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Seven Days in Pittsburgh: April 1-7

This week’s must-see arts and cultural events

click to enlarge Ada Limón: Live Reading and Conversation, presented by Autumn House Press — see Fri., April 2 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ADA LIMÓN
Photo: Courtesy of Ada Limón
Ada Limón: Live Reading and Conversation, presented by Autumn House Press — see Fri., April 2
Thu., April 1
THEATER • VIRTUAL

For those who miss raucous after-work drinks with pals, join Dixie Longate for Dixie’s Happy Hour, hosted by Pittsburgh CLO. The new streaming show stars the drag persona of actor, writer, and comedian Kris Andersson. Dixie, known from the off-Broadway tour of Dixie’s Tupperware Party, will mix cocktails while telling stories and encouraging people to find their own personal happy hours. The four basic food groups — gin, rum, vodka, and tequila — will make appearances. 7:30 p.m. $35. trustarts.org

Fri., April 2
LIT • VIRTUAL

Author and Guggenheim fellow Ada Limón is holding a virtual reading to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release for her first book, Lucky Wreck, published by Pittsburgh-based publishing house Autumn House Press. Limón will read from the collection and discuss how her writing process has grown over the years, followed by a Q&A. The event will also feature poets Jennifer L. Knox and Jason Schneiderman and will stream on Crowdcast. 7 p.m. Free. Registration required. facebook.com/AutumnHousePrs

Sat., April 3
MARKET • IRL

If you miss outdoor markets but worry about the still lingering threat of COVID-19, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has an event for you. The city’s first-ever Car Bazaar invites shoppers to visit local vendors selling second-hand gifts, vintage items, and more out of the trunks of their vehicles on multiple levels of the Sixth and Penn parking garage. There will also be brunchtime drinks and food because searching for cool, one-of-a-kind gems can really build up an appetite. Face masks and social distancing will be required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sixth and Penn parking garage. Downtown. Free. carbazaarpgh.com
click to enlarge Three Rivers Sightseeing with Easter Bunny on the Gateway Clipper Fleet - PHOTO: GATEWAY CLIPPER
Photo: Gateway Clipper
Three Rivers Sightseeing with Easter Bunny on the Gateway Clipper Fleet
KIDS • IRL
Looking for hidden eggs is one way to celebrate Easter, but why not try gazing at the fantastic sights along Pittsburgh’s three rivers instead? The Gateway Clipper Fleet is hosting a river sight-seeing cruise on Easter weekend. The Three Rivers Sightseeing with Easter Bunny event allows parents to enjoy the water and relax, and gives kids an opportunity to meet the famous bunny and receive special treats. There are three different sailing times. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 350 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $25 for adults. $15 for children. gatewayclipper.com

click to enlarge vanessa german’s nothing can separate you from the language you cry in, sculptures altarpieces to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain, part of Reckoning: Grief and Light at The Frick Pittsburgh - PHOTO: VANESSA GERMAN
Photo: vanessa german
vanessa german’s nothing can separate you from the language you cry in, sculptures altarpieces to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain, part of Reckoning: Grief and Light at The Frick Pittsburgh
Sun., April 4
ART • IRL

The Frick Pittsburgh will debut Reckoning: Grief and Light, the first of a three-part series by local artist vanessa german. Part of a multi-year partnership between german and the Frick, the show includes "nothing can separate you from the language you cry in," an installation in the Frick Art Museum addressing the trauma of police violence against Black Americans. The work combines sculptural glass altars and symphonic music inspired by the history of enslaved Africans on Southern U.S. rice plantations. Continues through 2023. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. Free. Timed ticketing registration required. thefrickpittsburgh.org
click to enlarge Pittsburgh Arts and Lecture author Bernardine Evaristo - PHOTO: JENNIE SCOTT
Photo: Jennie Scott
Pittsburgh Arts and Lecture author Bernardine Evaristo
Mon., April 5
LIT • VIRTUAL

Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other and winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, is giving a lecture as part of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ Ten Evenings series. Evaristo’s polyphonic book connects the lives of 12 central characters who, despite their vastly different lives, share intersections of identity across age, race, sexuality, and class. Evaristo is the author of eight books and writes across many genres, including poetry, verse fiction, literary criticism, radio, and theatrical drama, and her projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora. 7:30 p.m. $15. pittsburghlectures.org

click to enlarge An open car trolley, one of the relics and artifacts included in Remarkable Relics: PA Trolley Museum - PHOTO: TOM PAWLESH FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM
Photo: Tom Pawlesh for the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
An open car trolley, one of the relics and artifacts included in Remarkable Relics: PA Trolley Museum
Tue., April 6
HISTORY • VIRTUAL

Pittsburgh’s trolley history is vast. The region once sported several streetcar lines headed north, south, east, and west from the city. Most of those trolleys no longer exist, but you can learn more about their history during the Remarkable Relics: PA Trolley Museum virtual event hosted by several public libraries in Allegheny and Washington counties. View artifacts from the museum's collection and learn more about why the region’s thriving suburban communities owe their existence to the streetcar. 5-6 p.m. Free. facebook.com/pennsylvaniatrolleymuseum

click to enlarge Fit with a Physician walk with Venture Outdoors - PHOTO: COURTESY OF VENTURE OUTDOORS
Photo: Courtesy of Venture Outdoors
Fit with a Physician walk with Venture Outdoors
Wed., April 7
SENIORS • IRL

It’s National Walking Day, and who better to celebrate with than the local nonprofit Venture Outdoors. Seniors 50+ will be led on a slow-paced walk through Highland Park trails for Fit with a Physician, during which a local medical professional will be available to answer questions during the walk and share health tips at rest stops along the way. 1 p..m. Highland Park. Free. ventureoutdoors.org

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