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‌Seven‌ ‌Days‌ ‌in‌ ‌Pittsburgh:‌ July 1-7

This‌ ‌week’s‌ ‌must-see‌ ‌arts‌ ‌and‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌events‌

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Photo: Rigel Richardson
Art of Rigel Richardson at Black Cat Market
Thu., July 1

A DC Theatre Scene review says Craving for Travel, a stage comedy written by Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg, has “all the ingredients that have made hits of Parks and Recreation, Veep, and Seinfeld.” If that appeals to you, head to Little Lake Theatre for the opening of their own production of this hit Off-Broadway play, which follows travel agents Gary and Joanne as they try to satisfy the often unreasonable demands of their clients. 7:30 p.m. Continues through July 11. 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. $16-22. littlelake.org

Fri., July 2
Black Cat Market
returns to hosting their monthly art openings with a new show featuring the work of Rigel Richardson. The consistent themes of the Pittsburgh artist’s work includes queer bodies, self-reflection, and flow, with images depicting vibrant and strange figures, especially through her automatic paintings. Richardson’s inspirations include “bright colors of both cityscapes and ocean creatures, which cause optical flicker and confusion.” The opening is part of Penn Avenue's Unblurred First Fridays. 7-10 p.m. Continues through July 31. 5135 Penn Ave., Garfield. Free. Masks required for entry. blackcatmarketpgh.com

The rising talent of the Hans and Leslie Fleischner Young Artists Program will perform as part of Voce Al Fresco, a series of three outdoor events presented by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Because the company is known for performing at non-traditional venues, the evening will take place at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s Piazza in the Park. Expect arias, duets, trios, and Broadways standards. 7:30 p.m. 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. $10-50. pittsburghfestivalopera.org

Sat., July 3
Enjoy music performances, magic acts, and the Wiener 100 dachshund races when Kennywood throws its multi-day Celebrate America event. From July 2-4, Kennywood presents a variety of festive Independence Day weekend events in addition to its regular amusement park rides, food, games, and more. Special offers for active duty and retired military vets are available. Continues through Sun., July 4. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. Included with regular $24.99-54.99 admission. kennywood.com

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Fort Pitt Museum
Sun., July 4

Join Boy Scouts and local veterans at the Fort Pitt Museum for Fourth at the Fort, an educational celebration of the Fourth of July. Museum staff will lower a British ensign and raise a 13-star Garrison flag featuring a design that may have flown over Fort Pitt during the American Revolution. Living history demonstrations will follow the flag raising and singing of the National Anthem, including tomahawk throwing and costumed reenactors playing out 18th-century life at Fort Pitt. 1-5 p.m. 601 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. Free. heinzhistorycenter.org/events

Take an hour-plus drive outside the city to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, where you’ll find tons of ways for the whole family to celebrate Independence Day. The day-long event has pony rides for the kids, poolside activities, live music, and more. Once the sun goes down, gather around a campfire for s’mores and backyard games, then settle in for a show by Zambelli Fireworks. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion. $20. 7springs.com/events/independence-day-celebration

Mon., July 5

Interested in science and saving the environment? Join Aster Lei, a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, for Virtual Café Sci: Using Biomarkers to Understand Past Climate. In the same way we use tree rings or ice cores to record past climate change, Lei will talk about biomarkers and how they help scientists understand past climates. Lei is a student in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science, and will be discussing current research in Mexico and Central America. 7-9 p.m. Free. Preregistration is required. carnegiesciencecenter.org

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Dinosaur Armor at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Tue., July 6

Due to popular demand, Carnegie Museum of Natural History has extended its Dinosaur Armor exhibition, more than a year after it saw its world premiere. Described in a press release as combining “the artistry of Gaston Design with the scientific expertise of CMNH researchers,” the immersive show features armored dinosaurs, prehistoric invertebrates, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Learn about incredible adaptations, from the “14-inch spikes that lined the backs of ankylosaurs to the clubbed tails of two-ton prehistoric armadillo-like creatures to body armor innovated by humans.” Continues through July 31. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $3-5 entry fee in addition to museum admission. carnegiemnh.org/explore/dinosaur-armor

Wed., July 7

Tull Family Theater kicks off Open Caption Wednesday, a pilot program that will automatically include captions for every film screening that day. Tull says the program was designed to accommodate viewers with auditory issues and hearing loss. Assistive Listening Devices and Audio Description will remain available daily at no cost, but the theater notes that this program will “create an even stronger communal experience” for audiences. The program will continue through August, and it may extend further depending on reception and funding. See website for showtimes. 418 Walnut St., Sewickley. thetullfamilytheater.org/open-caption-wednesday

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