The Can’t Miss

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Adia Victoria

By Madeline Ury and Margaret Welsh


Feb. 19:

Naomi Chambers is a local Pittsburgh artist and co-creator of community art studio Flowerhouse. She will be in conversation with wood sculptor Thaddeus Mosley in this Artist Lecture at Carnegie Mellon School of Art’s McConomy Auditorium. Mosley’s work can be seen in various popular Pittsburgh spots including the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. 6:30 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.


Feb. 20:

The PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series has something for everyone — collectors and Instagrammers alike. The Ace Hotel hosts this monthly lecture series leading up to the PGH Photo Fair in April. Tonight’s speaker is Antwaun Sargent, whose writing has been featured in the New York Times among countless other publications. Sargent is currently working on a photography book to be published this fall. Attendees are welcome to stay for drinks after the lecture. 6:30 p.m. 120 S Whitfield St., East Liberty. Free.


Feb. 21:

Art… and Ballet is the perfect collaboration between two beautiful art forms: art, and, well, ballet. Students of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will perform choreographed pieces alongside artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s installation “ADA.” The artist will discuss her inspiration behind the work, currently on display at the Mattress Factory. Smigla-Bobinski’s art features a combination of kinetic art, sculptures, performance and more. Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Mattress Factory Museum members will receive two free drink tickets, which are also available for purchase. Light refreshments are provided. 6 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. Free. or


Feb. 21:

Join Silver Eye Center for Photography in celebrating the culture and history of Panama. A few times a year the gallery selects experimental films based around a certain theme. Channel Silver Eye Spotlight on Panama is curated by Paula Kupfer, who was born in Panama and focuses her work on modern art and photography from Latin America. Popcorn and beer will be served during the screening, and a question and answer session will be held afterwards. 7 p.m. 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free, pay what you like.


Feb. 22:

Not actually being able to go to the Oscars is made slightly better with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s A Night at the Oscars: Hollywood Epics. Jack Everly is a returning conductor back at Heinz Hall leading music from some of our favorite award winning films. The show opens tonight and runs through sunday Feb. 24. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. Starting at $22.


Feb. 23:

Getting a head start on your spring garden has never been easier. The Celebration of Seed: Seventh Annual Seed and Plant Swap features tips from experienced gardeners, a seed exchange, and free seeds and plants for all to take home and enjoy. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Grow Pittsburgh are working together to host the event at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Maybe today will be the first day of Spring! 11:30 a.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.


Feb. 24:

Whether you’re skilled at sewing and quilting or are new to the crafting scene, you are welcome at the Sewing, Quilting and Fiber Arts Drop-In at The Westmoreland Museum of Art. Bring a project or just bring your curious self. Light refreshments are provided, along with entertainment by the Hempfield Area High School Jazz Band. 1 p.m. 221 N Main St., Sharpsburg. Free.  


Feb. 25:

Jonathan Wilson is a triple threat: songwriter, guitarist and producer. On tour supporting his fourth album entitled Rare Birds, his Pittsburgh stop will take place at The Andy Warhol Museum. The museum’s intimate theater is sure to make this an unforgettable musical experience that you won’t get anywhere else. Students and museum members can buy tickets for $15. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. $18. 412-237-8300 or


Feb. 26:

The artists we can connect with on the deepest of levels are those who really have a message to portray, and Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin do just that. The Carnegie Mellon University School of Art presents both artists in an artist lecture at Kresge Theater. Clayton is known for her exaggerations on the rules of everyday life, while Rubin focuses on reimagining the behaviors of humans as individuals and in group settings. Both artists use their platform to make commentary on public life, something we all have some level of understanding on. 6:30 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.


Feb. 27:

Tonight’s event is BYOT… Bring Your Own T-shirt, that is. Casey Droege Cultural Productions hosts Tees and Totes Vol. 1 at The Brew House Association. They are collaborating with Idia’Dega, Black Unicorn and Small Mall to host the workshop where you can learn  more about what each organization does. You can also learn about screen printing, totemaking, sewing, sustainable art and recyclable materials. Small Mall is also hosting a pop-up shop featuring work from artists using recyclable materials. The event is $15, but $10 if you BYOT, including refreshments. RSVP is required as space is limited. 6 p.m. 711 21st St., South Side Flats. $10-$15.


Feb. 28:

Did you know that Pittsburgh has 446 bridges and 90 neighborhoods? Ioby is a crowdfunding platform here in the Steel City that raised over $400,00 towards making neighborhood projects and change happen. These projects prove that even one person can help make a difference, as the average donation to the company’s projects is just $35. Tonight, ioby: Crowdfunding by Neighbors, for Neighbors at Alloy 26 Auditorium will let you in on their projects and nonprofit programs in a panel discussion. The discussion is followed by dinner and mingling with fellow proud Pittsburghers. 6:30 p.m. 100 S Commons, Allegheny Center. Free.


March 1:

The Bodiography Student Company prides itself on health and wellness through dance as well as many other forms of fitness. In collaboration with La Roche College dance majors, The Spring Gala is born. Join the dancers for a night of classical and contemporary movement at Byham Theater. 8 p.m. 101 6th St., Downtown. $21-$46. or


March 2:

The Roommate starring Tamara Tunie and Laurie Klatscher is the story of a woman who needs a roommate to help pay the rent and just to have some company. But this play has a twist, as the it is described as having a touch of “Breaking Bad.” The show runs through March 24 at City Theatre. Discount programs are available throughout the shows run, including pick your price previews, under 30, 65+ and military discounts, and pay what you want for a performance. 5:30 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side Flats. $5-$60. or


March 3:

Celebrating Quilts, Music and Movement at The Westmoreland Museum of Art features faculty from various arts programs at Seton Hill. Their performance represents the way the arts pass down stories within communities, a symbol of the unbroken circle. 2 p.m. 221 N Main St., Sharpsburg. Free.


I know, I know, it’s painful for any of us to admit that we’re getting too old to stay up late. But think of it this way: you’ve got shit to do on the weekends! Which is why the In Bed By Ten Dance Party returns February 22 to get your Friday night started (and finished) at a reasonable hour. This installment serves as a benefit for FlowerHouse, a Wilkinsburg-based community art studio that serves to empower women and children through arts education. The 21+ event starts at 6 p.m., so there’s even time to swing by a happy hour between work and hitting the dance floor. Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10.


On February 22, Adia Victoria releases her second full-length Silences, produced by Aaron Dessner of the National. The next day, Saturday, Feb. 23, she graces Club Café with her brand of full, rich, gothic blues. Victoria’s music deals candidly with some of the rawest shit life has to offer, but she approaches the soul-wrenching subject matter with both vulnerability and well-earned swagger. Joshua Asante of the band Amasa Hines opens the show. 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12-14.


If someone had predicted a decade ago that Switchfoot would be minor rock stars in 2019, who would have believed it? Getting its start in the world of Christian rock in the late ’90s the San Diego –based band set itself apart from its peers by writing actual bangers with lyrics vague enough to appeal to the devout and the irreligious alike. The band has pretty much continued on that track, and more recently has found public support from folks like Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker: as he tweeted recently, “Switchfoot is sick and I appreciate their positive message.” The band comes to the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker open. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10 Ave., Munhall. $25.87-49.50.


Celebrate the end of this interminable February with a group that is nearly guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your mood soaring. On Saturday, March 2 Calliope brings Bon Debarras, which is made up of Montreal artists Dominic Desrochers, Jean François Dumas and Marie-Pierre Lecault. The trio brings together an array of traditions from Quebec and beyond, using guitar, banjo, harmonica and violin to create a high-energy celebration of folk music. 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4440 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $20-40.

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y have been friends and collaborators for a decade, but the two rappers finally just released 2009, the joint (no pun intended) studio album they’ve been teasing for nearly four years. It’s a hard record not to love, encompassing all the loose, easy charms of these skilled stoners. It may be too early to determine if this is the solidification of one of hip-hop’s great duos, but how can you know if you don’t see them together at Stage AE on Saturday, March 2. 7:30 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. Sold out.

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