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June 2019

Sat., June 1


Checkmate! Join regional chess enthusiasts at the Pittsburgh Chess Conference, an all-day event at Alloy 26 featuring a chess tournament and a fundraising dinner later in the evening. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 100 S. Commons Suite 102, North Side. $15. tqgchess.institute


Spanning two days, Highmark’s International StrEAT Festival fills Penn Avenue between Seventh and Stanwix with vendors from all over the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region. Stick around for live performances, eating contests, cooking demonstrations, and more. 12 p.m. Downtown. Free. highmarkstreatfestpgh.com

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Photo: Easy Street Promotions
Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Who’s got the best taco in town? No need to argue when you can find them all in one place at Pittsburgh Taco Festival. The event returns to Highmark Stadium for the third year with live music and more than 30 vendors. Two sessions: 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. 510 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $10. pghtacofest.com

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

If summer is something you like more in concept than up close and personal, check out the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Pittsburgh Playhouse. The touring festival aims to inspire "environmental activism and a love for nature through film." 6 p.m. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $25. wildandscenicfilmfestival.org


Enjoy an evening of classical and contemporary works from students at various levels when the Bodiography Center for Movement presents its Spring Concert at the Byham Theater. 7 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $31.50. trustarts.org


Explore the hilltop’s burgeoning neighborhood at the Allentown Night Market, and enjoy artisan crafts, food from local restaurants, and beer. More than 10 Allentown businesses are participating. 7-11 p.m. 800 block of Warrington Ave., Allentown. Free. Facebook search “The Weeping Glass”


Warning: this listing contains spoilers. Just kidding. Or are we? Congratulations. You complained so much that Game of Thrones decided to end itself. But you can still get the last laugh at The Roast of Jon Snow hosted by Burning Bridges Comedy Club. Get your neighbor to walk your dire wolf and head out for some pointed comedy. 8 p.m. 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $15. burningbridgescomedyclub.com

Sun., June 2


Explore the planet Mars in Mars, Pa., at the town’s semi-annual Mars Exploration Celebration, featuring NASA exhibits, food, live music, and science professionals. 11 a.m. Downtown, Mars. Free. marsnewyear.com


Take self-love Sunday to the next level with Grlpwrpgh and Ladyhood Journey’s Self-Love Sunday: The Fest. Expect an entire day of live music, yoga, on-site activities, dancing, food and drinks, local vendors, and lots more. 12 p.m. Bay 41, 4107 Willow St., Lawrenceville. Free. grlpwrpgh.com

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Photo: David Bachman Photography
Pittsburgh Opera at Hartwood Acres

Pittsburgh Opera goes beyond the stage when it performs at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Expect a 90-minute program featuring some of opera’s greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. 4000 Middle Road, Allison Park. Free. pittsburghopera.org

Mon., June 3


Experience the “Master of Suspense” at Row House Cinema. For one week, the theater honors Alfred Hitchcock, with a bill of four classics: The Birds, The Wrong Man, Foreign Correspondent, and North by Northwest. Various times. Continues through Thu., June 6. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $8-10. rowhousecinema.com

Tue., June 4


L7 has been a keystone of the grunge scene since its formation in 1985. Thirty-four years later, they’re still kicking and will bring their spirited live show to the Rex Theater, along with Le Butcherettes. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $29.50-35. rextheater.net

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Toots and the Maytals

54-46 was the Toots and the Maytals’ number, and 6-4 is yours because that’s the day the Jamaican group hits the stage at the Roxian Theatre. Formed in the early 1960s, Toots and the Maytals were key in making reggae popular in America. 8 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. $35-129. roxianlive.com

Wed., June 5

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Photo: Kitoko Chargois
pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival

The weeklong pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival at the New Hazlett Theater will bring together local and national dancers, including STAYCEE PEARL dance project, slowdanger, Island Moving Company, Maree ReMalia, and more. Continues through Sun., June 9. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. $15-50. pearlartsstudio.com

Thu., June 6


AIDS Free Pittsburgh kicks off the Pittsburgh PrideFest at Ace Hotel with Hotter Than July. Hosted by drag performer moon baby, the street party features rapper Leikeli47, DJ collective New World Dysorder, HUNY, and a vogue battle by True T Entertainment. 6-11 p.m. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. Free. acehotel.com/pittsburgh

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Photo: Tim Carpenter
Fellowship 19

Photographers Tim Carpenter and Rebecca Arthur are bringing their works to the Silver Eye Center as winners of its Fellowship 19 exhibit, an international juried photography competition chosen from more than 200 submissions. 7 p.m. 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free. silvereye.org

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Ben Blazer in Marjorie Prime

Part-Black Mirror Domhnall Gleeson episode, part-Blade Runner, Marjorie Prime is a futuristic story in which beings known as "primes" are designed to "look, sound, and smile" like our deceased loved ones. Orange is the New Black writer Jordan Harrison's play comes to Pittsburgh Public Theater. 8 p.m. O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $30. ppt.org

Fri., June 7


DIY vendors at the Punk Rock Flea Market 666 include SKULL Records, Blasphemy Clothing, Nicole Morrow, and Cobra Cakes. 6 p.m. The Rock Room, 1054 Heron Ave., Polish Hill. Free. Search "Pittsburgh Punk Rock Flea Market 666" on Facebook


Help your LGBTQ+ community and grab some food truck snacks, refreshments, and enjoy a selection of DJs at a fundraiser for Proud Haven. Oh, and there is a wig dance party! 6 p.m. Workshop PGH DIY, 5135 Penn Ave., Garfield. Free Admission. proudhaven.org


Music and technology collide at the Phillter International Music Fest when bands, live loopers, and solo innovators – any artist that fuses live music and tech – come together for education and outreach. 7 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $15-200. fest.phillter.com

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Photo: The Rangos Giant Cinema
Purple Rain

Prince and his music were larger than life. Now, in his passing they’ve become giants —– literally! Come celebrate Prince’s b-day at The Rangos Giant Cinema in the Carnegie Science center, where they will screen the iconic film Purple Rain. 7:30 p.m. One Allegheny Ave., North Side. $9.95. carnegiesciencecenter.org


The legendary funk master George Clinton is making his last stop in Pittsburgh at Rivers Casino, as part of his farewell One Nation Under a Groove Tour. Fishbone and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf will also perform. 8 p.m. 777 Casino Drive, North Side. $50-225. riverscasino.com/Pittsburgh

Sat., June 8


Pittsburghers come together for Pridefest 2019 — for the first time at its new location on the Andy Warhol Bridge. As always, expect vendors, food, and entertainment on a number of stages. The theme is #WeAreOne. 12 p.m. Fort Duquesne Blvd. and Seventh St., Downtown. Free. pittsburghpride.org

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CP photo: Jared Wickerham
Brittney Chantele

Social justice activist, artist, and poet Brittney Chantele has yet another title on her impressive repertoire of talents: pop artist. See Pittsburgh’s own perform her emotional hits on Three Rivers Arts Festival’s main stage. 4 p.m. Point State Park, Downtown. traf.trustarts.org

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Photo: Kino Lorber
Patrick Riester as Peter Bishton in Computer Chess

"If all computers can do is calculate, then what is artificial intelligence?" That's one of the core ideas at play in Andrew Bujaski's fictional film Computer Chess, about a competition between programmers to see whose software can call check-mate first. Features Wiley Wiggins of Dazed and Confused and Waking Life fame. 7 p.m. Rangos Giant Cinema, 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side. $9.95. carnegiesciencecenter.org

Sun., June 9


WHAMglobal highlights pregnancy and motherhood for Birthing a Movement, a pop-up art exhibit at the William Pitt Union featuring some of Pittsburgh’s leading women artists. On this day, WHAMglobal sets up at Carnegie Library’s Reading Extravaganza with an interactive family-focused art project. 12-5 p.m. William Pitt Union. 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Free. whamglobal.org


Rapper and star Big Freedia, aka The Queen of Bounce, headlines the People’s Pride 2k19. This year’s celebration, presented by SisTers Pgh and True T Pittsburgh, is taking a step back in time. It’s a Pride of the Ages! 12 p.m. Freedom Corner, Crawford St., Hill District. sisterspgh.org

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Photo: Arcade Comedy Theater
Golden Girls Live

Arcade Comedy Theater thanks you for being a friend with Golden Girls Live, a drag tribute to the popular sitcom about four older women living the single life in Miami. Join Sophia, Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy for a show about sex, cheesecake, and friendship. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $15. arcadecomedytheater.com

Mon., June 10

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Photo: Quitterie de Fommervault-Bernard
Edward Gauvin

Ever wondered how onomatopoeias get translated into other languages? Find out at Comics in Translation, a talk at Alphabet City featuring Edward Gauvin, translator of over 300 French graphic novels. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. alphabetcity.org

Tue., June 11


It's hard to be in a bad mood when the Three Rivers Arts Festival descends on Downtown, bringing out locals and visitors alike for ten days of food, music, and art. If crowds aren't your thing, a Tuesday stroll to Point State Park might be your best option. All day. Downtown. Free. traf.trustarts.org

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Photo: Matt Polk

Summer loving is in full swing when Grease takes the stage at the Benedum Center. Hear all your favorite song-and-dance numbers from the live production of the movie musical about teen romance in the 1950s. 7:30 p.m. Seventh St. and Penn Ave., Downtown. $26.25-76.25. pittsburghclo.culturaldistrict.org

Wed., June 12


Revisit ’90s grunge when The Lemonheads play at Mr. Smalls Theatre. The act is joined by former bassist for The Replacements, Tommy Stinson. 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. mrsmalls.com

Thu., June 13


Celebrate the 140th birthday of groundbreaking filmmaker and North Side native Lois Weber at the Heinz History Center with Lois Weber: Film Pioneer, featuring TCM host Illeana Douglas and film historian Dr. Shelley Stamp. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. $20. heinzhistorycenter.org


No more waiting in vain for legendary reggae to come to McKees Rocks. The Wailers, featuring a number of the original members, are at the newly opened Roxian Theater. 7 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. $23-30. roxianlive.com


One of Pittsburgh’s most highly regarded poetry events, the Cave Canem Poets at Alphabet City is a must-see. This year will feature acclaimed poets Cornelius Eady, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and Matthew Shenoda. 7:30. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free with RSVP. alphabetcity.org

Fri., June 14

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Sir Drone

Follow along as Los Angeles teenagers try to start a punk band in 1989’s low-budget film Sir Drone. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, who selected the film as part of her exhibition Lo-Fi Glamour, calls it “epic.” 6:30 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Free. warhol.org

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Photo: Alex Marks
Tank and the Bangas

New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas brings its soul, hip-hop, R&B, and jazz-infused sound to the Dollar Bank Main Stage at Point State Park for the Three Rivers Arts Festival. 7:30 p.m. Point State Park. 101 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. Free. traf.trustarts.org


The film adaption of Gone with the Wind is so storied that it has inspired new works just based on its creation. Moonlight and Magnolias, a play loosely based on the chaotic behind-the-scenes making of the film, will run at Apple Hill Playhouse. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., June 16. 275 Manor Road, Delmont. $15-20. applehillplayhouse.org


The legacy of solo Paul McCartney (Wings, The Fireman) is too much to appreciate in a single event, so the organizers are getting the band back together for another iteration of Pittsburgh Plays: Sir Paul McCartney, featuring some of the sharpest musicians and most entertaining performers in town. 8 p.m. Jergel's, 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale. $21. pittsburghplays.com

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Photo: Lloyd Bishop
Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers may be a New Hampshire native (fun fact: Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman are also from the same town), but the Late Night host has deep Pittsburgh ties and serious love for the Pens, Pirates, and Penguins. Expect that to come up when Meyers performs at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 8:45 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $39.50-59.50. librarymusichall.com

Sat., June 15

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Photo: Sesame Workshop/Richard Termine
Sesame Street's Nina helps Big Bird, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby plan their cross-country road trip.

Even Big Bird needs a vacation sometimes. Join your favorite characters for the Sesame Street Road Trip at Flagstaff Hill for a stage show, milk and cookies, a treasure hunt, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Schenley Park, Oakland. sesamestreet.org

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Image: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
John Frederick Herring Sr. (English, 1795 - 1865), The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup

"Sporting art" is more than just paintings of horses, though there are a lot of those, and the Frick Art Museum has some of the premier works of the genre on display through September 8. If you're into bucolic pastures populated with animals, well-dressed English people (and horses), don't miss A Sporting Vision. 10 a.m. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. $15. thefrickpittsburgh.org

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Photo: Christopher Sprowls

Come out, open your ears, and learn a thing or two as TEDxPittsburgh welcomes some of the city's finest thinkers and talkers to share their ideas. Speakers include an artificial intelligence technologist, a space entrepreneur, and a baker. 11:30 a.m. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $35. tedxpittsburgh.org


See a reading and short talk by author Mark Craven during a release for his new book Karyeator at the Waterfront Barnes and Noble. This is the first fiction work for the Pittsburgh native, whose previous four books all focus on self-improvement. 7-10 p.m. 100 West Bridge St., Homestead. $12. iammarkcraven.com


Daughters' 2003 debut Canada Songs is a blistering 11 minutes of relentless hardcore perfection (not to mention really good song titles like "Pants, Meet Shit" and "I Slept with the Daughters and All I Got Was This Lousy Song Written About Me"). They've gone on to expand their horizons a bit, but the intensity hasn't wavered. Check in with Daughters at the Rex Theater. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $20. rextheater.net


A project that began with letter writing, A Letter Compiled From All Letters contemporary dance work merges live performance and video projection to comment on the evolution of communication. 8 p.m. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. $15-20. newhazletttheater.org

Sun., June 16


Kennywood joins forces with Steel City Con for a special Father’s Day event. Head to the Kennywood Comic-Con, where, in addition to the usual rides and fun treats, you can interact with comic book creators and browse merchandise fit for any fatherly fan. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $27. kennywood.com


Nothing better to share with pops than brisket and birds. The National Aviary is hosting Father’s Day BBQ Brunch in the Rose Garden. Birds of prey will pay you a visit, so guard your meat. Two separate seatings. 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. 700 Arch St., North Side. $19.50-44. aviary.org


This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh’s annual 10-day fest of art and music. Catch the festival’s last act of 2019, the wildly energetic rock band J. Roddy Walston and the Business. 12 p.m. Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Pl., Downtown. Free. traf.trustarts.org

Mon., June 17

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Photo: Brady Hall
Neal Stephenson

New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson brings his dramatic sci-fi chops to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Admission includes a hardcover copy of the writer’s newest thriller, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, which you can get signed following the lecture. 7 p.m. Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $40. pittsburghlectures.org

Tue., June 18

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Milk Carton Kids

Though there's no shortage of harmonizing folk duos with acoustic guitars, few pack the punch of melancholic, sharp songwriting of Milk Carton Kids. Start with "Snake Eyes" from their debut and move on from there. 8 p.m. Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20. mrsmalls.com

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Norah Jones

Don’t miss this diamond in the rough. Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me has sold over 27 million copies (diamond certified). And she’s coming to Heinz Hall (the rough?) to jam out her one-of-a-kind jazz fusion, country, pop smorgasbord. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $60.25-80.25. pittsburghsymphony.org

Wed., June 19


The Magic Mike XXL Tribute Show might not star Channing Tatum, but these male dancers will charm and woo you all the same. 9 p.m. The Linden Grove, 1100 Grove Road, Castle Shannon. $25-50. Search “Magic Mike XXL” on Eventbrite

Thu., June 20

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Photo: Rocky Raco/Kinetic Theatre
The Speckled Band

Treat yourself to one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's lesser known Sherlock Holmes stories when Kinetic Theatre stages The Speckled Band. It's a locked-room mystery, featuring Pittsburgh favorites David Whalen as Holmes and Sam Tsoutsouvas as a "dastardly stepfather." 8 p.m. Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $42. kinetictheatre.org

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Photo: David-Marques
Makaya McCraven

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival kicks off with a can't-miss performance from percussionist/composer Makaya McCraven at August Wilson African American Cultural Center. If you're new to McCraven, start with the irresistible "Gnawa" from 2016's In The Moment. 8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $13.75. aacc-awc.culturaldistrict.org

Fri., June 21

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Photo: Rob Larson
Clemente Museum

Area youth are invited to join MLK community mural project founder Kyle Holbrook as he paints a larger-than life mural of Roberto Clemente on the side of the Clemente Museum. Adults can help later in the day, when the painting event turns into a party with food trucks, booze, and live music. 10 a.m. kids; 3 p.m. adults. 3339 Penn Ave., Strip District. Free. clementemuseum.com


The Jewish Family and Community Services center of Pittsburgh wants to make refugees feel welcome in the Steel City, so it's holding a celebration on World Refugee Day to do just that. Food, crafts, and performances will highlight the talents of Pittsburgh’s refugee community. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Market Square, Downtown. Free. jfcspgh.org

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Photo: Annie O’Neill Photography
Urban Garden Party: Solstice

Spend the longest day of the year dancing with visions of fairies, druids, centaurs, and all things mystical at the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party: Solstice. This isn’t a midsummer’s night dream; it’s a midsummer’s night reality! 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 21. Mattress Factory, 505 Jacksonia St., North Side. $75-360. mattress.org

Sat., June 22


The ultimate Shadyside block party returns with Jam on Walnut. Join cover band Dancing Queen on a blocked-off Walnut Street for a concert to benefit the Humane Animal Rescue. Get there early to visit local bars and restaurants. 6 p.m. Walnut St., Shadyside. thinkshadyside.com


The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presents a special performance by TV and stage star Tamara Tunie at the August Wilson Center African American Cultural Center. Tunie will be followed by the Paul Jost Quartet. 9 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $28.75. trustarts.org

Sun., June 23


Get to know your Mayor on wheels! Grab a Healthy Ride bike and join Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett on a trip from Homewood to Wilkinsburg. 10 a.m. Everyday Cafe, 532 North Homewood Ave., Homewood. Free. Search “Ridin’ with the Mayor” on Eventbrite.

Mon., June 24

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Photo: David Doobinin
Juliana Hatfield

Club Cafe welcomes singer-songwriter and prominent ’90s indie music figure, Juliana Hatfield. She’s joined by special guest, Bird Streets, a project from rocker John Brodeur. 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $35. clubcafelive.com

Tue., June 25

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Photo: Kaitlyn Clem
Van Gogh in Bloom

To many, the work of Vincent Van Gogh nearly rivals the beauty of nature. So the Phipps Conservatory decided to combine the artwork with the outdoors in Van Gogh in Bloom. Look for garden recreations of some of the artist’s most famous paintings. 9:20 a.m.-5 p.m. One Schenley Park, Oakland. $12-18. phipps.conservatory.org

Wed., June 26


“Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom.” This time, the light is touching Little Lake Theatre in Canonsburg for a performance of The Lion King Jr. Be prepared!  11 a.m. 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg. $10. littlelake.org

Thu., June 27


Everyone knows a James Patterson book, even if they’ve never read one. Join the wildly successful author of over 100 books — including Alex Cross, Along Came a Spider, and Witch and Wizard — for a conversation at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, hosted by Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $35. pittsburghlectures.org

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Photo: Santiago Felipe
Thorgy Thor

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, you better werk! Thorgy and the Thorchestra pairs classical musicians with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Thorgy Thor.  If you can’t love the symphony in drag, how in the hell are you gonna love anything else? 7:30 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $35-150. pittsburghsymphony.org

Fri., June 28

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Donnell Rawlings

He drove for Clay Davis on The Wire, gave us a dozen unforgettable characters on Chappelle's Show (and co- hosted after Chappelle's departure), and now Donnell Rawlings brings his standup to Pittsburgh Improv. 7 p.m. 155 E. Bridge St., Homestead. $20. improv.com/pittsburgh

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Photo: Diana Davies/The New York Public Library
Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square in New York, N.Y., 1969

June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. To commemorate the occasion, The Warhol Museum plays award-winning documentary, Before Stonewall, which will be followed by a Skype Q&A with co-director and producer Robert Rosenberg and a late-night, queer dance party hosted by Jellyfish. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Free with registration. warhol.org

Sat., June 29

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Photo: Gail Manker
Juneteenth Celebration

Honor Black lives and the emancipation of slaves during Western Pennsylvania’s Juneteenth Celebration. March from the Hill District to Downtown in the Jubilee of Freemen Parade in the morning, then party all day with live music, a Soul Food BBQ Competition, and more at the Martin R. Delany Freedom Day Festival at Point State Park. 10 a.m. Downtown. Free. facebook.com/WPAJuneteenth

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Photo: Renee Rosensteel
WYEP Music Fest


The solstice is technically June 21, but everyone knows the season doesn't truly change in Pittsburgh until WYEP's annual Summer Music Festival at
Schenley Plaza. In addition to the marketplaces, food, and sunshine is,
of course, the music and this year's lineup doesn't disappoint. DeVotchka
headlines (if your knowledge doesn't go beyond "How It Ends," please
rectify that) along with Cautious Clay and his expertly produced, experimental
R&B; indie rockers Nevada Color; neo-soul artist Clara Kent; ubiquitous
rock-guitar prodigy Elias Khouri; and blues guitarist Pierce Dipner.
Now summer can really start. 3-10 p.m. 4100 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.

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Photo: Jake Reinhart
Lady Beast

Local metalheads Lady Beast presents Metal Immortal Festival at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Headbang to a day full of music from nine local, national, and international acts, including Pittsburgh band Legendary, Night Demon from California, and Razor from Canada. 4-11 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $40-65. mrsmalls.com


Pittsburgh plays host to 32 soccer teams representing countries from around the world during the Steel City World Cup. Over 60 games will be played across two days, all culminating on this final day with a tournament at Highmark Stadium. 7-11 p.m. 510 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $11.50-38.50. steelcityworldcup.com

Photo: Kaiju Big Battel/Andy JonesKaiju Big Battel

You haven’t seen a fight until you’ve seen a waffle tackle a can of chicken soup. Check it out when Kaiju Big Battel brings its zany universe of monster fighting to the Benedum Center. 8 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $25. trustarts.org

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Photo: Cody Baker Photography
All-Star Craft beer and Wine Festival

PNC Park turns into a massive bar at the All-Star Craft beer and Wine Festival.  Breweries and wineries cover stadium grounds with over 250 samples ready for you to taste. Various times. 115 Federal St., North Side. $24.95-79.95. ballparkfestival.com

Sun., June 30

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Photo: Murphy Moschetta

Penn Avenue and Butler Street belong to pedestrians when OpenStreetsPGH takes over Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville. Walk, run, bike, or skate your way to tons of fun activities provided by local business and organizations during this annual outdoor event. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Various locations. Downtown, Strip District, and Lawrenceville. Free. openstreetspgh.org

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yART by Bill Danihel

Are you an art lover low on funds? Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 11th annual yART Sale features about 70 local artists with affordable art, supplies, jewelry, you name it — giving artists a venue to sell inventory and materials. 10 a.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shady Side. Free. center.pfpca.org


Some of Pittsburgh's finest R&B acts head to Hartwood Acres Park for Pittsburgh's Homegrown, featuring Mars Jackson, Benji., Clara Kent, and Starship Mantis. Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Company are on hand to round things out. 8 p.m. 200 Hartwood Acres, Allison Park. Free. alleghenycounty.us/specialevents

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