Pittsburgh Happenings: June 27-July 4

May the fourth be with you!… Does that joke work for the Fourth of July? No? Well, we’re still wishing you a restful and fun holiday week and weekend filled with family and good times. But if you need a break from family gatherings, check out the following Pittsburgh events.

Photo courtesy of The Westmoreland Museum of American

Explore Tour: Block Party
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, June 28
New to The Westmoreland is Block Party, an exhibition honoring the intersection of community and celebration through the lens of innovation of the joyous urban events. The exhibition opened on June 25 and is running until September; however, on Wednesday, Chief Curator Jeremiah William McCarthy and Terra Foundation for American Art Curatorial Fellow Danny Volk invite you to experience the celebration on a deeper level with them as they walk you through the artwork.

Photo by Austin Nelson

My Morning Jacket
Stage AE, June 28
After a multi-year hiatus, modern classic-rock band My Morning Jacket is touring once again “with renewed energy and appreciation for the dream of playing live music,” according to Chicago Sun Times. An optimal time to see Jim James and his crew if you have yet to encounter their concert magic.

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Science Center

Laser Taylor Swift
Carnegie Science Center, Running until August
If you didn’t get enough Taylor Swift during the global pop star’s two-day Eras tour stop in Pittsburgh, head to the Buhl Planetarium for a dazzling display of laser lights set to Swift’s biggest hits.

Photo by Linda Koolish

Toi Derricotte
Museum Lab, June 30
Part of the CreativeMornings Reverie series, renowned poet and writer Toi Derricotte — winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction — visits Pittsburgh for a discussion on the art of wordplay and creativity and its power of transformation.

Photo by Jingda Chen

Independence Day Celebration
Point State Park, July 4
Lights, music, fireworks! The sounds of explosions can only mean one thing: a patriotic celebration in America. Happy Fourth!

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