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Spotlight: Sat., Oct. 27 — Art 

Deborah Kass might wear her influences on the sleeve of her artist's smock, but she's not afraid to challenge them. Kass followed in Andy Warhol's footsteps by studying painting at Carnegie Mellon, but she then sought to redress pop art in which she failed to see identities similar to her own reflected. She came to fame in 1992 by appropriating Andy Warhol's Jackie O portrait for Barbara Streisand, in her "Jewish Jackie" series. The Warhol Project, Kass' body of work from 1992-2000, featured Streisand in Yeshiva drag — titled "My Elvis" — as well as stylized portraits of Gertrude Stein and Sandy Koufax. Kass' work has been shown at MOMA and the Guggenheim. The Andy Warhol Museum's major mid-career retrospective Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After takes its name from her 1991 print, in which a nose job before-and-after (painted by Warhol) is playfully juxtaposed with Cinderella's slipper. The show, featuring 75 works, opens this weekend. Catherine Sylvain 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Exhibition continues through Jan. 6. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

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Thu., Oct. 25 — Comedy

Initial impressions of Mitch Fatel might be "If Forrest Gump did standup ..." But Fatel adds an edge to his harmless simpleton's shtick. His naive and stilted delivery of sex-based humor is frequently disturbing and disturbingly funny. The boyish New Yorker has been performing standup for 15 years. He's appeared on Letterman, Conan, as a correspondent on Leno, and made the hour-long Comedy Central special Mitch Fatel Is Magical. He headlines at Pittsburgh Improv for five shows starting tonight. Catherine Sylvain 8 p.m. Through Sat., Oct. 27. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. $17-20. 412-462-5233 or www.pittsburgh.improv.com

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Thu., Oct. 25 — Stage

To appreciate Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show during its popular run at City Theatre last year, it helped to know a little Broadway. But to appreciate the latest from Seth Rudetsky, you need only to have survived the Me Decade. In Seth's Big Fat '70s Show, the performer and SiriusXM Radio host deconstructs that era's, er, flamboyant televisual culture, from The Brady Bunch Variety Hour and Donny and Marie to awards shows starring Liza Minnelli. The polyester, Day-Glo and staged banter go under Rudetsky's microscope for five performances starting tonight. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Show continues through Sun., Oct. 28. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $35-40. 412431-4400 or www.citytheatrecompany.org

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Fri., Oct. 26 — Dance

DanceAfrica was founded in 1977, in New York, by Chuck Davis, a revered pioneer of African dance in America. Tonight this celebration of African and African-American dance, music and culture makes its second annual Pittsburgh visit, courtesy of the Legacy Arts Project. Public performances tonight and tomorrow at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater feature styles from traditional African to contemporary modern and hip hop. Performers include Davis himself, the Legacy Arts Dancers, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, and Ill Style and Peace. BO 7 p.m. Also 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave. $15-20. 412-363-3000 or www.danceafricapgh.eventbrite.com

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Fri., Oct. 26 — Games

If you've been short on chances to play four-square or vintage Atari games while occasionally pausing to watch some professional dance, fret no more. That playful dance troupe Attack Theatre is back with another season of its Game Night and the Seven-Minute Dance Series. Backgammon, 3-D tic-tac-toe and darts are in the mix at Attack's spacious Strip District HQ, and the fun is peppered with dancers performing short excerpts of works in progress. Adult beverages are also involved. BO 7-11 p.m. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Suggested donation: $5. www.attacktheatre.com

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Fri., Oct. 26 — Dance

The romantic ballet Giselle bears a special closeness to Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. As a dancer, PBT ballet mistress Marianna Tcherkassky was named one of the greatest Giselles, performing opposite Rudolf Nureyev. Her husband, PBT artistic director Terrence Orr, describes the supernatural love story as a personal favorite. The ballet's original score, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed live by PBT's orchestra, with Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot's classic choreography, at the Benedum Center. CS 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27, and 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25.75 - 95.75. 412-456-6666 or www.pbt.org

Sat., Oct. 27 — Festival

The folks at Artists Image Resource see the fun in dysfunction. Today's First Quadrennial Artists Image Resource Fall Harvest Fun Fair celebrates "political and cultural dysfunction" with: an Election Year Media Booth for deciphering lies; a "shooting gallery of political gamesmanship"; an American Dreaming Ring-Toss (with social-class-appropriate prizes); T-shirt- and poster-making stations; and other opportunities to discuss, ponder and vent. There's also food and drink, live music and a $5 raffle of work by local artists. BO 4-10 p.m. 518 Foreland St., North Side. $10 (includes carnival tickets). 412-321-8664 or www.artistsimageresource.org

Sun., Oct. 28 — Music

Renowned British classical organist Christopher Herrick performs today at St. Paul Cathedral. In his four-decade career, Herrick has performed around the world. Today, on the Oakland cathedral's recently restored organ — with its more than 5,000 pipes — he'll play Bach's "Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue" and works by Mozart, Verdi and more. The concert is sponsored by the Organ Artist Series. BO 4 p.m. 108 N. Dithridge St., Oakland. $5-12. 412-242-2787 or www.oas-series.com

Sun., Oct. 28 — Fashion

Staying employed is a bloodbath, or so suggests the increasing ubiquity of pop-culture "battles" in every profession. But today's Battle of Designers Fashion Show is more an opportunity for Pittsburgh-based designers to exhibit their work in an entertaining context while raising money for Dress for Success — a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women with the attire and support to succeed professionally. The special guest judge is America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden. VIP tickets include dinner, cocktails and a goody bag in Omni William Penn Hotel's Grand BallroomCS 6 p.m. (VIP event); 7 p.m. (fashion show). 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. $35-100. 616-920-3548

Sun., Oct. 28 — Outdoors

People often fear bats, but really they have more to fear from us. A single colony of the species known as the little brown bat can consume more than 250,000 mosquitoes and other insects in a night. Humans, meanwhile, destroy the habitat of this flying mammal, and are suspected to accidentally spread white-nose syndrome, a disease decimating bat populations. In the international Year of the Bat, Jennings Environmental Education Center presents Night Flight. Tonight's indoor slide presentation on bats is followed by a guided outdoor forest walk (without flashlights) exploring bats' nocturnal world. BO 7 p.m. 2951 Slippery Rock Road, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011 or jenningssp@pa.gov

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  • Art by Charles Atlas.

Tue., Oct. 30 — Words

Legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham considered any movement a dance, and his productions were ambitiously staged. In his 10 years as Cunningham's filmmaker-in-residence, video artist Charles Atlas pioneered capturing dance on film, most recently premiering Cunningham's work Ocean in 2011. The self-taught filmmaker began his career in 1971, in New York. He has collaborated with many performance artists and musicians, including Leigh Bowery, Marina Abramović, and Anthony and the Johnsons. Atlas speaks tonight at Kresge Theater as part of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art Lecture Series. CS 5 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. 412-268-2409 or www.cmu.edu/art

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Tue., Oct. 30 — Words

Mahmoud Jibril helped make history. He was a key leader in Libyan revolution last year, and for much of 2011 was that country's interim prime minister. Tonight, Jibril gives a keynote speech at the American Middle East Institute's annual conference. The event, moderated by Tom Brokaw, is co-sponsored by the U.S.-Libya Business Association ... and by the University of Pittsburgh, where Jibril studied in the 1980s. The talk is at Carnegie Music Hall. BO 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $25-75. www.americanmei.org

Tue., Oct. 30 — Party

Possibly all you need to know about The Graveyard Rockers is that they're billed as "The Legendary Monster Rock Band From Ohio." The five-piece — Cedar Point favorites whose style blends The Cramps, The B-52s and '60s garage and surf — marks its 20th anniversary on the Halloween beat by headlining The Zombie Bowling Ball, tonight at Arsenal Lanes. This no-cover DJ Zombo and RANT Productions event includes a "Drop Dead Gorgeous" pin-up contest for zombie gals and Best Zombie contest for undead fellas. And anyone in zombie attire gets a free bowling pass for his or her next visit. BO 8 p.m.-midnight. 212 44th St., Lawrenceville. No cover (regular bowling fees apply). 412-683-5992 or www.zomboworld.com

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