2Do This Week, Feb. 10-16: Cultural events around town

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Compositions by Schubert, Brahms and Kodaly are the focus of Duquesne University's "Budapest on the Bluff" concert. The first two may not seem appropriate, but they wrote works based on and inspired by Hungarian music. With violist Marylene Gingras-Roy, pianists Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr, violinist Andres Cardenes, cellist Anne Martindale Williams and harpsichordist Rebecca Rollett. It's at 2:30 p.m. at PNC Recital Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. $10.


Blending magic, theater and comedy, Eric Starkey's one-man show "Superheroes & Card Tricks" begins to take flight with a premiere performance at Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The in-development show, created by Mr. Starkey in collaboration with Jeffrey Carpenter, artistic director of Bricolage, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door (must be 18 or over). More info: www.bricolagepgh.org or www.creativeconjuring.com.


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh presents author Eduardo Halfon reading from his novel "The Polish Boxer" at 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 7:30 p.m. Born in Guatemala and educated in the United States, Mr. Halfon taught literature at Universidad Francisco Marroquin. In 2007, the Hay Festival of Bogota named him one of the best young Latin American writers. He has published nine books of fiction and has received Spain's prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. He recently was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue the story of "The Polish Boxer," which is the first of his novels to be published in English. 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 email ehutton@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org or call 412-323-0278.


Picture frame gilding, the effects of age upon it and ways to restore the luster are some of the topics that will be covered in a free talk at noon at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. The speaker, Emilie Cohen, is a fine arts conservator specializing in fine art picture framing, antique frame restoration, gold leaf and conservation services. Ms. Cohen has worked on antique and contemporary pieces for museums and for private collectors. The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Your Art Needs You!," which addresses the care and preservation issues of the museum collection. Information: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.


Feeling sporty? Wear your favorite hat (or bring it to show and/or to make a painting of) to an opening reception of "Hats Off" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Eastside Gallery in the Village of Eastside (where Trader Joe's is located), 6400 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Artists showing include Lila Hirsch Brody, Adrienne Heinrich, Sue Pollins, Susan Sparks and Kathleen Zimbicki. The exhibition continues from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through March 29. Information: 412-465-0140 or www.eastside-gallery.com.


Schenley Park Skating Rink, on Overlook Drive, hosts Valentines on Ice at 7 p.m. Enjoy a magical, romantic night of outdoor skating with your beloved on Valentine's Day. Skate under the stars, then warm up inside with salsa dance lessons and a mini-massage before enjoying chocolates, hot beverages and pizza. The event, only for those 18 and older, is $4 per couple. Skate rental costs extra. The first 175 couples also will receive a rose and assorted Betsy Ann Chocolates. Information: www.Citiparks.net or 412-422-6523.


Electronic dance music artist Robert Delong, a "2013 MTV Artist to Watch," performs with Badboxes at the Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty, at 10 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). The singer, songwriter, producer, programmer and drummer's debut album, "Just Movement," featuring the breakout single "Global Concepts," was released Feb. 5. For tickets, $5 in advance, $10 at the door, www.ticketfly.com. Information: 412-363-8277.


Proof that women have been discriminated against over the entire history of music is easily seen in the fact that the music of only a handful of women is performed today -- most from the 20th and 21st century -- and not often. The all-female group La Donna Musicale seeks to bridge those gaps, as much as a single concert can, when it performs a concert of all-women composers at Synod Hall at 8 p.m. "All-Around Love" is composed entirely of works by women composers. Presented by Renaissance & Baroque, it includes music by Barbara Strozzi, Maria Xaviera Peruchona, Isabella Leonarda, Camilla de Rossi and Julie Pinel. Tickets: $10-$35; 412-361-2048 or www.rbsp.org.


Soprano Haleg Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher perform at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, as part of the museum's Sound Series. Ms. Abghari will perform solo vocal works by John Cage, Gyorgy Kurtag and Georges Aperghis. Ms. Pegher's portion of the program will feature premieres by Patrick Burke and Mathew Rosenblum along with music by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan and Andrew Knox. $10 for students and $15 general admission in advance and $15 students and $20 general admission at the door; www.warhol.org.


A Modern Twist: Attack Theatre + Cello Fury will take place at the Hillman Center for the Performing Arts at the Shady Side Academy Senior School, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets -- $25 adults, $20 seniors and $10 students -- www.thehillman.org or 412-968-3040.

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