What to do this week, from Black History Month events to Chinese New Year celebrations
What’s happening this week in Pittsburgh, January 31 through February 6? Find out here.
Be sure to pack your mask and visit each organization’s website and social media for Covid safety protocols. Do you know of a cool event? Email us.
Monday, January 31: Virtual Storytelling: Henry Hornbostel’s Impact on Pittsburgh
Learn about the legacy of famed architect and educator Henry Hornbostel – designer of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum and University Club – during this virtual Doors Open event led by Paul Tellers. Learn about Hornbostel’s elegant Beaux-Arts and Art Deco styles, his works on the National Register of Historic Places, and his notable role as the first Dean of Fine Arts at Carnegie Tech (now CMU). To buy tickets.
Tuesday, February 1: Teenie Harris: The man behind the lens at the City-County Building
The City of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art are teaming up to celebrate Black History Month by showcasing the life and work of prolific Hill District native photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. the one month project includes an exhibition of 50 works as well as an online gallery. It’s a fantastic chance for the public to see Harris’ prototype cameras, books and memorabilia. Throughout his 40-year career at the Pittsburgh Courier—one of the nation’s most influential black newspapers—Harris created an “unparalleled chronicle of black American life, culture, and history.”
Tuesday, February 1: Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Benedum Center
Fall in love again just in time for Valentine’s Day when the hit 1990 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts lands downtown for an eight-show run. Starring Broadway sensation Adam Pascal and rising star Olivia Valli, the musical is directed by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Featuring a book by the film’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter JF Lawton, the show kicks off with an original score by Grammy winners Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. To buy tickets.
Tuesday, February 1: Virtual St. Brigid Concert with Pittsburgh Irish Festival
You raised a glass on St. Patrick’s Day, but now give some love to one of Ireland’s other saints. A tribute to St. Brigid – aka the Holy Mother of Ireland – this free online concert features eight of the world’s finest Irish music and dance groups. The rich traditional and folkloric heritage of the Emerald Isle will shine with performances by Eileen Ivers, Joanie Madden, The Bowtides, Goitse, Dani Larkin, Aoife Scott and others.
Wednesday, February 2: Early childhood activities at the National Aviary
The city’s youngest birdwatchers are invited to discover the world of birds through engaging storytimes, sensory play activities, puppet shows and puzzles. Spend the morning with the family exploring immersive habitats and getting up close to vibrant birds. To buy tickets.
Wednesday, February 2: Lunar New Year Celebration in Pitt
Pitt’s Center for Asian Studies and the Global Hub are teaming up to host a Lunar New Year party in honor of the Year of the Tiger. Posvar Hall’s free public festivities include refreshments, crafts, a photo booth, and performances.
Wednesday February 2: Imaginarium at BoxHeart Gallery
Be the first to see new job by Heather Heitzenrater when the Bloomfield Art Gallery hosts a free opening reception with the Pittsburgh-based artist. Using reflective Mylar, Heitzenrater creates liquid surfaces that form unexpected shapes and capture the shimmering colors of their surroundings. Acting as portals, the works play with ideas of reflection, contortion and fantasy.
Thursday February 3: Curiosity: The Play Book at the Attack Theater
What’s it like to dance with an inflatable snowman? Find out the answer to this playful question when Attack Theater unveils its all-new world premiere. Sparking curiosity in all of us, the performance will take the audience on a creative journey through movement, music and storytelling. It seems like the perfect way for the company to christen its new Lawrenceville headquarters. Choreographed by Attack Artistic Directors Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, the production features five dancers, design by Dane Toney and music by Dave Eggar. To buy tickets.
Friday, February 4: Full Spectrum: Visionaries Elevate Art, Craft, and Design at the Pittsburgh Glass Center
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
This exhibit opening in Garfield highlights 18 visionary color designers from across the country who have produced “extraordinary crafts” using glass. Be the first to see the work and meet the artists at free opening. Presented by Crafting the Future, ORIGINS and The Color Network, the exhibition showcases artists with diverse approaches to the medium – from production vessels to tapestries and wall hangings to large-scale installations.
Friday, February 4: Blur-Free Art Exploration on Penn Avenue
It’s a new year and it’s time to discover new arts. This roaming open house style event highlights everything new at Bloomfield and Garfield from 4800 to 5500 Penn Ave. Step into cultural and shopping destinations, take yoga workshops and dance classes, collect gifts from the PGH Workshop, explore exhibits at Silver Eye, Bunker Projects, and BOOM Concepts, and support local restaurants and breweries.
Friday, February 4: Chinese New Year celebration at the Maridon Museum
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Head straight to Butler to celebrate Chinese New Year with musical entertainment by the Jim Cunningham Quartet, Asian dance performances by Steel Dragon, appetizers and refreshments. Based on lunar cycles and celebrated around the world, Lunar New Year 2022 ushers in the Year of the Tiger. If you haven’t yet visited the only museum in Western PA specifically focused on Asian art and culture, then tonight is the perfect opportunity. To buy tickets.
Friday, February 4: Far Away Free Stream from the Quantum Theater
If you missed Quantum’s acclaimed digital work when it premiered last winter, you’re in luck. You still have a weekend to experience this new presentation further updated with improved color grading and sound. Written by groundbreaking British playwright Caryl Churchill, the highly prescient production is described as a “surreal portrait of a descent into a hyper-partisan future”. You won’t want to miss seeing fabulous hat costumer Susan Tsu curated and the cinematic art of Joe Seamans and Mark Knobil. Watch for free.
Saturday February 5: Through Our Lens: Inspired by Charles “Teenie” Harris at the 38a Gallery
12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Artists Njaimeh Njie and Dominick McDuffie will guide you through their process of photographing the everyday environment during this series of workshops presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art. Using the work of prolific photographer and Hill District native Charles “Teenie” Harris as a springboard, the series kicks off in East Liberty, where participants will explore the environment while documenting people and places. To buy tickets.
Saturday, February 5: Give Me Liberty: East Liberty Celebrates MLK at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
After being snowed in on January 22, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and BOOM Concepts are co-hosting this signature MLK event on a new date. Highlighting the life, legacy and activism of Dr. King, the Neighborhood Celebration empowers citizens to use their own voices and stories to transform the world and achieve justice. Engaging activities and performances will be led by Women of Visions, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and others. To buy tickets.
Saturday, February 5: Park After Dark: Owl Prowl at Hartwood Acres
Bundle up and head out into the urban wilderness to explore the fascinating world of owls. Led by county park rangers, the winter hike will traverse between 2 and 3 miles with moderate elevation changes. Free registration.
Saturday, February 5: Virtual Beer Tasting with the Mount Lebanon Public Library
Beer and books will converge during this winter happy hour. Join the Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library to chat with local beer lovers and take a video tour of Mindful Brewing Co. Sample four craft beers while supporting this vital community center. Buy your ticketthen pick up a $25 specialty four-pack at Aware to Castle Shannon, which donates $10 from each sale to the library.
Saturday February 5: Infinite Kittens Sketch Show at the Arcade Comedy Theater
What happens when ‘confused plumbers, glory-hungry teachers, parents of ultimate footballers, awkward colleagues, clueless QVC hosts and murder hornets’ come together? Find out when this sketch comedy about life’s everyday absurdities shakes the stage. To buy tickets.
Sunday February 6: Honkey Tonk Brunch at the Spirit
Have a side of classic country, bluegrass and old music—plus some obscure tunes thrown in for flavor—during this brunch event in Lawrenceville. Help yourself to third parties as musician and Washington native Dave Shepherd maintains the soundtrack.
Sunday February 6: virtual conversation with Avi
For its next Words & Pictures event, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures welcomes award-winning author Newberry Avi. In his latest novel, ‘Loyalty’, young readers are transported to the Revolutionary War to meet a boy who flees with his family to Boston and becomes a spy for the British after his father is killed by militia. rebels. Free registration.
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