Pittsburgh Art Events: February 19-25

Explore Pittsburgh’s arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring collage photography, music paired with artistic projections, Shrek improv, and more!

Project of a sun figure with eyes shown peeking over a green strip with a purple background
Projection by Steven Haines from Code & Crematory // Photo courtesy of Sommelier

Monday, February 19

The Limits of Vision: A Talk By Laura Harrison. A guest lecture in the Women in Animation Series by Laura Harrison. Laura Harrison will speak on her animation work which explores diaspora, transhumanism, gender, and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St, Oakland. 5-7 p.m.

Joe Iconis & Family. Join musical theater composer Joe Iconis and family in an intimate yet explosive set of Joe’s funny and hummable character songs. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Indigo de Souza. 91.3 WYEP presents Indigo De Souza, with a musical set that follows the artist's journey of self discovery. Indigo De Souza is opened by Truth Club. Thunderbird Café and Music Hall. 4029 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 7 p.m.

The Paranoyds w/Century III. A groovy R&B and lo-fi punk performance. Spirit Lounge. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20

James Johnson III Group. A night of jazz with James Johnson, a versatile percussionist, composer, and producer. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21

Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Discover how art provides imprisoned people with a voice in an in-person lecture featuring Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, author of Making Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Presented as part of the 10th Annual Black History Month Lecture by the History Center’s African American Program. Heinz History Center. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. 5:30-7 p.m.

The Life and Music of George Michael. A celebration of the career of international superstar George Michael that will have you on your feet singing along to Michael’s hits, including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Freedom,” and more! Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.

Woman with a retro blonde hairstyle, pink lips, and a white outfit holds a blue circular item
o_Man!'s Kelli Connell and Natalie Krick, Model Holding a Globe, 2022 // Photo courtesy of the Silver Eye Center for Photography

Thursday, February 22

Art Deco Skyscrapers. A presentation in conjunction with the book Art Deco Skyscrapers where you will learn about the underappreciated architectural landmarks from across the United States. Ollie's Gastropub - Embassy Suites. 535 Smithfield St., Downtown. 5-6:30 p.m.

Words & Pictures with A.S. King. Lecture with Y.A. Author A.S. King on her newest book Attack of the Black Rectangles, which explores book censorship in schools. Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 6-7 p.m.

o_Man! Opening Reception and Artists Talk. Gallery opening and artist talkback with Kelli Connell and Natalie Krick. In o_Man!, the artists use collage, reappropriation, and wordplay to challenge photography’s past. Silver Eye Center for Photography. 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 6-8 p.m.

Body Doubles Symposium. A three-day symposium exploring sound practices that use the human body as an interface to sense, perceive, and create new artistic expressions. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St., Oakland. 6-7 p.m. Continues through February 24.

Blank Tape: Artist and Curator Talk. Join Curator Lena Hansen to hear about her exhibition, Blank Tape. Blank Tape explores the ubiquity of surveillance technology and draws connections to gender identity, national identity, international politics, and sex work. The Brew House. 711 S 21st St., South Side. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Right TurnClyde Experience '24 Listening Party. A listening party for The Right TurnClyde’s evolution of music. Steamworks Creative. 4967 Route 8 Suite 6, Gibsonia. 7-9 p.m.

Friday, February 23

I Made It! Market Artist Gathering. A happy hour event for artists and crafters looking to find a community. Velum Fermentation. 2120 Jane St., South Side. 5-8 p.m.

Lit Friday: Emmai Alaquiva. A literary-focused virtual salon featuring Emmy Award winner, director, writer, and activist, Emmai Alaquiva, who will discuss his latest documentary The Ebony Canal. Presented virtually by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 6-7 p.m.

Exception to the Rule. A play by Dave Harris that follows six high school students in detention waiting for the teacher to arrive. Alumni Theater Company. 6601 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. 7-9 p.m. Continues through February 25.

Skeleton Crew. Tomé Cousin directs the third of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy. barebones black box theater. 1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock. 8 p.m. Continues through March 10.

Fiddler on the Roof. Experience the music of Fiddler on the Roof live featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Pittsburgh CLO. Directed and choreographed by Gustavo Zajac. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through February 25.

Shrek Start Improv. An improv show that takes place “once upon a time, in a far away swamp.” Arcade Comedy Theater. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 9-10:20 p.m.

Faded photo of a white man with glasses, black and gray hat, and a blue sweater installing a colorful mural on a wall
Mosaic artist Virgil Cantini from Preserving Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Man // Photo courtesy of the Heinz History Center

Saturday, February 24

Fiddlesticks Musical Exploration: A Walk on the Wild Side. A symphony for the whole family, where Fiddlesticks will introduce his favorite musical creatures to the tune of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 11:15 a.m.

Jasmine Green: Earring Painting Workshop and Show Closing. An earring painting workshop to close out Jasmine Green’s solo show at the Lohr Gallery. Presented by Casey Droege Cultural Productions and Wilkinsburg Cultural Development Corporation. The Lohr Gallery. 725 Wood St, Wilkinsburg. 12-3 p.m.

Beyond the Brand: Fashion Brand Essentials. Join Tamara Rochelle Boyd of T.Rochelle Designs LLC for a professional development workshop that will teach designers how to establish and secure a brand identity within the fashion industry. Revitalize Wikinsburg. 900 Wood lSt. (Room 7), Wilkinsburg. 1-4 p.m.

Tumblr as Home. An art exhibit featuring work by Aletheia, 2020K, Fables, Sam Brown, and Evelyn’s Reverie. Curated by Emma Riva and Aletheia. 843 Holland Ave., Wilkinsburg. 6-9 p.m. Continues through March.

“GRWM” Runway Experience. A night of celebration of Black hair, Black culture, and the Black experience through a runway collection, dance performances, Black-owned shops, and a mini-documentary, all curated by Imani Batts. Velum Fermentation. 2120 Jane St., South Side. 6-10 p.m.

Code & Crematory - Music + Projection Show. Debut of performance collaborations between bands and visual projection artists including Sommelier, Friendly Spinach Bala Rise & the Uprising, Lindsey Shaw Loose Rhetoric, and more! The Mr. Roboto Project. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 7 p.m.

The Platelets with Mike Moscato. See two rock acts in one night including genre crossing rock originals and covers by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Grateful Dead. Dormont VFW Hall. 3014 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 7 p.m.

A woman sings in a mic in front of a person playing the piano and beside a person playing electric guitar
Tania Grubbs quartet playing at Con Alma // Photo courtesy of Tania Grubbs

Sunday, February 25

Preserving Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Man. Join the Italian American Program for a celebration and panel discussion of Italian-born Pittsburgh-based visual artist Virgil Cantini and his 60-foot-long mosaic, which has been relocated at the Steel T Plaza Station. Heinz History Center. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. 12-2 p.m.

Tania Grubbs Quartet. An evening of jazz featuring vocalist Tania Grubbs, pianist Cliff Barnes, bassist Jeff Grubbs, and drummer James Johnson III. Con Alma Downtown. 613 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5-8 p.m.

Cuban Night with Hugo Cruz and the Caminos. A night of Afro-Cuban, Cuban, and American rhythms and melodies in an original contemporary expression that honors traditional Cuban form. Kingfly Spirits 2613 Smallman St., Strip District. 6-9 p.m.

Monthly LGTBQ+ Theatre Jam Session. Join LGBTQ+ theatre folx of all backgrounds to share talents, ideas, and performances. Benedum Center Seventh Floor Conference Room. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 7-9 p.m.

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