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Weekend Hotlist: 10/10/03

Friday, October 10, 2003

By Scott Mervis, Weekend Editor


At this point in their lives, The Eagles could just be sitting back and taking it easy, while they count all the money that comes from the greatest hits record. But they've had plenty of time to do that over the past, oh, 20 years. Now's the time to play and they are doing just that on a Farewell tour that doesn't really mean goodbye. It stops at Mellon Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday.


Haunted Memories

A costume you'll never forget. A devil's night to remember. A party that went out of bounds. Even a funny or tender moment on the trick-or-treat trail. We want you to hear your scariest, funniest, most memorable Halloween moments. We'll run the best entries in the Oct. 31 issue of Weekend. Keep your piece to 300 words, give or take, and e-mail it to magazine@post-gazette by Oct. 24. Please include your name and neighborhood.


This summer, Don Henley told the Boston Herald, "It's a very well-oiled machine now. We've been doing this long enough that we know how to do it. It's all done very professionally, very planned, which some people hold against us." He went on to say, "Some people think that rock 'n' roll should be sloppy and unplanned. But it works for us and the audience seems to like it just fine. We are not a jam band." Read what bandmate Timothy B. Schmit has to say about it on page 27.


Speaking of bird bands, there's a Jayhawks/Lucinda Williams bill bouncing around the country, but we're only getting half of it. No Lucinda, just Jayhawks Sunday at Rosebud, which is still worth a trip to the Strip. The longtime Minneapolis band did an acoustic show there earlier this year, zeroing in on the catchy songs and stunning vocal harmonies. This time around should feature some electricity. Soda Jerk opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. Call 412-323-1919.


The Pittsburgh Opera opens its season Saturday in good humor with Rossini's comic "The Barber of Seville." Earle Patriarco, a star at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the role of Figaro, and Pittsburgh's own Kevin Glavin sings the basso buffo role of Dr. Bartolo. The production comes from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is inspired by the paintings of surrealist Rene Magritte. Performances are 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. next Friday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Benedum Center, Downtown. For the stories, see page 17.


There's no denying that fall is upon us, so we might as well embrace it, and what better way than with a harvest festival and a nice drive into the country?

"Patriotism -- Then, Now & Forever" is the theme of Fort Ligonier Days, a three-day festival with crafts, food booths and re-enactments of the French and Indian War, music by DeAnna Dawn Denning, Magic Moments, Tony Janflone Jr. and more. It opens at 9 a.m. today and Saturday and 10 am. Sunday. The parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Parking is $5. For details, go to or call 724-238-4200.

The Country Fall Festival in Zelienople-Harmony combines with kids' stuff such as pony rides and a petting zoo with fall foods, crafts, re-enactments and demonstrations. It runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Zelie Main Street Park.

The Apple Butter Festival is a 90-minute drive from Pittsburgh to Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where a parade Saturday at 9 a.m. launches two days of music, games, country food, fine arts and crafts by more than 100 artisans. For details, call 800-447-8797 or go to


British rocker Graham Parker, who made some classic records in the late '70s/early '80s before falling off the face of the pop scene, turns up at Club Cafe on the South Side at 7:30 tonight. Joining him is Joe Grushecky, another under-appreciated rocker who happens to also be on the recent Bruce Springsteen tribute, "Light of Day." Tickets are $16. Call 412-323-1919.

Jazz guitar hero Pat Metheny is in the middle of a weekend-long visit to the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez. The concerts at 7 and 9:30 tonight are sold out. Tickets are left for 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35. 412-322-0800.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic bring the funk to Millvale for one of their marathon shows at Mr. Small's Theater. It's at 9 tonight. Tickets are $37.50. 800-594-8499.

Peaches, the sexually charged Canadian rap-punk phenom with the knack to offend, turns up at the Warhol tonight with Electrocute, a garage-girl duo from Berlin, Xbxrx and Gil Mantera's Party Dream. It's at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 412-237-8300.


The Little Wretches walk in Christopher Columbus' footsteps with The Little Wretches Discover America. The veteran Pittsburgh band will back singer-songwriter Jay Hitt and actor-musician Jack Erdie on 26 songs dealing with discovery, including original works, covers of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" and Paul Simon's "America" and a musical interpretation of Allen Ginsberg's "America." It's at the Gemini Theater at the Factory in Point Breeze at 8 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $10 is requested. Call 412-363-5639.


The Black Sheep Festival goes full steam next weekend, but tonight it kicks off at the Brew House, South Side, with "108 Ways to Nirvana," a multimedia collaboration between Chicago-based puppeteer Blair Thomas and percussionist/composer Michael Zurang. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. It's free.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium invites you to Go Ape on Sunday in celebration of the discovery of the rare mountain gorilla. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the always-entertaining gorillas will get special treats, while you learn about their lives and make gorilla masks. Call 412-665-3640.

Just as a heads-up, there will be even more chest-beating at Mellon Arena when Goldberg, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Ric Flair and more go on the warpath in the nationally televised WWE Raw at 7:45 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $15.75 to $42. Call 412-323-1919.

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