Hot List: 02/09/12

February 9, 2012 12:00 am
  • National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry shares images of underwater wonders he's captured over three decades in an appearance at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Byham Theater. A Q&A session and booksigning will follow.
    National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry shares images of underwater wonders he's captured over three decades in an appearance at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Byham Theater. A Q&A session and booksigning will follow.
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'Hattie' on the Horizon

New Horizon Theater's "Hi Hat Hattie" stars Shaunyce Omar in a musical biography of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award.

The "Gone With the Wind" supporting actress was celebrated by Hollywood for her portrayal of the O'Haras' house servant Mammy, but attacked by the NAACP and others for perpetuating stereotypes. The Black History Month presentation, part of New Horizon's 20th season, approaches Ms. McDaniel's struggles from the actress's point of view.

"Hi Hat Hattie" is at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., in Lawrenceville, today through Feb. 19. The performance schedule: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday; noon and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets are $15-$20; reserve seats at 412-431-0773 or newhorizontheater@yahoo.com.

Mitch Fatel at the Improv

Don't let Mitch Fatel's innocent looks fool you. The comedian's shy act is for adults only and has been inspiring laughter during 15 years of stand-up.

In 2006, Mr. Fatel was named Best Comedian at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, on the way to appearances on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," as well as the one-hour Comedy Central special "Mitch Fatel Is Magical."

The comedian who bills himself as "the No. 1 requested comedian on Satellite Radio" brings his act to the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront, West Homestead, for shows at 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $17-$20, not including dinner or drinks, at www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

Beatles and Broadway

Pete Hewlett and The Hewlett-Anderson Band will open the third season of The Strand Theater's Broadway Concerts this weekend with a tribute to the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

What's the Beatles/Broadway connection.

Strand executive director Ron Carter notes that the Beatles music turned up, obviously, in Beatlemania, as well as "Rock-N-Roll Music," "The Fab Four" and "Lennon."


First Published 2012-02-11 01:59:29
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