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Short List: September 4 - 12

Image by Doug Aitken, courtesy of the artist.
Image by Doug Aitken, courtesy of the artist.

Spotlight: Sun., Sept. 8

On Sun., Sept. 8, Pittsburgh will be one of just nine cities to host Station to Station, a railroad-enabled night of contemporary art, film and music. This "Nomadic Happening" is the latest from artist Doug Aitken, known for projects like blanketing MOMA with projections. Station to Station offers each city a different line-up of artists. The cross-country train that pulls into Downtown's Union Station will bear performers including Thurston Moore (with new bandmate John Moloney); Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffiti; experimental punk duo No Age; YOSHIMO (of OOIOO and Boredoms); and the Kansas City Marching Cobras, a marching band that combines African dance with voodoo. There will also be multimedia visual art installations, and screenings of new and classic experimental films by the likes of Bruce Conner, Yayoi Kusama, Kelly Sears, Kenneth Anger, Raymond Pettibon and others. Singular to Pittsburgh will be a presentation by organic-food activist Alice Waters. Outside the station, with its ticketed events, is free programming including artistic interpretations of yurts, those portable huts traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia. There will also be a slow-food-produce yurt and two gallery yurts showcasing locally crafted artisan products. After the concert, the train — which began its journey in the Brooklyn Navy Yard — continues on to Chicago and toward the Pacific. Olivia Lammel 6:30-10:30 p.m. Union Station, 1100 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25. 

Thu., Sept. 5 — Stage

Plenty besides the plays is new at Pittsburgh New Works Festival. The long-running fest has a new home, Off the Wall Theater's cozy Carnegie digs. And catching shows is easier: Now, each of the 12 fully staged one-acts will be performed five times over two weekends. The plays, drawn from scripts submitted locally, nationally and internationally, include comedies and dramas, each produced by a local troupe. Program A, which launches the festival tonight, includes works by local talents Kyle Zelinsky ("All Things to All People") and David Katzin (Tennessee Williams send-up "Suddenly, Last Supper") plus "Moon Over Gomorrah," a comedy by Byron Wilmot, of Rochester, N.Y. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Programs A and B continue through Sept. 15. Festival continues through Sept. 29. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $12-17 (festival pass: $40). 888-718-4253 or

Short List: September 4 - 12
Art by Judy Natal. Image courtesy of the artist.

Fri., Sept. 6  — Art

However you want to explore it — a color, an ethos, a wad of cash, a landscape feature — GREEN is the title and theme of the new exhibit at Silver Eye Center for Photography. Local photographer Dylan Vitone organized this show featuring work by Pittsburgh-based photographers Sue Abramson, Kim Beck and Ed Panar, plus out-of-towners Adam Amengual, Peter Beste, Joe Johnston and Judy Natal. The opening reception is tonight. BO 6-8 p.m. Exhibit continues through Oct. 5. 1015 E. Carson St., South Side. Free. 412-431-1810 or

Fri., Sept. 6 — Film

All hail Peter Cushing! The seventh annual two-day Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, at Riverside Drive-in, presents eight classic horror and sci-fi films featuring the iconic British actor and Hammer Films stalwart. Tonight, see Brides of Dracula, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Fear in the Night and From Beyond the Grave. On Saturday, catch Madhouse, At the Earth's Core, Asylum and Shock Waves. Films are screened in 35 mm; the horror begins at dusk and continues into the wee hours. Al Hoff Gates at 7 p.m. Also 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7. $10 per person each night (kids under 12 free with adult). Overnight camping available for additional charge. Route 66, North Vandergrift. 724-568-1250 or

Fri., Sept. 6 — Music

A classically trained soprano, J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark returns to her Pittsburgh jazz roots for tonight's show, Ladies Who Sing With the Band. The program, featuring live accompaniment, honors African-American women vocalists who have inspired Smith-Clark, from Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson to Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill. The performance at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater benefits underserved youth. Smith-Clark founded Opera Noir, a nonprofit that promotes cultural diversity in classical arts and music. OL 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $40 -$75. 412-363-3000 or

Short List: September 4 - 12
Photo courtesy of Jeff Swensen

Fri., Sept. 6 — Stage

All My Sons, the 1947 play that made Arthur Miller's name, opens the season at The REP. Point Park University's professional theater company stages this family drama centering on a businessman who sent faulty airplane parts overseas during the war. The director is frequent REP hand Robert A. Miller (the playwright's son), and the show stars Philip Winters and Penelope Miller Lindblom. The first performance at the Pittsburgh Playhouse is tonight. BO 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 22. 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. $15-27 (2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7, is pay-what-you-will). 412-392-8000 or

Sat., Sept. 7 — Talk

Local entrepreneurial nonprofit the Thrill Mill, Inc., presents the inaugural Thrival Music and Innovation Festival. For tonight's concerts, see CP's music section. Today's "innovation" programming at Bakery Square I, meanwhile, includes PIT Talks (like TED talks) by speakers from Carnegie Mellon University, GTECH and more. Innovation Row hosts reps from local universities, government, arts groups, investment and entrepreneurial outfits. There's also a pitch-fest featuring local startups and regional and national investors. Unlike investing, it's all free (though the concert is ticketed). BO PIT Talks, Innovation Row and Hustle Den, Noon-5 p.m. (free). Music: 5-10 p.m. ($20; Bakery Square II). 6425 Penn Ave., Larimer.

Sat., Sept. 7 — Food

Today, samples will abound at the Heinz History Center's second annual Hometown-Homegrown food expo, showcasing local culinary trends and food vendors. Participants include the Original Oyster House, the East End Food Co-Op and Uncle Charley's Sausage, to name a few. Wigle Whiskey will present on the history of spirits in the region. The Center's kitchen classroom will host cooking demonstrations with WQED's Rick Sebak and Chris Fennimore and area restaurants. OL 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. $6-15 (children under 5, free). 412-454-6000 or

Sat., Sept. 7 — Art

It's arguably the biggest night of the year at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The venerable venue opens three shows, including one spotlighting its Artist of the Year, Akiko Kotani (pictured). The longtime Slippery Rock University professor's work — mostly combining painting, drawing and fiber — has been exhibited internationally. Meanwhile, Emerging Artist of the Year Lenka Clayton continues her edgy conceptual practice with works including "One Brown Shoe," in which Clayton had 100 married couples each make a single brown shoe from materials found at home, then paired the previously secret results. And the PCA's latest Master Visual Artists show honors artists past age 60. The 10 artists include Tadao Arimoto, Tina Williams Brewer, Risë Nagin and Mark Perrott. BO 5:30-9 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $3-4 (children 12 and under: free). 412-361-0873 or

Sat., Sept. 7 — Music and Poetry

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's annual Jazz-Poetry Festival invariably satisfies. This year, musical curator and renowned saxophonist Oliver Lake's collaborators are acclaimed vocalist Dee Alexander (pictured) and her trio; the readings (some incorporating live music) are by an international array including award-winning poet Joy Harjo; poets Sridala Swami (India) and Wang Jiaxin (China); and current or former COAP exiled writers-in-residence Israel Centeno, Khet Mar and Yaghoub Yadali. As in years past, this ninth annual concert — held outdoors, on the North Side's Sampsonia Way — plans more surprises, both literary and human-rights themed. BO 7:45 p.m. Sampsonia Way and Monterey, North Side. Free. 412-323-0278 or

Wed., Sept. 11 — Magic

A birthday-party magician inspired Pittsburgh native Lee Terbosic's career. Now Terbosic himself tricks audiences all over the country. Tonight, the magician launches a four-day, five-show stint at Bricolage Theater. The two-act show, 52 Up Close, is full of card tricks and sleight-of-hand. Alongside "pick a card, any card" audience interaction, Terbosic offers a behind-the-scenes peek into the mind of a magician, and weaves a story throughout. OL. 8 p.m. Shows continue through Sept. 14. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25. 412-207-0798 or

Thu., Sept. 12 — Art

For the past week, John Zobele has been installing rrrecycle bin at Future Tenant gallery. This exhibition is the first of three in the Trespass Residency and Performance Series. The Point Park student's work consists of digital art collages: Cultural icons, some moving images and some still photos, flash across the screen and meld together. Tonight's opening reception features a performance by Bye-Product, Zobele's electronic-music alias. Rrrcycle bin continues through Saturday; then Trespass welcomes Andrew Huntley, followed by Meagan Reagle, Peter Milo and the 5th Wall Theatre. OL 6-9 p.m. Trespass continues through Sept. 29. 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. Free. 412-325-7037 or