“Home” at City (CPs Sunday, 11/10/13)

1) Familial relationships can be tough, and playwright Jessica Dickey explores a father/daughter relationship in Charles Ives Take Me Home at  City Theatre. Directed by Matt M. Morrow, the play follows the father and daughter through their disagreements, their passions, and what it means to be family. Seemingly opposites, the pair are equally passionate, only about two very different realms: the father’s music, and the daughter’s basketball. Featuring pieces by modernist composer Charles Ives, the play shows that music truly speaks to the soul in this heartfelt glimpse into family dynamics. 7 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.

2) Self-portrait artist Yasumasa Morimura really throws himself into his work with his latest exhibit, Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self at the Andy Warhol Museum. Borrowing works from artists including Manet, Frida Kahlo, and Rembrandt, the Japanese appropriation artist puts a twist on well-known paintings and photographs by inserting his own likeness in place of the original subject’s. The exhibit features Morimura’s take on Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse-tung, and many others. The eye-opening display shows us that Morimura, and maybe all of us, can (and should) see ourselves in art. Runs through Jan. 14, 2014. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side.

3) Think today’s folk music is missing something like actual folk tales, or maybe metal riffs? Find folk metal’s missing puzzle piece at the Altar Bar with Finntroll, the Swedish-speaking Finland natives who take folk music to a whole new level. Getting their name from a Finnish legend, the band mixes lyrics that highlight Scandanavian folklore with distinctive metal tunes. This writer would call them the Dropkick Murphys on steroids, based on songs like “Under Bergets Rot” and “Solsagan.” Don’t expect any Bob Dylan covers here; these guys follow the creed “Go hard or go home.” Supporting acts include Blackguard, Metastoll, and Conflict Cycle. 6:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are offering free admission today for RADical Day! Come and see animals from around the globe including the African elephant, the ringtailed lemur, the Komodo dragon, and plenty more. With so much to see, you’ve got a family friendly activity for the whole day, so don’t forget your walking shoes (or your camera). 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 Wild Pl., Highland Park.

5) Our Steelers hope to add to their W column at Heinz Field against the visiting Buffalo Bills. Don’t use that Terrible Towel to dry your tears of frustration—it’s bad luck! Find your jersey and your lucky Steelers gear, get out there, and get loud! 1 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

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