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click to enlarge Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood - PHOTO: STEPHEN HAZUGA
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Week Three

Wed., Sept. 26

24. LIT — Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers’ Series: Rachel Ghansah. PCWS brings American essayist Rachel Ghansah to Oakland to speak on a connection between "art and thinking," which sounds both vague and fairly alluring. Ghansah’s work has been in GQ, The Paris Review, The Believer, and The New York Times Magazine, and her first book is due later this year. 7:30-9 p.m. Heinz Memorial Chapel, Fifth Ave. and S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. Free. heinzchapel.pitt.edu

Thu., Sept. 27

25. SPORTS — Caring for Kids Gala. Steelers icon Jerome Bettis’ The Bus Stops Here Foundation is staging its 13th annual gala dedicated to funding its projects that provide opportunities for inner-city youth. Ticket price includes a cocktail reception, a dinner, and, of course, The Bus himself. 6 p.m. PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Side. $250. thebusstopsherefoundation.org

Fri., Sept. 28

26. SPOOKY — Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood. Kennywood gets creepy for another season of Phantom Fright Nights. Pittsburgh’s famous theme park transforms into a horrifying spectacle with zombies, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and other ghastly ghouls hiding around every corner. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $29.99. kennywood.com

27. DANCE — Virago-Man Dem. Dance is often perceived as soft, graceful, and feminine. But where does that leave men? Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem celebrates black masculinity in this theatrical dance performance exploring race and gender. 8 p.m. Also Sat., Sept. 29. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $5-30. kelly-strayhorn.org

Sat., Sept. 29

28. STAGE — Lobby Hero. Tensions run high as a security officer, a building manager, and two cops become entangled in a murder-mystery. This play from acclaimed author Kenneth Lonergan unfolds in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building, but Pittsburghers will relate. Continues through Oct. 20. Times vary. barebones productions, 1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock. $35. barebonesproductions.com

29. MUSIC — Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival. Workshops and lectures are added perks, but music is the main attraction of this inaugural festival. Free performances are planned, along with ticketed shows by Bettye LaVette, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and John Scofield. Also Sun., Sept. 30. August Wilson Center. Prices vary. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. aacc-awc.org

30. LIT — First in Peace: The Delaware Indian Nation and its 1778 Treaty with the U.S. with author Dr. David Preston. What do you know about the first-ever foreign treaty signed by the United States? A refresher may be needed, if not a first-time lesson. Author Dr. David Preston discusses the subject in his book Braddock’s Defeat, about this young country’s treaty with the Delaware Indian Nation in 1778. 6-7:30 p.m. Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Pl., Downtown. $15-20. heinzhistorycenter.org

31. FOOD — Cornhole Tournament & Cookout. Grab a friend and compete (or just eat) at South Side’s first cornhole- and cooking-themed cookout. Texas Roadhouse will serve the Lone Star State’s best barbecue alongside beer from Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. to quench your thirst. Cookouts aren’t just for summer. 12- 5 p.m. SouthSide Works, 425 Cinema Drive, South Side. $25. southsideworks.com.

Sun., Sept. 30

32. OUTDOORS — The Great Race. With a 5K, 10K, an “on the mark” challenge and “junior” version, The Great Race has transformed into an all-inclusive event 41 years into its existence. It is held in honor of the late Richard Caliguiri, Pittsburgh’s popular former mayor who established the race as a “community fun run.” 8 a.m. (5K/Walk); 9:30 a.m. (10K). Fifth and Atwood, Oakland. rungreatrace.com

33. DANCE — "The Speed of Sound." Texture Ballet Company takes classical techniques for a spin, merging traditional ballet with two contemporary composers. Dancers take on tangled tones of Philip Glass and alternative music from The Frightened Rabbit, each piece exploring interaction of movement and sound. Continues through Sun., Sept. 30. New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. $20-30. newhazletttheater.org

Mon., Oct. 1

34. STAGE — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. From legendary Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson, this play tells the story of Ma Rainey’s band in a Chicago studio. Part of Wilson’s "Pittsburgh Cycle," this story explores the exploitative nature of the American music industry and how it reinforces and deepens racial inequality. Continues through Mon., Oct. 1. Times vary. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $35. pghplaywrights.org

Tue., Oct. 2

35. PARTY — West Oakland Block Party. Imagine a time when college students and neighborhood residents get along? This West Oakland Block Party figures to be one. Organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s office of community and governmental relations, this get-together is casual, and food is provided. Who doesn’t dig free food? 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. The Corner, 200 Robinson St., Oakland. allevents.in/Pittsburgh

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