Issue Date: 
January 26, 2009


A Tribute to African American Heroes, Daniel Meyer, conductor, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Hill House Association, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Tortelier: An Enchanted Journey, feauring Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, Grieg’s Piano Concerto; Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor; Orion Weiss, piano; 8 p.m. Jan. 30-31, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BNY Mellon Grand Classics season, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

King’s Noyse: Olde, Newe, Borrowed, Blue
, featuring Ellen Hargis, soprano; Paul O’Dette, lutenist; David Douglass, director and violinist; four string players; 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Synod Hall, Fifth Avenue and North Craig Street, Oakland, Renaissance & Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, 412-682-7262. www.rbsp.org.


Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Time Machine, watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection, through Feb. 29, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131, www.carnegiemnh.org.

Carnegie Museum of Art, Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Architecture and the Spaces of the Imagination, prints from series Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome, through Feb. 15, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131, www.cmoa.org.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Annual Orchid Show, through March 8, One Schenley Park, Oakland, 412-622-6914, www.phipps.conservatory.org.

Mattress Factory, Predrive: After Technology, through March 22, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side, 412-231-3169, www.mattress.org.

Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries, through April 5, exhibition by the University of Pittsburgh at the Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-454-6000, www.pghhistory.org.

Frick Art and Historical Center, A Revolution on Wheels: The Model T at 100, through May 3, Car and Carriage Museum; Meissonier: A Final Masterpiece, A Pittsburgh Home, through May 31, The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze 412-371-0600, www.frickart.org.


Orfeu Negro (1959), directed by Marcel Camus, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Center for Latin American Studies, Amigos del Cine LatinoAmericano Spring 2009 Series, www.amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com.


Devra Davis, director of Pitt’s Center on Environmental Oncology, professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, and author, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Drue Heinz Lecture Series, 412-622-8866, www.pittsburghlectures.org.

“Epistemic Landscape Models of Cognitive Labor,” Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania professor of philosophy, 12:05 p.m. Jan. 27, 817 Cathedral of Learning, Lunchtime Talks, Pitt Center for Philosophy of Science, 412-624-1052, www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr.

“The Aftermath of the Tsunami 2004: Relief and Recovery Efforts in Indonesia,” Elviyanti Martini, Pitt visiting Heinz Fellow in the University Center for International Studies, 8 p.m.
Jan. 27, 3725 Sutherland Hall Lounge, Pitt Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Program, 412-624-2918, www.ucis.pitt.edu.

“No End of History in Sight: Changes and Continuity From the Cold War to the Post-cold War Era,” Paul Adams, Pitt-Greensburg professor of political science, 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center, Pitt-Greensburg campus, La Cultura Lecture Series, 724-836-7741, www.upg.pitt.edu.

Anna Quindlen, columnist and author, 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Robert Morris University’s Pittsburgh Speaker Series, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghspeakerseries.org.

“Marijuana Policy and Consumption in India: A Historical Perspective,” Siddharth Chandra, Pitt professor of public and international affairs and director of the Asian Studies Center, noon Jan. 29, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt Asia Over Lunch Lecture series, 412-383-3062, www.ucis.pitt.edu.

“Women and Cosmopolitanism (Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl),” Patrice Petro, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee professor of English and film studies, 1 p.m. Jan. 29, 501 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt’s Film Studies Program, 412-624-6564, www.filmstudies.pitt.edu.

“Oxyanionic 5-exo Cyclization/Claisen Rearrangement Reactions: Applications to the Synthesis of Cycloheptanoid Natural Products,” Timo Ovaska, University of Connecticut professor of chemistry, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 12B Chevron Science Center, Pitt Department of Chemistry, 412-624-8200, www.chem.pitt.edu.

“Basaltic Lavas Emplaced Beneath Ice: Emplacement Mechanism and Their Use as Paleo-ice Indicators,” Jefferson Hungerford, Pitt professor of geology and planetary science, 4 p.m. Jan. 29, Room 11, Thaw Hall, Pitt Department of Geology and Planetary Science 2009 Speaker Series, 412-624-8780, www.geology.pitt.edu.

“Molecular Modeling of Ligand-Protein Interactions in Membrane Proteins,” Maria Kurnikova, Carnegie Mellon University professor of chemistry, 4 p.m. Jan. 29, 12A Chevron Science Center, Pitt Department of Chemistry, 412-624-8200, www.chem.pitt.edu.

“Seeing Pittsburgh,” Ron Baraff, Rivers of Steel director of museum collections and archives, and Tiffani Emig, Rivers of Steel curator of collections, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30, 501 Information Sciences Building, Publishing Pittsburgh Pictures Series, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, 412-624-5139, www.ischool.pitt.edu.

“Written in Stone: The First Three Billion Years of Evolutionary History,” Shuhai Xiao, Virginia Tech University professor of geobiology, 3 p.m. Jan. 30, Bayer Learning Center, Pappert Lecture Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown; also 1 p.m. Jan. 31, Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Evidence for Evolution: A Celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday Lecture Series, Duquesne University, www.sepa.duq.edu/darwin/talks.html.


Disney’s High School Musical, Jan. 29-Feb. 8, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, 412-539-0900, www.pittsburghmusicals.com.

Mouth to Mouth, drama by Kevin Elyot, Jan. 29-Feb. 22, 121 Seventh St., Downtown, Quantum Theatre,   412-394-3353, www.quantumtheatre.com.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, through Feb. 1, Theatre Square Cabaret, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, CLO Cabaret Theater, 412-325-6766, www.CLOCabaret.com.

Jersey Boys, through Feb. 1, Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown, PNC Broadway Across America, 412-456-6666, www.pgharts.org.

Clean Drums, biographical jazz bop play by Rob Penny, directed by Pitt professor Vernell A. Lillie, through Feb. 7, 7th-floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, 412-624-7298, www.kuntu.org.

Metamorphoses, by Mary Zimmerman, through Feb. 15, O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Public Theater, 412-316-1600, www.ppt.org.

The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson, through Feb. 15, City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side, 412-431-CITY, www.citytheatrecompany.org.

Pitt PhD Dissertation Defenses

Wenjie He, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, “Transcriptional Regulation of Kv4.2 Gene by Iroquois Family Proteins,” 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 5th Floor, Conference Room, Cellomics Building, 100 Technology Dr., Bridgeside Point.

Zhijie Ding, Swanson School’s Department of Bioengineering, “Profilin-1 in Capillary Morphogenesis of Vascular Endothelial Cells,” 10 a.m. Jan. 27, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 300 Technology Dr., South Oakland.