Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

Wed., Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.
In the 1960s, Black civil rights activist Robert Williams set up a rifle club to defend his people from the KKK or other violent offenders. His book Negroes with Guns explored violent racism and his disagreements with the non-violent civil rights movement. The 2004 documentary Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power tracks the activist’s life and work, offering much discussion on a topic that is as relevant now as it was then. The documentary screens at CLP-Homewood as part of the From Slavery to Freedom film series, presented by the Heinz History Center.
Carnegie Library, Homewood 7101 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh Homewood (map) (412) 731-3080

Freelance Writer Happy Hour: Icicles and Invoices

Thu., Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
Writing can be a pretty bleak industry nowadays, rife with disheartening layoffs and motivate a writer — it’s much easier to spend your days under a blanket. Freelance Writer Happy Hour: Icicles and Invoices at The Abbey on Butler Street is here to combat both of these struggles. Complain about rejections and late payments and brag about publications and progress with other freelance, remote, or otherwise nomadic writers.
The Abbey on Butler Street 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh Lawrenceville (map) (412) 682-0200

Pittsburgh Comics Salon: Sam Ombiri

Thu., Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
BOOM Concepts welcomes cartoonist, comics maker, and film lover, Sam Ombiri, for its first monthly Pittsburgh Comics Salon. The all-ages event promises an evening of art, conversation, and an atmosphere of solidarity. Ombiri — whose work has appeared in the 2017 Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council show Parallel Mutation as part of the Pittsburgh Independent Comics Expo — will discuss his approach and show some of his movies, animations, and art.
BOOM Concepts 5139 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Garfield (map) n/a

An Octoroon

Feb. 21-24
$20
Kinetic Theatre presents An Octoroon at the New Hazlett Theater. The title — a term used to describe someone who is one-eighth Black by descent — refers to Zoe, a beautiful woman and love interest to the main character George. In 1959, George arrives on the plantation where she lives after its owner, also his uncle, dies. Directed by Andrew Paul and featuring a large diverse cast, the work takes a provocative, darkly humorous approach to exploring racial identity and the history of American slavery.
New Hazlett Theater Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh North Side (map)

The Children of NAN

Fri., Feb. 22, 1 p.m.
$28.75-58.75
Last year, local artist Alisha B. Wormsley declared that there are, in fact, Black people in the future with her East Liberty billboard project of the same name, which sparked controversy after it was taken down. Apparently, she also meant imagined futures, as is the case with her film The Children of NAN, screening at the August Wilson Cultural Center during the Black Bottom Film Festival. Described as a metaphor for the survival and power of Black women, the futuristic dystopian film tells the story of Aditi 34, who escapes life in an underground lab where she was created by her maker, the Scientist. Event includes a Q&A with Wormsley.
August Wilson Cultural Center 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-471-6070

Engineering with Da Vinci Sleepover

Fri., Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
As a kid, there is almost nothing cooler than a sleepover, except maybe a sleepover that involves catapults and trebuchets. Engineering with Da Vinci Sleepover at the Carnegie Science Center gives kids the chance to spend the night among recreations of the artist and inventor’s work, featured in Da Vinci The Exhibition. A ticket to the sleepover includes a movie at the Rangos Giant Cinema, demos, a laser show, free admission to the Science Center the day after the sleepover, and more.
Carnegie Science Center 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh North Side (map) 412-237-3400

Zachariah Szabo's The Conceit of Memory

Fri., Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
Memories can easily be misremembered or reimagined, so if this event sounds interesting to you, better write the details down now. Small Mall is hosting the debut of a new zine by its featured artist, Zachariah Szabo. The zine is an add-on from his photographic and sculptural series The Conceit of Memory, which challenges ownership of our memories and our perception of them as true. Attendees will receive a copy of Szabo’s zine composed of transcribed dated letters and will get the chance to read or perform one of the letters. Prints from The Conceit of Memory will be available at the shop, as well as additional works by Szabo.
Small Mall 5300 Butler Street, Pittsburgh Lawrenceville (map) 412-552-3600

12th Planet

Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
If there’s a 12th Planet in the solar system, it’s a grimy, slimy, swampy wasteland where the sounds of dubstep are heard 24/7. Sound like paradise? Well, us earth-dwellers can take a tour of that world when he performs at Rex Theater. Named “Los Angeles dubstep god” by Rolling Stone, 12th Planet is known for being one of the first DJs to bring the electronic genre to the U.S. Make sure you’re prepared for intergalactic travel, and a whole bunch of that weird, alien bass.
Rex Theater 1602 East Carson St., Pittsburgh South Side (map) 412-381-6811

Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest

Fri., Feb. 22, 12-4:30 & 6:30-11 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 23
$45-90
Pull out your pretzel necklace because the Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest is back for a sixth year. More than 100 breweries — a mix of local, national, and international — lug their kegs to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Feb. 22-23. Every brew enthusiast gets a five-ounce tasting glass with their ticket, ready for unlimited pours. Need more beer? Upgrade to an early admission ticket for exclusive access and an eight-ounce mug.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-565-6000

Dirty Talk 101

Sat., Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m.
Learn all about erotic wordplay at Dirty Talk 101, hosted by local sex-collective Fair Moans. Explore and discuss this expression of sexuality with Fair Moans member Nicole Gallagher. By the end, you’ll be a hot-talking pro.
METTĀ 5118 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Garfield (map) 41-258-93510

Greywalker, Victims of Contagion, The Breathing Process, Plaguewielder

Sat., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
With high ceilings and an overall grungy atmosphere, Get Hip Record’s warehouse on the North Side has plenty of room to headbang, mosh, and get weird. Local metal bands Greywalker, Victims of Contagion, The Breathing Process, and Pittsburgh neighbors Plaguewielder from Steubenville, Ohio are getting dirty for Metal Night, a diverse evening of some of the best heavy metal in the 412. Rock Bottom Brewery and a selection of craft beer will be available at the event for any 21+ attendees.
Get Hip Recordings 1800 Columbus Ave., Pittsburgh North Side (map) 412-231-4766

STEM FAIR with Emily Calandrelli, The Space Gal

Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE
Emily Calandrelli wants to "make science nicer, stupid." Or at least that's what she titled a 2018 TEDx Talk at her alma mater, West Virginia University. The talk took aim at the contempt and condescension often heard when addressing those who are not scientifically literate. Accessibility and affability in science education dominate her work, whether as host of the TV show Xploration Outer Space, or in her series of children's science books (Ada Lace). Calandrelli brings that friendly passion for learning to Riverview High School for a Free STEM Fair. There will be a series of activity stations, as well as a book-signing for Calandrelli's latest, Ada Lace and the Suspicious Artist. (You can read CP's in-depth interview with Calandrelli at pghcitypaper.com.)

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Mystery Lovers Bookshop 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont Oakmont (map) 412-828-4877

Onion Maiden: The Ramen

Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
Heavy metal-themed vegan restaurant Onion Maiden regularly slings all kinds of plant-based treats, from “Burning Witch Soup” to “Terrormisu.” For one day only, the restaurant hosts its own pop-up, The Ramen. While ramen most commonly has a meat-based broth and toppings like a soft-boiled egg, vegan innovations have come so far that it’s easy to make a veggie broth that’s just as tasty — and they even have vegan eggs!
Onion Maiden 639 E. Warrington Ave., Pittsburgh Allentown (map) 412-586-7347

That Should've Won An Oscar!

Sun., Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
The Black Bottom Film Festival winds down with the That Should've Won An Oscar! Black Cinema Trivia Game. Darrell Kinsel of BOOM Concepts hosts an entertaining evening of questions about Oscar-snubbed Black cinema. Contestants must answer 24 questions to win two tickets to a future August Wilson Cultural Center event. Up to eight teams can sign up. Includes music by Slim Tha DJ and catering by Market Street Grocery.
August Wilson Cultural Center 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-471-6070

Market Yourself as a Touring Artist

Mon., Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Pay What You Can
ATTN musicians: are you and/or your band ready to take the next step from local gigs to touring outside the city? Let Linda Reznik, who has over 27 years of experience in arts management, lend you a hand. At the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Reznik holds a Market Yourself as a Touring Artist workshop, where she will discuss what artists and performing arts groups must know to market themselves as tour-ready. Topics include the needs and desires of different kinds of presenters, the funding available for artists and presenters, and the best ways to approach potential presenters. Founder and director of River City Artists Management, Reznik has facilitated touring engagements for a diverse roster of artists all over the United States.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council 810 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-391-2060

Oops Night!

Tue., Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Sometimes it's helpful to remember that everyone makes mistakes they have to learn from — and that includes successful business people. The Hill Community Development Corporation will be hosting their 2nd annual Oops Night! at Crazy Mocha, featuring entrepreneur and Manager of Affirmative Action Compliance with BNY Mellon Nicole Narvaez Manns. She’ll be discussing three mistakes she’s made in her career and how you can avoid them yourself. Come prepared with questions — a Q&A session will follow the talk. Tickets originally sold out but 25 more have been added, so be sure to RSVP by Fri., Feb. 22.

Elvis Depressedly, Niights, The Cordial Sins

Tue., Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
After a few years of relative silence, Elvis Depressedly is hitting the road and releasing new music in 2019. The North Carolina group was last heard from on 2016's Holo Pleasures/California Dreamin', a beautifully intimate lo-fi record that would sound right at home next to Olivia Tremor Control, Sandy Alex G or Foxes in Fiction — not exactly a coincidence, since the latter two were previously labelmates of Depressedly on Orchid Tapes. If you're unfamiliar, start with the instrumental "Thinning Out" or 2012's "Prison Line (So Lovely)." Better yet, catch a mix of old and new material at Smiling Moose, alongside Niights and The Cordial Sins.
Smiling Moose 1306 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh South Side (map) 412-431-4668

Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin

Tue., Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Free
Last year, Pittsburgh-based artists Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin decided to turn the 10,632 artworks rejected by 57th Carnegie International into a project that would both showcase and encourage patrons to buy the pieces. The pair will present a lecture at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, organized in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie International, to discuss their extensive work in social practice and public engagement. The event takes place in the Kresge Theatre.
Kresge Theater, CMU 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 412-279-2970

Ina Garten

Tue., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Part of the reason Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa is so relatable is because she has always made accessible food for people who cook at home. Her recipes can be upscale and impressive, but not impossible to recreate. As she put it in an interview with Eater, “My perspective professionally has always been as a home cook; the truth is I am a home cook. I’ve just had a little more experience than most people.” Catch Garten at Heinz Hall as part of the tour for Cook Like a Pro, her latest book.
Heinz Hall 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-392-4900

Archival Anomalies: Found Films from Frisco's Craig Baldwin

Wed., Feb. 27, 8-10 p.m.
$8
San Francisco's Other Cinema series promotes marginal and widely ignored film genres, ranging from homemade to exploitation movies to industrial films. Its founder, Craig Baldwin, brings the Other Cinema experience to Glitter Box Theater with a program featuring his found-footage series Industrials Amok. If you crave challenging, unexpected experiences from the big screen, go to this.
The Glitter Box Theater 460 melwood ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 724-699-2613

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