June 2019 | Summer Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Sat., June 15

click to enlarge Sesame Street's Nina helps Big Bird, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby plan their cross-country road trip. - PHOTO: SESAME WORKSHOP/RICHARD TERMINE
Photo: Sesame Workshop/Richard Termine
Sesame Street's Nina helps Big Bird, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby plan their cross-country road trip.
[Kids]

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


click to enlarge John Frederick Herring Sr. (English, 1795 - 1865), The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup - IMAGE: VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Image: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
John Frederick Herring Sr. (English, 1795 - 1865), The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup
[Art]

"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


click to enlarge TEDxPittsburgh - PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER SPROWLS
Photo: Christopher Sprowls
TEDxPittsburgh
[Talk]

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


[Talk]

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


[Music]

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


[Dance]

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

[Event]

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


[Event]

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


[Event]

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

click to enlarge Neal Stephenson - PHOTO: BRADY HALL
Photo: Brady Hall
Neal Stephenson
[Talk]

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

click to enlarge Milk Carton Kids - PHOTO: ANTI-
Photo: ANTI-
Milk Carton Kids
[Music]

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


click to enlarge Norah Jones
Norah Jones
[Music]

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



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