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Short List: Week of October 29 - November 5 

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  • Sample Evaline Industries Halloween party.

Ah, Halloween: the annual chance to be someone else -- for many, a drunker, friskier someone else. And this year, it falls on a Saturday, with an extra hour of debauchery thanks to Daylight Savings Time! For some, candy is the intoxicant of choice: On Oct. 31, stop by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for Halloween Mayhem, an extravaganza for kids by performance group Squonk Opera. Make a mask, check out some young performers, and generally whoop it up. Other attractions include Temujin the Storyteller and live glass-blowing. Of course, kids can't have all the fun: At night, grown-ups take over the theater, with movies, food and drink. (You know you want to see Plan 9 From Outer Space.) Meanwhile, if it's brains you hunger for, get classically Pittsburgh at the Persad Center 's Zombie Prom. (There will be plenty of other food and drink if you're trying to cut back on grey matter.) Expect dancing, DJs and a costume contest; proceeds benefit Pittsburgh's LGBT counseling center. Alternately, take a space odyssey. For the past 17 years, a collective of actors, artists and other creative types known as Evaline Industries has thrown outlandishly fantastic parties at 426 S. Evaline St., in Friendship. This year's theme is Evaline 2009: A Space Odyssey. Moments from the film are brought to life: ride the Orion III Spaceplane or sing along with HAL 9000. Rock out to live bands, eat, drink and have a blast. Wear a costume, and expect to participate. Melissa Meinzer Halloween Mayhem: 1-5 p.m. (free), and 8 p.m.-2a.m. (21 and over, $10/$5 with costume), 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty (412-363-3000). Zombie Prom: 7-11 p.m. (5996 Penn Circle South , third floor; 21 and over;. $50, or five for $200; www.spellpgh.org). Evaline 2009: 10 p.m.-4 a.m (426 S. Evaline St., Friendship; 21 and over; $20; www.fnipgh.com/evaline).

 

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  • Photo: Bill Kelly

Thu., Oct. 29 -- Puppets

Factors including the closure of its venue at the Brew House mean that, for the first time in a decade, there's no Black Sheep Puppet Festival this fall. But innovative puppet art abides in places like the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, currently hosting Spectacles of Scale. Tonight, Israeli-born mixed-media artist Leat Klingman discusses her short puppet-based films from the exhibit. And on Nov. 12, Philadelphia-based Black Sheep stalwart Beth Nixon (who calls the festival's absence "heartbreaking") returns to chat up her contribution to Spectacles: a papier-mâché wildlife refuge. Bill O'Driscoll 6 p.m. 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side. Free. 412-322-1773 or www.manchesterguild.org

 

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Fri., Oct. 30 -- Film

Fans of oft-derided exploitation films may be gratified to see these flicks finally get the museum treatment. As part of its SuperTrash exhibition -- a collection of film posters -- The Andy Warhol Museum will present six double-feature screenings of popular and rare grindhouse features. The first, tonight, includes the chop-socky Mr. Vampire III (1987) and David Durston's 1970 schlocker I Drink Your Blood. Durston and exploitation-film historian Michael Bowen will visit to explain what makes these gruesome, silly, shocking and mind-boggling films a high form of low art. Al Hoff 7 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

 

Fri., Oct. 30 -- Music

Since his 1994 debut album, Keb' Mo' has emerged as his own distinct musical brand, synonymous with a slick combination of dusty-road vocals, AAA-friendly R&B, country blues and jazz-pop. His new album, Live & Mo', features live tracks recorded with his crack road band, alongside new baby-makin' studio tracks like "Victim of Comfort." Mo' performs at the Palace Theatre tonight, with opening act Kristina Train. Aaron Jentzen 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. $35-40. 724-836-8000 or www.palacetheatre.org

 

Sat., Oct. 31 -- Exhibit

Where whales journey, people follow, according to the folks at Te Papa, a museum in New Zealand. And their whales are journeying all over the world: Their noted exhibit Whales: Tohora, covering everything from anatomy and conservation to whale-riders, comes to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. See huge skeletons and crafts made from whale bones, and hear stories from people who interact with the giant mammals. The exhibit opens today, with a Maori dance performance at 1 p.m. MM 10 a.m-5 p.m. (Exhibit continues through May 2.) 4400 Forbes Avenue . Oakland. $11-15. 412-622-3131. 

 

Sat., Oct. 31 -- Big Chess

Think of it as the one time in your life when you won't mind being played for a pawn: Today on Flagstaff Hill, the folks behind Book 'Em, the books-for-prisoners program, present Life-Sized Chess in the Park. There'll be chess re-enactments (bet you didn't know that was a thing!) and competitive full-sized play. Used and new chess books -- a perennial request at Book 'Em -- will be accepted. And keeping the book love alive, a raffle will raise money for the ailing Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Andy Mulkerin Noon. Schenley Park, Oakland. Free. 716-238-4089 or bookem@indypgh.org

 

Sat., Oct. 31 -- Motown

Tonight's concert, A Pittsburgh Tribute to Motown Records' 50th Anniversary, features local musicians performing some of the songs made famous -- and indelible -- by Motown's musical legends, including a Michael Jackson tribute by the Billy Eckstine Youth Vocal All Star Ensemble. The August Wilson Center event also features former Marvelette Katherine Anderson Schaffner and Bob Babbitt, one of the label's studio musicians; a collection of Motown photos will be on display. The concert benefits youth-oriented nonprofit Pittsburgh's Next Generation of Music Legends; a VIP reception ($60) takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Atria's Restaurant, in PNC Park. AJ 7:30 p.m. 900 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $30. 412-452-6062 or www.augustwilsoncenter.org 

 

Sat. Oct. 31 -- DJs

You may know DJs Lauren G and Nikkels for their thematically raunchy biweekly Love Is Wet dance parties, at the New Amsterdam. Tonight they make it the New Amsterdamned in a Halloween spectacular they're calling A Nightmare on Butler Street. Besides the likes of DJs Vex and J. Malls and video projectionist Blissy, playing a mix of disco house and hip hop, expect creepy-themed party stuff: drinks with names like the "Bloody Savini" and "complimentary test-tube shots." Probably the wickedest aspect, though, will be tomorrow's unadvertised hangover. AM 9 p.m. 4421 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-6414 or www.spoilerspgh.com

 

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Mon., Nov. 2 -- Exhibit

The title, Tempted, Misled, Slaughtered: The Short Life of Hitler Youth, Paul B., says it all. Through photographs, documents and mementos, the traveling exhibit that debuted in Nuremburg, in 2004, uses the short life of Paul Bayer to explore this generation of lost boys. (Bayer died at 17.) The exhibit at the Jewish Community Center opens tonight with a speech from scholar-in-residence William Meinecke. Lucy Leitner 7 p.m. 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Free. 412-521-8010 or jccpgh.org

 

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Mon., Nov. 2 -- Words

Clad in his iconic white suit, Tom Wolfe takes the stage tonight for the Drue Heinz Lecture Series. Just as he used his training in fiction to craft compelling New Journalism about countercultural phenomena, Wolfe later employed his journalistic chops in dissecting cultural trends in his novels, with incisive looks at things like Wall Street greed and collegiate sexual politics. His new novel, Back to Blood, tells of "class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption and ambition" in Miami. LL 7:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $10-25. 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org.

 

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Mon. Nov. 2 -- Music

The members of the Warsaw Village Band are conscious of the group's seemingly anachronistic nature: Even as their home country of Poland bounds toward Westernization, the band strives to preserve Polish cultural traditions. But despite employing traditional instruments, and basing some work in Polish folk, Warsaw Village isn't stuck in the past: Its music integrates everything from Indian sounds to Western pop. The group appears tonight at Synod Hall, in a show co-produced by the Polish Cultural Council, Calliope and frequent CP contributor Manny Theiner. AM 7:30 p.m. 125 N. Craig St., Oakland. $15-20. All ages. 412-871-3347

 

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Mon., Nov. 2 -- Rock

It's been awhile since we heard from American Analog Set -- the indie faves hung it up in early 2006 -- but singer-songwriter Andrew Kenny hasn't sat idle. He's since performed as a guest with several outfits, including Broken Social Scene member Kevin Drew's band. Touring with Drew "strengthened my resolve and got me excited about making music of my own again," says Kenny. His new project, Wooden Birds, released Magnolia on the Barsuk Records label. Tonight, Wooden Birds (featuring Matt Pond on drums) play the Smiling Moose, with Lo-Fi Lion, Chalk Dinosaur and Pairdown. AJ 8 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4668 or www.smiling-moose.com

 

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Thu., Nov. 5 -- Art

If you consider touring an art museum a test of speed, James Osher has some words for you. In his collection of blurred digital photographs derived from the classic paintings housed in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art's permanent collection, Osher examines the impressions museum-goers get when they view a work for the average three seconds. Tonight, Osher discusses his show, Three Seconds With the Masters, and offers theories on the brisk way that people interpret art. LL 7 p.m. 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Free. 724-837-1500 ext. 10 or wmmuseumaa.org

 

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Thu., Nov. 5 -- Words

The poetry of C.D. Wright has been called experimental and elliptical -- it's firmly rooted in place. Dawn Lundy Martin's poetry is informed by her activism: She's a cofounder of both the feminist Third Wave Foundation and the Black Took Collective for black experimental poets. Wright once chose Lundy's book, The Morning Hour, for the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. Tonight, after Wright's Pitt Contemporary Writers Series reading, Martin picks her brain about "the future of poetry." MM 8:30 p.m. Frick Fine Arts Building, Schenley Plaza, Oakland. Free. 412-624-6506 or www.english.pitt.edu

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