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Short List: Week of May 5 - 12 

Thu., May 5 -- Stage

The star-crossed lovers in Antony & Cleopatra aren't just irking warring families -- they're messing with geopolitics. The passions of Shakespeare's Roman ruler and Egyptian queen changed the course of history. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre opens its season with a production directed by James J. Christy (who helmed PICT's big King Lear in 2008). PICT favorite Sam Tsoutsouvas plays Mark Antony, while Cleopatra is portrayed by local stage icon Helena Ruoti. Tonight is a preview performance; opening night is Saturday. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Show continues through May 21. Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Avenue at Bigelow, Oakland. $20-50. 412-394-3353 or www.picttheatre.org

 

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  • Art by Susan Taylor Glasgow

Fri., May 6 -- Art

The new show at Pittsburgh Glass Center, titled 10 X 10 X 10, is perhaps the decade-old gallery and public-access studio's most ambitious yet. It's a showcase of small-scale work (limited to 10 inches per dimension) by more than 200 artists hailing from everywhere from Pittsburgh to Mexico, Australia, the Czech Republic and Japan. The work will be displayed wall to wall and floor to ceiling, salon style; contributors range from emerging artists to big names like Dale Chihuly and Ana Thiel. Tonight's opening reception is part of the Penn Avenue corridor's Unblurred gallery crawl. BO 6-9 p.m. Exhibition continues through Sept. 17. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. Free. 412-365-2145 or www.pittsburghglasscenter.org

 

Fri., May 6 -- Stage

A former priest, who's now a novice therapist, and his first patient -- who believes himself haunted by the ghost of his wife -- are the focus in Shining City. Leading Irish playwright Conor McPherson's acclaimed 2004 drama premieres regionally tonight at Off the Wall Theater. McPherson is known locally via productions of The Weir and The Seafarer. Shining City, directed by John Shepard, stars F.J. Hartland, Dennis Schebetta, Karen Baum and James Masciovecchio. BO 8 p.m. Show continues through May 21. 147 N. Main St., Washington, Pa. $5-20. 724-873-3576 or www.insideoffthewall.com

 

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Fri., May 6 -- Music

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tweaks the classics this weekend. First, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette humor columnist Peter Leo updates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf: Now the lad, his animal pals and the menacing lupine romp through present-day Pittsburgh, as actor David Conrad narrates. In the evening's latter half, celebrated composer David Del Tredici's Final Alice offers an adult take on Lewis Carroll's famed heroine (one that might not be appropriate for young children). The guest is renowned soprano and frequent Del Tredici interpreter Hilá Plitmann. Leonard Slatkin conducts the two-part program. BO 8 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Sun., May 8. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $20-88. 412-392-4900 or www.pitsburghsymphony.org

 

Fri., May 6 -- Dance

Dance Alloy Theater continues its mission to build and unite the dance community. P.O.P. = Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh highlights new work by local choreographers, set on local performers. In the casual confines of the Alloy's home studio -- both upstairs and downstairs -- see works by a dozen choreographers drawn from the likes of the Pillow Project, KnotDance, the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Staycee Pearl Dance Project and the Alloy itself. The evening includes live music, refreshments and more. BO 7 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship. Pay-what-you-can donation. 412-363-4321 or www.dancealloy.org

 

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Fri., May 6 -- Stage

We haven't yet heard -- let alone seen --  the antics of Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time, the 2005 creation of Cellar Dwellers improv-comedy troupe members James Catullo and Michael Rubino. Dodge is the time-traveling librarian hero of some 50 live radio-style comedy-adventure episodes so far performed mostly in Rochester, Pa., complete with sound effects and vintage commercials. But if cultural references are any clue, tonight's premiere of "The Men of Tomorrow" should be fun: Dodge and his sidekick race to prevent an Italian Futurist and Elektro (the famed Westinghouse robot) from destroying the Pittsburgh library system. The show's at the North Side's Steel City Improv Theater. BO 8 p.m. 808 Tripoli St., North Side. $5. 412-322-1000 or www.steelcityimprov.com

 

Sat., May 7 -- Books

It's day one for Fleeting Pages, the pop-up bookstore that's temporarily taking over the former East Liberty Borders. Thanks to the inspiration and hard work of Braddock resident Jodi Morrison, at least 125 local and independent presses, zines, individual writers and artists, workshops, readings and more were scheduled at press time to occupy the big box's vast and airy two floors daily for the next four weeks. For supporters of print and written self-expression, this is the carnival of the season, and new attractions are likely to pop up regularly. BO 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 5986 Penn Circle South, East Liberty. www.fleetingpages.com

 

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Sat. May 7 -- Amusement

Summer is officially still weeks away, but opening day at Kennywood is a great excuse to pretend it's already here. Though the park's daily schedule begins May 19, you can start scarfing Potato Patch Fries and screaming on the Thunderbolt today. Discount tickets are available for seniors, kids under 3 feet tall, or night owls who prefer to ride after 6 p.m. (Night-owl seniors get the cheapest tickets of all.) Lucy Steigerwald Gates open at 10:30 a.m. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $10.49-36.99. 412-461-0500 or www.kennywood.com

 

Sat., May 7 -- Film

The Hollywood Theater rises again. The not-for-profit Friends of the Hollywood Theater envisions the oft-shuttered single-screen Dormont landmark as a cinema and community center. The grand re-opening weekend of free screenings today features: cartoons (2 p.m.); 1943's The Outlaw (featuring Jane Russell), at 7 p.m.; and Night of the Living Dead (9:30 p.m.). Sunday, there's a matinee of silent shorts featuring Krazy Kat, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, plus Abbott-and-Costello and Martin-and-Lewis romps at night. Classics including Casablanca (May 15) follow on weekends for a bit; then the Hollywood goes full time in June. BO 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-980-8235 or www.thehollywooddormont.org

 

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Sat., May 7 -- Music

The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir gives its spring concert today at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. The multi-age, multi-ethnic choir, founded in 2008 as a project of the River City Brass Band, performs O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, a program ranging from traditional works to more contemporary tunes. BO 4 p.m. 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Suggested donation: $10. 412-613-5825 or www.pittsburghgospelchoir.org

 

Sat. May 7 -- Words

If you enjoy hearing about men in peril on the high seas while you sit in a comfortable velvet chair, stop by Heinz Hall to see three of the captains from Discovery Channel hit Deadliest Catch. The Captains' Tour stars Sig Hansen and brothers Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand. Tonight they'll tell tales, answer questions and show unaired video of their very dangerous careers spent crab-fishing in Alaska's Bering Strait. The $75 VIP tickets include a post-show meet-and-greet. LS 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $39.75-75. 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org 

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD OSBORN.
  • Photo courtesy of Richard Osborn.

Wed., May 11 -- Kids

Fetch the kids: The Pittsburgh International Children's Festival returns for its 25th year. It's in Oakland, with mostly free stuff in Schenley Plaza and ticketed shows at different theaters on Pitt's campus, the latter featuring artists and productions from the U.K., Mali and Canada. These include stage adaptations of award-winning children's books Knuffle Bunny and Room on the Broom. Free events include performances and interactive exhibits -- like British outfit Amococo's giant, inflatable walk-in sculpture -- sure to distract for a few hours. LS Opens 9:30 a.m. Festival continues through Sun. May 15. Oakland. Ticketed events: $8. 412-456-6666 or www.pghkids.org

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