Events

The Can’t Miss

By Pittsburgh Current Staff

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April 30

It’s not everyday that you get an intimate concert experience like Sound Series, and it’s definitely not everyday that the singer is masked. Tonight The Andy Warhol Museum hosts masked country singer Orville Peck. Peck is known for songs telling the tales of love, loss, relationships, and the badlands. The country singer meets cowboy performance is sure to be one of a kind. — Madeline Ury 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. $12-$15. information@warhol.org or warhol.org

 

May 2

Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour is a collaborative performance between the audience and the performers. Gaps in the script allow for audience members to help choose what happens next. To make it even more exciting, each performance is performed by a new actor. The show runs from May 2 through May 19 at Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Students and Seniors can name their own ticket price. — Madeline Ury 8 p.m. 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. $15-$20. 12peers.org or info@12peers.org

 

May 3

Kick off the month of May with May Unblurred – Penn Ave Arts Crawl. This month Artisan Pittsburgh features the artwork of John Muldoon. Muldoon is a local Pittsburgh artist. Celebrate with fellow art lovers of all ages, and enjoy some food, coffee, tea, beer, and more. — Madeline Ury 7 p.m. 5001 Penn Ave., Garfield. Free. eventbrite.com

 

May 4

At Cultured Cocktails, there is something for everyone, even the designated driver. The Benedum Center is hosting mixologists and bartenders from all over the city. Everyone can enjoy food from local restaurants and live music. With a VIP ticket, you can enjoy all of that and cocktails an hour earlier at 7 p.m. — Madeline Ury 8 p.m. 237 7th St., Downtown. $25/$45/$95. trustarts.org

 

Trombonist Craig Harris’ career includes time with the Sun Ra Arkestra and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim as well as several groups of his own. On his last visit to Pittsburgh in 2016 with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, he doubled on didgeridoo, proving the low, droning instrument can adapt to the context of improvisation. When Kente Arts Alliance welcomes the Craig Harris Septet on Saturday, May 4, they’ll present Black Butterfly. The multimedia performance was inspired by boxer Muhammed Ali, complete with spoken word interludes and percussive grooves that express the nuances of legendary figure. — Mike Shanley 8 p.m. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty. 412-363-3000.

 

May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate at Pittsburgh’s Taco Takeover at Millvale Riverfront Park. 20 food trucks from around Pittsburgh will be in attendance offering up their best takes on tacos. But it won’t be what you expect, since not every participating restaurant typically serves tacos! There will also be live music, beer, and games, and all proceeds go to Millvale Community Library. — Madeline Ury 1 p.m. 70 Riverfront Dr., Millvale. Free. facebook.com/Party-Wolf-Events

 

May 6

Whether you are a meditation expert or it’s your first time, Let That Sh*t Go – Beginner Meditation for Adults is sure to help you. Well Oiled will provide you with the tools to cope with stress and anxiety in any situation, no matter how much time you have in the day. A free gift is included with the purchase of a ticket. — Madeline Ury 6 p.m. 1414 Potomac Ave., Dormont. $20. getwelloiled.com

 

May 8

Monet, Degas, Renoir, and many other artists went against a lot of traditions. They were criticized and named the “Impressionists,” and thus, a new era of art was born. Crash Course: Monet and His Circle is a series of 3 classes beginning tonight. Join Kylie Seltzer as she discusses the impacts the impacts of the movement and introduces you to the new Monet and the Modern City exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art. Seltzer is excited to share her knowledge as a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. — Madeline Ury 6 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Students $45, Members $66, General Admission $75. cmoa.org

 

May 9

Michael Wurster is considered a Pittsburgh poetry legend. He has taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School, and is a founding member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Join him tonight at Carnegie Lecture Hall to discuss his new poetry collection Even Then. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the lecture. — Madeline Ury 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free (with registration). pittsburghlectures.org or info@pittsburghlectures.org

 

What do you do after a three-year heavy tour schedule full of emotional ups and downs? If your rapper/singer Ceschi Ramos and producer Factor Chandelier, you condense it all down into a 13-song full-length called Sad, Fat, Luck and launch a tour of the same name. Tonight at Spirit, Pittsburgh promoter Justin Strong Presents: Ceschi and Factor Chandelier, Sad, Fat, Luck Tour. — Charlie Deitch 9 p.m.- 1 p.m. Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $12-$15. spiritpgh.com

 

May 10

Tonight, you can have a parents night out and drop your kids off for pizza and art at Heinz History Center. Art at Night features hands-on lessons in making art through charcoal prints, screen prints, and more. All the art will be inspired by Pittsburgh’s beautiful lights and skyline. — Madeline Ury 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. $10. heinzhsitorycenter.org

 

May 11

Mythbuster Adam Savage is part of the team who has taken the Discovery Channel and science world by storm. Creativity, inventing, and exploring are some of Savage’s greatest passion, and his new book Every Tool’s a Hammer was written with the goal of inspiring others in mind. A purchase of a ticket to this installment of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures includes a copy of the book. — Madeline Ury 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $32. info@pittsburghlectures.org

 

Not to get too personal, but lately I’ve been falling asleep Jessica Pratt’s new record. Not because Quiet Signs is dull: her songs are ear-catching and idiosyncratic in a way that makes me wish I could somehow live inside them. Her style of retro folk (think Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs) is often described as “dreamy,” and her comfortingly odd croon and lovely instrumentation do make for a restful soundtrack. But beyond that, her melodies are full of catchy, unexpected hooks that seem to follow their own kind of dream logic. Hear for yourself when she appears at the Warhol Saturday, May 11 with special guest Joseph Shabason. Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $15. www.warhol.org

 

May 12

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Candle Lab by making your own custom-scented soy candle. You can choose your scent out of 10 options. You also receive a mimosa, some treats, and a polaroid photo. After the candle cools, they can be delivered to a restaurant of your choice within walking distance of the The Candle Lab Pittsburgh. — Madeline Ury 11 a.m. 4409 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $25/$49. facebook.com/thecandlelabpittsburgh

 

May 13

Tonight, the Indie Press Series at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City will host highly praised and award nominated writer Awaeke Emezi. Emezi has created many written works and video art projects. They are currently working on their fourth and fifth novels. Emezi will read their novel Freshwater, which tells the story of a woman discovering multiple selves within her identity, and how life is changed because of this. Emezi is described as “a fierce new literary voice.” — Madeline Ury 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free with registration. RSVP@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org or alphabetcity.org

 

Chronophage is a band that reminds you how much fun sounds can be. Like the Raincoats, the Austin, Tx-based project builds wobbly tunes and then precariously reinforces them with freewheeling, splintered noisiness. In other words, it’s delightful stuff.  As with the Velvet Underground, to whom the four-piece has been compared, seeing Chronophage on Monday, May 13th at the Rock Room might inspire you to go home and start a band of your own. Peace Talks and Barlow open.  — Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 1054 Herron Ave., Polish Hill. $7. www.facebook.com/CruelNoiseRecords

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