The Hot List: Cultural events this weekend
Lyle Lovett will bring His Acoustic Group to the Byham Saturday night.
Michael Sullivan as Andrew Jackson in the Robert Morris University production of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
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If you missed Dean & Britta & Andy the first time, here is another chance.
The Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series continues with an encore of Dean & Britta performing "13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" at The Warhol Theater at 8 tonight.
The project, which premiered at the Byham in October 2008, features a selection of Warhol's four-minute silent film portraits with commissioned soundtracks by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (formerly of Luna and Galaxie 500).
It has been touring internationally since January '09, and has visited the Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Sydney Opera House and Teatro Versace in Milan.
Tickets are $20-$15. Call 412-237-8300.
Pitt Rep takes on Jeffrey Hatcher's "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" at the Henry Heymann Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland.
The play, which had its world premiere at City Theatre in 2000, takes us back to 1661, when women were portrayed by men in theatrical productions. When King Charles II amends English law to allow women on stage, famed female impersonator Kynaston's world is shattered.
Actor-educator Ken Bolden portrays Kynaston for director Dave Bisaha, whose production employs the glamorous decadence of the Restoration era on a contemporary stage. The show runs through Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12-$25 at 412-624-PLAY or www.play.pitt.edu.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," a musical satire of the life and times of the charismatic seventh president, makes its Pittsburgh-area debut at the Robert Morris University's Massey Theater, Moon, this weekend.
This is Old Hickory in tight pants and emo eyes, a rock star before there was such a thing. The show had a brief Broadway run with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, a Tony-nominated book by director Alex Timbers and a star turn by Benjamin Walker. With a keen sense of the absurd, it follows Jackson from frontier orphan to war hero (or was it war monger?) to populist leader. And there was that little to-do about his tragic wife, the bigamist.
With a student cast directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, "BBAJ" runs 8 p.m. through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door or rmu.edu/theatre.
QM Productions, Inc., brings the "The Spitfire Grill" musical to the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville. It marks the local debut of the James Valcq and Fred Alley show based on the 1996 film.
The story revolves around Percy, a young woman starting over after her release from prison. Her arrival brings change to the small town of Gillead, where she goes to work for Hannah, owner of the Spitfire Grill.
The musical is directed by Jeremy Czarniak, with music direction by Nancy Gordon Galluzzo. The show runs today through Nov. 18, with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays and also Nov. 17. Tickets are $25 or $15 for ages 12 and under. (QM also is collecting food items to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which benefits from a percentage of ticket sales.) Tickets and more at www.QMproductionsinc.com or 412-576-0898; cash or check only at the door.
One of alt-country's best songwriters turns up at the Byham Saturday billed as Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group. The five-piece band is touring on "Release Me," the 11th studio album and last for Curb/Universal Music Group, his label for 27 years.
"Release Me" is a mix of originals and covers that have been staples in his shows throughout the years. Expect the concert to let all of the musicians shine.
"By the end of the show," he told the Boston Globe, "I want the audience to feel they've gotten to know everybody onstage. Essentially, everybody in the band is a character in this play that we're doing, and at the end of the show, everybody's had a chance to be featured in some way."
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52.75. Call 412-456-6666.
South Side characters
Tami Dixon tells "South Side Stories," a two-year sociological study of exploring and listening from the Flats to the Slopes, collecting the memories shared by residents and creating a one-woman show.
The artistic director of Bricolage and a resident of the South Side has teamed with City Theatre and director Matt Morrow to weave more than two dozen characters and stories (including her own) that tell the survival and renewal of a neighborhood that was once defined by the steel industry.
Previews begin Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 8 p.m. Nov. 16. The show runs through Dec. 16; tickets are $35-$55 at 412-431-CITY (2489) or www.citytheatrecompany.org.
Read more in Wednesday's Magazine. see a video interview with Tami Dixon and examples of David Pohl's projections for "South Side Stories" above.
The paintings of Cindy Engler, which combine her love of art and fashion, will be on display in a Pop-up Art show Saturday and Sunday at 429 Broad St., Sewickley (the former site of TravelWares).
Ms. Engler studied fashion illustration at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and had a career as a model at a young age. For the past decade, she has been working on a series of oil paintings "that depict high-spirited, sensual women with an undeniable sense of style." In addition to oil painting, she works with shattered safety glass to build three-dimensional mosaics.
The exhibition will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information about her work: www.cindyengler.com.
To the Batmobile
The Batmobile, or least a good replica from the TV show, will be parked inside Century III Mall for photos ops as part of New Dimension Comics' Pittsburgh Comic & Collectibles Show.
The fourth annual event, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature guest Ron Frenz (of Spider-Man comic fame), comic artists, comic and toy vendors, giveaways and a life-sized R2-D2 replica.
Admission $3. Information: www.ndcomics.com.
NEED TO KNOW
• Sloan never broke big in the United States, but the indie-rock band from Toronto was so highly regarded in Canada, its 1996 album, "Twice Removed," topped the Chart magazine readers poll twice as the best Canadian albums of all time. Sloan, which released its 10th album, "The Double Cross," last year, makes a rare Pittsburgh appearance at the Shadow Lounge at 8:30 tonight. Tickets are $12 to $14 through www.ticketfly.com; 1-877-435-9849.
• Guest director Jade King Carroll will lead the Point Park University Conservatory Theatre Company in "Seven Guitars," one of the works in Wilson's Pittsburgh-set cycle of plays. "Seven Guitars" features scenic design by Rich Preffer, costumes by Cassie Bass, sound by Maria Scheller and lighting by Lauren Brunson and Kyle Simok. The play runs today through Nov. 18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. Most performances are already sold out: 412-392-8000 or pittsburghplayhouse.com.
• Country royalty Vince Gill and Kix Brooks team up for a show at the Pepsi Roadhouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $99 to $125. 724-947-1900.
• Legendary DJ Terry Lee will be a guest at the Record & CD Convention 1949098605001 from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Radisson, Green Tree. Along with spinning discs on multiple stations here, Mr. Lee had a TV dance show, promoted concerts, owned a label, and managed bands including the Arondies, Fantastic D-Jays, Racket Squad and Fenways. He is live weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight at tlsoundco.com. The record show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Experience Eastern European culture -- without leaving Pittsburgh -- when the Duquesne University Tamburitzans perform at the Richard E. Rauh Theater as part of the Hillman Performing Arts series at Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel. The evening will feature folk music, dancing and authentic costume pieces. It's 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for seniors and $25 for adults at 412-968-3040 or www.showclix.com.
• Paris-based jazz musician and East Liberty native Moe Seager will join The Pillow Project for a night of spontaneous contemporary jazz dance at the company's November installment of its ongoing "Second Saturdays" series. It's 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. $10 donation suggested at the door. Information: pillowproject.org.
First Published November 8, 2012 12:00 am