The Hot List: Cultural events this weekend

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Pitt Rep's 'Asylum'

University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre will present "City of Asylum," a new play that honors the work of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. The local group was the first of its kind in the United States, paving the way for a network that provides sanctuary to writers in danger of persecution or death in their home countries.

Cynthia Croot -- writer, director and humanitarian activist -- wrote the play after representing U.S. artists on a five-person delegation to Damascus University, Syria, in 2004. She also directs "City of Asylum," which focuses on four writers hosted by COA/Pittsburgh: Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Huang Xiang (China), Khet Mar (Burma) and Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador). The truth and brutality of their lives mixes with the beauty and hope of their works in the Pitt Rep stage production, which will be accompanied by artist talkbacks (check for a full schedule).

"City of Asylum" runs through April 14, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $12-$25 at 412-624-PLAY or For information about City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, visit



Marvel presented by RAW: natural born artists at CAVO, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m. showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry and photography.

Featured artists include D.S. Kinsel, Ve.Jay.Broyld.Sr, everyday balloons, Angel O'Connor, Abby Diamond, ArieBella Couture, Derrik Hubenthal, Dan Meyers, Lauren Toohey, Jay A. Grassel, Mike Ramsey, RELD, Manolache+Brieger, SUN TURRET, Anne Michele Lyons, Tori Krout, Moriah Moore, DeAndre, Elizabeth Fortunato, Ricky Pirozzi, Wendy & Lyndsay, Brian Holderman, Jason Woolslare, Laura Mushenheim, 8cylinder, Serotonin and James Simon. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Knowledge Build the host.

Each RAW event features a film screening, a musical performance, a fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. The artists are all local talent who have been chosen to be featured at RAW, which educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 54 artistic communities across the United States and Australia through monthly showcase events.

The dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Info: or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.


Darkroom aristry

The art/music reception Friday night at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination in Garfield has its roots in the late-'70s punk scene, with two members of Carsickness taking part.

Dennis Childers, who was the drummer and went on to become a multimedia artist and CAPA High School instructor, has collaborated with his son Nick (a CAPA grad now the Pratt Institute) on "Safe Light," an installation themed to the nearly extinct darkroom process.

"This Father-Son multimedia collaboration," the statement says, "explores this concept through digital prints, alternative digital photo methods and an experimental video installation sculpture, displaying scenes from an age of limitations and wonder."

The reception will include music by The Darkroom with Dennis on drums, his former Carsickness/Ploughman's Lunch bandmate Steve Sciulli on synth and flute, Paul Michael Ferraro on guitar and Dean Catania on bass.

The event, 5006 Penn Ave., runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and is part of the monthly Unblurred event. Call 412-924-0634.

'Cat' cult comedy

Regulars at Pandemic's dance nights are likely familiar with "Black Cat, White Cat," a music-infused cult comedy from Yugoslavia that often plays in the background.

On Friday at 9 p.m., Pandemic (Pete Spynda), Zombo (Michael Devine) and Dreaming Ant will screen the film at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. At 8 p.m., Pandemic will be spinning a set of Gypsy music from Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and more. The afterparty will be at the Brillobox in Bloomfield.

Admission is $5;


Six new plays

More than 40 local artists will take to city buses to help support Bricolage's 2013 season. The fundraiser and two crazy days of creation start Friday with a 90-minute city bus ride as inspiration. Then writers, directors and actors have just 24 hours to create and present six new 10-minute plays for audiences at New Hazlett Theater.

Playwrights this year are Tameka Cage-Conley, Vanessa German, Chris Potocki, Peter Roth, Dennis Schebetta and Rosemarie Wilson; signing on as directors are Linda Haston, Matt M. Morrow, Risher Reddick, Tammy Ryan, Mark Staley and Marci Woodruff.

The B.U.S. schedule:

Friday: 7-9 p.m. VIP reception and actors' parade at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

Saturday: 6:30-8 p.m, VIP pre-show reception, 8-10 p.m. performance, 10 p.m.-midnight post-show party, at New Hazlett.

B.U.S. "Fares": $150 Double Decker B.U.S (all events Friday-Saturday); $75 Party B.U.S. (Saturday events); $40 Mini B.U.S. (Saturday performance and post-show party). Receptions include food, libations, performances, music and a silent auction. More at or 412-471-0999.


Old-school burlesque

Tease is a burlesque and vaudeville show Saturday at Cattivo Bar, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville, produced by Le Femme Mystique Burlesque. It will feature British burlesque royalty, including Peggy De Lune and Smokin' McQueen, as well as Bella Sin of Cleveland, in addition to local vaudeville and variety performers paying tribute to classic burlesque.

Phat Man Dee is the host for the 9:30 p.m. show (doors at 8 p.m.). Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show (cash only at the door). Limited seating is first come, first serve. For tickets,

YoungLives fashion

YoungLives Three Rivers, which mentors teen moms in crisis, will host a fashion show fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry with Pittsburgh athletes, local TV personalities and more.

It will feature styles by Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Janie and Jack, Larrimor's, MAK Studio, neve/hawk, Sabika Jewelry, Worth New York and more. VIP reception is at 1 p.m., followed by the show at 2 p.m. There will be a silent action, raffle and door prizes.

Tickets are available for $35, which includes light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Go to to purchase online.


Sound and sight

What do J.S. Bach and Charlie Chaplin have in common? You will have to find out for yourself at two fascinating Bach Choir of Pittsburgh concerts taking place this weekend. The choir will sing excerpts from such masterworks as his "St. Matthew Passion," B Minor Mass, "Christmas Oratorio" and "Magnificat," interspersed with excerpts of several Chaplin silent films. Artistic director Thomas Douglas gives a tantalizing hint, saying that the concerts will "[Explore] the element of time in its infinity and its effect on everything we do." At 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Allegheny Academy, in the North Side North Commons. $10-$30; 1-888-718-4253 or


Sports auction

The 19th annual MGA Sports Memorabilia Auction, benefiting the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA, features free autographs from Andy Russell, Steve Blass, Gene Collier and more, and signed items by such stars as Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Antonio Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, Heath Miller, Bill Mazeroski, Starling Marte and more.

It also features basket raffles with tickets to James McCartney (Sir Paul's son) and Steve Martin and the Stone Canyon Rangers concerts, and even a year of beer. All proceeds benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA.

It's Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Club at Nevillewood in Collier. Admission is $30 and includes dinner and free parking. Advance reservations are strongly suggested as space is limited. Call 412-566-1545.


• Owl City, the Minnesota synthpop group best known for the 2010 smash "Fireflies," plays Altar Bar on Friday, touring on its newest album, "The Midsummer Station," which produced the hit duet "Good Time" with Carly Rae Jepsen. Recently, Owl City has been heard on the soundtracks to "Wreck-It Ralph" ("When Can I See You Again") and "The Croods" ("Shine Your Way"). The 8 p.m. show is sold out.

• Bill Engvall, a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group, performs Saturday at 8 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland, with Gary Brightwell. Tickets: 1-888-71-TICKETS or

• Joshua James, singer-songwriter who lives on a farm in Utah, plays Club Cafe Sunday, touring on the album "From the Top of Willamette Mountain," which was produced by Richard Swift (of The Shins). It's a mix of classic pop and folk. The show is at 8 p.m. with Isaac Russell. Admission is $10;

• Kate Watson-Wallace of Philadelphia-based anonymous bodies brings her new multimedia installation "Mash Up Body" to the Alloy Studios in Friendship for its world premiere as part of the KST Presents series. Explore the complex layers of the self and the ways we use our bodies in this runway-meets-club-meets-theater dance experience. Performance contains sexually suggestive content and possible nudity. It's 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $25; $20 for residents of ZIP code 15206; $15 for artists and students at

The Darkroom -- Steve Sciulli, Paul Michael Ferraro, Dennis Childers and Dean Catania -- will play Friday at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination in Garfield. -->

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