Pittsburgh Art Events: January 8-14

Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring an international film festival, a performance combining orchestral music and visual art, and more!

A white woman with blonde bangs and hair pulled back into a pony tail wearing a dark gray tanktop, black button-down shirt, blue jeans, and boots. She's sitting down on a theater stage, and leaning against a piece of wood.
Tami Dixon performs in the original South Side Stories in 2013 // Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons

Monday, January 8

Climate Awakening: Crafting A Sustainable Future. This week is your last chance to see this exciting exhibition which aims to create social change by promoting community engagement with climate issues through the lens of art. Contemporary Craft. 5645 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through January 13. 

Tuesday, January 9 

Capacity Building Initiative: Open House. Pittsburgh-area nonprofit leaders are coming together to talk about building capacity for their organizations and the wide range of audiences they serve – and they're asking for your feedback. This is the first of four Capacity Building Initiative: Open House sessions this week in Allegheny, Westmoreland, or Washington counties. National Aviary. 700 Arch St., North Side. 1-4 p.m. Continues through January 16.

Girl From the North Country. Tony Award-winning musical that reimagines 20 legendary songs by Bob Dylan. Benedum Center. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. 7:30 p.m. Continues through January 14.

Wednesday, January 10 

Pedantic Winter 2024 Cohort Meet and Greet. Meet the new creative residents of the Pedantic Arts Residency, a month-long cross-disciplinary program co-hosted by Headwater Media and Casey Droege Cultural Productions. KST Alloy Studios. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 6-7:30 p.m.

Portraits of three Black creatives inside a honeycomb frame
The Creative Hive hosts Noa Mims, Clara Kent, and Dr. Tahirah Walker

Thursday, January 11

The Creative Hive. This is the very first in Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s new series of free monthly networking events designed to provide a friendly and casual space for artists, creatives, art educators, culture bearers, and arts administrators to establish and foster professional relationships. Silver Eye Center for Photography. 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Steel City Squash Community Workshop. Share your vision for artwork in Larimer! Meet the three finalists in The Art Supply Co. and Steel City Squash’s public call for art. Kingsley Association. 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

We Held Onto These Things. New series of abstracted text paintings by artist S. LeDonne. The Union Hall. 2216 Penn Ave. (above Bar Marco), Strip District. 6-9 p.m.

Delana Flowers. The duo of Delana & Mila perform a free set ranging from R&B and soul to standards and classics. Lounge at the Greer Cabaret. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 6 p.m.

Thursday Night Jazz: Roger Humphries & the RH Factor. Free in-person and livestream performance from legendary Pittsburgh jazz drummer Roger Humphries. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 7-8:30 p.m.

A smiling man with short dark hair and a large dark brown mustache wearing a long sleeved black shirt and visible tattoos talks to a crowd as he stands in front of a large graffiti-inspired mural covering the entire wall behind him
Tim Okamura at August Wilson African American Cultural Center // Photo by Patrick Fisher

Friday, January 12

CCS + AAP: Fiber Art Exhibition. An exhibition featuring works created through a partnership between Creative Citizen Studios and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, with support from the Arts, Equity, and Education Fund. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Exhibition Space. 100 43rd St., Unit 107, Lawrenceville. 5-7 p.m. Continues through February 23.

Lit Fridays: Visual Artist Talk with Tim Okamura. A Facebook Live event featuring artist Tim Okamura in conversation with scholar, poet, and Literary Curator Jessica Lanay discussing Okamura’s dynamic solo exhibition, Onna Bugeisha: Warriors of Light, currently on view at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Facebook Live. 6 p.m.

Totally Buggin’. Young Artist Ensemble performs a collection of pieces inspired by the 1990s. Alumni Theater Company. 6601 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. 7 p.m. Continues through January 14.

Pictures at an Exhibition. Join conductor Petr Popelka and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert paired with a community-curated art exhibition drawing inspiration from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a musical homage to his friend and artist Viktor Hartmann. This exhibit features an array of original pieces by local high school and university students, alongside a special display of Hartmann's six surviving masterpieces. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through January 14.

Comedy Bingo Night. A bingo-themed comedy variety show featuring improv, characters, and more! Featuring iconic improv duo Seramillo, comedy from Jerome Fitzgerald, and headlining improv team Barbara, a Mother. Arcade Comedy Theater. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m.

1. Pittsburgh Sound + Image’s second annual event featuring a selection of one-word title films, including two unusual 16mm short films by local makers: Brady Lewis's Colliding and Michael Johnson's Hostage. Eberle Studios. 229 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead. 8-10 p.m.

A man with a dark brown beard and mustache, and dark brown short hair wearing a white shirt, black suit jacket, and black slacks is shown conducting a symphony in front of a group of masked audience members in the background
Conductor Petr Popelka in Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Pictures at an Exhibition // Photo by Vojtech Brtnicky

Saturday, January 13

Wick Monet International Film Festival. International film festival featuring three blocks of films, all under 40 minutes in length. Choose from time slots featuring a variety of themes including life-engaging stories, different perspectives from around the world, and local talent here in Pittsburgh. Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 12:30-8:30 p.m.

Sounds for the Season: Renaissance City Choir. A free performance featuring Renaissance City Choir, Western Pennsylvania’s only LGBTQIA+ and allies choral group. Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Architecture. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 2-3 p.m.

South Side Stories Revisited. Tami Dixon returns to perform a one-woman play based on brand new conversations with South Side residents, a concept she first brought to rave reviews back in 2012. City Theatre’s The Lillie Theatre. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. 5:30 p.m. Continues through February 18.

Soon As I Get Home. An intimate performance featuring R&B and soul music from Pittsburgh-based vocalists Anqwenique, Erika Denae J, INEZ, and Simone, and Musical Director Jerome Kirkland. Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 14

Winterfest. Featuring an array of activities including a Shakespeare Stroll throughout the Frick Grounds and an artist pop-up by Pittsburgh-based mixed media abstract artist Julie Shymansky. The Frick Pittsburgh. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. 10 a.m.-5 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!