Pittsburgh Happenings: May 9-15

An opera, a plant sale, a book festival, and a visit from a superstar pop queen: no matter your taste, there’s something for you happening this week in Pittsburgh.

Photo by Alex M. Philip

Nana Kwame Adjei Brenyah
Bottlerocket Social Hall, May 12
New York Times-bestselling, author of Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, is touring to promote his latest release, Chain-Gang All-Stars, a fictional tale about two women gladiators fighting for freedom in a for-profit private prison. Local author Damon Young joins Adjei-Brenyah during his Pittsburgh stop for a conversation that promises to be riveting and insightful.

Photo courtesy of Nemacolin

Mother’s Day Weekend
Nemacolin, May 12 to 14
Treat your mom. If you’re a mom, treat yourself. From crafts for the little ones to painting dates and wine galore, this weekend is all about mothers and mother figures.

Photo courtesy of Madagascar The Musical

Madagascar the Musical
Benedum Center, May 12
We hope you like to move it, move it! Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria have escaped the New York Central Park Zoo and are headed to the Benedum Center stage.

Photo by Erda Estremera

Sewickley May Market
Sewickley, May 13
Are you ready for the fast-approaching garden season? If not (or even if you are), you’re not going to want to miss Sewickley’s May Market. Here, plant enthusiasts will find 50+ vendors offering flowers, garden wares, repurposed items, eco-friendly merchandise, and nature-themed gifts for those last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers.

Photo by AB+DM

Lizzo
PPG Paints Arena, May 13
It’s “About Damn Time” Lizzo visits Pittsburgh! The Grammy-award-winning musician’s “Lizzo: The Special 2our” makes a stop with special guest Latto and, of course, her flute.

Photo by Fang-Wei Lin

Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, May 13
After a successful inaugural year, the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books returns for a second time, uniting Pittsburgh’s rich literary scene with book lovers and authors alike. Featured speakers include Ross Gay, Rebecca Yarros, Leon Ford, Laura Warrell, and many more.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Opera

We Shall Not Be Moved
August Wilson African American Cultural Center, May 13 to 21
Co-produced by Opera Philadelphia, The Apollo Theater, and Hackney Empire and developed in partnership with Art Sanctuary, We Shall Not Be Moved, a combination of spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B, and jazz singing, tells the story of five runaway teens who find themselves living in the exact location where a monumental historic moment took place some 30 years earlier.

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