The Can’t Miss

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden (Current photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

March 19:

Ashton Applewhite became a leading voice on the topic of ageism after her 2017 TED Talk became a sensation. Her book This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism highlights everything that later life and life experience has to offer. Age discrimination is often overlooked, and Applewhite seeks to discuss how unacceptable it is. Join the conversation tonight at Carnegie Lecture Hall. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $10. 412-622-8866 or


Working through mediums such as sculpture, painting, drawing, film, photography and performance, Beverly Semmes does it all. She aims to examine the female body and feminism through her Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP). The FRP uses magazine images featuring rough brushstrokes to create colorful art resembling pots. The lecture is presented by Carnegie Mellon University School of Art at Kresge Theatre. 6:30 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.


March 20:

The Westmoreland Museum of Art presents its third installment in their 2018-2019 Great American Music Series. Pop-country husband and wife duo Willow Hill is performing. The concert includes a cash bar and food available for purchase. If you love the show you can even purchase tickets for all four concerts in the next series for $65, and $50 for museum members. Students receive a discount and children under 18 get in for free. 6:30 p.m. 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. $10-$25. or 1-888-718-4253


March 21:

The next installment of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at Carnegie Lecture Hall features artist Carrie Mae Weems and author Claudia Rankine. Both are a part of the free Poets Aloud series and are the recipients of multiple awards. Weems’ photos, videos and artwork focuses on a wide range of topics, including gender roles, racism, classism, politics and family relationships. Rankine has authored five books and two plays, as well as multiple video collaborations. She also teaches at Yale University and serves as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The artists’ presentation is followed by a discussion. Registration is required. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. or


March 22:

Who knew a sleepover could be so educational? Tonight, the kids can learn everything they could want to know about the cosmos, becoming an astronaut and more at the Awesome Astronomy Sleepover! The Carnegie Science Center event includes exploring the planetarium and exhibits at night, sleeping among the exhibits, free museum admission the following day and a free breakfast! 6 p.m. 1 Allegheny Ave., North Shore. $39. 412-237-3400


Guitarist Norman Westberg is best known for his work with Swans – he’s been in that band from the beginning, participating in everything from the sonic punishment of 1983’s Filth to the heavy ambient abstraction of 2016’s The Glowing Man. When it comes to his solo work – like 2018’s After Vacation – he told webzine Self-Titled, “I like my music to fall into the more meditative world. Let the listener be able to tune out, or engage in the listening experience.” On Friday, March 22, Westberg performs at Cattivo along with DBUK (featuring members of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) and the Armadillos. It’s Westberg’s first ever solo show in Pittsburgh, so don’t miss it. 8 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $12-15.


March 23:

Haven’t you heard? Vintage is back in style. Head over to the Heinz History Center’s seventh annual Vintage Pittsburgh fair. You can find clothing, accessories, home decor, vinyl records and more. The fair is included with museum admission. 10 a.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. $9-$18.


Today begins the month long celebration of spring at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Spring Flower Show: Gardens of the Rainbow features a wide array of vibrant flowers as they begin to bloom for the warmth of spring (hopefully.) 9:30 a.m. One Schenley Park, Oakland. $11.95-$17.95. 412-622-6915.


Today kicks off the first of many Emo Brunches at The Smiling Moose. The Emo Band will be hosting the Emo Brunch every fourth Saturday, following their performances every fourth Friday. 2000’s emo and pop punk themed, the drinks and dishes are named after some of the most popular songs of the 2000’s. Go get yourself a “Dirty Little Secret” coffee beverage and some “I Bake Cinnamon’s, Not Tragedies” french toast. 10 a.m. 1306 E Carson St., South Side. See menu for prices.


Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky, Martha Redbone was fortified by the Gospel songs sung by her African American father, as well as by the culture of her Cherokee/Choctaw mother. All of these elements, plus some teenage years spent in Brooklyn, play a part in Redbone’s eclectic blues-based roots music. Her warm, powerful voice and bold artistry have earned her awards, as well as accolades from the likes of Robert Christgau, who praised her “lucid, subtle force.” Calliope brings the Martha Redbone Roots Project Quartet to the Carnegie Lecture Hall on Saturday, March 23. 7:30 p.m. 4440 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $20-45.


March 24:

Tonight will be the final performance of the Pittsburgh Savoyards operetta, The Gondoliers. The show is a combination of two popular stories out of Italy, following Don Alhambra del Bolero and the King of Barataria. The musical, taking place at Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, is sure to leave audiences with a smile on their faces. 2:30 p.m. 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. $12-$25.


Depending on how you personally define a “supergroup,” TV2000 might possibly qualify. Featuring members of a litany of Pittsburgh-based underground rock bands (including Boys, Psychic Boots, CHOIR and Radon Chong), the four-piece just released their debut EP, American Hoverbike. It’s sludgy, noisey rock that hits some of the same pleasure points as ZZ Top and Melvins, but most often sounds very much like the defunct (and sorely missed) Athens, Ga. three-piece Harvey Milk. Head to bandcamp to check out the record, and then go see the band at Howlers on Sunday, March 24. BBGuns, Sorry I’m Dead and Metacara also appear. 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $6.


March 25:

Punk music and rollerskating are two guilty pleasures that most people can admit to. Indulge in those guilty pleasures at Emo Skate Night at Neville Roller Drome. Along with skating and music from popular punk bands, the event will feature a free photo booth, a snack bar and some classic arcade games. The event is recommended for anyone ages seven and up with some skating ability, and cash and exact change are preferred. 5:30 p.m. 5109 Neville Rd., Neville Twp. $12.


March 28:

Tonight, you can see a free screening of the film “Nothing But the Truth” at the Homewood Community Engagement Center. “Nothing But the Truth” tells the story of complexities among groups living in South Africa. The award winning film stars John Kani, who also wrote and directed it. RSVP is required. 6 p.m. 622 N. Homewood Ave., Homewood. Free. eventbrite


Comprised of members of noise rock bands Doomsday Student and All Leather, Psychic Graveyard offers plenty for fans of both bands to love, and might arguably surpass both in terms of both menace and listenability. The four-piece will release a full-length in May, but the singles the band has released sound like something at the intersection of Skinny Puppy and BL’AST. Psychic Graveyard plays Brillobox Thursday, March 28 along with Brooklyn’s Child Abuse (featuring members of Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Grid and the Flying Luttenbachers, among others), Come Holy Spirit and Microwaves. 8 p.m. 4140 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10.


March 29:

The New York Times has called Leo a “gravity defying spectacle.” The live show at the Byham Theater challenges the laws of gravity and of reality. It is described as mind-bending, funny, surreal, touching and fun for the whole family. Recommended for age seven and up. You have two chances to see the show as the performance takes place tonight and tomorrow. 7 p.m. 101 6th St., Downtown. $12.


Since it first launched in 2012, CureRock has raised more than $80,000 to help children, adolescents and young adults in the Pittsburgh area battle cancer. Now it its eighth year, CureRock’s annual concert fundraiser returns with a mix of national and local acts. New Jersey’s high-energy indie pop three-piece Young Rising Sons headlines; they’re joined by locals The Telephone Line, who will offer its brand of smooth soul-influenced pop, and Zoob, the Paul Simon-esque solo project of Wreck Loose guitarist Nathan Zoob. General admission is $25, but VIP packages are available as well. 8 p.m. Friday, March 29. Hard Rock Café, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square.


March 30:

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is performing the popular music of Walt Disney beginning the 29th and ending the 31st. Tonight, however, the concert is a sensory friendly event. The Sensory Friendly Concert at Heinz Hall is Walt Disney’s famous songs in concert, but in a more relaxed environment for those on the autism spectrum and with sensory sensitivities. There will also be pre-concert activities and pre-visit materials for families. 2:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $15.


March 31:

Rosie Revere, Engineer is a show based on the children’s books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect, Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. Created for younger audiences (4+), the musical focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and features acting, movement, music, singing and comedy. Today is the first of nine performances. 2 p.m. 101 6th St., Downtown. $12.


April 1:

“Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor” is the nickname that Rob Wilson has acquired over the years, acting as an advisor to many athletes and entertainers. The Pittsburgh native firmly believes that all of us can learn from the success of those professionals. Wilson received his degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University and has extensive knowledge to share in this installment of TRUTHSayers at the August Wilson Center. 7 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $38.75.

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