Hot Ticket: Hitchcock Classics on the big screen
Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Sunday Night Series has been focusing on the British and American films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Hitchcock's film work spans a half century, but many fans perceive differences between his English films that ended in 1939 and his American films that followed.
The monthlong series includes four of his black-and-white classics — two made in Britain and two made in the United States.
Even if you missed last week's screening of “The 39 Steps,” there are still three films to be screened, each of which is fully deserving of a big-screen viewing.
This week's offering that will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 is “The Lady Vanishes,” made in Britain and released in 1938. It stars Margaret Lockwood as a passenger on a train who awakes from a nap to discover the elderly lady she has been passing time with has disappeared. More puzzling is that no one else on the train recalls having seen the missing woman.
The series continues with two of Hitchcock's American-made films: “Shadow of a Doubt” on Jan. 18 and “Strangers on a Train” on Jan. 25.
Films begin at 8 p.m. at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Admission is $9, $7 for seniors and students.
Details: 412-682-4111 or theaters.pittsburgharts.org
Back to Black
It's easy to get angry sometimes. It may even be the most plausible, sensible reaction to much of the world we find ourselves in.
It's hard work transmuting this rage into laughter and reason enough why Lewis Black seldom seems relaxed.
The stand-up comedian and “Daily Show” correspondent has made vein-popping anger his muse and his medium, and it's too late to just chill out now.
Black will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $39.50 to $75.
Details: 412-392-4900 or heinzhall.org
Down a country path
Well, now we've heard everything.
Country music, long the most rigid and tradition-bound of music genres, has opened up a bit musically and lyrically in the past few years.
The Paisley Fields play it very straight (so to speak), musically speaking. Most of what they do wouldn't sound out of place on commercial country radio, and with two opera-trained singers and the absurdly prolific pen of songwriter James Wilson, they can belt out the heartbreak with the best of 'em. Still, it's pretty rare to see a country band whose lyrics and videos are this up-front about same-sex love affairs.
The Paisley Fields will be performing Jan. 11 at Brillobox in Bloomfield, with Adam & Steve and Middle Children. The show will start at 9 p.m. and costs $5.
Details: 412-621-4900 or brillobox.net
Beethoven on the Bluff
While the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is celebrating “Beethoven the Revolutionary” this season by presenting some of his most often encountered pieces, Duquesne University's Beethoven on the Bluff concert series is the place to go to explore the composer's less-familiar masterpieces.
Pianist David Allen Wehr will be joined by two first-chair Pittsburgh Symphony musicians Jan. 11 at the third of this season's Bluff concerts.
Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, who is splitting his season between the Berlin Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony, will play the first three violin sonatas, published as Beethoven's Op. 12. They are brimming with the personality young Beethoven brought to the classical style.
Principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams will perform the last two cello sonatas, Op. 102, music edging toward Beethoven's visionary and idiosyncratic late style.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at PNC Recital Hall at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Uptown. Admission is a $10 suggested donation.
Details: 412-396-6083 or duq.edu/Beethoven
Busy as an artist
As an artist, Chris McGinnis certainly doesn't let any grass grow under his feet.
An assistant professor of art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and director of the university's Kipp Gallery, he is co-founder of the Alloy Pittsburgh arts initiative and recently presented this project for the 2014 International Arts in Society Conference in Rome. He also regularly attends national and international artist-in-residence programs and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with more than 10 solo and 40 group exhibits in recent years.
McGinnis will bring his artwork to Westmoreland @rt 30, Westmoreland Museum of American Art's temporary location in Unity.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 9, join McGinnis for an Art on Tap reception in honor of his solo exhibit, “Thrust Excavation,” on display in the first-floor galleries. This exhibit, on view through Feb. 1, features new drawings, paintings and layered objects inspired by physical deformation modeling, a process used by geologists to model land formations.
Admission to the exhibit is free; admission to the Art on Tap event is $7 and includes music by Gashouse Annie, a scavenger hunt, light bites from the Parkwood Inn, beer from All Saints Brewing Co., wine and nonalcoholic drinks. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by Trib Total Media.
The exhibit is part of the Pop-Up Exhibition series at Westmoreland @rt 30 at 4764 Route 30. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Details: 724-837-1500 or wmuseumaa.org
Three for the show
Through Jan. 24, the Associated Artists of Butler County will present the works of three local artists — Tom Panei, Bill Secunda and Dennis Keyes — at theArt Center, 344 S. Main St.,Butler.
Panei, Secunda and Keyes will each display show pieces they entered at the Grand Rapids Art Prize show. There will be a reception for the artists from 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Art Center.
Details: 724-283-6922 or butlerartcenter.org
Peoples Library, 880 Barnes St., New Kensington, will feature local artist Peter Cehily's exhibit, “Gray Matter,” through February.
Cehily, who works in acrylics, will present his exhibit of abstracts using various shades of gray. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
Details: 724-335-2914 or peopleslibrary.org
The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad 's annual Holiday Train Display, “A Railroad Journey in Miniature,” will close Jan. 11 at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, Route 910 and Hardt Road, Richland.
The museum features toy trains of all sizes and eras and an interactive area for kids to play with trains. The main feature is a 4,000-square-foot scale representation of the track from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md., in the early 1950s. “Steam at Twilight” is featured on Friday night when the lights are lowered to turn back the clock from the summer of 1952 to an early fall evening in 1949. Hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11. A donation of $6 and $4 for age 11 and younger is requested.
Details: 724-444-6944 or wpmrm.org
The ‘Wizard' — big time
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 14 at the Cinemark Theatre at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer. Moviegoers can see the familiar characters in a larger-than-life way — on the big screen. A specially produced introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne will precede the film, which will be shown in the same aspect ratio as when it was originally released in theaters in 1939. Tickets range in price from $5.25 to $9.25.
A walk and some soup
Venture Outdoors will sponsor a Hearty Stew Hike from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Harrison Hills Park , Natrona Heights. After hiking for a couple of hours through the winter landscape, participants will return to the Environmental Learning Center in the park for some homemade Irish beef stew, bread and hot beverages. The cost is $20.
Details: 412-255-0564 or ventureoutdoors.org
Miss Freddye sings
Blues and gospel singerMiss Freddye will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. Tickets are $17 and $12 in advance for table seating and $15 and $10 in advance for auditorium seating.
Details: 412-828-6322 or theoakstheater.com
Mansion holiday tours ending
Holiday Mansion Tours continue through Jan. 11 at Hartwood Acres, Indiana Township. Visitors to the mansion will see every room decorated in holiday splendor.
Tours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 and noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 11. Admission is $8, $5 for age 60 and older and ages 13 to 17, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and $1 for age 5 and younger. Admission for Allegheny County residents is $6, $4 for age 60 and older and ages 13 to 17, $2 for ages 6 to 12 and $1 for age 5 and younger. Reservations are required.
Details: 412-767-9200 or alleghenycounty.us/parks/hwfac.aspx
Holiday Tours of Clayton: “Home for the Holidays” will conclude Jan. 11 at the Clayton Mansion at Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze.
Clayton was home to Henry Clay Frick and his family from 1882 to 1905. Although the Fricks left Clayton in 1905, the home was never sold and the family continued to come back to Clayton for Christmas until 1913. Visitors to the house can see the children's stockings, toys and books in the nursery. Other artifacts on display include clothing, games and activities the family might have enjoyed as they spent the holiday winter evenings in Clayton.
Tours will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 11.
Admission is $12, $10 for senior citizens and students and $6 for age 16 and younger.
Details: 412-371-0600 or thefrickpittsburgh.org
Calling all brides to be
The 2015 Armstrong County Bridal Show will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at St. Mary Parish Hall, 361 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning.
Visit vendors offering everything for a perfect wedding. There will be more than $5,000 in prizes, including a free wedding gown and five free tuxedo rentals. Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit Arts on the Allegheny, Downtown Kittanning Inc. and Orphans of the Storm.
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh will present Pittsburgh Brew ‘N Chew on Jan. 10 at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. There will be two sessions. Session one will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and session two will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Brew ‘N Chew will feature more than 70 craft beers, 50 food vendors, live music, foreign beers, tailgating and tavern games. Admission is $40.