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Hot Ticket: Tom Petty; Ray Mancini documentary; Mo'Nique at the Improv

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:22 p.m.



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, whose career spans five decades, will perform June 20 at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. Petty — a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist — and his band are known for their critically acclaimed live shows.

Petty hits since the ‘70s include “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “I Won't Back Down,” “Free Fallin',” “Don't Do Me Like That” and “You Got Lucky.”

The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, put out its most recent studio album, “Mojo,” in 2010, and included sounds of rock, country and blues.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Smithereens. Tickets are $30 to $120.

Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Kellie B. Gormly



From “Rocky” to “Raging Bull” to “Million Dollar Baby,” some of the greatest movies ever made have been boxing movies. But sometimes life itself is more dramatic, as in the story of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. He fought his way out of the crumbling mill town of Youngstown in the early '80s, becoming the world lightweight boxing champ; he was hailed by some as the savior of boxing.

Then came a brutal 1982 fight in Las Vegas, where his challenger, a 23-year-old Korean named Duk Koo Kim, went down in the 14th round and never got back up. Several months later, Kim's grieving mother killed herself. Mancini's blamed himself.

On June 20, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont will screen “The Good Son: The Ray Mancini Story” at 7:30 p.m., before it opens in New York or Los Angeles. Mancini will attend, and host a Q&A after the film. Tickets are $7.

Details: 412-563-0368 or

— Michael Machosky


Arabian Peninsula exhibit

Carnegie Museum of Natural History visitors can delve into more than 7,000 years of largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula in “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” on view from June 22 to Nov. 3.

The exhibit, including more than 200 recently excavated objects, examines the impact of ancient trade routes to the Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman world. Objects on display include prehistoric tools; vessels in ceramic, stone, glass and bronze; inscriptions, seals and tablets in a variety of media; jewelry; funerary objects; coins; inscribed tombstones; and silk and textiles.

One section of the exhibit focuses on the impact of Islam after the seventh century, including the development of pilgrimage trails that lead from major cities to Mecca. Another section introduces the creation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 and explores the history of archaeology through photographs, travel books, maps and objects.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland is one of only five North American venues to host the exhibit. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $17.95; $14.95 for those 65 and older; $11.95 for 3 to 18.

Details: 412-622-3131 or

— Rachel Weaver



There's more than one way to spin a story.

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera will be doing just that from June 21 to 30 with its production of “Kopit & Yeston's Phantom.”

Back in the early 1980s, after winning the 1982 best musical Tony for “Nine,” Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit created a musical based on Gaston Leroux's “The Phantom of the Opera.” But before they could bring it to the Broadway stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber's version took London by storm, and its producers announced plans to bring it to New York.

Leroux's story of the mysterious, disfigured man who lives beneath the Paris Opera and mentors the opera's ingénue, Christine Daae, forms the spine of both musicals. But there are enough theatrical and musical differences between the two stage versions to make it of interest to those who know the Webber version as well as newcomers.

Pittsburgh CLO first produced the Kopit and Yeston musical during its 1998 season, and it's being brought back by popular demand with a cast of Broadway performers and CLO regulars.

Appearing in the title role is Ron Bohmer, a Broadway veteran who played the Phantom in the first national tour of Webber's musical. Broadway performer Erin Mackey will appear as Christine, and Pittsburgh CLO veteran and Broadway performer Donna Lynne Champlin will play the opera's diva, Carlotta.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. June 23 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. Admission is $10 to $65.

Details: 412-456-6666 or

— Alice T. Carter



Who would ever forget Mo'Nique's riveting, Academy Award-winning performance in the movie “Precious?”

Mo'Nique seems to be everywhere but spellcheck these days. This weekend, she'll be dropping punchlines in four comedy shows at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead.

On her website, Mo'Nique's describes herself as a “multimedia powerhouse,” and she's got the resume to back it up. Besides hosting the BET late-night talk show “The Mo'Nique Show,” she was the first female host of “Showtime at the Apollo” and has made appearances on HBO's “Def Comedy Jam” and “The Queens of Comedy.” She started her TV career in 1999 on UPN's “The Parkers,” and she's had guest appearances on “Ugly Betty,” “The Game” and “Nip/Tuck.”

She'll perform at 8 and 10 p.m. June 21 and 7 and 9 p.m. June 22. Admission is $40 for the 21-and-over show.

Details: 412-462-5233 or

— Matt Wohlfarth



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