Hot Picks: '1964,' Black Tie Poetry, Larry Miller

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Rock: Just like yesterday

It's been 40 years -- yes, 40 -- since the Beatles performed live. And that was a brief, impromptu gig on the roof of their Apple headquarters in London.

Since then, the thirst for all things Beatles has, if anything, increased, partially because of the quartet's incomparable legacy, partially because they lived out the old show business axiom of quitting while ahead.

In "1964 ... the Tribute," which stops Friday at the Benedum Center, Downtown, four lads (all from Ohio) come as close as possible to the Beatles experience without resurrecting George and John. The four are use vintage instruments and suits and are sheared with the classic mop-top haircuts.

Admission for the 8 p.m. performance is $32 to $42.

Details: 412-456-6666 or www.pgharts.org.

-- Rege Behe

Poetry: Words to live by

Lewis Colyar is hoping to make sure appreciation for the arts isn't something that gets lost in school.

"I always say, 'Don't let school get in the way of an education,'" says the director of the Langston Hughes Poetry Society, which is holding its second Black Tie Poetry event Friday evening.

The celebration drew 170 people last year, he says, and he hopes it will attract even more this year. In an effort to promote the arts, Colyar founded the society named after the poet (1902-67) in 2005 and incorporated it in '07.

The Hill District man calls they evening a "journey from Mother Africa to a Day of Hope" and wants it to be a way to look at black culture, history and philosophy through poetry, dance and music.

"Black tie" dress isn't required for the event, but Colyar says he probably will wear a tuxedo just to make his point. He says he used that phrase in the title as a way of showing the event was far removed from street life and "bluejeans with a hole in them."

The event, which includes dinner, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place, 3454 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Admission is $45. Details: 412-323-0969.

-- Bob Karlovits

Comedy: He knows from funny

The smarmy, sarcastic doorman who played mind games with Jerry on "Seinfeld," was played by Larry Miller. Suave, snide and sardonic, the veteran comic and actor never met a subject he couldn't skewer, which he'll do during his five shows this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead. Miller had small but memorable roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries "Waiting For Guffman" and "Best in Show." Older fans might remember him from "Pretty Woman." He's also the author of "Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life." Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.

Details: 412-462-5233.

-- William Loeffler

Art: The 'Road' beautifully traveled

Join the Frick Art Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for the opening celebration of "The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum," which will be on display at the museum through May 24.

Organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, this exhibit examines the enduring legacy and influence of the Barbizon school and includes paintings by Theodore Rousseau (1812-67), Jean- Francois Millet (1814-75), Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), and Claude Monet (1840-1926), whose 1871 painting, "Windmills Near Zaandam," owes much to the earthy palette and emotional depictions of nature typical of the Barbizon school.

Paintings by Barbizon artists were highly sought after by American collectors like Henry Clay Frick and William Walters.

Admission to the opening celebration is $25 or $20 for members.

The Frick Art Museum is at 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission during regular hours: $5.

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