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Short List: Week of June 24 - July 1

The Shadow Lounge is important enough culturally 'round here that at least three top local bands are reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Justin Strong's iconic East Liberty venue for live music, poetry slams and more. Among the couple dozen performers who'll shut down and liven up the Lounge's slice of Baum Boulevard: the hip-hop/rock fusion of Eviction Notice; the funky soul of Omega Love; and jazz duo Hutch Simon Project. Other guests representing the venue's eclectic past and present are a mix of hip hop, rock, spoken word, jazz and more: Formula412, Joy Ike, Nick Westman & The Central Plains, Vanessa German, Selecta, Phat Man Dee, Old E Allstars and Margot B, to name a few. Along with sidewalk-to-sidewalk sounds, expect food vendors, adult beverages and even family-friendly programming, from 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, Saturday-evening festivities will segue into the usual Title Town and Global Beats DJ sessions. Bill O'Driscoll 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Also 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., June 26. 5972 Baum Boulevard. $10 (kids under 12 free); $15 two-day pass. 412-412-363-8277 or


Thu., June 24 -- Music

Chicago Afrobeat Project originated in the early '00s. For years, it has toured plenty -- and collaborated with dance ensembles and well-known musicians -- but might benefit from the renewed interested in Afrobeat brought on by Broadway hit Fela! This big ensemble of guitars, horns and drums, which plays a ragged mix of African-inspired jazz, funk and even a little hip hop, brings its show to Thunderbird Café tonight. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10.50-12. 412-381-6811 or


Fri., June 25 -- Art

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the nation's oldest continuously exhibiting visual-arts organization, continues its aggressive slate of centennial programming with what is, by some measures, its biggest show yet. Interplay is the first collaborative exhibition of works by members of AAP alongside those of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts ... plus the eight artist guilds (Group A, Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, etc.) long affiliated with the PCA. The big ole all-media show is curated by The Andy Warhol Museum's Eric Shiner, and it opens with tonight's reception at the big ole PCA. Bill O'Driscoll 5:30-8 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $5 donation requested. 412-361-0873 or


Fri., June 25 -- Stage

Damn right it's Furry time again. According to, attendance at Anthrocon -- the big convention for those obsessed with anthropomorphics (humanlike animal characters) -- has skyrocketed since it relocated to Pittsburgh, in 2006; last year, Furry pilgrims to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center numbered some 3,800. Pittsburghers are pleased as platypi to host the plushly costumed hordes again, complete with spin-off programming. At tonight's Typewriter Girls Gone Furry, at Downtown's Future Tenant gallery, the Girls' cabaret-style entertainment offers "Furry Burlesque" (by The Bridge City Bombshells), Furry-themed drinks (by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), poetry readings, comedy and live music. There's even discounted admission for badge-holding (if not tail-wearing) visitors to the four-day Anthrocon 2010. BO 8 p.m. 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. $10.


Friday June 25 -- Music

Experimental musicians will use anything to make the right (or even the not-right) tone or percussive noise: metal, garbage, body parts, they're all fair game. But the number of artists coming through town whose primary instrument (?) is dry ice could likely be counted on one finger. Michael Colligan of The Friction Brothers is that guy. His rubbing and scraping of dry ice and random metal stuff is supplemented by the percussion and cello of Michael Zerang and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Chicago session players all, The Friction Brothers released their first album in 2008 on Pittsburgh's Sort of Records. They bring the noise -- and built-in fog machine, one would assume -- to Garfield Artworks tonight, in a show presented by frequent CP contributor Manny Theiner. With Michael Johnsen, Tony Blowad. AM 8 p.m. 4931 Penn Ave., Garfield. $10. All ages. 412-362-2262


Sat., June 26 -- Outdoors

Denise Edmonds -- "The Fit Radical" -- wants you to exercise as if your life depends on it. Join her in Riverview Park for the monthly Urban Boot Camp Hike organized by Venture Outdoors. Meant to get your outside and sweaty, the challenge includes jumping, running, calisthenics and agility drills. Adjusted for differing ability levels, this heart-pumping urban hike is suitable for most. Register in advance and bring light hiking boots, water and snacks. And be prepared for rain -- this radical doesn't shy from a storm. Jenelle Pifer 8-10 a.m. Valley Refuge Shelter, Riverview Park, North Side. $15. 412-255-0564 or


Sat., June 26 -- Outdoors

Though native to the region, the osprey was listed as extirpated in Pennsylvania in 1979. But reintroduction efforts for the fish hawk, begun in 1993, paid off: This year, for instance, two osprey chicks reside in a nest near Lake Arthur, in Moraine State Park. Join park naturalists there today for The Amazing Osprey, to learn about the raptor's breeding, feeding, hunting and migratory behaviors. A spotting scope will be available to view the progress of the nestlings. JP 10 a.m. McDaniel's Launch, Moraine State Park, Portersville. Free. 724-368-8811 or


Saturday June 26 -- Rock

Bill Deasy is nearly ubiquitous around Pittsburgh. The Gathering Field frontman-turned-solo artist is a popular headliner in local clubs, and a published novelist besides. Rich Jacques was a '90s Pittsburgh musician -- he of Brownie Mary -- who went another route, leaving town for Los Angeles. The two united in 2008, however, to put out a record as Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane -- and tonight that long-distance collaboration releases a new EP, Express. The stripped-down singer-songwriter material, replete with vocal harmonies, is largely downtempo, contemplative material from the rockers. Jacques' other project, Right the Stars, plays as well. AM 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10-12. 412-431-4950 or


Mon., June 28 -- Sports

Learn how to cool down before it really heats up. Pittsburgh Citiparks' Free Learn-to-Swim Camp offers 10 free lessons to children ages 6-15. Taught by certified lifeguards in two-week sessions, these 45-minute classes cover swimming basics and safety in and around the water. The first session begins today at pools in Bloomfield and South Side. Advance registration is required. Classes are offered twice daily; a second set of sessions, on July 12-23, follows at the Ammons, Homewood and Sue Murray pools. JP 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays through Fri., July 9. 408 Ella St., Bloomfield, and 79 S. 22nd St., South Side. 412-323-7928 or


Wed., June 30 -- Words

If your surname is Slaughter, crime-writing seems a natural career choice. With her newest novel out this week, New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter visits Mystery Lovers Bookstore for the Karin Slaughter Book Club Dinner. In her new novel, Broken, the Georgia native illuminates the deadly secrets and flaws of a self-protective Southern police force. Join the author and an intimate group of mystery fans for a catered meal. An author lecture and book-signing follows. JP 6:30 p.m. 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. $20. Reservations required at 1-888-800-6078 or


Wed., June 30 -- Rock

Voldemort can't stop the rock. Not according to Harry and the Potters, the band that led the small movement of Harry Potter-themed bands, and who will charm book nerds at Most Wanted Fine Art tonight, or at least make them laugh with their somewhat ridiculous songs about everyone's favorite Hogwarts students. Musically, Harry and the Potters kind of sound like a second-rate Ben Folds ... if Ben Folds sang about potions, Death Eaters, Quidditch, phoenix tears and Ginny Weasley. The show, presented by CP contributing wizard Manny Theiner, starts with Weird Paul. Kelsey Shea 7 p.m. 5015 Penn Ave., Garfield. $8. All ages. 412-361-2262 


Thu., July 1 -- Stage

In 2008, JJ Cox moved to Pittsburgh; by 2010 he had won the title of Mr. Pittsburgh Pride. Now the reigning drag king is keeping his loyal subjects happy with the first local drag production by his Kingdom Come Productions. Virgin Territory features performances by Cox and Chicago performer Tamale Sepp, but adds a unique angle: First-timers will be picked at random and given a drag makeover and a chance to perform for the crowd. "Drag virgins" save $2 at the door. The event also features a raffle with items from local businesses, benefitting Equality Advocates, a political nonprofit dedicated to the LGBT community. AM 10 p.m. 31st Street Pub, 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $7. 412-391-8334


Photo Courtesy of Hilary Hulteen

Thu., July -- Stage

They call themselves, variously, a "musical circus" and a "hobo cabaret" -- part of that half-underground postmodern movement to recapture the weirdness and wonder of old-time barnstorming sideshows. But from the looks of it, The Yard Dogs Road Show goes further than most to blend vaudeville with cirque theatrics and glam rock. The 13-member cast comprises a full band, sword-swallowers, burlesque dancers and trunkfuls of costumes. The West Coast-based Dogs have toured the U.S. and Europe, and their resume includes such festivals as Glastonbury and Bonnaroo, plus Les Claypool's Oddity Faire tour. Tonight, in their first-ever visit to Pittsburgh, they're parked at the Rex Theater. BO 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $18-20. Ages 18 and up. 412-381-6811 or

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