The August Wilson Center for African American Culture's 486 Club presents "The Harlem Renaissance" at the center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 7 p.m. Artistic director of theatre initiatives Mark Clayton Southers presents a surprise evening of theater featuring a one-person show. The audience won't know who the performer is until the curtain rises. For tickets, $25, www.augustwilsoncenter.org or www.trustarts.org.
Pittsburgh artist Barry Shields, who has devoted a career to painting Western Pennsylvania land- and cityscapes plein air (outdoors), will give a free talk at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Mr. Shields will discuss where artists find inspiration, demonstrate his painting technique and take questions. He holds a degree in fine arts from the Philadelphia College of Art and a master's degree in art education from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Shields has taught at many local venues including the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org or 724-837-1500.
FRIDAY through NEXT SUNDAY
Like singing but not necessarily opera? The Pittsburgh Opera has a concert for you. Its annual Cabaret concert pairs its resident artists with Broadway numbers, novelty songs, medleys and more at its headquarters in the Strip District at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. next Sunday; and 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets, $59-$69, include two drink tickets and snacks. 412-456-6666 or www.pittsburghopera.org.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY
David Cale performs "Harry Clarke" at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Off the Wall series. Mr. Cale, an Obie-winning solo performer, writer and actor, has performed two sold-out shows, "A Likely Story" and "Palomino," as part of the series. His new solo show "Harry Clarke" is a sexually charged and hilarious one-man thriller in which a shy Midwestern man feels more himself when adopting the persona of a cocky Londoner, Harry Clarke. Mr. Cale has created a riveting story of a man leading an outrageous double life. Directed by Joanna Settle. For tickets, $25 general and $20 members and students, www.ticketweb.com or 412-237-8300.
Kick off the 35th anniversary year of the Mattress Factory museum at a Community Party from 1 to 4 p.m. at 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side (pay what you wish). Then stay for Tom Sarver's Art Olympic Theatre, a sort of Ironman of installation art, from 5 to 7 p.m. ($20, members $10). Information: www.mattress.org or 412-231-3169.