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Wreck Loose

By Emerson Andrews
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer

October 29

Sasha Velour brings her one-queen show of music and magic to Pittsburgh after successful tours from New York to London to Australia and New Zealand. “Smoke and Mirrors” features 13 lip-synch performances alongside a series of magical illusions, all brought together to speak about gender, fame, and living life to the fullest. 7:30 p.m. 101 6th St. $41.25-$156.25. 412-456-6666 or

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City presents their first Latinx & Proud! event celebrating the voices of Latinx writers across many genres. Featured readers are Denice Frohman, M. Soledad Caballero, Tanya Shirazi and Zeca Gonzalez. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

October 30

Pittsburgh’s top jazz bassists come to City of Asylum @ Alphabet City to celebrate the music of Ray Brown, a Pittsburgh native himself who pioneered the bass spotlight solo. This event continues the Off Minor Jazz Series curated by drummer Thomas Wendt to honor legendary jazz composers and musicians. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

The Waterfront at Homestead holds a Boo Bash Under the Bridge for kids of all ages to enjoy. From 5 p.m.-7 p.m., kids will receive a free treat bag while they enjoy music, activities and a costume contest. 5 p.m. 149 West Bridge St. Homestead. Free.

October 31

The Oaks Theater holds an Open Jam this Halloween, featuring their house band 8mm Lead. Come to play or to listen and enjoy the full bar and food available. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. It’s free to play, and a full backline is provided. 8 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont. Free. 412-828-6322

The Mattress Factory will hold a Halloween edition of their Art And… series, featuring an installation by Patte Loper and a piano concert by Andrew Ranaudo. A Q&A will follow with cocktails and light snacks. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged. 6 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way. $10. 412-231-3169 or

November 1

Attack Theatre hosts Arie Cole, DJ Gordy G and DJ Aesthetics for a get down at Spirit. The night will also include exclusive dance performance and The Final Vault by artist Ian Brill. 8 p.m. 242 51st St. Name your price. 412-281-3305 or

The Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival kicks off at Southside Works Cinema. The festival will feature contemporary short films from all over the globe, nearly half of which were directed by women. For the first year, the festival also includes its first script competition in partnership with Carnegie Screenwriters. Films will be screened through Nov. 7, with a special All Ages Block on Saturday, Nov. 2. Group pricing and Festival Passes are available in advance. 7 p.m. 425 Cinema Dr. $15 general admission, $10 for students under 26 with ID, $5 for kids under 10.

November 2

The press release announcing Wreck Loose Kills Again, the second full-length record from local band Wreck Loose, promises “ten brand new songs about food, death, sadness, energy drinks, home, weight loss, drugs, ONE of your hands and the cosmos.” We’re not exactly sure what the hell that means, but try and stop us from showing up to their Nov. 2 release party at Thunderbird Music Hall. The Buckledowns will also appear. 7 p.m. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $12.

Dave Calendine performs the Disney Songbook on the theatre organ, presented by the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society. Audiences will recognize songs they know and love and be entertained by live accompaniment to some of Disney’s silent shorts. 7:30 p.m. 1000 Kelton Ave. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Free for students with ID. 412-322-4078 or

The Andy Warhol Museum teams up with The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Self-Advocacy and Autism Connection of Pennsylvania to put on a Sensory Friendly Silent Disco. A live DJ will take requests fed through wireless headphones that can be adjusted for volume level or taken off to opt out of listening, and an enclosed sensory-friendly area will be located on the first floor. The Factory underground studio will be open for silkscreen printing and other art projects. Teenagers and their families can enjoy from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., after which the event becomes 21+. 6 p.m. 117 Sandusky St. $12 general admission, $8 for members, students and seniors, $5 for access and EBT card holders. 412-237-8300 or

November 3

The Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series at Carnegie Lecture Hall continues with Grace Lin, award-winning author and illustrator, host of two podcasts and member of the Advisory Board for the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. A book signing will follow the lecture. 2:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $10. 412-622-8866 or

November 4

Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents a workshop with John Buxton, focusing on composition and the arrangement of objects and figures to construct a visual narrative. The workshop is conceptual in nature and welcomes artists of all mediums. 9 a.m. 200 Broad St. Sewickly. $115. 412-741-4405 or

November 6

The 2019 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series continues at the Frick Environmental Center with a screening of “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask.” Dunbar, the son of former slaves, was the first African American to reach fame for his writing, which the film explores along with his personal life. 5:30 p.m. 2005 Beechwood Blvd. Free.

Heinz Hall hosts Wilco, the alternative rock band based out of Chicago, for their Ode to Joy Tour. The band is noted for their great live performances and for curating and headlining their Sound Solid Festival. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $43.75-$53.75. 412-392-4900 or

November 7

The Oaks Theater holds a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to commemorate the film’s 44th anniversary. Food and drink specials will be at the bar, and the first twenty arrivals will be provided with coconut shells to be their very own Patsys. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont. $8 general admission. 888-718-4253 or

November 8

The Neighborhood plays at Stage AE. The indie rock band, famous for their single “Sweater Weather,” has released three albums and six EPs. Slow Hollows and Claud open for the band. 7 p.m. 400 N Shore Dr. $32 in advance, $35 at door, $75 premium seating.

Puddles Pity Party performs at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Self-described as the ‘Sad Clown with a Golden Voice’, Puddles appeared on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent and has partnered with performers like Postmodern Jukebox for interpretations of classics that are great to listen to at any age. 7 p.m. 510 East 10th Ave. Munhall. $30-$120. 877-987-6487 or 

November 9

To commemorate the 81st Anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents Etty, a one-woman play directed by Austin Pendleton and performed by Susan Stein. Etty depicts the life of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch Jewish woman living in Amsterdam in 1941. The play uses Hillesum’s own words as recorded in her diary. A discussion will follow the performance, which is free with pre-registration. 7:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free.

Totally 80s performs at The Oaks Theater. The tribute band features music, authentic ‘80s dress and give-a-ways at each show. Attendants are encouraged to dress in their own best ‘80s attire. Doors open at 6 p.m. so audience members can enjoy the food and drinks. 7:30 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont. $12 auditorium seats, $15 table seats. 888-718-4253 or

November 10

The Brew House Association holds a Holiday Bazaar, featuring handmade selections from local artists. Artists can apply to join the list of vendors for no cost up to Nov. 3. The event is free and open to the public. 12 p.m. 711 S. 21st St. 412-212-6650 or

November 11

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Heinz History Center with a singing of the National Anthem and the unfolding and refolding of 36-ft American Flag in the History Center’s Great Hall. The event is included with museum admission, and senior, student, child and  active duty or retired military discounts are available. 12 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $18 general admission.

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