Rusted Root -- from left: Colter Harper, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Peach Freedom (back), Patrick Norman and Dirk Miller -- will celebrate its latest, "The Movement," at Mr. Smalls tonight.
Rusted Root plays the official record release show for its new album, "The Movement," tonight at Mr. Smalls, a venue owned by singer Liz Berlin.
The band is celebrating its 20th year with the new release on Shanachie records.
Upon the album's release last month, singer Michael Glabicki said of the album and its title track: "It developed out of my sense of where we are in the world, and where I believe we're turning to, and this critical time in history. I think this domination of powers in the world [is being] confronted now the way it hasn't in the past, and the logical conclusion is that that power will be taken away and given to the people."
Doors (400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale) open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, which also features the Lucy Stone Band and the Derek Woodz Band. Tickets are $22. For tickets, call 1-866-468-3401 or go to www.ticketweb.com/mrsmalls.
If you prefer your jam a little poppier and punkier, Pittsburgh's Punchline plays its annual holiday show at Diesel, South Side, at 6:30 tonight with Corinne & the Savages, Music From Another Room and Paper States. Tickets are $13 and it's all ages. Go to www.showclix.com/event/3735720.
Holiday on Ice
Music for Mt. Lebanon will present a special program at the Mt. Lebanon Skating Rink called Holiday On Ice, featuring figure skaters from the Skating Club and other regional skaters as well as holiday music provided by Latshaw Productions.
It will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight. Holiday On Ice is a special benefit for Music for Mt. Lebanon and the Denis Theatre Foundation. Tickets are $20 at Showclix.com or 412-264-3354.
The Charlie show
Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, of "Chappelle's Show" fame, takes the stage this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv, Waterfront, Homestead.
Mr. Murphy did Emmy-nominated work on "Chappelle's Show," where he created "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories." He also has worked with many Hollywood heavyweights, besides his brother, Eddie Murphy -- including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Samuel Jackson. His films include "King's Ransom," "Roll Bounce," "Jungle Fever," "Mo' Better Blues," "Harlem Nights," "Vampire in Brooklyn," for which he also was credited as a writer, and 2012's "The Guys Who Move Furniture."
Shows are Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27. For tickets or more information, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Remember the days of the Guild Theater (Squirrel Hill) when it showed double features of Marx Brothers movies? You can get a taste of that when Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers post-holiday screenings at the Harris, Downtown, this weekend: "Horse Feathers" and "Duck Soup" will show back-to-back at 7 and 8:30 tonight and Friday. On Saturday you can see "Duck Soup" at 4 and 7 p.m., and "Horse Feathers" at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for both films, $7 for seniors.
A talented young cast has been making every night "A Grand Night for Singing" at the CLO Cabaret since October. The romantic musical revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs is heading toward a tuneful Jan. 20 finish, but it's in full swing this weekend, including weekday matinees at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. Showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $34.75-$44.75; clocabaret.com or 412-456-6666.
'Discover the Dinosaurs'
An exploration of prehistoric creatures and family-friendly activities come to the Monroeville Convention Center this weekend.
"Discover the Dinosaurs" includes scenes that employ lighting, sound effects, animatronics, and fog to represent the times when the dinosaurs lived. Some dinosaurs are meant to be touched, and a map/scavenger-hunt sheet is available as you enter. Other activities include a Junior Paleontologist dig, films, rides, miniature golf, a color station and face painting.
The dinosaurs invade Monroeville Convention Center from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $17 for ages 12 and older; $12 for 2-11 and 65 and over. www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.
It's A Gershwinter Night at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with the Sean Jones International All-Star Quintet with special guest Israeli saxophonist and director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival Eli Degibri.
The superstar quintet will include drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, pianist Alton Merrell, and Sean Jones on trumpet. This tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin will include selections from the classic opera "Porgy and Bess." For tickets, $25-$45, www.culturaldistrict.org or 412-456-6666.
NEED TO KNOW
• Columbus, Ohio, band Red Wanting Blue, which recently made its Letterman debut, hits Club Cafe, South Side, on Saturday supporting its new album "From The Vanishing Point." The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
• The Gateway Clipper sails with a Princess Holiday Ball Cruise from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25; $12 kids.
• Club Cafe presents The Holiday Comedy Show at 7 p.m. Friday featuring Mike Travers (whose "I Love You Pittsburgh" song is featured on KDKA) with comic magician Lee Terbosic and Jeff Konkle, who has opened for comics such as Bill Burr and Jim Breuer. Tickets are $10.
• A Pittsburgh institution, The Clarks, closes out the year at the Rex Theater with a two-night stand Friday (with Bastard Bearded Irishmen) and Saturday (with Gene the Werewolf). For tickets, go to clarksonline.com.
• Icon Gallery and Frizz will play a double record release show at Gooski's, Polish Hill, at 10 p.m. Saturday.
• Off The Wall Theater picks up where it left off before the holiday break with "Gruesome Playground Injuries," a tale of accident-prone childhood friends who find each other again as self-destructive adults. Shows are 8 p.m. today through Saturday at Off the Wall, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie; $35 ($20 seniors; $5 students) at www.showclix.com or 1-888-718-4253.