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The top events in Pittsburgh for April 21-27

This week’s must-see arts and cultural productions

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Photo: Courtesy of Heinz History Center
Sensory Friendly Days at Heinz History Center

Thu., April 21

The Heinz History Center recognizes Autism Awareness Month with Sensory Friendly Days, hosted by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The week will make the museum a more sensory-friendly space for children who need it, with increased directional signage throughout, designated break and rest spaces, mitigation of sudden or loud sounds and motions, and more. This day includes a sensory-friendly storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. with a tactile book. Admission is free throughout the week for all individuals with sensory processing differences, as well as one caregiver per individual. Continues through Fri., April 22. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Free.

Greer Lankton
was a significant, yet under-recognized trans artist in 1980s New York City. To celebrate her legacy, Mattress Factory, which houses a permanent exhibition of Lankton’s work, will host a Birthday Bash on what would have been the artist’s 64th birthday. Held in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Equality Center, this free community day will mark the official launch of the Greer Lankton Collection Finding Aid. Expect button making, a photobooth activity inspired by Lankton's self-portraits, performances by DJ Formosa and musician Grant Charney, and more. 3-7 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. Free.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Amm(i)gone at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios

Fri., April 22

The classical tale of Sophocles’ Antigone receives a twist when creator and performer Adil Mansoor presents Amm(i)gone at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios. The theater piece is described as exploring “queerness, the afterlife, and obligation using canonical texts, teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations between Adil Mansoor and his mother,” who struggles spiritually with her son’s identity. The work is the latest from Mansoor, a founding member of Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective and the former Artistic Director of Dreams of Hope, an LGBTQA+ youth arts organization. 8 p.m. Continues through Sat., April 30. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $15-30, Pay What Moves You.

Experience a night of spoken word, burlesque, and bellydancing when Lawrenceville Distilling hosts Nerdy, Dirty, Inked and Curvy 3. Hosted by La Petty Moore, the event features talent from Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, including Eden Ivy, Scarlett St. Claire, Viva Valezz!, and more. Enhance the entertainment with cocktails and mocktails. 8-10 p.m. 5410 Harrison St., Lawrenceville. $10-25. Search “Nerdy, Dirty, Inked and Curvy” on Facebook

Sat., April 23

The Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media will support local artists and usher in spring with an outdoor market showcasing glass, jewelry, pottery, and other materials. Taking place on the front lawn in front of the Scaife building at the center’s Mellon Park location, the Spring Artists Market will feature items by 26 local artists, including CA Glassworks, Charmed by Nature, Gingerly Press, Harp & Hound Jewelry, and more. Enjoy food supplied by Two and a Half Greeks and drinks by Cocktail Brewery Goodlander Cocktail as you shop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1047 Shady Ave., Shadyside. Free.

Strap on your skates and head to Bloomfield for a day of live music, food, and fun on wheels. The inaugural Bloomfield Skate Fest invites skaters and skateboarders of all ages to enjoy some traffic-free activities on Clement Way, which will be closed off thanks to efforts by Trace Brewing and community partners, Wicked Skatewear and Radio Skate Shop. Hear performances by Boiled Denim, fuck yeah, dinosaurs!, and others, hit up food vendors La Palapa and Pure Grub, and more. 1-9 p.m. Clement Way, Bloomfield. Free.

Everyone’s favorite precocious pig is making her way to the Byham Theater. Peppa Pig’s Adventure will take families on a camping trip with Peppa and her friends George, Pedro Pony, Suzie Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe. With Daddy Pig at the wheel and lots of snacks for the trip, it’s all set up to be a blast. Singing, dancing, and more fun and surprises await for everyone to enjoy. 2 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $44.25-59.25.

Sun., April 24

See author Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, at the Benedum Center. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the stage adaptation follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a young girl witnessing racial injustice in her small Alabama town around 1936. The Pittsburgh production gets an extra boost of star power from TV actor Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch. See what The New York Times has called “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $33-105.

Mon., April 25

Suzanne Vega
helped define the music of the 1980s and 1990s with hits like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner.” Experience her signature, award-winning talent when she stops at the Oaks Theater during her An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories tour. Fans will hear music spanning three decades of Vega’s career, and her skill as a masterful storyteller who The New York Times once said “observes the world with a clinically poetic eye.” 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd.. Oakmont. $30-214.25.

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Photo: Karli Cadel
Pittsburgh Opera presents Blue

Tue., April 26

Pittsburgh Opera
presents Blue, a show by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award-winning librettist Tazewell Thompson. Described as being inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, the story follows a Black American couple who must navigate the devastating loss of their son at the hands of police. By exploring “race, violence, and reconciliation,” Blue “places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact.” The production takes place at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 7 p.m. Continues through Sun., May 1. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $30.75-121.50.

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Photo: Courtesy of Flan Flaherty
Deaf Brown American Mom at SPACE

Wed., April 27

Fran Ledonio Flaherty
, a deaf artist and first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 30 years. Her art show Deaf Brown American Mom, on display at SPACE, is described as addressing the intersections of racism, disability, and motherhood, and examines her “experiences as a Deaf Brown Artist Mom and how to find her place in the city she now calls her home.” See this highly personal show from Flaherty, a member of the #notwhite collective and founder of Anthropology of Motherhood, an immersive art space that has been featured at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival for several years. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Sun., May 15. 812 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free.

There was a time, not so long ago, when Arsenal Bowl drew crowds with Rock ’N Bowl, a popular event combining live music with all-night rounds of bowling. After a long hiatus, Rock ’N Bowl returns with Dumplings, a Pittsburgh band described as delivering “overdriven guitar” and rhythmic, pulsing drums and bass, and songs about “work, friends, dreams, animals, Pittsburghers, clothes, etc.” Knock some pics down all while supporting local music. 9 p.m. 4310 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $9.95 all you can bowl. 21 and over.

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