Dance: Spin Zone

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Before there were raves, there were the whirling dervishes, Sufi Muslims who lived lives of monkish poverty in the ancient Middle East and spun themselves into a trance in a ritualistic homage to Allah.

Pittsburghers will get a rare opportunity to see a live performance by the Whirling Dervishes Rumi, who perform Tuesday at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. They'll perform the traditional sema, a dance inspired by the mystical poetry of Rumi, a 13th- century Sufi poet who lived and taught in modern-day Turkey. The society was founded in 1990 under the Ministry of Culture in Turkey for the purpose of performing, exploring and introducing Turkish Sufi Music. The concert is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and to encourage cultural exchange through social, art and educational events. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $65.

Details: 412-394-3353 or

-- William Loeffler


Identity exploration

Up since the beginning of August, "Of the Painted Image" inaugurates the American Jewish Museum's investigation and celebration of paintings by young Jewish artists.

Focusing on the work of three New York City-based painters -- Miriam Cabessa, Seth Cohen and Peter Rostovsky -- at different stages of their careers, the exhibit presents three different viewpoints that all provide a unique opportunity, for the participating artists and the American Jewish Museum, to explore the implicit expression of Jewish identities.

On Wednesday, the three artists will be in town to talk about their works and more beginning at 7 p.m. at the museum. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet the artists at the reception immediately following the lectures. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Reservations are recommended.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 2. The museum is at the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill and is open 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 1-6 p.m. Saturdays; 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Details: 412-521-8011, ext. 105.

-- Kurt Shaw


Classic tribute

Harold Betters will be paying tribute to his brother Jerry on Sunday at the Rhythm House on Washington Pike in Bridgeville.

The trombonist perhaps is better known than his late brother, but Jerry was a long-time figure in the area jazz scene. Jerry, who died their native Connellsville in May at the age of 74, was a drummer and singer whose history goes back to the city's jazz heyday in the '50s.

Harold Betters will use the weekly Sunday night gig at the Pittsburgh Jazz Society to pay tribute to him, playing the hard-bop that is part of both of their jazz heritages.

Music begins 7 p.m. Admission is free. Details: 412-221-5010.

-- Bob Karlovits


Season premiere

Kuntu Repertory Theatre kicks off its 33rd season of African- American centered drama with its revival of "Good Black Don't Crack."

Written by playwright Rob Penny, who served as the company's resident playwright until his death in 2003, this popular classic tells the story of a single mother juggling family, work and her personal needs.

Performances are through Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays in the seventh-floor auditorium of Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Admission is $20, or $13 for senior citizens, students and those ages 4-18.

Details: 412.624.7298

-- Alice T. Carter


Black & White

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company continues championing diversity and dialogue with its fifth annual Theatre Festival in Black & White that opens Saturday at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre in the Cultural District. …