOWN: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh will be the venue for the “A Mass Affair — French Kiss,” a concert presented by the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. The concert intermingles the portions of requiem Masses written by French composers Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the church, 320 Sixth Ave. Tickets, which range from $10 to $30, will be available in advance at or 1-888-718-4253 or at the door. For more information,

BLUFF: A performance with the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall of the Mary Pappert School of Music on the Duquesne University campus. Suggested donation, $10. For more information, www.duq.ed/music or 412-396-3068.


OAKLAND: Renaissance & Baroque will present “The Bach Standard,” a concert with violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpischordist Bryon Schenkman, at 8 p.m. in Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St. Preceding the concert, the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $35; tickets for full-time students are $10. For tickets or for more information, or 412-361-2048.


OAKLAND: The Pittsburgh Curling Club and Citiparks will co-host a “curling experience,” orientation and instruction to the sport of curing, at the ice rink in Schenley Park. Curling is an Olympic sport in which a 44-pound granite stone is thrown and brooms are used to sweep 146 feet of ice. The sessions will be presented every 30 minutes between 2 and 5:30 p.m. The cost of the half-hour session is $15 and pre-registration is required. To register,; for more information,

OAKLAND: The Heinz Chapel Concert Series will present the University of Pittsburgh Handbell Ensemble in a performance at 3 p.m. in the Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The program for the concert will include traditional melodies, soundtracks from motion pictures and original works. Free.

BLUFF: “Violin/Cello II” will be the final concert in the first season of Duquesne University’s two-year concert series, “Beethoven on the Bluff.” The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall in the university’s Mary Pappert School of Music. Suggested donation, $10. For more information, or 412-396-6083.

DOWNTOWN: Bach Choir of Pittsburgh concert, “A Mass Affair — French Kiss,” First Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m. See Friday’s listings for details.

HIGHLAND PARK: An evening of chamber music will be held at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, the Freya String Quartet and the Brahms Horn Trio. Free. For more information, or 412-661-1245.

BLUFF: A concert by the Duquesne University Wind Symphony and Symphony Concert Band featuring conductor Robert Cameron will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Suggested donation, $10. For more information, or 412-396-3068.

To list events happening within the city limits, please fax information to City Calendar, 412-391-8452, or send e-mail to, for consideration. Include specific event location, street address, city neighborhood, time, day and cost. Indicate the daytime or evening phone number of the sponsor with all submissions and a phone number readers may call for more information. Or mail information to City Calendar, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. The calendar is published Mondays and events appear during the week they occur. Submissions must be received by the Monday preceding publication.

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