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August 20

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City holds a staff showcase hosted by Alexis Jabour and Blain Schiff. A number of different artists who work for the organization will share some of their creative works. Attendees can expect music, readings and more. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

August 21

Enjoy a screening of “1959 The Year that Changed Jazz” as part of the Heinz History Center’s 2019 From Slavery to Freedom film series. The documentary covers four jazz albums released in 1959 from Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” to Ornette Coleman’s “The Shape of Jazz to Come”, using interviews with musicians and critics to explore how these moments transformed the genre. The event is free. 5:30 p.m. 2005 Beechwood Blvd. Free.

Come down to Threadbare Cider House for a Women in Film Mixer. Items will be raffled off and the event is a great networking opportunity. Professionals and those who are merely interested in the industry are welcome, and a cash bar will be available. 6:30 p.m. 1291 Spring Garden Ave. Free. or

August 22

The Heinz History Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Live music, cocktails and activities will be available for all to have a good time. Kid discounts are available, and kids five and under get in free. Ticket prices also include access to all History Center exhibits. 6 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $10 for kids 6-17, $20 adults. or

What is Ted Leo if not a bonafied national treasure? The indie-rocker founded Ted Leo and the Pharmacists in Washington D.C. in 1999. Before that, he played in punk bands like Chisel and Citizens Arrest, and that stripped down D.I.Y. ethos remains a central part of Leo’s appeal and accessibility. He’s never been a preacher or one-note moralizer, but he also gives voice to political rage and frustration. He’s a rousing protest singer in the way you might use that phrase to describe Joe Strummer or Billy Bragg, which is to say he’s – at his very heart — an artist of the people. Catch him on his next visit to Pittsburgh: on Thursday he brings the Pharmacists to Spirit. Control Top opens. 8 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $20-22. 

August 23

The Andy Warhol Museum hosts the School of Drag’s Showcase, the conclusion of the school’s seven-week program. Both students and instructors will perform. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis, and doors open at 6:30. 7 p.m. 117 Sandusky St. Free.

On Friday, Aug. 23, Hieroglyphics brings its 3rd Eye Vision anniversary tour to the Smiling Moose, marking three decades since the group released its first studio record. Founded in the early ‘90s by Del the Funky Homosapien, the members of the hip-hop collective (which also includes the group Souls of Mischief) lived within walking distance of each other in Oakland, CA. That geographic situation fed their sense of artistic community, as well as an awareness of time and place. The members’ interest in jazz put them in line with groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, but Hieroglyphics developed its own off-beat, freewheeling take on the Bay Area sound. Don’t miss a chance to celebrate a piece of hip-hop history. Pittsburgh’s Selecta also appears. 8 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $25. 

August 24

Contemporary Craft and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh close their final exhibition in the Strip with a speaker series, featuring artists Jozef Bajus and Erika Diamond. The event is free with reservation, and audience members should arrive early to view the exhibit. 2:30 p.m. 2100 Smallman St. Free. 412-261-7003 or

August 24-25

Now in its third year, Rock, Reggae & Relief has grown from one to two full days of live music, including performances by Gavin Degraw, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ghost Hounds, Roots of Creation and more. Last year, the event raised over $20,000, which went to disaster aid for Puerto Rico and benefited local homeless ministries. This year’s installment – happening Downtown — will raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. 242 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $39.95-150.

August 25

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites everyone to celebrate Tomato and Garlic Day. Enjoy samples of these summer crops prepared by Doug Oster of Everybody Gardens, shop at an outdoor market, and bring your kids for the pot-a-plant and tomato mascot activities. 11 a.m. One Schenley Park. Free.

August 26

The Sembène Film Festival continues with a screening of “Nigerian Prince” by director Faraday Okoro at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. The film follows a Nigerian-American teenager who teams up with his cousin, a Nigerian Prince scammer, to raise money for a return ticket to America after his mother sends him to Nigeria. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

August 27

City of Asylum @ Alphbet City hosts Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside, a selection of readings and performances written by incarcerated writers. These selections celebrate the PEN America Prison Writing Award winners from last year, and will be read and performed by a cross-section of local artists. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or

August 29

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Diversity Catalyst Cecile Shellman hosts a workshop on Hiring for Diversity. The workshop covers issues of inclusion, accessibility and equity. GPAC members have discounted tickets, and all tickets include lunch. 12 p.m. 810 Penn Ave., 7th floor. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. 412-391-2060 or

August 30

The Living Street may still be a slightly-under-the-radar gem of the local scene, but the folk-rock duo is undoubtedly poised for big things. Nick Guckert and Edward Angelo – old friends from Lower Burrell – have already put in the work, having played in 95 cities across the United States over the last two years. More recently, Pittsburgh rock elder-statesmen the Clarkes dubbed the Living Street a “band to watch.” It’s hard to disagree with that assessment, especially after hearing the new record, It Won’t Last, which the duo releases Friday, Aug. 30 at Club Café. It’s bright, radio-ready pop with an Americana flare, full of catchy harmonies and hooks that make you want to sing along. 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15.

August 31

The Pittsburgh Water Lantern Festival is happening in Allegheny Commons Park. Design your own lantern and watch them all float over the water. Child price tickets are available. 5:30 p.m. Allegheny Commons Park. $35 before August 30, $40 same day.

Come to Bar Louie to support Humane Animal Rescue. A can of wet dog or cat food will enter you into a raffle, adoptable puppies will be present and a portion of food and drink proceeds will go to Humane Animal Rescue. 2 p.m. 330 North Shore Dr. Free.

Enjoy a tea party at Row House Cinema. Gyphon’s Teas and locally made scones will be served before a screening of the original 1964 Mary Poppins with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke to get people in a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious mood. 11 a.m. 4115 Butler St. $13.

September 1

End the summer with a Soul Food Fest: A Taste of the Burgh in Market Square hosted by Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Celebration. Vendors, live bands, kids activities and more will be available. 1 p.m. 210 Forbes Ave. Free. 724-205-9376.

September 2

The Fifth Annual Britsburgh Festival kicks off. Enjoy activities and Brit-inspired food and drink all week long from Sept 2 to Sept 9, all over the city. 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh. Events are individually priced.

Bring your dog to the Dormont Pool for a Doggie Dip to end the summer. All dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people, as well as current on their vaccinations. One dog per adult handler. Pre-register to ensure a spot in your desired swim bracket, small dogs, all dogs, or large dogs. Humans may enter a raffle, and all proceeds go to Humane Animal Rescue. 3:30 p.m. 1801 Dormont Ave. $25/dog pre-registration, $35/dog same day registration.

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