Cool Picks, Friday February 15, 2013

1) The Pittsburgh International Auto Show begins today at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Whether looking for a new hot rod, family sedan or green machine, this is an opportunity to try your “fave” on for size. Some of the featured vehicles include the Cadillac ATS ,Ford Focus C-MAX Electric, Hyundai Equus, BMW 650i xDrive convertible. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Continues through Monday. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown.

2) Rachmaninoff and Beethoven are the featured composers in tonight’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra program. The concert will be conducted by Manfred Honeck with featured musician Dennis Matsuev on piano. 8 p.m. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) It’s 1776 and our country is just being born. The Tony Award winning musical 1776 is the current production on stage  at Pittsburgh Public Theater. See actors portraying John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin engaging in passionate debate over the writing of the  Declaration of Independence and also enjoying rousing songs, dances and funny moments. This is no Disney animatronic display; it is is a living and breathing tribute to our founding fathers. Directed by local legend Ted Pappas. 8 p.m. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Tom Keifer, plays a show at Altar Bar. Keifer is touring in advance of his new solo album to be released this spring. His music ranges from introspective acoustic tracks to hard-driving rock. Over 15 million of his records have been sold world-wide. 8:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.