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Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

By Emerson Andrews
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer

February 11

James B. Lieber, writer and lawyer who has argued twice successfully before the US Supreme Court on Constitutional rights cases, comes to City of Asylum @ Alphabet City to discuss gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and other states and to read selected passages from his book Victory: How Pennsylvania Beat Gerrymandering and How Other States Can Do the Same. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

February 12

Mattress Factory invites 18 year-olds and up to trade romance for something a little more experimental this Valentines’ season as part of their Art And… series. Intimacy and Kink will include a talk with artist Nathan Hall, a performance by the Pittsburgh Pups and a speed dating session where attendees will have a few minutes with each of the kink expert panelists to ask their questions. Drinks and light snacks will be provided at the event. 6 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way. $10 for students with ID, $15 for members, $20 general admission. 412-231-3169 or

February 13

“I Loathe Lucy” is the Valentines’ Day event for Murder Mystery fans. Come to The Oaks Theater to help discover who’s done in America’s favorite and most famous redhead. Prizes will be given out to those who solve the mystery. 6:30 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont. $15 auditorium seats, $20 table seats. 1-888-718-4253 or

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductor Earl Lee and guest soloist Ray Chen join poets Melissa Dias-Mandoly and Keith S. Wilson for a night of “connections” at City of Aslyum @ Alphabet City. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

February 14

The 2020 Pittsburgh International Auto Show opens at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Classic cars, luxury cars and more will be on display from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. Tickets must be purchased for each day the attendees plan to come to the show. Half-price general admission is available on Feb. 17. 6 p.m. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Free for kids under 6, $6 for kids 6-16, $10 seniors, $12 general admission. 412-963-8909 or

Get creative with your Valentines’ Day gift at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where local glass artists will walk attendees through making glass flowers, heart-shaped pendants or love letters. Refreshments will be provided. For groups of five or more, pre-registration is required. 4:30 p.m. 5472 Penn Ave. $30 for pendant and letter workshop, $40 for flower workshop. 412-365-2145 or

Howl at the Moon offers featured drinks and date night packages this Valentines’ Day. Enter to win a Happy Hour party for the night for you and your Valentine. 5 p.m. 125 7th St. Free admission.

February 15

Sienna Mercato holds their third annual Rosé Soirée. Wine, cocktails, gift basket giveaways and a photo booth will be available to attendees through the day and night. 2 p.m. 942 Penn Ave. Free admission. 412-281-2810 or

February 17

The Dormont—Mt. Lebanon—Castle Shannon Rotary Club is raising funds at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Twenty percent of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will go to the club, which will then be redistributed causes supporting literacy, health and wellness, children and family services and more. Participants must bring a copy of the rotary flyer to their server for proceeds to be donated. 11 a.m. 1819 Washington Rd. Upper St. Clair. Free admission. 412-942-2141 or

February 18

The Incline and Alloy 26 host a Pitch-Your-Friend event, where attendees present to the crowd their single friend to potential suitors. A Q&A will follow each presentation, and one lucky couple will receive a date night on the town. All gender and sexual identities are welcome to participate in this event. Submit an application to present on a friend by Feb. 11., or just get a ticket to enjoy the show and maybe find a date of your own. 7 p.m. 100 S. Commons. $5 for The Incline members, $15 general admission. 412-567-8808 or

February 19

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens holds their first Nature of Place Symposium, discussing biophilia and the importance of green space in cities with a number of experts across many fields. The Symposium opens with a reception on Feb. 19 and continues with the Symposium itself the morning of Feb. 20. 6 p.m. One Schenley Park. For students with ID: $15 for reception only, $39 for reception and symposium. For general admission: $25 for reception only, $99 for reception and symposium. 

February 20

Theater fans can make their own Audrey II at Pittsburgh Public Theater in partnership with City Grows. Ticket price includes the class and materials as well as admission to that night’s performance of Little Shop of Horrors. Attendees must use promo code PPTGROW when purchasing tickets. 7 p.m. 621 Penn Ave. $65. 412-316-8221 or

The Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh holds the speaker series “In My Shoes”, discussing diversity in the workplace at the Union Trust Building. The event includes a number of panelists, networking opportunities and refreshments. Attendees may attend free with reservation. 5 p.m. 501 Grant St. Free. 412-561-3801 or

February 21

The Heinz History Center holds their 22nd History Uncorked event, with this year featuring an 80s theme. Live auction bidding, food, dancing to music by local bands and DJs and more will be part of the festivities, while guests can explore all six floors of exhibits. 7:30 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $65 general admission, $110 VIP admission.

Carnegie Science Center’s latest Sleepover event is candy-themed. Kids will learn how to make caramel, marshmallow shooters and test their engineering skills by trying to build the tallest candy structure. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Ave. $39.

February 22

Youth Author Mahogany L. Browne, whose works include Black Girl Magic and Woke Baby, joins City of Asylum @ Alphabet City for selected readings and a Q&A. The event is free with reservation. 3 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

February 23

Celebrate International Polar Bear Day at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Learn more about the challenges polar bears are facing in a changing climate as well as what people can do to help. The Zoo’s two polar bears, Koda and Snowflake, will also receive a special treat. This event is included with admission price. 11 a.m. 7370 Baker St. $14 for kids and seniors, $15 general admission. 412-665-3640 or

February 24

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts a screening of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart in partnership with the Sembène Film Festival. The documentary focuses on playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry. The screening is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

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