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Monday, Nov. 1: August Wilson’s Hill District Virtual Tour
What was the Hill District was like when August Wilson grew up there? Take a virtual storytelling tour led by Doors Open Pittsburgh to discover how this iconic neighborhood inspired the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright to pen some of his most acclaimed plays, including “Jitney,” “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson.” Highlights include Wilson’s former Bedford Ave. home, St. Benedict the Moor Church, Freedom Corner and the Crawford Grill jazz club. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, Nov. 3: Walking The Healing Path
Three years after 11 people lost their lives in an antisemitic attack at the Tree of Life / Or L’Simcha synagogue building, The 10.27 Healing Partnership and Venture Outdoors are coming together to provide a therapeutic and educational space for those directly and indirectly affected by the horrific shooting, as well as the greater Pittsburgh community. Through building connections, the guided walk will foster mutual healing and well-being. Register for free.
Wednesday, Nov. 3: Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Creativity
Should artificial intelligence play a role in shaping human creativity? City of Asylum teams up with CMU to address this thought-provoking question during an online panel discussion. Scholars and scientists from local universities — including a worldwide leader in AI — will explore the intersection of technology in creative practices including music, architecture and literature. Register for free.
Thursday, Nov. 4: Virtual Artist Talk with Mikael Owunna
Step into the studio — virtually — of multimedia artist, Mikael Owunna, who will talk about how he works with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paint to create “cosmic portraits that transfigure Black bodies from sites of death and state violence into vessels of eternal life.” As artist-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Owunna is experimenting with fluorescence in glass to explore the intersection of visual art with engineering, optics, Blackness and African cosmologies. Register for free.
Thursday, Nov. 4: Radial Survey Vol. 2 Opening Party at Silver Eye Center for Photography
Silver Eye is turning its lens to leading photographers from around the region. Don’t miss the opening party (get tickets before it sells out) for Radial Survey Vol. II, showcasing eight artists from locations that are “too often overlooked in the national photography conversation.” Silver Eye created the biennial to meet a need it identified in the cultural landscape — elevating contemporary photography in the 300-mile radius surrounding Pittsburgh — between the art centers of NYC and Chicago. The opening will be followed by a free, two-day symposium on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. with the featured artists and regional scholars.
Friday, Nov. 5: Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn
Walk your way through the newest cultural happenings in Bloomfield and Garfield. Spanning 4800 to 5500 Penn Ave., the neighborhood open house offers culture crawlers the chance to experience creativity and commerce firsthand — from photography, dance, yoga and live music, to spoken word, performance, cuisine and glass art. Pop into to classes, explore art exhibitions, meet makers and local business owners and more.
Friday, Nov. 5: Homestead Live Fridays along Eighth Ave.
Head to Homestead to explore the neighborhood’s Eighth Ave. business district with programming at more than 12 venues. Featured events include a craft vendor market, live music, bites and drinks, and performances. In the Bost Building, check out the exhibition, Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective, to see paintings by the Mon Valley artist depicting the historic small-town streets of her childhood.
Friday, Nov. 5: Spencer at The Harris Theater
5:30 & 8 p.m.
While we’re all eagerly awaiting season 5 of “The Crown,” we can get a dose of Diana in Pablo Larraín’s 2021 film starring Kristen Stewart as the Princess of Wales. The biographical drama follows Diana’s decision — during the 1991 Christmas season — to end her marriage to Prince Charles (played by Jack Farthing) and leave the British royal family. Buy tickets.
Friday, Nov. 5: Carnegie Awards Celebration at Carnegie Science Center
Meet the scientists, educators, technologists and business leaders who are making a big difference in Pittsburgh and beyond. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the awards program will honor innovators in eight categories whose work has driven significant economic or societal benefit in western PA. Benefiting STEM programs at the Science Center, the event includes drinks, food and explosive science demonstrations. Buy tickets.
Friday, Nov. 5: Tim Dillon at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor Tim Dillon is bringing “A Real Hero” show to the Burgh. Named one of the “top 1o comics you need to know” by Rolling Stone in 2017, Dillon has perfumed at international festivals, premiered specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, and is host of The Tim Dillon Show. Buy tickets.
Friday, Nov. 5: KARLOFF The Man and the Monster at the New Hazlett Theater
Spooky season does not end in October. Prime Stage Theatre returns to live performance with a production illuminating Boris Karloff’s prolific 60-year career. Written by Randy Browser, the one-act multimedia show starring David Nackman traces the origins of Karloff’s rise as one of film’s most renowned monsters. Born William Henry Pratt, the Grammy-winning English actor starred as Frankenstein’s monster and the voice of The Grinch, and is revered for instilling his characters with humanity and vulnerability. Directed by Art DeConciliis, the story also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the first “Frankenstein” movie which opened Nov. 21, 1931. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Global Conference on Health & Climate Change
5 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The time to take action on climate change is here. As the COP26 UN climate change conference continues in Glasgow, this virtual symposium will focus on climate justice and pandemic recovery. Presented by Phipps and the One Health Commission, the day of conversation, learning and breakout sessions will galvanize health professionals who are driving ambitious climate action around the globe. The goal is to call on governments, businesses and institutions to foster a healthy and resilient recovery from COVID-19. Register for free.
Saturday, Nov. 6: PGH Vintage Mixer at Nova Place
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
One of the things Pittsburghers missed the most during the pandemic shutdown was the chance to spark spontaneous conversations and enjoy people-watching at cool events like the PGH Vintage Mixer. The hunt for treasures must go on and there’s no better place to do it than at this one-of-a-kind happening. Equal parts flea market, swap meet, antique mall and thrift store, the thoughtfully curated fair gathers 50 of the region’s top sellers of authentic vintage goods under one roof. It’s so fitting that it’s held inside the former Allegheny Center Mall, where the kitsch, conversation and collectibles will flow.
Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7: Crash The Carnegies
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
You don’t need to be an A-lister to crash this party. The name Carnegie is synonymous with Pittsburgh and you’re invited to celebrate a legacy of public cultural institutions that’s 125 years in the making. All weekend long, admission to Carnegie Library and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History is free. Getting in on the fun will be The Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center and a host of regional organizations that will present performances, art and science activities, tours of the historic Oakland campus and storytelling events. The festivities will also include a sensory-friendly space, teen projects and a scavenger hunt. Register for free.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement at The Frick Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A captivating exhibition of 100 works — many never before shown outside of the U.K. — is coming to Pittsburgh for the final stop on a nationwide tour. Discover how a revolutionary group of artists and makers posed “bold questions about art and society that still feel fresh today.” Culled from one of the world’s largest Pre-Raphaelite collections, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, stained glass, textiles and decorative arts. Tracing 60 years, it weaves the story of pioneering figures for the first time in-depth — from the progressive Pre-Raphaelites to the innovative Arts and Crafts movement. Viewers will learn about artists who genuinely believed in the timeless capacity of art as a force for social good. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Autumn Changes Hike at South Park
Autumn in Western PA is dazzling but will be over before you know it, so don’t miss this guided hike through the South Park Game Preserve. Led by park rangers, the two-mile hike will focus on the season of transition and beauty — from the vibrant colors of leaves to the peculiar behaviors of wildlife preparing for winter. Register for free.
Saturday, Nov. 6: TedX Pittsburgh at The Andy Warhol Museum
If you could place something in a time capsule, what would you leave behind for future generations? For its return to the physical stage, TEDxPittsburgh takes inspiration from the Pop Art guru himself to explores this question at a moment in time like no other. Throughout the last 13 years of his life, Andy Warhol placed hundreds of thousands of personal objects into 600 Time Capsules. In his hometown, Pittsburghers will find out what the artist’s own nephew, Donald Warhola, has to say about the thought-provoking topic, and how Barry Kerzin — physician to the 14th Dalai Lama – would approach the subject. Also stepping up to the mic will be geneticist Sidney Kushner, computer scientist Lining Yao and Feyisola Akintola, manager of Pittsburgh’s Office of Equity. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Owl Prowl with Bob Mulvihill at Wingfield Pines
Layer up for this twilight trek through the Wingfield Pines conservation area to search for everybody’s favorite nocturnal bird of prey. Led by National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill, you’ll search for and learn about various owl species found in and around the area. Get to know the adaptations and behaviors of owls, and learn to identify who-o-o is calling out to you in the night. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Title Town Funk & Soul Party at Spirit
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Groove your way into fall with five hours of soul and funk spun on old-school wax during one of the most popular dance parties in the 412. You’ll be uplifted by everything from Motown, Stax and disco, to Latin boogaloo, Northern Soul and retro R&B culled from the DJs’ vast collections of hand-picked vinyl 45s spanning regional scenes and bygone eras.
Sunday, Nov. 7: EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler
Who needs easy, moderate and challenging courses when you can pound the pavement along customized Pittsburgh-themed routes? Returning in person, this race with a local twist will instill runners with a deep sense of hometown pride. Lace up and test your stamina along the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Mile, the Cookie Table Mile, the Pittsburgh Parking Chair Mile and even the Kennywood’s Open Mile. As you break a sweat and get fit, you’ll celebrate everything’s that’s ionic and quirky about our region — from sports legends to the way we eat our French fries, pickles and pierogies, even the way we speak Pittsburghese. Celebrate your triumphs at the finish line party near Liberty Ave. and 6th St. Register now.
For more things to do, check out 13 November events not to miss in Pittsburgh.
For live music, read 18 best concerts in Pittsburgh this November, from Bob Dylan to Bad Religion.
For family events, see Top 10 events for Pittsburgh kids in November.
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