Pittsburgh Art Events: January 22-28

Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring an exhibit highlighting contemporary printmaking, exciting literary conversations, photography celebrating local parks, jazz performances, and more!

Black-and-white artwork showing a large opossum carrying six baby opossums while sitting on the top of a wooden fence
Meticulous’ "Nevertheless, She Persisted" by Jessica Robels // Artwork courtesy of Sweetwater Center for the Arts

Monday, January 22

Lonely Oaks / Vergiss Meyn Nicht. A documentary presented as part of the European Union Film Festival in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23

Mark Strickland Trio featuring Dave Brahm and David Hanson. A free concert in partnership with MCG Jazz celebrating Wes, Kenny, and Grant. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Open Mic Night with Pittsburgh Poetry Collective. Poets, musicians, and comedians are all welcome to take the mic. Poetry Lounge. 313 North Ave., Millvale. Signups at 6 p.m., readings at 7 p.m.

An asian person with short dark hair and a white button-down long sleeved shirt is shown beside a book cover for Male Bodies Unmade, Picturing Queer Selfhood, which features an image of a model of a rearend covered in a musical score
Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, author of Male Bodies Unmade // Photo courtesy of CMU’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Wednesday, January 24

Male Bodies Unmade: Jongwoo Jeremy Kim Book Talk with Bruce Hainley. A discussion with CMU Professor and Art Historian Jongwoo Jeremy Kim on his book Male Bodies Unmade: Picturing Queer Selfhood, which celebrates “the lessons and pleasures of disrupting art history’s hegemonically Western narratives.” Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts - Room 111, at Carnegie Mellon University. 4919 Frew St., Oakland. 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Poetry Slam. Join the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective for an in-person slam. All subjects and styles are fair game, and first place takes home a cash prize. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 25

Shared Concerns. Exhibition pairing the work of 12 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh members with selections from the Saint Vincent Art & Heritage Collections. Intended to “illuminate the affinities of creatives working across continents and centuries.” Participating AAP members include Sandra Bacchi, Tony Cavalline, Eunsu Kang, Clayton Merrell, Mary Kay Neff, S.C., Adalberto Ortiz, Marian Phillips, Patrick Schmidt, Nicolle Renee Ryan, Evan Rumble, Silvija Singh, and Sarah Tancred. Verostko Center for the Arts. 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe. 5-8 p.m. Continues through April 5.

Alice & Alice: In Free Fall. First solo exhibition of artist and performer Caroline Yoo. Paying tribute to the first Korean American born in Hawaii and the first Korean American to gain U.S. citizenship through birth. Bunker Projects. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 5-8 p.m.

Refugium Opening Reception. Celebrate the unveiling of photographer Brian Cohen’s exhibit, which showcases the beauty found in Pittsburgh’s parks. Featuring live music by Eric Lipsky. Frick Environmental Center. 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Point Breeze. 6-8 p.m.

Thursday Night Jazz. Free concert featuring Pittsburgh bass icon Paul Thompson paying homage to the life and legacy of jazz legend Wayne Shorter. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 7-8:30 p.m.

Two people sit smiling inside a gallery space
Artists iliana emilia García and Scherezade García in their installation Agua Firme, on view in the Rotunda at Pitt’s University Art Gallery // Photo by Olga Herrera for Pitt UAG

Friday, January 26

Jazz on Webster, Bedford, Wandless. The Morgan-Lee Arts Centre presents a monthly Pittsburgh Jazz Series featuring great jazz, community, and fun. Hill Dance Academy Theatre. 2900 Bedford Ave., Hill District. 5-8 p.m.

METICULOUS: A Sampling of Contemporary Printmaking. Featuring regional and national artists who focus in printmaking. Curated by Sage Perrott, aka Haypeep, a printmaker and educator originally from West Virginia. Sweetwater Center for the Arts. 200 Broad St., Sewickley. 5-8 p.m. Continues through March 1.

Agua Firme: A Conversation. A live installment of PittUAG’s Turning Points series, featuring artists Scherezade García and iliana emilia García, in conversation with writer Angie Cruz. A reception will follow the discussion, where guests can view three exhibitions currently on view including Printing Culture: Gráfica de Puerto Rico, 1958-63, Agua Firme: Artist Installation, and The Kingdom of this World, Reimagined. Tours in both English and Spanish will be available. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium & Cloister. University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Library. 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lit Friday: Aja Monet. The Grammy-nominated surrealist blues poet Aja Monet joins LIT Friday’s Jessica Lanay for a recorded conversation about her debut album, when the poems do what they do, and her next full collection of poems. August Wilson African American Cultural Center Zoom event. 6 p.m.

Strictly 10 Comics. Rapid-fire comedy show featuring 10 of the funniest comedians in the game. Arcade Comedy Theater. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.

Through the Wood, Laddie. Chatham Baroque presents a concert featuring music ranging from Baroque Scotland to French Canadian folk tunes from the Acadian tradition. Teutonia Männerchor. 857 Phineas St., North Side. 7:30 p.m. Continues through January 28 at multiple locations.

Saturday, January 27

TRYPO Winter Concert Series: The Best is Yet to Come. Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra presents a free concert featuring a performance by Wind Symphony under the direction of Robert Traugh and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Eliseo Rael. Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. 408 Magee St., Downtown. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Diego Figueiredo Solo & Pasquale Grasso Trio. MCG Jazz presents a concert featuring Italian jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso and guitarist Diego Figueiredo, whose style fuses jazz, bossa nova, and classical music. MCG Jazz Concert Hall. 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side. 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Crust Magazine Release. Celebrate the release of Issue 5 of Crust Magazine with an art show, bowl jam, and more. Switch and Signal Skate Park. 7518 Dickson St., Swissvale. 6:30-11 p.m.

DRUM TAO 30th Anniversary THE TAO 夢幻響. A performance featuring Taiko (Japanese) drums. Pittsburgh Playhouse at PNC Theatre. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.

DJ & Live Painting Party. Join The Endonaut Gallery and Redfishbowl Studios for a night of music and art. Featuring DJ Akasha and DJ Wabi Sabi; live painting from Phil Seth, Corey Patterson, and Anon Inculta; and Vivid Visions, the Art of Mark Henson’s closing reception. Redfishbowl. 4327 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday, January 28

Spotlight: Monthly LGBTQ+ Theatre Jam Session. Monthly meet-up for LGBTQ+ folx of all backgrounds and experience levels to share their talents and ideas in a fun and casual atmosphere. Reservations required. Benedum Center, Seventh Floor. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 7-9 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!