Hot Ticket: WWE; Roy Wood Jr. at the Improv; Film Festival
Get ready to rumble
Do you hear that ominous rumbling in the distance? No, it's not millions of Canadians rushing off to buy snacks and booze before Olympic hockey starts. No, it's not “Downton Abbey” fans groaning at their favorite English aristocrats' latest tragic twist of fate. (Good guesses, though!)
That rumble is actually the aptly named WWE Royal Rumble, as pro wrestling's current generation of stars rolls into town Jan. 26 for the big gig at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. They're bringing the big guns — CM Punk, John Cena, Batista, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar — so get ready for blood. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $25 to $500.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.consolenergycenter.com
— Michael Machosky
Here's a movie matinee to confound your youngsters: The Strand Theater in Zelienople is offering an afternoon of films that amuse and entertain without sound or color or spectacular explosions.
Through November, the theater is celebrating its centennial with a once-a-month program of movies from each of its decades.
Planned for the Silent Film Fest series' kickoff at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 are a Krazy Kat cartoon; “Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers” (1915), starring Fatty Arbuckle and Harold Lloyd; “The Butcher Boys” (1917), starring Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; and “Tillie's Punctured Romance” (1914), starring Charles Chaplin.
Strand Theater music director David Bruce Smith will provide live piano accompaniment. Admission is $7.
Details: 724-742-0400 or www.thestrandtheater.org
— Alice T. Carter
‘Sullivan & son' actor at Improv
The Birmingham Express is coming to Pittsburgh. No, not a hurricane or winter storm, but the comedy express of Roy Wood Jr., who is making a weekend stop at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead.
Wood, who plays the never-working Roy Williams on the hit Pittsburgh-set show “Sullivan & Son” on TBS, seems to be working nonstop these days. He has appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” and “Chelsea Lately.”
But from Jan. 23 to 26, Wood is bringing his perpetually perplexed face to town for some good-hearted laughs.
Tickets are $15 for these 18-and-over shows. Performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 23; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Jan. 24; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Jan. 25 and 7 p.m. Jan. 26.
Details: 412-462-5233 or pittsburgh.improv.com
— Matt Wohlfarth
Mix it up
Milwaukee's Paul Cebar says his sound comes from a great number of cities, not only his beloved New Orleans.
The singer-guitarist will perform Jan. 23 at Club Cafe in the South Side, on a tour with his Tomorrow Sound quintet built around the new album, “Fine Rude Thing.”
His music often is said to have a strong New Orleans sound, and he admits a great fondness for the city he visited 150 times. But, he is quick to point out the soul of Detroit, the country-pop crossover of Memphis, even the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro all take a part.
He even adds the “trumpet-sax thing” of the jazz of the '60s as an inspiration. That sound is one of the main reasons his bands always have featured two horns, he says, somewhat bemoaning the fact that he has only one now, the reeds of Bob Jennings. “But he can do so many things,” Cebar says. “He can put down his sax and pick up an accordion.”
Music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $16.
Details: 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com
— Bob Karlovits
Walking tour of sculptures
Last year, after Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy completed renovations to Mellon Square, Downtown, many people wondered where they put Kenneth Snelson's “Forest Devil,” the 18-foot-tall, 35-foot-wide sculpture that stood there since it was first constructed in 1977 out of stainless-steel tubes and steel cable.
Well, it has been perfectly placed at the rear entrance of the Carnegie Museum of Art. And if you'd like to see it in its new home, then there's no better opportunity to do that than Jan. 24 when Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art will host a walking tour of works beginning at noon.
Not only will the tour visit Snelson's “Forest Devil,” but also Richard Serra's “Carnegie,” Henry Moore's “Reclining Figure,” George Rickey's “Two Slender Lines” and Carnegie International artist Phyllida Barlow's “Tip.”
The group will meet at the front entrance of the Carnegie Museum of Art on Forbes Avenue at noon. Cost: $7. Participants are encouraged to register online.
Details: 412-391-2060, ext. 237, or www.pittsburghartscouncil.org
— Kurt Shaw