Short List: August 15 - 21 | Featured Events | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Tue., Aug. 21 — Music

Pittsburgh-based drummer Poogie Bell grew up mostly in New York City, but made his debut here, on the radio and at Carnegie Music Hall, accompanying his jazz-musician father's band when he was all of 2 years and 6 months old. "There was a feature of me in the Post-Gazette playing drums, and they were calling me a child prodigy and all this kind of stuff," Bell says, laughing. If Bell believes this praise was hyperbolic, his resume suggests otherwise: Over the course of his career he's performed with everyone from David Bowie to Erykah Badu, and toured in every inhabited continent. On Tue., Aug. 21, the Poogie Bell Band — a versatile group of local musicians — performs Downtown, outdoors, at the Agnes Katz Plaza, as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Jazz Live series. Although this is hardly the most exotic locale in which Bell has performed, he says he's relatively happy with his hometown's music community, and its gifted but underappreciated talent pool. Andy Tybout 5 p.m. Tue., Aug. 21. Penn Avenue and Seventh Street, Downtown. Free. 412-456-6666 or

Thu., Aug. 16 — Stage

When we're busy "never forgetting" Sept. 11, 2001, what is it we actually remember? Performance artist Dani Lamorte argues that the terrorist attacks of that day have been used largely to demonize anyone perceived as an Arab or a Muslim. No longer merely consumers of the image of tumbling towers, in other words, we've become projectors of images of terroristic evil on brown bodies. Tonight, in the solo show Never Forget, Lamorte (who also performs as art connoisseur Maria Denolt) uses a projector and an abaya — the women's cover-all garment in Saudi Arabia — to probe politics and propaganda at Assemble art space. Bill O'Driscoll 7:30 p.m. 5125 Penn Ave., Garfield. Free (donations accepted).

Thu., Aug. 16 — Words

Ending its summer break earlier than most, literary series TNY Presents returns with readings by three local talents. Tonight's line-up at ModernFormations Gallery includes poet, bookseller and Low Ghost Press publisher Kristofer Collins, nonfiction writer Erin Metnick, and poet Terrence Chiusano. Chiusano, a finalist in the 2011 National Poetry Series, is a co-founder and co-editor of the literay and arts journal Rococo Anerca. As always, the price is cheap, and free with a potluck/BYOB contribution. BO 8 p.m. 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. $5.

click to enlarge ART BY VICTORIA LAVORINI.
Art by Victoria Lavorini.

Fri., Aug. 17 — Art

Animalis is Latin for "of the animal." It's also the title of artist Victoria Lavorini's new show of paintings at Shaw Galleries. Lavorini, a recent graduate of West Liberty University who studied under name local painters Brian Fencl and Robert Villamagna, builds each of the works in her show upon animal forms. Lavorini will attend tonight's free opening reception for this two-day exhibition at the Downtown venue. BO 5-8 p.m. 805 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. Show continues through Sat., Aug. 18. 412-281-4884 or

Fri., aug 17 — Music

The hills — well, the West End Overlook, anyway — are alive with The Sound of Music. And not just that show. Citiparks concludes its Broadway at the Overlook series tonight and tomorrow, with professional and student performers from Pittsburgh Musical Theater singing tunes from shows in PMT's forthcoming season. Besides the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, the lineup includes Cinderella, Children of Eden and Tarzan. Starting at 6 p.m. both nights, the park — and its famed view of Downtown — is reserved for picnicking before the free shows. BO 7:30 p.m. West End. Free. 412-539-0900 or 

Fri., Aug. 17 — Stage

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's big Chekhov Celebration is winding down, but there are still chances to see all four productions. Tonight, PICT presents the first of four performances of Funny Chekhov, an anthology of five seldom-staged short comedies and "vaudevilles" he first wrote for variety shows. Titles include "The Proposal," "On the Evils of Tobacco" and "Drama: A Comedy." Like Three Sisters (which has four more performances), Ivanov (two) and After Chekhov (six), Funny Chekhov features PICT's top-flight repertory cast. BO Funny Chekhov: 8 p.m. Chekhov Celebration continues through Aug. 26. Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Avenue at Bigelow, Oakland. $25-48. 412-394-3352 or

click to enlarge Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan at the Improv
Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan at the Improv

Fri., Aug. 17 — Comedy

Unless you've lived in a remote location for the past 12 years, you've probably heard of something the comedy troupe Broken Lizard has produced — whether it's the cult classic film Super Troopers or the raunchy comedy Beerfest. Tonight and tomorrow, two members of the group, Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan, take the stage at Pittsburgh Improv to perform standup, share stories about making movies, and crack jokes about their incongruous bodily builds. The show is 21-and-over. Andy Tybout 8 and 10 p.m. Also 7 and 9 p.m. tomorrow. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. $20. 412-462-5233 or

Sat., Aug. 18 — Art

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol invited almost 500 people, both famous and unknown, to participate in his "Screen Tests." Subjects sat before a stationary camera until it ran through its entire black-and-white roll. Although the exercise lasted only three minutes, Warhol slowed the footage to lend it a surreal, static quality. Now, visitors to The Andy Warhol Museum can produce their own screen tests using a computer touch-screen and a vintage camera; the footage will appear on a custom webpage. AT 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20. 412-237-8300 or 

Sat., Aug. 18 — Comedy

Perhaps best known for his "hot pockets" routine, comedian Jim Gaffigan appears frequently on David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's shows, and did cameos on TV's Flight of the Conchords, Bored to Death and Law & Order. He's also starred in big-screen dramas like Going the Distance, Away We Go and It's Kind of a Funny Story, and lent his voice to the animated series Pale Force. Tonight, as part of his America Tour, Gaffigan brings his alternately subdued and flamboyant standup to the Benedum Center. AT 7 p.m. 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40.50-50. 412-456-6666 or

Sun., Aug. 19 — Art

The folks who brought you Accordion Pool Party and Urban Star Party have another innovative use for Lawrenceville's Leslie Park Pool. Project: Lido is a park-sized outdoor art installation featuring work by 13 artists. Today, as the artists begin to install their work, visiting kids and adults can take part in hands-on art projects of their own, as guided by the likes of The Mattress Factory and artist Nina Barbuto. Activities include a large-scale chalk mural and a painting workshop for adults. (The workshop requires pre-registration.) Meanwhile, the Leslie Park Collective and Carnegie Mellon University present Puriflume — their giant new mobile spray-park. Today's free fun anticipates Project:Lido's official opening reception, on Aug. 30. BO Noon-5 p.m. 4700 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free.

click to enlarge ART BY ANNETTE POITAU.
Art by Annette Poitau.

Tue., Aug. 21 — Art

Annette Poitau grew up in northern France, studied art in Paris and New York City, and lived in California for 12 years before moving to Ohio. If her paintings distinctly recall none of these locations, it's because she's more interested in "the natural forms of the human body," as she puts it on her website. Starting today, Box Heart Gallery showcases Poitau's artwork in the exhibit Abstract Colors. Poitau herself will appear at the opening reception, on Fri., Aug. 24. AT 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 4523 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-687-8858 or

Tue., Aug. 21 — Stage

The Horror of Party Beach, a 1964 film about teen-agers menaced by mutant fish-men, was a complete failure in every way except one: A half-century latter, it's perfect fodder for night of comedy and camp. The Horror of Party Beach: A Comedy Show is headliner and host Gab Bonesso's themed mix of skits, standup comedy and music, all upstairs at Brillobox. The venue will be transformed for the occasion into a beach scene and lab from the film (which has also been roasted on MSTK3). Tonight's program features live music by The Del Aires Cover Band and tunes spun by DJ J Mac. Dress as a monster or beach-goer for a dollar off the cover. BO 8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5.

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