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This Week's Events: Thorgy and the Thorchestra pairs classical musicians with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Thorgy Thor

Tue., June 25

Van Gogh in Bloom - PHOTO: KAITLYN CLEM
  • Photo: Kaitlyn Clem
  • Van Gogh in Bloom


To many, the work of Vincent Van Gogh nearly rivals the beauty of nature. So the Phipps Conservatory decided to combine the artwork with the outdoors in Van Gogh in Bloom. Look for garden recreations of some of the artist’s most famous paintings. 9:20 a.m.-5 p.m. One Schenley Park, Oakland. $12-18.

Wed., June 26


“Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom.” This time, the light is touching Little Lake Theatre in Canonsburg for a performance of The Lion King Jr. Be prepared!  11 a.m. 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg. $10.

Thu., June 27


Everyone knows a James Patterson book, even if they’ve never read one. Join the wildly successful author of over 100 books — including Alex Cross, Along Came a Spider, and Witch and Wizard — for a conversation at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, hosted by Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $35.

  • Photo: Santiago Felipe
  • Thorgy Thor


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, you better werk! Thorgy and the Thorchestra pairs classical musicians with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Thorgy Thor.  If you can’t love the symphony in drag, how in the hell are you gonna love anything else? 7:30 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $35-150.

Fri., June 28

Donnell Rawlings
  • Donnell Rawlings


He drove for Clay Davis on The Wire, gave us a dozen unforgettable characters on Chappelle's Show (and co- hosted after Chappelle's departure), and now Donnell Rawlings brings his standup to Pittsburgh Improv. 7 p.m. 155 E. Bridge St., Homestead. $20.

Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square in New York, N.Y., 1969 - PHOTO: DIANA DAVIES/THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • Photo: Diana Davies/The New York Public Library
  • Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square in New York, N.Y., 1969


June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. To commemorate the occasion, The Warhol Museum plays award-winning documentary, Before Stonewall, which will be followed by a Skype Q&A with co-director and producer Robert Rosenberg and a late-night, queer dance party hosted by Jellyfish. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Free with registration.

Sat., June 29

Juneteenth Celebration - PHOTO: GAIL MANKER
  • Photo: Gail Manker
  • Juneteenth Celebration


Honor Black lives and the emancipation of slaves during Western Pennsylvania’s Juneteenth Celebration. March from the Hill District to Downtown in the Jubilee of Freemen Parade in the morning, then party all day with live music, a Soul Food BBQ Competition, and more at the Martin R. Delany Freedom Day Festival at Point State Park. 10 a.m. Downtown. Free.

  • Photo: Renee Rosensteel
  • WYEP Music Fest


The solstice is technically June 21, but everyone knows the season doesn't truly change in Pittsburgh until WYEP's annual Summer Music Festival at
Schenley Plaza. In addition to the marketplaces, food, and sunshine is,
of course, the music and this year's lineup doesn't disappoint. DeVotchka
headlines (if your knowledge doesn't go beyond "How It Ends," please
rectify that) along with Cautious Clay and his expertly produced, experimental
R&B; indie rockers Nevada Color; neo-soul artist Clara Kent; ubiquitous
rock-guitar prodigy Elias Khouri; and blues guitarist Pierce Dipner.
Now summer can really start. 3-10 p.m. 4100 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.

  • Photo: Jake Reinhart
  • Lady Beast


Local metalheads Lady Beast presents Metal Immortal Festival at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Headbang to a day full of music from nine local, national, and international acts, including Pittsburgh band Legendary, Night Demon from California, and Razor from Canada. 4-11 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $40-65.


Pittsburgh plays host to 32 soccer teams representing countries from around the world during the Steel City World Cup. Over 60 games will be played across two days, all culminating on this final day with a tournament at Highmark Stadium. 7-11 p.m. 510 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $11.50-38.50.

  • Photo: Kaiju Big Battel/Andy JonesKaiju Big Battel

You haven’t seen a fight until you’ve seen a waffle tackle a can of chicken soup. Check it out when Kaiju Big Battel brings its zany universe of monster fighting to the Benedum Center. 8 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $25.

All-Star Craft beer and Wine Festival - PHOTO: CODY BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo: Cody Baker Photography
  • All-Star Craft beer and Wine Festival


PNC Park turns into a massive bar at the All-Star Craft beer and Wine Festival.  Breweries and wineries cover stadium grounds with over 250 samples ready for you to taste. Various times. 115 Federal St., North Side. $24.95-79.95.

Sun., June 30

  • Photo: Murphy Moschetta
  • OpenStreetsPGH


Penn Avenue and Butler Street belong to pedestrians when OpenStreetsPGHtakes over Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville. Walk, run, bike, or skate your way to tons of fun activities provided by local business and organizations during this annual outdoor event. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Various locations. Downtown, Strip District, and Lawrenceville. Free.

yART by Bill Danihel
  • yART by Bill Danihel


Are you an art lover low on funds? Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 11th annual yART Sale features about 70 local artists with affordable art, supplies, jewelry, you name it — giving artists a venue to sell inventory and materials. 10 a.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shady Side. Free.


Some of Pittsburgh's finest R&B acts head to Hartwood Acres Park for Pittsburgh's Homegrown, featuring Mars Jackson, Benji., Clara Kent, and Starship Mantis. Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Company are on hand to round things out. 8 p.m. 200 Hartwood Acres, Allison Park. Free.

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