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Short List: Oct. 12-19 

Farhad Moshiri at The Warhol; magician Lee Terbosic; Maker Faire gets free; School of Rock, the musical

SPOTLIGHT: Sat., Oct. 13 - Art

Farhad Moshiri was born in Iran, in 1963, and was quickly exposed to Western culture, partly through movies at his father’s cinemas. Before the revolution, Moshiri came to the U.S., where he studied and lived until returning to Iran, in 1991. Today, Moshiri’s art blending Western and Persian influences is collected and shown in galleries worldwide. But Farhad Moshiri: Go West, opening Oct. 13 at The Andy Warhol Museum, is his first solo museum exhibition. Warhol chief curator José Carlos Diaz says the mid-career survey includes 33 pieces, most from collections in Europe and the Middle East.

A Pop influence blended with materials and techniques rooted in traditional Persian crafts figures in works like “Yipeee,” whose cartoon cowboy rides a toy-like tractor partly rendered in hand-embroidered glass beads. “Once Upon A Time” employs kitschy cartoons from vintage postcards in a work decorated with acrylic paint applied with an antique pastry-decorating kit to suggest a sheet cake.

Moshiri’s sly social commentary ironically counterpoints the new U.S. travel ban and isolationist political climate: Diaz says some of Moshiri’s works that the museum wanted to exhibit remain overseas. In Moshiri’s “Crash,” things are more straightforward: It’s a stack of Persian rugs cut clean through by the silhouette of Tom and Jerry’s cartoon cat.

— Bill O’Driscoll

10 a.m-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13. Exhibit continues through Jan. 14. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20 (free for kids under 2). 412-237-8300 or

Fri., Oct. 13 - Haunt

Get in the Halloween spirit with UNHINGED: A haunted theatre experience. This brand-new mix of haunted house and immersive live theatrical performance, from Cup-A-Jo Productions and Pittsburgh Fringe, features scary stories both original and classic. There are three 90-minute shows nightly on seven dates from Oct. 13-31. Bill O’Driscoll Blue Hazel Studio, 13 Freeport St., Etna. $20-25.


Thu., Oct. 12 – Talk

With a nod to the box-office dominance of films based on superhero comics, Mount Lebanon Library presents the inaugural Lebo Comics Festival. The five-week series of talks and events begins tonight with “Comics Now and Then,” a history of illustrative narrative by John Kelly, executive director of Pittsburgh’s very own ToonSeum museum of comic and cartoon art. It’s free. Bill O’Driscoll 7 p.m. 16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mount Lebanon. Free. 412-531-1912 or

  • Photo courtesy of Betsy Chester

Thu., Oct. 12 - Stage

As an actor, practicing psychiatrist and trainer for the New York City police hostage-negotiation team and emergency-service unit, Anne Stockton is uniquely qualified to present her new one-woman show. In I Won’t Be in on Monday, Stockton portrays an employee in a financial firm whom a detective is interviewing about the recent disappearance of some valuable jewelry. The show, headed to New York next year, world-premieres with a four-performance run at off the WALL productions, where Stockton and director Austin Pendleton last collaborated on The Speed Queen. BO 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Oct. 15. Carnegie Stages, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $5-40. 724-873-3576 or

Fri., Oct. 13 - Festival

The Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center brings North America’s best Bulgarian folk-dance ensembles to Pittsburgh for its third annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival, beginning today at West Mifflin Area Middle School. Highlights include New York-based Bosilek, and Florida-based Sharenitsa. After the shows, late-night, visit BMNECC, in West Homestead, for authentic, made-from-scratch Bulgarian food, dancing and live folk music from the Vlasimar Mollov Band. Amanda Reed 7 p.m. Also 6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14. 81 Commonwealth Ave., West Mifflin. $10 (dinner: $15-30). 412-461-6188 or


Fri., Oct. 13 – Music

Chatham Baroque opens its season with The Italian Trio Sonata, featuring 100 years’ worth of chamber music for three instruments. Pieces range from obscure early-1600s works to 18th-century masterpieces by Vivaldi and Corelli. Chatham Baroque’s core ensemble — Andrew Fouts on violin, Patricia Halverson on viola da gamba and Scott Pauley on theorbo — is joined by harpsichordist Leon Schelhase and baroque violinist Paul Miller. Tonight’s performance, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, is followed by tomorrow’s show, at Synod Hall, and Sunday’s at Campbell Memorial Chapel. AR 7:30 p.m. (2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair). Also 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14 (125 N. Craig St., Oakland), and 2:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 15 (Chatham University campus, Shadyside). $20-35 (students: $10-15). 412-687-1788 or


Fri., Oct. 13 - Magic

Mark Friday the 13th with the launch of 52 Up Close, nationally touring magician Lee Terbosic’s unique multi-week residency at Downtown’s Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. Terbosic, a Pittsburgh native, offers an intimate evening of solo playing-card-based magic, mind-reading and sleight of hand, with only 52 tickets available for each 90-minute show. There are two shows nightly tonight and every Friday and Saturday into December — plus, naturally, one on Halloween. BO 7:30 and 10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2. 620 William Penn Place, Downtown. $52-66.

  • Photo courtesy of Larry Rippel

Sat., Oct. 14 – Festival

From metalsmithing to 3-D printing, and textile arts to robotics, Maker Faire Pittsburgh returns for its third season. And for the first time, admission to this sprawling two-day showcase for tech enthusiasts, artists, engineers and more is free. Inside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and all throughout adjacent Buhl Community Park, visit more than 200 displays and exhibits in what’s billed as “part science fair, part show-and-tell, and part carnival.” Admission to the Children’s Museum itself is also free all weekend. BO 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10 Children’s Way, North Side. Free.

  • Photo courtesy of Rick Sebak

Sat., Oct. 14 - Stage

Join filmmaker Rick Sebak (pictured) at the August Wilson Center tonight for Multiple Choice: Locally Sourced. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust evening begins with a variety hour, where local performers have 10 minutes each to show off their skills and creativity. Then, check out the speed-painting competition and after-party, where 12 local visual artists will have 30 minutes to create a masterpiece that will be judged by the audience. Attend one event or both — there’s no wrong choice here. AR 8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25 (Party only: $5-10). 412-471-6930 or


Sat., Oct. 14 – Comedy

Pittsburgh’s longest-running improv-comedy troupe celebrates the season as The Amish Monkeys (est. 1999) offer their Halloween-themed show at two locations. The first is tonight, at Oakland’s intimate Glitterbox; the second is Oct. 21 at the Monkeys’ usual hang, McKees Rocks’ Ryan Arts & Culture Center. Expect amusingly spooky (or spookily amusing) sketches and games based on audience suggestion, PG-13-style. BO 8 p.m. (460 Melwood Ave., Oakland). Also 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21 (420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks). $9.


Tue., Oct. 17 – Stage

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Flip Fabrique. See the French-Canadian acrobatic troupe tonight at the Byham Theater in Catch Me!, a dynamic display of fun, friendship and flexibility. Originally performed off-Broadway in 2015, Catch Me! features six graduates of Quebec City Circus School. Before forming their troupe in 2011, the acrobats performed with famous circus companies like Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. AR 7 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $17.25-45. 412-456-6666 or

  • Photo courtesy of Tristram Kenton

Tue., Oct. 17 – Stage

Entertainment Weekly called Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2015 musical School of Rock “an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” and the show was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Starting tonight, a touring version of the Broadway and West End hit comes to the Benedum Center for an eight-performance run. The musical, based on the 2003 film of the same name, follows Dewey Finn, a “failed wannabe rock star” turned substitute teacher, who transforms a class of straight-A students into a rock band, and finds love along the way. AR 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Oct. 22. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $26-111. 412-471-6930 or

Stan Brakhage’s “The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes”
  • Stan Brakhage’s “The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes”

Wed., Oct. 18 – Screen

Pioneering experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage shot some of his masterworks here, including his “Pittsburgh Trilogy.” These silent, half-hour 1971 documents — unflinching if highly subjective looks at police work (“eyes”), an autopsy room (“The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes”), and West Penn hospital (“Deus Ex”) — highlight the first of two free programs titled Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde, honoring notable but rarely screened 16 mm films made with the support of Pittsburgh Filmmakers from the 1970s into the ’90s. Seeing With Experimental Eyes: Stan Brakhage’s Pittsburgh Trilogy, at Melwood Screening Room, includes a discussion with local film experts Bill Judson, Victor Grauer and Charles Glassmire. A second Pittsburgh’s Avante-Garde showcase screens Nov. 14. BO 6:30 p.m. 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland. Free.


Wed., Oct. 18 - Comedy

The New Zealand Herald called Tape Face’s comedy “clever, alternative and genuinely entertaining,” and notable curmudgeon Simon Cowell gave it a standing ovation on America’s Got Talent. Tonight, Tape Face — a.k.a. New Zealand’s Sam Wills — brings his silent humor to Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Since advancing to the TV talent competition’s finals, he has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Royal Albert Hall. Prepare for a family-friendly, prop-filled night that will leave you speechless. AR 8 p.m. 510 East 10th Ave., Munhall. $33. 412-462-344 or


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