Winter Guide: Readings and Lectures | Winter Guide 2020 | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper
click to enlarge Queerpunk Slamjunk’s Robyn Goodfellow, Silas Maxwell Switzer, and Gray Valentine
Queerpunk Slamjunk’s Robyn Goodfellow, Silas Maxwell Switzer, and Gray Valentine

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The Queerpunk Slamjunk
Use your bus pass, shake your ass. Don’t stay home, read a poem. Hell, do whatever you like at the Queerpunk Slamjunk open mic. (But no, rhymes aren’t required at this “queer-youth-focused open mic for anyone between 12-25 brave and proud enough to step up.”) 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31. The Big Idea Bookstore, 4812 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5 donation recommended. thebigideapgh.org

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Tender: A Celebration of Black Womxn & Femmes in Pittsburgh
The basis for literary anthology Tender is to create a place for Black women and femmes to find “connection and comfort in a city and a world that is not always tender toward them.” The reading event is hosted by co-editors Vanessa German and Deesha Philyaw and features an impressive slate of writers. 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 27. Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. alphabetcity.org

SPEAKER
TRUTHSayers: Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke inspired a movement as the original founder of “Me Too,” which spurred the global outcry that finally brought attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence committed most often against women and girls. Burke will speak as part of the TRUTHSayers series at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 7 p.m. Mon., March 9. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $38.50. awc.culturaldistrict.org


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