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Weekend Hotlist, 4/19/02

Friday, April 19, 2002

By Scott Mervis, Post-Gazette Weekend Editor

To your health

It's that time of the year when we all have to do a little spring cleaning. For some of us that means just clearing out all the stuff we've been piling in the basement over the winter. For others, it means a full body, mind and spirit tune-up. That's what they're offering -- for the open-minded -- at the Whole Health Expo this weekend at the Pittsburgh ExpoMart in Monroeville. This is a one-stop shop for all your yoga, feng shui, massage, herbal, crystal, angel, astrological, nutritional and aromatherapy needs. You'll even have a chance to learn what Physio Balls are. There will be more than 100 exhibitor booths, readings, book signings, a community lounge and about 50 workshops and lectures, including talks by counselor and author Gay Hendricks, psychic F. Holmes "Skip" Atwater, "intuitive healer" Mark Earlix and miracle man Buddy Piper. Hours are 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a buffet dinner and dance, and 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; $25 for weekend pass. For the full details, go to www.wholehealthexpo.com.

Rev & Roll

You gotta love the idea of the New Age crowd sharing the ExpoMart with the folks from the Rev & Roll Motorcycle Expo, where the motto is more like "Don't Tread on Me." At the Rev & Roll, they'll roll out the 2002 motorcycles, ATV's and trikes (trikes?), along with all the stuff you'll need to keep your motor runnin' and your wheels gleaming. This year they've added an installation area, so they can put the new saddlebag, pinstripes or custom paint right on your bike -- or trike. There will also be a Custom & Vintage Bike Competition, safety workshops and a grand prize giveaway of a cruiser, sport bike or quadrunner. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; $5 kids 10-15. Go to www.revandroll.com.

Banned plays on

It's nice to see that comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer is making the most of her misadventure last year with Carlow College. The comic -- who happens to be a lesbian, but will gladly talk about other subjects -- is touring the country with a show called "Banned in Pittsburgh." In reality, she was simply banned from Carlow when the president of the Catholic college got caught wind of her juiciest material. She ended up moving to and selling out the Jewish Community Center. She comes back with the Banned show at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at the door; $10 students. Call 412-795-2022.

Native art

The New York Times called him the Picasso of Native American art. Andy Warhol called him a friend. We're speaking of R.C. Gorman, the Navajo artist responsible for some of the most breathtaking renderings of American Indian women. Four Winds Gallery brings him to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1981 to greet fans and sign a poster reproduction of an original pastel drawing called "Tall Woman." Gorman will be at the Four Winds at One Oxford Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and at the Shadyside location from 7 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Call 412-682-5092.

You can take a Spring Gallery Walk tonight in Sewickley, where all art spots, including the Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Bird in the Hand and International Images, will be holding exhibit receptions. It's from 6 to 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh design firm Wall-to-Wall Studios unveils "911," an art installation with ambient music and 3,022 water-filled cups, representing the lives lost on Sept. 11, at the Three Rivers Festival Gallery, 707 Penn Ave., Downtown, today. It runs through May 16.

S.O.U.L. survivors

If there's one thing that's safe in our pop culture, it's the legacy of James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, Al Green, The Temptations and all the great soul and R&B singers of the past 50 years. But it never hurts to have backup. The S.O.U.L. Club -- an acronym for Save Our Unique Legacy -- is a local group run by Donald Patterson dedicated to soul preservation and to gathering to listen to and discuss the music. They're holding a tribute to the soul and R&B inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty with music by Shane and Excitement. One point of discussion will be a late June trip to the Rock Hall. The talk is free, but call 412-377-4681 for reservations.

Music never stops

It's a pretty long leap from investment banking to bluegrass, but the Alison Brown story shows how it works. Banjo in hand, Brown left Smith Barney behind in 1988 to front her own group and has since garnered a Grammy nomination, toured with Alison Krauss and Michelle Shocked and recorded a half-dozen records, fusing bluegrass, jazz and Latin. Tomorrow night at 8, she brings the Alison Brown Quartet to the Calliope audience with a show at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. Timber Ridge opens. Tickets are $20 advance; $22 at the door. Call 412-394-3353.

The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special treat for serious jazz fans: an ensemble featuring guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, flutist Herbie Mann, singer Marlena Shaw, saxophonist Phil Woods, vibes player Hendrik Meurkens, drummer Jamey Haddad, pianist Helio Alves and bassist Leo Traversa. Concerts at the Guild, North Side, are 8 tonight; 7 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. 412-322-0800.

Giving the weekend a Western swing is the Hot Club of Cowtown, rolling into The Edgewood Club for a dance at 7:30 tonight. The Austin band, which formed in New York in 1994, consists of a singer-guitarist who recorded with Patti Smith (Whit Smith), a fiddler-singer with a classical and cowboy background (Elana Fremerman) and an upright bass player from Tulsa (Jake Erwin). For details, call 412-361-6610.

The clubs are busy, too. Folk singer-songwriter Richard Shindell is at Rosebud at 7:30 tonight ($16); the alt-country leaning Jim Roll is at Club Cafe at 7 p.m. Sunday ($6); John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers bring that classic British blues to Rosebud at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow ($16); and New York hardcore band Murphy's Law thrashes it out at Club Laga at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Call 412-323-1919.

Earth and you

Earth Day falls on Monday, when most of us Earthlings will be too busy working to either enjoy or care for our planet, so most of the events are this weekend. Personally, I spent a recent evening caring for it and was rewarded with poison ivy. So Earth and I are not on speaking terms right now. But for the rest of you:

The Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club celebrates with an Earth Day Fair, offering an informational spread from groups in the environmental loop, at the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. It's free. Call 412-422-6538.

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium starts early tomorrow, at 6 a.m., with the "Saturday Light Brigade" broadcast for WYEP members, and then at 11 a.m. brings in Earth-friendly groups for a day of fun educational activities, plus a climbing wall, recycling relay races and tips from the zoo's own Green Team. Call 412-665-3640.

The Earth Day happenings along the Allegheny River Trail will involve a two-mile hike complete with plastic bags for picking up along the way (be careful). It begins with a tour of St. Nicholas Church in Millvale at 9 a.m. tomorrow and heads along the trail to the St. Nicholas Church on the North Side for refreshments. There will be presentations by Preservation Pittsburgh, Friends of the Riverfront, Partners in Parks and Preserve Croatian Heritage Foundation. 412-231-7808.

Keep dancing

Labco Dance's "New Works Series VI" features new pieces by five choreographers, ranging from Karen Dacko's contemporary ballet to Staycee Walters' tribute to old-school hip-hop. Shows are 8 tonight and tomorrow at Yoga Sadhana Studio on the South Side. Tickets are $10. Call 412-394-3353.

On the ethnic dance scene, the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe -- from Canada, of all places -- plays a benefit for the University of Pittsburgh Philippine Nationality Room at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bellefield Hall Auditorium in Oakland ($10 or $50); and Pitt's African Drumming and Dance Ensemble beats the drum for the end of the semester at the campus's Benedum Hall, also at 8 p.m. tomorrow. It's free.

In a different kind of dance, Honky Tonk Man, The Patriot, The Giant T. Rantula, Dynamite Dean and other hunks get in the ring Sunday for Deaf Wrestlefest 2K2, a benefit for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood. Starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14. 412-678-3287.

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