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100 plays, parties, movies, concerts, and events to spice up your fall

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Dean Kalyan
Charles Ross in One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
1. One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
One man — Canadian actor and “uber geek” Charles Ross — tells the entire Star Wars trilogy in 60 minutes … BY HIMSELF. And he does this with no costumes, props, or sets. May the force be with him. Thu., Sept. 12-Sun., Sept. 29. Pittsburgh CLO at Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $31.25-59.75 pittsburghclo.org

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Danielle Mashuda
Hilltop Round Up 2019
2. Hilltop Food Truck Round-Up

All summer, nonprofit 25 Carrick has invited visitors out for nights spent eating at food trucks, hearing live music, and hanging with neighbors. Now, as summer comes to an end, so does this series. Come out for a final hurrah and food from Steer + Wheel, Brisketburgh, and Revival Chili. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 12. 25 Carrick Ave., South Hills. Free. 25carrickave.com

STAGE  3. A Few Good Men
“You can’t handle the truth!” is how a lesser publication would introduce this Aaron Sorkin-penned play coming to Pittsburgh Public Theater. But since we’re journalists of the people, and the people are from Pittsburgh, we’d like to highlight the fact that both Steelers-great Rocky Bleier and KDKA-great Larry Richert are part of the terrific cast. Yinz gonna order that code red? Thu., Sept. 12-Sun., Oct. 13. The O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., $30-80. ppt.org

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Jeff Swenson
True West
4. True West

Sam Shepard’s classic play chronicles the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who come together in their mother’s suburban home. It's also a favorite of Patrick Jordan, barebones productions' founder and artistic director, so expect this to be directed with no shortage of passion and intensity. Continues through Sun., Sept. 29. barebones productions, 1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock. $35-40. barebonesproductions.com

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Dennis Watkins in The Magic Parlour
5. Dennis Watkins in The Magic Parlour
Chicago-based entertainer Dennis Watkins describes himself as a “third generation mind-reader and magician,” which might be more impressive than any trick he could pull during his run at Liberty Magic. Touted as downtown Chicago's longest-running magic show, The Magic Parlour is an old-fashioned, elegant night of up-close trickery. Thu., Sept. 12- Sun., Sept. 29. 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40-75. trustarts.org

6. In-Formed by Nature Art Exhibit
Join the Frick Environmental Center for an exhibit of mixed-media artworks inspired by nature and created in a workshop designed for seniors to explore their creativity and memories of nature. Continues through Wed., Oct. 16. 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill. Free. pittsburghparks.org

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PJ Roup
The Setup by PJ Roup appearing as part of Program A of Pittsburgh New Works Festival featuring Andrew Lasswell, Brian Kadlecik, Erin Bock, Gwen Gibson, and Jenine Peirce
7. Pittsburgh New Works Festival
Four weeks of adventurous new one-act plays are being produced by 12 regional companies, ranging from talented local college theater groups to seasoned pros. Thu., Sept. 12-Sun., Sept. 29. Genesius Theater, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. $15-20 single tickets; $50 festival pass. pittsburghnewworks.org

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Ben Jones, Shango
8. Resurgence — Rise Again: The art of Ben Jones and Amani Lewis: Subjective Nature
Two exhibits of contemporary African-American artwork are opening simultaneously. Ben Jones creates colorful, large-scale work "inspired by African spiritualism and ritual, and revolutionary struggles;" Amani Lewis’ gorgeous mixed-media portraits frame the people closest to her in an intimate, affectionate light. Fri., Sept. 13-Sun., Dec. 15. August Wilson African American Culture Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. aacc-awc.org

9. Some Assembly Required. Performed in over 25 different museums and galleries since 1995, this still-evolving performance piece from modern dance company Attack Theatre merges dance with art, music, and improvisation. Fri., Sept. 13-Sat., Sept. 14. Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Pay what you can. attacktheatre.com

10. Renaissance Festival
There are only two weekends left to rollick through medieval times with your favorite wenches while biting into a gigantic, roasted turkey leg. Added bonus: on the last weekend, the festival doubles as an Oktoberfest celebration. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14-Sun., Sept. 15 and Sat., Sept. 21-Sun., Sept. 22. 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton. $10-23. pittsburghrenfest.com

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Allen Lin
Chinese Cultural Festival
11. 2019 Pittsburgh Chinese Culture Festival
The annual celebration of Chinese heritage returns for its fifth year with another unmissable lineup of dance, music, vendors, and food from local favorites, including Everyday Noodles, Sesame Inn, and Chengdu Gourmet. 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14. Mellon Park, 1047 Shady Ave., Shadyside. Free. chineseculturalfestival.org

12. Forever Young Adult Prom
Whether you want to relive high school or get a do-over, this is your chance to put on your snazziest outfit and go to the prom you’ve always dreamed of with music, catered food, and the best part — no teenaged angst. 7-11:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14. Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty. 21 and over. $45-85. unionproject.com

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Rose Industrial Photography by Ang Harshman
Delilah Du Mort of Velvet Hearts at Thick!
13. Thick! Appreciating the Body Beautiful
"All bodies are good bodies!" is the guiding rule at Thick! Created by Viva Valezz and hosted by Sarah Rose, both of the queer performing arts troupe The Velvet Hearts, the show includes belly dancing, burlesque, and more. 8 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14. The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave., Garfield. $12-15. irmafreeman.org

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Liz Lauren/Victory Gardens Theater
City Theatre’s Cambodian Rock Band
14. Cambodian Rock Band
Is it a theater performance? Is it a rock concert? Nope, it's the best of both worlds. Lauren Yee’s award-winning play features the Cambodian surf rock tunes of Dengue Fever and delivers a tale of family, love, music, and heritage. Sat., Sept. 14-Sun., Oct. 6. City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $15-65. citytheatrecompany.org

15. RADical Days
This annual event gives back to the public with free admission to organizations funded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). This year, to celebrate 25 years of RAD, the event spans 25 days and includes an amazing list of over 65 participating galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. Thu., Sept. 19-Sun., Oct. 13. Various locations around Pittsburgh. Free. radworkshere.org

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Priscilla Zhu
Headlining Teams, "Devil's Daughter" at Steel City Improv Fest
16. Steel City Improv Festival
Local and national talent converge to celebrate the art of the ad-lib and there is a lot of talent to go around. Pittsburghers can check in with local teams including Some Kind of Felony, The Butch and the Bi, and Classy and Relevant, as well as tune up their own improv skills with workshops throughout the weekend. Say yes. Thu., Sept. 19-Sun., Sept. 22. Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. $10-15. steelcityimprov.com

17. Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival
Jimi Hendrix once said that the Blues is easy to play but hard to feel; at this festival, hear a lineup that does both at the highest level. Join your fellow blues lovers for a weekend of great music from Jimmy Adler, Soulful Femme, Kingfish, and more. While many of the performances are free, tickets can be purchased for CeCe Winans, Charles Musselwhite, and a barbecue-centric Taste of Blues party. Fri., Sept. 20-Sun., Sept. 22. August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. aacc-awc.org

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Kelsey Hart
Stef Chura at Pitt Gets Alternative
18. Pitt Gets Alternative
What happens when two indie music sites and a booking company get together? Pitt Gets Alternative. The Alternative, The Grey Estates, and Don't Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective are bringing 15 local and national acts together for two days of music-filled fun. Fri., Sept. 20- Sat., Sept. 21. The Mr. Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $20-30. Search “Pitt Gets Alternative” on Facebook

19. Pretty Ugly Opening Reception
"Art Brut" (aka outsider art, aka folk art) is the inspiration for this group show that toys with the notion of "prettiness" in art. What does that mean? A lot of clashing colors and textures that may not fit traditional aesthetics, but it's sure as hell evocative and interesting. 4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20. Continues through Sat., Nov. 2. James Gallery, 413 S. Main St., West End. jamesgallery.net

20. Thrival Music Festival
In its seventh year, Thrival Music Festival gathers vendors, makers, and artists to woo attendees with wares, made things, and art. This year’s festival features electronic artist Buku and bass-thundering funk act Beauty Slap. 4:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20. Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. thrivalfestival.com.

21. Artist of the Year / Emerging Artist of the Year Opening Reception
Join Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts for a reception celebrating sculptor Dee Briggs, PF/PCA Artist of the Year, and sculptor/welder Saige Baxter, Emerging Artist of the Year. Both artists will have an exhibit of work on display. 6 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20. Exhibit continues through Sun., Nov. 3. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Free. pfpca.org

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Shauna Miller
22. Ladyfest
Breaking the monotony of male-dominated shows and festivals, Ladyfest is back with three days of killer lineups, starting at The Shop. Featured acts include local talent like Ky Vöss and Murder for Girls, as well as traveling acts like Philadelphia’s Ellen Siberian Tiger and Brooklyn’s True Dreams. Proceeds benefit the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Fri., Sept. 20- Sun., Sept. 22. 3520 Charlotte St., Lawrenceville. $10. facebook.com/LadyfestPittsburgh

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Project Amelia
23. Project Amelia
Bricolage Theater Company is staying tight-lipped on its upcoming technology-themed immersive theater experience to keep audiences on their toes. But if past shows are any indication, expect to have your mind blown. The tagline includes cryptic references to stress and obligation. "What if you could let go without letting anyone down? What if responsibilities weren't yours alone?" Fri., Sept. 20-Sun., Nov. 3. South Side (exact location to be disclosed in email in advance of performance date). 18 and over. $50-70. bricolagepgh.org

The innovative choreography of the dancers and illusionists behind MOMIX, recently seen on PBS’ Dance in America, brings a surreal artistic show of bodies gracefully moving in mind-blowing positions and scenes. Sept. 21. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $10-65. trustarts.org

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The True Cost at Fashion Film Fest
25. Fashion Film Fest
Celebrate the beautiful, weird, messy, and funny world of fashion with a lineup of films at Row House Cinema, featuring cult favorites like Zoolander and Clueless, as well as documentaries The True Cost, about the fast fashion industry; Westwood, about designer Vivienne Westwood; and Halston, about designer Halston. Fri., Sept. 20-Thu., Sept. 26. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. rowhousecinema.com

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Shannon Dailey
Killer of Sheep at Descendants of Crom
26. Descendants of CROM III
Three days, three stages, celebrating three years of great hardcore punk and metal in Pittsburgh. This year's lineup includes ASG, Riparian, Action Camp, Killer of Sheep, Foghound, White Alice, and Night Vapor. Fri., Sept. 20-Sun., Sept 22. Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. cattivopgh.com

27. Oktoberfest
Hundreds of years ago, Germans invented a holiday to justify excessive drinking and cased-meat consumption and it caught on in America, because of course it did. Come guzzle and local beers and nosh Bavarian snacks without fear of judgment at Penn Brewery’s Oktoberfest. Fri., Sept. 20-Sun., Sept. 22; Fri., Sept. 27-Sun., Sept. 29. Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., North Side. VIP Packages from $45-65. pennbrew.com

28. Broadway Bingo!
“B-I-N-G-Oooooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain ...” Instead of checking off numbers, players will mark off their Bingo cards by listening to 10-second clips of Broadway musicals. Mamma mia! 7-9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20. Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $20. trustarts.org

29. Garbage Olympics
This alluringly named event is not referring to a terrible Olympics, but a day-long competition held all over Pittsburgh to see who can collect the most trash. Prizes are awarded for quantity and the strangest item found during cleanup. 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21. Neighborhoods all over Pittsburgh. Free. "2019 Garbage Olympics" on Facebook

30. Pittsburgh Mac and Cheese Festival
Pay homage to humanity's crowning culinary achievement with more than 30 variations on this classic dish and plenty of wine and craft beer to wash it down. Plus live music from Elias Khouri and the Right Turn Clyde Band. 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21. Highmark Stadium, 510 W. Station Square Drive., South Side. $20-55. highmarkstadium.com

31. Steel City Ska Fest 2019
Third-wave ska, two-tone ska, traditional ska — listen to all the ska until the word ska starts to sound weird. Featuring Mephiskapheles, The Independents, The Burnrides, Catbite, and more, Steel City Ska Fest 2019 will have a type of ska for every ska lover. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21. Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $25. steelcityskafest.bpt.me

32. Etna Art Tour
Just 10 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh, the borough of Etna is evolving into a hub for local artists. Explore the charming neighborhood with live painting, art exhibits, studio tours, and live music at this fifth annual art tour. 5-9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21. Butler Street, Etna. Free. “Etna Art Tour 2019” on Facebook

33. Fringe Benefits
The artist-run, woman-owned CDCP Project Space presents a collection of artwork by its staff members. Curated by Casey Lee Droege, the show includes works by Candace Opper, Corrine Jasmin, Eriko Hattori, and Nicole Czapinski. Sat., Sept. 21-Oct. 20. 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. caseydroege.com

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Bitchcraft Fair Pittsburgh
34. Bitchcraft Fair Pittsburgh
Like to dabble in the occult? Wish you were BFFs with Sabrina or Hermione? Embrace your resting witch face for a festival full of like-minded artists, mystics, and (alcoholic) spirits. Costumes are encouraged. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. $10. bitchcraftfair.com

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Tyrique Taylor
The FTR is BLK
35. The FTR is BLK
For one night only, an interactive art and fashion show at Glitter Box Theater will showcase the work of Black artists with a fashion show (and competition), live mural painting, raffles, food, drinks, and more. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu., Sept. 26. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. theglitterboxtheater.com

36. Phantom Fright Nights
Is there anything scarier than riding a roller coaster in the dark? Pittsburgh’s beloved amusement park goes dark for Halloween, bringing goblins, cobwebs, fog, and ghoulish treats to the popular attractions. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 26, and Sundays Oct. 13 and 27. Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $20-50. kennywood.com

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Belinda Adam of MICHIYAYA Dance
New York-based dance company MICHIYAYA Dance will bring its multimedia show Gurih to The Andy Warhol Museum for one night. The show, which focuses on the “queering of our senses through a multicultural lens,” will feature dancer Belinda Adam. 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $12-15. warhol.org

38. Olivier Tarpaga's When Birds Refused to Fly
Renowned dancer and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga brings a new dance-theater work focused on (and scored by) the Burkina Faso group Super Volta Orchestra, a band that "evoked the transforming energies that surged across African nations" in the 1960s. Fri., Sept. 27-Sat., Sept. 28. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Pay what makes you happy. kelly-strayhorn.org

39. The Garden of Eden: A Body Positive Party
Shed your inhibitions and more when There Ultra Lounge presents this body-positive, clothing-optional party. Hosted by Pittsburgh Area Naturists, a local group that embraces nudity in social and recreational settings, the event celebrates all body types in a safe, welcoming environment. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri., Sept. 27. 931 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. Registration required. facebook.com/THEREUltra

40. Evil Dead the Musical
If you combine the Evil Dead movies and Army of Darkness, you get a chainsaw, a handful of one-liners, and lots of blood. If you add music to that cornucopia of the macabre, you get Evil Dead the Musical. Sit in the first few rows if you're brave enough to handle "the splash zone." Fri., Sept. 27-Sat., Oct. 19. Gargaro Theater, 327 S. Main St., West End. $40. pittsburghmusicals.com.
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Mark Simpson
Beatles & Bach
41. Beatles & Bach
Modern rock meets ballet when New Hazlett Theater presents Beatles & Bach. The show includes all-new choreography by Texture Contemporary Ballet and original live musical accompaniment by the symphonic Pittsburgh-based rock group, Cello Fury. Fri., Sept. 27-Sun., Sept. 29. 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. $20-30. newhazletttheater.org
42. Factory Installed 2019
This series will highlight pieces from the archives of late artist Greer Lankton. Also included are new, site-specific installations by Jon Rubin, Tra Bouscaren, Naomi Draper, Nathan Hall, Patte Loper, Pepe Mar, Adam Milner, and Patrick Robideau. Opens Fri., Sept. 27. Continues through 2020. Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. $10-15. mattress.org

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Festival of Combustion
43. Festival of Combustion
Pay homage to Carrie Furnace's roots with a celebration of all things fiery, metallic, and hot. Hands-on demos will teach guests skills like glassblowing, iron casting, and welding. If you're more of a hands-off combustion fan, enjoy food trucks, beer, a maker marketplace, and music from Nikki Lane. 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28. Carrie Blast Furnaces, Carrie Furnace Blvd., Rankin. $30. riversofsteel.com

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Joel Hodgson at Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE
44. Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour
Grab your red jumpsuit and join the crew of Gizmonics Institute to revel in the absurdity of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ninja-ghost movie No Retreat, No Surrender. Show creator and longtime host Joel Hodgson will appear with robots Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, to riff on cinematic sculch at the Byham Theater. 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $35-55. trustarts.org

45. Great Race
Pittsburgh has a lot of pretty good races, but only one that's truly Great. Since 1977, the annual fun-run has brought locals together for scenic runs across Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Options include a 5K, 10K, and shorter versions for youngsters. 6 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29. Three Gateway Center, 401 Liberty Ave., Downtown. rungreatrace.com

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Dan Bartow
Food from Cool Beans Food Truck at Pittsburgh Latino Festival
46. Pittsburgh Latino Festival. To celebrate Pittsburgh's Latino community, all of the Latin inspired food trucks in the ‘Burgh will be gathered in one place for a day of delicious family fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29. Strip District. Free. “Pittsburgh Latino Festival” on Facebook

47. Sneaker Convention
The experts all agree: Feet are important and should be treated with respect. And there's no better way to show them love than with a new pair of fresh kicks courtesy of VizDaGenius' sneaker convention at Spirit, featuring music from DJ Spillz and vendors happy to trade/sell/buy to your heart's content. 11 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29. Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10. spiritpgh.com

48. Super Smash Bros. Tournament
Melee for a mural as Roboto hosts a Super Smash Bros. tournament to help fund an upcoming painting at the venue. If altruism isn't your thing, don't worry: the top three contenders will split a prize pot. 12 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29. The Mr. Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. therobotoproject.com

49. Western PA Lamb Cook-off
Thanks for mutton. This year’s Western PA Lamb Cook-off is sure to be a blaaaaaast, featuring a cook-off between 10 collaborative chef teams from Pittsburgh’s most celebrated restaurants. Attendees get unlimited tastings, giveaways, and a swag baaaaaaag. 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29. 26th St., between Railroad and Smallman St., Strip District. $65-100. tablemagazine.com/lamb-fest-1

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John Kerry
50. John Kerry at Pittsburgh Speaker Series
Kicking off the 2019-2020 season of the Pittsburgh Speaker Series is former United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The series features a lineup of influential personalities, and future events include Susan Rice, Bob Woodward, and Jason Alexander. There are seven lectures in total and tickets can only be purchased as a package. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. pittsburghspeakers.org
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51. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
John Williams has literally written every film score in existence. Look it up. See the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra take on one of his classics, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, performed live and synced to the Stephen Spielberg film on a huge HD screen. 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 3. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave. $25-105, pittsburghsymphony.org

52. A Magical Night at the Zoo
Bring the whole family for a night of music, food, and, most importantly, animals. Meet costumed characters, go to a dance party, and get up close and personal with some furry and feathered friends during this special event. 5-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 4. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7370 Baker St., Highland Park. $25-60. $5 for kids 12 and under. pittsburghzoo.org

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
53. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Inspired by the African-American experience, the modern dance ensemble brings 12 dancers to the stage, performing bodies of work inspired by traditional dances from around the world. Fri., Oct. 4-Sat., Oct. 5. August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $38.75-48.75. aacc-awc.org

54. Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Come hear vocalists Blaine Krauss, Tamika Lawrence, Coco Smith, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Queen of Soul’s greatest hits. Fri., Oct. 4-Sun., Oct. 6. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. Starting at $25. pittsburghsymphony.org

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Scott Hunter’s Satisfaction at What Deepest Remains at the Brew House Gallery
55. Group A Presents: What Deepest Remains
Group A, the oldest continuing Guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, celebrates its 75th anniversary with What Deepest Remains. Inspired by Walt Whitman, the juried exhibition showcases works “exploring memory, identity, and the human spirit.” Fri., Oct. 4-Sun., Nov. 3. Brew House Gallery, 711 S. 21st St., South Side. Free. brewhousearts.org

56. Not Medea by off the WALL Productions
In playwright Allison Gregory’s work Not Medea, a working mother enters a theater and in a desperate attempt to avoid watching the play, manipulates the show and its audience. Off the WALL Productions delivers this personal story, described as a “fierce slap-down about love, lust, motherhood, and forgiveness,” to the Carnegie Stage. Fri., Oct. 4-Sat., Oct. 19. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $5-35. insideoffthewall.com

57. Cuando El Rio Suena
Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) takes a look at the ongoing refugee crisis in the United States with Cuando el Río Suena, a solo exhibition by award-winning artist and sculptor Jaime Guerrero. With new glassworks created during his residency at PGC, Guerrero explores the harsh, sometimes deadly reality of the country’s crackdown on immigration. Fri., Oct. 4-Jan. 2020. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. Free or $5 suggested donation. pittsburghglasscenter.org
58. Stroll the Strip
Eat, drink, and party your way through one of Pittsburgh’s most famous business districts. Choose from a number of options, including a family-friendly day tour or more adult-oriented after-parties at Cake Pittsburgh and Audi Pittsburgh’s Rooftop Terrace. 1-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5. Osteria 2350, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. $20-100. stripdistrictneighbors.com/stroll

59. Big Art Party — Peace. Love. Art. 
Break out your favorite tie-dyed shirts and rainbow-colored sunglasses for The Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s coolest party of the year, featuring special guest John Van Hamersveld, whose iconic psychedelic artwork has adorned the museum’s walls all summer. 7:30-11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. $60-75. thewestmoreland.org

60. Roger Zahab Portrait Concert
Since 1990, members of the University of Pittsburgh music department have championed experimental, adventurous music with the Music on the Edge concert series. Now, it's celebrating the career of composer/Pitt lecturer/violinist Roger Zahab, who's no stranger to experimental and adventurous music. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5. Bellefield Hall, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. music.pitt.edu

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61. TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party 10 Year Anniversary
In 2009, TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party began throwing monthly parties at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, playing only 45s with a focus on rare and obscure soul, funk, '50s R&B, and disco. Shadow Lounge is gone, but TITLE TOWN is still going strong and celebrating 10 years with a party at Spirit. 9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. facebook.com/pg/titletownpgh

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Mummies of the World
62. Mummies of the World
Feast your eyes on the largest collection of mummies ever assembled with this massively popular exhibit that boasts artifacts from Europe, South America, and, yes, Egypt. Sat., Oct. 5-Sun., April 19, 2020. Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side. carnegiesciencecenter.org

63. Doors Open Pittsburgh
From bank vaults to historic theaters, Doors Open Pittsburgh takes you on a weekend tour of some of the city’s most iconic spaces. Take a look inside and learn about the fascinating history behind dozens of buildings throughout Downtown and the North Side, including the Union Trust Building, Teutonia Mäennerchor, and more. Sat., Oct. 5. and Sun., Oct. 6. Various locations. Tickets cost up to $20. doorsopenpgh.org

64. Italian Heritage Day
This annual, all-ages event welcomes families from all backgrounds to explore and celebrate Italian-American culture and history. Get to know local Italian organizations and learn about the history of Italians immigrating to Southwestern Pennsylvania. 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 6. Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. heinzhistorycenter.org

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Real Friends at Four Chord Music Festival
65. Four Chord Music Festival 6

Treat yourself to some of the best pop-punk acts around with the return of this much loved festival. Acts include The Offspring, Simple Plan, Anberlin, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and more. Four chords is more than enough. 1:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 6. Highmark Stadium, 510 W. Station Square Drive, South Side. $59-140. fourchordmusicfestival.com

66. Pigtoberfest: A Fall Community Festival
A reference to the history of Rialto Street, which was used for transporting pigs between stockyards and slaughterhouses located in Spring Hill and Herrs Island, Pigtoberfest will take place in Troy Hill and feature a pig roast by Rolling BBQ, free entertainment, and great times. 2-7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 6. Troy Hill Citizens Park, 1619 Lowrie St., North Side. Free. troyhillpittsburgh.com

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Stephen Chbosky
67. Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower helped put Pittsburgh on the map for teenagers all over the world when author Stephen Chbosky’s popular coming-of-age novel, set in the city’s suburbs, was brought to the big screen. Now, the author returns with his second novel, Imaginary Friend, as a guest of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 7. Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $10. pittsburghlectures.org

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Kate Wisel
68. Kate Wisel

Alphabet City at City of Asylum presents a night of literature with authors Kate Wisel and Irina Reyn. Wisel will read from her collection Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz prize from University of Pittsburgh Press. Reyn will read from her novel Mother Country. 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 7. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. RSVP required. alphabetcity.org

69. Punk the Capital
From 1976 to 1985, punk had an explosive moment in D.C., and that period had a monumental impact that reached far beyond its city limits. Pittsburgh will get a chance to experience that moment when the documentary Punk the Capital plays for one night at Union Project as part of an international screening tour. 7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 8. Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park. dcpunkrockdoc.info

70. Bianca Del Rio's It’s JesterJoke
RuPaul's Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio brings her new comedy show, It's JesterJoke, to Pittsburgh. While it is touted as the "biggest ever solo drag show tour in North America," Del Rio says it's more of a standard stand-up comedy show than a drag show. Love her or hate her, it's hard not to be entertained. 8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 8. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $40.75-204.25. trustarts.org
71. Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow and Dance
A dance performance like no other, Catapult tells a story using the art of shadow dancing, where dancers perform from behind a screen to produce silhouettes of various landmarks, animals, and objects. 7:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 10. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $30-50. trustarts.org

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Karen Pike
The Moth Pittsburgh GrandSLAM Story Championship
72. The Moth Pittsburgh GrandSLAM Story Championship
The Moth takes the stage at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall for a battle of words with the Pittsburgh GrandSLAM Story Championship. A handful of storytellers will compete to see who can tell the most compelling tale. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $27. librarymusichall.com

73. Tributefest 10 Friday Night
Head to Cattivo for the first night of Tributefest 10, an annual event featuring live bands performing as legendary music acts. This year’s participants will play as The Kinks, Blondie, Simple Minds, and more, all while raising money for Humane Animal Rescue. Fri., Oct. 11- Sat., Oct. 12. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $10. cattivopgh.com

74. That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody
Sophia, Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy are back ... in puppet form! Pay tribute to the hit comedy about the lives and loves of four women in Florida with a night out at this touring Off-Broadway production. Fri., Oct. 11-Sat., Oct. 12. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $25. trustarts.org

75. This Skin of Ours
Curated by Liz Park, this show focuses on the largest and most exposed human organ: the skin. On view at Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University, the group exhibition includes photography, painting, installation work, and silkscreen on paper. Sat., Oct. 12-Sun., Nov. 17. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. miller-ica.cmu.edu

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76. Darksome Art & Craft Market: Every Day is Halloween
If you start looking for Halloween decorations as soon as the fireworks go off in July, this event was made for you. Paintings, jewelry, clothing, and more will be available to purchase from about 50 “weird and spooky” artists. 12-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12. Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty. darksomecraftmarket.com

77. Dormont Street Fair
Hang out with your neighbors and make new friends while perusing craft vendors, stuffing your face with local food, and listening to live music at one of the city’s most down-to-earth neighborhood parties. 3-10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12. Potomac Avenue, Dormont. Free. boro.dormont.pa.us

78. RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour
Based on the hit reality competition series, the show goes on a wild journey with intergalactic queens and drag performers Asia O’Hara, Aquaria, Detox, Monet Exchange, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki, and Yvie Oddly. 8 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP guests) Sat., Oct. 12. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $57.75-167.75. pittsburghsymphony.org

79. An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960-2018
Explore six decades of work from one of the country’s most influential artists, known best for helping to usher in the modern pop era with his minimalistic but colorful images of flags and targets. Sat., Oct. 12-Sun., Jan. 19. Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $12-20. cmoa.org

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Cory Weaver
Don Giovanni
80. Don Giovanni
What better way for Pittsburgh Opera to open its 81st season than with Mozart's legendary Don Giovanni? The timeless tale focuses on the eventual comeuppance of a smooth-talking jerk named Don Juan and, fun fact, marks the very first use of a trombone in opera (whoa!). Sat., Oct. 12- Sun., Oct. 20. Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Ave., Downtown. $14. pittsburghopera.org
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Sami Saunders Studio
Taste of Lawrenceville
81. Taste of Lawrenceville: Harvest Fest
Similar to the summer and spring editions of Taste of Lawrenceville, enjoy vendor booths from Lawrenceville breweries and restaurants, along with live music and family-friendly entertainment — except this time around there might be a pumpkin, or two. 12-5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13. Bay 41, 4107 Willow St., Lawrenceville. Free. “Taste of Lawrenceville: Harvest Fest” on Facebook

82. Mythburgh
Do you know what makes Pittsburgh creepy? Weird? Unique? The crew at Mythburgh does, and they take stories about Pittsburgh, told by Pittsburghers, and adapt them into short plays and digital content. Season three, which played at Brillobox this spring, has two more runs. 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 12peers.org

83. TRUTHSayers: April Ryan
White House correspondent and political analyst April Ryan has been covering politics for decades, giving her an understanding of the current political turmoil. She’ll speak about her career and experiences at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $42.50. aacc-awc.org

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Brittney Chantele
84. Brittney Chantele: A Fire on Venus
Brittney Chantele is taking her album A Fire on Venus beyond the typical concert performance when she kicks off the 2019-2020 season of the New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series. The performance will include visual art, live back-up musicians, and dancers. 8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17 and Fri., Oct. 18. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. newhazletttheater.org

85. Haunted Museum After Dark
Show off your Halloween costume at this annual party with interactive activities, festive signature cocktails, a costume contest, and more, all within the confines of the museum’s many exhibits. Spooky! 6-10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 18. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $15-32.50. carnegiemnh.org

86. Good Grief
This heartbreaking coming-of-age story follows Nkechi, a young woman mourning the death of her childhood crush, revisiting different stages in her life as she remembers her friend. Fri., Oct. 18-Sun., Oct. 27. Rauh Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse, 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $13-20. pittsburghplayhouse.com

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National Aviary
87. Owl-o-Ween
Dress in your best Halloween get-up to meet and take photos with raptors, owls, and other creatures of the night at the National Aviary. There’s also candy, crafts, and more. Sat., Oct. 19 and Sat., Oct. 26. 700 Arch St., North Side. Included with regular admission. aviary.org

88. ZooBoo
Treat yourself to a family-friendly Halloween party full of cool creatures, tasty treats, pumpkin patches, and more. Collect candy on the new Trick-Or-Treat Trail, hear spooky tunes at the Monster Mash Dance Off, or take a tour through a haunted house. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19-Sun., Oct. 27. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7370 Baker St., Highland Park. Included with regular admission. pittsburghzoo.org

89. Fred Rogers & Us
There’s no better place to celebrate the beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood than a museum celebrating kids in Fred Rogers’ hometown. See artifacts from the original TV series — including his iconic sweater! — exhibited in honor of Rogers’ 30-year relationship with the museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19-Jan. 12, 2020. Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and MuseumLab, 10 Children’s Way, North Side. $13-16. pittsburghkids.org

90. Fall Flower Show: Phipps Conservatory
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens continues its traditional, long-running Fall Flower Show with Japanese Inspirations. The three-week show highlights the art, culture, and botanical beauty of Japan, with giant origami peace cranes, floating lanterns, and vibrant parade dragons, as well as an interactive rock garden, and more. Sat., Oct. 19-Sun., Nov. 10. 1 Schenley Park, Oakland. Included with regular admission. phipps.conservatory.org

91. EQT Young Playwrights Festival
Pittsburgh middle and high school students are the stars as six one-act plays are professionally produced on City Theatre’s stage, the winning scripts chosen from about 400 submissions. Tue., Oct. 22-Thu., Oct. 31. City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $10-15. citytheatrecompany.org

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Lee Terbosic
92. The Life and Death of Harry Houdini
Lee Terbosic, Pittsburgh’s most well-known magician and one of the advisors of the city's popular new magic venue, will explore the mysteries surrounding Harry Houdini’s death and demonstrate some of his most magical moments. Wed., Oct. 23-Sun., Nov. 23. Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40-65. trustarts.org

93. Jurassic World Live
The terrifying dinosaurs of the Jurassic Park films are coming to life once more — this time in the form of life-sized robotic replicas at PPG Paints Arena. The show takes audiences on a journey to the island of Isla Nublar with state-of-the-art projected displays, 3D technology, and live stunts. Thu., Oct. 24-Sun., Oct. 27. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $40-100. ppgpaintsarena.com

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Duane Rieder
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94. Giselle with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra
A girl dies of a broken heart after discovering the deceit of her lover in this breathtaking supernatural romantic ballet telling a tale of love, death, and revenge. Fri., Oct. 25-Sun., Oct. 27. Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $28-112. pbt.org

95. The Rocky Horror Show
Damnit, Janet. It’s a rite of passage for folks to celebrate Halloween at least once in their lives by watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theater. Stage Right elevates the experience with a live musical version of the famous cheesy horror flick. 8 p.m. and midnight. Fri., Oct. 25-Sat., Oct. 26. Lamp Theatre, 222 Main St., Irwin. $20-25. lamptheatre.org

96. 2019 Dirty Dozen
Test your bicycling mettle with Dirty Dozen, a challenge for riders of all levels. The race begins at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park and takes competitors up and over 13 of the city’s steepest hills. 8 a.m. Sat., Oct. 26. Lake Drive, Highland Park. Registration fees apply for riders. bikereg.com/43625 

97. Hall-O-Scene
The Smiling Moose invites ghouls to haunt floors for an alternative Halloween bash with dancing, drink specials, and more. Monster mash away to tunes by DJ Adam and a special performance by Melissa Marie Green of the reality TV show Bad Girls Club and the electronic music duo Millionaires. 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $15-30. smiling-moose.com

98. Pittsburgh Zine Fair
Support the local DIY publishing scene when the Pittsburgh Zine Fair comes to the Ace Hotel. See self-published works by a diverse array of artists, writers, and activists from across the region. 12-6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. Free. pghzinefair.com

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Joan Marcus
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99. Mean Girls
Get in, loser. We’re going to the Benedum. The iconic film turned hit Broadway musical brings everyone’s favorite mean girls to the stage. Brace yourself for angst, wisecracks, and wicked insults. Tue., Oct. 29-Sun., Nov. 3. Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $40-125. trustarts.org

100. Leonard Suryajaya: Novi, Dear
An exhibition of photography from artist Leonard Suryajaya, this show will explore issues of family and migration with “elaborately staged photographs bursting with patterns and colors,” in which Suryajaya — an Indonesian citizen of Chinese descent — creates “absurd and affectionate tableaux featuring his family, strangers, and friends.” Thu., Oct. 31-Sat., Jan. 11. Silver Eye Center for Photography, 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free. silvereye.org

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