2Do This Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Cultural events around town
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The Grand Opening of a new art center, Masterpiece Center for the Arts, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. today, Saturday and next Sunday at 800 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles. Registration for workshops and classes will be taken and teaching artists will be present. Artwork, crafts and art supplies will be for sale, and there will be door prizes and light refreshments. Information: 412-888-6188.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater is in full swing with "The Sound of Music," starring the dynamic duo of Jeff Howell as Captain Von Trapp and Lara Hayhurst (Elle in PMT's "Legally Blonde") as Maria. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is at the Byham Theater at 2 p.m. today and continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets start at $12.25; more at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") explores "Shakespeare's Favorites," the Bard's most well-known pieces, including soliloquies, scenes and sonnets, at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, at 7:30 p.m. Audience members and participants can show up with a monologue or scene ready to read, jump in and join another scene, or just listen and enjoy. The informal scene night is open to all ages, professional actors and non-actors alike, children welcome. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com, 412-521-6406, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is an amorphous group, and its latest manifestation, so to speak, in Pittsburgh will be woodwind heavy. The concert, at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland is Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, Canteloube's "Rustiques" for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Milhaud's "La cheminee du roi Rene," Suite for Wind Quintet, Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet and Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major. The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents. $15-$35; 412-624-4129 or www.pittsburghchambermusic.org.
"Landscapes and Roadside Attractions: The Art of Kevin Kutz," featuring paintings by one of the foremost renderers of the Western Pennsylvania cultural scape, opens with a reception from 6 to 8:30 pm. at the Saint Vincent Gallery, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. The exhibition continues through Feb. 24 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: 724-805-2197.
A gem, albeit lesser-known, of the region is the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, and its concert at Shadyside Presbyterian Church at 8 p.m. will undoubtedly show why. Under the direction of Herbert Jones, the multiethnic ensemble will sing sacred choral repertoire presented by Music in a Great Space. $5-$10; 412-682-4300 or www.shadysidepres.org.
An opening reception for 10 new exhibitions of work by artists who live in the Tri-State Area will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts ($5 admission, PF/PCA members free). Solo exhibitions feature Stephen Chalmers, Jonathan Chamberlain, Lizzy DeVita, William McAllister, David Montano, Lenore D. Thomas and Kara Ruth Snyder. Artists working in collaboration are David Bernabo and Emily Walley; Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino; Eli Blasko, Eric Charlton and Ian F. Thomas. The exhibitions continue through April 7 at 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; children 12 and under and members of PF/PCA and Pittsburgh Glass Center, free. Information: 412-361-0873 or www.pittsburgharts.org.
Comedian and political satirist Lee Camp performs at Hambone's, 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville, at 8:30 p.m. Mr. Camp, a NYC-based comedian, is a contributor to The Onion and he has appeared on "The Green Room With Paul Provenza." He also was a featured performer on Comedy Central's "Fresh Debate," and he has done comedic commentary on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and BBC's "Newsnight," For tickets, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, 412-681-4318.
John Waters: "This Filthy World" at the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 8 p.m. The writer-director returns with an all-new version of his solo stand-up performance. As a call to arms to "filth followers" everywhere, Mr. Waters' monologue celebrates his film career and obsessional tastes with topics ranging from his early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, to exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world. His performance is presented in connection with the touring exhibition "Regarding Warhol: 60 Artists, Fifty Years," which opens at The Andy Warhol Museum on Feb. 3 and for which Mr. Waters narrated the audio guide for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For tickets, $25/$20 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show with featured comedian Gab Bonesso ponders "Insanity, Inanity, Inhumanity" at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. A college football star is accused of lying about the death of his girlfriend who never really existed. Does it seem like it's getting a little weird out there? Tailgaters, crazy bicyclists and zombie pedestrians are everywhere. Social networking is giving people the mistaken impression they have something worthwhile to say. Panelists include workers rights attorney Sam Cordes, CMU adjunct professor Mark DeSantis and renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
It's the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra that will have the services of remarkable violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley. The Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster will take the stage in the Palace Theatre in Greensburg to solo in Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole." Daniel Meyer conducts the concert that opens with George Walker's sumptuously tonal "Lyric for Strings" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale." 8 p.m. $10-$39; 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
SATURDAY and NEXT SUNDAY
Yes Brain Dance Theater premieres "Love ... and a Little Torture" at The Space Upstairs, 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze, at 8 p.m. The performance blends the artistic beauties of improvisational dance and traditional theater. Under Moriah Ella Mason's direction, the cast gives a bit of a twist on modern dance theater, as the reversed roles across the cast give a little bit of spontaneity and excitement for the audience. Inspired by excerpts of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" and other plays, "Love ... and a Little Torture" takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. Information: Yes Brain Dance Theater on Facebook.
First Published January 27, 2013 12:00 am