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Short List: Week of June 18 - 25

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Fri., June 19 -- Powwow

If you've been waiting to sample elk meat or experience the frenetic intensity of Northern Drum music, the second-annual Intertribal Buffalo Nation Powwow has you covered. Kicking off tonight with live music from Cherokee rocker Randall Eating Bear, the weekend continues with traditional storytelling, dances in full regalia and nightly concerts. On Saturday, two-time Grammy winner Bill Miller performs his soulful, Native American folk rock. Primitive camping is available for $10 a night. Andrea Bullard 7 p.m. Also Noon-10 p.m. Sat., June 20, and noon-10 p.m., Sun., June 21. 3400 National Pike (Rt. 40), Farmington, Pa. $12 ($8 kids; kids under 5 free). 724-329-8664

 

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Fri., June 19 -- Comedy

Drinking stories -- everybody's got one, but comedian Dave Attell's tales of chugging Jägermeister and blacking out (he calls it "time travel") are actually funny. "Jäger is fun yet disappointing," he says. "It's kind of like running downstairs on Christmas morning and realizing you're Jewish." Attell's knack for blending insult with self-deprecation got him on Entertainment Weekly's "25 Funniest People in America" list. He'll be at the Improv tonight, but be warned: His work isn't for the politically correct or people who flinch at the f-word. AB 8 and 10 p.m. Also 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., June 20. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead. $30. 412-462-5233

 

Sat., June 20 -- Dance

Lindy-hopping, jitterbugging Broadway stars Deb Lyons and Alan H. Green lead a cast of divas and, uh, divos in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Paul Kelly's Swing. With more than 30 dance numbers and zero dialogue, it's an acrobatic musical, to say the least. The band takes center stage at the Benedum Center to tell the story of big-band music's heyday with hits from the '30s and '40s including "I'll Be Seeing You," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." AB 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Continues through Fri., June 26. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $18.50-70.50. 412-456-6666

 

Sat., June 20 -- Art

You can't cheer on the Pens anymore, so how about the pens? At moxie DaDA gallery's Championship Scribbling, teams of four with names like The Wet Doodles and the Grateful Leads (groan) compete for prizes in games including Eraser Wars and the Great Scribblefest Relay. This "Olympics of mark making," open to teams of all skill levels, doubles as the closing event for Connie Cantor's exhibit, Scribbling for Dummies. Contestants must be 15 or older (register at connie@conniecantor.com); beer and munchies provided by donation. Bill O'Driscoll 7 p.m. 1416 Arch St., North Side. Free. 412-682-0348

 

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Sat., June 20 -- Rock

Hey everybody, David Cook's coming to Mr. Small's tonight! Oh, wait -- that would be David Cook, the My Favorite Highway frontman, not the guy from American Idol. The two do share a measure of mainstream success, though -- the band just released its new album How to Call a Bluff, on Virgin -- and similar pop heartthrob ambitions. Atop the fresh-faced group's commercial power-pop hooks, Cook's voice evokes a more chipper Rob Thomas, belting out such original lyrics as "all you need is love." My Favorite Highway plays tonight alongside Ace Enders, A Million Different People, Person L and The Dangerous Summer. Aaron Jentzen 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $12. All ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

 

Sat., June 20 -- DJs

Classic Material's resident DJs -- Selecta, SMI and Vex -- along with MC Boaz, celebrate their second anniversary with special guest Pete Rock. The Bronx-based DJ, rapper and producer has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the game while becoming something of a legend himself. The Shadow Lounge show is a live DJ set with a slight chance of performance. The party will be hosted by J. Sands of Lone Catalysts. Lydia Heyliger 10 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $20 ($25 at the door). 412-363-8277 or www.shadowlounge.net

 

Sun., June 21 -- Music

The symphony is hardly the place for peanut butter and jelly, but oozing finger sandwiches are more than welcome at WQED FM's outdoor Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concerts. At this morning's season-opener, The Pittsburgh Philharmonic serenades picnickers at Mellon Park's Rose Garden Lawn. The summer-long series continues next Sunday with classical music sextet Ion Sound Project. Look forward to late-season performances by the genre-bending, rock-infused Celloforte and the Allegheny Brass Band (Western PA's only British-style brass group). Food is available for purchase. AB 10:30 a.m. Continues Sundays through Aug. 16. Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside. Free. 412-622-1436

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Chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux forged her jazzy style through years of collaborations, looking up to heroes like Billie Holliday and Edith Piaf and busking in the streets of Paris. She hits the Byham Theater tonight, touring in support of her new album, Bare Bones. The album, her third in four years, is her first of all originals, but it's probably safe to expect several covers ... and some French. She appears as part of the CD Live series, cosponsored by the Cultural Trust, Three Rivers Arts Festival and WYEP. Melissa Meinzer 8 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $37. 412-456-6666

 

Mon., June 22 -- Rock

I'm more than a little biased toward recent Scottish exports, but not without reason: Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and others have offered some of the most heartfelt, Celtic-melancholy pop-rock of recent years. More wet behind the ears is Little Buddha, a band of unsigned Scots whose sound incorporates more mainstream rock choruses and languorous lead vocals by Kat McDonald. The band plays Z-Lounge tonight, and seems, if not fully formed, certainly worth taking a chance on. AJ 8 p.m. 2108 E. Carson St., South Side. 412-431-1800 or www.zloungepgh.com

 

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Tue., June 23 -- Rock

In the '90s, Pansy Division held the banner as the best known, and likely the hardest-touring, queercore band around. Releasing three records on Lookout! Records, the openly (and often hilariously) gay power-pop band toured with bands as big as Green Day, bringing tunes like "Dick of Death" to hordes of likely confused leather-jacketed teens. Now holding a place in the pantheon of gay rock musicians, Pansy Division continues to tour sporadically -- including the jaunt that brings it to Pegasus Lounge tonight (a show organized by CP contributor Manny Theiner). With Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, The London and Icon Gallery. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 818 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $10 (12 at the door). All ages. 412-281-2131

 

Tue., June 23 -- Television

Sure, he was recently a CP cover boy ("Meet Hamza Pérez," May 27). But we'd be remiss not to note that if you missed the local screenings of New Muslim Cool, the documentary about Pittsburgh-based rapper and Islamic activist Hamza Pérez, its national broadcast premiere is tonight. Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's poignant, funny and provocative film, airing through the acclaimed P.O.V. documentary series, follows Pérez, his family and colleagues through their eventful first years on Pittsburgh's North Side. BO 10 p.m. WQED TV. www.wqed.org

 

Wed., June 24 -- Music

It runs on sun: The second annual Summer Solar Concert Series makes those UV rays sing with weekly lunchtime performances delivered through a solar-powered sound system. The series, brainchild of the New Hazlett Theater, the Saturday Light Brigade radio show and the Children's Museum, continues today with the country blues of guitarist Mick Martin, whose acoustic finger-picking has set him on stages with the likes of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, and Bill Monroe. BO 12:15 p.m. Series continues Wednesdays through August. Allegheny Square, North Side. (Rain location: inside Children's Museum.) Free. www.solarconcertseries.org

 

Wed., June 24 -- Outdoors

Highland Park arose around its reservoir -- home to charming duck families -- and was expanded with a gorgeous Victorian-style garden and lots of ecological projects, like seasonal pools alongside Washington Boulevard. Such pools provide habitats and help with storm runoff. Learn more -- and actually go meet the ducks and flowers -- tonight as part of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's Walks in the Woods series of guided weekly jaunts rotating through Frick, Schenley, Riverview and Highland parks. Tonight, meet at the entry garden on Highland Avenue. MM 6:30 p.m. Walks continue through Sept. 23. Highland Park . Free. 412-682-7275

 

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Wed., June 24 -- Books

Kathleen George's crime novels are no mere potboilers. The Pitt theater professor's latest, The Odds (Minotaur Books) finds her usual protagonist, Det. Richard Christie, suffering through chemo. Meanwhile, the mystery revolves around a North Side killing and four hyperintelligent orphaned siblings banded together to avoid foster care. Detectives Colleen Green and John Potocki also figure in. Library Journal calls The Odds "truly original." George discusses and signs the book tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. BO 7 p.m. 2705 E. Carson St., South Side. Free. 412-381-3600

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