Hot Picks: Omara Portuondo, Bob Dylan, Brian Posehn

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Hot Picks: Omara Portuondo, Bob Dylan, Brian Posehn


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Music: Latin jazz legend

Omara Portuondo, the female voice of the Buena Vista Social Club, on Sunday will bring her mix of Cuban-jazz-pop to the Byham Theater, Downtown.

Portuondo, 80, who grew up in Havana, first entered entertainment as a dancer, following in the steps of her older sister, Haydee. Then, the two of them joined two other singers in the Cuarteto las d'Aida, starting a career that has taken many directions since then.

For a time, she was appearing on stage in Cuba with performers such as Sarah Vaughan or Nat "King" Cole, but then came the revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the cultural-political blockade that kept her music out of the United States. But in Cuba, her mastery of the romantic ballad and her native bolero made her a star.

A documentary was made of her life in 1986; in 1996, she joined the Buena Vista Social Club, a group that piqued interest in Cuban music. Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $42.75 and $25.75. Details: 412-456-6666.

-- Bob Karlovits

Music: Singin' in the Pete

How many roads must a man walk down before he calls it a career?

At 69, Bob Dylan has every right to slow down, to sit at home and do whatever legends do in their dotage. Instead, Dylan seems married to the road. His concert Sunday at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is another in a string of seemingly endless Dylan performances, another chance for him to dip into his extensive catalog, another opportunity for Dylanites to hear the sound of greatness in person.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $48.50; for Pitt students with a current ID, $22.

Details: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

-- Rege Behe

Theater: Girls just wanna have ... some time away

For women who need a break from scaling the corporate ladder and/ or picking up the toys in the family room, "Girls Night: The Musical" may provide the perfect excuse to cut loose.

An import from the United Kingdom, where it reportedly played to packed houses for four years, the show has been playing in the U.S. since 2007. An additional production is scheduled to open off- Broadway this week.

"Girls Night: The Musical" features five 30- and 40-something females and long-time friends who meet for a night out at a karaoke bar. While they reminisce about the past, catch up on current events in their own lives and speculate about what's next, they also indulge in a little musical showmanship with selections that include "I Will Survive," "Lady Marmalade" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown.

Admission: $51.25. Details: 412-456-6666 or www.pgharts.org.

-- Alice T. Carter

Music: Ready to be Finnished?

Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki makes her Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut at weekend concerts, giving local music lovers a chance to experience one of today's fastest-rising conductors.

Malkki was principal cellist of the Goteborg Symphony in Sweden when she gave up the bow for the baton. Two years after her 2004 debut with Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, she was named music director of the group founded by Pierre Boulez. She's been quickly re-engaged by top orchestras that she's already led, including the Boston Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London and Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Her program includes two pieces by Finnish composer Jan Sibelius - - Symphony No. 7 and "Finlandia." Malkki also will accompany violinist soloist Leila Josefowicz in Violin Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Admission is $20 to $88.

Details: 412-3924900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

-- Mark Kanny

Art: Get the big picture

At 20 feet wide and nearly 4 feet tall, the first-ever "Pittsburgh Gigapanorama" is by far the biggest piece in the exhibit "New Perspectives of Pittsburgh: Interactive Urban Panoramas," an exhibit featuring 20 Gigapan photographs of Pittsburgh by more than a dozen photographers on display now at the Photo Forum Gallery in the upper lobby of the U. …

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