The Hot List: Hepburn movies, comedy, music and more

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Classic Hepburn

The beautiful and iconic Audrey Hepburn stars in a double feature of classics tonight at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

In the Oscar-winning 1953 William Wyler romance "Roman Holiday" she plays a bored and sheltered princess who falls in love with a dashing American reporter played by Gregory Peck. It begins at 6 p.m.

It is paired at 8:30 p.m. with Blake Edwards' 1961 "Breakfast at Tiffany's," in which she gave her signature role as Holly Golightly, a stunning New York "working" girl who falls for a handsome young writer. It features an Oscar-winning score by Pittsburgher Henry Mancini.

Admission is $8; 412-682-4111 or


Comedy Relief

There's nothing funny about hunger, but you can have some laughs for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on Friday at the New Mullen's North Shore.

It's the return, after a two-year hiatus, of Comedy Relief-Pittsburgh XI, a showcase of some of Pittsburgh's funniest, presented by Pittsburgh comedian and comedy writer Matt Wohlfarth, in consultation with Aaron Kleiber.

There are shows at 8 and 10 p.m.

The 8 p.m. lineup has Auggie Cook, Chuck Mignanelli, David Kaye, Doug Regec, Joe Eberle, Justin Markuss, Lisa Dapprich and Mike Wysocki, Nance Marshall, Richie Raida and Tom Musial.

At 10 p.m. it's Aaron Kleiber, Alex Stypula, Day Bracey, Derek Minto, Ed Bailey, James J. Hamilton, John Dick Winters, John Pridmore, Krish Mohan, Sean Collier, Sharon Daley, Tom Kupiec and Tony Monteleone.

Admission is $25 advance; $30 at the door. Tickets are available at

Pipe organist

Here's another chance to hear one of the world's great pipe organists, Paul Jacobs, when the Washington, Pa., native returns from the Juilliard School to perform at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carnegie. Mr. Jacobs became the first organist -- ever -- to grab a Grammy for a solo recording, which he did last year.

Besides giving recitals around the country, he is chair of the organ department at Juilliard.

His free concert at 7 p.m. Friday is part of the dedication of the new church organ built in 2012 by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates. The program includes works by Bach, Schumann, Mozart and Guilmant. 412-276-1011.

Healthy Artists posters

Modernformations in Garfield opens "The Healthy Artists Movie Poster Exhibition" with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Healthy Artists is a digital venue, led by Pittsburgh filmmaker Julie Sokolow, that speaks out against the injustices of the country's health care system through an ongoing documentary series focused on individual Pittsburgh artists discussing their lifestyles, creative work, and frustrations with health care.

The exhibit consists of movie-style posters inspired by the series by 15 artists, including Crystala Armagost, Stephanie Armbruster, David Bernabo, Seth Clark, Doug Dean, Corey Escoto, Jenn Gooch, Mundania Horvath, Jasen Lex, Steph Neary, Jim Rugg, Andy Scott, Lizzee Solomon, Laurie Trok and Hyla Willis. There are also five student artists: Megan Kopke, Jing Liu, Jeremy Marshall, Ben Quint-Glick, and Abby Ryder.

The reception will feature free food, drink and music from the Harlan Twins. Health care advocates and educators, representing organizations such as Health Care 4 All PA and The Thomas Merton Center, will also be on hand to speak to young people and artists. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25 at 4919 Penn Ave.


Introducing Flexure

Having worked for several years with acoustic-based ensembles Thoth Trio and OPEK, Pittsburgh saxophonist Ben Opie is stretching out with a new electric-based ensemble called Flexure that draws inspiration from the Miles Davis groups of the early 1970s.

"His music at the time was experimental and very dark, but also was founded in rock-solid grooves," Mr. Opie notes in the artistic statement.

He is joined by the rhythm section of Paul Thompson and David Throckmorton, from the improvisational hip-hop group Beam, trumpeter Ian Gordon: trumpet, guitarist Chris Parker and percussionist George Jones.

On Saturday at 8 p.m., the performance at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side, will be enhanced through computer-generated and processed visuals by Matt Wellins.

Admission: $12. Information:


Gridiron warning

Sunday is the last day to catch "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip.

The History Center will extend its hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Sunday. On Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Pittsburgh Steeline, an independent Steelers-themed group of drummers, will rock the History Center's first floor Great Hall with popular "pump-up" tunes. There will also be docent-led tours on Saturday at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Freya music

The locally based Freya String Quartet will join with visiting Arabesque Winds for a concert that includes new works by Pittsburgh composers. Two of them, Federico Garcia's "Nocturne" and Matt Heap's "Neo," were refined in a special reading session that Freya did in October. Also being performed are Gyorgy Ligeti's woodwind quintet "Sechs Bagatellen" and Bohuslav Martinu's "Nonet." The concert, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chatham University's James Laughlin Music Center, is presented by Alia Musica. Tickets $9-$15 via Showclix.


Some of the holiday treats have carried over into the new year.

• The Winter Flower Show, featuring the Winter Light Garden, continues at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens through Sunday. Phipps is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for this event. Go to

• This is also the last weekend to see the holiday trees at The Carnegie Museum of Art's Hall of Architecture. The seven 20-foot trees are decorated in the theme of the world's fairs, celebrating "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939." Also on display is the Neapolitan Presepio, featuring lifelike and colorful figures that re-create the Nativity. Go to

• Running through Monday is "Spirits of Giving From Around the World" at PPG Place Wintergarden, featuring a 32-foot Christmas tree, an exhibit by the Pittsburgh Miniature Society and a display of life-size Santas and oil paintings representing 16 countries. Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. today; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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