Closing Weekend for CLO’s Smash-Hit 'Defending the Caveman'

Plus, After Dark's Offical NFL Playoff Bandwagon Guide and new angles on photography at the Center for the Arts.

Closing Weekend for CLO’s Smash-Hit Defending the Caveman

Comedian Rob Becker spent several years writing his one-man show Defending the Caveman. He probably never guessed that he’d be performing it for an impressively longer length of time. Caveman still holds the record for longest-running one-man show in Broadway history; it is estimated that the farcical look at relationships and the battle of the sexes has been seen by more than eight million people around the world.

No venue in town is more suited for a comedy like this—part stand-up, part lecture and plenty of insight—than the CLO Cabaret in Theater Square. The intimate venue behind the Backstage Bar will leave you feeling like you’re a part of the show, and the drinks and snacks are nothing to sneer at either. The run for Defending the Caveman was extended by popular demand, but they’re swearing that its final performances have arrived—so, see it by Sunday or miss out!

(655 Penn Ave., downtown. Thurs.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 and 7 p.m. $34.75-$49.75. Info, tickets: 412/456-6666,

Quick, Find a Bandwagon!

The Steelers will not be ascending the fabled Stairway to Seven this year. Tragically, it seems that Tim Tebow picked this past Sunday night to finally learn how to throw a football, and the injury-ravaged Black and Gold have headed home; this does not mean, however, that you have to forget that football exists altogether. Despite the presence of a number of hated rivals remaining in this year’s NFL playoffs, After Dark would like to submit a number of bandwagons for your approval—and suggest an accompanying bar for each. Check out our picks for your football hangover this week in After Dark!

New Angles on Photography at Center for the Arts

Last fall, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts partnered to offer photography classes to the teenagers at Ward Home, a center for at risk youth. Now, they’re displaying the best efforts from that partnership – along with a selection of works by local pros – in a one-of-a-kind Picture This exhibition at the PCA’s Shadyside home. The exhibit runs from this Saturday through Jan 21; a number of the works will be on sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Ward Home directly. You can also hold out for the gala fundraiser on closing night if you’re looking to get dressed up.

(6300 Fifth Ave, Shadyside; Jan 14-21; Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun, Noon-5 p.m., Tue-Wed, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Mon; Closing Night gala, Jan 21, 6-9 p.m., $75; info, 412/722-1404 x236.)

In Theaters:
Films opening in Pittsburgh this weekend include Mark Wahlberg toting guns and cash in Contraband, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton toting gospel music in Joyful Noise, a team of documentarians toting urban development strife in Battle for Brooklyn, and Disney toting 3-D conversion technology in Beauty and the Beast 3D. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will be on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review Contraband and Joyful Noise. He imagines that Contraband will have significantly less down-home wisdom and folksy charm than its competitor, but he could be wrong. Tune in to 102.5 FM for Sean’s reviews!

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