The Can’t Miss: Featured Events in and Around the City

Inside of Kaibur Coffee in Polish Hill (Current photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

March 7:

Therese Rocco began life in law enforcement when she was 19 years old, and went on to become the first woman to serve as assistant police chief in Pittsburgh. Nicknamed “The Rock,” she paved the way for females in the male dominated police force. Heinz History Center will celebrate her work with the premiere of the 50-minute documentary about her contributions to the field, titled “The Rock.” Following the screening, she will share personal stories of her work and life, as well as sign copies of her new book “Therese Rocco: A Memoir.” Registration is encouraged, and copies of the book are available at the event or for pre-purchase. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. Free. — Madeline Ury


The Andy Warhol Museum is pleased to host another installment of their Sound Series. The intimate concert features Rafiq Bhatia, on tour promoting his latest album Breaking English. The composer, producer and guitarist has performed in two previous Sound Series’ events with the band Son Lux. Come out and support Bhatia’s solo debut in the Warhol Theater, including an opening performance from WILLS. Students and museum members will receive $5 off. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. $20. or — MU


March 8:

Today kicks off the weekend long event of Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Tattoo Expo. At the Sheraton Station Square, you can listen to live music and interact with talented tattoo artists from Pittsburgh. There will even be special appearances by the stars of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” The event is open to all ages, thought you must be 18+ to get a tattoo. 1 p.m. 300 West Station Square Drive., South Shore. $25-50 Tickets purchased at door only.   — MU


Dark Thoughts is one of the catchiest acts around: the Philadelphia trio writes what can only be described as absolute bops: sweet, melodic, poppy ditties that will likely put you in mind of a certain long-limbed, leather jacket-wearing, punk-rock romantic: As guitarist/singer Jim Shomo told Impose Magazine, “[I]t’s not like we don’t listen to a lot of different bands, but at the end of the day, DARK THOUGHTS is a RAMONES band. Period.” The songs are a blast live, of course, so don’t miss the band when it comes to Blumcraft on Friday, March 8. Peace Talks and Living World are also gonna be there! 8 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. — Margaret Welsh


March 9:

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Polish Hill coffee shop Lili became Kaibur Coffee & Café? And though the décor may be different, the fact that Kaibur has carried on Lili’s place as a warm, welcoming neighborhood center (with amazing coffee and veg-friendly food to boot) is something to celebrate. In that spirit, don’t miss Kaibur’s birthday blowout on Saturday, March 9, featuring an all-star, all local, all party lineup: Kim Phuc, Loose Nukes, Detainees and Plastic Idea. 8 p.m. Blumcraft, 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. Free. — MW


Much of Colonel Daniel Brodhead’s expedition up the Allegheny River in 1779 remains a mystery. Dr. Joe Stahlman and Dr. Douglas Perelli will host the Fort Pitt Speaker Series: 1779 Bucktooth Run Battlefield at Fort Pitt Museum to dive deeper into the impacts of the battle. The two conducted a project with Seneca Nation Tribal Heritage Preservation Office to research maps, oral histories, and more. Admission is free for History Center Members. Pre-registration is required. 11 a.m. 601 Commonwealth Pl., Downtown. $5.  — MU


March 10:

Mythburgh Season 3: Episode 1 will take place tonight at Brillobox Theater. Mythburgh is all of weird and creepy Pittsburgh-esque stories told by locals, adapted by playwrights. The characters engage the audience in their stories live online and in person. This is a 21+ event. 8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Name your own price. or — MU


It takes a certain type of musician to want to release a singles series: A real, as they say, “head.” Grungy post-rocker/general rocker Conan Neutron qualifies as such, as he’s embarked on what will be a 12-volume collection of seven-inch split singles. It’s called Protons and Electrons (get it?) and each features one track by the Bay-area-born, Milwaukee-based Neutron, and one by a special guest artist.  As he put it to the Milwaukee Record, “You know the pain in the ass of doing one release? Yeah, let’s do twelve of them and then compile them into one!” On Sunday, March 10, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends (a band which sometimes but not always features Melvin’s drummer Dale Crover) brings these songs (and probably more) to Howlers. Night Vapor and Five Foot Arm open. 8 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $7. 412-682-0320. — MW


March 13:

If you’re looking for something low-key to do on a school night, or you’re trying to impress your Tinder date with your knowledge of the local hip-hop scene (in an environment where you can actually carry on a quiet conversation), head to Spirit on Wednesday, March 13 for Hip-Hop & Chill. Curated and presented by Spirit General Manager Justin Strong (former owner of the Shadow Lounge and a local legend in his own right), it’s an evening of laidback beats, including live music from Lovely Little Revival (Plato Black and Pugglefox) and Isaiah Small, and a DJ set by Tj Groover. 9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $5. — MW


Celebrating Women’s History Month is not just for all of us grown-ups, it’s never too early for the kiddos to get in on it! Hop Into History: Movie-Making at The Heinz History Center will tell the story of America’s first female film director (who is also from Pittsburgh!): Lois Weber. 2-5 year olds and their guardians are welcome to enjoy music, dancing and games while learning about the past of movie making. Adults are required to pay museum admission, and children under 5 are free. Pre-registration is required. 10:30 a.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. Free- $18. — MU


March 14:

Sam Sax uses his poetry book Madness to delve into conversations on mental health, masculinity, addiction and more. Sax is a successful writer and recipient of many awards throughout his career. Tonight you can join him for a reading at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City and learn more about his personal experiences as a queer, Jewish, writer and educator. RSVP is required for the event. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. or — MU


March 15:

You don’t have to be an expert jewelry maker to attend Crafts and Drafts:Textured Copper Pendants at Contemporary Craft. At the 21+ event, participants will learn basic sewing, filing and sanding techniques while making their very own pendants and earrings. 6 p.m. 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. $35. — MU


March 16:

Everyone’s favorite childhood book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, is now taking the stage. The show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, is performed by puppets at Byham Theater. It includes not only this iconic Eric Carle story, but three others – “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,” “The Very Lonely Firefly and Mister Seahorse.” The show made history as the most successful and longest running children’s show in New York. Take the kids or take a trip down memory lane. 11 a.m. 101 6th St., Downtown. $20-$35. — MU


Lyn Ford uses writing and oral storytelling techniques to share Affrilachian heritage with the world. She has been a featured storyteller and speaker at conferences and festivals around the world, including Sydney, Australia and Ireland. Storytelling with Lyn Ford at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City is sure to be an entertainment filled afternoon, fun for the whole family. RSVP is required. 3 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. or — MU


March 17:

Looking for some unique items you can’t find anywhere else? Bag It Up! Pittsburgh Artists Seconds Sale is sure to have something to spark your interest. All you need to bring to The Ace Hotel for this event is $20, and you’ll receive a bag that you can fill with as many second-hand items as you can possibly fit. As if it couldn’t get any better, this is a dog friendly event, so bring your best pal to help you shop around! 11 a.m. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. $20. — MU


The opera La Bohème is set in 1830s Paris. Written by Giacomo Puccini, the story is described as emotional and dramatic, and even inspired a ballet and the classic Broadway show RENT. You can see the opera at the Benedum Center on March 30, April 2, 5 and 7. While you count down the days, today you can get a sneak peak with Opera Up Close – La Bohème. Special guests will offer an in-depth look at the production at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. Admission is free for FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera members. 2 p.m. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. $5. — MU


March 18:

The Heinz History Center’s Irish Genealogy Workshop is back for its fifth year. Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt are two experts on the subject from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast who will present historic records and and electronic resources on Irish genealogy. The goal is to help advance research and give genealogical societies the chance to network. Registration is required. History Center and Westmoreland Historical Society Members will receive a $10 discount. You can also get a box lunch for $10.95. 9 a.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. $40. Heinzhistoryce — MU

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