Pittsburgh Art Events: January 1-7

Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring art exhibits, films, concerts, and more!

A silhouette of a woman looking at brightly colored tv screens showing a distorted Michael Jackson-esque figure
Jenson Leonard: Workflow // Photo by Lisa Cunningham

Monday, January 1

Congratulations, you made it to 2024! If you’re ringing in the New Year at home today, we’ve got the perfect soundtrack: Streaming Pittsburgh musicians from Stacks, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s local music online platform. There are a ton of amazing options from soul music by INEZ to folk rock by Ferdinand the Bull, and if you have a library card, you can also download your favorite tracks.

Public Domain Day. Want to get out of the house? Check out this all-day celebration of films from 1928 entering the public domain. Selected films include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Circus, and more. Row House Cinema. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 12:20-8:25 p.m.

Tuesday, January 2

David Throckmorton Quartet. Free show in partnership with MCG Jazz. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Calliope Bluegrass Jam. This free weekly jam session is open to bluegrass fans of all ages. Starlite Lounge. 364 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3

Jenson Leonard: Workflow. This free solo exhibition, located above the Wood Street T Station (don’t worry, it’s open during the construction!), explores the velocity and momentum of Blackness as it relates to the philosophical concept of acceleration — the notion that the only way out of capitalism is through its intensification. Wood Street Galleries. 601 Wood St., Downtown. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed 12-12:30 p.m.) Continues through February 11.

Thursday, January 4

Community Craft Night. Bring a craft project from home, or explore the world of embroidery with provided materials and instructions. Commonplace Coffee. 1501 Buena Vista St., North Side. 6-8 p.m.

Bottlerocket Sessions: Volume 1. Be part of a live studio audience as Bottlerocket films and records songs from some of "Pittsburgh's hottest bands" including The Book Club, Heading North, and Macro Aggression. Bottlerocket Social Hall. 1226 Arlington Ave., Allentown. 7:30 p.m.

Live Soul, R&B, & Hip Hop. Featuring Leila Rhodes, Stacia Vonne, TruRuler, Bird, Sailor Sia, and SpecialK. The Government Center. 715 East St., North Side. 8 p.m.

Friday, January 5

Featured Artist of the Month Opening. Featuring the work of Dominic Lazzini, or simply "DÏ," including paintings, prints, sketches, and sculptures. Adda Coffee & Tea House. 725 Penn Ave., Downtown. 1-3 p.m. Continues through January 31.

GOOD MORNING PENN AVE HOW ARE YOU (The Making of Vaultart’s Mural & the Artists Who Made it). Opening reception for a visual art show featuring collaborative works made by eight primary Vaultart artists, Steph Neary, Max Gonzales, Vault artist mentor Sam Berner, and six additional Pittsburgh-based artists. Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. 5006 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 5-9 p.m.

First Friday Night Market. Join Level Up Studios as they celebrate local creatives during Unblurred: First Fridays with a Night Market featuring local vendors, visual artists, and more. Level Up Studios. 4836 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 5 p.m.

Sharpsburg First Friday. Featuring live music, food trucks, and visual art, including an exhibit from Offroute Art at Ketchup City Creative. Main Street, Sharpsburg. 6-9 p.m.

Art Exhibition Happy Hour. Featuring artists Marlon Gist and Morgan Elizabeth. Art and Soul Cafe. 1125 Penn Ave., Downtown. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, January 6

Yale Spizzwinks(?). Join the “world's oldest underclassman a cappella group” as they blend music and humor and cover everything from The Beatles to Marvin Gaye to Ed Sheeran. Heinz Memorial Chapel. 326 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. 8 p.m.

Create & Learn with Creative Reuse. Learn how to create art, craft projects, and more while saving materials from the landfill. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 5006 Second Ave., Hazelwood. 1 p.m.

Sunday, January 7

Free Association Reading Series. Monthly reading series featuring Pittsburgh writers Inga Lea Schmidt, Romella Kitchens, Derek Maiolo, and Chauna Craig. City of Asylum’s Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 3:30 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!