August 30, 2007

Your neighborhood pianoteacher was never this fabulous. Raised in Squirrel Hill, Margie Balter made her way to Hollywood, and over the past decade, her work has been featured in many a blockbuster – not that you can see it. Which is kind of the point: Balter helps actors look like they know how to play the piano on film, coaching numerous stars including Holly Hunter (in The Piano) and Scarlett Johansson (in The Man Who Wasn’t There).

The pianist and composer is back in her hometown today, celebrating the release of her new-age solo piano album, Music From My Heart, with an in-store performance at the Monroeville Borders.

AJ 2-3 p.m. Borders, 200 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. Free 412-374-9772