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A Second Home

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31
Mattress Factory Satellite Gallery 1414 Monterey St., Pittsburgh North Side

Work by Dennis Maher. 412-231-3169


Mattress Factory 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh North Side

A permanent public art installation created by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn on the roof of the museum. 412-231-3169

Enter the Imaginarium

Enter the Imaginarium 32 Alpha Dr. West, Harmar

Enter the Imaginarium is a thrilling live-action adventure where immersive theater meets escape room! Work as a team to unlock worlds within worlds and discover clues to solve intricate puzzles. Race against the clock to locate the Imaginarium’s creator or risk being trapped inside — forever. Some will prevail, most will fail. Enter if you dare.

War in the Pacific 1941-1945

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall 4141 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh Oakland

Feat. a collection of military artifacts showcasing photographs, uniforms, shells & other related items. 412-621-4253

Masters of the Sky

National Aviary Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh North Side

Explore the power & grace of the birds who rule the sky. Majestic eagles, impressive condors, stealthy falcons and their friends take center stage! 412-323-7235

Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier.

Fort Pitt Museum 101 Commonwealth Pl., Point State Park, Pittsburgh Downtown

During the mid-18th century, thousands of settlers of European & African descent were captured by Native Americans. Using documentary evidence from 18th & early 19th century sources, period imagery, & artifacts from public & private collections in the U.S. and Canada, the exhibit examines the practice of captivity from its prehistoric roots to its reverberations in modern Native-, African- & Euro-American communities. 412-281-9284

Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh North Side

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Ongoing: Buhl Digital Dome (planetarium), Miniature Railroad & Village, USS Requin submarine & more. 412-237-3400

From Slavery to Freedom

Senator John Heinz History Center 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District

Highlight's Pittsburgh's role in the anti-slavery movement. 412-454-6000

Tropical Forest Congo

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Oakland

An exhibit highlighting some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. 412-622-6914


Carnegie Science Center 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh North Side

Experience kinetic water-driven motion & discover the relations between water, land & habitat. How do everyday decisions impact water supply & the environment? 412-237-3400


Carnegie Science Center 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh North Side

Interactive displays that communicate biology in memorable ways. 412-237-3400

#Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience

Senator John Heinz History Center 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District

Feat. nearly 400 photographs dated from the 1850s to 1960s – including many that have never been displayed to the public. From the darkroom to the digital era, the photographs reflect a wide variety of subjects & time periods, from turn-of-the-century mugshots to the 1960 World Series, from the 1936 Flood to the Westinghouse Skybus & from early daguerreotypes to Polaroids, all while exploring Pittsburgh’s cycle of change & renewal. 412-454-6000

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History


Displaying 660 different movie cameras, showing pictures on glass, many hand-painted. The largest display of 19th Century photographs in America. 412-231-7881

Pittsburgh Banjo Club

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Allegheny Elks Lodge #339 400 Cedar Ave., Pittsburgh North Side


Accessible Tech Training @ LBPH

Third Wednesday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m.

Need assistance with your smartphone or tablet? Join us for a hands-on tech training focusing on your devices accessibility options (voiceover/screen readers, magnification, enlarged fonts, etc). We can help with any operating system (iOS, Android), and any kind of device! Please bring your own device if you have one, if not, feel free to use one of ours! 412-687-2440

PGH Self-Inquiry Group Session

First and Third Wednesday of every month
Friends Meeting House 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh Oakland

Discussion & group confrontation based on teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, Richard Rose & others. 412-683-2669

Carnegie Knits & Reads

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Carnegie Library, Oakland 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Oakland

Informal knitting session w/ literary conversation. 412-622-3151

Spanish II

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Library, Oakland 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Oakland

Geared toward those who already have a basic understanding of Spanish & are interested in increasing proficiency. 412-622-3151

Pittsburgh Self-inquiry Confrontation Meeting

Third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Friends Meeting House 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh Oakland

"Who am I?" is a distinct search for an answer to life's Big Questions. There are ways and means to pursue, authors to be found, teachers who advise, but sincere fellow seekers can be an invaluable source of inspiration and momentum on this path. All serious inquirers are welcome to take part in our Confrontation sessions which question our thinking and rationalizations to reveal obstacles to seeing clearly. Featured: writings of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, Richard Rose, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Douglas Harding and others 412-760-9384

Bienvenido: Have Fun While You Speak Spanish

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Mount Lebanon Public Library 16 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Mt. Lebanon Mt. Lebanon

Practice your Spanish in an informal setting. 412-531-1912

Pub Quiz

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
East End Brewing Company 147 Julius St., Pittsburgh Larimer

Hosted by Drew Cranisky. 412-537-2337

Tangled Truth

Through Aug. 18, 6 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Contemporary Craft 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District

Tangled Truths, an exhibition by Pittsburgh artists Michelle Browne and Risë Nagin, will be on display at Contemporary Craft’s (CC) BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery. In Tangled Truths, Browne and Nagin explore impermanence, perception, and the truth of everyday life through installations of fiber works. 412-261-7003

Garden Volunteering at Frick Environmental Center

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Continues through Sept. 26
Frick Environmental Center 2005 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill

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Join Parks Conservancy staff at the Frick Environmental Center for these regularly scheduled events! Volunteers work with our gardeners to weed, deadhead, and mulch. Projects vary by season. Tools, gloves and training are provided. Please meet at the Barn at 9 am. Garden Volunteering takes place on accessible, even paths. Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. We hold our events rain or shine. Thunderstorms and high winds cancel. 412-682-7275

Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion

Through Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Oakland

Look and listen as spectacular interactive soundscapes, visual art and kinetic motion installations bring our stunning summer show to life. Featuring contemporary installations by artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, this unique new show immerses you in a colorful world of eye-catching, interactive art, music and sounds. The whole family will enjoy this thrilling sensory adventure, surrounded by summer blooms, surprises and special effects! 412-622-6914

Visual Voices: Truth Narratives

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18
Contemporary Craft 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District

With the opening reception tonight, Contemporary Craft’s exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives begins its five-month showcase. The exhibit uses ceramic work that seeks to tell the artists’ personal stories of racism, sexism and classism, by using visual imagery and narratives. The 37 nationally and internationally recognized artists include Syd Carpenter, a Pittsburgh native whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The work featured is inspired both by the human experience of the artists, and the media they’re influenced by, creating a sense of a global community, interconnected by universal stories. - Lauren Ortego 412-261-7003

The Pigeon Comes to Pittsburgh! A Mo Willems Exhibit

Through Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh North Side

Buy Tickets$14 - $16

Spend an exciting day with the characters of beloved children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems, including best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 412-322-5058

“River Separates Water”

Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Continues through Aug. 26
Wood Street Galleries 601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh Downtown


Make & Take Jewelry Class

Mondays, Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
Allegory Gallery 215 East Main, Ligonier

Learn how to make great jewelry! All projects take 20 minutes to 1 hour to complete, and you will leave with a finished project every time! We will work with you on your schedule, anytime between 12PM to 4PM on Mondays & Wednesdays. Plus, on the first and third Wednesday of every month, we stay until 7PM! So, there's a time to fit nearly everyone's schedule! Create one of our pre-made projects, or design your own! Our teachers will help you bring your creations to life! 724-610-3770

Chaos Theory: New works by Dan Overdorff

Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 18
DV8 Espresso Bar & Gallery 208 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg Greensburg

Dan Overdorff will be unveiling all new works in this exhibition using his self-titled "Poporiginal Expressionistic" style. The new works explore the meshing of worlds through aboriginal, abstract expressionistic, color theory and pop art techniques. 25% of the work sold will be donated to Wayward Animal Rescue in Greensburg, PA. Opening reception June 23, 6-8 p.m. Light bites will be provided by Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi on a first come, first serve basis along with a poetry reading, music & more. 724-219-0804

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium zipline

Through Sept. 3
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium One Wild Place, Pittsburgh Highland Park

Finally, a way to fulfill your dream of flying over a jungle filled with scores of exotic animals. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has introduced an all-new zipline, and it’ll be here throughout the summer. The ride begins at the highest point of the zoo, overlooking Allegheny River and traveling 170 feet through the Jungle Odyssey section, meaning you’ll be going right over the pygmy hippos and giant anteaters. If you're older than 6, weigh between 60 and 250 lbs., and are wearing closed-toe shoes, you'll be all set to zip. -Lauren Ortego 412-665-3639

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