Issue Date: 
February 13, 2012


Sean Jones Valentine’s Day: Soiree Voyage D’Amour, award-winning jazz musician Sean Jones takes the audience on a musical journey through an evening of love, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, Jazz Live @ The Cabaret, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

Trey Anastasio,
solo performance by the Phish front man, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Ortner-Roberts Duo, Yiddish/Creole Fusion featuring clarinetist Susanne Ortner and pianist Tom Roberts, noon Feb. 17, free, Cup & Chaucer Café, ground floor, Hillman Library, Emerging Legends Series, Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, www.calliopehouse.org/legends.htm.

Common Threads, ensemble of local folk artists, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside, The Roots Cellar: Music on a New Level, Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, www.calliopehouse.org/legends.htm.

Andrea Parkins & Iris, electroacoustic free-improvisational quartet from New York and Europe, 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Lower Lounge, William Pitt Student Union, The Consortium, WPTS-FM, 412-361-2262, www.garfieldartworks.com, Pitt Student Union Ticket Office, 412-648-7814.

Music as Inspiration, Manfred Honeck conducting Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Stucky’s Silent Spring, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and, with soloist Nikolaj Znaider, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Feb. 17-19, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org, PITT ARTS Cheap Seats, 412-624-4498, www.pittarts.pitt.edu.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, a friendly but spirited rivalry of jazz drumming, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org, PITT ARTS Cheap Seats, 412-624-4498, www.pittarts.pitt.edu.


Carnegie Museum of Art, Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007-2010, through March 2; Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story, through April 7; Maya Lin, imaginative recreations of natural forms transformed into objects of contemplation, through May 13; Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood, ongoing, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131, www.cmoa.org.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, includes The Jacobsen American Chair Collection, a comprehensive private collection of iconic and historic chairs from the mid-1800s to pieces from today’s studio movement, through April 8, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, 724-837-1500, www.wmuseumaa.org

The Frick Art & Historical Center, Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration, survey of drawing styles and techniques spanning more than 100 years, including watercolors, pen drawings, and experimental combinations from artists like Randolph Caldecott, Chris van Allsburg, Ernest Shepard, and Maurice Sendak, through May 20, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, 412-371-0600, www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.

The Warhol, About Face, a series of three-dimensional large-format portraits by photographer Anne Svenson; Warhol and Cars: American Icons, examining Warhol’s enduring fascination with automobiles as products of American consumer society, both through May 13; I Just Want to Watch: Warhol’s Film, Video, and Television, ongoing, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, 412-237-8300, www.warhol.org.

Wood Street Galleries, Cell Phone Disco, ongoing, Tito Way, Downtown, 412-456-6666, www.pgharts.org.


“Building Sustainable Neighborhoods: Powering Sustainable Development in Allegheny County,” symposium with discussions between legislators, innovators, and industry experts about Allegheny County’s potential as a leader in sustainable growth and energy development, keynote address by Mike Doyle, U.S. Congressman for the 14th District of Pennsylvania, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Oakland. Pitt School of Law’s Innovation Practice Institute and Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, www.law.pitt.edu/events.

“Garay Street and Being-in-the-World: Human Spatiality in Borges’ ‘El Aleph,’” William Richardson, professor of Spanish, The National University of Ireland in Galway, 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, connie@pitt.edu.

“Bell Inequality and Common Causal Explanation in Algebraic Quantum Field Theory,”
Gábor Hofer-Szabó, visiting fellow and Bolyai Research Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 12:05 p.m. Feb. 14, 817R Cathedral of Learning, Lunchtime Talk Series, Pitt Center for Philosophy of Science, 412-624-1052, pittcntr@pitt.edu.

“The Fires of Inflammation Driving the Genesis of New Anti-inflammatory Drugs,” Bruce A. Freeman, UPMC-Irwin Fridovich Chair in Pharmacology in Pitt’s School of Medicine, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, Pitt Provost’s Inaugural Lecture Series, www.provost.pitt.edu.

“An Ill Wind That Blows No Good? A Reinterpretation of the Depiction of Abe no Nakamaro in the Kibi Daijin Nittô Emaki Scroll,” Sara L. Sumpter, doctoral student, Pitt Department of History of Art and Architecture, noon Feb. 16, 4130 Posvar Hall, Asia Over Lunch Series, Pitt Asian Studies Center, 412-648-7370, asia@pitt.edu.

“Race and Politics in Obama’s America,” Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government at Nuffield College, Oxford University, 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Ballroom A, University Club, 2012 Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture, Pitt Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, www.gspia.pitt.edu/AboutGSPIA/Events/tabid/69/Default.aspx.

“U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Legacies and Challenges,” Husam Mohamad, professor of political science, University of Central Oklahoma at Edmond, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt Global Studies Center, Center for International Legal Education, tfa3@pitt.edu.

“Why We Kill: Lebanese Fighters in Everyday Life,” Sami Hermez, visiting assistant professor, Mount Holyoke College, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17, 4430 Posvar Hall, Pitt Global Studies Center, Center for International Legal Education, tfa3@pitt.edu.


Midwinter Russian Classics, classic Russian theater, poetry, music, and refreshments with proceeds benefiting the Nationality Rooms scholarship fund, 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Intercultural Project, http://theinterculturalproject.blogspot.com, mwclassics@gmail.com.


Shen Yun Performing Arts, classical Chinese dance and music, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16, Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Downtown, Philadelphia Falun Dafa Association, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, a benefit production to raise funds for and awareness of violence against women and girls, proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. Feb 16-18, 7th-Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall, V-Day University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Campus Women’s Organization, pittvaginas2012@gmail.com.

Dance Works Rotterdam’s Anatomica, an exploration of danger, beauty, and consequences of the human body by a leading modern dance company from the Netherlands, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

As You Like It by Shakespeare, through Feb. 19, O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Public Theater, 412-316-8219, www.ppt.org PITT ARTS Cheap Seats, 412-624-4498, www.pittarts.pitt.edu.

The Gammage Project by Pitt theater arts professor Attilio “Buck” Favorini, an original docudrama exposing emotions that affect race relations in Pittsburgh, through Feb. 19, Henry Heymann Theatre inside the Stephen Foster Memorial, and March 2-4, August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, Pitt Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 412-624-7529, www.play.pitt.edu/content/gammage-project.

Ruthless! The Musical, featuring crazy antics of a homicidal eight-year-old aspiring actress, through May 6, CLO Cabaret, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret, www.pittsburghclo.org, 412-325-6766, PITT ARTS Cheap Seats, 412-624-4498, www.pittarts.pitt.edu.

Pitt PhD Dissertation Defenses

Kan Xiong,
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, “UV Resonance Raman Studies of Peptide Folding, Peptide Fibrillization and Cl-èH2O Charge Transfer Transition,” 1 p.m. Feb. 13, 307 Eberly Hall.

Collin Diedrich, School of Medicine’s Molecular Virology and Microbiology Graduate Program, “HIV Increases Susceptibility to Tuberculosis by Manipulating M. Tuberculosis-Specific Immunological Responses,” 10 a.m. Feb. 16, 1101 Scaife Hall.

Claudia Heske, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English, “Avoiding Dystopia: Documenting Warfare, Britain 1914-1920,” 1 p.m. Feb. 17, 512 Cathedral of Learning.