Harlem Globetrotters Dribble Into Consol; The Clarks to Jam at Rex (CPs Fri., 12/26/14)

1) As that classic whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown” filters through the overhead speakers, the star-spangled Harlem Globetrotters will be at Consol Energy Center today to show off their incredibly well-coordinated, stylish b-ball tricks. The Globetrotters currently have a record of about 13,000 to six against their rivals, the Washington Generals, so bets are on the Trotters tonight. 1 and 6 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) Many top off the Christmas season by enjoying music from their favorite artists. For some Pittsburghers, that means a Clarks’ show, even though it may be difficult seeing a “Penny on the Floor” as fans file in for The Clarks’ annual holiday show at the Rex Theater tonight and tomorrow. The Clarks’ latest album is Feathers and Bones. 8:30 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side.

3) Bill Deasy’s musical career began in earnest in a Grove City apartment when he and a few locals got together for a jam session. Those guys, The Gathering Field, became the ’90s-era regional favorite. Since that humble beginning, Deasy has stacked up a résumé that would help him “make it” in a place like New York and L.A.—He’s had a contract with Atlantic Records, opened for Springsteen and Dylan, and his “Good Things Are Happening” was a theme song for a “Good Morning America” video. Yet he’s remained rooted in Pittsburgh. Today, he’s back for his annual Boxing Day show at Club Cafe. Good things are indeed happening! 7 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) Speaking of homegrown success stories, Bill Crawford forged a path to the top of the local comedy scene that didn’t really exist until he helped define it. In 2004, the funnyman started giving his sarcastic spiel about life as a cash-strapped everyman in dive bars and pool halls. The work paid off, and he got opening slots at the Improv and eventually a steady gig as morning co-host on WDVE, where he shows off his talent impersonating local sports stars. He returns to his first love, standup, for a three-day stint at the Improv that starts tonight. 8 and 10:30 p.m. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.


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