What to do that week, from Fingers Over Deutschtown to the Larger Pittsburgh Meals Truck Pageant: July 12-18

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Tuesday, July 13: JazzLive at the Allegheny Overlook
5-7 p.m.
Prolific percussionist, composer and producer James Johnson III brings his quintet to the AO tonight for the free BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive series. Emceed by Bob Studebaker, the concert also features a Brew Gentlemen beer garden and food trucks.

Wednesday, July 14: RustBuilt Pittsburgh Startup Breakfast Club at Cafe Raymond
8-10 a.m.
Start your day — and perk up your business acumen — with Josh Fabian, founder of the gaming platform Metafy. During the talk and Q&A, Fabian will discuss the latest gaming industry trends and share his insights about launching companies. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, July 14: Movies on the Mon: Adventureland
7 p.m.
We can’t think of a better locale to watch Greg Mottola’s 2009 comedy set in 1987 in a “rundown amusement park in western Pennsylvania” than down along the Mon. John Gresh will supply the tunes and PA Libations will sell drinks from its new Bar Car — aka a vintage Airstream — at this free outdoor movie series.

Thursday, July 15: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historics at Pitt-Race Complex
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seeking speed? One of the PVGP’s most popular events revs up today with four days of fierce, heart-pounding competition between iconic Corvettes, Jaguars and Porches and more. See brave racers master a 400-acre motorsports facility featuring a 2.8-mile course, 19 turns following the landscape’s natural elevation and one of the fastest tracks around. Visit the drivers and vintage cars in the paddock and watch the exhilarating races. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

Thursday, July 15: Hotline Ring Collective Virtual Fundraiser
6-10 p.m.
Help burn up the phone lines to benefit 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Dreams of Hope, The Legacy Arts Project, PearlArts and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Hosted by KST Executive Director Joseph Hall, the virtual fundraiser features nonprofit leaders, live musical and dance performances, interactive games and interviews within a variety show format.

Thursday, July 15: Union & Protest Songs – Their History & How to Use Them Today
7:30-9 p.m.
How do protest songs empower political movements, help musicians speak out about political reform and shape world events? Join cultural anthropologist and music historian Edwin Everhart — director of the Pittsburgh Labor Choir — for this online program hosted by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Learn how to teach songs to a large group, the meaning of “zipper songs,” how to use chants and more. Register for free.

Thursday, July 15: Steve Treviño at Pittsburgh Improv
8 p.m.
Rising star Mexican-American comic Steve Treviño kicks off a six-show run tonight at The Waterfront venue. The Texas native has headlined specials for Amazon, Netflix and Showtime. After his rigorous touring schedule came to a screeching halt due to the pandemic, Treviño produced his new pandemic comedy special, “My Life In Quarantine.” Don’t miss this chance to experience his tongue-in-cheek take on everyday struggles IRL. Buy tickets.

Steve Treviño. Photo by Terry Stewart.

Friday, July 16: Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
It’s worth the 25-mile drive (more time to build up your appetite) to “Little Washington” to chow down at this “culinary road map” showcasing 32 of the region’s fave food trucks. Taste your way through the best food on four wheels while enjoying live entertainment, craft beer and wine, an artisan market and family activities. Just scanning the extensive three-day lineup induces hunger pangs: Wood Stoked Oven, Evil Swine BBQ, Waffles Pizza … to name a few.

Friday, July 16: Book Launch for The Red Door: An Historical Memoir of the Squirrel Hill Cafe
5-9 p.m.
What stories lurk behind the bright red door leading to one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic watering holes? Calling all Squirrel Cage regulars (and newbies too) for the launch of a new book penned by bartenders Jan Cavrak and Leslie Anne Mcilroy. Cavrak will read from and sign copies and books will be for sale during the release party.

Friday, July 16: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at South Park Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.
The Nashville-by-way-of-Pittsburgh country duo, Lakeview, takes the stage at South Park with their blend of soulful country music and storytelling. Opening the free concert is Bay & Kay.

Friday, July 16: Phipps Virtual Environmental Film Series
8 p.m.
Join Phipps for an online screening and discussion of “Gather,” a powerful portrait of Native Americans reclaiming their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the aftermath of genocide in Arizona, South Dakota and California. Register for free.

Saturday, July 17: James Simon Art and Sculpture Tour at 303 Gist St.
10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Stroll down one of Pittsburgh’s most creative blocks to experience a street gallery during this Doors Open tour led by local artist James Simon. Pop into Simon’s eclectic studio to see his latest work — including 15-foot sculptures of Appalachian musicians — and observe the process of turning thousands of pounds of clay into figurative art. You can even wander through Simon’s bamboo gardens amidst some friendly chickens. Buy tickets.

Bicycle Mural, Laura McLaughlin.

Saturday, July 17: Superhero Escape Adventure Hunt
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Assemble your A-list crew and activate your superpowers to help save the world from the diabolical schemes of “Boris and Valencia Sinister.” Using “time-traveling portals” found around the city, your crime-fighting team will hunt for clues hidden at famous historic landmarks. Buy tickets.

Saturday, July 17: Hands Over Deutschtown in Allegheny Commons Park
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Deutschtown Music Festival may still be on hiatus, but its organizers are determined to bring live music to the North Side. Check out live acts on three outdoor stages, catch a Squonk Opera premiere attend a grand opening party at The Government Center’s new location and more. The mini-fest includes a vendor market, food trucks, backstage tours and family activities. View a schedule.

Saturday, July 17: Oakland Summer Music Series
6-9 p.m.
Live music is popping up all over the Burgh this summer. Tonight Oakland Avenue will be teeming with music by DJ Chevy, Franchise, Black Fountain and Hollywood, drink specials and games. Bonus: admission and parking are free.

Saturday, July 17: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
12-5 p.m.
The place to be this afternoon is Carnegie Museum of Art, where the outdoor courtyard will be animated by music from DJ Femi and site-specific performances by Dreams of Hope. Rounding out the free summer fun will be drop-in family-friendly art activities, food trucks and a Café Carnegie bar with custom snacks, wine and local suds.

Saturday, July 17: Music on the Mon at SouthSide Works’ North Lot
7-10 p.m.
Tap your toes to the tunes of the Honky Tonk Jukebox led by local musician Jon Bindley and friends. The free outdoor fun includes lawn games, food trucks and the PA Libations Bar Car — aka a vintage Airstream.

Sunday, July 18: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres
7:30 p.m.
Head to scenic Hartwood Acres to be lulled by the sounds of Brooklyn folk-rock trio, The Lone Bellow and Pittsburgh band, Andre Costello & The Cool Minors. The free concert series includes craft beer from Hop Farm Brewing and a rotating lineup of food trucks.

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