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5 things: Seek new ideas, new opinions, new horizons ... oh, and champagne too

| Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:18 a.m.
Paradise Pools and Spas is on the exhibitor list for this year's Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show at the David Lawrence Convention Center.
Paradise Pools and Spas is on the exhibitor list for this year's Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

March is here and we are moving headlong into spring. It's a great time to start anew ... in all aspects. Check out these five ideas for the weekend.

Feel like the old homestead needs a little spring freshening? Look no further than the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. It covers more than 10 acres of space in the downtown David L. Lawrence Convention Center. And besides the exhibitors in the four product categories (garden/outdoor, construction/remodeling, home interiors and kitchen/cooking), there are scads of special features. You might think you know what you want, but then you happen upon "The Top 10 Life-Changing Products of 2018." Spoiler alert: You have to go to find out what they are! The show runs March 2-11.

Get lost in the story

Featuring puppets, storytelling, shadow casters and digital animation, "Feathers of Fire," updates the classic shadow play — melding traditional puppeteering techniques with new media. This performance stages the legend of Zaul and Rudabeth, one of the stories in the Persian Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran. See it March 2-3, part of EQT Bridge Theater Series, August Wilson Center.

Details: 412-456-6666

Everything old is new again

Does religion have a role in public life? Should we redistribute wealth to the poor? Can women fully participate in democracy? Can public education produce good citizens? All hot-button issues today, and we've seen it all before. Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye packs Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Galleries with more than 200 popular and never-before-seen works from CMOA's collection. Between 1750-1850, the world changed dramatically. Revolutions toppled monarchies, and constitutional democracy took root in the United States and France. This was a time of explosive changes, with accelerating ideas on liberty and equality challenging social norms. See for yourself March 2-June 24.

"Hi, I'm Gab"

Playwright, comedian and filmmaker Gab Cody explores her childhood in Alaska and the experiences of her Tlingit Indian foster-siblings during their years of separation in the world premiere of "Inside Passage," being presented by Quantum Theater . The heartfelt and often humorous story is told through live performance, music and documentary film. The show will be performed March 2-25, at the Provident Charter School chapel annex at 1400 Troy Hill Road.

Walk the red carpet

Feeling fancy? Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents "Lights! Glamour! Action!" enters into its 18th year and supports the mission of the Pittsburgh Film Office. The March 4 event, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, has earned its reputation as one of Pittsburgh's finest gatherings, attended by hundreds of the city's key celebrities, entertainment professionals, business leaders and politicians. Walk the red carpet, enjoy gourmet food stations, premium cocktails, a champagne reception, your chance at fabulous prizes, and, of course, the live telecast of the 2018 Oscars on the big screen.

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