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May 2019

Thu., May 23


Have a song, poem, stand-up routine, or haunting confession you’d like to share with an audience? Check out That Was Dope!, an open-mic night and jam session at Enix Brewing Company, featuring live music. 6:30 p.m. 337 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead.


The Bloomfield Corner Store, an arts and music pop-up event created by Bankrupt Bodega, holds its closing night event at Gallery One | Collective Works. The event includes a performance by the Jason Greenlaw & John O'Brien jazz guitar duo. 6:30-8 p.m. 4106 Howley St., Bloomfield. Free.

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Homeless Gospel Choir

Catch Pittsburgh's favorite folk/punk DIY songwriter Derek Zanetti, aka Homeless Gospel Choir, at the Roboto Project, the perfect venue to hear his intimate, funny, open-hearted music. Opening things up are Jon Snodgrass and Space Buns Forever. 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $12.

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Photo: Vania Evangelique
The Art Trap: Paint Night

Wine and paint nights are all the rage, but The Art Trap: Paint Night is for wannabe artists who like to keep the blood flowing while they create. Get a painting lesson while dancing to local rap, trap, and R&B. BYOB. 7 p.m. BOOM Concepts, 5139 Penn Ave., Garfield. $20. Search Facebook for "Art Trap Paint Night"

Fri., May 24


Celebrated local chef Jamilka Borges visits the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for Creative Mornings. Hear about Borges’ career in the Pittsburgh food scene at restaurants like the Independent Brewing Company, Hidden Harbor, and Lorelei, and working with the organization 412 Food Rescue.  8:30 a.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Free. Registration required.

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Photo: Deana Muro Photography
Bright Star

Front Porch Theatricals brings Bright Star, the award-winning musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, to New Hazlett Theater. Directed by Nick Mitchell, the show transports audiences to 1945 for a love story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., May 26. Allegheny Square East, North Side. $12-35.

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Photo: Tommy Franklin
Lightlab 17

Lightlab 17 at Space Upstairs presents a diverse lineup of experimental dance and performance artists, including Nick M. Daniels of the D.A.N.A. Movement Ensemble and Minnesota-based dance duo, Hiponymous. 8 p.m. 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze.

Sat., May 25


At the Exit4Pizza First Annual Eating Contest, try to eat as much pizza as you can in 20 minutes, and whoever consumes the most wins $250. All the proceeds to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. 12-2:30 p.m. 183 Butler St., Etna. $10 minimum donation.

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Photo: Jiyoon Kang
Lucy Chen

Melt some hearts with the fresh moves you learn from the K-Pop Dance Class at Yanlai Dance Academy. Lucy Chen will teach you the best ways to get down to South Korean pop music. 4 pm. 2260 Babcock Blvd., North Side. $15-100.

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Water Lantern Festival

Lake Elizabeth is already one of Pittsburgh’s most photographed landmarks, but it's about to become even more photogenic when the Water Lantern Festival fills the North Side lake with hundreds of sparkling lights. Everyone gets a lantern kit, and ticket price includes clean-up, so the park will be left in good shape. 5:30 p.m. Allegheny Commons Park West, W. Ohio St., North Side. $35.

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Photo: Shawn Brackbill
The Gotobeds

The newest album from The Gotobeds, Debt Begins at 30, has an optimistic title. Forget all your financial woes, before or after 30, at the band’s album release party at Babyland, also featuring Positive No and Bat Zuppel. 9 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $8.

US Citizenship Test Sampler by Aram Han Sifuentes - CP PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ
CP photo: Amanda Waltz
US Citizenship Test Sampler by Aram Han Sifuentes

Despite some progress, Black Americans are still suffering racial and economic inequality, and Race and Revolution: Still Separate seeks to lay those realities bare. The exhibit has traveled across the Northeast and is now at August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Continues through July 21. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free.

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