2Do This Week, Jan. 6-12: Cultural events around town

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The Pittsburgh International Children's Theater will put kids inside the beloved book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," when a theater troupe performs a play version of it around the city. Recommended for children ages 3 and older and about an hour long, the play incorporates songs and rhymes to tell Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's tale of a family on the search for a grizzly bear. Today at 2 p.m. and Monday at 10:15 a.m. at Byham Theater, Downtown; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Linton Middle School; 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Marshall Middle School; 7 p.m. Friday at Moon Area High School; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Upper St. Clair High School; and 2 p.m. next Sunday at Seneca Valley Senior High School. $9.50-$11; www.TrustArts.org/KIDS or 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown.


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh presents Barlen Pyamootoo, a visiting writer-in-residence from Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. He will read from his novellas "In Babylon" and "Benares," along with screening an excerpt from the film of "Benares," which he wrote and directed, at 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Pyamootoo is the founder/director of the publishing houses Alma and L'Atelier d'ecriture, and leads the creative writing workshop at the Institut Français de Maurice. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a reception, with the reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. This event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required; to make a reservation either email ehutton@ cityofasylumpittsburgh.org or call 412-323-0278.


Jeff Mangum, with special guests, performs at the Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, at 8 p.m. as part of The Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series. As central figure of the influential band Neutral Milk Hotel, Mr. Mangum has had a impact over the past two decades on indie folk/rock music, largely due to his most recognized NMH record, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," widely considered a cult classic. Tall Firs and Briars of North America open the show. No photography/no recording allowed; this includes cell phones. One dollar per ticket will benefit Children of the Blue Sky, which helps street children in Mongolia (www.eternalblueskyofmongolia.org). For tickets, $30/$25 members, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.


The period instrument ensemble Four Nations takes a look at how French chamber music was at the center of a shift both stylistic and classist, when composers straddled "the prized and refined tastes of the court and the more theatrical and volatile tastes of the newly founded public concert stage." Presented by the Renaissance & Baroque Society, the group explores this through the music of Couperin, Francoeur, Mondonville and Blavet, led by the harpsichordist Andrew Appel at 8 p.m. Synod Hall, Oakland. $10-$35; www.rbsp.org or 412-361-2048.


The 26th annual Citiparks' Mascot Skate at Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Drive, at 1:30 p.m. Meet and greet dozens of mascots on ice -- including Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam and Pitt Panther. The festivities will include music, refreshments and an opportunity to skate outdoors with a view of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline as the backdrop. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to snap pictures as their children take to the ice with the mascots. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and younger) and seniors (60 and older). Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50. Information: www.citiparks.net or 412-422-6523.

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