Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Featured Events

  • Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
    Showing off new art can be scary because what if everyone boos and tell you never to make art again? That won’t happen at Fail-Safe, a variety show at The Glitter Box Theater where artists can show off their works-in-progress in a welcoming space that is, well, fail-safe. Catch an array of performances by 7D, Lena Chen, Jackson McKeehan, Sadie Powers, and Nathaniel Sullivan that includes theater, experimental sound art, dance, readings, and more.
    460 melwood ave, Pittsburgh Oakland (map)
  • Mon., Nov. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Free, but RSVP is required.
    Born in Ethiopia, author and essayist Maaza Mengiste has made a career of writing about those most affected by migration, war, and exile. Published in 2010, her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, follows a family during the Ethiopian revolution and Civil War that started in 1974. Alphabet City at City of Asylum presents a reading and discussion of her latest work, The Shadow King, a novel about one orphaned girl’s fight against fascism in 1935 as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s forces threaten Ethiopia.
  • Tue., Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
    Free, RSVP required
    Members of Clr’D, a Baltimore-based artist collective that focuses on the experiences of people of color, host Seeing Color In Action, a panel discussion at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Clr’D co-founders Amani Lewis and Murjoni Merriweather will speak with Washington D.C.-based mixed-media artist Campbell Jackson and Boston-based artist Jo Nanajian for an event moderated by art writer and critic, Jessica Lanay.
    980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Downtown (map)
  • Tue., Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.
    The Carnegie Mellon University School of Art will host painter Tschabalala Self for a lecture. The Connecticut-based artist describes her current body of work as “concerned with the iconographic significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture,” using vinyl and acrylic paint, fabric, and other materials to create a “cultural vacuum in which these bodies can exist for their own pleasure and self-realization.” Her work has been exhibited at museums throughout the country. The event will take place in the Kresge Theatre.
  • Tue., Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
    The ongoing comic book series CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust returns for its fourth volume, focusing exclusively on women's stories, highlighting "the resiliency and strength shown by a diverse array of women in one of the darkest periods in history." The series, by a rotating group of award-winning artists from comics and graphic novels (Marcel Walker, Don Simpson, Rachel Masilamani, Deesha Philyaw), tackled "The Upstanders," "International Heroes," and "The Young Survivors" in its previous three incarnations. Celebrate No. 4 with a launch party at South Hills Jewish Community Center.
  • Wed., Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m.
    Free, but RSVP is required.
    In her intimate and personal documentary Small Talk, director Hui-chen Huang creates a portrait of her mother, a Taoist priestess and a lesbian in Taiwan who has never been open with her daughter about her sexuality. Huang incorporates home footage with interviews with her mother’s past girlfriends and her siblings, trying to break down the wall in their relationship. ReelQ will host a screening at Alphabet City.