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Winter Guide 2015

Don't let the cold keep you inside. Check out CP's Winter Guide for activities and events happening this season.

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Pitt music professor Mathew Rosenblum has made microtonality — the use of tones between what we think of as the notes of a conventional scale — a big part of his work. And the group he cofounded, Music on the Edge, helps present Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival along with The Warhol this winter. Feb. 27-March 1. The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side, and Pitt Music Building, Oakland.

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Photo courtesy of Will Butler
Will Butler, March 12

Time was when you could see Arcade Fire in a tiny venue; now that band is playing arenas. But keyboardist (and past Oscar nominee) Will Butler is playing small rooms again on a solo tour supporting his new solo record, Policy. March 12. Brillobox, Bloomfield. 412-621-4900 or

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Perfume Genius, March 27

The music of Perfume Genius, a.k.a. Mike Hadreas, has morphed from bedroom indie pop to sweeping, beautiful soundscapes, with pop underpinnings. Last year's Too Bright was released to great acclaim; he comes to town touring behind that record. March 27. The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side. 412-237-8300 or


Along Garfield's recently liberated stretch of Penn Avenue you'll find Brahman/I, "a one-hijra stand-up comedy." In a borrowed community center, Quantum Theatre Pittsburgh-premieres Aditi Brennan Kapil's play rendered as a comedy routine exploring history, mythology, gender and high school. Jan. 30-Feb. 22.

How about a farce featuring the young Friedrich Nietzsche? Adventuresome, up-and-coming local playwright Gab Cody has the ticket in Prussia: 1866, a comedy about "Fritz," his mentor and his mentor's wife. Kim Martin directs for The Rep. Feb. 6-22. Oakland.

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Evidence, Feb. 7

As collaborators, acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown and Brooklyn-based dance troupe Evidence are known for blending African dance, ballet, modern dance and more. Pittsburgh Dance Council hosts them for a program including "On Earth Together," set to the music of Stevie Wonder and featuring Pittsburgh-based guest dancers. Byham Theater, Downtown, Feb. 7. 412-456-6666 or

With a mix of sketch, improv, standup and more, Arcade Comedy Theater has defied the odds by thriving in a dedicated space Downtown. The troupe marks two years in business with four shows Feb. 13-14.

People can't seem to get enough of Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera, so here's Cameron Mackintosh's giant new production, lately off a sold-out U.K. tour. It's at the Byham Theater for 11 performances from Feb. 18-March 1. Downtown. 412-456-6666 or

The New Hazlett Theater offers visionary art in the form of stop-motion-animated video opera "The Crumbling," a world-premiere work by locally based artist Alexis Gideon. The 21-minute work, with projected video and live music, follows an apprentice librarian trying to save her city from collapsing around her. Feb. 21 and 22. North Side.

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Malpaso, Feb. 27-28

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater launches its World Stages Fund series with the U.S. premiere of two new works by Cuban contemporary-dance company Malpaso. The fledgling company performs pieces by Trey McIntyre with music by Grammy winner Artyuro O'Farrill. Feb. 27 and 28. East Liberty. 412-363-3000 or

Pittsburgh Dance Council hosts an on-stage collaboration between This American Life host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host combines Glass' storytelling and the dancers' interpretations for one night at the Byham Theater. Feb. 28. Downtown. 412-456-6666 or

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Photo courtesy of Josh Lamkin Photography for Atlanta's True Colors Theatre
How I Learned What I Learned, at Pittsburgh Public Theater

August Wilson was renowned for his Pittsburgh Cycle of 10 plays, but the Hill District native wrote one more before he died. Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the local premiere of How I Learned What I Learned, Wilson's one-man show about his formative years, starring Eugene Lee (pictured) and directed by Wilson's protégé, Todd Kreidler. March 5-April 5. Downtown. 412-316-1600 or

The 2024 Pittsburgh Dyke March
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The 2024 Pittsburgh Dyke March

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