Seven Days in Pittsburgh: Jan. 21-27 | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Seven Days in Pittsburgh: Jan. 21-27

Music, art, lit, comedy, and more virtual and in-person events this week in Pittsburgh

click to enlarge Left: Jordan Coyne’s “Untitled (Javier in profile),” from Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture at the Brew House Association - Right: Lisa Summe’s Say it Hurts at White Whale Bookstore - LEFT: JORDAN COYNE // RIGHT: LISA SUMME AT WHITE WHALE BOOKSTORE
Left: Jordan Coyne // Right: Lisa Summe at White Whale Bookstore
Left: Jordan Coyne’s “Untitled (Javier in profile),” from Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture at the Brew House Association
Right: Lisa Summe’s Say it Hurts at White Whale Bookstore
Thu., Jan. 21

Zoom concerts might be a relatively new event, but The Olga Watkins Band has been performing together for nearly 20 years, so the members know how to put on a show under any circumstance. The group’s music combines several genres, including jazz, blues, funk, and rock. You can catch their virtual performance streamed through City of Asylum. 7 p.m. Free with registration.

Award-winning Pittsburgh playwright TJ Young brings a reading of The Inseperables, a “very loose adaptation” of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, to Pittsburgh Public Theater’s digital PlayTime benefit series Classics N’at. And by “very loose,” they’re not exaggerating. The description guarantees a “one for all” kind of comedy filled with “charm, wit, and hilarious hijinks.” 7 p.m. Continues through Sun., Jan. 24. $10+ donation.

Fri., Jan. 22

The 23rd Annual Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit is going virtual, but it will still pack as much information and resources into the event as ever. With over 20 information sessions and two panels across a whole weekend, the summit will touch on all corners of the racial justice movement, from how to create sustainable change, to self-care for activists, to anti-racism in academia. 5:30 p.m. Continues through Sat., Jan. 23. Sliding pay scale.

Brew House Association
presents the latest show exhibition from its emerging curator program, Prospectus, with Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture. Curated by Tara Fay Coleman, the show is described as a tribute to the varied heritage, tradition, and community that inform Black hair styling. Through a variety of photography, sculpture, and mixed media works from local and national artists, Roots Run Deep demonstrates hair as a mode of creative expression, explores the many facets of Black identity, and serves as an entry point for viewers to connect with nostalgia of their past, or to learn more about histories that they have not experienced. Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu. 2-7 p.m. Continues through Sat., March 6. 711 South 21st St., South Side. Free.

Sat., Jan. 23

Join a group of local writers for a celebration of poet Lisa Summe's debut book, Say It Hurts, with White Whale Bookstore. The collection features poems where "joy and loss hold hands," and tackle the complexities of grief, love, queerness, healing, growing up, and everything that happens in between. The event will also feature readings from Jari Bradley, Micaela Corn, Sara Watson, and Diannely Antigua. 7 p.m. Free with registration.

Join Steel City Improv Theater for Mashed Poet-atoes, a virtual evening of original performance art, improvisation, and more. Special guest Joanna Lowe will present a set that may include original poems, stories, or comedy. The potato will then be passed, so to speak, to the improv team, who will create new scenes inspired by Lowe's material. The show concludes with poet and improviser Torrey Shineman delivering a poem that mashes together themes and characters from throughout the night. The event will stream live on the Steel City Improv Twitch channel. 8-9 p.m. Free.

Sun., Jan. 24

If day and night have been blending together a bit too much lately because everyone’s always stuck at home, plug in some reinforcements. The Story Pirates, dubbed “some of the best creators and performers in kids’ media today” by Sirius XM, have launched Sleep Squad, a family-friendly virtual theater production, as part of this year’s EQT Children’s Theater Festival. Turn your kids’ bedroom into a rocket ship as Tony Award-nominee Lilli Cooper becomes the “Dream Queen.” (An additional add-on immersive kit can be purchased, but simple household items can also be used.) Watch before naptime or bedtime. Continues through Sun., Jan. 31. $35 (Unlimited viewing.) $50 with Dreamtime kit.

Mon., Jan. 25

Andy Warhol had a knack for documenting talented people in a variety of forms, and in the 1960’s, jazz singer and actress Tally Brown became one of his favorite subjects. The Andy Warhol Museum’s newest exhibition, Tally Brown, pays homage to the performer with a collection organized by former film and video curator Geralyn Huxley. Timed tickets required. Continues through Oct. 4. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20.

Tue., Jan. 26
Film Kitchen
wants to bring a bit of levity to an especially tough time with Night of Two Thousand and Twenty-One Laughs. To celebrate the new year, the monthly screening series will stream 21 locally made, humorous short films on the Jump Cut Theater Twitch channel. A live post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, as well as event organizers and hosts Matthew R. Day of Film Kitchen and Steven Haines of Jump Cut Theater, will take place on Zoom. 7 p.m. Free. Donations to the filmmakers encouraged.

Wed., Jan. 27

Can’t make it to the museum or the zoo in person? The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has you covered. Every Wednesday, the museum holds Wild Wednesday: Virtual Live Animal Encounters. Meet the creatures the museum cares for from the comfort of your home. Will you get to see a python, a sun conure, or a Russian tortoise? Tune in! 1:30 p.m. Register before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. $10.

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