Events

The Can’t Miss

SMALL TALK, NOV. 20

By Emerson Andrews and Margaret Welsh
info@pittsburghcurrent.com

 

November 12

 

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts Professor Marian Aguiar for a reading and a Q&A session from her book Arranging Marriage, which researches the subject in the modern day through the lens of the South Asian diaspora. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. North Side. Free. alphabetcity.org (EA)

 

On its most recent release, Exiled, U.K.-based anarco-punk band Bad Breeding is venomous as ever, blasting through noisy, heavy screeds against the alienation, marginalization and hopelessness of the working class. Talking about Stevenage, England — the band’s hometown — frontman Christopher Dodd told the website Ransom Note, “[It’s] the kind of place that has suffered from the contemporary pursuit of a neoliberal agenda. The town is home to a large proportion of low-income communities, but is increasingly becoming a place for private investment to earn a bit of coin.” Sound familiar? Regardless of politics, Bad Breeding fucking rips, so don’t miss the band when it appears at the Rock Room on Tuesday, Nov. 12 along with locals Heavy Discipline and Landsbury. 8 p.m. 1054 Herron Ave., Polish Hill. $8. www.facebook.com/CruelNoiseRecords (MW)

 

November 13

 

In honor of Kindness Day, WQED is inviting all Pittsburghers to embrace the Fred Rogers spirit and wear their favorite cardigans. Selfies should use #CardiganDay and tag WQED. Neighbors can also stop by WQED in Oakland from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. for warm drinks, activities and to see Mister Rogers: Just the Way You Are, an interactive, mixed-media portrait on display for a limited time. Parking is free. 8 a.m. 4802 5th Ave. Free. wqed.org (EA)

 

November 14

 

TELL concludes their Pittsburgh Storytelling Series with Adam Booth. Booth uses folklore, music and contemporary Appalachia in his storytelling approach and has toured across the nation. This program is for adults. 7 p.m. University of Pittsburgh, 4060 Allequippa St. $10 at the door with cash or check only. 3rstf.org@gmail.com (EA)

 

November 15

 

Assemble hosts another of their monthly Learning Parties. This month’s theme is storytelling with partners Union Project and Women for a Healthy Environment. All ages are welcome. 4 p.m. 4824 Penn Ave. Free. 412-661-6111 or info@assemblepgh.org (EA)

 

Grab your earplugs/bits of Kleenex/gauze/whatever and head to Babyland for a noisy evening of hardcore. Blueprint, from Philly, just released Here To Please, a relentless and cathartic four-song EP that make convert even the staunchest anti-moshers among us. Locals Speed Plans and Alamoans also appear, along with Led Paint, making its debut performance. The show is all ages, so bring some kids, maybe. 8 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $5.  (MW)

 

November 16

 

Photographer Charlee Brodsky leads a still life composition workshop at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The workshop combines drawing and photography as students of all experience levels learn how to infuse a still life with meaning. Participants should bring objects that hold meaning to them. 3 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $10 general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students. 412-622-3288 or fun@cmoa.org (EA)

 

Celeste Scott organizes a panel discussion featuring QTPOC artists and activists to address questions of affordable housing, gentrification and livability in Pittsburgh. A family style meal will be served before the panel discussion, prepared by Black Unicorn’s Bekezela Mguni and Chef Oliver Pinder. Tickets are name-your-price. 1:30 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave. 412-363-3000 or kelly-strayhorn.org (EA))

 

Aly Spaltro – who performs under the name Lady Lamb – began writing songs in the mid 2000s while she was working at a video rental store in Brunswick, Maine. Maybe that accounts for the cinematic nature of her songwriting. But the delicacy of her lyrics, which focus on small details and sharp observations feel pleasantly at odds with the size of her theatrical indie rock sound, which hits the ear like a something boundless and barely contained. Hear for yourself when she comes to Spirit on Saturday, Nov. 16. Toth also appears. 8 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $17.www.spiritpgh.com (MW)

 

November 17

 

Archivists for the Heinz History Center share stories that often go untold behind some of the museum’s collections. Attendees can learn more about the day-to-day lives of Western Pennsylvanians with photos and documents unavailable anywhere else. The event is free with reservation but does not include admission to the rest of the museum. 2 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. heinzhistorycenter.org (EA)

 

The Waterfront at Homestead hosts a Let It Glow holiday celebration. Beatlemania Magic will perform while kids can enjoy activities and carolers. The tree-lighting ceremony will be assisted by Santa riding in on a firetruck. 3 p.m. 149 West Bridge St. Homestead. Free. ewittmer@wilkow.com (EA)

 

November 18

 

Mana Boardgame Tavern hosts their first trivia night. Teams of up to four are invited to see how much they know. Prizes awarded to first and second place. 7:30 p.m. 919 Western Ave. Free admission. 412-209-4189 (EA)

 

November 19

 

Painter Tschabalala Self joins Carnegie Mellon University School of Art for a free lecture open to the public. Self’s work primarily concerns the black female body and intersections with race, gender and sexuality. Her work has been exhibited across the country from Harlem to Seattle. 6:30 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave. Free. art.cmu.edu (EA)

 

November 20

 

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts a screening of Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua), about three generations of women and the underground LGBTQ culture in Taiwan. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side Free. alphabetcity.org (EA)

 

November 21

 

Muralist Douglas Cooper presents his latest book, Knowing and Seeing for the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. Cooper, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, has exhibited work internationally. A book signing will follow the lecture, which is free with registration. 6 p.m. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. 412-622-8866 or pittsburghlectures.org (EA)

 

The Heinz History Center takes attendees behind the scenes of its A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition, sharing how stories were chosen, which ones were left out and the strengths and weaknesses of the collection. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is free with registration encouraged, and attendees will have access to all History Center exhibitions. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Free. heinzhistorycenter.org (EA)

 

November 22

 

The Carnegie Science Center holds a Light Up Night Sleepover. Guests can enjoy the best view of the downtown lights, sleep among the exhibits and wake up to a continental breakfast plus free admission to the Science Center the day after. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Ave., North Shore. $39. Carnegiesciencecenter.org (EA)

 

This month Pittsburgh’s own rootsy arena-rockers the Hawkeyes return with a new record, Ever For After (though, given the hard-working band’s heavy touring schedule, any sort of “return” is in a strictly geographic sense). With frontman Jay Wiley’s powerful hard rock vocals at the forefront, the new record offers a solid, sonically rich collection of major-chord driven modern American music. Comparisons to ‘90s heartland rockers (Mellencamp, Petty, Earle, Ethreridge, etc) are inevitable, but you’ll hear a little glam, and even some power pop mixed in there as well. The band celebrates the release of the record on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Hard Rock Café. Snarfunkle opens. 9 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $12-15. hawkeyesband.com (MW)

 

November 23

 

I Made It! Market kicks off their holiday tour at the Edgewood Towne Center. Nearly 100 local craftspeople will be on site to sell their works for your gift-giving needs. Plenty of free parking is available, and more events will be held throughout the Pittsburgh area for the rest of the holiday season. 11 a.m. 1789 S. Braddock Ave. Swissvale. Free. 412-254-4464 or imadeitmarket.com (EA)

 

Kingfly Spirits partners with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) for a Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser and awareness gathering. A portion of the proceeds between 12 and 4 p.m. will go to PAAR. 12 p.m. 2613 Smallman St., Strip District. Free. paar.net (EA)

 

November 24

 

Vintage buyers are invited to Pittsburgh Pickers, a vintage market featuring 20 resellers at the Ace Hotel. Food and drink will be provided off a locally-sourced menu by Whitfield. 11 a.m. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty Free admission. 412-361-3300 (EA)

 

November 25

 

Allegheny Cemetary invites photographers to enter their Facebook Photo Contest. Entrants should follow the rules on how to submit and on what types of photos are considered appropriate. Winners will be selected featured in a wall calendar for 2020. 1 p.m. Free. alleghenycemetary.com (EA)

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