What to do in Pittsburgh this week, from Pittontatonk to the Allegheny County Music Competition: August 30th via September fifth
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Wednesday September 1st: National Aviary Hike A-Thon
Take to the trails to connect with nature while supporting the important environmental protection. Hike, walk, cycle, bird watch and explore wherever you are. The first hike-a-thon of the aviary offers several registration options for solo hikers or teams. The funds raised will help the aviary care for more than 500 animals and participate in international conservation efforts. Buy tickets.
Wednesday September 1st: Real Talk with Founders Online
If you are like us you will love eating at Choolaah Indian BBQ. Get firsthand business advice now from the co-founder and co-CEO of popular restaurant Raji Sankar. Sankar – who is also co-CEO of Pittsburgh-based multi-concept restaurant development company Wholesome International – and his business partner are the future speaker at Acdner’s next Real Talk salon. The couple is supported by Lou Camerlengo fivestar *, co-founder and president of the Pittsburgh-based company, to share key leadership strategies that affect a company’s bottom line. Register for free and ask your burning questions.
Wednesday September 1st: Films on Monday: Flash Dance
Cut (and stretch!) Whether you loved it in 1983 or wondering what all the fuss is about, there’s no better place to see this iconic Rome drama that was filmed in Pittsburgh than down on Mon! With Jennifer Beals as an 18-year-old dancer working in a steel mill dreaming of becoming a ballerina, the flick became a music video inspiration. The free movie night begins with an In Bed By Ten dance party.
Wednesday September 1st: Hugo Cruz and Caminos in Alphabet City
Help City of Asylum open its doors to welcome audiences back to face-to-face events. Summer’s dog days get even hotter when Hugo Cruz and Caminos fill the North Side stage with their energetic, Cuban fusion sounds, rhythms and melodies. Viewers can also follow the live stream from home. Register for free.
Thursday, September 2nd: Justice and fair play in women’s sport today panel discussion
Inspired by his current exhibition “Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960”, The Frick Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Women and Girls Foundation, is organizing a discussion about “the current state of affairs for athletes, coaches and coaches in the world of women’s sports. “The online panel discussion will focus on equal pay, trans rights, motherhood and more. Buy tickets.
Thursday, September 2nd: Jacob Haupt: Real to Me at the Silver Eye Center for Photography
02.09. – 23.10.2021
See how photographer Jacob Haupt uses handmade props and costumes – along with himself, his wife and daughter, and friends as cast members – to explore what he calls “the tragedy of growing up.” In his new exhibition Real to Me, Haupt examines his personal feelings, ideas of nostalgia, pop culture and family, staged and fictional worlds and more. Don’t miss the free artist talk tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 2nd, Kickoff and Rib Festival at Heinz Field
Prepare for five delicious days, stick with your ribs, good ribs. Greet the new football season with fellow fans during this Labor Day tradition. In addition to national rib sellers, there are fun games, rides, music from The Clarks, a run walk, and much more. Buy tickets.
Thursday September 2nd: Inside Out at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Mercury will soar in the CMOA’s Sculpture Square when DJs from Pittsburgh’s popular Afroheat! Dance party take over the scene. The free happy hour event includes local food trucks and a Cafe Carnegie Bar with custom snacks, kid-friendly treats, wine and beer.
Thursday, September 2nd: Community Block Party in the mattress factory
The mattress factory is celebrating the first personal exhibition opening in 2021 with a free block party and an opening reception. Check out the brand new exhibition, located here, featuring new work from five emerging Pittsburgh artists: Gavin Andrew Benjamin, Naomi Chambers, Justin Emmanuel Dumas, Njaimeh Njie and Harrison Kinnane Smith. Curated by Sean Beauford and Sylvia Rhor Samaniego, the home here focuses on topics of community conversation and equality in the arts. The free event includes art activities, music from HUNY, and the ShadoBeni food stand.
Thursday, September 2nd: Nerd Nite at Spirit
With titles like “Watergate Weirdness” and “Did Al Gore Invent the Internet?” How can you miss that? Forget TEDx and Pacha Kucha, Nerd Nite is. return. A mix of lecture series, happy hour, and college orientation, this lively happening features 15-minute presentations on everything from science and technology to pop culture and general nerdery – and a fun atmosphere that encourages audiences to ask and ask questions Networking to play games.
Friday September 3rd: Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves at the Carnegie Museum of Art
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The latest exhibition from CMOA brings together the work of a groundbreaking skilled painter and a contemporary young sculptor. Works by Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) from the 1960s to 2000s are presented alongside more recent sculptural assemblages by Jessi Reaves (* 1986). Every artist creates thought-provoking work that boldly grapples with topics related to decorative, domestic and physical concepts while incorporating lyrical, playful and engaging forms. Viewers will encounter Murray’s acclaimed broken canvases depicting “cartoonish domestic scenes and still lifes,” along with Reaves’ stunning, surreal sculptures of torn, recombined, and reupholstered furniture.
Friday, September 3rd: A blurred art crawl along Penn Avenue
Stroll through the Penn Avenue arts district and find out what’s new in Bloomfield and Garfield. Take yoga or dance classes, pick up handicrafts from Workshop PGH, explore exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Most Wanted Fine Art and Boom Concepts, and support local restaurants and breweries.
Friday, September 3rd: Pittontatonk Brass Festival in Schenley Park
4 pm-11 pm
It’s not May Day, but that won’t stop one of the coolest music festivals in Pittsburgh from storming, winking, and cheering. The highly anticipated return of Pittontatonk is an uplifting beacon in challenging times. With no stages, no velvet ropes and no fees, the jubilant festival dissolves the boundaries between performers and audience by promoting authentic and “euphoric” musical experiences. The power of live music will resonate with performances by 15 global bands – from Mexico City to Motor City to New York City. New this year is a special Pittonk collaborative beer with East End Brewing, grocery vendors, and an Arts Greenhouse showcase from social and environmental justice organizations.
Friday, September 3rd: Soul Food Fest on the market square
Get a soulful taste of Burgh at this weeklong celebration that highlights the area’s black kitchen and butcher businesses. Take part in the BBQ competition, see a historical map of Pittsburgh’s Black Wall Street, and groove to live music from Roger Humphreys & RH Factor, Bill Henry Band, DJ Kid Capri, and more. In addition to western PA vendors selling specialized groceries, the delicious fun also includes a Minority Vendors Plaza, Kids Fun Zone, and guest speakers. Your taste buds will thank you.
Friday, September 3rd: Haiti friends benefit at Tree Pittsburgh
Authentic Haitian cuisine and culture will come together when Haiti Friends teams up with Tree Pittsburgh to host this fundraiser. Enjoy Haitian BBQ by Bon Goutin from Miami and watch the documentary “Madan Sara”, which explores the community of market women in the Caribbean island nation. The proceeds will go towards tree planting efforts in Haiti’s rural Arbonite Valley.
Saturday September 4th: Inside Out at the Carnegie Museum of Art
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The outdoor event series from CMOA, the place where this summer will be, will have a very high priority. Don’t miss this afternoon with music by DJ Soy Sos and site-specific performances by the Kassia Ensemble and Sankofa Village for the Arts Drum and Dance. The free event includes family-friendly art activities, local food trucks, and a Cafe Carnegie Bar serving snacks, wine, and beer.
Saturday 4th September: Monroeville Jazz Festival at the Tall Trees Amphitheater
Monroeville isn’t just for zombies. The 17th annual regional event will feature live music from the Afro-American Music Institute Youth Jazz Ensemble, Tubby Daniels, the John Shannon Trio, and others. A highlight of the Pittsburgh All Star Jazz Extravaganza will be singer Etta Cox. There will be food trucks, libations from the Greenhouse Winery, and a market, and the proceeds will go to donate to animal shelters and pantries in Monroeville.
Saturday, September 4th: Opening reception in the Christine Frechard Gallery
Don’t miss this double exhibition and free opening reception at the Lawrenceville Contemporary Art Gallery. You can see Cosmogramma by the abstractionist Luis Restoy. In addition to Ecco Homo by the figurative painter Thomas Wharton,
Saturday, September 4th: Kool & The Gang at Rivers Casino
Be on your way when funk sensations Kool & The Gang heat up the casino’s new Event Center. Perhaps best known for their hits, Celebration, the iconic group has garnered two Grammys, 31 gold and platinum albums, and a reputation for being one of the most sampled R&B bands of all time. Buy tickets.
Sunday September 5: Allegheny County Music Festival at Hartwood Acres
After the crowd has livened up Hartwood Acres and South Park all summer, the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series will end with a rocking bang. The Mini-Fest features live music from Sierra Sellers, Funky Fly Project, Meeting of Important People and The Commonheart – as well as food trucks and Hop Farm brew. The highlight of the series is not only a showcase of local music, but also a chance for fans to give back. A suggested donation of $ 20 per car, along with a 50/50 raffle, will go to the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.