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Short List: Week of July 1 - 8 

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During the Great Depression, photographers working for the federal Farm Services Administration shot about 145,000 documentary images of American life; nearly half were "killed" by project director Roy Stryker, who punched big holes right into the negatives. Yet photos printed from the negs are weirdly compelling: It's as though, for instance, a cannon ball has narrowly missed that wary-eyed farm girl on her wooden porch, even as it shreds the very fabric of her existence. If Los Angeles-based artist William E. Jones' project re-animating 100 such images, titled "Punctured," is being shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, it must be in the Forum Gallery. Indeed, the latest exhibit in the museum's little mad-scientist lab for contemporary experimental work (tucked right behind the reception desk) debuts Thu., July 1. Reanimation features not only Jones' five-minute video projection, but also moving-picture works by three other internationally known artists. Danish-born Joachim Koester's film loop "Tarantism" documents a choreography experiment inspired by the stylized dance that arose in medieval Europe from the convulsions suffered by victims of tarantula bites. And "Flash in the Metropolitan," by Rosalind Nasashibi and Lucy Skaer, deploys flash lighting for a unique take on ancient objects from the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic Collections in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The free July 1 opening event for Reanimation also includes a talk by Jones and screenings of new work by him, Koester and Nashashibi/Skaer. Notably, Reanimation is the first project curated by the Carnegie's new associate curator of contemporary art, Dan Byers. Bill O'Driscoll 6:30 p.m. Thu., July 1. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. 412-622-3131 or


Thu., July 1 -- Call for Artists

Between the ever-greasier, ever more toxic Gulf of Mexico, the race to exploit Pennsylvania's own Marcellus Shale gas deposits and myriad efforts to promote renewable power, talk about energy is as omnipresent as AA batteries. But what the Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination wants isn't talk, but art. The Friendship gallery's latest call for artists is for August's exhibition Energy -- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. All aspects of the issue, and all media, are fair game. There's a $15 entry fee; the deadline is July 31. Bill O'Driscoll 5006 Penn Ave., Friendship. 412-924-0634



Fri., July 2 -- Regatta

This Fourth of July weekend, the party permeates water, land and air. That's right, the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta returns to the Golden Triangle, kicking off a long, hot weekend of American fun. Highlights include an outdoor concert by country headliner Craig Morgan, extreme aerial stunts from the Redbull Air Force and the always-embarrassing "Anything That Floats" race on the Allegheny. This year, even the British are invited -- the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre hosts Beatlemania, a musical tribute to the Fab Four. Naturally, there are fireworks too. Jenelle Pifer 4-9:30 p.m. Also 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., July 3, and 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., July 4. Most events in Point State Park, Downtown. Free.



Fri., July 2 -- Art

Look carefully at the photo on the facing page labeled Hot Stuff. The keys and lighter aren't what they seem. They're actually super-sized, realistic works in glass by artist John Miller; the martini glass, for instance, is 4 feet tall, the olive equally Brobdignangian. The Normal, Ill.-based Miller's new show at Pittsburgh Glass Center highlights his "Blue Plate Special" series, a giant's diner featuring oversized cheeseburgers and such. The way-Pop show opens tonight as part of Penn Avenue's monthly gallery crawl Unblurred, featuring new shows at Garfield Artworks, Image Box and Most Wanted Fine Art and more, including ticketed dance performances at Dance Alloy. BO Hot Stuff opening: 6-9 p.m. Show continues through Sept. 26. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. Free. 412-365-2145 or


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Fri., July 2 -- Music

First Fridays at the Frick, the summer concert series hosted by the Frick Art & Historical Center, continues tonight with the dulcet tones of Beppe Gambetta's acoustic guitar. The Italian musician is known for fusing Italian folk with American roots music (itself, of course, a conglomerate of other international influences); he ranks among the most notable contemporary acoustic guitarists. Gambetta's repertoire ranges from dark and contemplative tunes to sunny jigs, putting tonight's show in the "something for everyone" category. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. Suggested donation $5. 412-371-0600 or


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Mon., July 5 -- Sports

For the next week, golf fans will gather, stand and clap at Oakmont Country Club, as some 150 competitors take part in the U.S. Women's Open. Three days of practice swings precede the first round, which begins Thu., July 8, for past champs like Eun-Hee Ji and Inbee Park, alongside such stars as Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie. Celebrity exhibitions take place July 6 and 7, with the likes of Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis facing LPGA champions. Even Arnold Palmer will make an appearance. As for watching in person: Expect a sell-out, but as of this writing single tickets and packages were still available. JP 8 a.m. Continues daily through July 11. 1233 Hulton Road, Oakmont. $20-250. 412-828-2010 or


Mon., July 5 -- Rock

Sadly for true hair-band aficionados, it looks like Scorpions have toned down their act just a bit -- less Spandex, more sense. But old fans shouldn't worry too much. With a book coming out, a new album called Sting in the Tail and a world tour, it looks like Scorpions can still "Rock You Like a Hurricane." The band performs tonight at Trib Total Media Amphitheatre, and its hair-band contemporary Cinderella is the opening act. Kelsey Shea 7:30 p.m. Station Square. $42.50-75. 800-859-8959 or


Tue., July 6 -- Stage

A recent radio report explained part of the financial crisis in terms of The Producers -- basically, firms bet that their bad mortgage investments would fail, yielding insurance payoffs. Thankfully, in Mel Brooks' hit Broadway musical, you can laugh with the disastrous results rather than cry over them. In Pittsburgh CLO's new production, scheming Max Bialystock is played by John Treacy Egan (who took the role on Broadway), while meek accountant Leo Bloom is portrayed by Broadway's Jim Stanek (formerly of Seneca Valley High). The show also stars ex-NSYNCer Joey Fatone. The first of 15 performances at the Benedum Center is tonight. BO 8 p.m. Continues through July 18. $26.50-70.50. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412-456-6666 or


Wed., July 7 -- Rock

Like Christmas, the flu, football season and tons of rain, Vans Warped Tour is something Pittsburghers can expect every year. The 2010 headliners -- Sum 41, Motion City Soundtrack and The All American Rejects -- take the stage at the First Niagara Pavilion today. The mid-summer staple in the city's concert calendar starts at 11 a.m. and continues into the night, with more than 50 emo, pop-punk and alternative bands performing, including national acts as well as smaller bands trying to make a name for themselves. KS 11 a.m. Burgettstown. $30. All ages. 724-947-7400 or


Wed., July 7 -- Rock

The muddy synth pop of Small Black has been getting a good bit of attention lately: The Brooklyn four-piece, on the Jagjaguwar label, could qualify for the title of "Pitchfork darlings," having gotten that website's "Best New Music" label attached to its single from last summer. Not unlike fellow Brooklynites Bear in Heaven, the band plays ethereal, slightly trippy pop that could simply be labeled "pretty." Tonight the band arrives at Brillobox along with Beach Fossils, to kick off a tour of the Midwest and Northeast. Local synth heroes Ennui open. AM 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $6-8. 412-621-4900 or



Wed., July 7 -- Rock

Dexter Romweber's old band, Flat Duo Jets, are widely credited with innovating the rock two-piece set-up that so many '90s and '00s bands ran away with. Now the North Carolina-born rockabilly charismatic is in another duo -- this one simply called Dex Romweber Duo -- with his sister Sara, a drummer. Their most recent studio album, Ruins of Berlin, featured a litany of famous guests (Cat Power, Exene Cervenka); they take on the Thunderbird Café tonight in a show presented by frequent CP contributor Manny Theiner, with a local two-piece, Spinster, opening. AM 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10-12. 412-682-0177 or


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