The Hot List: Cultural events this weekend

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Bunny on board

On this holiday weekend, families can hop on board the Gateway Clipper and meet the Easter Bunny, while enjoying a DJ "Bunny Hop" dance.

On Saturday, the Bunny Fun Cruise sails from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $25; $12 for children.

The Easter Luncheon Cruise sails Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. with a special buffet. Admission is $40; $20 for children.


Historical Egg Hunt

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is an intriguing spot for the Most "Egg-cellent" Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids 12 and under can learn about egg-laying animals from prehistoric and modern times and scavenger hunt to visit hands-on exploration stations and earn stamps and small prizes.

It is free with museum admission. For more information, call 412-622-3131.

In bloom

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has taken Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale "The Secret Garden" and turned its spring show into a "wealth of visual surprises and sweet scents." The display, designed by Terra Design Studios, runs through April 7.

Visitors can experience Mrs. Sowerby's Cottage Garden, Archibald Craven's Topiary Court, Ben Weatherstaff's Kitchen Garden and the Secret Garden Alcove, all filled to the brim with spring blooms. Thousands of bulbs including tulips, daffodils, delphiniums, hyacinths, lilies, snapdragons and muscari are featured in the plantings.

The Bulb Sale continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Outdoor Garden with daffodils, lilies, muscari and hyacinths.

Show hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2-18). Information: or 412-622-6914.


Rough roads

The inaugural Pittsburgh Bicycle Film Festival pedals into the Regent Square Theater tonight with a pair of two-wheeled movies.

In "Take a Seat Egypt," Dominic Gill explores the country, its politics and history by inviting Egyptian people to take a seat and pedal with him on a raw road trip.

In "The Cyclo Diaries," two Australian tour guides pedal a brakeless gearless pedicab 1,100 miles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City to raise money for charity. Because the route is hilly, they have to do some quick thinking to keep the pedicab on the move.

Showtime is 7 p.m. The theater is at 1035 South Braddock Ave. (15218). There will be free soda and beer samples from the East End Brewing Company. It's BYOC (Bring You Own Cup ... or water bottle). Twenty-five percent of all ticket sales go directly to Bike Pittsburgh.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Information:

Shepherd jam

Guitarslinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd rides into Carnegie Library Musical Hall of Homestead in Munhall at 8 tonight with a veteran band that features singer Noah Hunt, bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm), drummer Chris Layton (Double Trouble) and keyboardist Riley Osbourn (Willie Nelson).

The 35-year-old guitarist from Louisiana, who became a sensation at 17, is touring on 2011's "How I Go," which featured covers of Albert King, Bessie Smith and Beatles songs. The Jeff Fetterman Band opens the show.

Tickets are $32-$60 through; 1-877-435-9849.


A metal Moment

L.A. band In This Moment -- which has appeared on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Warped, Ozzfest and Uproar -- darkens the door of the Rex Theater on Friday, led by Maria Brink, who was named Revolver's Hottest Chick in Metal.

Formed in 2005, the metalcore band is touring on its fourth album, "Blood," which earned the band Revolver Golden Gods Awards nominations for best vocalist and song of the year for the title track.

Joining them for the all-ages 8 p.m. show will be Love & Death, All Hail The Yeti and Chip Dimonick. Tickets are $19 to $21 through; 1-877-435-9849.


Elvis has entered the building

"Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Tribute Artist Event" is a multimedia and live musical journey through the life of Elvis Presley, featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide tribute artist contest and a tribute to his "Viva, Las Vegas" co-star, Ann-Margret.

The touring show Friday and Saturday at Heinz Hall moves through the stages of the King's career, with a live band, back-up singers and dancers, as well as imagery from the Graceland archives. Included is an exhibit of life-size images of Elvis' stage-wear that will be on display in the lobby.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$85 at or 412-392-4900. More info:


Young Jean Lee

The Andy Warhol Museum's Off the Wall Series continues Saturday with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side.

Ms. Lee's latest experiment around gender politics, "Untitled Feminist Show," features six stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret and burlesque worlds who come together to invite the audience on an irreverent, nearly-wordless celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity.

It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 CMP members and students at or 412-237-8300.

Bear tracks

It was another year, another round of best-of lists for Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear, an ensemble skilled in the use of dreamy neo-psych textures and indie-pop melodies.

In 2012, its fourth album, "Shields," landed at No. 10 on the Pitchfork list, with the site calling it "a magnificent record, where the lights are blazing, but nobody's feeling very much at home." Rolling Stone placed it at No. 35, saying, "Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen have grown into one of indie rock's most sophisticated songwriting teams."

The band, which began as a moniker for Mr. Droste's solo work, has turned up at Modern Formations and The Warhol Museum. On Saturday, it takes a bigger stage at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

In an interview with Stereogum, the singer talked about the band's latest approach to making music: "There's no longer this deep-rooted desire to cover our vocals endlessly with layer upon layer, which ultimately keeps the listener at bay. The vocals are more exposed." He also noted, "I like when a listener finds their own meaning in a song, then it resonates more with them."

The show begins at 8 p.m. with opener Owen Pallett. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50 through

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