by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh for the weekend of November 19 through the 23.
Putting On Shorts
It’s time for Pittsburgh’s Second Annual Comedy Film Festival, “Unclaimed Shorts.” Local actors, writers and directors will make you laugh with their short films. They’ll be throwing their shorts up on the wall and seeing what sticks. It all goes down Thursday, November 20 at Cefalo’s Banquet and Event Center, 428 Washington Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, go to the Facebook Events page for https://www.facebook.com/events/760699960669626/?fref=ts
Barebones Productions is taking you on a streetcar ride with “A Streetcar named Desire.” This all-star cast of local luminaries includes Tami Dixon, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Ben Mayer and Cindy Jackson. The house will rock with original music from Joe Grushecky and John Gresh (*Note:The music will be LIVE: Nov. 20th, 23rd, 26th, 28th, 30th and all dates in December, and recorded for other dates). It’ll be a Stella performance at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For tickets go to http://www.showclix.com/event/3850184
Catch the world premiere of “Smart Blond.” The “Born Yesterday” star Judy Holliday recants her rise to fame from Greenwich Village to Broadway. (Hey, I know she could just take the Red Line, but we’re talking metaphorically here). Get “Smart” at the Pittsburgh City Theater, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh’s historic South Side. For more information, go to http://www.citytheatrecompany.org/play/smart-blonde/
Do I even have to tell you smart Burgh Vivant Followers to see “L’Hotel” at the Pittsburgh Public Theater? It’s the world premiere of Ed Dixon’s new play (Ed was just recently interviewed here at ‘Burgh Vivant). Watch hysterical historical figures like Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Victor Hugo and Doors frontman Jim Morrison cavort in a strange and wondrous hotel. Check in at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/40791/lhotel
There’s always something fun down at the Arcade Comedy Theater. This weekend, there’s the sci-fi lunacy of “Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time,” and the D & D wackiness of “The Knights of the Arcade,” but did you know that every Sunday is Bonus Stage? The Arcade Comedy Theater improvisation house teams hit the stage and with special guests and surprise events every Sunday at 7:00 pm. Best of all, tickets are just five bucks! Catch all the craziness at the Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://arcadecomedytheater.com/