Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Visual Voices: Truth Narratives

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18
Free
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
Contemporary Craft 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District (map) 412-261-7003

Andrew W.K. with Rainbow Machine

Tue., May 22, 8 p.m.
$22
Mr. Smalls Theater 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale Millvale (map) 412-821-4447

Jenny Don’t and The Spurs, Ancient History

Tue., May 22, 8 p.m.
$10-12
At some point in the past decade or so, country musicians decided their guitars needed to be electronically accompanied and their lyrics had to focus on drinking beer, driving pickups and chasing cliché girls. That’s a trend Jenny Don’t and The Spurs ignored, instead sticking to the genre’s roots. Lead vocalist Jenny Don’t croons about love, loss, sunsets and the open road; every word bleeds with emotion. In an age of countless straight white men in never-dirtied cowboy boots, the band’s genuine outlaw country sound is refreshing. Tonight the band performs at Howlers. Local indie rock group Ancient History, whose often-solemn lyrics and dark ambience are evocative of The National, will open. - Alex McCann
Howlers 4509 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh Bloomfield (map) 412-682-0320

Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 24
Today, the Carnegie Museum of Art opens Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye, a new exhibit featuring work done during the Enlightenment period, roughly 1750-1850. Works were chosen with an eye toward topics which remain relevant, provocative and debated today, such as religion, public education, democracy and women’s rights. The exhibit will include both popular and never-before-seen works that all share the theme of a rapidly changing world shaped by these debates. -Lauren Ortego

Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 412-622-3131

Pittsburgh Cultural District Gallery Crawl


Free (after-dark cover charges may apply).
Looking for a gallery crawl that has everything from comedy to live music to film? Join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the spring Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Scattered down Liberty Avenue, the crawl features everything from an interactive installation that disseminates information and combats mental health, to an improvised comedy based on audience suggestions at the Arcade Comedy Theater. Late options are available for night owls, including Salsa Friday (the dance, not the dip) from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The next crawl won’t be until July, so why wait? -Lauren Ortego

Cultural District Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave., from Sixth St. to 10th St., Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-456-6666

The Neighborhood Flea


Free
This open air, curated flea market is the perfect place to take your mom for a casual stroll on Mother’s Day. Head down to the Neighborhood Flea and pick up a trinket and dance to some music from DJ EZ Lou, all while you drink your morning coffee. Is every restaurant completely booked? Grab some on-the-go gourmet foods from the fleet of food trucks on site, like Pie Bird and Good Chroma. Let Rebecca Bloom read her tarot cards for you for some extra insight. -Celine Roberts

Strip District Strip District, Pittsburgh Strip District (map)

A Taste of Taiwan


$37.75
This fundraiser showcases the culinary talents of master chefs Huang Ching Long and Li Chi Chao as they share techniques from Taiwanese cooking. This will be a feast for all the senses as the chefs prepare vegetarian foods and then serve them to the crowd. Proceeds help fund the annual Organization of Chinese Americans Free Medical and Dental Clinic. -Celine Roberts
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church 419 S. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh Oakland (map)

Face of a Nation


$10
The World’s Fair fascinated young Mina Chow - daughter of immigrants, architect and filmmaker. As an adult, Chow’s documentary, Face of a Nation, explores the nature of World’s Fairs, why America has lost its interest in participating and how her idealistic dreams were tested during a visit to her first World’s Fair in Shanghai. Tonight, at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, is a screening of the documentary, with a post-film chat with Chow. The film, seven years in the making, “couldn’t be more timely,” says to Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis. -LO
Landmarks Housing Resource Center 744 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg Wilkinsburg (map) 412-242-2700

Common Cause PA


Free
Even with the constant headlines about gerrymandering and the redrawing of congressional districts, confusion persists about the process of redistricting legislative maps. It’s an incredibly complex subject that only experts have time to suss out. Luckily for Pittsburghers, a panel of experts will be on hand to discuss these complexities at a Redistricting Town Hall today. The anti-gerrymandering group Common Cause PA is hosting the event and redistricting commissioners from California will explain the Golden State’s redistricting law, which Pennsylvania advocates are trying to replicate. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. -Ryan Deto
Kingsley Center 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh East Liberty (map) 412-661-8721

Pigeon (III ½)


$15
Based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Pigeon (III ½) finds itself in the middle of that play's third and fourth act, in a fictitious rethinking by writer Jeremy Lesifko-Bremer. Tonight, it’s being staged at the Steel City Improv Theater, with a cast assembled by the Birch Swinger Ensemble. Putting a contemporary twist on the original 19th century-era production, Pigeon (III ½) explores the endeavors of all the familiar characters: Constance (Konstantin), Masha, Semi (Medvedenko), Boryz (Trigorin) and Nina (Nina) as they search for inspiration and find something unexpected. -LO
Steel City Improv Theater 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh Shadyside (map) 412-404-2695

2018 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference


$415 ($175 with a student ID)
Looking to improve your writing? Today, the 2018 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference kicks off at Point Park University. The workshop will put you right in the middle of 150-plus writers from all across the spectrum, from long-form journalists to editors to authors. Over the course of three days, there will be about 20 different 75-minute sessions, all programmed to help improve your writing. Examples include character development, building scenes, book proposals and a presentation from keynote speaker Lee Gutkind, former Pitt professor and founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction, Lee Gutkind. -Lauren Ortego

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Creative Nonfiction Foundation 5119 Coral St, Pittsburgh Bloomfield (map) 412-404-2975

Northside Sandwich Week

Through May 27
$35
Starting today, sample a bevy of tasty sandwiches during the annual Northside Sandwich Week in which local restaurants go head to head to find out who makes the best sammy. Participating restaurants include Kaffeehaus, Badamo’s Pizza, Threadbare Cider, Legends of the North Shore, Penn Brewery, Huszar, Rivers Casino, Fig and Ash, Brugge on North, Chateau Cafe & Cakery and Flavors Street Food. This year’s judges Melissa McCart, Max Somerville, Nathan Zoob, Day Bracey and Salena Zito will award the honor of Northside Sandwich King or Queen. This evening, May 17 at the Priory Hotel, you can sample some of the offerings at Sandwich Sampler: The French Bread Connection. Sandwich week continues through May 27. -Celine Roberts

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Various locations throughout Pittsburgh 600 Iron City Drive, Pittsburgh Green Tree (map) 412-231-4714

Alfred Hitchcock Week


. $25 for week pass; $7-9 for single film
"Good evening." Get ready for a week of betrayal, suspense, an oedipus complex and a whole lot of murder as Row House Cinema kicks off Alfred Hitchcock Week. Buy a week pass and catch unlimited screenings of all four iconic thrillers: Psycho, Rebecca, Rope and, my personal favorite, Dial M for Murder. With Hitchcock's long takes and notorious plays with camera angles, you’re sure to catch cinematographic magic whether watching someone check-in to the Bates Motel or accidentally killing her own hitman. -Lisa Cunningham
Row House Cinema 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh Lawrenceville (map)

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