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Short List: October 27 - November 3

The photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris documenting African-American life have likely been as widely seen as any still images produced in Pittsburgh -- from the nationally circulated pages of the mid-century Pittsburgh Courier to local gallery shows big and small. Now the Carnegie Museum of Art, which owns the Harris archive, offers the biggest exhibit of all. Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story includes some 1,000 images both in a large-scale projection display and exhibited as prints; it also offers online access to 73,000 digitized images from the archive. The projections organize the photos into such categories as "Gatherings," "Urban Landscapes" and "Style," and feature an original score by Pittsburgh's own MCG Jazz. On his own, and as a Courier staffer, Hill District native Harris documented everything from visits by star athletes and jazz musicians to everyday people hanging out in everyday places -- a striking alternative to limited, even demeaning, mass-media depictions of black life. Harris, born in 1908, died in 1998; this exhibit's photos date from the 1930s through the 1970s. The show was organized by museum staff as guided by a community advisory panel, with the Carnegie's Louise Lippincott as project manager. It opens Oct. 29; after leaving Pittsburgh, it tours to Chicago, Birmingham and Atlanta. Bill O'Driscoll 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29. Exhibit continues through April 7. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $11-15. 412-622-3131 or

Thu., Oct. 27 -- Stage

As a former pianist for Broadway productions like Ragtime and Phantom of the Opera, Seth Rudetsky has lived onstage, or near it, since winning the Cowardly Lion role in The Wizard of Oz at third-grade summer camp. As a writer, Rudetsky published The Q Guide to Broadway: Stuff You Didn't Even Know You Wanted To Know. He brings his XM radio show Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show to City Theatre tonight for the first of five performances. In and out of costume, Rudetsky sings, plays piano, shares history and pokes fun at Broadway divas, like Patti LuPone. Amy Kuhre 8 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $35. 412-431-2489 or


Thu., Oct. 27 -- Stage

After last year's War of the Worlds, there might have been only one way for Bricolage to conclude this season's Midnight Radio series. So, yes, Zombie Apocalypse is a sendup of Night of the Living Dead, done radio style, complete with live music, live sound effects and spoof commercials. It might be worth heading Downtown just to see how they'll conjure the sounds of the undead devouring brains. This original show, directed by Jeffrey Carpenter, features a hungry cast including Tami Dixon, Wali Jamal, Jason McCune and Sheila McKenna. The musical guest is Cello Fury. BO 9 p.m. Show continues through Nov. 19. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $15-25.

Fri., Oct. 28 -- Music

In 1975, former BBC and Royal Philharmonic flutist Sir James Galway went solo and sold more than 30 million records. His work with composer Howard Shore on the score for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King expanded his appeal. Tonight, it's strictly classics as Galway plays the first of three shows with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, at Heinz Hall. Galway performs Bizet's "Carmen Fantasy," Hayden's Symphony No. 67 and Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2. AK 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29, and 2:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 30. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $20-98. 412-392-4900 or


Sat., Oct. 29 -- Party

How many Halloween parties around here get national press? Evaline Industries' annual shindig once got that distinction via SPIN Magazine. Tonight, the 19-year-old Hallow's Eve happening -- which draws hundreds -- attempts to outdo itself yet again with Evaline: The Board Game. Actor Derek Walton, Pittsburgh ex-pat Chris Potocki and crew take inspiration from Milton Bradley to turn Walton's Victorian Bloomfield manse into a party house featuring life-sized versions of Candyland, Simon, Which Witch, Operation and more. Both tricks and treats await those 21 and over. Bill O'Driscoll 9 p.m.-4 a.m. 426 S. Evaline St., Bloomfield. $30-40.412-681-9677 or


Sun., Oct. 30 -- Outdoors

Today, join Venture Outdoors for Allegheny Cemetery Walk: an afternoon trek within the stone walls of the sprawling, parklike cemetery. During the mid-19th century, the need to accommodate urban growth -- and crowded churchyards -- led to the establishment of rural cemeteries. Initiated in 1844, with 100 acres of land, the historic site is a peaceful break from city surroundings. Roads meander its current 300 acres flanked by Butler Street and Penn Avenue. This easy hike includes visits with famous occupants like composer Stephen Foster. Register online for meeting points. AK 1-4 p.m. Lawrenceville. $6-12. 412-255-0564 or

Tue., Nov. 1 -- Film

Filmmakers Tiona McClodden and Lisa C. Moore are documenting the lives, and place in history, of black lesbians of the mid-20th century. Their 30-minute work-in-progress "The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project" profiles women in their 60s and older, and it opens the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's My People Film Series: Queer Legacies, highlighting the experiences of people of color. Discussion with the filmmakers and local community leaders follow tonight's screening, along with a mixer. The series continues weekly through Nov. 22. BO 7 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $10 ($30 series pass). 412-363-3000 or


Tue., Nov. 1 -- Stage

The story that inspired the hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet sounds invented, but it actually happened: Fifty-five years ago next month, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and a 21-year-old Elvis Presley got together at Sun Studios, in Memphis, to jam. True, the 2008 show features some songs the four didn't actually sing, and some fictionalized plot; still, it's been favorably reviewed and won several critics' awards. The national tour offers eight shows at the Benedum Center, starting tonight, courtesy of PNC Broadway Across America. BO 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Nov. 6. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $20-71. 412-456-6666 or

Wed., Nov. 2 -- Words

Vandana Shiva is more than an advocate of biodiversity and conservation; she's a physicist, author, ecologist and founder of Navdanya, a network of seedkeepers and organic producers across India. In 2010, the outspoken opponent of patenting life-forms and of genetically modified foods was named one the world's seven most influential women by Forbes magazine. The India-born Shiva speaks here tonight at a free talk hosted by Point Park University's Global Cultural Studies. Shiva is also the recipient of the annual Thomas Merton Center Award and she gives the keynote address on Thu., Nov. 3, at the center's annual fundraiser. Lauren Daley Point Park lecture: 6 p.m. (University Center GRW Theatre, 14 Wood St., Downtown; free; register at Merton Award event: 6 p.m., Thu., Nov. 3 (Sheraton Station Square, South Side; $50;

Thu., Nov. 3 -- Words

The University of Pittsburgh's Fred R. Brown Literary Award honors emerging fiction writers. This year's recipient, Wells Tower, began writing in 2001 and saw success when The Paris Review published his short story, "The Brown Coast." Canadian-born Tower seeks to create stories imbued with hope: "Being human isn't just all misery and despair. I think that fiction should find opportunities for joy," he said in a 2009 interview. Tonight, Pitt's Contemporary Writers Series hosts the author and journalist as he reads from his short-story collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, at the Cathedral of Learning. AK 8:30 p.m. 4200 Fifth Ave. (G-24), Oakland. Free. 412-624-6508 or