The Hot List: Cultural events happening this weekend

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It's been a great month for rootsy music, and bringing that to a rousing finale tonight at Stage AE will be Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.

The Vermont quintet, led by the fiery singer, is on the road celebrating its first decade as a band.

"It means I'm getting old!" Ms. Potter told Billboard earlier this month. "For a band that thought we were going to just play farmers markets and nightclubs and be like a good-time party band, to get to the place we've gotten is exciting. It feels like a well-earned milestone in the career that we've put so much time and energy into. To still be doing it and be loving it more now than I think we did then, that's pretty rare. It's pretty exciting."

The Nocturnals, who were part of the Kenny Chesney spectacle at Heinz Field last summer, are on the Roar Tour in support of 2012's "The Lion the Beast the Beat," a fourth album that was notable for working more electronics into the mix.

The show is at 7 tonight with The JAG. Tickets are $25-$27 through



The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts begins February with an opening reception for "Ten Solo and Collaborative Exhibits," new work by artists who live in the tri-state area.

Solo exhibitions feature Stephen Chalmers, Jonathan Chamberlain, Lizzy DeVita, William McAllister, David Montano, Lenore D. Thomas and Kara Ruth Snyder. Artists working in collaboration are David Bernabo and Emily Walley; Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino; Eli Blasko, Eric Charlton and Ian F. Thomas.

"These artists represent a cross-section of some of the best emerging and established contemporary artists working in the Pittsburgh region today," curator Adam Welch said in a statement.

The exhibitions continue through April 7 at 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5; Pittsburgh Filmmakers/PCA members free). Information: 412-361-0873 or


Rockin' back to '68

The Senator John Heinz History Center gets groovier than usual Saturday with "1968: The Year That Rocked America," an exhibition that focuses on a pivotal year in American history.

It will feature nearly a dozen interactive video presentations and more than 100 artifacts, including a Bell UH-1H "Huey" helicopter used in the Vietnam War, items from Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, Apollo 8 mission artifacts, the set and several puppets from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and Janis Joplin's bellbottom pants and feather boa.

U.S. veterans and current military personnel will receive free admission on Saturday, when Mr. McFeely ("Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"), DJ Dave Zak and guitarist Mike Palone (playing "The Star-Spangled Banner") will be on hand.

The opening event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit continues through May 21. Visit

Kathleen and Tift

Saturday night on the South Side presents a dilemma for the alt-country crowd, with Kathleen Edwards and Tift Merritt playing just a few blocks apart. Both artists stem from the Lucinda Williams school, and both, coincidentally, have used members of the Heartbreakers on their albums.

Ms. Edwards is becoming a regular first-week-of-February attraction at The Rex. The Canadian singer-songwriter returns to the South Side venue at 8 p.m. Saturday on her third trip to Pittsburgh since releasing her fourth album, "Voyageur" (she played the Arts Festival this summer). This time, she is joined by pals Jim Bryson and Gord Tough. Tickets are $26-$30 at

• Ms. Merritt is right down the street at 9 p.m. at Club Cafe. The pure-voice singer-songwriter from North Carolina released her debut, "Bramble Rose," one year earlier than her Canadian contemporary, in 2002, and last year released her fifth album, "Traveling Alone," on Yep Roc. Tickets: $17;

I Made It! Market

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the I Made It! Market will pop up at the SouthSide Works on Saturday for its annual I Made It! Mine event.

The city's nomadic indie craft marketplace will feature more than 65 local artisans selling handmade wares, including ceramics, housewares, jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, giftware, prints, greeting cards, sweet treats, plush and children's items.

It runs from noon to 5 p.m. For details, go to

Trillium at Frick

The Trillium Ensemble is a local trio that focuses on living composers, which in classical music circles can still mean the 20th century. It's just how things are with a field that has been around for centuries. Deidre Huckabay (flute), Rachael Stutzman (clarinet) and Katie Palumbo (piano) showcase that range with its concert "Echoes." Violinist Dawn Posey will join them for the program that includes George Crumb's "Eleven Echoes of Autumn" and trios by Aram Khachaturian, Bohuslav Martinu, local artist Federico Garcia. The program is rounded out by John Adams' "Gnarly Buttons" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Frick Fine Arts in Oakland. $5-$10. or


• Zeppelin strikes again, this time in the form of ZOSO -- The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. The tribute band gets the Led out at Stage AE at 8 p.m. Friday with The Cheaters. Tickets are $15 through

• Pittsburgh Symphony violist Erina Laraby Goldwasser gives a recital Saturday at 7 p.m. at Chatham University. With pianist Gerald Lee, the program includes viola sonatas of Shostakovich and Glinka, and works by Liszt and Ravel. It's at James Laughlin Music Center on the campus of Chatham University, Shadyside; $15 (free for Chatham students, faculty and staff).

• The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show with featured comedian Gab Bonesso ponders "Insanity, Inanity, Inhumanity" at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Panelists include workers rights attorney Sam Cordes and CMU adjunct professor Mark DeSantis. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: or 412-325-6769.

• Comedian and political satirist Lee Camp performs at Hambone's, 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville, at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The NYC-based comedian is a contributor to "The Onion" and has appeared on "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" and Comedy Central's "Fresh Debate." Tickets are $10 advance; $12 at the door, 412-681-4318.

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