The Can’t Miss

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The Vietnam exhibit at the Heinz History Center

By Emerson Andrews
Pittsburgh Current Intern

July 9

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City is holding a PechaKucha Night, where local creatives share their ideas and projects using a presentation of twenty slides shown for twenty seconds each as the presenter speaks. This format, originally started in Japan, is now used in over one-thousand cities as a way for designers to network. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

Emmai Alaquiva’s new exhibit opens at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Titled “OpticVoices: Roots,” the photography series spotlights the history and stories of those who created the community. The exhibit’s opening will also screen Alaquiva’s documentary “Ghetto Steps,” and food and beverages will be available. 7 p.m. 826 Hazelwood Ave. Free. or

July 12

Casa San José hosts a Lights for Liberty Vigil: Shut Down the Berks Detention Center at Schenley Plaza. Berks is entering its fifth year as an immigrant family detention center, and Casa San José along with other activist groups are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to shut it down. 7:30 p.m. 4100 Forbes Ave. Free.

July 11

The Woodlands hold their 20th anniversary Notes from the Heart Young Adult & Adult Music Camp concert at the August Wilson Cultural Center. The camp is a week-long program for children and adults with disability and chronic illness and allows them to experience the joy of musical self-expression. The performance is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave. Free. 724-935-6533 or

July 12

The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Yarn Bombers hosts a yarn bombing workshop at Contemporary Craft. Learn crochet techniques and make a colorful creation to either be placed outside Contemporary Craft’s front entrance or taken home. Participants must be twenty-one or older and will receive two complimentary drinks with the price of admission. Admission price also includes the cost of materials. 6 p.m. 2100 Smallman St. $35. 412-261-7003 or

July 13

The Fort Pitt Museum presents the works of Robert Griffing, who specializes in depictions of the mid-18th century and Eastern Woodland American Indians. Griffing will hold a conversation about his paintings and will be joined by Michael Galban, Mono Lake Paiute/Washoe American Indian, who will present on the history shown in the artwork. 5:30 p.m. 601 Commonwealth Pl. $25.

Laugh it up at Steel City Improv Theater as Classy and Relevant join with Crocodile’s Dilemma for a night of long-form improv comedy. It’s an hour and a half of improvised fun with one of the three best improv troupes in Pittsburgh nominated in 2018. 8 p.m. 5950 Ellsworth Ave. $10. 412-404-2695 or

July 14

The Full Pint Wild Side Pub hosts a Rust Fabric Dyeing workshop. Learn techniques to turn plain linens into stained fabrics with rusty tools, vinegar, water, and wrapping techniques. Then don’t forget to come back on August 11 for the unwrapping session. Ticket price includes all materials and one beer or nonalcoholic beverage. 1 p.m. 5308 Butler St. $49. 412-308-3083

July 15

The Musical Theatre Arts of Pittsburgh presents 2019 Hot Metal Musicals, a showcase of new musical theatre songs from regional artists, both newcomers and established professionals. Director Steve Cuden and Musical Director Douglas Levine, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, present this event for one night only at the Greer Cabaret Theater. 7 p.m. 655 Penn Ave. Free/Donation. or

July 17

Kenia, the Brazilian songstress, comes again to City of Asylum @ Alphabet City for a night of jazz and Brazilian music. Kenia performs both jazz standards and contemporary pieces, including pieces written specifically for her by Antonio Adolfo and Ivan Lins. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

July 19:

The Heinz History Center holds its first screening as part of its Open-Late Film Series with “Good Morning Vietnam.” The event begins with access to the Center’s five floors of exhibits, followed by a discussion of the film and how it impacts audiences’ understanding of the Vietnam War. The Open-Late Film Series is a “pay what you wish” event. 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. Pay what you wish.

The Carnegie Science Center holds an 18+ Apollo Moonshot Celebration, where attendees can learn more about the technology and advancements in science that made one small step for man possible. The event features presentations by guest astronomers, lunar science demonstrations and a screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition at The Rangos Giant Cinema. 7 p.m. 1 Allegheny Ave. $50. 412-237-3400 or

July 20

Kids seventeen and under can enjoy a free show by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble at City Theatre where they can learn more about how the performers decided on their artistic pursuits and the life of a professional artist. Snacks and crafts will be available after the show. Parents who are attending for the first time get in free with a reserved ticket, while parents who have attended before pay $25 or $30 at the door. 1 p.m. 1300 Bingham St. Free for children and first time adults. 888-718-4253

Enjoy a free Vibes Under the Bridge concert underneath the Homestead Grays Bridge between Primanti Bros. and Barnes & Noble. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and should be advised that the schedule may change with inclement weather. 5 p.m. 149 W. Bridge St. Homestead. Free. 412-276-9157 or

July 21

The thirteenth PGH Giant Pillow Fight happens at Schenley Plaza, followed by a screening of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Bring your own pillow for this kid-friendly, rain-or-shine event, free with reservation. 8 p.m. 4100 Forbes Ave. Free.

July 22

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City screens “White Fright” as part of the Sembène Film Festival. The film is about the arrest of Robert Doggart, a Christian minister who planned to attack a small African-American Muslim community after claims by Fox News that it was a terrorist training camp. Doggart’s arrest received little media coverage at the time, and he was released on bail by a Tennessee judge one month later. A discussion will follow the twenty-eight minute film. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

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