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Short List: February 11 - 16

Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua at the Warhol; Saturday Night Fever on stage; Causal Loop at SPACE; author Emily St. John Mandel

Art by Andy Warhol. From the collection of Michael and Eva Chow
Art by Andy Warhol. From the collection of Michael and Eva Chow

SPOTLIGHT: Sat., Feb. 13 — Art

You might know of Michael Chow as the founder of the Mr. Chow restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, or as an associate of such 1980s art-world luminaries as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. But Chow, who was born in China, in 1939, has a complex life story that includes early ambitions to be a painter, and a father, Zhou Zinfang, who was a revered grand master of the Beijing Opera. It all comes together in Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice for My Father, a new exhibit at The Andy Warhol Museum. Chow recently returned to painting after a half-century hiatus; this is his first solo exhibition in the United States. (A version premiered last year, in Beijing.) The exhibit includes Chow’s 1962 paintings; portraits of Chow, painted by contemporaries including Warhol, Basquiat and Ed Ruscha; and new paintings completed for the show by Chow, in his expressionistic mixed-media style — large-scale works incorporating everything from household paint to precious metals. Perhaps mostly poignantly, Voice for My Father features vintage photos of Zhou Zinfang in stage costume. During China’s Cultural Revolution, Zinfang was persecuted by Mao’s Red Army; he died in 1975. This exhibit is a tribute by the famous son who last saw him in 1952, when he left for boarding school, in London. Bill O’Driscoll 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20. 412-237-8300 or

Thu., Feb. 11 — Comics

Indulge in German-style brews and original comics at Penn Brewery tonight. The Northside Comic Creators event will feature work from Pittsburgh-based cartoonists Nils Balls and Daniel McCloskey. Grab a drink and check out an array of their original comic books and posters. McCloskey’s comic book “Free Money” will be appropriately available for free. Don’t forget to get your comics signed! Courtney Linder 6 p.m. 800 Vinial St., North Side. Free. 412-237-9400 or

Thu., Feb. 11 — Stage

“Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,” a 1976 magazine article by Nik Cohn, was fairly hard-edged, and so was the film it inspired, Saturday Night Fever. Well, Cohn later admitted he fabricated the story, but by then SNF was seen (perhaps unfairly) as more of a nostalgia piece; in 1999, it became a Broadway musical. Tonight, Pittsburgh Musical Theater opens its family-friendly version of the story of Brooklyn dance king Tony Manero and his new girl, Stephanie, with its soundtrack of Bee Gees hits from “Stayin’ Alive” to “You Should Be Dancing.” Anthony Crouchelli stars as Tony. Bill O’Driscoll 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 21. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $12.75-49.75. 412-456-6666 or

Fri., Feb. 12 — Screen

Dreaming of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, or even just a quiet alpine meadow? The 100-year-old National Park Service has got you covered. Get inspired to head outdoors with National Parks Adventure, a new large-format documentary opening today at the Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater. The film takes viewers up mountains, down rivers and through arches, highlighting the many spectacular natural sights and resources in the 408-park system. AH 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side. $8-9. 412- 237-3400 or

Photo courtesy of Matt Dayak

Fri., Feb. 12 — Party

Sure, you love to dance, but you also appreciate a good night’s sleep. Or perhaps have another club to hit. The occasional shindig In Bed by Ten solves the problem: It’s a dance party that starts at 6 p.m., gets its groove on, then breaks up at 9 p.m. Tonight’s Lovefest party, at Spirit Lodge, is also a fundraiser for Assemble, the Garfield-based nonprofit that fosters learning and creativity in kids. Learning, by the way, starts with a getting a good sleep. Al Hoff 6 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $5.

Fri., Feb. 12 — Art

SPACE gallery opens a collaboration between two adventuresome local artists that itself is about combining disparate elements. In Causal Loop, David Bernabo and Blaine Siegel join “material things (wood, glass, metal, bone) and non-things (sound and light) into new significant forms.” The works, abstract and otherwise, take the shape of sculptures, video and wall pieces. The opening reception is tonight; at 6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, join Bhante Pema, of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, at SPACE for a guided group meditation. BO 6 p.m. Exhibit continues through March 27. 812 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. 412-325-7723 or

Fri., Feb. 12 — Words

Weaving together elements of fiction and memoir, Vu Tran created a set of characters that would go on to inhabit his debut novel, Dragonfish. Closely echoing Tran’s own life as a refugee escaping Vietnam for the Malaysian coast, Dragonfish tells the story of Suzy, a wife who has escaped from her smuggler husband. Tran is the recipient of the 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and is currently a professor at the University of Chicago. Head to City of Asylum tonight for a reading and discussion followed by dessert. CL 7 p.m. 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side. Free with reservation. 412-323-0278 or

Sat., Feb. 13 — Exhibit

Leave behind the dreary winter weather for a g’day in the Australian Outback, where it’s summer in February. The National Aviary is hosting a new show that’s sure to shake your tail feathers: Down Under: An Australian Adventure, features Giggles, a laughing kookaburra, and other feathered Aussie natives like the palm cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet and shaft-tailed finch. Explore the new Kookaburra exhibit and create crafts to remind you of your Outback adventure. CL 11 a.m. Also 11 a.m. Sun., Feb. 14, and 11 a.m. Mon., Feb. 15. 700 Arch St., North Side. Free with admission ($13-14). 412-323-7235 or

Sat., Feb. 13 — Comedy

If hijinks and laughs are up your alley, the Amish Monkeys will steal your heart at tonight’s Valentine’s Day-themed improv show. Filled with short skits created from audience suggestions, the Pittsburgh-based comedy troupe also includes original games and songs in its performances. The humor is typically PG-13, so don’t fret bringing the whole family to monkey at the Winchester Thurston Upper School. CL 8 p.m. 455 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. $5-9. 412-243-6464 or

Photo courtesy of Dese’Rae L. Stage

Mon., Feb. 15 — Words

Join Emily St. John Mandel, at the Carnegie Music Hall, for an evening of literature, as she discusses her poetic post-technology novel, Station Eleven. This National Book Award-nominated novel follows a troupe of Shakespearean actors traversing America after a flu pandemic. As a part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Monday Night Literary Evenings, St. John Mandel will provide insight on her writing process and take questions from the audience, to be followed by a book-signing in the foyer. CL 7:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave, Oakland. $15-35. 412-622-8866 or

Tue., Feb. 16 — Art

Delve into the surreal this evening at Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Theater for a discussion with artist and professor Echo Eggebrecht. Combining elements of faux-naive and surrealist art, Eggebrecht’s paintings focus on the relationships between objects and experiences, creating a meeting point between personal lives and history. Her work has been featured at renowned galleries worldwide, including the Horton Gallery, in New York, and the Lincoln Museum, in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a part of CMU’s School of Art 2016 Spring Lecture Series, Eggebrecht will discuss the style and vision behind her work. CL 5 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. 412-268-2409 or

Tue., Feb. 16 — Music

Classical-music connoisseurs, is rock ’n’ roll your guilty pleasure? Then ready yourself for the dynamic duo, 2CELLOS, as they play their way through an unlikely repertoire of music, including Bach and Vivaldi, but also AC/DC and Iron Maiden. 2CELLOS have been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show and Glee, among others shows. The Croatian cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, rock the Benedum Center as part of their North American tour, presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. CL 8 p.m. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $32.25-250. 412-456-6666 or

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