Issue Date: 
March 23, 2009


Sivan Magen, internationally acclaimed harpist, featuring pieces by Marcel Grandjany, J.S. Bach, Pierre Sancan, and Chopin, 2 p.m. March 28, PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, 500 Forbes Ave., Uptown, Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society, 412-247-3916, www.sivanmegen.com.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,
pieces by Gilda Lyons, Schumann, and Dvorak, 8 p.m. March 25, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt Department of Music, 412-624-4126, www.music.pitt.edu.

Noseda & Schubert’s “Great,”
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Nikolaj Znaider, violinist; March 27 and 29, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.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.

Mattress Factory,
Predrive: After Technology, through April 5, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side, 412-231-3169, www.mattress.org.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Casey Reas/Marius Watz: New Generative Form, curated by Golan Levin; Zoo. Logic+ by Pat Bellan-Gillen; Transformations, exhibition of local and national bead artists; all through April 15, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 412-361-0873, www.pittsburgharts.org.

Carnegie Museum of Art, Laboratory of Architecture, exhibition about works by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, through May 31; Matsubara: A Celebration in Pittsburgh, woodblock prints by Matsubara Naoko, through June 7; 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131, www.cmoa.org.


Does Torture Work? four short films presented on the issue of torture concerning Guantanamo Bay and the Iraq War, 7 p.m. March 25, Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty, Amnesty International Film Group, www.amnestypgh.org.

El Exilio de Gardel
(1985), directed by Fernando Solanas, 7:30 p.m. March 25, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies, Amigos del Cine Latino Americano Spring 2009 Series, amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com.

The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007), directed by Martin Durkin, 3 p.m. March 27, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Global Studies Program, 412-624-2918, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

Secret Sunshine (2007), directed by Chang-dong Lee, 6 p.m. March 27, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Korean Film Festival, Asian Studies Center, 412-624-5562, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.


“Nusantara/Nanyan/Southeast Asia: Public Enactments of Religious Belief,” Ricardo D. Trimillos, University of Hawaii at Manoa Asian Studies chair and ethnomusicology professor, 3 p.m. March 24, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt Asian Studies Center, Department of Music, 412-648-7426, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“My Back Is Killing Me: How Disc Research Could Save Your (Quality of) Life,” James Kang, UPMC Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, 4:30 p.m. March 24, 2500 Posvar Hall, Provost’s Inaugural Lecture Series, 412-624-4222, www.provost.pitt.edu.

“Pathogenesis, Treatment & Control of Tuberculosis—A Global Perspective and World TB Day,” Alfred Lardizabal, a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonology at New Jersey Medical School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 24, Room G-23 Parran Hall, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, Public Health Grand Rounds, Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, 412-624-1895, to register visit www.pamaaetc.org/events.asp.

“Ethical Leadership: The ‘Tipping Point’ in a Financial Crisis,” Barbara Porco, accounting professor and director of program development at Fordham University’s College of Business Administration, 7 p.m. March 24, Ferguson Theater, Pitt-Greensburg, free, 4th Annual Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series, 724-836-7497, www.upg.pitt.edu.

“Imaging Dance at the Bauhaus,” Susan Funkenstein, Pitt visiting professor of the history of art and architecture, noon March 25, 203 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, 412-648-2400, www.haa.pitt.edu.

“Las Luchas Feministas y La Nueva Constitucion Politica en Bolivia,” Julieta Paredes, Aymara/Bolivian feminist, lesbian activist, and poet addresses the challenge of a radical feminist agenda under Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma, 3 p.m. March 25, 232 Cathedral of Learning, delivered in Spanish with an English translation, Pitt Center for Latin American Studies, 412-648-7392, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“The Empire of French Soccer,” Laurent DuBois, Duke University professor of French and history, 4 p.m. March 25, 3703 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Graduate Program Speaker Series, 412-648-7451, www.pitt.edu/~pitthist.

Jane Goodall, wildlife activist and conservationist, 8 p.m. March 25, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Robert Morris University’s Pittsburgh Speakers Series, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghspeakersseries.org.

“How to Hide a Religion: Dissimulation as a Transformative Process in the History of a Modern Secretive Shin Buddhist Association,” Clark Chilson, Pitt assistant professor of religious studies, noon March 26, 4130 Posvar Hall, Asia Over Lunch Lecture Series, 412-383-3062, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“The Death of Empire: British Cemeteries in Alexandria, Egypt, 1827-1972,”
Shane Minkin, New York University doctoral candidate in history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, 1:30 p.m. March 26, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt Global Studies Program, 412-624-2918, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“An Overview and New Results Describing the Tectonics and Development of the Caribbean Plate Region,”
Edward Lidiak, Pitt emeritus professor of geology and planetary science, 4 p.m. March 26, Room 11 Thaw Hall, Colloquium Speakers Series, Department of Geology and Planetary Science, 412-624-8780, www.geology.pitt.edu/colloquium.html.

“Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet,” Christine L. Borgman, professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, 4 p.m. March 26, Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union, iSchool Colloquium Series, Pitt’s School of Information Sciences, 412-624-2677, www.ischool.pitt.edu.

“L’Arme and Gli Amori: Gendered Identity in Titian’s Portraits for the Este Court of Ferrara,”
Joanna Woods-Marsden, UCLA professor of art history, 4:30 p.m. March 26, 202 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt Women’s Studies Program, 412-624-6485, www.wstudies.pitt.edu.

“Portraying War and Its Aftermath: A Personal Perspective,”
Ed Robbins, documentarian, writer, and videographer, 6 p.m. March 26, 113 Barco Law Building, Pitt’s Global Issues Lecture Series, 412-624-2918, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

Fourth Annual Springboard 2009: A Monthlong Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, event encompassing undergraduate research fairs, poster sessions, mini-conferences, art exhibitions, and creative performances occurring across the University during April, 412-624-7674, www.pitt.edu/~provost/undergrad_research.html.

“Building on Darwin’s Insight in Uncovering the Origins of Horse Domestication,” Sandra Olsen, curator of anthropology for Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 3 p.m. March 27, Bayer Learning Center, Pappert Lecture Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown; also 1 p.m. March 28, Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Evidence for Evolution: A Celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday Lecture Series, www.sepa.duq.edu/darwin/talks.html.

Spike Lee, director, actor, producer, and author, 8:30 p.m. March 31, doors open at 7:00 p.m., Room 120, David A. Lawrence Hall, free, Pitt Black Action Society, 412-648-7880, programming.bas@gmail.com.


Willy Wonka Junior, musical, March 26-29, New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, North Side, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, 412-539-0900, www.pittsburghmusicals.com.

Let Them Eat Cake, Lewis Black, stand-up comedian, 8 p.m. March 28, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

La Bohéme, by Giacomo Puccini, sung in Italian with English supertitles, March 28, 31; April 3, 5, Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Opera, 412-281-0912, www.pittsburghopera.org.

Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte, directed by Stuart Carden, through April 5, City Theatre, 1300 Bingham and 13th streets, South Side, 412-431-CITY, www.citytheatrecompany.org.

The World Goes ‘Round, songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, through April 5, O’Reilly Theatre, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, 412-316-1600, www.ppt.org.

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, through May 10, 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown, CLO Cabaret Theater, 412-281-3973, www.pittsburghclo.org.

Pitt PhD Dissertation Defenses

Jennifer Collinger, Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineereing, “Acute Biceps and Supraspinatus Tendon Changes Associated With Wheelchair Propulsion,” 3 p.m. March 23, Room 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3.

Janet A. Cipkala-Gaffin, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “An Evaluation of Psychosocial and Socio-demographic Factors Associated with Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Risk in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Cases and Controls,” 1 p.m. March 24, Room 523 Crabtree Hall.

Daniel J. Grimminger, School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music, “Pennsylvania Tune and Chorale Books in the Early Republic: Sung Culture and the Musical Means of Cultural Assimilation,” 1 p.m. March 25, Room 302 Music Building.

Bonnie (Pang-ning) Teng, Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, “Mineralized Tissue Engineering, Stem Cell Therapies, and Proteomics Approaches,” 10 a.m. March 26, Room 501 Salk Hall.

Howie Lim, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology,  “Trajectories of Health Behaviors Among a Cohort of Middle-aged and Older Men in the Pitt Men’s Study,” 2 p.m.
March 26, Stoner Conference Room, 3520 Fifth Ave.

Katherine M. Stone, School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, “Structural Insights of Oligomeric Protein Complexes by Electron Spin Resonance,” 10 a.m. March 27, 307 Eberly Hall.

Maeve Eberhardt-Carroll, School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Linguistics, “An Acoustic Analysis of Regional African American English: Identities and Local Speech in Pittsburgh,”
10 a.m. March 27, Room 2816 Cathedral of Learning.

Joanna Ruth Smolko, School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music, “Reshaping American Music: The Quotation of Shape-Note Hymns by Twentieth-Century American Composers,” 1 p.m. March 27, Room 302 Music Building.

Nathan Stansell, School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Geology and Planetary Science, “Rapid Climate Change in the Tropical Americas During the Late-glacial and Holocene,” 2 p.m. March 27, 214 Space Research Coordination Center.