Current Events: A list of stuff to do around town

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Cast of the Second City

Cast of the Second City

Wednesday, August 8

Plum Brass Quintet and Shadyside Brass join forces today for Summer Brasstacular at Heinz Memorial Chapel. After performing works of their own, the two groups will team up to form a combined brass ensemble sure to blow the roof off of the 80-year-old chapel. Plum Brass Quintet is composed of Plum High School alumni. Shadyside Brass was formed in 2013, and is made of five of Pittsburgh’s best brass players.(Amanda Reed) 7 p.m. 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Free.

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Monday, August 13

View “Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In the Whirlwind,” tonight at Alphabet City as part of Sembene Film Festival, which presents works to honor the legacy of Ousmane Sembene, an influential figure in the world of African cinema. This particular feature is the first comprehensive documentary dedicated to Garvey, a controversial figure in the Pan-Africanism movement. (AR) 7 p.m. 40 West North Ave., Northside. Free. 412-435-1110 or

Saturday, August 18

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater honors Gene Kelly, famous Pitt grad and song-and-dance man. This birthday bash features a matinee screening of the 1951 film, “An American in Paris,” where Kelly acted as a Renaissance man, dancing, directing, singing and choreographing the work. After the screening, there will be a reception with sweets to celebrate the famous Pittsburgher. (AR) 2 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Pay what you want. 412-363-3000 or

A celebration of Gene Kelly at the Kelly-Strahorn Theater

Wednesday, August 22

Hop on a magic carpet ride with Disney’s Aladdin, which comes to town as part of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center. Based on the 1992 film, the 2011 musical adaptation follows Aladdin, a poor street boy who falls in love with Princess Jasmine. But, their love is interrupted by the evil King Jafar. (AR) 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 9. 237 7th St., Downtown. $35-$150. 412-456-6666 or

Friday, August 24

View costumes from 2018’s “Black Panther” and 1989’s “Do The Right Thing” with Heroes and Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema, presented by Fashion Africana, which celebrates its opening tonight at the Heinz History Center. Carter is known for developing stories though costuming, and was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film “Amistad” and 1992’s “Malcolm X” by Spike Lee. (AR) 8 p.m. (6:30 for VIP reception). Exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 2. $75 ($150 for VIP tickets). 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. 412-454-6000 or

Monday, August 27

Catch Thought Pockets, a free, pop-up series of slow performance art in public places while you walk downtown today, presented by the Pillow Projects and the Ellipses Condition. Thought Pockets utilizes uncommon movements and shapes that comment on time and beauty. Also catch the event on Wednesdays at Strawberry or Garrison Way and Fridays at Liberty Ave. and Sixth St. (AR) 2-6 p.m. Free. Through Aug. 31. Stanwix St. and Forbes Ave., Downtown.


August 4:

Jeffrey the Plant Improv Super Show. Jeffrey the Plant hosts a night of giveaways and long-form improv. Arcade Comedy Theater. 10 p.m. $12. BYOB.

Aug. 19:

LaRoyce Hawkins. 7 p.m. Club Cafe. $15.

Hasan Minhaj. 6 p.m. Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. $29.75-$75.

Aug. 20:

Kyle Kinane. 7 p.m. Rex Theater. $25.

August 24: The Second City in Made in America: Some Assembly Required. 8 p.m. O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. $35.

August 25: The Second City in Made in America: Some Assembly Required. 5:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. $35.


Sept. 28: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts presents Artist of the Year/Emerging Artist of the Year exhibits. PCA Galleries. September 28-November 4.


August 23: Meet and Greet with Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new Artistic Director, Marya Sea Kaminski. O’Reilly Theater. 6:30 p.m. $10.


August 25 & 26. Of Mice and Men Auditions. Several actors and an older herding dog are needed to recreate Depression-era California onstage. Prime Stage Theater. 1-4 p.m. both days.


August 17. Resistance & Resilience: a reading. A night of poetry. Big Idea Bookstore. 7 p.m. $5.

August 20. Haiku el fresco Reprise. 6:30 p.m. Staci B, the Haiku Ninja leads this creative workshop on these 17-syllable poems. Baum Grove, 400 Roup Ave., Friendship. Free

For Kids:

Aug. 11: Wizardvue Festival. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. A daylong wizard festival in the Borough of Bellevue including food trucks, live music, street performers and, of course, magicians.


Aug. 11. All Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival. Hundreds of craft beverages and appearances by former Pittsburgh Pirates players. PNC Park, North Side. $49.99. $19.99 for designated drivers.


September 14. MakerDate 2018. Annual celebration of the impact of Assemble’s science, technology, engineering, art, and math education programming. 6 to 10 p.m. All funds raised go toward Assemble’s STEAM programs.

September 6. Dram and Drama. Eat, drink and party while supporting Prime Stage Theatre. The Wigle Whiskey Garden & Barrelhouse. 5:30 p.m. $25.

Sports and Outdoors

August 20. Small Business Council’s Annual Charity Golf Outing. 9 am.

Amanda Reed is a Pittsburgh Current Staff Writer. Reach her at

Listings are compiled by events clerk, Brooklyn Magill. Email listings to or

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