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Seven Days of Arts+Entertainment: Sept. 17-23

Live theater, an art gallery reopens, and more events this week in Pittsburgh

Thu., Sept. 17
Outdoor Theatre
There’s no mystery in guessing who the killers are in South Park Theatre’s newest production. In Murderers, performed on South Park’s outdoor stage, the actors fess up right at the beginning. But, according to the program notes, the fun comes from listening to the three characters address the audience and explain why they are “completely justified in having committed the crimes.” Bring a lawn chair and a mask — they must be worn throughout the performance. 6:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 20. $10. 18+. Corner of Brownsville Road and Corrigan Drive, South Park.
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Photo: Courtesy of August Wilson African American Cultural Center
Dominic Chamber’s “Red Sky Visitors”
Fri., Sept. 18
Art Gallery
For the first time since its doors closed in March, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center reopens today with a new solo exhibition by New Haven-based artist Dominic Chambers. Like the Shape of Clouds on Water includes Chambers’ large-scale paintings that explore the line between reality and fantasy, negotiating “ideas of magical realism by presenting Black figures as they delve into literature and contemplation within imagined landscapes.” 3-8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

Sat., Sept. 19
Virtual Painting
One of the most popular attractions at the National Aviary, Pittsburgh’s nonprofit zoo boasting over 550 birds, isn’t a bird at all, but a two-toed sloth! The Aviary actually has two of them in its North Side home, where you can pay extra to book close-up encounters with the mammals. But for those quarantining at home, there’s now a chance to spend intimate time with the slow-moving creatures virtually while you exercise your creative juices over Zoom, learning to paint with Brushes & Birds (and sloths), led by artist Maria DeSimone Prascak. 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $25 ($23 for members, and students have the option of adding on a material packet for $20 that can be shipped ahead of time).

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CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lee Terbosic
Sun., Sept. 20
Drive-in Magic
Some might call what City Theatre’s Drive-in Arts Festival has done over the past week, bringing large concerts and entertainment back to the city after months of silence due to the pandemic, well, a little magical. Tonight, the festival comes full circle as magician Lee Terbosic, who has toured nationally and appeared on shows including America's Got Talent, returns to wow his hometown in a stage show presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 8 p.m. 4734 Second Ave., Hazelwood. $20-25.

Mon, Sept. 21
Fashion Online
Take a look at Instagram and TikTok, and it’s easy to see that fashion doesn’t stop just because it’s no longer as accessible in person. When the pandemic forced this year’s Pittsburgh Fashion Week to suspend in-person activities, event planners got creative, including asking for video submissions of trendsetters showing off their fashion visions. The best will be shown in a Pittsburgh Fashion Week Film Festival. “We believe this project fits into one of our goals, which is, making Pittsburgh a national and then, hopefully, an international fashion city,” says Downtown CDC executive director John Valentine. Continues through Fri., Sept. 25.

Tue., Sept. 22
School of Drag
Femme Touch, an exhibit on display now at The Andy Warhol Museum, highlights the relationships Warhol had with the women and femmes in his life, including trans women. Today, in conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is presenting an online School of Drag 2020 Panel, to “illustrate the ways that gender-based performance can help teens forge connections from their own homes.” The event will be hosted by drag queens Akasha L. Van Cartier, Morrigana Regina, and teen performer E! The Dragnificent, and will include a multimedia presentation discussing the history and culture of drag. Free with registration.

Wed., Sept. 23
The Art of Dance
Fine art photographer Sue Abramson’s artwork, exhibited widely over the past four decades in Pittsburgh, takes on a different form this evening as part of Of Lungs and Leaves, a video work with Pittsburgh artist and choreographer Mita Ghosal. The choreographic work, presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Global Stream through the City of Asylum, uses Ghosal’s dance and narrative and Abramson’s sculptural photography to tell “literal and figurative stories.” Both artists will have a live virtual discussion with KST senior producer Ben Pryer and audience members after the screening. 7-8:30 p.m. Free with registration.
This week's listings were guest curated by editor Lisa Cunningham. Email your latest arts and entertainment happenings to staff writer Hannah Lynn at

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