Heroes and Villains Square Off at the Warhol

Plus, if Light Up Night doesn't warm your heart, the Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival will.

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The Andy Warhol Museum is currently showcasing the work of Alex Ross, one of the most acclaimed and prominent comic book artists working today. In addition to exploring Ross’ work in the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to the artist, his influences—from his illustrator mother to Norman Rockwell—are also on display. They’re calling the whole thing Heroes and Villains, and have put together an accompanying film series for extra credit. This Friday, it features the 1986 horror-camp classic Night of the Creeps. That film’s director, Fred Dekker, will be on hand to talk about his work—along with the film’s star, Pittsburgh’s own Tom Atkins.

(“Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” at the Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Exhibit on view through Jan. 8: Tues.-Thurs. and Sat.-Sun.,10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $15; seniors, $9; children/students, $8. Half-price admission offered Fridays after 5 p.m. “Night of the Creeps,” Fri., 7 p.m. $15. Info, tickets: 412/237-8300, warhol.org)

Somebody turn on the lights

A spot in the grand American tradition (right beside baseball and apple pie) is reserved for gathering en masse to look at bright things. For most of the year, fireworks satisfy the need. In the winter, however, we need a replacement that can be completed much more quickly—something that snow won’t ruin. And just like that—electricity to the rescue!

This year marks the city’s 51st Light Up Night celebration. Wander downtown tomorrow night to take part in a variety of free events that culminate with the unveiling of the city’s holiday decorations – which have gone green this year, so you can gawk with a clean conscience! The fun continues through Saturday, with the Horse Drawn Carriage Candlelight Parade, a popular holdover from last year’s 50th-anniversary celebration. And if you can manage to stay outside, stick around for a few fireworks, too. You’re already standing outside oohing and ahhing, so why not?

(Various locations downtown. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., throughout day. Free. Info: downtownpittsburgh.com/light-up-night-2011)
—Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/afterdark

After Dark: Lawrenceville? Bloomfield? Nah, Wexford

While pouring over an increasingly cluttered inbox for After Dark inspiration, I came across a letter from a reader praising Cole’s Tavern in Wexford. The family operation dates back to 1905, and the writer promised an old Pittsburgh feel in a friendly environment. I had long assumed that nightlife in the Wexford area was a bit lacking, but I was recently impressed by the bar and grub at nearby Bella Frutteto—might Wexford be better for spirits and socializing than I had reckoned? Could Cole’s be the missing link, the great neighborhood bar in the great white north(ern suburbs)? Find out in After Dark!

In theaters this weekend

New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend are headlined by unstoppable teenage juggernaut The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1. There are other films coming out, like kiddie sequel Happy Feet 2, also-ran romance Like Crazy and the real-life chronicle of a musical love affair breaking down, The Swell Season. But with all that Twilight going on, wouldn’t it be better to steer clear of the theaters altogether? Nevertheless, PM Film Editor Sean Collier will be on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show at 7:15 a.m. Friday to review Twilight. This time, he promises not to scoff loudly and enrage the “Twihards” in his screening.

More events
On Sunday, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area will hold its Holiday Heritage Market, an artisan marketplace that includes ethnic artwork, music, food and much more. Take this chance to do some shopping while also learning about the history of Pittsburgh. READ MORE.

Peter Rowan and his bluegrass band will be performing at Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland Saturday. Take in a performance by this Grammy award-winning performer and his traditional band. READ MORE.

(Drunken) live tweet!
PM associate editor will be live-tweeting the 2011 Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival this Friday night! Follow him @seancollierpgh as he sips liquor from around the world at the sold-out event; if he remembers where he is and what he’s doing, he might even make a few recommendations. And be sure to keep an eye on @PittsburghMag next week for exclusive pics!

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