City Calendar: 04/14/2014

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DOWNTOWN: The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer free self-guided tours of the Allegheny County Jail Museum, 440 Ross St. A portion of one the cell blocks was preserved when the former county jail was renovated to house the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The tour takes about 30 minutes and attendees should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. The tour will also be offered April 21 and 28. For reservations, 412-471-5808 or

OAKWOOD: Bishop Canevin High School, a high school operated by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will host an open house for potential students in grades six through 11 with their families from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school, 2700 Morange Road. 412-922-7400 or

BLUFF: The performance by the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Thomas Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation in the Mary Pappert School of Music on the Duquesne campus. The ensemble is under the direction of Mark Koch and Kenneth Karsh. Free. or 412-396-6083.

SHADYSIDE: “The Great Explorers” will be the topic for the presentation at the monthly meeting of the Association of University People, an organization for mature unmarried adults, at 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave. In 1929, Paul Siple, a student at Allegheny College in Meadville, accompanied polar explorer Richard Byrd on a two-year expedition to Antarctica, culminating in the first airplane flight over the South Pole; Siple went on to develop the wind chill factor. John Lenkey, a friend of the Byrd and Siple families, will present the talk, which will include drawings and photographs. Free parking alongside the building.

OAKLAND: The Ion Sound Project will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in the Bellefield Hall auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The free program will feature new music from graduate student composers at the university.


BLUFF: A free performance by jazz chamber groups at Duquesne University will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Thomas Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation in the Mary Pappert School of Music on the university campus. The groups are under the direction of Sean Jones. or 412-396-6083.


OAKLAND: Works by Lyons and Britten will be featured in an 8 p.m. performance by the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The free concert will be held in the Bellefield Hall auditorium on the Pitt campus.


OAKLAND: A concert featuring the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble will be held at 8 p.m. in the Bellefield Hall auditorium on the Pitt campus. The concert will feature guest artist Don Braden on saxophone as well as Geri Allen, director of jazz studies at Pitt, on piano, Paul Thompson on bass, James Johnson III on drums, and John Bagnato on guitar. Tickets are available in advance at the William Pitt Union or at the door, $10 general admission, $5 students.


DOWNTOWN: First Lutheran Church will hold a Good Friday worship service, “Karfreitagsgottesdienst,” for the German-speaking community at 10 a.m. in the church, 615 Grant St. The Rev. Horst H. Bandle, a native of Germany and pastor-in-residence at First Lutheran Church, will preside over the liturgy of Holy Communion and will preach in the German language.

OVERBROOK: St. Norbert Parish will hold a Lenten fish fry in the church hall. A fish sandwich special, with french fries and cole slaw, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., take-out only. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The dinner menu include baked or fried fish dinners or sandwiches, shrimp or crab cakes, etc; all dinners include two side dishes and coffee or tea. Dessert will be available. Take-out orders, call 412-881-8201.

DOWNTOWN: Point Park University’s School of Arts and Sciences will hold its annual Humanities and Human Services Symposium from noon to 5:30 p.m. Don Mitchell, distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University, will deliver the keynote address at noon in the ballroom of Lawrence Hall. The remaining events will take place in the classrooms of Academic Hall and will be announced following the keynote address. In addition, the symposium will highlight students’ works, including the presentation of original research and readings of creative work. Free.

SHADYSIDE: Shadyside Presbyterian Church will present a Good Friday Evening of Music and Readings at 7 p.m. in the church, located 5121 Westminster Place. The service will feature portions of Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross,” presented by the church’s Chancel Choir and orchestra under the direction of Mark Anderson, director of music ministry. The choral movements will be interspersed with readings, homilies and periods of silence to allow for individual contemplation. 412-682-4300 or

OAKLAND: A performance by the University of Pittsburgh’s African Music and Dance Ensemble will take place at 8 p.m. in the Bellefield Hall auditorium on the Pitt campus. Tickets in advance are $8.50 general admission and $5 seniors and non-Pitt students; tickets at the door are $12 general admission, $8 seniors and non-Pitt students; Pitt students are admitted free with valid identification. or 412-624-7529


STRIP DISTRICT: Commonwealth Computer Recycling LLC and AAA Scrap Metal will co-sponsor a recycling event from noon to 3 p.m. at 3311 Penn Ave. Among the items to be recycled for free include desktops, laptops, tablets, servers and hard drives; LCD monitors; cell phones, iPods, MP3 players; computer peripherals; networking, phones and telecommunications items; and metal items. Television sets won’t be accepted. On-site hard drive destructions will be available at the cost of $10 per hard drive.

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