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Here's your weekend events, Pittsburgh

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Thursday, Jan. 5 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6 @ 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 @ 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Heinz Hall, downtown Pittsburgh
Part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, this Tony-award-winning play features moments of loud music, bright lighting and strobe effects. It's also got some adult language and themes. The plot: Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Tickets start at $26.


'The Play'

Thursday, Jan. 5 @ 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6 @ 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT), Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 1 and 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Public Theater, O'Reilly Theater, downtown Pittsburgh
It's your last chance to check out Gene Collier's play on Steeler great Rocky Bleier at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Collier's show has Bleier himself telling his story — from being drafted by the Steelers to being drafted by the Army to serve in Vietnam. The show runs 90 minutes, with no intermission. It's appropriate for children 10 and older. Tickets $50 and $85.


Steel City Improv Theater House Team Auditions

Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 1-3 p.m.
Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
So, you think you're funny? Find out and auditions for the Steel City Improv Theater's longform improv Thursday night house teams.


Pittsburgh Unites 15 Hour Perform-a-Thon For the ACLU

Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St., North Side
According the event's Facebook page, this is "a peaceful and positive fundraising event. ... It is an opportunity to celebrate our differences, unite as friends and allies, and promote the protection of civil liberties for our community." Expect 15 full hours of the Pittsburgh area's singers, musicians, actors, contortionists, go-go dancers, storytellers, drag queens, DJs, comedians, gymnasts, poets, burlesque performers, performance artists, bellydancers, jugglers, preachers, drag kings, magicians, bands, dancers, sideshow performers and more. Tickets are $15 ($16.52 w/service fee).


Bowie Ball

Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 11:45 p.m.
Blue Moon, Butler Street, Lawrenceville
Are you a "Rebel, Rebel"? Going through some "Changes"? It's one year gone since we lost David Bowie, and the pain obviously hasn't ebbed for the folks at Blue Moon — one of Pittsburgh's hottest LGBTQ bars. So, they're throwing a Bowie party and asking you to come dressed as your favorite Bowie — be it's "Blue Jean" or as a "China Girl." The night will be hosted by Bambi Deerest.


If that's not enough for ya (and why the hell should it be?),
check out Seven and the City for more ta do.

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Man trying to kill weeds with torch ... torches his garage

How's this for second-guessing your decisions?

As if there wasn't a better way to kill weeds — you know, like any one of hundreds of products you can buy at your local home or hardware store or just some elbow grease and gloves — an Ohio man resorted to a blow torch.

He might have killed the weeds.

But the bigger casualty was his detached garage.

The Springfield News-Sun reports firefighters were called to the home about 4 a.m. Thursday to find the garage engulfed in flames.

Officials say losses from the garage, which also was storing tools and appliances, are between $10,000 and $15,000.

The cost of embarrassment? Priceless.

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Pawn shop says they’re not Dick’s in AR-15 sign

A pawn shop in South Carolina is using the backlash against Dick's Sporting Goods recent policy change of not selling guns, to advertise that they sell guns and aren't Dick's.

The Crossroads Pawn and Audio in Little River, S.C., put up the sign last week which reads, "We sell AR-15's because we're not Dick's."

The company also posted a photo of the sign to their Facebook page Tuesday, which was met with mostly supportive comments.



Barbara Davey, a manager of the shop, spoke to local TV station WPDE and said, "It was a simple marketing idea is all it was."

She said that the sign was met with some pushback, but has brought in more business.

"We have a few people, you know, who weren't in favor of the sign but our positive feedback really outweighed that negative feedback," said Davey.

The store posted a statement on Monday explaining their stance on guns: "An AR15 is NOT a combat weapon or a tactical assault rifle. In no way are the horrific massacres happening to our children and in our schools acceptable. This violence must stop."

They also support the NRA.



In February, Dick's, based in Findlay, announced that they would no longer sell assault-style weapons and restrict gun sales to those older than 21.

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Crash dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

A semi made a fowl mess when it rolled over on Interstate 5 north of Tacoma: It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across the roadway.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.


The truck was hauling the feathers from a Foster Farms poultry facility to West Coast Reduction, a rendering company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company's website says it recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for many items, including pet feed and soap.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports that the highway backed up for 11 miles as crews worked to scoop up the feathers. All lanes reopened by about 7:30 a.m.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

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