Seven Days in Pittsburgh: March 25-31 | Pittsburgh City Paper

Seven Days in Pittsburgh: March 25-31

This week’s must-see arts and cultural events

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Photo: David Bachman Photography
James Lesniak at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters during the recording of “Women’s March – A Celebration of Women Composers” — see Fri., March 26
Thu., March 25

Hear from queer Pittsburgh author Charlie Lefever as they read from their latest book Find Me When You Come Back during a Virtual Poetry Reading at White Whale Bookstore. Described as “creative nonfiction with a surreal twist,” Lefever’s work will be read along with readers Lisa Summe, Shooooz, and Pres DaPoet. 7 p.m. Free.

Next in line for the New Hazlett Theater’s 2021 CSA performance season is Local Singles, a play about “the last surviving support group in Pittsburgh for lonely people.” The performance, written by Pittsburgh-based playwright and musician Nick Navari, focuses on Penny, her surprise pregnancy, and her boyfriend’s subsequent departure. Local Singles is described as a pop musical, so be prepared to have songs stuck in your head long after the show has ended. 8 p.m. Also 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fri., March 26. Free.

Fri., March 26

To learn more about The Andy Warhol Museum’s current exhibition Fantasy America, join the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for Lit Fridays with Nona Faustine. The Lit Fridays series features monthly conversations and performances on the last Friday of each month. Faustine will share her “My Country” series that is part of Fantasy America, in which artists revisit Andy Warhol’s 1985 publication America by producing their own picture of contemporary American life. Faustine, a native New Yorker and award-winning photographer, examines modern injustices through photography of public monuments and civic buildings that relate to African American histories. 6 p.m. Free.


Join the Pittsburgh Opera for Women's March, a virtual concert event celebrating the history of female composers, from Hildegard von Bingen, famed 11th-century musician and Benedictine nun, to Grammy award-winning modern classical composer Libby Larsen. The event will be broadcast through the Opera's YouTube channel. 7 p.m. Free.

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Photo: Emily Kane/Bike PGH
Attendees at a prior Bike PGH event demonstrate fixing a flat tire ahead of WMNBikePGH Workshop’s Spring Tune Up.
Sat., March 27

It’s time to pull out the old Schwinn from the basement and get ready to ride. But if your bike needs a bit of a tune up before hitting the pavement, join Katie Blackburn from Free Ride for a virtual class on how to get your brakes, tires, and gear shifts in proper order. The WMNBikePGH Workshop: Spring Tune Up is presented by Bike Pittsburgh in partnership with Venture Outdoors, and available by Zoom, so Blackburn can answer any questions riders might have. 10 a.m. Free.

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Screenshot: Stephen A. Schrum
Cast of Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company’s Dark Hamlet
Top Row, left to right: Stephen A. Schrum, director; John Paul Ritchey, Hamlet; Logan Tomko, Horatio; Emily Buckel, Ophelia; Middle Row, left to right: Jason Vichinsky, Claudius/Ghost; Felicia Dusha, Gertrude; Cletus McConville, Polonius; Clayton Gregg V, Laertes; Third Row, left to right: Joseph Fitz, Rosencrantz, Player King; Callum Vargo, Guildenstern/Gravedigger; Deanna Lesso: Osric/Player Queen; Michele Laity, stage manager; Bottom row: Chloe Mager, assistant stage manager
If you’ve ever wondered what Shakespeare’s Hamlet would be like if Hamlet were in the middle of a morphine dream, join Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company for a production of Dark Hamlet. The production, directed by Dr. Stephen A. Schrum, begins with the “To be or not to be” soliloquy and continues for just under an hour with about one-sixth of the original script out of its usual order. Schrum edited the script for the production, which will feature current students, alumni, and a special guest alum. 7:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Sun., March 28. Free.

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Photo: Sandy Parks
Beverley Street members Allan Carr, Janie Rothfield, and Bill Wellington, part of Calliope’s Celtic Music Fest
Sun., March 28

Join a trio of folk musicians and singers for Calliope’s One Day Old-Time Celtic Music Fest. Described on the Calliope website as a “journey in song and melody from Scotland to Appalachia and back again,” the Facebook Live event features the Beverley Street band, with Janie Rothfield on the fiddle, Bill Wellington on clawhammer banjo and mandolin, and Allan Carr on backup guitar and mandocello. Enjoy concerts and storytelling, as well as jams and musical workshops over Zoom. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Watch on the Calliope Facebook page. Free. $15 for workshops.

Mon., March 29

The start and success of the American Revolution led to a democracy subsequently copied the world over. Learn just exactly how America won its sovereignty from Britain with the American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith exhibit now on display at the Heinz History Center. There are rare artifacts, engaging interactives, and an immersive exhibit design that showcases the history of how Americans have voted, protested, and engaged with our politics. Timed tickets for in-person visits. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. $9-18.

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Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Murrell
Event moderator for Honoring Women on the Frontline of COVID-19 Audrey J. Murrell, Ph.D. Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Tue., March 30

The University of Pittsburgh Library System and the Pitt Community Engagement Center in Homewood will conclude Women’s History Month with Honoring Women on the Frontline of COVID-19. The virtual event welcomes women across health care, education, and other industries to talk about the struggles and consequences of balancing work with the stress of taking on extra duties in the home, such as childcare. 1-2 p.m. Event will take place on Zoom. Free with registration.

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Justice Ginsburg mid workout routine in RBG
Wed., March 31

The ACLU of Pennsylvania will host a screening of the documentary RBG, about the life and work of the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with the City of Asylum. The film will be followed by a Q&A with representatives from the ACLU and a discussion about what needs to be done for women's rights in Pennsylvania. 7 p.m. Free with registration.