Nora Zelevansky appears as part of Writers LIVE @ CLP, Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland at 6 p.m. Ms. Zelevansky is a lifestyle journalist for publications including Elle and Self Magazine and online journals including Style.com and Salon.com. Her book "Semi-Charmed Life" is a comedic, quirky, pop culture-packed, coming-of-age story about Beatrice Bernstein, a directionless college senior from an artistically offbeat Upper West Side New York family, including a famous curator mother. (Her mother is Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II director of Carnegie Museum of Art.) A book signing will follow the program, and copies of Ms. Zelevansky's book will be on sale. The event is free, but registration is encouraged at www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
The film "Community Action Center" (2010) will be screened at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. The film incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970s porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as "sex." Directors A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner will be present. The film contains explicit sexual content and is for adults only. For tickets, $15, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
"La Belle Epoque Cabaret: An Evening in the Bohemian Style," a night evoking 19th-century Paris, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer. Members of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative will perform period French songs (accompanied by English subtitles or translated into English) originally sung by Yvette Guilbert, Aristide Bruant and others. The emcee, played by Rob Frankenberry, will be your guide through musical selections, comedic monologues and satirical skits. Projected images of artwork will help emphasize the role that cafe culture played for Impressionist artists. Featured performers also include Benjamin Binder, piano; Rob Frankenberry, tenor; Olga Perez Flora, mezzo-soprano; and Joseph Gaines, tenor. The event is presented to complement the Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition "Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz." Seating is limited and pre-registration required; $25 ($20 members). Admission includes one absinthe drink (412-622-3288).
The theme music of "The Legend of Zelda" leaves Nintendo consoles and jumps onto the stage of Heinz Hall, Downtown. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses," a survey of the 25-year history of the game's music. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $60; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
"Quartet for the End of Time" has a harrowing context: Olivier Messiaen composed it while imprisoned in a German POW camp during World War II, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performs the work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano along with other "ground-shaking music." PNME artistic director Kevin Noe conducts. At 8 p.m. at City Theatre, South Side. $15-$30, free for first-time patrons. 412-431-2489 or www.pnme.org.
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh will hold an opening reception for the exhibition "Timeless" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 E. Carson St., South Side. Two-dimensional work in all media was juried by Amanda Donnan, curatorial assistant for contemporary art, Carnegie Museum of Art. The show's theme posits there is no time limit to the life of a vision. There is to the exhibition, however, which ends Aug. 18.