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Get your wheels

Vintage cars, gleaming engines, crazy street bike shows, and The Fonz. The 49th annual World of Wheels has it all.

In addition to cars, cars, cars, guest appearances include Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Jennette McCurdy (Sam Puckett from "iCarly"), and UFC's Sean Sherk. XSBA Street Bike Free Style Shows and Steel City Derby Demons provide the action.

World of Wheels is held from 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Tickets cost $14 adults, $5 kids ages 6-12 at the gate or $12 and $4 in advance. Schedule details and tickets available at www.autorama.com.

'Mikado' at CMU

The Carnegie Mellon School of Music stages an opera each year in the spring and this year it is adding "-etta" to that with a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado." Actually, it's splitting hairs whether to call this masterwork an opera or an operetta. The important thing is to include "comic" in front of whatever you use, because the tale of a wandering minstrel (really the son of the Mikado) falling for an engaged woman is definitely funny. Robert Page is music director and Gregory Lehane stage director.

Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Chosky Theater on CMU's campus, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday; $10-$15; 412-268-2407.

Bruckner at the PSO

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra music director Manfred Honeck is in town for three straight weeks of concerts, and he has some big hitters lined up for patrons. This week Honeck gives his interpretation of Anton Bruckner's towering Symphony No. 7, one of the few works of the troubled composer that the Viennese public wholeheartedly embraced. At its heart is a slow movement that Bruckner wrote as a memorial to Richard Wagner, complete with Wagner tubas (a cross between French horns and tubas). The entire symphony can be described as a sonic cathedral, but Honeck will look to highlight several earthy and humorous touches. One of the PSO's favorite pianists, Emanuel Ax, returns to Heinz Hall for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor." The performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets $12.50-$85; 412-392-4900.


As the world population approaches 7 billion, how does that growth affect the planet's ecosystems and its future?

The exhibit "Population Impact" explores this question on both a global and local level. It opens today at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

"Population Impact" looks at the effects of population growth, including loss of natural habitats, depletion of water supplies and other natural resources, and the impact on native species of animals and plants.

One section outlines the effects of urbanization and the growth of cities like Beijing, Dubai, and Santa Cruz on their surrounding areas.

Local case studies featured in the exhibit include the white-tailed deer population, bird conservation and genetic diversity of tree populations.

"Population Impact" opens today and runs through Jan. 23, 2011. Information: 412-622-3131.


Crawl the District

A new installation exhibit at Wood Street Galleries, a robotic art show and a performance by lovely Emily Rodgers are among the reasons to head Downtown Friday for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's first free Gallery Crawl of 2010 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St.: "Martin Bonadeo: Alba Magica MMX" is a retrospective of the Argentinean installation artist who uses projections, luminal sculptures and electronic objects.
  • Shaw Galleries, 805 Liberty Ave.: "Rouault: Visages" features original pochoir prints from the late French Expressionist, plus a book signing by PG columnist Brian O'Neill (7-9 p.m.).
  • ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave.: "Enchanted Drawings: A Century of Animation" ranges from Gertie the Dinosaur to SpongeBob.
  • 937 Liberty Ave.: "Bricolage: For Real For Real" is a "gritty" new stand-up performance series (7:30-8:30 p.m.).
  • 707 Penn Gallery: "Particulate Behaviors: New Works by Anjali Srinivasan" and a Pittsburgh Gospel choral performance (8 p.m.).
  • 709 Penn Gallery: "Adam Welch: A Few Objects -- On a Theme of Contradiction" and "Robot Resolution," an exhibition of robotic and mechatronic sculptures by a Pittsburgh-based robotic art group.
  • Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Ave.: Live music by indie-folk artist Emily Rodgers (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • 901 Penn Ave.: Matthew Conboy's Pittsburgh Project, a rephotographic survey of W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project (1955-56).
  • Northside Urban Pathways Gallery, 914 Penn Ave.: Line drawings, Steel Pan band and hip-hop dance performance.
  • August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue: "Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix" tells the story of African Americans living in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit pgharts.org or call 412-456-6666.

Tooning up

Gumby, that ultra-flexible icon of animation history -- and the artist behind him -- will take center stage Friday at the ToonSeum.

ToonSeum, the Downtown gallery devoted to animation and comic art, will screen highlights from several Gumby films, along with a documentary on creator Art Clokey's life. Clokey passed away earlier this month. The screening had already been planned before his death, but now has evolved into a larger tribute to the pioneering animation artist. Clokey led the way in the use of stop-motion clay animation with his Gumby and Pokey characters.

The evening features highlights from Clokey films such as "Gumbasia" and "Mandala," along with some of his favorite "Gumby" and "Davey and Goliath" episodes.

"Gumby Dharma," the Emmy-award-winning documentary, looks at Clokey's life and work, and features interviews with animators who have been influenced by Clokey's techniques.

The screenings will start following this week's Cultural District Gallery Crawl Friday at 9 p.m. at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave. Suggested donation is $4. Information: 412-232-0199.

Gift of Gab

Another post-Gallery Crawl event Friday is the launch of comedian Gab Bonesso's new project with theater/performance company Bricolage. "Gab Bonesso's Comedy Party" showcases comedy, but in a context closer to theater and performance art than to comedy clubs and stand-up venues.

Bonesso said the concept is influenced by Andy Warhol's famous parties at The Factory during the '60s. "He had this ability to bring artists from all different genres together." Similarly, she says, "Comedy Party" will feature "the edgiest and hardest-working Pittsburgh artists," along with the occasional stand-up comedians from across the country.

Pop band Meeting of Important People will start the evening off at 9 p.m. The lineup also includes a video by Neal Rosenblat, political comedy from John McIntire, a Cat Power cover band and an hour-long comedy set from Bonesso.

Admission is $10. Information: 412-381-6999.

Before the event starts at 9 p.m., Bricolage will also present a free performance of "For Real For Real," a storytelling series produced by Bonesso and Robert Isenberg.

Ballads by Brickman

Jim Brickman, the Grammy-nominated master of romantic ballads and pop-style piano, is bringing his "Beautiful World" tour to Pittsburgh. Hits such as "Valentine," "Love of My Life," and "Peace" have made him a regular topper of Billboard Magazine's New Age chart and led to several Top 10 Adult Contemporary radio hits.

Catch Brickman at 8 p.m. Friday at the Benedum Center. Tickets cost $20-$45 at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at www.pgharts.org, or by calling 412-456-6666.


Dapper Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings appeared in the past decade with the remarkable trick of sounding like they came right out of the '60s or '70s. Part of it was the vintage analog equipment, part of it was a feel for classic soul, funk and R&B practically unheard of among contemporary musicians, especially from Jones herself, a throwback to Aretha or Janis Joplin.

In addition to backing her on three quality albums, the Dap-Kings distinguished themselves in support of Amy Winehouse, both on her Grammy-winning debut and tour. The full band also has worked with Michael Buble and Phish.

The Brooklyn band just announced plans for a new album, "I Learned the Hard Way," coming in May. Songs from it should turn up in the set when they play Saturday at 7 p.m. at Diesel. Tickets are $22 to $25. Call 1-888-71-TICKETS.

'Freedom' rings

Richie Havens is the second Woodstock alum to arrive here in the past two weeks (following Jorma Kaukonen on Tuesday). Havens, of course, made his name by opening the festival and improvising his signature song, "Freedom."

After a busy year of Woodstock tributes, the folk legend returns to town for a Calliope series show Saturday at Carnegie Lecture Hall. He brings a new-ish album, 2008, called "Nobody Left to Crown," that deals with peace and justice with originals and covers of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" and Jackson Browne's "Lives in the Balance," among others.

Havens told the Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me. I'm not in show business; I'm in the communication business. That's what it's about for me."

Harry Manx opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 advance; $45 at door. Call 412-394-3353.

'30s paintings

A reception for "Concerning the 1930s in Art: Paintings from the Schoen Collection" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Collector Jason Schoen will talk at 6 p.m. about the images of farms, factories, workers, families, entertainment and politics drawn from a decade that witnessed the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and the beginning of World War II.

Also opening is "Ben Schachter: Kosher/Treif and Eruvim," a solo exhibition by the Saint Vincent College faculty member. (Free, but reservations are requested at 724-837-1500, extension 29.)

Tammies for charity

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform a fundraiser on Saturday for the International Orthodox Christian Charities (Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee), an organization that rushed to the aid of Haiti and ministers to the suffering and needy in Eastern European countries, Indonesia and other countries.

The DU Tamburitzans, in their 72nd year, feature 33 ensemble members from the U.S., Canada, Bulgaria and Macedonia who present songs and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures.

This concert will be at 3 p.m. at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater on McLaughlin Run Road. Tickets range from $15 to $30 at www.iocc.org/pittsburgh or 877-803-4622.


Pigeon play

"Pigeon Party!" lands at the Byham Theater and then flies off to various other local venues Sunday through the following Sunday, Jan. 31.

The show, based on the first three "Pigeon books" by Mo Willems, features original music and audience participation: You get to decide if Pigeon will drive the bus, share his hot dog and if he can stay up after bed time.

The schedule: 2 p.m. Sunday and 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Byham; 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Gateway High School; 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Pine-Richland High School, 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Moon Area High School; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at Keystone Oaks High School and 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Seneca Valley Intermediate School.

"Pigeon Party" is presented by Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and produced by the UK's Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company. Visit pgharts.org or pghkids.org for details.


• A reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 tonight for "Good 50 x 70" at the Robert Morris University Art Gallery, 600 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The exhibition comprises approximately 200 posters that address social and environmental concerns such as climate change, child labor, HIV/AIDS and women's rights. It is the result of an international juried competition which drew thousands of entries from such countries as Argentina, Indonesia, Portugal, South Africa and the U.S. (Free; the show continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 11.)

• Organist Ryan Murphy of the Pittsburgh Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Oakland, gives a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Memorial Chapel, next to the Cathedral of Learning on the Pitt Campus in Oakland.


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