Pittsburgh Art Events: January 29-February 4

This week’s arts and culture recommendations include exciting art exhibits, hilarious musicals, Lunar New Year celebrations, and more!

Art canvas with grey text reading "This picture cannot be played" painted on top of a horizontal black box
Art & Algorithms’ Fabrizio Gerbino, “Untitled (This image cannot be played),” 2019, activated carbon on canvas, 66" x 56" (Detail) // Photo courtesy of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Monday, January 29

Architectural Behaviorology. Free lecture and book signing by Momoyo Kaijima, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow, an influential architectural studio in Japan. Carnegie Museum of Art Café. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 5-8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30

Daniel and Benjamin May Trio with Grace Elliott. A free JazzLive series presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in partnership with MCG Jazz. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

Kleaver Cruz – Meet & Greet Open Studio and Reception. Meet Kleaver Cruz, the creator of The Black Joy Project and ALMA | LEWIS' inaugural resident artist. ALMA | LEWIS. 6901 Lynn Way, Point Breeze. 5:30-7 p.m.

A small group of people stand in front of a person playing a keyboard in a practice studio
Propel Performing Arts Academy’s “Little Shop of Horrors” // Photo courtesy of Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Wednesday, January 31

Art & Algorithms: Pittsburgh Artists Respond to AI. Opening reception for an exhibition, in partnership with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, which showcases the ways in which AI has transformed the art-making proces. Media Arts Gallery at Robert Morris University. 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township. 5-7 p.m. Continues through March 7. 

Art All Night Planning Session. Help plan one of Pittsburgh's favorite arts and culture events of the year by joining the 2024 Art All Night planning committee. Hop Farm Brewing Company. 5636 Berlin Way, Lawrenceville. 7 p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors. Cheer on performing high school scholars in The Propel Performing Arts Academy's production of the popular musical featuring Seymour and his man-eating plant. KST’s Alloy Studios. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 7 p.m. Continues on February 1.

Thursday, February 1

A Panorama on Panorama. A conversation between Panorama film artist Amie Siegel and writer Filipa Ramos. The Art Theater at Carnegie Museum of Art. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

A woman stands on stage conducting an orchestra in front of an audience sitting in church pews
Resonance Works // Photo by Alisa Innocenti

Friday, February 2

This is Not a Map. An exhibit featuring eight artists from Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Fine Arts program addressing "contemporary notions of place, time, and storytelling." SPACE Gallery. 812 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 11 a.m. Continues through April 28.

Breathing Life Into Machines. Free lecture from Madeline Gannon as part of "Conversations with Machines," exploring our relationships to computation, materials, intelligence, and designed interaction. CMU's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Fine Arts Room 111. 4919 Few St., Oakland. 5-6:30 p.m.

ONENESS: Brie Ruais. Free opening reception for the first in a new Tomayko Solo Artist Elevation Series. Contemporary Craft. 5645 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 5:30-8 p.m. Continues through May 4.

New Paintings on the Underground Railroad. Opening reception and artist’s talk for Pittsburgh artist Marlon Gist’s latest exhibit, featuring work created in partnership with The Genesis Collective and Neighborhood North: Museum of Play. Gallery @ The Baby Bello. 2200 Ninth Ave., Beaver Falls. 6 p.m.

Altered States. A one-night only First Friday performance pairing Caroline Yoo's Alice & Alice: in free fall with a special cocktail from local bartender Ruby Ryoo. Experience "the concept of altered states through the responsible consumption of installation art and hand-made cocktails." Bunker Projects. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 6- p.m.

Sharpsburg First Friday. Meet artists and shop local arts during this free community event. Ketchup City Creative. 612 Main St., Sharpsburg. 6-9 p.m.

Moby Dick. Yngvild Aspeli stages a visual adaptation of the famous book, featuring "seven actors, 50 puppets, video projections, a drowned orchestra, and a whale-sized whale." Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. 7 p.m. Continues on February 3.

This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity. Join the Resonance Chamber Orchestra as they blend Western and Indian classical music in a celebration of unity and kindness. Featuring J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Indian-American composer Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity. Trinity Cathedral Pittsburgh. 328 Sixth Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m. Continues on February 4 at 4 p.m. at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

The Perfect Mate. An original futuristic musical rom-com born from Pittsburgh CLO's SPARK Festival. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 17.

Urinetown the Musical. Lamp Theatre, in partnership with Music Theater International, takes on the Tony award-winning musical, described as "a side-splitting send up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold." Lamp Theatre. 222 Main St., Irwin. 8 p.m Continues through February 10.

A young smiling Black person holds a mic while standing in front of a crowd
The Alloy School Open House // Photo by Delaney Greenberg

Saturday, February 3

The Alloy School Open House. Meet The Alloy School teaching artists and sample the program through interactive demonstrations. KST's Alloy Studios. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 10-11 a.m. 

I Made It! Mine Market. Shop from local artists and makers at this Valentine's-themed market. The Block Northway. 8011 McKnight Road, North Hills. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Black-and-white photo of Gertrude Stein, a woman with very short dark hair, a black long-sleeved shirt, and a patterned vest
Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein Day. City Books and Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation honor Pittsburgh-born writer, and LGBTQ icon, Gertrude Stein on what would have been her 150th birthday. City Books. 908 Galveston Ave., North Side. 12-4 p.m.

Song Shop Concert. Join the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera as they perform love songs from popular operas. Bitz Opera Factory. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 12 p.m.

CMU Design Exhibit 2024: End Meeting for All? Opening reception for an exhibit by CMU Design Seniors spotlighting their favorite projects ranging from furniture to illustration to clothing to large installations. Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University’s Purnell Center for the Arts. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 6-8 p.m. Continues through February 18.

Greater Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Gala. An array of performances celebrating the Lunar New Year featuring the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center, Yanlai Dance Academy, Xiaobo Waist Drum Dance Group, and lots more. Pittsburgh Playhouse's PNC Theatre. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 7-9 p.m.

Lift Every Voice. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents a concert paying tribute to "the spirit and richness" of Black music in America. Come early to take in the exhibit “I Too Play: Unveiling the History of Black Classical Musicians in Pittsburgh,” and stick around after the performance to hear a Jazz Ensemble from the Afro American Music Institute in the Grand Lobby. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 4

Harmony in Tradition: The 27th Greater Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Fair and Show. An experience bringing together ancient traditions and contemporary aesthetics, presented by the CASTP Organization. Carnegie Museum of Art. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

HIVE World Premiere. The kick off event to the 2024 Emerging Filmmakers Showcase series, featuring HIVE, a heartfelt and touching look at a Pittsburgh-area beekeeper and skilled carpenter. The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center. 418 Walnut St., Sewickley. 2-3 p.m.

Imagination Station. An interactive and sensory-friendly program, presented in partnership with Azure Family Concerts, featuring fun-filled dance performances. Attack Theatre. 212 45th St., Lawrenceville. 2 p.m.

Free Association Reading Series. Free readings from Pittsburgh writers Lainy Carslaw, Richard Hamilton, Hallie Pritts, and Robert Walicki. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 3:30-4:30 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!