Chubby Checker to ‘Twist Again’ at Palace; North Carolina Tar Heels Travel North to Face Pitt Panthers (Thurs., 10/29/15)

1) “The Twist” turns 55! Well, 56 if you count the original version released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in 1959. But it’s Chubby Checker’s cover that people remember (and still dance to). His version went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960 and then again in 1962, the only single ever to reach No. 1 in two different chart runs. In between was 1961’s “Let’s Twist Again,” which won a Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording. Although Checker, born Ernest Evans, is remembered most for “The Twist” and its accompanying gyration, he also pioneered other hits (and moves), such as “The Fly.” Despite his accolades and contributions to music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still has yet to induct him. Not that it gets Checker down. He continues to record and perform. In 2013, he sang “Changes,” a ballad, on NBC’s “Today.” And he’ll bring his charisma, moves, and voice to the region with a show at The Palace Theatre. One of Pittsburgh’s early national musical success’ The Vogues, and Latshaw Pops Orchestra open. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (CM)


2) The Tar Heels of North Carolina come to town tonight at 7 p.m. to challenge our Pitt Panthers in a ACC Coastal Division showdown. Each team holds a 6-1 record. Let’s hope Coach Narduzzi and team can forge another “duzzi” of a game. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Shore.

3) Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland is offering free admission every Thursday evening in October thanks to UPMC Health Plan. Enjoy exhibits about different cultures, animals, dinosaurs, minerals, nature and ancient Egypt, etc. 3 – 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave.

4) The Pens take on the Buffalo Sabres in a 7 p.m. game at the Consol Energy Center. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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