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Summer Guide Events: May 28 - June 2 

Tue., May 28

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  • 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

A Moment in the Reeds - PHOTO: REELQ
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  • 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


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

Adam Ehrlich Sachs
  • 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.

Sheila E.
  • Sheila E.


Women Who Rock features soul singer Lindsey Smith and a cappella groupSounds 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 Libertycomedy 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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  • 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).

Liss Victory of The Girlie Show - PHOTO: ERIN MCCANDLESS
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  • 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.

Trevor Noah
  • 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.

Sat., June 1


Checkmate! Join regional chess enthusiasts at the Pittsburgh Chess Conference, an all-day event at Alloy 26 featuring a chess tournament and a fundraising dinner later in the evening. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 100 S. Commons Suite 102, North Side. $15.


Spanning two days, Highmark’s International StrEAT Festival fills Penn Avenue between Seventh and Stanwix with vendors from all over the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region. Stick around for live performances, eating contests, cooking demonstrations, and more. 12 p.m. Downtown. Free.

Pittsburgh Taco Festival - PHOTO: EASY STREET PROMOTIONS
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  • Pittsburgh Taco Festival


Who’s got the best taco in town? No need to argue when you can find them all in one place at Pittsburgh Taco Festival. The event returns to Highmark Stadium for the third year with live music and more than 30 vendors. Two sessions: 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. 510 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $10.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival


If summer is something you like more in concept than up close and personal, check out the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Pittsburgh Playhouse. The touring festival aims to inspire "environmental activism and a love for nature through film." 6 p.m. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $25.


Enjoy an evening of classical and contemporary works from students at various levels when the Bodiography Center for Movement presents its Spring Concert at the Byham Theater. 7 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $31.50.


Explore the hilltop’s burgeoning neighborhood at the Allentown Night Market, and enjoy artisan crafts, food from local restaurants, and beer. More than 10 Allentown businesses are participating. 7-11 p.m. 800 block of Warrington Ave., Allentown. Free. Facebook search “The Weeping Glass”


Warning: this listing contains spoilers. Just kidding. Or are we? Congratulations. You complained so much that Game of Thrones decided to end itself. But you can still get the last laugh at The Roast of Jon Snow hosted by Burning Bridges Comedy Club. Get your neighbor to walk your dire wolf and head out for some pointed comedy. 8 p.m. 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $15.

Sun., June 2


Explore the planet Mars in Mars, Pa., at the town’s semi-annual Mars Exploration Celebration, featuring NASA exhibits, food, live music, and science professionals. 11 a.m. Downtown, Mars. Free.


Take self-love Sunday to the next level with Grlpwrpgh and Ladyhood Journey’s Self-Love Sunday: The Fest. Expect an entire day of live music, yoga, on-site activities, dancing, food and drinks, local vendors, and lots more. 12 p.m. Bay 41, 4107 Willow St., Lawrenceville. Free.

Pittsburgh Opera at Hartwood Acres - PHOTO: DAVID BACHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo: David Bachman Photography
  • Pittsburgh Opera at Hartwood Acres

Pittsburgh Opera goes beyond the stage when it performs at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Expect a 90-minute program featuring some of opera’s greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. 4000 Middle Road, Allison Park. Free.




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