2Do This Week, Oct. 27 - Nov. 3: Cultural events around town
A Steelers Tailgate Party, sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, will be held at the Warhol's Rosa Villa Lot at General Robinson and Sandusky streets from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Activities include silkscreen printing, creating LED glowing stickers and more.
Swiss author Bernard Comment will read from his French Goncourt Prize-winning debut novel, "The Shadow of Memory," at a City of Asylum/Pittsburgh event at 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a reception. The event is free, but seating is limited; call 412-321-2190 to make a reservation.
Prince Turki Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia and former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, in conversation with Tom Brokaw, discuss "Building a Bridge to the Middle East" at the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 8 p.m. This event caps the American Middle East Institute's fifth annual conference. Information and tickets ($25, $50 and $75): www.AmericanMEI.org or 412-995-0076.
Pittsburgh's second annual Belly-Off competition will be held at the Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, at 7 p.m. The Belly-Off focuses on impromptu dancing to a live band. All contestants will be required to improvise to live music, and a panel of judges will determine the winners. The competition is open to dancers of all styles, and some competition spots are still available. Those who don't want to participate can join the audience and cheer on local favorites for an evening of live Middle Eastern Rock music, intense competition and vendors selling jewelry and costumes. Information and tickets ($10 in advance $15 at the door): www.janim.org/belly-off/ or email email@example.com.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show with Gab Bonesso ponders the world of presidential politics at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. It's political party-hearty time and McIntire & Co. invite the public to come down to the RomneyHood and share some Obamaloney. Panelists include City Councilman Bill Peduto, PG cartoonist Rob Rogers and Republican-turned-Democrat Kevin Acklin. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
Choirs handle additions quite well. Two or more choruses easily can become one with not much adjustment because the soprano/alto/tenor/bass setup is standard and the better singers raise the others. That should be heard at the close of Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs, when 200 singers take the stage of Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland for selections from Orff's "Carmina Burana." Led by Chorale music director Susan Medley, the other ensembles -- Chartiers Valley High School Choirs, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church Choir and City Charter High School -- will perform beginning at 4 p.m. $5; www.PCCsing.org or 412-635-7654.
Divas and divos -- of the operatic kind -- will descend upon Carnegie Mellon University for two local vocal competitions presented by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. The finals of the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition for emerging professional opera singers and the Opera Champion of Pittsburgh Competition take place at 2 p.m. at the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave. $25; 412-326-9687 or otsummerfest.org.
First Published October 28, 2012 12:00 am