Pittsburgh Art Events: March 11-17

Explore the region’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring Pittsburgh illustrators’ reactions to AI, exciting dance performances, a local tribute to Tina Turner, and more!

A racially diverse group of dancers in colorful theatrical dance costumes perform on a ballroom floor
True T dancers performing // Photo courtesy of True T PGH

Monday, March 11

Poems of Diasporic Joy. A program of four poets who reframe grief, loss, and the diasporic experience to find the joy in “the trauma of it all.” City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 7-8:30 p.m.

Women Who Rock Icons: The Music of Stevie Nicks Performed by Melinda and the Night Sky. A night celebrating the music of Stevie Nicks performed by Pittsburgh artists Melinda and the Night Sky. All proceeds will benefit the women’s health research at Magee-Womens research Institute. Hard Rock Cafe. 230 W. Station Square Drive, South Side. 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12

Thomas Wendt Quartet. A night of jazz with Thomas Wendt, a jazz artist returning to his home in Pittsburgh. Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

August Wilson Birthday Celebration Block Party Auditions. Audition to be a performer to celebrate August Wilson’s Birthday at the August Wilson Birthday Celebration. Any and all acts are welcome to audition. August Wilson House. 1727 Bedford Ave., Hill District. 6-9 p.m.

A Black man with long hair, black glasses, jeans, and a green sweater smiles while kneeling down and holding a paint brush, surrounded by paintings on the floor
BOOM Concepts’ DS Kinsel and artwork from his "BRAIN BONE BLOOD" collection // Photo courtesy of BOOM Concepts

Songs to Anchor Us Back Home. A meditative song-sharing circle led by music therapist, Genevieve Wallis. Song Circle for the People. 742 Hill Ave., Wilkinsburg. 7:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13

BOOM Concepts Fundraiser Social Hour. A kick-off celebration of BOOM Concept’s 10th Anniversary, featuring artwork from DS Kinsel’s "BRAIN BONE BLOOD" collection, music by Slim Tha DJ, drinks by TLC Libations, and light bites by Sprezzatura. Emerald City. 213 Smithfield St., Downtown. 5-7 p.m.

Rebecca Ruige Xu: Women in Animation Speaker Series. In this guest lecture, professor of computer art and animation, Rebecca Ruige Xu, uncovers her exploration of creating abstract animations weaving the language of code with inspiration drawn from music and poetry. Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4919 Frew St, Oakland. 5-7 p.m.

Ballroom 101. A dance class that builds upon Vogue fundamentals in collaboration with Mother Jasmine Divine-Gotti. True T Studios. 4623 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 7:30 p.m.

Sound Series: Mary Timony with special guest youbet. A concert with garage-pop singer songwriter Mary Timony to support her new album, “Untame the Tiger.” The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. 8 p.m.

Six racially diverse people sit together in red chairs around a table with plates of food and drink in front of them
Networking at The Creative Hive in February at MuseumLab // Photo by Patrick Fisher

Thursday, March 14

The Creative Hive. A free networking event designed to provide a friendly and casual space for artists and creatives to network and connect – no program, no agenda. Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Emerald City. 213 Smithfield St., Downtown. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Made Local with Edda Fields-Black. The story of the Combahee River Raid, one of Harriet Tubman’s most extraordinary accomplishments, based on original documents told by Edda Fields-Black, a descendant of one of the participants. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 6 p.m.

Sounds of Home: Music and National Identity. A discovery and drinks event where you’ll learn how composers incorporate elements of their own cultural background to create their unique musical style. Cinderlands Warehouse. 2601 Smallman St., Strip District. 7 p.m.

Run It Like a Business. Aubrey Bergauer, author and Tedx speaker, shares a sustainable plan for the success of nonprofits across the country: run it like a business. Presented by Heinz College. Hamburg Hall A301. 4800 Forbes Ave., North Oakland. 8 p.m.

Memory Front, with Hemlock for Socrates and Crush Curl. A night of rock with Memory Front, featuring Socrates and Crush Curl. Club Cafe. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. 8 p.m.

Everyone Loves Dick. A Lysergic, modern Western play about the new American West, love, loss, and the transformative power of buying a slightly used automobile. Arcade Comedy Theater. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 8-9:30 p.m.

IF/THEN. The Pittsburgh regional premiere of a musical that follows one woman’s two possible life paths. Allegheny River Trail Park. 285 River Avenue, Aspinwall. 8 p.m. Continues through March 25.

Three white women with long hair (two brunettes and one blonde) wearing pastel-colored dance dresses in a ballet dance pose with their arms extended above their heads
Ballet dancers from Texture Contemporary Ballet // Photo courtesy of Texture Contemporary Ballet

Friday, March 15

Proclamations of Courage II. Belle Voci and the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers present a concert commemorating Women’s History Month. Duquesne City School. 300 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Joy of Bach. This program by Catham Baroque celebrates Bach’s birthday with some of his most beloved hits. Calvary Episcopal Church. 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 16.

Transformations. A program of dance that explores themes of change, growth, and cultivation (of plants), presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet. New Hazlett Theater. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. 8 p.m. Continues through March 17.

A white woman with a silver tank top laughs as she throws her arms in the air. Two silver word-shaped balloons hover above her head
Beth Corning in CORNINGWORKS’ what did think you just heard me say?! // Photo by Frank Walsh

what did you think you just heard me say?! A dance theater work from Corningworks created by internationally renowned performers over the age of 40. The Lillie Theatre. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. 8 p.m. Continues through March 24.

Berstein and Sibelius. A concert program of Rautavaara, Bernstein, and Sibelius conducted by Dalia Stasevska. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through March 17.

Saturday, March 16

‘Burgh Crafted Market. A showcase and market from local artisans and makers. Ruckus Coffee Gallery. 1707 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. 10 a.m- 2 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Weekend. Standard sensory friendly practices will be in place, including lower lighting, turned off video sounds, calming spaces, and support materials. Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Continues through March 17.

Lizzee Solomon. A multimedia art exhibit featuring local multimedia artist, Lizzee Solomon, whose practice explores their multicultural experiences. Presented by Casey Droege Cultural Productions. The Lohr Gallery. 725 Wood St., Wilkinsburg. 12-5 p.m. Continues every Saturday through May 25.

Slim’s Irish Band. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an afternoon of local Irish bands. Spirit Lounge. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 12-5 p.m.

Monthly Kizomba Workshop. Learn the African dance of Kizomba at this workshop. If you are a beginner, make sure to come in the first hour. CrossBody Dance + Movement. 422 Wood St., Downtown. 1-4 p.m.

Proclamations of Courage II. A free concert commemorating Women’s History Month, performed by Belle Voci and Essence of Joy Alumni Singers. Pentecostal Temple Church. 6300 E. Liberty Blvd., Larimer. 3 p.m.

Artistry. Intelligence. An exhibit showcasing local Pittsburgh illustrator’s reactions to the use of artificial intelligence in art. North Hills Arts Center. 3432 Babcock Blvd, North Hills. 6-9 p.m. Continues through May 5.

Tina Turner performing on stage, surrounded by confetti
Simply the Best: A Tina Turner Tribute Concert with Dwayne Fulton // Photo courtesy of Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Simply the Best: A Tina Turner Tribute Concert with Dwayne Fulton. A tribute to the half-century long career of Tina Turner by local musicians. Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Screening Room. An improv comedy show where you’ll see three improvised TV pilots. Steel City Improv Theater. 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 17

Rhythm of Dance. An Irish dance performance with pre-Celtic sounds and modern day music. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the international dance company’s 20th anniversary. The Palace Theatre. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. 4 p.m.

Godspell. CYO’s 50th anniversary performance of the acclaimed Broadway musical. Free. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. 800 Avila Court, Perrysville. 2 p.m.

Quiet Storm Jazz Night. A night of cocktails and jazz with host DJ LC Stevens. P Town Bar. 4740 Baum Blvd., North Oakland. 8 p.m.

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