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Tyler the Creator

From Pittsburgh Current Staff Reports


September 18


Tim O’Brien comes to the Heinz History Center for a special program featuring his best-known work The Things They Carried, a fictional portrayal of the Vietnam War based on his own experiences in the service. O’Brien will sign copies of all his books after the program. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $10 for veterans, active duty service members, students, and History Center members, $20 general admission. or (Emerson Andrews)


September 19


The Steel City Improv Festival begins Sept 19 and continues through Sept 22. The nonprofit arts organization promises four nights of improv shows from the best talent the Pittsburgh area has to offer, as well as troupes from all over the United States and Canada. Ticket prices and venue vary depending on the night. 7 p.m. 5950 Ellsworth Ave. $10 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday. 412-404-2695 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 20


From Sept 20 to Sept 26, it’s the Fashion Film Fest presented by Style 412 at Row House Cinema. All week long enjoy films about fictional models such as Zoolander or learn more about the industry and its environmental and human impact with documentaries like The True Cost. Special events will be held at certain screenings, and ticket prices vary. 7 p.m. 4115 Butler St. $10 general admission. (Emerson Andrews)


Saxophonist Oliver Lake has been coming to City of Asylum each September since 2006, performing in tandem with poets from around the world. In the time since his first performance, the event has grown from a one-night event into a month-long Jazz Poetry Festival with numerous acts performing as well. Lake has appeared with different bands, including the World Saxophone Quartet (in their final Pittsburgh performance) and the funky Jump Up. This week, he brings the OGJB Quartet, a cooperative group that includes trumpeter Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul. They’ll perform at Alphabet City on Thursday, Sept. 19 with poet Alicia Ostriker and Friday, Sept. 20 with poet Justin Phillip Reed. Both 7 p.m. performances are free, but reservations are recommended by going to (Mike Shanley)


When booking Descendants of Crom, festival founder Shy Kennedy has a rule. “No band gets to play two years in a row – there’s enough to go around,” she told The Current’s Justin Vellucci. And that’s certainly true: now in its third year, the event, which highlights heavy underground music of all stripes, features 38 bands over three days (Friday, Sept. 20 at Howler’s in Bloomfield, and Saturday and Sunday, the 21st and 22nd at Cattivo, in Lawrenceville). It’s a diverse lineup including headliners Icarus Witch, ASG, and Brown Angel, plus Submachine, Black Pyramid, Brimstone Coven, Frayle, and many more. Read more of our coverages of Descendants of Crom III at $12-68. (Justin Vellucci)


September 21


Take a trip to the silent film era with the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society for a screening of 1927’s “It” starring the It Girl herself, Clara Bow. Tom Roberts will accompany the film on piano and Dale Abraham on the theatre organ, with a special performance before the screening by pianist Rowan Belt. 7:30 p.m. 1000 Kelton Ave. Free for students, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 412-322-4078 or (Emerson Andrews)


The Pine Bank Covered Bridge takes center stage at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village during Washington and Greene Counties’ 48th Annual Covered Bridge Festival from Sept 21 to Sept 22. The bridge was first built in 1871 and was restored in 2017 to preserve Western Pennslyvanian history. Tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter will be held during the festival for a $5 fee. 12 p.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. Free. or (Emerson Andrews)


September 23


Sigrid Nunez, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, comes to Carnegie Music Hall for the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. The Friend is Nunez’s seventh novel spanning a career of over two decades. She will be signing and personalizing copies of her book after the lecture. 7:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $15-$35. 412-622-8866 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 24


Bill Suys leads a four day masterclass at Sweetwater Center for the Arts on bringing animals to life in painting. For those 18 and older, this workshop will focus on form, structure and surface and is open to those of any skill level. The workshop runs from Sept 24 though Sept 27. 9 a.m. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. $525. 412-741-4405 or (Emerson Andrews)


In 2009, Tyler, the Creator (aka Tyler Okonma) planted his flag on planet hip hop with his mixtape Bastard; his debut solo record Goblin made him a star, and solidified his persona as an innovator and an unapologetic provocateur (or a talented teenage brat, depending on which critic you ask). Regardless, Okonma – also the figure-head of alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future – continues to grow as an artist, and IGOR, which he released in May, has been hailed as Okonma’s masterpiece. Inspired by ’80s pop music (a genre he used to hate), the record is beautify constructed and heavily layered, sometimes veering into jazz fusion, then sunny AM pop, and then back to Tyler’s trademark lead-like flow. He comes to Stage AE Tuesday, Sept. 24, along with Jaden Smith and GoldLink. 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $59.50-100. (Margaret Welsh)


September 25


The Price is Right Live comes to Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Come be part of the audience of the long-running game show or register up to three hours before the show for a chance to play the classic games up on stage and win prizes. Players must be 18 or older. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $44.75-$74.75. (Emerson Andrews)


Trax Farms begins their Hops and Hayrides event, every Wednesday from Sept 25 to Oct 30. Kids and their parents can find their way through the corn maze and pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, then settle in for a bonfire as weather permits. The last hayride of the night begins at 6:30 p.m. Six-packs will be available for adults to purchase, and no off-site alcohol is allowed. 4:30 p.m. 528 Trax Rd. Finleyville. $8 for kids, $10 for adults. 412-835-3246 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 26


Citizens Bank and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy team up to close out the summer at Mellon Square with a Summer at the Square: Last Call Happy Hour event. Enjoy live music while trying out foods from Atria’s, Totopo Food Truck and Mac & Gold Truck, with delicious treats from Graeter’s Ice Cream and the Milk Shake Factory. Mindful Brewing Company and Atria’s will be supplying the drinks. Attendees must be 21 and older. 4:30 p.m. Sixth Ave. Free. 412-682-7275 (Emerson Andrews)


To describe Aldous Harding as a folk singer may be correct in the broadest of senses, but it doesn’t do much to capture the way the New Zealand folk singer actually sounds. It would take a long list of qualifiers to get even close: pop-folk? Goth-folk? Art-folk? None of these really touch the oddness at the center of her work. Over the course of three records, Harding’s songwriting has become increasingly idiosyncratic, moving from the quasi-traditional folk of her debut, to the colorful and borderline bizarre Designer, which came out earlier this year. Harding’s songs are lovely and fully of strange turns, and as a live performer, she’s a compelling presence. But her voice alone is worth the price of admission: she croons from her chest like a heartbroken lounge singer one moment, the next her trill – sometimes nearly a shriek – hits the rafters. Don’t miss her when she comes to Club Café Thursday, Sept 26. Tiny Ruins opens. 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th, South Side. $15-17. (Margaret Welsh)


Learn to make your own homemade mozzarella cheese at Threadbare Cider and Mead. Threadbare Pastry Chef Elise Miranda leads the class, which includes a mini-tour of the Cider House. Ticket price also covers a glass of cider, a cheese, meat and pickle board to snack on throughout the glass, and the hand-pulled mozzarella to take home with you. 6 p.m. 1291 Spring Garden Ave. $40. or (Emerson Andrews)


September 27


The Mattress Factory opens their “Factory Installed 2019” exhibit featuring eight exhibitions by nine artists from around the world. Members can enjoy an exclusive preview at 5 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public. 6 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way. Free. 412-231-3169 or (Emerson Andrews)


The Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Block Party is being hosted at the August Wilson Cultural Center to honor five Pennsylvania artists. Dj Nate tha Barber will be performing at the block party, and attendees can enjoy a gallery crawl through the cultural district and an after party with a cash bar. Admission is free. 4 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave. Free. 412-391-2060 or (Emerson Andrews)


September 28


The Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh UNITED, IfNotNow Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Student Power Network and Casa San José are partnering to put on a training event for white allies in Allegheny County. White Accomplice Training: Unsexy Work for Sexy People will cover topics such as how to protest without centering whiteness, digital organizing, how to talk to family or co-workers to dismantle biases or prejudice and many other ways that white people can use their privilege to stand in solidarity with their black and brown friends and neighbors. Tickets are on a sliding scale donation. 10 a.m. 116 South Highland Ave. $5-$50. 412-361-3022 or 412-343-3111 (Emerson Andrews)


We’re all interested in the future, whether it’s planning for dinner, or wondering when ecological catastrophe will finally take us all out. In that spirit of curiosity, the folks who brought us last year’s EXORSCISM (including Rob Press a.k.a. the Dirty Poet, a.k.a. Unfinished Symphonies) will host THE FUTURE IN FIVE MINUTES. Where last year’s show invited people to let go of the past, this event features a variety of presenters speculating on the future: “The future they THINK will happen — OR the future they WANT to happen — OR the future they DON’T want to happen,” explains Press via email.  “Every vision will be delivered in five minutes, in any nutty way they want.” The lineup includes Unfinished Symphonies, The Tortured Genius, Steve Pellegrino, Maurice Rickard, Matt Alemore, Shawn Maddey, and more. Check it out on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Glitterbox Theater. 5 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $5. (Margaret Welsh)

September 29


The Steel Valley School District partners with the Waterfront Shopping Center to hold the 2nd Funder Under the Bridge event. Over ten student clubs will be providing fun activities for the whole family while the Steel Valley chorus, marching band and cheerleaders perform. Suggested ticket price is $5, and all proceeds will be divided equally between the participating extracurricular school clubs to help their fundraising efforts. 12 p.m. 149 West Bridge St. Homestead. $5. or (Emerson Andrews)


September 30


For poetry lovers, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics presents a reading and conversation with Tyrone Williams and Julie Patton at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Williams is a scholar and author of six poetry collections, while Patton is a composer, poet, performer and author of many books. Admission is free. 7 p.m. 650 Schenley Dr. Free. (Emerson Andrews)

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