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Kaju Big Battel (Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)


By Emerson Andrews
Pittsburgh Current Intern


June 25


City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers for a reading from his most recent book, “Enemy of the People.” The book includes a tutorial on creating editorial cartoons, short essays from other cartoonists and journalists about the importance of the First Amendment, and several of Rogers’ political cartoons from the last three years. The event is free with a reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley bring the spirit of their viral web series, #IMOMSOHARD, on a second live tour with “Mom’s Night Out: Round 2.” The two mothers promise an all new show at Heinz Hall, and are also in the process of developing a half-hour sitcom with CBS. Ticket prices vary by seating. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $39.75-$179.75. 412-392-4900 or


June 26


Ona Louise reads to kids at Classic Lines for this edition of “Drag Que7en Story Hour.” Children can experience stories and gender fluidity with a role model that embodies the ideas of dress up and imagination. 2:30 p.m. 5825 Forbes Ave. Free. 412-422-2220


ReelQ presents a screening of “Call Her Ganda” at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. The film follows a group of Filipina women seeking justice after their transgender friend is brutally murdered by a U.S. marine. Call Her Ganda is a blend of personal tragedy, activism and the legacy of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines. The screening is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


Liberty Magic hosts Mark Toland and his show “MIND READER.” The mentalist uses his skills along with humor to give skeptics and believers alike an experiencethat explores the mysteries of the mind. Toland will be performing through August 4. 7:30 p.m. 811 Liberty Ave. $40-$65. 412-456-6666 or


June 27


James Patterson brings his newest book, “Unsolved,” to the Carnegie Lecture Hall. A hardcover copy of “Unsolved” is included in the ticket price. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $35. 412-622-8866 or


Stories That Heal continues their series with Kristie Knights, who brings her collection “Unsung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide Through Stories of Triumph” to City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. The collection features thirty-four authors who share their real stories of battling depression and suicidal thoughts as part of an effort to push back against the stigma surrounding mental illness. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is joined by Thorgy Thor at Heinz Hall for the U.S. premiere of her all-new show. The “Queen of Classical Music”, also known from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, uses fashion, wit and music to create an unforgettable experience. Adult supervision is advised due to some mature themes in the performance. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $35-$150. 

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June 28


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra puts on its “Americana Concert” at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland to celebrate those in the armed services. 7 p.m. 4141 Fifth Ave. Free.412-392-4900 or


Those who are 21+ are invited to the Heinz History Center after-hours to explore their “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” with game theory. Attendees will take on the role of military leaders and employ their own strategies while learning about the real historical events of the time period. Two drinks and appetizers are included with the ticket price. 6 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $20.


Four Pedro Almodóvar films will screen at Row House Cinema through July 4. The provocative and sensual director often explored gender identity and other themes. Check out “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her,” “The Skin I Live In” or “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” sometime this week. 12:30 p.m. 4115 Butler St. $8 matinee, $10 general admission.


June 29


City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts a screening of “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil)” as part of the Sembène Film Festival. The film, by Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty, follows a paraplegic girl named Sili who wants to be a street vendor of the national newspaper of Senegal. Mambéty dedicates the film to the street children of Dakar and uses nonprofessional actors and real street children to tell the story. The screening is free with reservation, and English subtitles will be provided. 3 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


A Kaiju Big Battel comes to the Byham Theatre. This live fighting spectacle features a roster of interesting monsters, and after the show a party with DJ Inception will be held in the lobby. 8 p.m. 101 6th St. $25. 412-456-6666 or


June 30


The Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media holds their eleventh “yArt” Sale on their campus, a yard sale for local artists. Around seventy artists will be present selling affordable art as well as equipment, fabrics, and other supplies to other upcoming artists and collectors. Admission is free. 10 a.m. 6300 Fifth Ave. Free.


Genealogist Dr. Michael Lacopo comes to the Heinz History Center to hold a German Genealogy Workshop. Attendees of all levels of expertise are welcome and will also participate in a curator-led tour of the History Center’s German American Collection. 9 a.m. 1212 Smallman St. $40.


July 1


Six and seven-year-olds can attend Survival of the Futurist, a summer camp with Assemble. Kids will meet scientists and engineers as well as learn about the environment and sustainability. The camp runs from July 1 to July 3. Scholarships are available and Garfield residents attend free with a waitlist. 9 a.m. 4824 Penn Ave. $75-$150. 412-661-6111 or


July 2


WaterWorks Cinemas is holding a Luxury Premiere for “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” First come, first serve. Kid and senior pricing available. 12 a.m. 930 Freeport Rd. $11.


July 3


Howl at the Moon holds a Red, White & Brew Party with live music, dancing and a Pirates ticket giveaway. Special prices on drinks will be available most of the night. Attendees should wear red, white and blue for free admission. 5 p.m. 125 7th St. Free.


July 4


Jump Cut Theater’s 4th of July party presents a 16mm film program from Flea Market Films at the Glitterbox Theater for a celebration of America. Food will be served off the grill as attendees watch bits and pieces of the nation’s history and culture roll by on the projectors. Food and entertainment are included in the admission price, and free beer will be available to those 21+. 5 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave. $10. 412-563-0368 or


The Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park will be joined by the Yinzer Singers for a performance of patriotic songs, 18th century reenactments and the raising of a 13-star American flag. Visitors can participate in the flag ceremony along with museum staff and local scouts, and can also learn more about the role Western Pennsylvania played in the American Revolution. 10:45 a.m. 601 Commonwealth Pl. Free.


Enjoy fireworks at the Carnegie Science Center. Prices vary depending on viewing location. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Ave. $49-$79. 412-237-3400 or


July 5


Row House Cinema screens Paris is Burning, the ‘80s documentary about New York City drag balls and the dance styles that were popular with gay, trans, Black and Latinx communities. 12 p.m. 4115 Butler St. $8 matinee, $10 general admission.


July 6


Conductor Andrés Franco leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in concert at the South Park Amphitheatre. Rain or shine, the concert is free and open to the public. 8:15 p.m. 100 Farmshow Dr. South Park Township. Free. 412-392-4900


July 8


LaTrea Rembert is the artist educator for the Sol Studio Dance Camp for students in grades four to six at the Trust Arts Education Center. Children will learn choreography and techniques in contemporary, jazz and street dance. The camp begins July 8 with a final performance on July 12. Sibling discounts are available. 9 a.m. 807 Liberty Ave. $150. 412-471-6079 or


For kids in grades six to nine, the Trust Arts Education Center has a DJ Project Camp. Over the week, children will work with professional tools and learn technique from teaching artist David Shoemaker (DJ Shoe). The camp begins July 8 with a final performance on July 12. Sibling discounts are available. 9 a.m. 807 Liberty Ave. $150. 412-471-6079 or


Rocky Bleier and a number of friends from his career as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers come to the Heinz History Center for a special program to celebrate his service in the Vietnam War as well as the new edition of his book, “Fighting Back.” The book tells Bleier’s story of being sent home injured only to work his way back to a starting position with the Steelers to help win four Super Bowl Championships. Copies of “Fighting Back” will be available for sale and ticket prices include admission to the Center’s “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” exhibit. 7 p.m.1212 Smallman St. $15.

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