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Hot Ticket: Wiz Khalifa; Race with zombies; Bushy Run celebration

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:19 p.m.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Wiz Khalifa performs at ConsoL Energy Center on 'The 2050 Tour' on December 12, 2012.
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Ed Vogler, of Pittsburgh and portraying a Sergeant of Captain Graham's 42nd Laurel Highalnds Regiment, fires a shot during the 249th anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run held at Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township in 2012.
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Jessica Ladow, 25, of Friendship, a 'zombie' at the Run for Your Lives 'zombie infested 5K obstacle course', goes after a runner running up a hill at Switchback Raceway in Butler on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Participants not only have to run from tens of people dressed as zombies across the course, but must slide down hillsides into mud pits, traverse steep hills, and jump over or crawl under a series of man-made and natural obstacles along the way. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
'Zombies' wait along the course during the Run for Your Lives 'zombie infested 5K obstacle course', at Switchback Raceway in Butler on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Participants not only have to run from tens of people dressed as zombies across the course, but must slide down hillsides into mud pits, traverse steep hills, and jump over or crawl under a series of man-made and natural obstacles along the way. A 5K with a decidedly apocalyptic theme, there is a starting line and a finish line, but several routes to choose from to get from one to the other. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
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Vince Valentine in 'Defending the Caveman' at Cabaret at Theater Square.
Scott Hunter
“Departure” by Scott Hunter


Caveman comedy

“Defending the Caveman” returns to the CLO Cabaret with Vince Valentine reprising his role as Caveman.

Valentine, a Philadelphia native and comedian, first appeared in the role when Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera hosted the one-man comedy in 2011. Valentine will perform Aug. 1 through Sept. 8. John Venable will follow, making his CLO Cabaret debut with performances Sept. 11 to Oct. 20.

Comedian Rob Becker wrote “Defending the Caveman” during a three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The result is a show that offers a humorous, but surprisingly intelligent, look at and celebration of the differences between men and women and their often conflicting views of the world.

“Defending the Caveman” will run Aug. 1 through Oct. 20 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. Performances are generally at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $34.75 to $44.75.

Details: 412-456-6666 or

— Alice T. Carter


Bushy Run celebration

Battle re-enactments, lectures and music will fill three days of celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run near Irwin.

Events from Aug. 2 to 4 will be highlighted by two re-enactments. There will be seven interpretive spots that will explain the events visitors are witnessing.

The pivotal battle during Pontiac's Rebellion in 1763 took place when Pontiac was trying to drive European settlers back east of the Allegheny Mountains. He had taken several of the forts to the west, and had Fort Pitt under siege.

Celebration events will begin the evening of Aug. 2 with a bagpipe concert at 8 p.m. and a luminary event at 9. Events Aug. 3 and 4 will begin at 9 a.m. with programs on trade, tools and life in the wilderness throughout both days and the battle re-enactments each day at 2 p.m.

Parking will be available at the site Aug. 2, but on the other two days, parking will be limited to Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City and the Living Word Congregational Church and Elliott Co. in Jeannette. Shuttles will run from those sites every 15 minutes.

Admission is $10 a car Aug. 2 and $5 a person Aug. 3 and 4 with children under 3 admitted free.

Details: 724-527-5584 or

— Bob Karlovits


Wiz Khalifa at First Niagara

If you think Major League Baseball is competitive, you should see major-league hip-hop. Wiz Khalifa may be down with his old hometown buddy Mac Miller, but he's not going to sit idly by while his erstwhile protégé (sort of) takes a huge leap forward creatively, and not try to match it.

Mac took a lot of risks, sonically and lyrically, on his new record “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” hiring both top-shelf and off-the-wall producers in a bid to escape the multitudes of critics and haters.

Now it's Wiz's turn. He's coming back to the First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 3 with a who's who of hot up-and-coming rappers, including A$AP Rocky, who's a headliner in his own right, along with hitmaker B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Pro Era, Smoke DZA and local Taylor Gang mainstay Chevy Woods.

The show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $26 to $150.

Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Michael Machosky


New directions

Thriving on the anxiety of solving problems he has created for himself, abstract painter Scott Hunter trusts that the language of the brushstroke, the scratches and drips and conversations of color that emanate from the creative process of painting can be coaxed in a certain direction.

Now, more than a dozen new paintings showcase that new direction in the exhibit “Energetic Escapes” at Gallerie Chiz. It opens Aug. 2 with a free reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit also will feature the wildly patterned work of ceramic artist Blake Anthony.

Musicians Jessie Wills, John Loverti and Nelson Harrison will accompany this event, which is free and part of the FirstFriday ArtWalk, when all of the galleries on Ellsworth Avenue — and many of the shops — stay open late for exhibits, shopping, food and more.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 31. Gallerie Chiz is at 5831 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: 412-441-6005 or

— Kurt Shaw


Run with zombies

On Aug. 3, zombies will infest the grounds of the Mines & Meadows Resort in Wampum, Lawrence County, for the return of the Run for Your Lives event in Western Pennsylvania.

Participants can register as a runner or a zombie. Runners will battle obstacles and brain-hungry zombies to reach the Safe Zone, where an Apocalypse Party will be going on to celebrate the end of the world. Once there, guests will enjoy food, drinks, party games and a DJ.

Runner passes cost $97. Zombie passes are $50, which includes a professional zombie transformation at the site. Registration is required. Different waves of runners and zombies start out on the obstacle course at 8 a.m., and the last runners start at 3 p.m.

Spectators can watch the mayhem and enter the Apocalypse Party for free.


— Emma Deihle

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