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Sun., May 26

click to enlarge Frankie - PHOTO: PAUL A. SELVAGGIO
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.

click to enlarge KayaFest - PHOTO: SETH JACKSON
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

click to enlarge Apocalyptica - PHOTO: VILLE JUURIKKALA
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.

click to enlarge Richard Claraval with artwork
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

click to enlarge Eddie Izzard - PHOTO: AMANDA SEARLE
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

click to enlarge A Moment in the Reeds - PHOTO: REELQ
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.

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