Pittsburgh Art Events: February 26-March 4

Explore Pittsburgh’s arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring Ukrainian dubstep, hipster dramedies, Celtic dance, and more!

A smiling person stands in front of a seated audience while wearing a bright yellow beauty pageant-like sash that says "Jagoff"
Irony City’s audience decided “Sarah Morgan is NOT a Jagoff” // Photo courtesy of Irony City

Monday, February 26

Balaklava Blues. A concert by Balaklava Blues, a Ukrainian pop duo that fuses traditional Ukrainian folk traditions with EDM, trap, and dubstep. Tech 35. 112 Saint Joseph St., Mount Oliver. 7-10 p.m.

Lisa Crafts. A lecture by Lisa Crafts as a part of the Women in Animation Series. Lisa Crafts is an animation artist who explores environmental uncertainty, sexuality, creativity, and chaos. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St., Oakland. 5-7 p.m.

Shakespeare Showcase of Finalists. Cheer on local students as they compete for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s best Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.

Movies in the Music Hall: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” A free screening of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) on the big screen of the Music Hall. Andrew Carnegie Library Music Hall. 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27

The Pat O’Donnell Group. A night of jazz with Emmy-nominated and Pittsburgh-based musician, Pat O’Donnell. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28

Out of Uganda. A free film screening of Out of Uganda, a film that follows four young LBGTQ Ugandans fighting for survival as they exile their home country. Presented virtually by ReelQ and in person by City of Asylum. Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 7 p.m.

Sender. A dramedy that follows hipsters chasing the truth and what it means to be an adult that refuses to grow up. Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 8 p.m. Continues through March 1.

Sound Series: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. A concert by Jonathan Richman, a “proto-punk” new wave artist who began performing in the 1970s. This event is primarily standing room only, but accommodations are available by contacting The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. 8 p.m.

Two dancers pose intertwined
taylor knight and anna thompson of slowdanger // Photo courtesy of Shiftworks

Thursday, February 29

Passage. A play that questions who we pledge our allegiance to, directed by Ausar Stewart. Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 8 p.m.

Performance + Public Space with slowdanger. Join an intensive session with slowdanger, a multidisciplinary partnership of taylor knight and anna thompson. The duo will share tips about hosting and integrating performance artists into spaces. Plus,you can sign up for free using this code: WI2024! Presented virtually by Shiftworks. 4-5:30 p.m.

A pattern of colorful black-and-white striped creatures on polka dots
Artwork by Mark Loughney for Abolitionist Expressions: Let's Get Free's Permanent Collection // Photo courtesy of Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Abolitionist Expressions: Let's Get Free's Permanent Collection. An exhibition of art made by people in prison as well as artists in solidarity outside of prison. Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 6 p.m. Continues through June 8.

Celtic Connections. A night of Celtic music featuring the Pipes and Drums of Carnegie Mellon University and Irish dancers from the Bell School of Irish Dance. Linton Middle School. 250 Aster St., Penn Hills. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 18.

Made Local with Cameron Barnett. A free lecture with NAACP Image Award finalist Cameron Barnett on his second book, Murmur. The local author will speak on his poetry that synthesizes African American history to tackle difficult questions. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 6-7 p.m.

Paradox Pirate Party: A Leap Year Birthday Benefit! An evening of pirate performances to benefit the Pittsburgh Savoyards. Celebrate the birthday of Federic from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, with sea shanties, improv games, and pirate hats. Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center. 523 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. 7:30 p.m.

A dancer jumps in the air with their arms and legs spread out, while other dancers stand below them on stage cheering them on
The Tamburitzans // Photo courtesy of WQED

Friday, March 1

WQED & Tamburitzans Cultural Night. A night of cultural immersion, with a performance from The Tamburitzans, food, drink, and traditional dance classes. WQED Studio A. 4802 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 7-9 p.m.

Fearless: Yunchan Lim Plays Rachmaninoff. A classical music concert with Yunchan Lim, the youngest Van Cliburn gold medalist at 19 years old. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through March 3.

B*A Presentations 2024. A series of six-minute presentations from BFA and BXA students at Carnegie Mellon University. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St, Oakland. 5-7 p.m.

Alice By Heart. The regional premiere of the new musical about coming to terms with loss and learning how to move forward, through the classic story of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Theatre Factory. 235 Cavitt Ave, Trafford. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 9.

And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. A multimedia story that follows the real childhood friends of Anne Frank, Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, and their experience surviving the Holocaust. Presented by Prime Stage Theatre. New Hazlett Theater. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 10.

Sommelier / Carini / Bowlcut / Lylyth. A concert with punk rock, psychedelic music, and Americana. Government Center. 715 East St., East Allegheny. 1-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2

Mini Musicians. A music class designed for kids ages 4+ that will explore instruments, discover basic music theory, and have fun! Green Beacon Gallery. 235 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.

Danny Devine Art Exhibition & Screen Printing. An art exhibition that honors the work of late local artist Danny Devine followed by a screen printing demonstration. Refresh PGH. 5450 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 2-6 p.m. Continues through June 2.

Am I the Jagoff? A monthly storytelling comedy show from improv artists, Irony City, and a local comedian. By the end, you’ll help decide who is “the jagoff.” Arcade Comedy Theater. 943 Liberty Ave., East Liberty. 8-9:30 p.m.

Tales from Nairobi: Adam Masava and Mukuru Art Collective. A collective show of African artists and art from the Mukuru area of Nairobi with special guest artist Adam Masava. Ketchup City Creative. 612 Main St., Sharpsburg. 6-9 p.m. Continues through March 29.

Song Shop Concert. A free lunchtime concert featuring the resident artists of the Pittsburgh Opera. Bitz Opera Factory. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 12 p.m.

Songs of the Night and Sea. A concert featuring a program of Holmes, Boulanger, Saint-Saens, and Debussy. Agnes and Joseph Katz Performing Arts Center. Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. 7:30 p.m.

Faure Requiem and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. A concert featuring two choral masterpieces, presented by Pittsburgh Concert Chorale’s Faure Requiem and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. 384 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 4 p.m. Continues through March 3.

Fat Ham. A modern revamp of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set at a family cookout following Juicy, a queer, pensive, young Black man. City Theatre. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. 5:30 p.m. Continues through March 24.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. A dance performance that integrates traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, providing a unique perspective of struggle, tragedy, and triumph. Conceptualized by acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown. Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

The Almas: Do or Die Tour. A high energy rock concert with special guests Anxiety at Best and Isolation Forest. The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. 8 p.m.

Abbots Cross. A celtic musical ensemble that blends the traditional folk sound with contemporary melodies. City Winery Pittsburgh. 1627 Smallman St., Strip District. 7 p.m.

If you have an Allegheny County library card, you have access to weekly discounted tickets or free admission to regional cultural attractions through RAD Pass. Apply for your free library card to start using your RAD Pass today!