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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.

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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.

Sun., May 26

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Photo: Paul A. Selvaggio

Pittsburgh’s cutest gorilla Frankie is turning one! You’re invited to celebrate with the Western Lowland baby gorilla as he opens birthday presents at the Pittsburgh Zoo. 11 a.m. Gorilla Exhibit, 7370 Baker St., Highland Park. Included with admission.


Dance your way into summer at the Big Gay Picnic, an all-day, buffet-style, outdoor party. This year, picnic organizers have re-enforced the dance floor, so seriously, DANCE. 12-6:30 p.m. North Park Lodge, 303 Pierce Mill Road, Allison Park. $25-30.

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Photo: Seth Jackson

Kaya celebrates the start of summer with KayaFest, a block party full of live music by local bands and DJs, Caribbean-inspired food and grilling favorites, drinks, and the best vibes. 12-10:30 p.m. 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. Free.


Just when Laura thinks she has left her military past behind, it comes back to haunt her when a journalist starts asking tough questions about her past. We Are Among Us reveals what happened on that one unforgettable night in Afghanistan. 2 p.m. Continues through June 2. City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $44.


In 10 minutes, you could run a slow mile, make pasta, take a shower, or even see an entire play. The Ten Minute Play Festival at Glitter Box Theater will feature a series of short DIY plays from local playwrights. 7 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $5.


Regent Square Theater will screen the biopic Future Language. Directed by Pittsburgh native Lori Felker, the film presents a portrait of VON LMO, a musician/artist and self-proclaimed alien-hybrid who became part of the late-’70s No Wave music scene in New York. 8 p.m. 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. $8.

Mon., May 27

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Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Apocolyptica is Finland's — and possibly the world's — first metal cello band (Pittsburgh has Cello Fury, but the Fins have them beat by a few years). Known for its cello quartet covers of metal albums (previously Faith No More, Rammstein), Apocolyptica takes on Metallica at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Not too many details yet, but it's four cellos playing Metallica. Nothing else matters. 6:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $29.50-59.50.

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Richard Claraval with artwork

Artist Richard Claraval brings The Lord of the Rings to life. J R. R. Tolkien’s vivid stories are inspiration for Claraval’s etchings and drawings, on display at Espresso a Mano through June 30. 3623 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free.

Tue., May 28

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Photo: Amanda Searle
Eddie Izzard

British stand-up comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, who first came out as transgender over three decades ago, calls himself “a lesbian trapped in a man’s body.” Come for the political jokes; stay for the lipstick. 8 p.m. Byham Theatre, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $64.25-78.75.

Wed., May 29

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Photo: ReelQ
A Moment in the Reeds

A Moment in the Reeds tells an intimate story of connection between a young Finnish man and a Syrian asylum seeker. The Alphabet City screening is hosted by ReelQ, Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society’s annual film festival. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free.


Thundercat, known for his longtime collaborations with the late Mac Miller, performs at the newly opened Roxian Theatre. The funky, contemporary R&B singer/bassist has also worked with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and wrote much of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly. 8 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. $25-35.

Thu., May 30

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Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Listen to author Adam Ehrlich Sachs talk about his new critically acclaimed novel The Organs of Sense, which humorously chronicles the tale of blind astronomy in 1666 Europe. 6 p.m. Carnegie Library Main, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free with registration.


Women Who Rock features soul singer Lindsey Smith and a cappella group Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus. Legendary percussionist Sheila E. headlines the benefit concert for women’s health, with proceeds going to Magee-Womens Research Institute. 6:30 p.m. Stage AE, 400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. $55-125.


Vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield brings her project Sirens and Queens to East Liberty's Wallace’s Whiskey Room and Kitchen to celebrate the works and lives of Black women composers. All get are welcome at the Chamber Music Pittsburgh and BOOM Concepts event. 7 p.m. Hotel Indigo, 123 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Pay what you wish, $15 suggested.


City Theatre stages burnbabyburn, a Pittsburgh tale by former Young Playwrights Festival winner, a.k. payne. Set in Homewood, the play is described as weaving a tale of two women “bound by legacy, history, and a search for their own voice.” 7 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. Free. RSVP required.


Sometimes the world can feel so dark, you don’t know whether to laugh or throw your money at charity. You can do both at the Laughs for Liberty comedy show at Arcade Comedy. Proceeds benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania. 8 p.m. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25. 16+.

Fri., May 31


The New Respects, a Nashville-based, female-fronted band consisting of four young family members, brings its soulful, pop-infused rock sound to the Smiling Moose. 6:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $13-15.

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Photo: Heidi Ehalt Photography
Chef Sean Sherman

Get back to the roots of American cuisine with a talk from Chef Sean Sherman at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Sherman is from the Pine Ridge reservation and the founder of The Sioux Chef. He emphasizes using indigenous foods to redefine North American cuisine. 7 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $38.75.


The Dust People, a new play from Catherine Trieschmann, explores the world of traditional farming clashing with renewable energy in a rural town. Everything gets more dramatic when a murder occurs. 7 p.m. Lester Hamburg Studio, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. Free (RSVP required).

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Photo: Erin McCandless
Liss Victory of The Girlie Show

Like the one on 30 Rock with Jenna Maroney and Liz Lemon, but musical and not fictional, The Girlie Show is a series founded by, booked for, and featuring women musicians. At Hambone's, the lineup includes Liss Victory, Liz Berlin, Tai Chirovsky, and Amy Mmhmm. 8 p.m. 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10.

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Trevor Noah

Now settled into his gig as host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah has managed the impressive balancing act of keeping the show on track without relying too much on old tricks. Catch Noah in his original comfort zone, when he brings his standup tour Loud & Clear to Petersen Events Center. 8 p.m. 3719 Terrace St., Oakland. $46.

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