Pittsburgh Happenings: October 10-16

What else is there to do this month besides typical autumn activities like apple picking, fall festivals, and pumpkin patch visits? Oh, there’s plenty. From benefit fundraisers to film and literary festivals, we’ve got you covered with events in and around Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Kenny Blake

Greer Cabaret Theater, October 10
Every Tuesday throughout the fall, revel in a smooth tunes of a different jazz performance downtown, courtesy of BNY Mellon Presents. This week jazz saxophonist and composer Kenny Blake takes the stage for a hybrid sound of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues.

a crowd dances around a dj in the Carnegie Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Untitled (Art Party)

Carnegie Museum of Art, October 13
In search of ways to celebrate their extensive, inventive collection of works while raising funds for the museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art is launching an inaugural fundraising benefit. Dubbed Untitled (Art Party), they invite you and your friends to put on your best getup and comfortable shoes and dance away the evening surrounded by beautiful works of art.

a piece of wooden artwork in an avant-garde shape
Adrien Segal’s Molalla River Meander, 2013 Carved plywood, Dimensions: 15 x 46 x 11 inches (38 x 117 x 28 cm)

Climate Awakening Forum

Contemporary Craft, October 14
Contemporary Craft is set to host a Climate Awakening Forum in conjunction with its new exhibition, Climate Awakening: Crafting a Sustainable Future. Consisting of five sessions that will examine the climate crisis and discuss innovative solutions, the forum will bring together innovative speakers and thought leaders from various sectors who promote environmental awareness.

Jack Wong, Photo by Nicola Davison

Pittsburgh International Literary Festival

Alphabet City, Running through October 15
This week are the final days of the Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, aka LitFest 2023, where more than 50 artists representing over 20 countries and nations touch down in the North Side for a litany of free events. Closing out the festival is a Collaborative Performance with City of Asylum & The University of Iowa, a celebration of the recently released book A Future Artefact of the Global Majority, a kids’ story hour with Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winning author/illustrator Jack Wong and more. See the full list of events at cityofasylum.org.

“Egghead and Twinkie,” Sarah Kambe Holland (2023). Film still courtesy of Reel Q.

Reel Q Film Festival

Multiple Locations, Running through October 15
Now in its 38th installment, Reel Q — both Pittsburgh’s longest-running film festival and the 6th oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the entire world — offers screenings of the best in queer cinema across the city and online. In addition to features like Oliver Peyon’s Lie With Me and Sav Rodger’s Chasing Chasing Amy, enjoy shorts programming ranging from docu-shorts to shorts from around the globe.

See what else we’re excited about this October.

Story by Jordan Snowden / Send your events tips to jordan@tablemagazine.com

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