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Short List: Oct. 26 - Nov. 2

Virtual refugee exhibit in Schenley Plaza; Bricolage re-animates the Living Dead; the art of Star Trek at the ToonSeum; Down & Derby embraces Stranger Things

The global refugee crisis, which affects more than 65 million people, can seem outside the realm of local concern or understanding. The Forced From Home tour seeks to correct that. Presented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), this interactive 10,000-square-foot exhibition will set up in Schenley Plaza, in Oakland, to be experienced daily from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31. Tours are free to the public.

Forced From Home opened in September in New York and had stops in Washington, D.C., and Boston before coming to Pittsburgh. It is a planned multi-year, national campaign. MSF, an international humanitarian group that treats people in conflict zones, also plans to tour the exhibit overseas. 

On arrival, visitors enter a 30-foot-diameter dome to be transported to displacement settings in Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere via a 360-degree projected video. Following the tour, visitors can don virtual-reality headsets to view one of three documentaries, each focusing on the stories of individual refugees. “Through the exhibit, MSF seeks to put a human face on the staggering global refugee statistics and headlines,” writes MSF spokesperson Rachel Milkovich via email.

During the guided tour, visitors will navigate the exhibit as a refugee, asylum-seeker or internally displaced person from Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan or Syria. Visitors must choose the personal possessions they would take if they were forced to flee, and can explore refugee shelters and learn what humanitarian agencies do to help. MSF workers leading the tours will bring extensive knowledge about the challenges faced by refugees and migrants. Milkovich feels this is one of the most valuable things about the exhibit: “I cannot emphasize enough the truly unique opportunity to spend time with an experienced aid worker and listen to their firsthand accounts of the people they’ve encountered in their field missions all over the world.” Ian Flanagan 9 a.m.-5 a.m. daily, Thu., Oct. 27-Mon., Oct. 31. Schenley Plaza, Oakland. Free.

Thu., Oct. 27 – Stage

While Carol Burnett first became a star on television and Broadway in the 1950s, the actress and comedian remains best known for The Carol Burnett Show, that reliable ’70s-TV bright spot of sketch comedy. At 83, Burnett is still making the rounds on screen and even on stage: Tonight, the beloved and much honored performer visits Heinz Hall for An Evening of Laughter and Reflection. The show features her patented unscripted answers to questions from the audience — just like during the weekly opening of The Carol Burnett Show. Bill O’Driscoll 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $63.75-181.25. 412-392-4900 or

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Photo courtesy of Handerson Gomes

Thu., Oct. 27 - Stage

Everything old is new (and undead) again: Bricolage Production Company blends a 1968 movie with 1940s radio techniques to spoof local zombie culture. Night of the Living Dead N’at, part of the popular Midnight Radio Series, updates the troupe’s 2011 show in which actors live-dubbed Tami Dixon’s comedic, Pittsburghese-inflected script over a screening of excerpts from George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead, including live sound effects (like flesh-munching) and live original music by Cello Fury. At each performance, actors Sheila McKenna, Wali Jamal, Jason McCune and Sean Sears will be joined by six audience members making up a specially ticketed Zombie Chorus. On Oct. 31, enjoy the pre- and post-show Brains N’at Ball, with games and costume contest. BO 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25-35 (17 and older). 412-471-0999 or

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Art by Vince Dorsey

Fri., Oct. 28 – Art

While the original Star Trek TV series was, famously, not a hit, it was only 13 months after its debut that the first Star Trek comic book appeared. Many more followed. Fifty years after that debut, the ToonSeum opens To Boldly Go: The Graphic Art of Star Trek, featuring a half-century of illustrated narratives, from historic British comic strips to contemporary work, and even zines and fan fiction created in Pittsburgh, with a nod to Pittsburgh’s landmark Star Trektacular convention, held in 1975. BO 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit continues through Jan. 15. 945 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $8 ($4 for kids ages 6-12). 412-232-0199 or

Fri., Oct. 28 – Stage

Acclaimed New York-based performance artist Jaimie Warren is the special guest at POP Cabaret: Nightmare, A Halloween Variety Show, tonight at The Andy Warhol Museum. Warren specializes in campy pop-culture mashups, like her series of self-portraits as celebrities as food. (She’s pictured here as Tuna Turner.) The free evening of performance, music, dance, storytelling and more is a collabo between The Warhol and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art; the other acts include short solo and group efforts by CMU students under the tutelage of Suzie Silver. BO 7-10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Free; register at

Fri., Oct. 28 – Stage

Throughline Theatre Company, which has spent its season asking “Can you trust the government?,” gets especially topical with Yankee Tavern. The 2009 work by Steven Dietz, one of America’s most produced playwrights, is set in a post-9/11 Manhattan where conspiracy theories spun in a neighborhood bar get out of hand. The production, staged at Grey Box Theatre, makes its Pittsburgh premiere tonight. Opening night includes a reception for a $10 surcharge on your ticket; the Sat., Oct. 29, matinee is pay-what-you-can. IF 8 p.m. Show continues through Nov. 5. 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $15-20. 888-718-4253 or

Sat., Oct. 29 – Screen

From police shootings to economic inequality, race and racial privilege have taken center stage in the national discourse. This afternoon, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — East Liberty, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom screens the documentary Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. The film features white men and women who discuss how to overcome racism and white supremacy in the U.S. The film is directed by Shakti Butler, founder and president of the nonprofit social-justice organization World Trust Educational Services. IF 2 p.m. 130 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. Free. 412-661-7149

Sat., Oct. 29 – Art

Landscapes: New Works by Rochelle Sherman & Samir Elsabee opens with a reception tonight at Wilkinsburg’s Percolate gallery. In some of her latest works, Sherman starts with photographs of local abandoned houses (shot by her husband), paints over them in a folky pointillist style, and then prints onto canvas. Egyptian-born, Pittsburgh-based painter Elsabee offers a different take on local landscapes with his richly colored impressionistic images of Pittsburgh. BO 6-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through Dec. 3. 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. Free. 412-606-1220

Sat., Oct. 29 – Words

Literary foundation Creative Nonfiction is now hosting public events in its new headquarters, in Bloomfield. Tonight, the group, which publishes books and an internationally known quarterly magazine, hosts a Halloween Reading with local writers Brian Broome and Jeff Oaks. Broome is a spoken-word standout and The Moth favorite, while poet and essayist Oaks is assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Writing Program. The reading, part of a national online simulcast, is co-hosted by nonfiction publications elsewhere whose own guests will broadcast stories to the audience in Creative Nonfiction’s intimate courtyard space. There’s also a costume contest and refreshments. BO 8 p.m. 5119 Coral St., Bloomfield. Free.

Sat., Oct. 29 – Party

Joyce Byers? Chief Hopper? Or why not just go all the way to Eleven? Down & Derby Roller Disco happens monthly, but it’s only Halloween once a year, and there’s only one first time ever for Skater Things: Halloween Edition. The roller-skating, dancing and drinking party celebrates the season with a costume contest themed for ’80s-inspired cult-fave Netflix series Stranger Things. JX4 and New York’s DJ Rok One Spin tunes ranging from disco and party to “strange.” Skates are available for rental, or bring your own. BO 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 21 and over. $6 with RSVP on Facebook (“Down & Derby Skater Things”)

Sun., Oct. 30 – Music

The fifth annual Pittsburgh Sings: The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs marks the start of the community-based ensemble’s 32nd season. The collaborative concert features individual performances by the Moon Area High School Honors Choir, the Pittsburgh CAPA Chamber Choir and the Woodland Hills High School Chamber Choir. For the finale, the student singers will join the 100-member Pittsburgh Concert Chorale for a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The program takes place this afternoon at Carnegie Music Hall. IF 4 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $5 (free for children under 12). 412-635-7654 or

Wed., Nov. 2 – Comedy

Earlier this year, Scottish-born Craig Ferguson told Stephen Colbert that the U.S. citizenship test was a lot easier back when he took it: “Do you like gum? Do you hate Al Qaeda? You’re in!” The comedian, screenwriter, memoirist and former host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, also recently hosted the History Channel series Join or Die. Ferguson brings his The New Deal Tour to the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead tonight, his first visit here in two years. BO 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $45-75.