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Kathryn Miller Haines is far too young to have lived in the 1940s, but she's done pretty well with them. Her four Rosie Winter detective novels, set in wartime New York, are dense with period detail and snappy contemporary slang. Winter has run her course, but now Haines has a young-adult series featuring teen detective Iris Anderson, whose beat is also early-'40s Manhattan. The Girl Is Trouble (Roaring Brook Press) — a sequel to 2011's well-received The Girl Is Murder — finds Iris investigating anti-Semitic goings-on at her Lower East Side high school as well as her own mother's untimely death. "It's such a tremendous audience, the young-adult audience," says Haines, who's associate director of Pitt's Center for American Music. "These are the folks buying books these days." The book-launch, at Mystery Lovers Bookshop, is among the final events at the popular store before MLB founders Mary Alice Gorman and Richard Gorman turn the reins over to new owner Laurie Stephens. Bill O'Driscoll 2 p.m. Sat., July 7. 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. Free. RSVP at 412-828-4877

Thu., July 5 — Stage

Though never a household name, the late playwright Horton Foote was a writer's writer: Theater companies have devoted whole seasons to his work; he won a Pulitzer; and his film scripts helped actors win Oscars (Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird; Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies). Just one of Foote's seldom-staged but critically lauded plays is 1990's Talking Pictures. The 11-character comic drama is set in 1929, in a small Texas town where divorced Myra supports her teen-age son by accompanying silent films on piano. Little Lake Theatre  Co. opens its new production tonight. Bill O'Driscoll 8 p.m. Show continues through July 21. 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg. $12-18. 724-745-6300 or www.littlelake.org

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Fri., July 6 — Art

It's time again for Unblurred, and for  Penn Avenue up Bloomfield and Garfield way, to be the center of the action. But alongside new shows like Kirsten Ervin's I Was a Child Actor paintings, at Studio 5013, and Ahmad Sandidge's photos of the Caribbean at Sandidge Photography, the intrigue might be thickest from 7-11 p.m. at Most-Wanted Fine Art (5015 Penn). The gallery hosts Trichotomy, "a dark carnival of art, music and entertainment." Acts include "live sexy creepy dolls and fiendishly friendly clowns," courtesy of Mia Donna and Anne Michele Lyons. There's also Southern voodoo rock by Grand Snafu and poi dance by Charmaine Evonne. And Most-Wanted promises that characters in the photos on the walls will come to life and walk amongst you. BO Unblurred: 6-11 p.m. 4800-5500 Penn Ave., Bloomfield/Garfield/Friendship. Free. friendship-pgh.org

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Fri., July 6 — Dance

Ever feel like there's a gap between how intimate relationships are discussed publicly (in the media, etc.) and how they're actually lived? Luke Murphy has a dance show for you. The native Irishman and 2009 Point Park graduate now lives in New York, but remains a favorite at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's annual newMoves festival. The theater's East Liberty LIVE! fest welcomes him back as he and Carlye Eckert perform his work in progress Drenched. Tonight's show, featuring a multi-channel video projection and set to an original soundscape, is an hour-long series of excerpts from an evening-length work to debut this November at the theater. BO 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $10. 800-838-3006 or www.kelly-strayhorn.org

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Sat., July 7 — Food

Food enthusiasts accustomed to refrigerators and electric ovens should find The Old Stone House's Early American Cooking program both fascinating and humbling. Comprised of five lessons, including today's "Pioneer Cooking" class, the series demonstrates how to prepare traditional recipes using a variety of old-fashioned techniques, and includes discussions of their historical context and cultural importance. Participants need not eat beforehand; plenty of samples will be provided. Tavern chefs Stan Malecki and Bill McGary lead all five sessions. Andy Tybout 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2865 William Flinn Highway, Slippery Rock. $25. 724-738-4964 or www.oldstonehousePA.org

Sat., July 7 — Art

Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor Kevin Turner has exhibited his porcelain artwork in Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Korea, but tonight, he's introducing Pennsylvania audiences to international ceramics, not the other way around. In the Quiet Reading Room at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Turner will explain how the interaction between Western and Asian cultures shaped ceramic art, focusing especially on raku, a Japanese style dating to the 1500s. Participants can buy $2 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of Turner's pieces, or free admittance to one of his workshops. AT 3-5 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. 412-622-3151 or www.carnegiejapanese.org

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Sat., July 7 — Art

Nat Chamberlin's artworks have names like "Poison Hearts" and "Toxic Love Cleaver." Her little monsters often have the round heads and short-limbed bodies of toddlers, but x's for eyes, and mouths that snarl ... unless their lips are stitched together. And they accessorize with skulls, bloody axes or ice-cream cones. The Gallery 4 hosts this local painter and illustrator's first solo exhibition, Strange Wonderland, featuring both paintings on canvas and custom vinyl toys. The opening reception is tonight. BO 7-11 p.m. Exhibit continues through July 27. 206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412-363-5050 or www.thegallery4.us

Mon., July 9 — Sports

Parents concerned that their child isn't spending enough time outdoors — or anxious to free more time for themselves — will appreciate Pittsburgh's diverse selection of junior sports camps. From now through July 13, Citiparks hosts the fourth of eight tennis training sessions at Schenley Park Oval, featuring Professional Tennis Registry-certified coaches who teach children ages 4-17 both the basics of the game and the value of sportsmanship. Young players from all skill levels are welcome to attend; those who register for an entire week will receive a free USTA JTT T-shirt. AT 9 a.m.-noon. Overlook Drive, Oakland. $30 per day, $120 for the week. 412-244-4188 or www.citiparks.net

Wed., July 11 — Art

Every few years, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts honors "mature local artists whose work has shown excellence, is still challenging, and has had an influence on the visual arts scene in the Western Pennsylvania area." The next Master Visual Artists Exhibition is planned for fall of 2013, and nominations are being accepted now. Past honorees have included the likes of Henry Koerner, Thaddeus Mosely and Adrienne Heinrich. The nominating deadline is Aug. 15, five weeks from today. BO pittsburgharts.org/master-visual-artists

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