Cool Picks Sunday November 11, 2012

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1) The Who’s “Quadrophenia” is a rock opera and film that chronicles the running lives and battles between two rival English groups, the “mods” versus the “rockers.” In the movie, the “mod” character (Ace-Face) is played by musician Sting.  The Quadrophenia album produced many hits for the band including “The Real Me,” “5:15,” “Love Reign O’er Me,”and “The Punk and the Godfather.”  The Who will be performing live with an additional assortment of their songs. Original  band mates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are joined by Beatle Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey (drums); Pete’s younger brother, Simon Townshend (guitar, backing vocals) and several more talented musicians. 7:30 p.m. Consol Energy Center, Uptown.

2) Artist and fashion illustrator Cindy Engler is showcasing her beautiful, eclectic art creations in the Fashion to Passion 3 “pop-up” art show in Sewickley this weekend. Engler has painted a fantastic series in oils of fashionably dressed, “rock ‘n roll women.” When asked where the inspiration for these women came from,  she says “they just seem like the cool kind of women I’d like to hang out with.” She should know.  Husband, Rich Engler is a longtime, famed Pittsburgh music promoter. Along with her paintings, Engler has created three-dimensional mosaics including a very interesting series of sculptures using animal skulls and horns, which she adorns with handmade safety glass, layered wax and colored paints. Look for some exciting new pieces. 11  a.m. – 6 p.m., 429 Broad Street (the former Travelwares), Sewickley. To see photos of Engler’s work, visit the Artistry section of Entertainment Central.

3) Tony Janflone, Jr., a master of rock instrumental guitar, plays Carson City Saloon.  5:45 p.m. 1401 E. Carson St.,  South Side.

4) Chicago closes out its Pittsburgh run today. In the story, housewife and dancer Roxie Hart kills her departing, on-the-side lover as he threatens to end the relationship. She tries to beat the wrap by hiring a slick criminal attorney and blowing the trial up into a media sensation.  1 & 6:30 p.m. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown Cultural District.

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