This week is rife with music happenings, including shows with Black Flag, Violent Femmes, and DJ Samuel Andres | Summer Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

This week is rife with music happenings, including shows with Black Flag, Violent Femmes, and DJ Samuel Andres

Mon., Aug. 5

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  • Spamilton


Ever feel like mocking Lin-Manuel Miranda? No, because you are not a loose cannon like Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Spamilton. Come see Hamiltonand a host of other musicals get roasted in this musical parody at Greer Cabaret Theater. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 25. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $31-59.75.

Tue., Aug. 6

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  • Violent Femmes


Make sure to grab some SPF 50 so you don’t blister in the sun for this Stage AE outdoor banger, as Ben Folds and Violent Femmes take the stage to finally give representation to awkward white guys. 6:30 p.m. 400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. $35.

Wed., Aug 7


Expert curator Marcie Reaven will delve into how and why she created the Vietnam War exhibit now on display at the Heinz History Center. The exhibit spans the entire history of the decades-long war that cost millions of lives. 7-9 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. $20.

Thu., Aug. 8

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! - PHOTO: MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
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  • Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!


Grab a big yellow hat and your little one and head to Pittsburgh Children’s Museum for Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! STEM-based adventures help kids learn while having fun helping the adorable monkey navigate his way through scenes from the popular PBS TV series. 10 Children’s Way, North Side. $14-16.

Fri., Aug. 9

DJ Samuel Andres
  • DJ Samuel Andres


Start your Friday night off right at The Warm UP with some deep, funky, and disco-inspired house music from DJ Samuel Andres' personal collection at The Goldmark. 7 p.m. 4517 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free.

Sat., Aug. 10


Get out to the annual Brookline Breezefest to explore the neighborhood with local vendors, food, music, and community organizations. The festival also coincides with the Brookline Breeze 5k and Fitness Walk. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Brookline Blvd., Brookline.

  • VegFest


Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Try new meatless foods, adopt a pet from a local shelter, and watch live cooking demonstrations at VegFest. The popular day-long event also features live music and lots of local vendors for eco-friendly shopping. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Allegheny Commons Park, North Park. Free.


FreshFest — the nation’s first Black brew festival — returns to Nova Place with a fantastic line-up of 3,000 craft beer industry veterans, connoisseurs, and novices from across the country. In addition to the beer, festivalgoers can enjoy food trucks and live music. 12 p.m. 100 S. Commons, North Side. $25-150.

Pancakes & Booze
  • Pancakes & Booze


Tired of stuffy art galleries? Head to the least-pretentious exhibit around. Pancakes & Booze features free all-you-can-eat pancakes, local art, music, and live painting. 8 p.m. Spirit Hall, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10-13. 21+.

Sun., Aug. 11


After over 40 years, Black Flag is still flying. The pioneers of hardcore punk, known for anti-authoritarian messages and that logo popular on college dorm posters, will play Rex Theater with The Linecutters. 7 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $28-30.

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