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Revealing Nakashima

August means moving into college, and moving into college means IKEA. So, it might be easy to forget that furniture is more than something to buy for cheap and sit on — you can look at it, too. Nakashima Revealed: The Carnegie Mellon Collection is the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery’s newest exhibit, featuring furniture crafted by Japanese-American designer George Nakashima. Nakashima created many one-of-a-kind pieces, each inspired by the patterns in the wood he was using. Carnegie Mellon bought about 60 pieces of Nakashima’s furniture in the mid-’60s, some of which is now in Miller Gallery for the exhibit. Nakashima Revealed starts with an opening reception on Friday, August 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through October 28.

Lecture series begins

The School of Art’s fall lecture series begins on Tuesday, September 4 with a lecture by Andrea Fraser. Fraser is known for her work in various realms, including performance, video, and contextual art. She’s worked on group installations and solo projects, in addition to writing multiple essays and performance scripts. Fraser is also an associate professor in the department of art at the University of California, Los Angeles. Fraser lectures in Kresge Hall at 5 p.m.

Monday, August 27

Lady Chatterley. Regent Square Theater. 8 p.m. 412.682.4111.

Tuesday, August 28

JazzLive Katz Plaza. This week: Obek. Katz Plaza. 5 p.m. 412.566.6666.
Best of the Burgh. Funny Bone. Station Square. 7:30 p.m. 412.281.3130.
JazzLive Backstage Bar. This week: Colter Harper. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 8 p.m. 412.456.6666.
The Meat Puppets. Punk, country, rock. Mr. Small’s. 8:30 p.m. 412.821.4447.

Wednesday, August 29

Gene Ludwig. Jazz. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 6 p.m. 412.456.6666.
Big Red Comedy Show. Affogato Coffee Bar. 7 p.m. Free. 412.761.0750.
All Pro Wednesday. Funny Bone, Station Square. 7:30 p.m. 412.281.3130.
Stereo Total. French-pop, rock, and a little bit of disco. Also: The Octopus Project. Andy Warhol Museum. 8 p.m. 412.237.8300.

Thursday, August 30

Live at the Square Happy Hour. Featuring Big Green Tanks and School of Athens (rock). Market Square. 5:30 p.m. 412.232.0751.
Paul Tabachneck. Singer/songwriter. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. 412.456.6666.
Book Club Workshop. Learn how to start your own. Joseph-Beth Booksellers (SouthSide Works). 7 p.m. 412.381.3600.
Jenny Jean Love. Acoustic. Shadow Lounge. 8 p.m. $8.

Friday, August 31

UC Fridays. UC Kirr Commons. 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Station Square Street Jam. Station Square. 5 p.m. 412.261.2811.
Essentials in Design. One-day exhibit by M. Tang. University of Pittsburgh Law Library. 5 p.m. 412.624.4141.
Nakashima Revealed. Opening reception. Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. 5–8 p.m. 412.268.3618.
Claire Ascani. Jazz. SouthSide Works. 6 p.m. Free. 412.481.1750. Gail & Jeremy. Jazz duo. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. 412.456.6666.
Men, Women & Children. Rock. Mr. Small’s. 7 p.m. 412.821.4447.
Jenny Jean Love. Acoustic. Connections Café. 8:30 p.m. $5.
UC Late Night. UC Kirr, Wean, and Connan. 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Saturday, September 1

Deadly Vows. Comedic play. Funny Bone. Station Square. 7 p.m. 800.719.0998.
UC Late Night. UC Kirr, Wean, and Connan. 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Sunday, September 2

Reservoir of Jazz. Spirit on the Hill. Highland Park. 5–7 p.m. 412.255.8975.
The Ditty Bops. Mr. Small’s. 8 p.m. 412.821.4447.
Neil Hamburger. Stand-up comic. Gooski’s Bar. 9 p.m. 412.681.1658.

Monday, September 3

Labor Day Parade. Annual event follows the Boulevard of the Allies. Downtown (“Golden Triangle”). 10 a.m. 412.922.7773.

Tuesday, September 4

JazzLive Katz Plaza. This week: Tony Campbell. Katz Plaza. 5 p.m. 412.566.6666.
Andrea Fraser. Part of the School of Art Lecture Series. CFA. 5 p.m.
Drink & Draw. brillobox. 6 p.m. $10. 412.621.4900.
Best of the Burgh. Funny Bone, Station Square. 7:30 p.m. 412.281.3130.
JazzLive Backstage Bar. This week: Colter Harper. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 8 p.m. 412.456.6666.

Wednesday, September 5

Activities Fair. CFA Lawn. Rainsite: Weigand Gymnasium. 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Office Hours with President Cohon. 5 p.m. jcdg@andrew.cmu.edu.
Big Red Comedy Show. Affogato Coffee Bar. 7 p.m. Free. 412.761.0750.
Dan Gediman. Author talks about his book This I Believe, an adaptation of the series on NPR. Joseph-Beth Booksellers (SouthSide Works). 7 p.m. 412.381.3600.
All Pro Wednesday. Funny Bone. Station Square. 7:30 p.m. 412.281.3130.

Thursday, September 6

Tartan Information Session. Danforth Lounge. 5–6 p.m.
Live at the Square Happy Hour. Featuring Aviation Blondes and Waking Matthew (rock). Market Square. 5:30 p.m. 412.232.0751.
Jon Check & The Niro. Alternative rock. Shadow Lounge & Ave Lounge. 9 p.m. $5. 412.363.8277.

Friday, September 7

UC Fridays. UC Kirr Commons. 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Open House. Tours and previews. City Theatre. 5 p.m. Free. 412.431.2489.
Brad Yoder. Singer/songwriter. Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. 5 p.m. 412.642.6622.
Emmy Nomination Party. Presented by KDKA’s John Cater and Ya Momz House. Oliver or Twist. 5 p.m. 412.255.0525.
Deadly Vows. Comedic play. Gaetanos Restaurant. 7 p.m. 800.719.0998.
Nonpareil Wind Band. Part of First Fridays at the Frick. Frick Art & Historical Center. 7 p.m. $5. 412.371.0600.
Radical Riffs. Acoustic trio. Wood Street Galleries. 8 p.m. $4–$6. 412.471.5605.
Michael Feinstein. Pittsburgh Symphony. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m. 412.392.4900.
Billie Joe Shaver. Country. Rex Theatre. 8 p.m. 412.323.1919.
Drink & Draw. brillobox. 9 p.m. $10. 412.621.4900.
Tick Tock Lullaby. Presented by the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. SouthSide Works. 9:30 p.m. 412.481.1750.

Saturday, September 8

Alice Kuippers. Author discusses her book Life on the Refrigerator Door, about a mother-daughter relationship. Joseph-Beth Booksellers (SouthSide Works). 2 p.m. 412.381.3600.
Deadly Vows. Comedic play. Gaetanos Restaurant. 7 p.m. 800.719.0998.
Amish Monkeys. Improv troupe. Gemini Theater. 8 p.m. $7. 412.243.5201.
91.3 WYEP Rock the Block. Music by Mike Doughty and food. WYEP Community Broadcast Center. 8 p.m. 412.381.3737.
UC Late Night. UC Kirr, Wean, and Connan. 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Sunday, September 9

Curtain Raisers. River City Brass Band. Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. 3 p.m. $20–$25. 800.292.7222.
Genesis. Phil Collins and his friends. Mellon Arena. 7:30 p.m. $59.75 and up. 412.323.1919.

Monday, September 10

University Lecture Series. Mike Woodard of Jubilee House Community, Inc. talks about the Center for Development in Central America. Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A. 4:30 p.m.

Ongoing

Rocky Horror Show. From Empty Jug Productions. August 29–September 1. $12–$15. 412.394.3353.
Film & Video Shorts. Warhol’s factory films from the ’80s. Andy Warhol Museum. August 29–September 2. 412.237.8300.
Rich Vos. Improv (Waterfront). August 30–September 2. 412.462.5233.
Rascal Flatts. Country. Also: Jason Aldean. Post-Gazette Pavilion. August 31–September 1. 412.323.1919.
Gypsy Caravan. Documentary goes through the U.S. and parts of Europe and Asia. Regent Square Theater. August 31–September 13. 412.682.4111.
Elementa Persona. Environment portraits by Dean M. Beattie. Moxie DaDa. August 31–September 22. 412.682.0348.
Nakashima Revealed. Furniture by George Nakashima and metal sculpture by Dee Briggs. Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. August 31–October 28. 412.268.3618.
Chili. Stand-up comedy. Also: Dean Mink and Brett Pintado. Funny Bone. Station Square. September 6–8. 412.281.3130.
2007 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. 21 one-act plays. Open Stage Theatre. September 6–9. 412.881.6888.
Ah, Wilderness. Comedy by Eugene O’Neill. Pittsburgh Playhouse. September 6–23. 412.621.4445.
Emergence Design Conference. David Lawrence Convention Center. September 7–9.
A Fair in the Park. Craft fair. Mellon Park. September 7–9. 412.687.8858.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Sandcastle Waterpark. September 7–9. $8–$25. 412.462.6666.
Dracula: Dragon Prince. Play presented by Rage of the Stage Players. Brew House Association. September 7–15. 412.851.0922.
Same Frequency. Mixed media exhibit. Digging Pitt Gallery Too. September 8–October 27. 412.605.0450.
Conceived Bully. Urban art. Digging Pitt Gallery Too. September 9–October 27. 412.605.0450.
India: New Installations Part II. Contempory art. Mattress Factory. September 9–January 20. 412.231.3169.