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Short List: Week of August 19 - 26 

Fri., Aug. 20 -- Music

You know you're at a real rock show when you catch the wafting odor of charred flesh -- all the better when it's on purpose. Tonight's the kickoff for Ribs on the River, a weekend of barbecue, music and proof you can (still) rock in America. Eighties band Night Ranger headlines tonight, with local heroes Donnie Iris & The Cruisers the following night; Eddie Money takes everyone home on Sunday. For the most part, though, the fest features scads of local bands, both original acts and tributes. (Among tonight's nine groups are Rush tribute Distant Signals and Dave Matthews tribute One Sweet Burgh.) Aaron Jentzen 5-11 p.m. Also 3-11 p.m. Sat., Aug. 21, and 1-10 p.m. Sun., Aug. 22. Trib Total Media Amphitheatre, Station Square. $10-20. All ages. 412-642-1100 or


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Fri., Aug. 20 -- Art

Mary Tremonte is among both the busier and more multifaceted members of the local scene. The artist and educator, a member of the nationally known Justseeds Artist Collective, is also an in-demand DJ under the name Mary Mack. Now she's a pilot, too, sort of: the recipient of art-zine Encyclopedia Destructica's annual Flying Destructicate award and book series. The months-long residency culminates tonight with the unveiling of Secret Pockets, Tremonte's publication created with a dozen other hand-picked artist contributors. Tremonte's art isn't confined to the page: As a DJ, her projects include Operation Sappho, queer lady dance parties she launches unannounced in straight bars. Likewise, Secret Pockets is about "transforming spaces, making dens of subculture, vibrancy and true reality that are invisible to the untrained eye." The book-release is at Space (which is currently exhibiting a Just Seeds show). The party includes a performance by Pop Through the Ages Wizard of Sound and, naturally, DJs, zines, a photobooth ... and tamales. Bill O'Driscoll 6-9 p.m. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412-325-7723 or


Fri., Aug. 20 -- Rock

Rooney kind of picked up on the modernized Britpop of Oasis and kept it rolling through the mid-2000s. This summer, the band made a comeback with its third studio album, Eureka. Eureka is packed with the same energetic pop-rock that fans have seen from Rooney on past albums -- hit song "I Can't Get Enough" is making its way around the charts and is featured as a Nike "Tune to Train to." Tonight, Rooney opens for Hanson at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. Kelsey Shea 6:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $32-37. All ages. 412-368-5225 or


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Fri., Aug. 20 -- Rock

Deke Dickerson is one of the quintessential American under-the-radar rockers. From his '70s garage band Untamed Youth through his Western swing solo tunes, he's worked non-stop for years and established himself as a favorite of big-time musicians like Bob Dylan, who featured Deke on his satellite radio show. He arrives -- most likely with his double-necked electric guitar -- at Howlers tonight to headline a show that features a couple of local rockabilly and country favorites, Highway 13 and The Beagle Brothers. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $13-15. 412-682-0320 or


Sat., Aug. 21 -- Festival

An early documented instance of mass-media-fanned moral panic stemmed from the Mods and Rockers conflicts in southern England in the early '60s. We're going to play it cool, though, and suggest that there probably won't be egregious violence at today's Steel City Rockers vs. Mods event, at the SouthSide Works. Vintage motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts are encouraged to show off their bikes at the event, and anyone interested in the trappings of '60s Brit youth culture is welcome. Brass Chariot and the Mud City Manglers provide the rock, and DJ Llamo spins reggae, ska and rocksteady; ladies can enter the pin-up contest and try to win a photo shoot. AM 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 26th and Sidney streets, South Side. $10. 


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Sat., Aug. 21 -- Music

A little bit of Ray Charles resurfaces tonight at Shadyside Academy's Hillman Center for the Performing Arts. Let the Good Times Roll pays tribute to the soul legend who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year. Pittsburgh jazz legend Roger Humphries -- a former drummer for Charles -- will perform Ray Charles classics with his Big Band and vocalist D.C. Chandler. KS 7 p.m. 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. $25 (VIP $50). All ages. 412-968-3045 or


Sat., Aug. 21 -- Comedy

What's late summer without some ironic commentary about the issues of the day? How about if you throw in drinks? Tonight, The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show tackles teen sexting -- kids being kids? or kids being porn stars? -- and other expressions of the digital age. Comic and pundit McIntire is joined at Downtown's Cabaret Theater by panelists including comedian Gab Bonesso, Vic Walczak of the ACLU and former Republican mayoral candidate Mark DeSantis. BO 10:30 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $5. 412-325-6766


Wed., Aug. 25 -- Stage

They say it's the point of no return: The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company production of The Phantom of the Opera has embarked upon its farewell tour. After 17 years, this touring version of the record-setting Andrew Lloyd Webber musical bids adieu. Tim Martin Gleason (who sang Raoul during the show's record-setting Broadway stint) plays The Phantom, leading a 36-member cast directed by Harold Prince; Trista Moldovan sings Christine for most of the 32 performances. If it's truly the last time, there's plenty of time to catch it: The show's month-long Benedum Center run begins tonight. BO 7:30 p.m. Show continues through Sept. 19. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $24-125. 412-456-666 or



Wed., Aug. 25 -- Music

In the wrong hands, nothing clears a dance floor as quickly as an accordion. (Well, perhaps a bagpipe.) But when it's virtuoso Stanley Joseph Dural Jr. and his outfit Buckwheat Zydeco, you're in for a wild night. The band, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, recently released the Grammy-winning Lay Your Burden Down, a funky, soulful collection of tunes that's both rowdy and refined. Tonight, Buckwheat Zydeco's back in Pittsburgh, bringing a taste of Louisiana to Thunderbird Café, with Nancy Mckeen & Bluz Machine. Bring your dancing shoes. AJ 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $20 ($23 day of show). 412-682-0177 or


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Thurs., Aug 26 -- Words

An arts highlight of last summer was the Pittsburgh premiere of The Moth, in a road version of the popular New York live-storytelling series (now also on radio, airing Sunday nights on WDUQ 90.5 FM). It's just one person at a time onstage, recounting life, unscripted. The Moth flits back tonight, courtesy of American Shorts and WYEP. The five 'tellers at the New Hazlett Theater include: comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Jessi Klein; novelist and Moth founder George Dawes Green; and Pittsburgh's own Jimmy Krenn, longtime WDVE morning guy (and Strip District native). The show's theme is Nerves of Steel: Stories of Moxie & Might, but sorry: At press time, it had already sold out. BO 7 p.m. 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. $20-25. 412-622-8866 or


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Thu., Aug. 26 -- Dance

Tonight's your yearly chance to see Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for free, and outdoors besides. The Hartwood Acres program reprises two favorites by master choreographers, set to classic pop music. Dwight Rhoden's doo-wop themed Step Touch features numbers like "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." Paul Taylor's Company B, meanwhile, pairs the songs of the Andrews Sisters with a dramatic (and far from nostalgic) portrait of life during World War II. The show is preceded by a free family fair (costumed characters, kids' crafts) and a VIP picnic ($75). And of course, you can bring your own picnic. BO 5 p.m. (pre-show) and 7:30 p.m. (performance). 412-454-9137 or


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Thu., Aug. 26 -- Words

Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson's mission could easily have proved self-righteous: They traveled across the country, documenting and correcting typos, misspellings and grammatical errors in public signage. But rather than simply show us that they know their grammar, in the book about their travels, The Great Typo Hunt, the authors chose to explore why certain mistakes are often made, and the implications of errors in a social and cultural context. They avoid making too academic a read of it, though, and in the end it's a fair look at a trend that's left the more anal-retentive of us oft-vexed. The authors appear this evening at Barnes & Noble in the Waterworks. AM 6:30 p.m. 926 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. Free. 412-781-2321


Thu., Aug. 26 -- Film

It's technically a few days away still, but tonight the folks at the Toonseum celebrate the 67th birthday of one of our most lauded -- and weirdest -- cartoonists. R. Crumb's work is instantly recognizable: intricate, often grotesque, illustrating everything from Harvey Pekar to Grateful Dead albums to, more recently, the book of Genesis. Tonight's party includes a screening of Terry Zwigoff's documentary Crumb. As anyone who knows Crumb would assume, the event is for mature audiences; kids must be accompanied by an adult. AM 7 p.m. 945 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $5 donation. 412-232-0199 or


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