The Can’t Miss

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A scene from Strange Negotiations film

By Emerson Andrews and Margaret Welsh


October 1

On hearing that it’s been eight years since Centipede Eest last played a show, some might exclaim, “That simply cannot be!” It seems like only yesterday that we were all packing in to smoky bars to hear Pittsburgh’s coolest rock heads play far-out free-form jams. Drawing from avant funk, free jazz and experimental rock, Centipede Eest knew how to get people psyched. The band faded out in 2012 as everyone got busy with life stuff. But tonight, the original four members reunite (minus Josh Tanzer, who has since relocated) to open for Chicago’s ambient kraut-rockers Bitchin Bajas. If you missed the first wave of Eest fever, take this as a sign and get to the gig. Alvin Row and DJ Mary Mack also appear. 8 p.m. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. (MW)


October 2


The G1/GW Gallery presents The Red Carpet Project, a collaboration of different art forms meant to humanize women who were victims of domestic violence. This collaboration features paintings and staged readings of the play In Shelter by local actresses. The Red Carpet Project will be available Oct 2 – Oct 5 and Oct 9 – Oct 12. There is no ticket price, but donations will be accepted. 6 p.m. 4106 Howley St. $20 suggested donation. 708-305-2538 or (EA)


October 3


The Byham Theater hosts the 19th Off The Record event, poking fun at the news and newsmakers of the year. A pre-show starting at 6:30 will feature food from local restaurants, all included in the ticket price. This event benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and local scholarships. 8 p.m. 101 6th St. $31.25 – $81.25. (EA)


For those 21 and older, come to the Heinz History Center for the start of Heinztoberfest, a month-long celebration of the H.J. Heinz Company’s 150th anniversary. Tour the History Center after hours while enjoying a hot dog bar and cocktails from Wigle Whiskey. 6:30 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $15. or (EA)


Dancers Against Normal Actions present Zugzwang and Other Works Oct 4 and Oct 5 at City Theater’s Lester Hamburg Studio. 8 p.m. 1300 Bingham St. $20. 412-606-7873 or (EA)


October 4

Pittsburgh-based progressive metal trio Blue Clutch releases its debut record, Silent Oblivion. Formed in early 2016 by drummer Lia Silverbeams and singer/guitarist Sarah Halter, Rich Kastory joined them on bass and the band has been building its heavy melodic sound ever since. Halter’s clean, powerful vocals lends an almost folk-metal flavor to the trio’s proggy explorations, and a dynamic rhythm section propels the music forward. The release show, at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, also features performances by We Were Telepathic and The Night’s Watch. 7:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $10-12. (MW)


October 5


Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village partners with the Society for Pennsylvania Archeology for a day-long event. Learn how archeologists use modern technology to uncover the lives of prehistoric people and bring artifacts to have them professionally identified. Students, children, active servicemembers and veterans, seniors, and History Center members receive discounted admission. 11 a.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. $15 general admission. (EA)


The trajectory of David Bazan over the past decade has been a fascinating one. The singer/songwriter gained a devoted following while at the helm of the band Pedro the Lion. He was particularly popular with young Christians, who were relieved to hear a fellow person of faith express their own darkest thoughts and doubts. Then over a series of solo records, Bazan dealt publically with his gradual questioning, and eventual loss of faith, thereby alienating a major part of his base. Filmmaker Brandon Vedder has a new documentary about Bazan’s path, which has its Pittsburgh premiere at the Regent Square Theater. The film has enjoyed positive reviews since first showing at SXSW –, for one, called it “poetic and deeply personal.” Whether you’re a fan of Bazan, or just interested in ideas of faith, community and personal liberation, don’t miss it. 8 p.m. 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. $12. (MW)


October 6


Pop-punk devotees, dust off your Vans and break out the Manic Panic. The time has come to join with your brethren this Sunday, Oct. 6 for the sixth annual Four Chord Music Festival. The all-day event, happening at Highmark Stadium, features late-’90s mega-hit-makers The Offspring plus Simple Plan, Anberlin, Real Friends, Grayscale, Eternal Boy and more.  The fest also includes, for the first time, live professional wrestling courtesy of Ryse Pro Wrestling.  11 a.m. 510 W. Station Square Drive., Station Square. $59.99-$140. 59. (MW)


Jewell Parker Rhodes, an award-winning author and North Side native, joins the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series at Carnegie Lecture Hall. Rhodes has published several novels and a memoir but is most passionate about children’s literature, for which she has published five books including her most recent, Ghost Boys. The event is free with reservation either online, by phone or at the door starting at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event. 2:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free. 412-622-8866 or (EA)


Join the Heinz History Center’s Italian American Program for the start of Italian Heritage Month. Attendees can explore their family trees, watch live cooking demonstrations, browse an Italian American bazaar and enjoy more activities on every floor of the museum. Children age 17 and under receive free admission. 10 a.m. 1212 Smallman St. Free for kids, $18 general admission. (EA)


October 8


The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh host Scott Hunter for an Artist Talk + Reception featuring his mixed media work “Mixed Red,” on display until Dec 8. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. 5:30 p.m. 212 Wood St. Free 412-361-1370 (EA)


October 10


The Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium, Disability Rights Pennsylvania and Disability Voting Coalition partner to host a number of speakers and panels on the history of voting access for disabled Pennslyvanians and ongoing efforts to ensure that access. We Count: Pennsylvanians with Disabilities and the Right to Vote is a free event with registration. 1 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. Free. (EA)


Three decades in, DMBQ is still making some of the heaviest, most vital, most life-giving psychedelic sludge on the planet. Inspired by the likes of Zepplin, Hendrix and Deep Purple, the Tokyo-based trio (the name stands for Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet) takes those hard-rock grooves past a point of containment. “No Things,” for example, from 2018’s Keeenly, cops a Sabbath riff before exploding into hallucinogenic fuzz. Guitarist and founding member Shinji Masuko (who last performed in Pittsburgh solo, in 2011) has a knack for building and deconstructing sound, and DMBQ knows how to send its listeners to outer space. Go get your mind blown when the band plays Brillobox on Thursday, Oct. 10. Terry and the Cops, Expires and Scam Plans also appear. 8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., (MW)


 October 11


Take part in a Game Night Sleepover at the Carnegie Science Center. Play giant Jenga and ConnectFour or take part in Mario Kart on the Center’s giant screen. Attendees receive a late night snack, continental breakfast and free admission to the whole Center the following day. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Ave. $39. 412-237-3400 or (EA)


Celebrate Coming Out Day at the P Town Bar with karaoke. Sing songs with friends and enjoy some jello-shots. Renaissance City Choir will be collecting donations at the door, as well as holding a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles to give away prizes. 7:30 p.m. 4740 Baum Blvd. $10 suggested donation. 412-621-0111 (EA)


October 12


The Borough of Dormont holds their 12th Annual Dormont Street Fair. Enjoy live music and local foods while browsing a variety of vendors and booths. 3 p.m. Potomac Ave. Free. 412-561-8900 (EA)


St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church hosts a fall food festival. Purchase authentic foods and baked goods and enter a basket raffle to win prizes. 11 a.m. 73 S 18th St. Free. 412-431-9758 (EA)


Take a trip on a Mad Gateway Scientist Laboratory Cruise with the Gateway Clipper Fleet and experience some spooky science. The Mad Scientist and his three lab assistants promise an entertaining trip down the three rivers of Pittsburgh. Kids can participate in the experiments, and a Halloween-themed DJ dance party will follow. 1:30 p.m. 350 W Station Square Dr. $13 for kids, $26 for adults. (EA)


October 13


The Neighborhood Flea holds their last event of 2019. Look for hidden treasures made by local craftsmen and enjoy live music and good food from Pittsburgh vendors. Parking is $3 at The Hub Parking Lot. 10 a.m. 26th St. and Smallman St. Free admission. 412-254-4464 (EA)


RADical Days is holding free admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Bring the whole family to view the exhibits free of charge, funded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Families are also encouraged to check the listings for other free days and events. 10 a.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free. (EA)


October 14


Pet owners can sign up to take a class with Animal Friends to learn how to care for their pets in emergency situations. The class will cover pet CPR and various kinds of first aid. Class sizes are limited to 15 people, and pets should be left at home. Pre-registration is required. 12:30 p.m. 562 Camp Horne Rd. $80. 412-847-7000 (EA)


Steeltown Entertainment Project offers two eight-week classes to aspiring screenwriters. Introduction to Screenwriting with Jeff Monahan will focus on writings scenes and developing a treatment for a feature screenplay, while Script Development with Tim Papciak will teach writers story analysis and industry insight. 6 p.m. 2100 Wharton St. $300. 412-251-0890 or (EA)


Snapology Animation Studio invites kids ages 7-14 to make their own stop-motion LEGO® brick movies. Children will work in teams and learn to add dialogue and sound effects to their productions, and finished projects will be uploaded to a secure site for friends and family to enjoy. Pre-registration is required. 1 p.m. 1350 Old Pond Rd. Bridgeville. $45. 412-295-1545 or (EA)

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