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8 Days a Week: More than just a weekly guide

Events from Feb 29 to March 7

Sunday, February 29, 2004

With the thermometer finally hovering around 50 degrees and a few days of sunny skies under our belt, it appears that the winter of our discontent is finally coming to a close. Believe it or not, the first day of spring is officially just 20 days from today.

Until then, see if any of this tickles your fancy.

Today

Since Leap Year Day comes around just once every four years, you really should do something unusual today.

Zombo's Emporium and Sales will have a collector's show at the Edgewood Club. Look for a potpourri of rare books and vinyl records, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, unusual art collectibles, musical instruments, midcentury furniture and pottery. Admission is $3. Information: 412-371-4767.

Tonight presents a special opportunity to hear the premiere of "In Memoriam: A Requiem for Fred Rogers." This 11-movement piece, featuring lyrics in English, Latin and Hebrew, was composed by Luke Mayernik. The 21-year-old studied organ at Duquesne University and composition at Carnegie Mellon University and is thrilled that his work will feature the Slippery Rock Orchestra and Choir. The concert takes place at St. Justin Church, 539 Boggs Ave., Mount Washington; a donation of $10 is requested at the door. Call 724-738-2063 for more information.

Monday

Everyone is talking about it, and you might as well get in on the conversation, too. The Oaks Theater in Oakmont presents a weekly series titled "Mondays in March." The evening will feature a screening of "The Passion of the Christ" followed by audience discussion with a guest panelist. On this night, the PG's Tony Norman will offer his perspective on the film. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only $5. For a list of speakers, visit www.theoakstheater.com or call 412-828-5040.

The Drue Heinz lecture series has a remarkable track record of bringing in some of the finest minds of our day. Laurie Garrett is no exception. She's a science reporter for Newsday, and the only reporter to have won all three top journalism prizes--The Pulitzer, The Polk Award and the Peabody. Her body of work on public and global health issues has made her one of the most important voices speaking on the subject today. Garrett's lecture will focus on global health concerns and the national security challenges that affect the issue. Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. 412-622-8866.

Tuesday

Break out the food coloring and have some green eggs and ham for breakfast (or dinner!). This the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Events are planned at various sites, here are just a few:

Start the day at Borders Books & Music, Northway Mall, Ross, for "Dr. Seuss Storytime," beginning at 10:30 a.m.; free. 412-635-7661.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side, will have "Seussentennial" activities beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is $5, and children under 2 are free. Call 412-322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org.

Fox Chapel Area School District will sponsor "A Seussentennial Celebration" at the O'Hara Elementary School, 115 Cabin Lane, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited for stories, celebrity readers including Mr. McFeely from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," local judges and sports figures. Special guest is author Olivier Dunrea, whose children's book "Ollie" was named one of the School Library Journal's Best Books of 2003. Admission is free; 412-967-2452.

For more on the Seusscentennial, see story on facing page.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will welcome one of the world's greatest pianists, Daniel Barenboim, who will perform Brahms' Piano Concertos No. 1 in D minor and No. 2 in B-flat major. Mariss Jansons will conduct the concert at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $25-$75. Call 412-392-4900.

Wednesday

"Art at Noon: Crabby Artists and Brain Dead Publics" is the title of a lecture being delivered by Stephen Behrendt, Distinguished Professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The lecture will trace the conflict that emerges in 19th-century England between artistic connoisseurs and the broader mass-culture public and how this conflict affected the artists of the day. Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze, noon, Free. 412-371-0600.

Thursday

Here's a different kind of happy hour: Entrepreneurial Thursdays. Every Thursday at Dowe's on Ninth, Downtown, singer Jessica Lee hosts a few hours of music, discussion and networking. Tonight's topic is "An Evening of Innovative Non-Profits," with representatives from Family Communications, Inc., Every Child's Work, Transformational Leadership Group and Pittsburgh Social Enterprise Accelerator.

Drinks and discussion start at 5:30 p.m., cover charge is only $3. Call 412-278-2573. for more information.

Sometimes you just want to get away and can't. Here's an easy solution: The Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh shows Planned Travel Adventure Films at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. At 7 p.m., you can take a trip to "Royal Netherlands: The Dutch Today." The film will be narrated by Willis Moore. Cost is only $5, and you'll see some beautiful tulips to get you in the mood for spring. 412-621-4253

No matter how you look at it, Pittsburghers can't seem to get enough Italian. That includes Jilline Ringle, who brings her smash cabaret "Mondo Mangia" back for another run at the City Theatre, Hamburg Studio Theatre, South Side.

The cabaret features Ringle reminiscing and performing songs in her "kitchen" while making a huge pot of pasta fagioli. You even get to taste the finished product. Now, that's entertainment!

The show has been extended through April 10. Thursday's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for nonsubscribers, $35 for subscribers. 412-431-2489.

Friday

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx will stop in the Benedum Center, Downtown for a rare concert with the Benedum Center Orchestra. The show will be a retrospective of DeYoung's career with the band, and he'll perform classics such as "Come Sail Away," "Babe" and "Lady." Tickets are $39 and $56, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 412-456-6666 for reservations. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!

Trivia time. Did you know Pittsburgh has the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country? Well, you do now. And as with all great events, there is money involved. The St. Patrick's Day Committee is soliciting your help to pay for all that mayhem, and the good news is you'll have fun doing so. Stop by the Button Party for St. Patrick's Day. For $25, you'll get a hot buffet and beverages, and some good Irish sing-along to boot. Mitchell's Pub, 304 Ross St., Downtown. Visit www.pittsburghirish.com for a full list of activities leading up to the parade.

If you're looking for a more laid-back evening, stop into Borders Books & Music in Northway Mall, Ross. Grab a couple of gardening books, dream about spring, and listen to the music of Jack Erdie. This acoustic folk musician blends his thoughtful lyrics with some fast fingering that's guaranteed to make you look at life a little differently. Price is free. The coffee is not, but it's always good. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; 412-635-7661.

The unique artist space on the South Side will be filled with print imagery and lithographs when The Brew House Presents "Prospectus Two -- Keith Dull and Elizabeth Hanemann."

Dull's work does not reflect his name. He addresses the historic use of print through imagery that relates to the traditions and beliefs of pioneers in the Pennsylvania frontier during the 18th century. Hanemann's lithographs and mono-prints are an amalgamation of Native American culture and Western religion.

Both shows share an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and will run through April 9. Call 412-381-7767 for more information.

Saturday

One of Pittsburgh's most distinguished musicians will give a recital with a few of her friends at 3 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, East Liberty. Patricia Prattis Jennings, pianist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, will perform "Piano Quartets and Trios" with members of the PSO. Tickets are $8 to $15. Call 412-362-5610, ext. 2196, for information.

Ask anyone what he would like to see disappear around here and it would surely be a tossup between the potholes and the politicians.

Since we can't make them go away any time soon, go and take in a show with David Copperfield. His "Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" will feature the "Man of Steel" illusion, where he will float through a wall of solid steel. Even Superman couldn't do that. Benedum Center, Downtown. Show times are Saturday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.; next Sunday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. $29.75-$49.75. 412-456-6666.

Next Sunday

The River City Brass Band makes a stop at Baldwin High School for an "American Sampler" afternoon. The show will feature the music of the swing band era and the timeless tunes of Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington and Harry James. The concert starts at 3 p.m.; tickets are $19 and $14. Call 1-800-292-7222.


Eight Days a Week, a listing of recommended events and activities, is written by A&E writers Rosa Colucci, John Hayes, Ed Masley, Scott Mervis and Barbara Vancheri. Today's writer: Colucci. E-mail suggestions to 8days@post-gazette.com or write: Eight Days a Week, care of Rosa Colucci, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Deadline is the Monday before publication.

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