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Short List: Week of August 12 - 19 

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"An army of lovers shall not fail," proclaims the screen-printed poster depicting a girl in shorts, and credited to the Anti-Capitalist Ass Pirates. "Love Who You Will," commands another screen print. "Our Time Is Now," announce the human silhouettes, fists raised, in a third. Political posters can be more than slanderous billboards, or candidate names swaddled in streamers of red, white and blue. Their potential for lyrically subversive, and subversively lyrical power resounds in Paper Politics: An International Exhibition of Socially-Engaged Printmaking. The major touring exhibition of work on themes of social justice and global equity was curated by artist Josh MacPhee, founder of the nationally known Justseeds Artists Cooperative. Its 200 contributors range from little-knowns to international names like Swoon and Chris Cortez; the show, which originated in 2005, has also spawned an eponymous book. This week, the tour hits Space Gallery, with MacPhee himself helping launch a month-long series of related events. In May, Justseeds moved its online and wholesale distribution center from Portland to Pittsburgh. Thanks to Mary Tremonte -- one of the collective's three Pittsburgh-based members -- the show here boasts local work, with posters by Shaun Slifer, Ally Reeves and others. The Fri., Aug. 13, opening party is followed by events including Aug. 14's journal-release party and discussion at Space (featuring MacPhee), plus more shows and workshops around town into September. All the events celebrate, in this digital age, the radical potential of hand-made posters -- informal, personal, tactile. "Maybe you see them in a window or telephone pole," says Tremonte. "It's a different way of digesting information." Bill O'Driscoll 6-9 p.m. 812 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. 412-325-7723


Thu., Aug. 12 -- Opera

Nothing makes for great music like tragedy. At least it worked for Verdi: His 1853 classic about a young man's ill-fated pursuit of a beautiful courtesan still ranks among the handful of most popular operas. Pittsburgh's resourceful little Undercroft Opera marks its fifth season by staging La Traviata in its new digs, Oakland's sleek Bellefield Hall Auditorium. This version is sung in English, accompanied by the Undercroft Orchestra. Soprano Gail Novak sings Violetta at tonight's opening performance and on Sat., Aug. 14; Rebecca Rumfelt essays the role Aug. 13 and 15. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 15. 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. $15-30 (children under 12 free).

Thu., Aug. 12 -- Hip Hop

Maybe the hype around Vanilla Ice thawed a decade or two ago, but the Ice's back with a new self-proclaimed ethos, and a new record in the works. "The new Vanilla Ice is exactly that; no image, no polished made up gimmicks created by record companies," Ice wrote on his blog, vowing to never be an industry puppet again. But fans can still expect to hear (a slightly remixed) "Ice Ice Baby" live at Altar Bar tonight. On his blog, he also assured fans that he was "bizzy" finishing the new album, and promised it would be "sik." With Walk of Shame and Die Lorelei. Kelsey Shea 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $17 ($20 day of show). 21 and over. 412-263-2877 or


Fri., Aug. 13 -- Film

Filmmakers, start your cameras. Given nothing but an assigned genre, character, prop and mandatory line of dialogue, each team venturing tonight to Lawrenceville's Cattivo has just 48 hours to script, shoot and edit a short film. Last year, teams comprising more than 400 writers, directors, actors and crew competed in Pittsburgh's take on the annual 48 Hour Film Project (joining a phenomenon that's spread to 87 cities worldwide). The local winner joins the Project's international tour. At press time, you could still register to compete -- and anyone's welcome to the premiere screenings, set for Wed., Aug. 18, and Thu., Aug. 19, at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. BO Kickoff: 6 p.m. (146 44th St., Lawrenceville).


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Fri., Aug. 13 -- Rock

Since pop punk emerged as an identifiable genre, Pittsburgh has always supplied the national music scene with at least one shining example. Pittsburgh pop-punk poster boys Punchline hopped onto the scene in 2003, filling the void just as The Juliana Theory was fading from the public eye. Tonight, Punchline releases its hook-filled sixth album, Delightfully Pleased, at Diesel with fellow local acts The Spacepimps, Spontaneo and The I Drive. KS 6:30 p.m. 1601 E. Carson St., South Side. $12 ($14 day of show). All Ages. 412-431-8800 or


Sat., Aug. 14 -- Festival

Okay, so Hartwood Acres is always pretty green -- it's got a lot of trees and grass and stuff. But today the park gets especially green as it hosts the Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival, a fair featuring music and activities centered on environmentally friendly living and the emerging technology-based local economy. Robots from CMU walk hand-in-hand with foraging experts from Penn State, and of course there's an element of local music: Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, The Long Time Darlings, The Turpentiners, Greg Joseph and Kelsey Friday all represent. Andy Mulkerin 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Hartwood Amphitheatre, Middle Road, Hampton. Free.


Sat., Aug. 14 -- Dance

The vibrant crew at The Pillow Project wraps its summertime Second Saturdays series with a reprise of The SwankEasy, the jazz-themed, multimedia performance-art happening with which it began its residency at The Space Upstairs. Musical inspiration for the heavily improvised dances include Charlie Parker ("The Parker Recontextualization Experimentation") and Dave Brubeck, while artistic director Pearlann Porter premieres work inspired by Miles Davis and the spoken words of Jack Kerouac. The free-flowing evening also features live music by vocalist and pianist Elliot Roth. BO 7-11 p.m. 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze. Suggested donation: $8.


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Tue., Aug. 17 -- Stage

Only two genders, darling? How unspeakably limiting. Learn just how much more there is to sexuality at The Femme Show. The touring performance troupe explores gender, queerness and sexuality with both sassy humor and pointed purpose. Monologists include Mylene St. Pierre, exploring "fat kinky femme sexuality," while Johnny Blazes ("a female-bodied transgendered person who expresses hirself femininely") holds forth on "passing." There's burlesque, puppet theater and music; the show, presented at Shadow Lounge by the Pittsburgh Dyke & Trans March, also features local femmes Bekezela Mguni (poetry) and Brawlwitdabra (burlesque). BO 6:30 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $5-10. 412-363-8277 or


Tue., Aug. 17-- Music

There are several variants of throat-singing specific to certain Eastern cultures; the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery (an exile site in India) lay claim to one method of multiphonic chanting that's used in their healing ceremonies. The monks chant in overtones, each creating multiple tones at one time. A group from Drepung Loseling appears tonight at Heinz Chapel to perform a Medicine Buddha Puja ceremony; the monks will also perform a Lama Chopa celebration at Chatham University on Sun., Aug. 22. AM 7 p.m. Bellefield Avenue at Fifth, Oakland. $10 minimum donation requested.


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Tue., Aug. 17 -- Hip Hop

The world might still be waiting for How High 2, the sequel to the 2001 stoner comedy, but don't blame Method Man & Redman. The busy duo of emcees-turned-actors recently made good on another promised sequel: a decade-in-the-making follow-up to their celebrated musical collaboration, Blackout. Method & Red perform tonight at Altar Bar, with special guests Formula412, Myztery-N-Sneek and Gene Stovall. Aaron Jentzen 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $35. 21 and over. 412-263-2877 or



Wed., Aug. 18 -- Rock

The last time Paul McCartney played Pittsburgh, the Soviet Union still existed and the first George Bush was in office. What's more, the Pirates were gearing up for a season in which they'd take the NL East. While some empires have crumbled, Sir Paul remains, and tonight he returns to open the new CONSOL Energy Center in the first of two sold-out shows. In coming months, the new arena hosts acts including Lady Gaga and Rush. AM 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $56.75-250 (sold out). 412-642-1800 or


Thu., Aug. 19 -- Rock

He's always been a bit batty, but you've gotta love the Ozzman. Osbourne's had a busy 2010, and we're not talking about being the most metal dad on TV: His autobiography, I Am Ozzy, came out in January, and he's just released a new album, Scream, featuring the single "Let Me Hear You Scream." He returns to Pittsburgh today with Ozzfest, headlined by its namesake and Mötley Crüe, along with Devil Driver, Nonpoint and the great metal vocalist Rob Halford. A second stage features Ozzfest regulars Black Label Society, featuring Zakk Wylde, Drowning Pool and more. AJ Noon. First Niagara Pavilion, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown, Pa. $15-155. 724-947-7400 or


Thu., August 19 -- Rock

The Cuff -- longtime rock outfit of local scene head Evan Knauer -- has had numerous incarnations and revivals. Calling them "bar rock" might be fitting, but also might not do the band justice, since its songs are actually interesting -- full of twists, turns and potent lyrics. Regardless, The Cuff is back tonight at Thunderbird Café, playing its straightforward brand of hard-edged rock with help from Bill Baxter and a couple of local bands that haven't been around for quite as long: Spinster and Pete Bush & the Hoi Polloi. AM 10 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-1777 or


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