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Short List: February 9 - 15 

Thu., Feb. 9 — Stage

After a 20-month hiatus, New Horizon Theater returns with Hi-Hat Hattie, Larry Parr's 1990 one-woman "musical biography" of one of Hollywood's earliest African-American stars. Hattie McDaniel, "Mammy" in Gone With the Wind, broke color lines as a singer and actor in the 1920s and '30s. But the first African American to win an Academy Award — or even attend the ceremony — was also attacked by the NAACP and others for playing supposedly demeaning roles. The New Horizon production stars Shaunyce Omar; Eileen J. Morris directs. The show opens tonight at Grey Box Theatre. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Continues though Feb. 19. 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $15-20. 412-431-0773 or

Fri., Feb. 10 — Crafts

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival keeps growing. Its classes and artist market draw nearly 2,500 regionally. Instruction ranges from beginner to advanced, and includes classes in fiber arts from weaving to jewelry-making. This year, the three-day fest at the Four Points Sheraton, in Mars, focuses on upcycling — using old sweaters, fabric scraps and such to make something new. Events include Friday's "Back to the Future"-themed evening fashion show and a Saturday-night pajama party. BO 1:30-6 p.m. Also 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 11, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 12. Mars. $10-25 (includes multi-day admissions).


Fri., February 10 — Spirituality

The Gelug school of Buddhism — or Yellow Hat sect — is known for monastic discipline and scholarship. Among the existing Gelug Monasteries, the Drepung Gomang College is recognized for its expertise in the field of logic and debate. Tonight, as part of a national tour, a group of Drepung Gomang Tibetan monks visit Schoolhouse Yoga's  South Side location. Monk Geshe Nawang Tsondu will lead a talk on the main tenets of Buddhist philosophy. Evening prayers follow. Mariluz Orbay 6 p.m. 2737 E. Carson St., South Side. Requested donation: $20. 412-401-4444 or

  • Art by Stephanie Armbruster

Fri., Feb. 10 — Art

It's a full night, and a full building, of art at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, with openings for nine solo exhibits and one two-artist show. The organization's annual open call for solo and collaborative work elicited: paintings by Stephanie Armbruster, Kenneth Batista and Ryan Woodring; sculpture by Chris Beauregard and Blaine Siegel; multimedia work by Jerstin Crosby; an installation/performance work by Daniel Harvey; a print-based installation by Christopher McGinnis (a CP contributor); film by Elizabeth Seamans; and glasswork by Jessica Amarnek and Ashley McFarland. See it all at tonight's reception. BO 5:30-9 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $5 donation requested. 412-361-0873 or

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  • Crispin Glover and It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE]

Fri., Feb. 10 — Film

The last time Crispin Hellion Glover hit town, he brought his directorial debut, What Is It?, a surreal film whose roles were all filled by actors with Down syndrome. Tonight Glover's at The Andy Warhol Museum with the sequel-of-sorts. It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE is Glover's 2007 psychosexual fantasy, written by and starring the late Steven C. Stevens, who had cerebral palsy; reviewers have praised the film's transgressive aesthetic and dark vision. The 74-minute film will be preceded by Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show Part 2, an hour-long live narration of projected illustrations from his own books. On Saturday, Glover reprises What Is It? and Big Slide Show Part 1. BO 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 11. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $20. 412-237-8300 or


Sat., Feb. 11 — Music 

Inspired by seeing Louis Armstrong on The Ed Sullivan Show, Jon Faddis picked up the trumpet at age 8. By his late teens, he was known for his ability to mirror the sound of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, who mentored Faddis. Tonight, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild presents "An Evening With Jon Faddis," with two shows by the iconic trumpeter and his quartet. MO 7 and 9 p.m. 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side. $57.50. 412-322-1773 or

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Sat., February 11 — Zombies

This is no Sunday-school picnic. Tonight, the Steel City Zombies bring you "Eat Your Heart Out Zombie Valentine's Day Party." The event, at the Oakmont Tavern, is a fundraiser for Save the Evans City Cemetery Chapel, an effort to preserve a filming location from George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, a cornerstone of American zombie culture. The acoustic rock band Overland will play live, or dead. There will also be raffles and shot specials. MO 8:30 p.m. 814 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. $3 (21 and over).

Sat., Feb. 11 — Stage

Call it "dramatized nonfiction." The Pittsburgh Monologue Project has a repertoire of some 260 solo performance pieces based on true encounters with whomever — slackers, sports fans, single moms, murderers — all written by Robert Isenberg (a CP contributor) and Brad Keller. In its eight years, the Project has performed all over town. Tonight, working with 12 Peers Theater, the Project begins a six-Saturdays residency at ModernFormations Gallery. Each show will feature a different cast, director, script and theme. The series continues twice monthly through April. BO 8 p.m. 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. $5-10 (festival pass: $30).


Sun., Feb. 12 — Words

Recently named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, author Walter Dean Myers has dealt with difficult subjects in his books: war, gang violence and race relations. But tonight, at the Hill House Kaufmann Center, the author takes the stage alongside his son, illustrator Christopher Myers, to lead a discussion about their book We Are America, a tribute to American diversity. The event continues the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series Black, White & Read All Over. MO 2:30 p.m. 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. $5-10. 412-622-8866 or


February 12 — Words

Brian Skerry has spent most of his life trying to capture and communicate the mystery and beauty that lie beneath the ocean waves. Over three decades, he has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater. Tonight, one of National Geographic's most experienced photographers presents his personal journey with the lecture "Ocean Soul" at the Byham Theater. It's part of the National Geographic Live! speakers series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. MO 4 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $20-40. 412-456-6666 or

Tue., Feb. 14  — Outdoors

Love birds? Or just like counting them? Today's the last day to register for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, in which citizens help scientists gather data on bird diversity in North America. For novices, Jennings Environmental Education Center, in Slippery Rock, offers a Feb. 18 morning workshop on avian ID. The count itself runs Feb. 17-20; registration for both workshop and count is limited. BO 724-794-6011 or

Tue., Feb. 14 — Words

Pittsburgh's Moth is growing. The monthly Moth StorySLAM, our burg's incarnation of the cult-favorite, New York-spawned competitive storytelling series, has been selling out Club Café, so it's moving up East Carson to the much bigger Rex Theater. And it marks the shift tonight with "Love Hurts." Ten Valentine's Day tellers, names drawn from a hat at showtime, get five minutes on stage each to illustrate the theme for a team of judges chosen from the crowd. Winners attain future rounds. BO 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $5-10.

Thu., Feb. 16 — Words and Music

Tonight, it's poetry with brass, literally, as Samuel Hazo, former poet laureate of Pennsylvania, recites his work accompanied by the River City Brass. It's the venerable Hazo's first public reading in years, and it's at an unusual venue: Mount Washington's LeMont Restaurant. The full brass band is conducted by James Gourlay. BO 7:30 p.m. 1114 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington. $25; two for $40. 800-292-7222


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