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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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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

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