The Hot List: Cultural events this weekend
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One Acts in O'Hara
Stage Right community theater presents "An Evening of One Acts" -- three comedies chosen from the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, with three different directors and casts -- at 8 tonight through Saturday at Boyd Community Center in O'Hara.
A bit about the program, which continues Feb.14-16.
• "La Vitra Loco," by Mark Yochum and directed by Joe Eberle: Residents of a senior citizens home have their lives interrupted by one resident's decision to try the "little blue pill."
• "Strutting and Fretting," by Matt Henderson and directed by Matthew R. Mlynarski: A director and two actors rehearse a play about the meaning of life and their love of New York.
• "A Blanket of Stars" by F.J. Hartland and directed by Deborah Wein: Two senior women sit under the night sky and share heart-warming and funny tales.
Tickets are $14 and include light refreshments during intermission; www.brownpapertickets.com,412-228-0566 or at the door. You can reserve a table with a pre-paid reservation of six or more people. Boyd Community Center is at 1220 Powers Run Road, O'Hara; more at www.stagerightboyd.org.
City's 'Seminar' comes to close
City Theatre's "Seminar" closes the book this weekend on an entertaining run at the South Side theater. In his review, PG senior theater critic Christopher Rawson called the show "a comedy of great skill and surprising heart," and he added words of praise for the talented cast.
Tracy Brigden directs a group led by Daniel Gerroll as Leonard, a writer, editor and educator of some renown who dishes out lessons with a sardonic stiletto. Playing his targets, er, students are Rebecca Harris, Andy Bean, Nadia Gan and Charles Socarides.
"Seminar," by "Smash" creator Theresa Rebeck, is at City Theatre, South Side, at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$55; 412-431-CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org.
"RAW:natural born artists" -- an independent organization that spotlights independent artists in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography, modeling and performing art -- presents a showcase tonight at CAVO, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District.
Featured artists include Chrome Baby Jesus, Duerring Photo, Matt Gatto, James Gyre, Brian Gonnella, Jason Sauer, Streetheart, Jesse Buman, LinShuttr, Matt Gondek, Crystal Madae, Emily L. Young and more.
Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Knowledge Build the host. The dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Info: www.RAWartists.org or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.
Off the Wall
The Andy Warhol Museum theater presents "Whispering Pines 10," a one-act opera by artist Shana Moulton, as part of the Off the Wall series at 8 p.m. Friday.
The collaboration with composer Nick Hallett and vocalist Daisy Press features a live performance by Ms. Moulton as her alter ego Cynthia, a hypochondriac agoraphobe prone to colorful hallucinations and absurd fantasies.
It's not every day that we get a visit from a French metal band. On Saturday, progressive metallers Gojira turn up at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, touring on the fifth and latest album, "L'enfant Sauvage," deemed by Alternative Press to be "a devastating and harmonious combination of the organic and mechanical."
The band is joined by The Devin Townsend Project and The Atlas Moth at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20 through Ticketweb.com.
Matisyahu broke out in 2005 and has been wowing crowds with a mix of reggae and rap and a distinctive Hasidic look.
Sunday's show at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall will reveal a different side of the star. Not only has he shed the beard, he's going unplugged on an acoustic tour for his new EP, "Spark Seeker."
"It allows me to express a deep level of intimacy that I feel connects with my fans," he told Rolling Stone. "I love playing the songs stripped back ... it gives the subtleties of the song and voice the ability to come to light."
Fans will be invited to ask the artist questions about his artistic and spiritual journey. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30 through www.librarymusichall.com and 412-368-5225.
Duquesne University's Budapest on the Bluff music series focuses on works by composers Franz Schubert, Zoltan Kodaly and Johannes Brahms that explore Hungarian musical culture. The performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday features violist Marylene Gingras-Roy, pianists Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr, violinist Andres Cardenes, cellist Anne Martindale Williams and harpsichordist Rebecca Rollett at PNC Recital Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested. Information: www.duq.edu/academics/schools/music.
NEED TO KNOW
• Stand-up comedian John Pinette brings his Still Hungry Tour to the Byham Theater, Downtown, at 8 p.m. Friday. His comedy special "Still Hungry" debuted on Comedy Central in 2011 and is a follow-up to his successful "I'm Starvin'!" and "Show Me the Buffet" CDs and DVDs. Tickets: $40.25, www.pgharts.org or 412-456-6666.
• Driftwood, a Binghamton, N.Y., band that incorporates upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin and has shared bills with Bela Fleck and Rusted Root, plays Howlers Coyote Cafe, Bloomfield, at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6; 412-682-0320.
• Action Item, a New Jersey pop band that opened for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, plays Altar Bar at 6 p.m. Friday with Before You Exit, Hello Highway and Music From Another Room. Tickets are $16-$18 through www.ticketfly.com and 1-877-435-9849.
• Rossini's irresistible comedy "The Barber of Seville" is the focus of Undercroft Opera this winter. The company dedicated to putting local professionals in leading operatic roles stages the production at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Seton Center Auditorium, 1900 Pioneer Ave., Brookline. Patrick Brannan directs and Walter Morales conducts. Tickets are $12-$35; www.undercroftopera.org or 412-422-7919.
First Published February 7, 2013 12:00 am