The Can’t Miss

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By Emerson Andrews
Pittsburgh Current Intern


June 11


Frances Bartkowski presents a reading from her new novel An Afterlife in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University Humanities Festival. City of Aslyum @ Alphabet City hosts the event in their Word Cellar. The novel is set in the post-war years and follows a young couple from Bavaria who must resettle in New Jersey. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


June 12


Jazz vocalist Tania Grubbs performs songs from her compilation I AM: Volume 3, Wood at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. Original works, as well as both greater and lesser known standards, will be played on wooden instruments from regions all around the globe. The audience will also watch documentary shorts about woodworking and sculptor Thaddeus Mosley, produced by local filmmakers Chris and Isabelle Strollo and photographer Dave DeNoma. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free with registration. 412-435-1110 or


June 13


The Heinz History Center will unveil a new marker dedicated to film pioneer and North Side native Lois Weber on her 140th birthday. Illeana Douglas, actor and host of Turner Classic Movies, and Dr. Shelley Stamp, film historian and professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will also discuss Weber’s work as featured in the award-winning box set “Pioneers: First Female Filmmakers” which Douglas and Stamp produced and curated, respectively. Douglas and Stamp will be signing copies of that box set after the event. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $20. 412-454-6373 or


Dr. José-Alain Sahel, director of the UPMC Eye Center, discusses art and perception at the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as the advancements being made in vision regeneration. Attendees are encouraged to visit Access+Ability, an exhibit of some of the prototypes and future technologies designed to improve accessibility, in the Heinz Galleries. The event is free with registration, and the lecture will be accompanied with ASL interpretation. 6:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free.


Alexander Soukas begins a three-day workshop in Figure Painting: Light and Form at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts. This masterclass will cover short poses and a long pose, with attention paid to gesture, rhythm and accuracy of the human figure. 9 a.m. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. $325. 412-741-4405 or


June 14


Igor Levit plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 14 and again on June 16 for a 2:30 matinee. The conclusion to the PSO’s 2018/2019 season will also feature Manfred Honeck conducting Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony with a wind machine and thunder sheet to enhance the experience of climbing the Alps. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $20-$98. 412-392-4900 or


June 15


For those curious as to how an art exhibit is put together, meet with Akemi May, the curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Monet and the Modern City exhibit. Questions and discussion are greatly encouraged. 6 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. Free.


The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is hosting its 22nd Annual Meadowcroft Atlatl Competition. The atlatl, a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters, is available to be tried out by beginners, with an opportunity to compete against world-class atlatl competitors. The event is included for free with regular admission. 12 p.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. $15 for adults, $7 for children and students. 724-587-3412 or


June 16


Steel City Con presents a Comic-Con at Kennywood Park. Vendors and artists will be selling merchandise and pieces, and celebrity guests such as former Sesame Street puppeteer, Steve Whitmire, former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen, Theo Crane of “The Walking Dead,” and others will be in attendance. For those who wear a superhero or comic-themed t-shirt, tickets will be 50% off at the gate. 10:30 a.m. 4800 Kennywood Blvd. West Mifflin. $27.


June 17


Neal Stephenson comes to the Carnegie Lecture Hall with the best-selling sequel to his book, “Reamde.” A copy of “Fall,” or “Dodge in Hell” will be included with admission. Both books are of the science fiction and techno-thriller genres, set in the nearby future of parallel worlds. 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave. $40. 412-622-8866 or


June 18


The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council holds their Annual Convening, this year titled “Reframing.” A dialogue about the region’s trends and issues will be presented alongside expert discussions and networking opportunities for local artists and craftspeople. Lunch, a cocktail hour and live music are included in the event, as well as admission to the Arts After-Party. Group rates are available. 12 p.m. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. $80 in advance, $100 at the door. 412-391-2060 or


June 20


Join the Carnegie Museum of Art this Third Thursday for a block party. Wilkinsburg artists present a showcase of their work, and interactive events include screen printing on tote bags, a steelpan performance with Barrels to Beethoven and a DJ’ed dance floor. Student ticket prices are available. 8 p.m.4400 Forbes Ave. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.


June 21


The Carnegie Science Center is holding a Summer Solstice Sleepover. Explore stars in the Buhl Planetarium & Observatory, make s’mores and learn more about the color of sunrises and sunsets along with the Center’s usual Science Sleepover activities. Registrations will be open up to five days before the event. 6 p.m. One Allegheny Ave. $39. 412-237-3400


The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is hosting a Crash Course workshop for writers of any experience level who wish to learn the fundamentals of crafting true stories. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, and a copy of the book “True Stories, Well Told,” and a highlighter is included in admission price. 1 p.m. 5119 Coral St. $25 before June 10, $35 after June 10. 412-404-2975 or


Conductor Byron Stripling and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are joined by vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Dee Daniels for a tribute to Nat and Natalie King Cole. On June 21, 22 and 23, the group will play all the father and daughter’s classic songs for an unforgettable concert. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave. $22-$99.


June 22


For magic fans of all ages, the Borough of Bellevue hosts WizardVue TWO. Activities like a scavenger hunt, talent show and house sorting will be held, as well as a magical market that can provide for any witch or wizard’s needs. Pricing for events varies, and pre-purchase of tickets is encouraged. 11 a.m. 537 Bayne Ave. Bellevue. Free admission.


The 2000’s Indie Dance Party Take Me Out returns to Belveders Ultra-Dive. For those 21 and older, listen to DJs Matt Walter & Craig Boarman play hits from Franz Ferdinand, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, and other indie artists and groups from the 2000’s and early 2010’s. Attendees must have a valid ID. 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St. $5 before 11 p.m., $7 after 11 p.m.


June 23


As part of the Ligonier Summer Concert Series, the Allegheny Brass Band will be holding a free outdoor concert at the Ligonier Diamond, come rain or shine. 7 p.m. 100 E Main St. Free. or


June 24:


The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are holding their summer camps all summer long. For kids aged five to eight, consider signing them up for The Secret Life of Bugs camp, where they can search the Powdermill Nature Reserve for creepy crawlies and learn more about the insects of the Pittsburgh area. Visit the museums’ site for information on the other camps being held this year and to register or apply for a scholarship for your child. 9 a.m. 1795 Route 381, Rector. $220.

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