Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Punkin Chunkin

Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Three years ago, some brilliant human noticed that "chucking" and "pumpkin" rhyme if you mispronounce both words. And so it was that the annual Punkin Chunkin event was born. SHARP Robotics from Sarah Heinz House are setting up a full-size trebuchet (catapult) at Hartwood Acres and then the punkin-chunkin' begins. The event is free and features crafts, games, plus food and drinks from local food trucks (including Le's Oriental Concessions and Rogue BBQ).
Hartwood Acres 200 Hartwood Acres, Allison Park Allison Park (map) 412-767-9200

Halloween Bar Crawl

Sat., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
$29.99-39.99
This year, Halloween starts early— Pittsburgh’s Official Halloween Bar Crawl will have you raising glasses by 2 p.m. Crawl your way between the South Side’s best venues with food and drink specials, live performances, and top-notch DJs. Tickets include entry to all venues, the kick-off party, the half-time party, and the after-party. It doesn’t stop there: light up the dance floor with color-changing cups and LED bracelets. Since it wouldn’t be Halloween without a good, old fashioned costume contest, dress your best for a chance to win some cash. Prizes will be awarded to the scariest, funniest, or sexiest costumes.
South Side Riverfront Park South Side Flats, Pittsburgh South Side (map)

Brewtal Beer Fest

Sat., Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
$35-60
What happens when beer and a metal music festival are combined? Brewtal Beer Fest, part beer festival, part music event. Established in November 2016, Brewtal Beer Fest is back for its third year at Mr. Smalls Theatre. The fest utilizes the entire venue with stages, breweries, and vendors spread throughout. Sample beers from over 30 craft breweries while enjoying music from death metal bands Dying Fetus, Incantation, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, and more. Although the name sounds rough, the Brewtal Beer Fest will be far from brutal. The creators of the event pride themselves on designing a festival that is just as fun for the performers as it is for the guests.
Mr. Smalls Theater 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale Millvale (map) 412-821-4447

Everyday Hustle

Sun., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
$15
There is no shortage of depictions of single parenthood on screen, but movies usually show a mother struggling to raise her fatherless children, especially when it comes to black characters. Local filmmaker Jay White is trying to change this with his Pittsburgh-set drama Everyday Hustle, premiering at the August Wilson Center. The story follows a man who, after losing his wife and career, must learn to navigate life as a single father struggling to make ends meet. He gets a job as a jitney driver but still feels the temptations for the tougher life of the streets.

Rail~Volution

Oct. 21-24
$225-745
Transit nerds rejoice: one of the nation’s biggest transportation conferences is coming to Pittsburgh. Rail~Volution is taking over three days at Downtown’s Wyndham Grand Hotel, providing the kind of transit insight and wonkery that planners, advocates, and urbanists can only dream of. Want to learn the pros and cons of on-demand bikes and scooters for last-mile connections? You’re covered. Want to talk about dedicated bus lanes and their effect on parking and congestion? You’re covered. Bus-network guru Jarett Walker will be in attendance, as will regional transportation leaders like Port Authority’s Katharine Eagan Kelleman. Get on your bike or catch the bus or light-rail to Downtown. You can drive too, if you must, but expect to be shunned. Continues through October 24.
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-391-4600

Alex Da Corte

Tue., Oct. 23, 5 p.m.
Free
Artist Alex Da Corte stops by Carnegie Mellon University to present a talk for the School of Art’s Visiting Lecture Series. Da Corte, whose work appears as part of the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, produces neon-lit, pop culture-influenced installations with the ability to both dazzle and terrify — his C-A-T SPELLS MURDER, for example, features a giant, red, upside down cartoon cat awash in harsh red light. He has also had solo exhibitions at the New Museum, MASS MoCA, and the ICA Philadelphia. The event takes place in CMU’s Kresge Theatre.
Kresge Theater, CMU 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 412-279-2970

Minus the Bear

Tue., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
$25
After 17 years, Minus the Bear is calling it a day. Before that happens, however, the Seattle-based indie rock band will stop at Mr. Smalls Theatre as part of a North American farewell tour. The group — now consisting of Jake Snider, Dave Knudson, Cory Murchy, and Alex Rose, as well as touring member Joshua Sparks — will dig deep into its catalogue for the final Pittsburgh show, going back to early albums like 2001's This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. They may also break out some selections from the final EP, Fair Enough, which is out on October 19.
Mr. Smalls Theater 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale Millvale (map) 412-821-4447

The Book of White People

Wed., Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
In case it isn’t obvious, this is a crucial time in American history to better understand the power and privilege of whiteness. The Book of White People, an exhibit at BOOM Concepts by local artist Christiane Dolores, examines the effect whiteness has on both white people and people of color. The multimedia collection includes a symbolically heavy crown hanging from the ceiling, an actual book for visitors to share their experiences with whiteness, and a mock fireplace representing the burning of sportswear in the name of Colin Kaepernick. The exhibit is introspective and interactive, but also tackles a thorny topic with humor.
BOOM Concepts 5139 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Garfield (map) n/a

Wind Atlas, CRUCES, plastic idea, Wisteria, DJ Erica Scary

Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
$6
Roll around in the dark with fittingly moody fall lineup at Bloomcraft. At the top of the bill is Barcelona's Wind Atlas (a darkwave synth band you might not get to see in the states again soon), joined by locals CRUCES (doomy rock), plastic idea (reverby post-punk), Wisteria (post-punk) and hosted by DJ Erica Scary. Don't actually roll around at the show, it was a figure of speech we just made up.
Bloomcraft 460 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 724-699-2613

Dr. Lisa Genova

Wed., Oct. 24, 9 p.m.
For those with neurological diseases and disorders, life can be tough to navigate. Public perception rarely helps. Neuroscientist and author Dr. Lisa Genova has focused her writing and speeches on examining public perception of disease. Genova’s award-winning fiction has been inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. Genova brings her unique blend of neuroscience and storytelling as part of RMU’s Pittsburgh Speaker Series at Heinz Hall.
Heinz Hall 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-392-4900

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