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Songwriter Circle discs

• There is no shortage of singer-songwriters in Pittsburgh, many of whom toil under the radar and support each other through open stages and other songwriter gatherings.

The crew that meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is showcased on "Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, 2013 Collection," which will be accompanied by a pair of Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society release shows at the Roots Cellar Stage, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside.

The two-disc collection, produced by Doug Wilkin of Wilkin Audio in Regent Square, consists of songs written and performed by 36 amateur and semi-pro songwriters from Pittsburgh and throughout Southwest Pennsylvania. They range from middle school age through retirement.

Here is the schedule for the concerts:

Friday at 7 p.m.: Nancy Deckant, George Salamacha, Sue Gartland, Mike Hickey, Alex Spore, Jenny Morgan, Mark Rodgers, Tom Beckman, Steve Gallo, Jeanine Gritzer, Dennis Malley, Zachary Hudson, Claire Vimala Anderson, Susan McCluskey, Karl Bailey, Tom Flaherty, Peter Donovan.

Dec. 7: John Hayes, Asbury Daze, Jordan Umbach, Ben Shannon, Sarah Plowman, William Loeffler, Brittany Hautz, Ryan Williams, Alex Meleshenko, Bruce Hoffman, Discrete Signal, Ryan Egan, Patrick Loughlin, Junk Fingers, Kate Snow, Donna O, Marty Zundel.

Tickets are $7, 12 and under free, and are available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at 412-361-1915. The collection can be purchased through CDbaby.com

High school rock

• Seven bands will take the stage Sunday night at Diesel, South Side, to compete in the second annual Pittsburgh High School Rock Challenge finals, presented by Sardonyx Productions.

The contenders, who advanced from previous rounds, are Split Resistance, The Lucky Strikes, The Options, Restricted Highways, From the Ashes, Half n Half and Wendigo.

Prizes include a weekend mini-tour, studio time at Audible Images, an artist development consultation from Main Street Music and a new website.

It begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance; $12 day of show. Go to www.sardonyxproductions.com.

Scene for Bundle-Up

• The Pittsburgh Scene, a website devoted to local music, is partnering up with Stage AE to raise money for Project Bundle-Up.

The 25-year-old charity provides winter coats and accessories for young children and the elderly in need.

The concert, Saturday at The Club at Stage AE, features Pete Bush and the Hoi Polloi, The Mike Medved Band, There There, Weedrags, Michael Cali and Broken Fences.

Doors are at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com.

Jam for Vince

• "Live From the Shadow Lounge" is a concert on Sunday night to benefit Vince Eirene and the Duncan & Porter Homeless Shelter.

This evening features jazz singer Phat Man Dee, Miguel Sague Jr. & Miguel Sague III father and son Afro Cuban musical duets, Olivia Kissel dancer and Crystal Hoffman poetic comedienne.

Mr. Eirene is a longtime activist well known here for his anti-war protests and civil disobedience outside of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University campus. He has also traveled to New Orleans to help publicize the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and to West Virginia to protest the mountain top removal coal mining.

Along with that, he ran a homeless shelter for men out of his own home for nearly 20 years.

According to Phat Man Dee, "Ironically he has found himself after all of his good works teetering on the brink of homelessness himself."

It's at the Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty at 9 p.m. Sunday. $10 suggested donation, 18 and over. www.shadowlounge.net.

Kim's Last Ride

• Well-traveled Pittsburgh punk band Kim Phuc -- which formed in 2004 as a local punk "supergroup" with members from such bands as Direct Action, Brain Handle and Aus Rotten -- will play its last waltz Saturday at VIA, 6119 Penn Ave., East Liberty.

The band toured the country and drew some national attention for a bludgeoning style reminiscent of the Stooges.

Guitarist Ben Smartnick told the P-G that the band became "a toxic environment," adding, "It stopped being fun, so it's time to go build Estes Rockets in the basement and figure out what we want to do when we grow up."

Zeitgeist, Illegals and Gotobeds join the wake at 8 p.m. Admission is $6.



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