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He will enlighten you with science [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 23, 2013


He will enlighten you with science

Thomas Dolby has made a career of blending music and technology, dating back to his 1982 hit song "She Blinded Me with Science."

Now, he's adding filmmaker to his resume. He recently completed "The Invisible Lighthouse," about the imminent closure of a historic lighthouse near his coastal home in East Anglia in the United Kingdom. J.J. Abrams described the film as "touching, evocative, and beautiful."

On Oct. 29, Dolby will present the film at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, accompanied with live narration and music, plus live sound effects by foley artist/ musician/sound designer Blake Leyh (sound designer and music supervisor of HBO's "Treme" and "The Wire").

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $26 to $60.

Details: 412-276-3456 or

-- Tribune-Review

Not New York? All the better

Erik Lawrence has moved his professional life from the bustle of New York City to what he calls "affordable, amicable" Pittsburgh.

The saxophonist/flutist has had an active career, ranging from gigs on TV bands to jazz acts to touring with the Levon Helm, the late drummer for The Band.

He will be leading a band Oct. 29 at the weekly happy-hour session at the Backstage Bar in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Cabaret Theater Square, Downtown.

Lawrence says the major difference between New York and Pittsburgh is that "everybody in New York is so caught up in their own stuff, you can't just go sit in with someone."

He admits he also came to Pittsburgh to be with Brooke Smokelin, a Pittsburgh native who leads her music/healing project Vox Lumina here. "When you don't follow your heart is when you start dying," he says.

He will perform in a band that will feature singer Carolyn Perteete, pianist Daniel May, bassist Paul Thompson and drummer James Johnson III. The show will look at the music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

Music begins at 5 p.m. It is free. Details: 412-456-6666 or

-- Bob Karlovits

Some wars still go on

Off the Wall Productions will open its season with "The Zero Hour."

The play, by Madeleine George, deals with lesbian relations and the Holocaust and stars Erika Cuenca and Daina Michelle Griffith in all the roles -- lovers, mothers and World War II Nazis on the New York subway.

The main characters are Rebecca (Cuenca), who writes for an academic-publishing company, and her girlfriend O (Griffith), who is unemployed and uninterested in working. O's joblessness and Rebecca remaining closeted creates tension, while Rebecca struggles on how graphic to make a textbook for seventh-graders about the Holocaust.

Performances are Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at 25 W. Main St. in Carnegie. Admission is $5 to $35.

Details: 724-873-3576 or

-- Tribune-Review

License to entertain

Producers Jude and Shirley Pohl tackle their final murder- mystery of the 2013 season with "Who Killed James Bond?"

The show, which runs Oct. 26 to Nov. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, features Bond girls and villains as well as a specially themed dinner buffet - - Dr. No pork with mango sauce; Scrod ala Thunderball; Golden Eye potatoes; Cubby Broccoli and From Russia with Love Kimchi. Dessert features a variety of British cakes.

Fans will find the show is packed with fun facts and insider bits but still easily understood by those encountering Bond for the first time.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 10, followed by dinner immediately after. Admission is $40, which includes show, meal, tax and tip.

Details: 724-746-1178

-- Alice T. Carter

If you love clarinets and French music...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Ron Samuels will present his annual clarinet chamber-music concert Oct. 26 at Duquesne University, where he teaches music.

Samuels will be joined by eight symphony colleagues and pianist David Alan Wehr for a program of French repertoire, including pieces by Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric and Claude Debussy.

Igor Stravinsky's popular suite from "L'Histoire du Soldat" (The Soldier's Tale) will complete the program.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Uptown. Admission is $10 suggested donations.

Details: 412-396-6083 or

-- Mark Kanny

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