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Mac Miller memorial September 2018 (Current photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)


By Emerson Andrews & Margaret Welsh

September 3


Film Pittsburgh, Unabridged Press and Point Park’s Center for Media Innovation partner to present Genevieve Clay-Smith, founder and director of Australia’s Bus Stop Films, for a talk on inclusive filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera. A reception will follow the presentation. The event is free for students and open to the public for $5, though seating is limited. 6:30 p.m. 305 Wood St. Free for students, $5 general admission. or 412-426-3456 (Emerson Andrews)


September 4

Film Pittsburgh opens their ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Film Festival. Enjoy a series of short films from Sept 4 through Sept 11 featuring a diverse range of stories about individuals with disabilities. These films are award-winning and promote both awareness and appreciation. All screenings are accompanied by open captions, audio description and ASL interpretation. The venue is fully accessible. Opening night has special ticket pricing. 7 p.m. 425 Cinema Dr. $8 for students, $12 general admission. 412-426-3456 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 5


Author Jeff Gordinier brings his memoir Hungry to Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures for a conversation with chef Sonja Finn and Post-Gazette food & features writer Dan Gigler. The memoir follows his journeys around the globe with Danish chef René Redzepi of Noma. A book signing will follow the lecture, and copies of Gordinier’s current book will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $10. 412.622.8866 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 6

Contemporary Craft holds a workshop with Daniel Baxter, the creator of Kreepy Doll Factory. Learn basic sewing skills and make a 3D doll while enjoying complimentary drinks. Ticket price includes two beverages, and attendees must be 21 or older. 6 p.m. 2100 Smallman St. $35. 412-261-7003 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 7

When Mac Miller died at age 26 on September 7 of last year, it was a tragic loss for the hip-hop community as a whole, but it was especially felt here in Miller’s home town. A year later, Mac is on the minds of Pittsburghers. There are several events happening around town to honor him, including a memorial benefit hosted by Philly-based independent label Chinga Chang Records and CLOCKWORKDJ, Miller’s long-time DJ and friend, who will be playing the rapper’s music and showing screenings of live performances on Saturday, Sept. 7. The celebration of the artist’s life – which is supported by his parents, Karen and Mark McCormick – will benefit the Mac Miller Fund, which provides resources and programming to underserved youth. Chinga Chang will donate $19.92 for every dollar donated by event attendees. 7 p.m. The Spot Etc, 11675 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills. (Margaret Welsh)


James M. Adovasio, Ph.D. leads an insider tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Dr. Adovasio first excavated the Rockshelter in 1973, and it is the oldest site of human habitation in North America. Pre-registration for the tours are required as space is limited. 10 a.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. $30 general admission.

Join LGBTQIA artists from around the Pittsburgh area for TQ Live! at the Andy Warhol Museum. The event is hosted by Joseph Hall, and performances include music, dance, comedy, poetry and more. Adult subject matter and language will be used. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St. $10 for students and members, $15 general admission. 412-237-8300 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 8

Shalom Pittsburgh holds their 9th Annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival. Celebrate a Sweet New Year with crafts, shofar making, vendors and more, including of course apples and honey. Raffle prizes to Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Steelers and more will be available. Pre-registration is encouraged, and pre-registered participants receive double the raffle tickets for a greater chance to win. 1 p.m. 149 West Bridge St. Homestead. Free. (Emerson Andrews)


September 9

Mason Herberling gives a seminar at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on “Rethinking the museum specimen in the digital age.” Admission to the lecture is free, and all attendees should tell the visitor’s desk they are there for the R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar Series. 12 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free. (Emerson Andrews)


At times, Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering) is a vocal ringer for Karen Carpenter. Like Carpenter, the eternal queen of easy listening, Mering lulls and calms, floating along on Bert Bacharach-style orchestration and giving reformed musical theater kids something to really sing along to. But, like Carpenter, there’s more to her than pure beauty: something real, something raw occasionally catches the ear and finds its way deep into the brain. The L.A.-based singer/songwriter performs at the Rex Theater on Monday, Sept. 9. Purr opens. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $15. (Margaret Welsh)


September 11

Nova Place & Faros Properties host A Taste of the Northside. Residents can sample food from local restaurants and learn more about their businesses in their community. Proceeds benefit the Northside Community Food Pantry. 11:30 a.m. 100 S Commons. $10. 412-224-5248 or (Emerson Andrews)


In 1986, a reporter asked ZZ Top if touring ever got old. “You should see it from our side,” said guitarist Billy Gibbons. “Ain’t nothin’ old.” In 2011, I asked him if that was still true. “We’ll stand by that statement,” he said, “especially in light of recent experience where we’re seeing three generations of fans out there.” Eight years later, Billy, Dusty and Frank head back out to celebrate 50 years of making some of the coolest, sleaziest, wild-n-wooly blues rock in history. Go see for yourself if it every gets old, from either side. The tour comes to the KeyBank Pavilion Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cheap Trick also appears. 7 p.m. 665 PA-18, Burgettstown. $25-285. (Margaret Welsh)


September 12

A Few Good Men opens at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Running from Sept 12 through Oct 13, Aaron Sorkin’s play famously turned into a film contains the writer’s usual sharp dialogue, this time set 1986 about military lawyers and a case involving Guantanamo Bay. 8 p.m. 621 Penn Ave. $30-$80. 412-316-1600 or (Emerson Andrews)


WILD Wellness with Jenni Hulburt invites local business owners on a conversational and networking hike at 3 Rivers Outdoor Company. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. This donation-based event is in support of Tree Pittsburgh. 6 p.m. 1130 S Braddock Ave. Free. (Emerson Andrews)


September 13


Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh holds a 2019 Oktoberfest Celebration. Starting Sept 13 and continuing Sept 14 and Sept 20-21, people of all ages can come enjoy the live music, activities, and naturally the food. For adults, there will be plenty of drinks to go around. Admission is free. 11 a.m. 2705 S Water Street. Free. 412-224-2328 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 14


The Castle Shannon Fall Festival promises fun for the whole family. Vendors, free kids activities and live music from The Flow Band will all be part of the celebration. 11 a.m. Park St. and Poplar St. Free. (Emerson Andrews)


Don’t miss the boat on flutist Zoe Sorrell. As the founder and artistic director of Pittsburgh’s contemporary music ensemble NAT 28, and as the co-director of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Sorrell is taking the city’s musical landscape in exciting directions; with her non-traditional recital, which she’ll perform Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15, she’s doing the same with her own instrument. Titled My Own Route –through which she tells stories by and about women – Sorrell’s performance features pieces spanning from the Baroque period up through today, as well as her own Syrinx Project, a multidisciplinary series which won Best Musical Production at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival 2019. 8 p.m. Sept. 14 & 7 p.m. Sept 15. Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $15. (Margaret Welsh)


The Sharpsburg Community Yard and Sidewalk Sale is a good way to either clear out your house or find some good deals. Residents can register their address as part of the event for free or reserve space at the community lot for $5. 8 a.m. Sharpsburg. Free. (Emerson Andrews)


September 15


The queens of Black Forge Coffee House are hosting Drag Brunch and a show. Lip-syncing and celebrity impressions will be part of the entertainment while guests can also win prizes during bingo, trivia, and other events. Seating starts at 10:30 a.m, and ticket prices vary. 11:30 a.m. 701 Chartiers Ave. McKees Rocks. $19.95 for the show, $29.95 and $44.95 for additional perks. (Emerson Andrews)


The PGH Flea holds the first of their two planned indoor flea markets this fall. Find items and gifts of all kinds from over twenty different vendors. Drinks and brunch will also be available. 11 a.m. 242 51st St. Free. (Emerson Andrews)

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