The Pittsburgh Boat Show at Monroeville CC; ‘Peggy Guggenheim’ and ‘The Fifth Wave’ on Local Screens (Sun., 1/24/16)

1) Attention all captains, mates, and even landlubbers—The Pittsburgh Boat Show is underway again for the 56th year. Check out the latest in boating including new boats and accessories all under one roof at the Monroeville Convention Center. Boating season will be here before we know it. 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Ends today. 105 Mall Blvd., Monroeville.


2) Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict – Some rich people collect vintage cars, other rich folk run people over with their truck and flee to Mexico with their mother and some rich people mount a self-financed run for the presidency. Not Peggy Guggenheim. Born in 1898 Manhattan into the filthy rich Guggenheim family, Peggy made clear she destined for a different path. By the age of 22 she had left America and traveled the world in search of the latest writers, painters and thinkers of the 20th century. And she found almost all of them, supported several and slept with most of them. Her real focus was modern art and by the late 1940’s had what is considered to be one of the most important collections of modern work in the entire world. She eventually settled in Venice in 1949 and built the Guggenheim Art Museum to house her collection. (It remains the one of the most visited sites in Venice.) Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, Kandinsky, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Samuel Beckett, Jackson Pollock are just a few of the people who existed, one way or another, in Guggenheim’s world. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland has created a new documentary examining the life, times and legacy of this remarkable woman. 3 p.m. Continues through January 28. Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.


3) The 5th Wave – J Blakeson directs this film version of Rick Yancey’s young adult science fiction novel of the same name. Aliens, known as the “Others”, have decided to conquer the planet. (Have they taken a good look at it lately?) The first wave of their attack is shorting out the electricity in moving vehicles; cars, trains, planes, etc. Wave two involves creating giant tsunamis all over the world. With the third wave they infect all the earth’s birds with an Ebola-like virus—except when you die you explode and your entrails infect others around you. In wave four the aliens disguise themselves as humans and under the pretext of helping what’s left of humanity start again, they round up all the survivors in camps. And that’s where this movie begins as we follow 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan and her attempts to save her family and while running into an old crush … who may or may not be an alien! It sounds fascinating, in a sick sort of way. Chloë Grace Moretz stars, along with Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello, and Ron Livingston. See Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

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