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Short List: February 4 - 11 

New shows at Pittsburgh Glass Center and Morgan Contemporary Glass; New Horizon’s The Ballad of Emmett Till; Resonance Works


Fri., Feb. 5, is a good night for gallery-crawling the eastern neighborhoods, with Unblurred on Penn Avenue and, just minutes away, Shadyside’s First Fridays Artwalk. But aficionados of glass art get a special two-fer, with new shows opening at both Pittsburgh Glass Center and Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Each exhibit is a sequel of sorts. PGC opens Lifeforms 2016, reprising the concept of its 2013 show inspired by the thousands of glass biological models that Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka made for Harvard University starting in 1886. The juried show (organized with help from Florida-based glass artist Robert Mickelson) features 55 works drawn from nearly 200 entries from the U.S. and 15 other countries, with artistic but scientifically accurate renderings of animals, insects, plants and micro-organisms. Morgan Contemporary, meanwhile, offers 3d@mgg2, the sequel to last year’s winter show for local artists working in any 3-D medium, whether glass, metal, fiber, wood or ceramic. There’s even crossover appeal between the two galleries: The eight artists in 3d@mgg2, chosen by gallery director Amy Morgan, include Pittsburgh Glass Center education and creative projects coordinator Jason Forck. Bill O’Driscoll 3d@mgg2 reception: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (exhibit continues through March 26; 5833 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside; free; Lifeforms reception: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 5 (exhibit continues through May 15; 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship; free; 

Thu., Feb. 4 — Stage

A Chicago kid named Emmett Till was 14 when, visiting relatives in Mississippi, in 1955, he reportedly whistled at a white woman. His subsequent horrific lynching helped spark the Civil Rights movement. Ifa Bayeza’s 2008 play The Ballad of Emmett Till, which premiered at Chicago’s famed Goodman Theatre, won the national Edgar Award for best play. New Horizon Theater stages the Pittsburgh premiere of this “part history and part ghost story,” directed by veteran Louisville, Ky.-based theater artist Lundeana M. Thomas. Bill O’Driscoll 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 14. 4060 Allequippa St., Oakland. $15-20. 412-431-0773 or

  • Photo courtesy of Jeff Swensen

Fri., Feb. 5 — Dance

Two accomplished choreographers team up for what Point Park’s Conservatory Dance Company calls its biggest show of the year. Five, a collaboration between Kiesha Lalama and Point Park dance-department chair Rubén Graciani, is a world-premiere contemporary work about resilience and perseverance, performed to live classical music by the Bach Choir. Veteran choreographer Graciani danced with troupes including the Mark Morris Dance Group. The nationally known Lalama, whose credits include 2009’s acclaimed The Bench, is resident choreographer of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. BO 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 14. 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. $20-24. 412-392-8000 or

Fri., Feb. 5 — Exhibit

Swing your partner ’round and woo them with scientific knowledge on courtship rituals at The Birds & the Bees … After Dark, at the Carnegie Natural History Museum. The night features a square-dancing tutorial from Steel City Squares, plus exhibits on animal mating habits and “dating” in ancient civilizations. There are also opportunities to learn about natural aphrodisiacs and taste-test different types of honey. Admission includes access to the museum’s regular exhibits. There’s no better way to get it on than with science and drinks. Courtney Linder 6 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $13.50-15. 412-622-3131 or

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  • Jacques Henri Lartigue© Ministère de la Culture France/AAJHL
  • Fast Cars and Femme Fatales, “Renee. Biarritz, August 1930”

Sat., Feb. 6 — Art

French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) enjoyed a privileged upbringing, while documenting the sights and people he encountered. His works, which are beautifully composed and often playful, captured friends and lovers, scenes at holiday resorts (from the Riveria to the Alps) and the heady world of automobile racing. See for yourself at the Frick Art & Historical Center’s new exhibition, Fast Cars and Femmes Fatales: The Photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue, opening today. Al Hoff Through May 15. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. 412-371-0600 or

Sat., Feb. 6 — Comedy

Looking for laughs wrapped in social commentary? Drawing on the current political climate, comedian Hari Kondabolu centers his comedy on the challenges of being a brown person in America. Kondabolu has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan and The Late Show, among other performances. Tonight, come out for an educated laugh at Pitt’s Frick Fine Arts Building, courtesy of the Asian Students Alliance. Order your tickets soon, though, since only 50 non-Pitt student tickets will be distributed. CL 6:30 p.m. 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. $10 (free for Pitt students). 908-644-8976 or

  • Photo courtesy of Craig Thompson

Sat., Feb. 6 — Dance

Few art forms combine music, dance and song as elegantly, and as passionately, as flamenco. Tonight, at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Flamenco Pittsburgh holds its annual celebration Fiesta Flamenca. The group’s ensemble, Alba Flamenca, performs along with Flamenco Pittsburgh students and guest musicians. Food and wine are also part of the evening. BO 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $15-20.

  • Art by Jökull Helgi Sigurósson

Sat., Feb. 6 — Art

Coffee shops are a time-tested exhibition venue for grassroots artists. But at Delanie’s Coffee, art-and-music cooperative Redfishbowl has a sort of residency going. The latest in the cooperative’s Double Mirror Exhibit series of DIY showcases includes work by 40-some artists, live music by three bands, and live painting. Admission is free, the art’s for sale, and it’s all tonight, on the South Side. BO 7 p.m.-midnight. 1737 E. Carson St., South Side. Free. (search “Double Mirror Exhibit”)

  • Photo courtesy of Ken Kerr

Sat., Feb. 6 — Variety

Once upon a time, musician Liss Victory and comedian Krish Mohan had their first date, at Hambone’s Pub. Then they fell in love — and took their talents elsewhere. But tonight, this self-described “interracial, cross-genre, mixed-media couple,” now based in Washington, D.C., return with their Transcontinental Variety Show. The evening includes the nationally touring Mohan’s comedic observations on race, religion and immigration (he was born in India) and Victory’s acoustic protest songs. Also on the bill are Midge Crickett on cello, and standup comedy by Zach Funk. Ian Insect hosts. BO 9 p.m. 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-681-4318

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Sat., Feb. 6 — Music

Experience classical music with a twist of myth at The Sebastians’ performance of Orfeo del Violin at Synod Hall. A music ensemble specializing in baroque and classical music, The Sebastians won the Audience Prize in the 2012 Early Music American Baroque Performance Competition; they have been lauded “sharp-edged” and “engaging” by The New York Times. Presented by Renaissance and Baroque, the program centers on the Greek myth of Orpheus, who uses music as a rhetorical weapon. Relive the classic myth through the dynamic sounds of the violin, cello and harpsichord. CL 8 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave., Oakland. $20-35. 412-361-2048 or

  • Photo courtesy of Helen Warner

Sun., Feb. 7 — Stage

Help a witch, along with her cat, a dog, a bird and a frog, find her lost hat during one of Tall Stories UK’s six performances of Room on a Broom. The creative team brings the Olivier-nominated show to North America courtesy of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Theater and Citizens Bank. This musical adaption of the best-selling book features puppetry and sing-along songs. Can everybody even fit on the witch’s broom? Find out at tonight’s premiere at the Byham Theater. CL 2 p.m. (Also Tue., Feb. 9, through Sat., Feb. 13, at various schools). 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $9.50-11. 412-456-6666 or

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  • Ryan Leonard , of Resonance Works
  • Ryan Leonard, of Resonance Works

Tue., Feb. 9 — Music

Celebrate Mardi Gras with sultry tangos and Latin jazz, courtesy of Resonance Works’ performance of CARNIVAL! Within the cozy confines of The Cloakroom, intimately experience the harmony of the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. Along with the music, treat yourself to a Fat Tuesday-inspired menu, including a king’s cake. Add a little spice to this special Tuesday. CL 7 p.m. 124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. $10. 412-501-3330 or

  • Photo courtesy of Rachel Zucker

Thu., Feb. 11 — Words

What do meditations, memoir, poetry and essay hold in common? All are part of Rachel Zucker’s recipe for storytelling. As a part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, Zucker will host a free talk at Pitt. Zucker’s style typically blends expansive, lyrical lines into commentary — most recently, she published MOTHERs, which tells the story of her many surrogate mothers. Among her accomplishments, Publishers Weekly named Museum of Accidents one of the five best poetry books of 2009. Share in profound narrative and insight at the Frick Fine Arts Building tonight. CL 8:30 p.m. 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. Free. 412-624-6508 or



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