The Can’t Miss

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By Emerson Andrews and Margaret Welsh

October 15

Santonio Holmes, former Super Bowl Hero of the Pittsburgh Steelers, invites Pittsburghers to the 3rd Annual Strikes Against Sickle Cell. Other local celebrities will be at the III & Long Foundation’s charity event for meet-and-greets, music performances and more. Complimentary food will be provided and registration is required. A tiered donation system grants varying privileges to participants. 6 p.m. 2440 Noblestown Rd. $250-$5000. or (EA)

For those 21 and older, paint a ceramic sugar skull at Buckhead Saloon. All materials are provided, and using the promo code YAYPGH will knock $10 off the ticket price. 7 p.m. 225 W. Station Square Dr. $40. (EA)

October 16

Kids 5-to 8-years old are invited to another History Explorers program at the Heinz History Center. This time, the explorers will be learning to make recipes spanning the 150 years of Heinz history using Heinz products. 10:30 a.m. 1212 Smallman St. $8. (EA)

Radiant Hall Studios invites Pittsburghers to a free behind-the-scenes look at where local artists create their art. The tour will show attendees various artists’ processes, allow them to ask the artists questions and even buy artwork straight from the source. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Square, Nova Tower 1. Free. (EA)

October 17

The Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series at Carnegie Lecture Hall continues with author Julie Lythcott-Haims whose book, How to Raise an Adult, led to critical acclaim and a highly popular TED Talk, with a follow-up book geared towards young adults in the works. The author will be signing copies of her books after the lecture. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $10. 412-622-8866 or (EA)

Luigi Toscano’s Lest We Forget exhibit opens at the University of Pittsburgh Campus. The outdoor exhibit, featuring largescale portraits of Holocaust survivors to directly confront the past and to raise awareness in the present, has toured from Berlin to New York to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. This newest iteration will feature brand new portraits of Pittsburgh-area survivors. The event is free with registration encouraged. 4:30 p.m. 4200 Fifth Ave. Free. 412-939-7289 or (EA)

Mudhoney isn’t always the first name that comes up when we think of grunge, but they should be. As frontman for Green River, the first band Sub Pop marketed as grunge, Mark Arm was in on the ground floor, before, he told Rolling Stone, it was even a genre “In the early ’80s, it was more of an adjective,” he explained. “It meant a raw, fucked up thing.”  Young musicians still lovingly rip off Mudhoney’s 1988 debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff, and all these years later the band still sounds like itself (as guitarist Steve Turner told me in 2015, “It’s not our [full-time] job, [which] kind of frees us up a little bit to do exactly what we want to do, and we’re fairly limited, I think, in what we want to do with Mudhoney.)” See the four-piece play songs from across its catalog Thursday, Oct. 17 at Mr. Smalls Theatre, along with the amazing Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and locals The Gotobeds. 7:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20. (MW)

October 19

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City celebrates 15 years with a reunion of five former writers-in-residence. Huang Xiang, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Khet Mar, Israel Centeno and Yaghoub Yadali will each present a special reading, reconnecting with the community of Pittsburgh that provided sanctuary when they were exiled from their home countries. 3 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or (EA)

October 20

The Andy Warhol Museum opens its doors for a free Community Day in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. Live performances, hands-on activities, a participatory art installation by artist Alisha Wormsley and more will be occurring throughout the day. 10 a.m. 117 Sandusky St. Free. (EA)

The Carnegie Science Center holds Sensory Sensitive Science hours for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. Exhibit lights and sound effects are adjusted and additional activities are provided to ensure a safe and fun day for all attendees. There is no additional cost to attend. 10 a.m. One Allegheny Ave. $11.95 for kids, $19.95 adults. 412-237-3400 or (EA)

Willie Nile draws a lot of comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, thanks to his big, bold, major chord-filled anthems. Like almost everyone (it seems) who’s been compared to the Boss, Nile has shared stages with him. But Nile is more than able to hold his own on stage and record alike. His most recent release, 2018’s Children of Paradise responds bluntly to the horrors of the current age: “I turned on my TV to watch some news,” he sings on “Getting’ Ugly Out There.” “Some big shot spouting their views/Saw a child refugee drown on the seashore/I had to turn it off I couldn’t take it anymore.” The next track, “I Defy” serves as a tonic and a manifesto: there, Nile channels both Joe Strummer and Paul Westerberg and is punk enough to pull it off. Check him out in person when he comes to Club Café, Sunday, Oct. 20. 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $20. (MW)

October 22

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City screens Birth on the Border, a documentary following the journey two women from Ciudad Juárez who legally cross the U.S.-Mexico border to give birth. Following the screening, filmmaker Ellie Lobovits will be present for a discussion. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or (EA)

October 23

Hocus Pocus fans 18 and older can enjoy a trivia night at Painting With a Twist. Teams should consist of 1-3 people, though larger groups can split up for the trivia and come back together for painting the Sanders Sisters on a 10×30 canvas. 7 p.m. 5994 Steubenville Pike. Ste G. $35. (EA)

October 24

HEARTH hosts a costume contest at Southside’s Bar 11. Entry into the contest gets participants entry into the bar and a raffle ticket. Those not entering the contest pay a $5 cover fee at the door. 7 p.m. 1101 Bradish St. $20 online, $25 at the door. 412-818-2207 (EA)

Come to the Hard Rock Cafe for a villain-themed Cosplay Karaoke. Multiple winning categories will be awarded. Costumes must be family friendly and cannot include live steel or firearms and firearm replicas. There is a $5 minimum donation to the Hero’s Initiative in order to participate, which goes towards supporting comic book creators who are struggling to make ends meet. 7 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Dr. $5. 412-481-7625 or (EA)

Families can head to the Ross Park Mall for a Halloween Spooktacular. Events include pumpkin carving demonstrations, face painting, lego building and more. Each family must pre-register online and pay a $5 fee which goes towards the Simon Youth Foundation. 6 p.m. 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr. 412-369-4401 or (EA)

October 25

Author and celebrated disability theorist Rosemarie Garland-Thomson leads an evening on human difference and combating talk of “curing” disabilities through genome editing at the Heinz History Center. Activists, scholars and bioethicists from across the country will be present for this free and open event. 6 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. Free. (EA)

October 26

The Carnegie Museum of Art holds a Yoga Paint Party. Participants 18 and older will create unique paintings based on their yoga flow that they can take home with them after the session. Ticket price includes painting materials, specially provided mats and admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History for that day. Spots are limited. 11 a.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $45. 412-622-3288 or (EA)

Fans already know that it will be a different Sleater-Kinney coming through town on Saturday, Oct. 26. Drummer Janet Weiss quit the band around the time the trio announced a new record. Weiss, who played on every record from Dig Me Out to this year’s The Center Won’t Hold, noted that Sleater-Kinney was moving in a new direction, and anyone can hear that’s true. Producer Annie Clark (St. Vincent) sent Center through a rock-tumbler, smoothing and pop-ifying out some of the band’s harder edges, keeping electrifying rage bubbling under the surface. Angie Boylan of Aye Nako and Freezing Cold has replaced Weiss behind the kit; don’t’ miss the band as they embark on a new chapter. 7 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $32.  (MW)

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village holds their Fall Finale to close out their season. Aside from their usual activities, participants can enjoy a taffy-pulling party for an additional $3. Spots are limited and reservation is requested. Discounts for children, seniors, active duty and retired military and History Center members are available. 12 p.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. $15 general admission. (EA)

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Sam Stucky makes the kind of music you’d happily stumble upon surfing the AM radio dial on a sunny fall afternoon: His voice brings to mind the sweet melancholic warmth of James Taylor, but with the subtle indie-pop edge of Foxwarren’s Andy Shauf. Some of Stucky’s songs move in a rootsy direction, and his ear for tasteful instrumentation ties it all together. His new record, Saccharine, is heavily inspired by nature, but also deals with what it means to be a musician or artist in a world where, he says, “it can be hard to get noticed.” He celebrates the release of Saccharine Saturday, Oct. 26. Address provided after ticket purchase. $10-20. Email for information. (MW)

October 27

The Sembène Film Festival continues with a screening of CHISHOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, a documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her 1972 campaign to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America. 6 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or (EA)

Erin Calvimontes of Divine Celebrations invites the LGBTQIA+ community to a Love is Love Wedding Expo. The show will feature Pittsburgh area wedding vendors who proudly serve LGBTQIA+ clients. Some of the proceeds of the show will go towards the Pittsburgh Equality Center. 1 p.m. 100 South Commons. $5. 412-436-0337 or (EA)

Oct. 29

Noelle Johnson was long a fixture in the Kansas City punk scene. But coming from Peculiar, Missouri, she found it tough to find like-minded folks to forge new bands. Instead, she told Kansas City alt weekly The Pitch earlier this year, “I started learing the lineage of techno, and I learned how I personally identified with it.” Her project Bath Consolidated has historically indulged in the harsher end of electronic music; this year’s Nerryer Gneiss Terrane draws the listener into its ambient space-age soundscape, lulling but sometimes jolting us to attention. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Bath Consolidated comes to Collision Music Hall, joined by locals Samir Gangwani and The Universe Online. 8 p.m. $8. All ages. Email for address. (MW)

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