2Do This Week in Pittsburgh, March 3-9: Cultural events around town

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The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society doesn't present local musicians often, but violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley and pianist David Allen Wehr are top shelf. They will take the stage at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland to perform several major classical compositions. The program for the concert, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, is Tartini's Sonata in G minor, "The Devil's Trill," Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor and Schubert's Fantasie in C major. $15-$35; 412-624-4129 or www.pittsburghchambermusic.org.


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh presents exiled Sri Lankan journalist and human rights activist Sonali Samarasinghe reading from a work in progress at 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 7:30 p.m.

Born in 1970 in Sri Lanka, Ms. Samarasinghe practiced law there for 20 years and worked as a journalist, focusing on human rights, government corruption and women's issues. She is writer-in-residence at Ithaca City of Asylum.

For five years she served as editor-in-chief of The Morning Leader, a national weekly, and as a columnist for The Sunday Leader, a weekly openly critical of the government. In 2008 she married Lasantha Wickrematunge, founder and editor of The Sunday Leader. He was assassinated in 2009, and his assailants threatened her household and family. She and members of her family left Sri Lanka and immigrated to the United States, where she founded the online journal The Lanka Standard. She remains its editor-in-chief.

Among the numerous awards for her work are the Images and Voices of Hope for Print and Digital Media (2011), the International PEN/NOVIB Freedom of Expression Award (2009), the Human Rights Prize of the International Federation of Journalists, the Global Shining Light Award at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (2008), and Zonta International's Woman of Achievement (2006).

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a reception, with the reading beginning at 7:30. This event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required; to make a reservation email ehutton@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org or call 412-323-0278.


RAW: natural born artists at CAVO, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m. showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair, makeup and photography. Featured artists include Maggy Pawlesh, Universal Beat Union, David Kelly, Jake Mulliken, Ashley J. Hickey, Kathryn Stabile, Pretty Macabre Dolls, Melissa Ciccocioppo, Eric Hargrove, Matty Freebles, Murdzak, Pierce Marratto, Joe Deck, TommyVPhotography, Julia Ann, Theodore Bolha, A Faye, Makayla Wray, Brad Bianchi, johnross, DJack, Penni Patches Pixie Laine, A. Michelle Stylez, A&B STYLES and Jameson Leigh Hair & Makeup. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Knowledge Build the host.

Each RAW event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. The artists are all local hand-picked talent who have been chosen to be featured at RAW, which educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 54 artistic communities across the United States and Australia through monthly showcase events.

The dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Info: www.RAWartists.org or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.


SUNSTAR Music Festival, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's biennial festival in honor of Women's History Month celebrates the best of women in music with a three-day lineup of concerts, parties, talks, and more.

"Tell the World How to Treat You!" is a conversation about women in the arts with Jeri Lynn Johnson, Thursday at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave. at 6:30 p.m. In 2005, Ms. Johnson made history as the first African-American woman to win an international conducting prize when she was awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. She is the founder and music director of Philadelphia's Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and joins a panel of Pittsburgh artists and administrators to share successes and challenges of navigating the arts. Free.

Light Asylum with Vie Boheme and DJ Lauren G is Friday at 6119, 6119 Penn Ave. at 10 p.m. Light Asylum is a synth pop duo -- vocalist Shannon Funchess and producer Bruno Coviello -- with a penchant for the dramatic and grand. Afro-punk outfit Vie Boheme and new music icon DJ Lauren G open. For tickets, $15 in advance/$20 at the door, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

A Tribute to First Ladies of Jazz, Saturday at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., at 8 p.m., is an all-star lineup of Pittsburgh performers honoring dynamic women of jazz. The celebration opens with a cocktail reception featuring jazz-era cocktails and fashion in the lobby. Special performances by female jazz legends and legends in the making include: Spanky Wilson, Etta Cox, Kenia, Tania Grubbs, Maggie Johnson, with the Roger Humphries Band. Spoken word performance by Vanessa German. $25, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.


The Seinendan Theater Company presents two short plays, "Sayonara" and "I, Worker," as part of The Andy Warhol Museum's Off the Wall Series, at the museum, 117 Sandusky St., at 8 p.m. Theater director Oriza Hirata has collaborated with Hiroshi Ishiguro and the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University to develop "robot-human" theater, a new field involving a fusion of theater arts and science. "Sayonara" features an incredibly human-like android who consoles the human actor dealing with a fatal illness, and "I, Worker," involves two robots interacting with a young couple (human actors), in a play that questions the meaning and nature of work and its value and role in contemporary society. For tickets, $25/$20 members and students, www.ticketweb.com or 412-237-8300.


An exhibition highlighting the sculpture of the late Pittsburgh artist Aaronel deRoy Gruber will open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Admission is free; reservations are appreciated at 724-837-1500, ext. 36. "Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion" continues through June 2. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org.

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First Published March 3, 2013 5:00 AM


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