Cool Picks Friday November 30, 2012

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1) Clint Black, noted country musician, is in Greensburg tonight for a concert at the Palace Theatre. Black, who is married to actress Lisa Hartman-Black, is known for hits “Walkin’ Away,” “Spend My Time,”  “A Better Man.”  Opening is popular western PA band, The Stickers. 8 p.m., 21 W. Otterman St.

2) Grammy Award-nominated comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White brings his stand up routine “Moral Compass” to the Benedum stage this evening. He is known for his cigar chomping, scotch drinking routines as part of the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. White has two of the highest rated, one-hour specials in Comedy Central history. Producer of the show is Plastered Touring LLC! 7 p.m. 7th St. & Penn Ave., Downtown Cultural District.

3) Manfred Honeck, conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, will lead the orchestra in a program featuring compositions by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Bates. Rising composer Mason Bates’ piece Mothership was commissioned and premiered by the You Tube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Mothership envisions the symphony as being “docked” by several virtuoso soloists. Michael Rusinek performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on the basset clarinet, the original instrument for which it was intended. 8 p.m. through Sunday. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown Cultural District.

4) Bruce in the USA, billed as “The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,” was a hot show on the Vegas Strip for many years.  Catch it now playing the Altar Bar. 9 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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