One-Man Show Pits Man Against Apple

Plus a quartet of concerts and everything else you need to know about this weekend.


In writer and monologist Mike Daisey’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, the proud “Apple fanboy” reveals the illuminating, uncanny and often disturbing reality of how our iPhones make it from the factory–in a depressing outskirt of a brand-new Chinese city–to our pockets. It’s fair, often funny and it’s unflinching–exactly the sort of scrutiny that a beloved institution like Apple does not often face.
A portion of Daisey’s show, which will be performed Saturday at the Byham Theater as part of the Warhol’s Off the Wall 2012 series, was broadcast on a recent edition of “This American Life.” Within a week, Apple prematurely released a list of suppliers and reforms at its facilities around the world. It’s unknown whether Daisey’s appearance led to the response, but the timing is hard to ignore. Don’t miss your chance to see the show that’s shaking Silicon Valley in a one-night run co-presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

(101 Sixth St., Downtown. Sat., 8 p.m. $18-$35. Info, tickets: 412/456-6666,


Whether it’s Pittsburgh, New York, Austin or the middle of nowhere, it seems there’s always too much music to hear, too many concerts to attend. Worthy artists and rockin’ shows always have a tendency to fall through the cracks, even for the most dedicated concertgoer. Fortunately, After Dark decided to take a week to mine the depths of the music scene and recommend some under-the-radar shows for your approval. Check out this week’s edition of After Dark for guitars at MCG, songsmiths at Calliope, a soprano at church and one much-maligned soft-rock duo.


In the middle of movie awards season, the silver screen is a frequent talking point. Then again, it always is around these parts, thanks to the bevy of films that have called Pittsburgh home as of late. The Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PaFIA) is dedicated to keeping things that way, and you can help out by showing up tonight for their Winter Membership Event. The swank soiree at the Westin Convention Center Hotel will feature guest speaker Jake Myers, the executive producer of current local production One Shot. You can also put your (affordable) admission toward an Association membership. And if you’d like a closer look at the world on the other side of the camera, keep an eye out for PM’s forthcoming February issue, where we’ll profile five local film professionals with world-class talent.

(1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. Thurs., 7-9 p.m. $20; free for PaFIA members. Info:

In Theaters This Weekend:
New releases opening in Pittsburgh this weekend include three action flicks and a three-hankie tearjerker. The fights and explosions will be shared between Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, the Kate Beckinsale-led werewolves vs. vampires slugfest Underworld: Awakening, and the World War II air combat drama Red Tails. The tears will be supplied by the 9/11 drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. to review Haywire and Red Tails. He assures everyone that he is more than desensitized enough to handle all that action in one week. Hear Sean’s reviews Friday morning at 102.5 FM or!
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