City Calendar, Feb. 17-23: Events around town

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SHADYSIDE; Sacred Heart Catholic Church will conduct a parish mission, "The Family of God Called to Holiness," to be presented by Redemptorist priest the Rev. Joseph Freund. The main service will be at 7 p.m., with additional reflections after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. The topic for the morning reflection will be "Love As Justice: The Great Commandments"; the topic for the evening service will be "Accepting the Invitation or Refusing." The church is located at Shady Avenue at Walnut Street. For more information,


SHADYSIDE: Sacred Heart Parish parish mission. Morning reflection theme: "Love as Compassion"; evening service theme "Our Merciful Father Forgive." See Monday's listing for details.

OAKLAND: Pittsburgh Filmmakers's School of Film, Photography and Digital Media will host Media Mixer, an informal networking event for photographers, graphic artists, composers, film makers and sound artists. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in gallery/lobby of the Melwood Screening Room. Local media production companies, independent producers, freelance artists and technical crew members are invited. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their work and their own laptop if they prefer; laptops will be available for participants to display their work. Deadline for registration is Monday. Admission, $5; free to members, staff and faculty of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. To register, 412-681-5449, ext. 219.


SHADYSIDE: Sacred Heart Parish parish mission. Morning reflection theme: "We Are All God's Instruments of Divine Love"; evening service theme: "Mary, the First Disciple Inspires Us." See Monday's listing for details.

DOWNTOWN: The first program in the Music At Midday concert series will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, located at 615 Grant St. Organist Jacob Temple, a student in the sacred music program at Duquesne University, will be the recitalist. Music At Midday is a Lenten series of short concerts, approximately 20 minutes in length and featuring musicians from Duquesne's sacred music program, that will follow the noon liturgy. For more information, 412-471-8125 or


DOWNTOWN: The next program in the series of Thursday afternoon programs at the Downtown & Business Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be "How to File Your Taxes Online Using an IRS e-File Provider." Diana Smith, tax specialist with the IRS, will answer questions and will walk participants through the filing process. The program, free and open to the public, will be at 12;15 p.m. The branch library is at 612 Smithfield St.


OVERBROOK: St. Norbert Parish will hold a Lenten fish fry in the parish hall. A fish sandwich and french fries luncheon special -- take-out only -- will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner menu includes baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp and crab cake dinners, pierogies, macaroni and cheese, french fries, haluski, cole slaw, soup, stewed tomatoes, potato pancakes, pizza, etc.; dessert will also be available. For take-out orders, 412-881-8201.

OAKLAND: A recital with organist Marie Rubis Bauer will be held at 8 p.m. in St. Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and Craig Street. The recital is free, donations accepted. For more information, 412-621-6082 or

NORTH SIDE: QM Productions will hold its second annual benefit performance at 8 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater. The event will feature dancers, vocalists and a presentation of Poulenc's "Le Bal Masque." Tickets: $20 for adults and $15 for students and youth (age 12 and under); 20 percent of each ticket benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more information or for tickets, 412-576-0898 or; tickets also available at the door.


SQUIRREL HILL: The workshop, "Winter Tree ID," will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. Presented by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the indoor/outdoor class covering field identification will give students the opportunity to discover differences in the shapes of trees, bark, twigs and buds and other useful techniques. Leslie Kaplan will be the instructor for the workshop. The fee is $44 for Phipps members and $64 for nonmembers. For more information or to register,, 412-441-4442.

STRIP DISTRICT: The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host "Soul Cafe: A Celebration of African-American Sights, Songs and Stories" at 7 p.m. at Roland's Seafood Grill, 1901 Penn Ave. The event will feature live rhythm and blues, jazz and hip-hop performances as well as spoken word poetry. There will be a silent auction and hors d'oeuvres. The Soul Cafe is a college scholarship fundraiser that benefits students who plan to pursue careers in journalism or related fields. Brother Marlon of WAMO 100.1 FM will emcee the event and Robert Hill, University of Pittsburgh vice chancellor of public affairs, will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $12 in advance and are available online at; tickets at the door are $17. For more information, 412-339-0730 or e-mail

SHADYSIDE: Brian Harlow and Christopher Jennings will present the recital, "Music for Two Organists," at 8 p.m. in Calvary Episcopal Church. They will perform on the church's Casavant organ, which is marking its 50th anniversary. Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 315 Shady Ave.


SHADYSIDE: Chanticleer, the Grammy-winning male chorus, will conclude the 20th anniversary season of the Music in a Great Space concert series with a 4 p.m. performance in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. For information, 412-682-4300 or


To list events happening within the city limits, please fax information to City Calendar, 412-391-8452, or send e-mail to, for consideration. Include specific event location, street address, city neighborhood, time, day and cost. Indicate the daytime or evening phone number of the sponsor with all submissions and a phone number readers may call for more information. Or mail information to City Calendar, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. The calendar is published Mondays and events appear during the week they occur. Submissions must be received by the Monday preceding publication.


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