Issue Date: 
March 30, 2009


Twilight, Ysaÿe Quartet performs works by Fauré, Bartók, and Franck, 8 p.m. March 31, Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, 412-624-4129, www.pittsburghchambermusic.org.

Strike Up the Band,
big-band music, 7:30 p.m. April 2, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown, River City Brass Band, 412-322-7222, www.rcbb.com.

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; April 3-5, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 412-392-4900, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Rachmaninoff Festival—Musical
Odyssey, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Bellefield Hall, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rediscovering Rachmaninoff Festival, 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.

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.


Che Guevara: Hasta la Victoria Siempre (2008), directed by Clark Green,
7:30 p.m. April 1, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies, Amigos del Cine Latino Americano Spring 2009 Series, amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com.

Sileni (2005), directed by Jan Svankmajer, 6:30 p.m. April 3, 1501 Posvar Hall, presented by Ali Patterson, Mellon Fellow and Pitt doctoral candidate in film studies, free pizza, Extreme Cinema: The Many Faces of Shock Cinematheque Series, Pitt Film Studies Program, 412-624-6565, www.filmstudies.pitt.edu.

Gomorrah (2008), directed by Matteo Garrone, 7:30 p.m. April 3, Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, introduced by Lina Insana, Pitt assistant professor of Italian, Pitt Italian Film Series, 412-682-4111, www.pghfilmmakers.org. 412-681-5449.


“Justice and Taxation in Late Daoist China,” Vincent Goossaert, deputy director of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, 4 p.m. March 30, 4130 Posvar Hall, Asian Studies Center, China Council, Pitt Departments of History  and Religious Studies, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

Marjane Strapi,
author of Persepolis, 7:30 p.m. March 30, Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Drue Heinz Lecture Series, 412-622-8866, www.pittsburghlectures.org.

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.

“Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad North Korea?”
Dennis Hart, Pitt Asian Studies Center associate director, 1 p.m. March 31, 4217 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, 412-648-7426, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“Obeah Acts: Producing and Policing the Boundaries of Religion in the Caribbean,”
Diana Paton, senior lecturer in Caribbean history, Newcastle University Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, 4 p.m. March 31, 3703 Posvar Hall, Pitt Department of History, 412-648-7451, www.pitt.edu/~pitthist.

“Modernity and Its Others: Conflicts and Violence in the Middle East,” Magid Shihade, Pitt University Center for International Studies visiting professor, 8 p.m. March 31, Sutherland Hall, Pitt’s Global Studies Program, International Studies Living Learning Community, 412-624-2918, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“Women, Pop Music, and Pornography,” Meredith LeVande, feminist, singer, and songwriter, 8:45 p.m. March 31, William Pitt Union Ballroom, Pitt Women’s Studies Program, Campus Women’s Organization, 412-624-6485, www.wstudies.pitt.edu.

“Golgotha and Resurrection: Destiny Myths, Victimization, and Nationalism in Early Serbian Cinematography,” Slobodan Naumovic, Belgrade University professor of anthropology, noon April 1, 4217 Posvar Hall, Pitt Center for Russian and East European Studies, 412-648-7407, www.ucis.pitt.edu.

“Nanoparticle Sensors for Intracellular and In-vivo Chemical Analysis,” Raoul Kopelman, University of Michigan Richard Smalley Distinguished  University Professor of Chemistry and Physics, 4 p.m. April 1, 12B Chevron Science Center, 29th PITTCON, Pitt Department of Chemistry, 412-624-8200, www.chem.pitt.edu.

“Pediatric Obesity: A National Crisis,” Marsha D. Marcus, Pitt professor of psychiatry and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic chief of behavioral medicine, 6 p.m. April 1, Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, WPIC 2008-09 Mental Health and Wellness Lecture Series, to register call 412-383-2732, www.clinicalresearch.pitt.edu.

“The EU and the Obama Administration: A New Chapter in EU-US Relations,”
Bill Burros, advisor to the European Commission Delegation to the U.S., noon April 2, 4217 Posvar Hall, Pizza & Politics, Pitt European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, 412-648-8617, www.ucis.pitt.edu/main.

“Better Schools for the 21st Century,” Alan Lesgold, Pitt School of Education dean, 2:30 p.m. April 2, 5604 Posvar Hall, Excellence and Equity in an Era of Accountability 2009 Colloquium Series, Pitt’s Learning Policy Center, www.learningpolicycenter.org.

“Energy Exploration and Overview,” Danielle Deemer, CNX Gas Corporation senior geologist, 4 p.m. April 2, 11 Thaw Hall, Pitt Department of Geology and Planetary Science, 412-624-8780, www.geology.pitt.edu/colloquium.html.

“The Politics of Institutionalizing Anti-subordination Ideology in ‘Post-Movement Moments’,” Stacy Tweedy, Pitt postdoctoral student, 4 p.m. April 2, 3703 Posvar Hall, Pitt Department of History, 412-648-7451, www.pitt.edu/~pitthist.

“Seeking Chinese Sisters, Creating American Kin: Adoptive Siblings in the Age of DNA Technologies and Internet Miracles,”
Toby Alice Volkman, anthropologist and author,  7:30 p.m. April 2, Room A53 Baker Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Women’s Studies Program, Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies, 412-624-6485, www.wstudies.pitt.edu.

Paul Muldoon, poet, editor, and 2008-09 William Block Sr. Writer, 8:30 p.m.
April 2, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, free, Pitt’s Contemporary Writers Series, Department of English, 412-648-7390, www.english.pitt.edu.

“Remembering the Future: The Legacies of Radical Politics in the Caribbean,” colloquium on the legacies, present and future, of leftist struggles and radical politics in the Caribbean,
8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. April 3, 5604 Posvar Hall; also 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 4, 4127 Sennott Square, Pitt Center for Latin American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Cultural Studies Program, 412-624-2824, to register visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/rememberingthefuture/index.html.

Matthew B. Ridgway and the Korean War Conference, symposium on Ridgway and his role in the Korean War, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3, 121 David Lawrence Hall, Pitt Asian Studies Center, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Korean War Veterans Association, to register call 412-648-7367, www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/ridgway.

“Lake Malawi: A Natural Laboratory for the Study of Evolution and Biodiversity,” Jay Stauffer, Penn State University Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology, 3 p.m. April 3, Bayer Learning Center, Pappert Lecture Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown; also 1 p.m. April 4,  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.

“The Lost Memoirs of Augustus,”
Anton Powell, École Normale Supérieure of Paris visiting professor, 4 p.m. April 3, 244A Cathedral of Learning, University Honors College, Pitt Department of Classics, 412-624-4493, www.classics.pitt.edu.

Midwest Tissue Engineering Consortium 2009, papers and posters presented by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 3; also 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 4, Concordia Club, 4024 O’Hara St., Oakland, UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, to register visit www.mirm.pitt.edu/mtec.

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, www.pitt.edu/~provost/undergrad_research.html.

“The EU and NATO in the 21st Century: Security Collaborators or Competitors?,”
discussion sessions with academics and practitioners to explore how EU and NATO are handling the evolving defense and security environment in Europe and beyond, 8 a.m. April 7, Pennsylvania Room, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Pitt’s European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, GSPIA, 412-624-7884, brizzi@gspia.pitt.edu.


University of Pittsburgh Wellness Fair, health screenings and demonstrations of pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and other fitness activities, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 2, Assembly Room, Ballroom, and Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh Wellness Program, 412-648-8251, dfarrell@pitt.edu.


Exposed: Rituals, Gestures & Games of Scrabble, combination of two world premieres, Into Great Silence and For Two Men, performed alongside Dancing to Music, by Nora Chipaumire, Beth Corning, and Victoria Marks, April 2-6, New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side, Dance Alloy, 412-363-4321, www.dancealloy.org.

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika,
second part of Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tony Kushner; directed by Robert C.T. Steele, April 2-11, Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Pitt Repertory Theatre, 412-624-7529, www.play.pitt.edu.

Gamelan Dance Music of Indonesia, featuring Ening Rumbini (dancer), Wahyu Roche (drummer), and the University Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Andrew Weintraub and Indra Ridwan, 8 p.m. April 3-4, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt Department of Music, 412-624-4126, www.music.pitt.edu.

Pain in My Heart and Reachings, two one-act dramas by Rob Penny, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, April 2-18, 7th-floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall, Pitt’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre, 412-624-7298, www.kuntu.org.

by Federico Garcia Lorca; directed by Melanie Dreyer, April 2-26, Quantum Theatre, 6000 Penn Ave., Downtown, Quantum Theatre, 412-394-3353, www.quantumtheatre.com.

La Bohéme,
by Giacomo Puccini, sung in Italian with English supertitles, 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 Street, 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.

Human Error,
by Keith Reddin, drama about aftermath of a plane crash, April 2-May 10, City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, 412-431-CITY, www.citytheatrecompany.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

Nicole Yee-Key Li,
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Department of Communication Science and Disorders, “Biosimulation of Vocal Fold Inflammation and Healing,” 2:30 p.m. March 30, Room 4060 Forbes Tower.

Johanna Jakobsdottir,
Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, “Genetics of Age-related Maculopathy and Score Statistics for X-linked Quantitative Trait Loci,” 10 a.m. April 1, A308 Parran Hall.

Helen A. Smith, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “Analysis of the ESTHER Project (Epidemiologic Study of Health Risk in Women) Data: Comparison of Health Factors Between Heterosexual and Lesbian Women,” 2 p.m. April 2, A523 Crabtree Hall.

Shannon N. Clifford,
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, “Clinical Presentation and Treatment Outcomes of Children and Adolescents with Low Back Pain in Physical Therapy,” 9:30 a.m. April 3, PT Conference Room.

Joseph H. Noroski,
School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, “Collision Energy Dependence of the Reactions of Metastable Ne with Small Molecules,” 2:30 p.m. April 3, Room 325 Eberly Hall.