Pittsburgh Art Events: November 20-26

Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene with this week’s event recommendations, featuring an exhibit of paintings exploring the history and culture of Black Americans, a symphonic concert inspired by hope, a meet-up for LGBTQ+ theater artists, and more!

Four pairs of gloves embroidered with floral patterns. Two gloves are blue and two are tan
Knitted handwarmers from the Common Threads exhibit // Photo by Kirsten Ervin

Monday, November 20

Anatomy of a Fall. A captivating and sharply directed, written, and acted courtroom procedural, Anatomy of a Fall also functions like a trenchant autopsy of confirmation bias and ambiguity itself. Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 4:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 7.

Carnegie Mellon Jazz Orchestra & JIVE-Carnegie Mellon Jazz Choir. The Carnegie Mellon School of Music Jazz Ensembles explore a variety of jazz genres, from traditional swing to current trends in jazz fusion and jazz chamber music, while also performing jazz classics in a big band style. Kresge Theatre. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 7-9 p.m.

ELSEWHERE Theatre Company Launch Party. Want to find out more about ELSEWHERE's upcoming productions and how to get involved? Join them as they celebrate the creation of ELSEWHERE Theatre Company at their launch party. Carnegie Stage. 25 W Mall Plaza, Carnegie. 7 p.m.

Printing Culture: Gráfica de Puerto Rico. This student-curated exhibition showcases a selection of original silkscreen posters from the instituto de cultura puertorriqueña. The show explores themes of identity, culture, and the graphic arts. Frick Fine Arts Building. 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. Continues through March 2024.

Tuesday, November 21

Story Club PGH Story Slam: Family Secrets. Story Club Pittsburgh mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. Every show includes volunteer storytellers and featured performers who all take the stage to share stories based on a theme. The theme for November 2023 is Family Secrets. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. 40 W. North Ave., North Side. 7-8:30 p.m.

Reggie Watkins. Reggie Watkins grew up in Wheeling, W.V., and is a long-time Pittsburgh resident. The trombonist, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator has released three recordings as a leader: “A-List,” “One for Miles, One for Maynard,” and “Avid Admirer.” Greer Cabaret Theater. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. 5 p.m.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. Produced by Gershwin Entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character. The Palace Theatre. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. 7 p.m.

A bald Black bearded man wearing glasses, a white t-shirt, a patterned blazer, light slacks, and blue-and-black shoes. He's sitting down and posed in front of a large framed illustration of a man with flowers
Charly Palmer with one of his paintings // Photo courtesy of August Wilson House

Wednesday, November 22

Jim Krenn and Friends Comedy Night. Prepare for an unforgettable night filled with laughter, joy, and endless giggles as Jim Krenn, a seasoned comedy veteran, takes the stage to tickle your funny bone. Ruckus Coffee Gallery. 1707 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 23

Pgh Improv Jam with Well Known Strangers. Join the Well Known Strangers as they host the Pittsburgh Improv Jam, a now-monthly jam presented at the Arcade Comedy Theater and open to all performers. Arcade Comedy Theater. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 24

Jazz on Webster, Bedford & Wandless Pittsburgh Jazz Series. The Morgan-Lee Arts Centre will host its monthly Jazz on Webster, Bedford & Wandless Jazz Series in the Historic Hill District. The audience will take in the sounds from some of Pittsburgh's best Jazz musicians. The Morgan-Lee Arts Centre. 2900 Bedford Ave., Hill District. 5-8 p.m.

Thanksgiving with Randall Goosby. Originally dubbed as a “Hollywood Concerto,” Korngold’s Violin Concerto emerged from an Austrian-Jewish composer forced to flee to Los Angeles to escape the Nazis. Randall Goosby, a protégé of Itzhak Perlman, makes his debut showcasing this cinematic work. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 26.

Voices Come and Gone by Charly Palmer. Palmer's unique style and use of color are sure to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His work is a powerful reminder of the strength, resilience, and beauty of Black Americans, and the important role they have played in shaping our society. August Wilson House. 1727 Bedford Ave., Hill District. 4-6 p.m. Ongoing.

Chalk Dinosaur and Dizgo. Chalk Dinosaur was founded in 2008 as the artist project of Pittsburgh music producer John O’Hallaron, and is known for its colorfully diverse and prolific songwriting. Dizgo redefines the live experience by blending jamtronica with funk, deep-groove soul, and psychedelic rock. Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 8 p.m.

Swissvale Library Open Mic. This is a free, all ages, family-friendly event. Singers, musicians, puppeteers, magicians, poets, and others of any age are welcome to showcase their art and performances for others. Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale. 1800 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale. 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 25

A Celebration of Billy Strayhorn & Gene Kelly. KST invites you to celebrate its namesakes with the music of composer Billy Strayhorn and the imagery of performer Gene Kelly in an unforgettable theatrical jazz benefit concert. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 7:30 p.m.

Artist Talk: Resilience. Expect an evening centered around the theme of Resilience, where Artist Talk will be hosting an open and welcoming space to discuss the intersection of art and mental health in their many forms. Energy Innovation Center. 1435 Bedford Ave., Hill District. 5:30-9 p.m.

Joshua Bell: Violins of Hope. Manfred Honeck, Joshua Bell, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, in partnership with the landmark Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh community project, will join together for a concert inspired by hope and the power of the human spirit. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 7:30 p.m.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. A charming celebration of beloved characters, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley takes place two years after the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. City Theatre. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. 5:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17.

AFRICANISM, A FashionAFRICANA Gala. Immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere showcasing and honoring the richness and vibrancy of the African diaspora through fashion and art. Pittsburgh Public Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. 8-11 p.m.

Common Threads. Common Threads is a partnership exhibit created by studio artists and over 30 artists from local immigrant communities. The exhibition will feature punch needle rugs, fiber art collage, embroidered jewelry, and much more. Studio Forget-Me-Not. 329 E. Main St., Carnegie. 12-6 p.m. Continues through December 2023.

Sunday, November 26

Spotlight: Monthly LGTBQ+ Theatre Jam Session. During these meet-ups, LGBTQ+ folx of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to share their talents and ideas with each other in a fun and casual atmosphere. Benedum Center. 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!