Issue Date: 
February 27, 2012


Playing for Change, multimedia event to connect and inspire people to work for peace through benefit concerts that showcase recording artists worldwide, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

Cathasaigh, roots revival singer/songwriter, noon March 2, free, Cup & Chaucer Café, ground floor, Hillman Library, Emerging Legends Series, Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, www.calliopehouse.org/legends.htm.

Emanuel Ax & the Enigma Variations, Nikolaj Znaider conducting works by Elgar and Wagner, with Emanuel Ax as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, March 2-4, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, BNY Mellon Grand Classics, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org, PITT ARTS Cheap Seats, 412-624-4498, www.pittarts.pitt.edu.

Guitar Society of Fine Art Guitar Night, four guitarists representing a broad spectrum of music, from jazz to flamenco, 7 p.m. March 3, Guitar Society of Fine Art, 600 Forbes Ave., 412-396-5486, www.gsfapittsburgh.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.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, through March 4; Warhol’s Cats and Dogs Series, through March 5; M is for Museum, through Aug. 30, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131, cmnhweb@carnegiemnh.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 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.

Hillman Library Ground Floor, Pitt—225 Years of Building Better Lives—1787-2012, exhibition of vintage photographs, maps, and copies of pages of Pitt’s two original state charters, on loan from Pennsylvania’s state archives, through May 18; also on display in the glass Audubon case are the actual front pages of Pitt’s original state charters, University’s 225th anniversary commemoration, through May 18, 412-953-3298, 412-648-8199.

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.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Native Pennsylvania, A Wildflower Walk, collaborative
exhibition between Hunt Institute and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, March 2- June 29, 5th floor, Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, 4909 Frew St., Oakland, 412-268-2434, http://huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu.


“Galileo’s Refutation of the Speed-Distance Law of Fall Rehabilitated,”
John D. Norton, director of Pitt’s Center for Philosophy of Science and professor in Pitt’s Department of History of Philosophy of Science, 12:05 p.m. Feb. 28, 817R Cathedral of Learning, Annual Lecture Series, Pitt Center for Philosophy of Science, 412-624-1052, pittcntr@pitt.edu.

“The Impact of Genomics—New Molecular Mechanisms and Biomarkers in Lung Fibrosis,” Naftali Kaminski, Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Endowed Chair for Pulmonary Research, Pitt’s School of Medicine,
4 p.m. Feb. 28, Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, Pitt Provost’s Inaugural Lecture Series, www.provost.pitt.edu.

Azar Nafisi, New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, 8 p.m. Feb. 29, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Speakers Series, Robert Morris University, www.pittsbrghspeakersseries.org.

“The Global Impact of Contemporary Art From China and Japan: Ai Weiwei and Takashi Murakami,”
Cindy Lisica, Pitt adjunct instructor of Japanese art, visual culture, and aesthetics, March 1, Asia Over Lunch Series, Pitt Asian Studies Center, 412-648-7370, asia@pitt.edu.

“Two Decades of Learning About Pediatric Bipolar Disease,”
Boris Birmaher, Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease, Pitt’s School of Medicine, 4 p.m. March 1, Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, Pitt Provost’s Inaugural Lecture Series, www.provost.pitt.edu.

“Medicine That Imitates Life Through Biomimetic Drug Delivery,”
Steven R. Little, Pitt assistant professor of chemical engineering and of bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, and assistant professor of immunology, School of Medicine, noon March 2, Auditorium 6, Scaife Hall, Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Seminar Series, www.svc-seminar.pitt.edu.


“Europe at 8:00,” a series of short European films, 8-9:30 p.m. March 1, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center, Russian and East European Studies Center, www.ucis.pitt.edu.


Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales, featuring performer, scholar, and activist E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University,
8 p.m. Feb. 29, Charity Randall Theatre within Stephen Foster Memorial, Pitt Repertory Theatre, Department of Sociology, and Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, 412-624-7529, www.play.pitt.edu.

Freud’s Last Session, an evening of conversation between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life, March 1-April 1, O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Public Theater, 412-316-1600, 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, 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.

Three Theories, performed by the Armitage Gone! dance company dedicated to redefining the boundaries and perception of contemporary dance, with artistic director Karole Armitage, 8 p.m. March 3, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers’ intergalactic children’s tale about seeking adventure, through March 4, at different venues, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org.

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

Roland Clark, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History, “European Fascists and Local Activists: Romania’s Legion of the Archangel Michael,” 2 p.m. Feb. 27, 3703 Posvar Hall.

Kelly Quesnelle, School of Medicine’s Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program, “Mechanisms of Resistance to EGFR Targeting Agents,” 1 p.m. March 2, 1395 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower.