Pittsburgh Art Events: April 8-14

Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring lecture series, opera, drag murder mysteries, and more!

A person in a corset and a cape walks a fashion runway
Model walking in last year's Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Show // Photo by David Bachman, courtesy of Pittsburgh Opera

Monday, April 8


Fashion Show 2024. Pittsburgh Opera’s Bitz Opera Factory. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 6:30 p.m.



Architectural Workers United: Consensus-Building Workshop. Presented virtually by Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. 12:30-1 p.m.


Brooke Keesling: Women in Animation Speaker Series. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St., Oakland. 5 p.m.


Ten Evenings with Hernan Diaz. Carnegie Music Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Also streaming online. 7:30 p.m.


CANCELLED: Terence Blanchard & Damon Young: Creating Worlds Through Jazz. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.



Ying Quartet with Xavier Foley. Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.



Benedum Center Tour. Benedum Center. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. 1:30 p.m. Continues through April 29.

Byham Theater Tour. Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. 3:30 p.m. Continues through April 29.

Tuesday, April 9


Cliff Barnes. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.


Christian McBride. August Wilson Cultural Center. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.


Aria412 Opera Group presents Walk on the Wild Side Show. Hop Farm Brewing. 5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 7-9 p.m.


Student Side-by-Side. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.


Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones: Excerpts in Concert. Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. 8 p.m.



Vivian Ann Davidson Hewitt Lecture: Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 4400 Forbes Ave, Oakland. 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10


Comfort with Rage: A Conversation. Fine Arts Auditorium 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 5:30 p.m.


Celine Cousteau. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Night Rider. The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. 8 p.m.

Three people stand laughing in the foreground as a large crowd gathers in the background
The Creative Hive arts networking event // Photo by Patrick Fisher

Thursday, April 11


Studio Art Student Talks. Fine Arts Auditorium 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 12 p.m.


Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Benedum Center. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.



The Creative Hive. Latin American Cultural Center. 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland. 5:30-7:30 p.m.



Sean D. Enright & Courtney Sage Poetry Book Releases & Readings. Poetry Lounge. 313 North Ave., Millvale. 6-7 p.m.


Book Discussion Group: “The Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town.” Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall. 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie. 7-8 p.m.



Live! at Kingfly w/The Pleaktunes Trio ft Mariko Reid. Kingfly Spirits. 2613 Smallman St., Strip District. 7-10 p.m.



Jena Friedman. Bottlerocket Social Hall. 1226 Arlington Ave., Allentown. 8 p.m.



Grief Cake. Bunker Projects. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 5-8 p.m and Sundays 12-2 p.m. Continues through May 3.

A woman with her head covered in a green scarf speaks before a crowd in a bookstore
Performer Ashley Reign performing in RealTime Arts' Khuraki // Photo by Heather Mull, courtesy of RealTime Arts

Friday, April 12

Wavy Wednesday: WHERE DID YOUR CHRIST COME FROM? 937 Liberty. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through June 2.


Anna Lapwood, organist: In Concert! St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church. 311 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon. 7:30 p.m.


Fascinatin’ Rhythm: A Gershwin Celebration. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through April 14.



Visions by Bodiography. Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 7 p.m. Continues through April 14.


Murder at the Opera House. Slyfox Brewery. 46 S 4th St., South Side. 7-9 p.m.


Khūrākī: A Culinary-Theatrical Experience Celebrating Afghanistan. Hillman Center for the Arts. 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 14.


Dinah: A Musical Revue. Madison Arts Center. 3401 Milwaukee Street, Polish Hill. 8 p.m. Continues through April 28.



Rhythm and Threads. S Craig St., Oakland. 12-6 p.m.



Dream the Heavy Record Release. Spirit Lounge. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Theatrical scene of four people on stage. In the foreground a woman with a blue-and-white dress stands beside a man in a suit
Delana Flowers and Les Howard from Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre's 2015 production of Dinah, returning for the 2024 production // Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

Saturday, April 13

Song Shop Concert. Bitz Opera Factory. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 12 p.m.


An Evening with Chrome Moses. McCormick Dorman VFW Post 694. 3014 West Liberty Ave., South Hills. 7 p.m.


Bell Family - Featuring Poogie Bell and Winston Bell. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.



Holi Festival of Colors. Level Up Studios. 4836 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 11:30 a.m.



Our Very Own Bedtime Story. Trust Arts Education Center. 805 Liberty Ave, Downtown. 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.



Spill the Tea Drag Brunch. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14


Sharing Experiences of Black Creatives. Bitz Opera Factory. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 2 p.m.


Susan Muaddi Darraj: Writing & Literature as Forms of Care. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 3:30-4:30 p.m.



Safe Passage: An Art Show and Fundraiser for Nadin Abdullatif and Her Family to Evacuate Gaza. Community Forge. 1256 Franklin Ave., Wilkinsburg. 5-8 p.m.



Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble. Carnegie Music Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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