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Short List: June 24 - July 2

Photography show London/Pittsburgh; Phat Man Dee’s European bon voyage; investigating real-life murders; comedian Gloria Bigelow

FREE EVENT: Fri., June 26 — Art 

With London/Pittsburgh, the Silver Eye Center for Photography pairs two bodies of work by internationally known photographer Mark Neville. In 2012, the New York Times commissioned the British artist to shoot a series on life in London; almost simultaneously, The Andy Warhol Museum hosted him here for a few months to shoot what became Braddock/Sewickley. Both series reflect Neville’s abiding interest in both what divides us and what unites us. Just as Here Is London captures poor kids in their playgrounds and the youthful rich in their nightclubs, Braddock/Sewickley depicts two local communities, one mostly poor and black, one rich and white, the subjects captured in bars, at high school proms, even at home. Braddock/Sewickley showed here in 2012, as projected slides, as part of the Warhol’s Factory Direct show. London/Pittsburgh includes seven of those images as large-scale photos, plus five of Neville’s London photos. London/Pittsburgh is Neville’s first solo exhibit in Western Pennsylvania. "The main theme of the show is this wealth inequality, which we’re all trying to get our heads around at the moment," Neville tells CP via Skype from his home in London. Yet, he says, the photos also reveal how human behavior also remains consistent across boundaries of race, class and geography. Bill O’Driscoll Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Fri., June 26. Exhibit continues through Sept. 12. 1015 E. Carson St., South Side. Free. 412-431-1810 or

Thu., June 25 — Music

Thanks to a Kickstarter drive, mad jazz diva Phat Man Dee is doing her first European tour. She’s joined by "boylesque" performer Smokin’ McQueen, who’ll double as videographer for an online series documenting Man Dee and accomplices making music on the bridges of Europe. In between come gigs at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Austria’s World Bodypainting Festival, plus dates and collabos in Venice, Berlin, Paris and more. The pair sets sail June 29; tonight’s You Dahn With OBPVBP?, a final fundraiser at Lava Lounge, features sets by the two travelers themselves and a host of local musicians and sideshow and burlesque performers. Bill O’Driscoll 8 p.m. 2204 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. 412-431-5282

Fri., June 26 — Talk

Fancy yourself Sherlock Holmes because you can spot the Law & Order killer by the first commercial break? Then perhaps you’d enjoy hearing how real detectives solve a murder. Tonight, the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center presents Investigating Murder: A Detective Walks Through a Case and Two Psychiatrists Analyze the Whys, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Library. The program features 38-year Pittsburgh Police veteran Ron Freeman, University of Pittsburgh psychiatry professor Robert Wettstein and psychoanalyst Howard Foster. The team will walk through the 1989 murder of Dr. Jeffery Farkas, in Bloomfield. Joseph Peiser 6:30-9 p.m. 4215 Fifth Ave., Oakland. $25. 412-661-4224 or

Fri., June 26 — Comedy

Just because the glitter has been swept from the streets doesn’t mean the Pride celebration has to be over. iCandy Pittsburgh, which promotes LGBT events, presents its annual iLaugh Comedy Show, at Cruze Bar. This year’s show features Gloria Bigelow, a Pittsburgh native and Last Comic Standing contestant who tackles issues of race, sexuality and gender with honesty and wit. Tonight’s 18-and-older event also features Chrissy Costa and Whitley Baker. JP 7:30 p.m. 1600 Smallman St., Strip District. $20. 412-471-1400 or  

Fri., June 26 — Stage

Brewed, written by Pittsburgh native Scott Barsotti, concerns five sisters who stand around a pot and stir it all day, literally. Blending bits of the past and present, fantasy and reality, the play concerns the explosive nature of familial relationships, especially when witchcraft is involved. After a well-received run in Chicago, the play’s Pittsburgh premiere at Off The Wall Theater is staged by No Name Players. The show, directed by Steven Wilson, opens tonight. JP 8 p.m. Continues through July 11. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $15-20. 412-489-5840 or

Sat., June 27 — Outdoors

Do you ever want to shake off the chains of your iPhone, dump your car in the Allegheny and walk into the woods to live the simple life? This weekend, leave the kids with the in-laws and check out the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ overnight, adults-only Primitive Skills Workshop in Raccoon Creek State Park. Attendees will learn survival skills such as starting matchless fires, constructing shelters, and identifying edible and medicinal plants. Pre-registration is required, and you must bring your own food, water and (non-primitive) camping gear. JP 10 a.m. today through 2 p.m. Sun., June 28. 3000 State Route 18, Hookstown. Free. 724-899-3611 or

Sat., June 27 — Opera

A new opera inspired by the work of Rachel Carson has been getting workshop performances around town. And in July, A New Kind of Fallout receives its world premiere as part of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest. But there’s one more workshop — tonight’s, in the singular setting of the historic Carrie Blast Furnaces. The full cast, featuring soprano Lara Lynn Cottrill (pictured, with Christopher Scott), perform this full-length "eco-opera" honoring the groundbreaking author of Silent Spring, by playwright Tammy Ryan and noted New York City-based composer Gilda Lyons. BO 6 p.m. Swissvale. Free (tickets required). 412-326-9687 or

Sat., June 27 — Words

"I want an MFA in Poetry / is that possible? this guy / I’m feeling the call / we’re in Pittsburgh / this guy: I’m finishing a degree program / in an unrelated field but my intelligence / reliability and achievement jump off the transcript." Poems like "Application" reveal Chuck Joy’s gift for eccentric syntax and curious detail. The Erie-based poet marks the release of his new collection, Said the Growling Dog (Nirala Publications), tonight with a reading at East End Book Exchange. Also reading are Erie County poet laureate Cee Williams and local poet Jason Baldinger. BO 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847

Sun., June 28 — Music

Some say brunch was invented to sell alcohol with breakfast. Others say it was to bring the foods of two meals together. But in any case, there can’t be anything more cutthroat than a brunch competition. Citiparks continues its summer-long Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series, every Sunday at Mellon Park. Today’s features the Quinta Voice Wind Quintet. And Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts the accompanying Best Brunch competition, with participants judged on presentation, effort and food selection. What? No Best Mimosa? JP 10:30 a.m.-noon. Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside. Free. 412-255-2493 or

Sun., June 28 — Sport

Ultimate Frisbee isn’t just for college students and high school gym classes anymore. The game that takes a lazy summer activity to a seriously competitive level is picking up steam. In fact, Pittsburgh has a brand-new professional team, the Thunderbirds, and today they’ll play the Chicago Wildfire at Cupples Stadium. This game could determine a playoff spot for either team in the Midwestern Division of the American Ultimate Disc League. Bring your Terrible Towel and get loud. JP 2 p.m. 930 E. Carson St., South Side. $8-10. 330-979-9347 or


Wed., July 1 — Exhibit

For many Pittsburghers, few images of jubilation match the photo of Bill Mazeroski, arms raised as if he’s flying around the bases after vanquishing the Yankees in the 1960 World Series. The image is now immortalized in bronze outside PNC Park — but what of the camera that first captured it? Today through August, you can see that heirloom on the North Side, too, as Photo Antiquities Museum hosts the big, old-school camera in a special display. BO 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit continues through Aug. 31. $8-10 (free for kids under 12). 412-231-7881 or

Wed., July 1 — Screen

Rooftop Shindigs says it’s not quite safe to go back in the water. The free screening series set atop Theater Square Parking Garage resurfaces with Jaws, the 1975 Speielberg classic widely regarded as cinema’s first summer blockbuster. Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Pittsburgh Filmmakers present the film, which is supplemented festival-style by vendors of food, beer and cocktails, with games and more on hand. Nevada Color and The Flow Band open the evening with live music. Bring a chair (or buy one there). BO 6 p.m. (music at 7 p.m., film at sundown). Free. 667 Penn Ave., Downtown. Free.

Thu., July 2 — Art

Friends and art partners Hannibal Hopson and Amani Davis rescue hardboard and other materials and make paintings on them. They call their new show, Kamili, a "sustainable art exhibition." It opens tonight at Point Breezeway with a reception promising "food, drink, live music [and] peace." BO 6-9 p.m. 7113 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. Free. 412-770-7830

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