Hot ticket: All-percussion Pittsburgh Steeline still going strong
The team they often support is done for the season, but members of the Pittsburgh Steeline still are doing what they do best.
The all-percussion group has made itself known by playing at community events, Steelers tailgate events and football games, and at Steelers bars.
Saturday, the band will play in the Great Hall of the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District as part of the “Gridiron Glory: Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” exhibit there.
Sure, you thought you were going to spend the afternoon watching or getting ready for a Steelers playoff game, but some things don't happen. A little music might ease the pain.
The band will play from 1 to 3 p.m. It is included with admission to the center, which is $15; $13 for seniors; $10 for students, and free for children 5 and under, along with history-center members.
Detail: 888-718-4253 or www.heinzhistorycenter.org
— Bob Karlovits
ART — ROOTED IN TALENT
With an interest in botanical art from a young age, Latrobe native Theodore Bolha takes great joy in cutting sinuous silhouettes of meandering plants, roots and vines that wrap around images of lively animals, all of it using only a thin knife on a single sheet of paper.
His remarkable pieces are hand-cut and one of a kind, and thus chance and skill play a dynamic role in each finished piece, some of which the artist illuminates to dramatic effect.
This weekend, Bolha will unveil nearly two dozen of his latest works in his solo exhibit “Genexodus,” which opens with a free reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Gallery 4 in Shadyside.
The exhibit continues through Jan. 26. The Gallery 4 is at 206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. Regular hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Details: 412-363-5050 or www.thegallery4.us
— Kurt Shaw
MUSIC — BEST OUT OF BUDAPEST
Classical concerts in the new year start with another intriguing installment ofDuquesne University's “Budapest on the Bluff.” Sunday's concert is called “String Theory” and features music energized by the influence of gypsy and other folk music.
The program includes Zoltan Kodaly's intense and fantastic Sonata for Solo Cello, and concludes with Maurice Ravel's “Tzigane” — two ultra virtuoso compositions. David Allen Wehr, pianist and series artistic director, will be joined by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Duquesne school of music string faculty. Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will make his debut on this concert series.
The pre-concert performance at 2:30 p.m. looks appealing: “Gypsy Songs” by Johannes Brahms, featuring bass-baritone Guenko Guechev and mezzo-soprano Xiu-ru Liu.
The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Uptown. Admission is $10 suggested donation.
Details: 412-396-6083 or www.duq.edu.
— Mark Kanny
COMEDY — ONE FUNNY BROTHER
Guy Torry followed his brother, Joe Torry, into the comedy business, meaning that he began joking around not long after he learned to speak. The Torry brothers were natural cutups, with Joe hosting Def Comedy Jam and Guy cracking everybody up on the set of “Martin,” where he was an intern. He says writers began asking him for jokes to add to the script. His biggest acting role to date came in “American History X,” in which he portrayed a black con who befriends a Nazi skinhead played by Ed Norton. His stand-up show is much funnier than that movie.
Torry performs at the Pittsburgh Improv at 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 to $17.
Details: 412-462-5233, www.improv.com.
— William Loeffler
SPECIAL EVENT — WINTER AMONG THE FLOWERS
Need a plant fix now that snow is flying through the air? ThePhipps Winter Flower Show continues through Sunday.
The show features more than 30 varieties of poinsettias, along with paperwhites and amaryllis. A Victorian-style hearth stands in the Palm Room, while a decorated 22-foot Fraser fir towers over the pond in the Victoria Room. In the outdoor Winter Light Garden, guests can walk a path among glowing orbs, icicle lights and a fountain of light.
The Oakland conservatory is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for Candlelight Evenings through Sunday. Regular hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. Fridays.
The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show starts Jan. 12 at Phipps.
Admission is $12; $11 for senior citizens and students; $9 for ages 2 to 18. Details: 412-622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org
MUSIC — METAL SHALL SAVE YOU
The Saviours are coming to town. Now, it's not clear who or what needs saving — certainly not metal or other alloys of heavy rock music, which seem to be doing quite well these days. The curiously named Oakland, Calif., band does, however, lead the pack when it comes to doom/stoner metal, a particularly fertile subgenre that transports the heavy grooves of Black Sabbath to generator parties in the bleak desert Southwest, and then to unnamed planes of existence beyond.
Along for the ride is Wino — singer, guitarist and a pioneer of the “doom metal” genre with bands Saint Vitus and The Obsessed — and Mondo Generator, featuring Nick Oliveri, ex-bassist for groundbreakers like Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and The Dwarves.
The show starts at 10 p.m. at the 31st Street Pub in the Strip. Tickets are $12-$15. Details: 412-391-8334.
— Michael Machosky
THEATER — THE CHIEF IS BACK
“The Chief” is back in play at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.
Tom Atkins returns Thursday as Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney Sr. for a 10th anniversary celebration of the one-man show.
Set in Rooney's office in Three Rivers Stadium in 1976, “The Chief” recounts the team's journey from promising football team to an NFL dynasty. This is the eighth Pittsburgh Public Theater production of the play, which is the best-selling show in the theater's history.
Performances are through Jan. 12 at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Jan. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Admission: $48 and $65; $15.75 for students and those age 26 and younger with valid ID
Details: 412-316-1600 or www.ppt.org
— Alice T. Carter
OUTDOORS — MUDDY YOUR FEET
Winter hikes sponsored by Venture Outdoors will open the New Year's activities in different ways this weekend.
Saturday, the outdoors-activity group will hold a 12th Night Wine Tasting walk in North Park, McCandless. Hikers will work their way through the park, discussing the meaning of the 12 days of the season and then end the event with a wine tasting and appetizers in the nearby Tuscan Inn.
The next day, a series ofSunday Afternoon Strolls will begin in Frick Park in the Squirrel Hill-Regent Square area. Those once-monthly hikes will be in city parks and will be two to three miles in length, providing a look at the sometimes-surprising wilds in the heart of town.
The tasting walk is 2 to 5:30 p.m. and participation is $47. The stroll is 1 to 3 p.m. It is $8 and the series is $40.
Details: 412-255-0654 or www.ventureoutdoors.org.
— Bob Karlovits
NATURE — WHO IS IT?
You and your kids can learn all about Pennsylvania's nocturnal birds of prey on Saturday at the Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley. “Pennsylvania's Amazing Owls,” a 90-minute interactive program, involves an educational presentation from Bob Van NewKirk, an expert volunteer with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. Visitors also can meet live owls from Wild Bird Recovery in Valencia. After the beginning indoor segment of the program, you'll go on a quick hike outside on the nature center property to call for owls. The program is designed for age 6 and older and reservations are required. The cost is $10 per person. Details: 412-741-7536 or www.fhnc.org
— Kellie B. Gormly