Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Featured Events

  • Sat., Jan. 25, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Get comfy at Mt. Lebanon Public Library during its Brews for a Chili Night event. While the smooth sounds of RML Jazz float through the library, you can put on an (alcohol) blanket with samples from more than two dozen regional ales, lagers, stouts, and cider, in addition to warming your insides with a variety of flavorful blue-ribbon chili from professional chefs and hand-picked home cooks. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance, as they will not be available at the door.
    16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (map)
  • Sat., Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m.
    Get a first look at Michael Lotenero’s “soulful and bold expressions” at the opening reception for VINYL at ZYNKA Gallery. All of the pieces in the exhibit are reverse-painted on vinyl, producing art that explores landscape and structures as a temporal experience.
  • Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
    Comedian Ari Shaffir brings his Ari Shaffir: Jew tour to Roxian Theatre for a night of hilarious introspection regarding his religious upbringing and life outside the faith. Shaffir was raised Orthodox, lived in a religious community, and attended yeshiva in Israel for two years before returning to the states as an atheist. He's got some killer bits on YouTube to peruse before the show, and you might know him from his podcast Skeptic Tank, his Comedy Central specials, appearances on Conan, and a role in the Jon Hamm/Zach Galifianakis movie Keeping Up With The Joneses.
    425 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks McKees Rocks (map)
  • Jan. 25-March 8
    The Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University presents An Institute of Investigative Living, a solo exhibition featuring work by California-based artist Andrea Zittel. Curated by Elizabeth Chodos, the show spans Zittel’s career with a wide range of media that the Miller ICA websites describes as resting at the intersection of art, architecture, and design. Expect to see furniture, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and painting, as well as two newly commissioned tile floors.
    Purnell Center for the Arts, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map)
  • Sun., Jan. 26
    Next month, conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's opera Fidelio at the historic Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria, where it first premiered in 1805. But first, Honeck and crew are warming up with a couple of dry runs here in Pittsburgh, along with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. The opera is the story of a woman named Leonore who disguises herself as a little boy to infiltrate the prison where her husband is being unjustly kept by a political rival. This is Beethoven's first and only opera, so don't sleep on this opportunity. It may not be Vienna, but Heinz Hall ain't half bad.
    600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Downtown (map)
  • Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Tue., Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
    Lose yourself in a story of dark enchantment when the Pittsburgh Opera presents a production of Alcina at the Creative and Performing Arts Magnet school (CAPA). George Frideric Handel's opera finds Bradamante trying to save her fiancé Ruggiero from the clutches of the seductive sorceress Alcina and her sister, Morgana. As titillating as it sounds, the stakes are pretty high — if Ruggiero doesn’t shake Alcina’s evil spell, he’s destined to be transformed into a beast, or worse, an inanimate object. Alcina is presented in partnership with the Chatham Baroque musical group.
    111 9th St., Pittsburgh Downtown (map)
  • Sun., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Check your tracking, son. (This is the first time that sentence has ever been written.) And if you grew up with VHS tapes, you get it. If you’re young, cool, and never held those gorgeous cinematic rectangles, find out what all the hype is about and stop by Pittsburgh Analog and Dead Media Swap at The Smiling Moose. Need Broken Arrow on Laserdisc and Face/Off on pristine VHS? Of course, you do. Enjoy a burger and a brew as they screen obscure shorts, trailers, and music videos for your entertainment.
    1306 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh South Side (map)
  • Sun., Jan. 26, 4 p.m.
    Experience art on the (very) big screen when the Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center presents Gauguin From The National Gallery, London. The documentary takes viewers on an intimate, guided tour of the of the major National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits. Shot in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands, and the U.K., the film also explores Gauguin's complicated legacy through what the synopsis describes as “the lens of art history, but also those of gender and post-colonial politics, reassessing his treatment of young indigenous women and his role in 19th-century French colonialism.”
    Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center
    1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh North Side (map)
  • Through Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
    Based on a 1927 H.P. Lovecraft story, the film adaptation Color Out of Space, showing at the Harris Theater, stars Nicholas Cage as a father and husband who recently moved his family from the city to a farm. He takes up gardening, but things start to get weird when a meteorite with alien properties crashes into their yard, infecting their land, water supply, and psyches. It’s a bit of horror, a bit of science fiction, and a lot of Nicholas Cage doin’ his thing.
    809 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh Downtown (map)
  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28
    Free and open to the public.
    Sherry Rusinack’s artist bio calls her “a dumpster diving, trash night loving, thrift shop junkie, junk artist working to create whatever artful thing she can think up.” For Ship of Fools, on display in the upstairs gallery at BoxHeart Gallery, Rusinack transforms her beloved junk into gorgeous upcycled mixed-media architectural pieces of house boats and shanties. Downstairs at Transience, in the main gallery, artist Seth Clark reclaims aged materials like scrap wood to create two-dimensional collage paintings. Take time to dive into both exhibits before Sat., Feb. 1, when fans will have a chance to meet the artists during a reception.
    4523 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh Bloomfield (map)
  • Wed., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.
    $30, $40, $50, $60
    Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake has everything you want in a ballet: interspecies love, a lake full of tears, a happy ending. Catch this mesmerizing masterpiece when Ukraine's legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa brings its 55-member cast to The Palace Theatre for a full-scale performance for its first-ever U.S. tour. You might have seen Swan Lake before, but you have almost certainly not seen it on this scale with this caliber of performers.
    21 W. Otterman St, Greensburg Greensburg (map)
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
    Cancer isn’t the only “c” word that can tear a family apart. The Duquesne University Red Masquers' tackles a story of a family dealing with a different type of illness in C-Word, written by Red Masquers' board president Olivia LeSuer. The dark comedy of a woman returning home to live with her mother after being released from a psychiatric hospital addresses how mental health is handled by different generations.