The Can’t Miss
Anthrocon, the second-largest furry convention, returns to Pittsburgh for its 22nd year in a row starting this Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The event originated in 1997 as Albany Anthrocon, and has raised more than $300,000 for various charities since then. And, 7,500 people have attended the convention — that’s a lot of people dressed as their “fursona.” The convention is dedicated to furries, or anthropomorphic animals presented in cartoons, literature or costumes.
This year’s theme, “Movie Monsters,” includes panels on the origins of the Godzilla franchise and the inspiration behind your favorite movie monsters. Don’t miss out on other Anthrocon events like video game tournaments, writing workshops and dances. July 5 through July 8. 1000. $35 for one-day membership; $65-$275 for weekend membership. www.anthrocon.org
Tuesday, July 3
Join Cross/Current in the Agnes Katz Plaza as part of JazzLive, presented by BNY Mellon and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This week’s band, featuring Max Leake, John Hall, Mark Lucas and Timothy Woodruff, is a quartet specializing in electric keys, soulful drums and slappin’ bass. 5 p.m. 667 Penn Ave., Downtown. Free. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org
Folk rocker Ray LaMontagne performs tonight at Heinz Hall. LaMontagne won the 2011 Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album with “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.” Neko Case, an American alternative musician best known for her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers also takes the stage. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $45-$289. 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org
Wednesday, July 4
The Frick Art Museum is open today for both your painted and patriotic needs. Explore the museum and view its latest exhibit, “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas,” then head out to the lawn for refreshments and an outdoor hot dog bar. Starting at noon, local blues group Christopher Mark Jones & The Roots Ensemble bring some live Americana to the great lawn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. $8-$15 ($13 for seniors and students). 412-371-0600 or www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.
Head to Point State Park beginning at noon for Celebrate America, presented by EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. In addition to activities for families and festival food,the event includes a performance by “American Idol” finalist and Pittsburgher Gabby Barrett and, of course, fireworks. Noon-10 p.m. 601 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. Free ($20 for Gabby Barrett performance; $25 for VIP firework seating; $350 for VIP fireworks tent). www.celebrateamericapgh.com
Thursday, July 5
Listen to stories told by badass women tonight at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Theatre with We Are The Weirdos: Live Stories, Told by Women at The Funhouse. Fifteen15 spots are open for women or women-identifying people to share their stories — there is no theme, so expect a multitude of topics covered. ASL interpretation will be available. The majority of the proceeds from the night will benefit the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. 8-10 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $7. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com
Friday, July 6
The Southside Works Exposed artist market returns for its 14th year starting today, presented by Second Shift Crafters and Southside Works movie theater. Located on 27th St. between Carson St. and Tunnel Blvd., the event is a three-day celebration of local art featuring more than 50 vendors, including City Grows, Succulents N’ More and Wood-N-You Like It. T In addition to artists and their works, the market features food, drink and live music. Come on Sunday for Family Fun Day for kid-friendly activities like balloon twisting and face painting. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 12-10 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday. 27th St., Southside. Free. www.tinyurl.com/works-exposed
Three compositions make their world premiere at City Theatre, presented by the American Composers Forum and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. The American Composer national competition winners of 2017 — David Biedenbender, Rufus Reid and Jung Yoon Wie each present their respective works, which convey topics like parenthood, jazz history and the five stages of grief in sound. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. on July 7. 1300 Bingham St., Southside. $25 (free for first-time first-time attendees of PNME events; $10 for students; $15 for seniors). 412-431-2489 or www.citytheatrecompany.com
Saturday, July 7
Learn how to brew kombucha, the fermented, carbonated sweetened black or green tea drink tonight at the Millvale Community Library. Participants will learn what kombucha is, its health benefits, get a taste of kombucha from local ‘bucha brewer Red Star Kombucha, and even take home a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast to make their own kombucha at home. 3-5 p.m. 213 Grant Ave., Millvale. $20. 412-822-7081 or www.millvalelibrary.com
Date Night Done Right
Struggling to make date night plans? Look no further than Make It a Date at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where you and your sweetie can make a blown ornament. After that, snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip on wine and beer. The night also includes live entertainment, cementing its status as a hot date — no pun intended. 6-8 p.m. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. $75. 412-365-2145 or www.pittsburghglasscenter.org
Sunday, July 8
Today is your last chance to check out the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, which marks the 1791 uprising across Western Pennsylvania protesting a whiskey tax..The event includes historical reenactments, period exhibitions and demonstrations and music and food. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Main Street Pavilion, South Main St., Washington. Free. www.whiskeyrebellionfestival.com