2Do This Week: Cultural Events Around Town
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The final week of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's Chekhov Celebration includes "Funny Chekhov," short plays and vaudevilles with titles such as "Drama: A Comedy" and "On the Evils of Tobacco: A Comic Sketch" at the Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland, Tuesday and Saturday. "Three Sisters" and "After Chekhov" close out the festivities next Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., respectively. More information at pictheatre.org or 412-561-6000.
"How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" swoops into Consol Energy Center through Sunday with flying fire-breathing animatronic dragons and state-of-the-art multimedia effects. The show retells the story from the DreamWorks' animated film of an awkward boy named Hiccup and Toothless, the dragon he befriends. It runs 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $37.20-$144.45 at consolenergycenter.com/events or 412-642-1800. Read more in Wednesday's Magazine section; watch a PG video at post-gazette.com.
The "Sullivan & Son" Comedy Tour plays the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront at Homestead. The TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son" is about Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) leaving behind his life in New York as a successful corporate attorney to take over the family bar in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. The barstools are filled with Steve's best friends: Owen (Owen Benjamin), Roy (Roy Wood Jr.), and Ahmed (Ahmed Ahmed). The TV show's actor-comedians are headlining together at the Improv. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. For more information and tickets, $22-$25: www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The Ray Ryan Riverside Band -- Lee Robinson and Kenneth Powell on sax, Rick Purcell on electric keyboard, Caribbean Vibe on steel drums, Roger Day on tuba and John Meikle on bagpipe -- is part of the musical entertainment at the 30th annual Regent Square Run Around the Square races. Those events include a 1.5-mile fun run/walk (dogs allowed) through the neighborhood beginning at 8:15 a.m. and a 5K race through Frick Park's cross-country trails at 9 a.m. The registration deadline is midnight Wednesday for both races. For more information and online registration: www.runaroundthesquare.com.
Comedian Ron Placone hosts his one-man show "Madness in the Message" at Steel City Improv Theater, 808 Tripoli St., North Side, at 8 p.m. "How is a profit-driven mass media affecting democracy -- and what can we do about it?" Mr. Placone explores this question in a provocative multimedia performance of media criticism and comedy that's described as " 'The Daily Show' meets the BBC series 'How TV Ruined Your Life' with an academic edge." Mr. Placone promises a tour through a contemporary media landscape where advertisers, owners and special interest groups come first and the general public comes dead last. His call to action will resonate regardless of whether you're ready to Occupy Mellon Square or throw a Tea Party on the Mon. Admission, $5 at the door. For more information: www.ronplacone.com.
First Published August 19, 2012 12:00 am