This week's coming attractions
The perfect remedy for the post-Thanksgiving doldrums• An old-fashioned rock concert. Saturday at the Mellon Arena, Aerosmith flies back into town to blow the roof off the venerable site. And they're bringing a great opening act, Lenny Kravitz, who at least deserves a co-headlining bill.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $55 to $125.
Details: 412-323-1919 or www.mellonarena.com .
Trumpeter Sean Jones will cook up a Thanksgiving feast of his own Tuesday at Dowe's on 9th, Downtown. The rising young talent, who also is lead trumpet with Wynton Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, will lead the jam session at the club. And word has it he's going to be joined by some of the top students at Duquesne University, where he teaches. The cover is only $5.
Luck and perseverance
"The Prize Winner of Alliance, Ohio," opening Friday at the Oaks in Oakmont, is based on the true story of a large family. Julianne Moore plays the mother who scrapes by by winning the occasional jingle-writing contest. Woody Harrelson is the blue-collar patriarch. The real-life offspring, now middle-aged, appear in the moving final scene.
A study in contrast
Gary Owen has advanced his comedic career by shamelessly playing up his ethnicity. He's the only white guy to have hosted "Comicview" on Black Entertainment Television, and he actually was named "The Funniest Black Comedian" in San Diego in 1997. Owen, who plays the Pittsburgh Improv Thursday through Sunday, cracks up audiences by not being the hippest guy in the room, a sort of anti-homeboy. He talks about interracial dating and other awkward situations in which black and white overlap. Show times are 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.
Details: 412-462-5233 or www.improv.com .
The film version of the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," starring Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs and Jesse L. Martin, opens Wednesday in the region. Set in the East Village of New York City, the musical is the story of starving artists struggling to live and pay their rent against a backdrop of poverty and AIDS.