What to do this week, from Reel Q to Three Rivers Beer Week – NEXTpittsburgh

Tuesday, October 5: Auberle’s Voices Carry at the Westin Pittsburgh
5:30-10 p.m.
Add your voice to Auberle’s mission by supporting emergency housing, workforce development, mental health services, education and foster care for thousands of residents in the region. The organization’s benefit bash includes music, food, dancing, a live auction and more. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, October 5: Slow Food at Pittsburgh Public Theater
7 p.m.
Raise your hand if you’ve been hangry before? In Wendy MacLeod’s tasty new comedy, audiences will meet very hungry couple Peter and Irene — “famished after a stressful day of travel” — who arrive at a charming Greek restaurant to celebrate their wedding anniversary and encounter a “highly neurotic waiter.” Directed by Marya Sea Kaminski, the nationally online production was filmed on-site at Downtown Pittsburgh’s hottest new restaurant, Con Alma. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, October 5 through Sunday, October 10: Three Rivers Beer Week
6-10 p.m.
Find out why Pittsburgh is a top 10 beer city during this six-day frothy fest produced by the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild. Taste locally crafted suds from 40 breweries throughout Allegheny County that are building on the region’s rich history of beer making. From much-anticipated pumpkin beer releases and tap takeovers, to food pairings and even something called Bloxtoberfest, there’s so much to sip. It all kicks off tonight at The Pennsylvanian for the first pour of the event’s collaboration beer, 476 Appalachian Pale Ale. View a schedule.
Wednesday, October 6: Her Seat at the Table: Women Designers in the 20th and 21st Centuries
10:15 am–11:45 am
Join Carnegie Museum of Art to celebrate — and be inspired by — women who blazed a trail through the male-dominated field of design in the 20th-century. The online “crash course” will explore groundbreaking practitioners, pivotal events and significant geographic locations. So pull up a chair to discover the fascinating lives of women who “carved, wove, dyed, hammered, and shaped their own course in design history.” Buy tickets.
Wednesday, October 6: Chris Capehart’s Journey of the Master at Liberty Magic
7:30 p.m.
Experience all of the on-stage intrigue in person again at Downtown’s magic mecca. To celebrate its highly-anticipated reopening, the Cultural District venue is welcoming accomplished master, Chris Capehart, who’s called “one of the important forces in magic today.” Buy tickets.
Thursday, October 7: Kalopsia The Musical at the New Hazlett Theater
7:30 p.m.
The show will go on at the New Hazlett Theater, when Kalopsia The Musical shares s the story of Byrd, “a young Black man who is unknowingly sent on a journey to get his mind right.” Directed by Tomé Cousin, the production features a book and lyrics by Monteze Freeland and music and lyrics by Michael Meketa III. Buy tickets.
Thursday, October 7: Off The Record Pittsburgh Online
8 p.m.
Poking fun at Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers alike, This annual musical satire returns with a brand-new online show. Local celebs in broadcasting, theater and sports will join forces to share some laughs and raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Emceed by KDKA’s Ken Rice, the tongue-in-cheek musical comedy features Mayor Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, David Conrad, Sally Wiggin, Rick Sebak, Rob Rogers and many others.
Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10: Fall Home Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
So much time spent in lockdown has meant so many DIY home projects. If your to-do list is off the charts, don’t miss this new autumnal addition to the city’s signature Home & Garden Show. Whether its repairs you’ve put off, an exciting new kitchen or bath upgrade you’re planning, or those drafty old windows that need to be replaced — you’ll score deals and tips before the holiday season. The region’s top local firms will showcase their newest products and services and help you turn your dream projects into reality. Buy tickets.
Kathleen Ferri, East Pittsburgh, PA & Westinghouse Bridge & Industrial Valley, 1994. Richard Kelly Photography for Rivers of Steel.
Friday, October 8: Homestead Live Fridays
5-9 p.m.
Help kick off a new series of live music and performance in Homestead and Munhall. Rivers of Steel is teaming up with the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone to highlight independent venues located throughout the Eighth Ave. commercial district. Check out local performers and live music, grab food and libations, join a block party, attend an opening reception for the new exhibition, Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective and more. View a schedule.
Friday, October 8: Anecdotal Evidence at Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media
6-8 p.m.
For its final exhibition of 2021 — and some of the largest work it’s exhibited — PCA&M is presenting immersive new work by local artist and educator Ramon Riley. Featuring 20 works, Anecdotal Evidence explores Riley’s use of poured paint foundations, representational form, abstract expression and rich narratives from his own experiences. Don’t miss the free opening reception and artist talk.
Friday, October 8: Reel Q Opening Night at Central Outreach Wellness Center
7 p.m.
Pull your car right up to Reel Q‘s opening night drive-in movie party. The kick-off festivities will feature a screening of Alex Liu’s new documentary “Sexplanation,” plus drag shows and food trucks. For its 36th installment, the eight-day festival includes 14 features and 60 shorts presented online along with in-person screening events, Q&As, dance parties and performances.
Buy tickets.
Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10: Weekend of Laughs at Greer Cabaret Theater
7:30 p.m.
Join Arcade Comedy Theater and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to celebrate the reopening of Downtown’s Greer Cabaret Theater. The four-show, limited engagement production spotlights an lineup of outstanding local comics. The weekend of local LOL fun includes a show inspired by live music, a stand-up showcase, fast-paced, interactive improv games and more. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9: Row House Cinema Drive-in at the Strip District Terminal
8 p.m.
You’ve heard of pop-up shops but have you ever visited a pop-up movie theater? Fresh on the heels of its triumphant reopening in Lawrenceville, Row House Cinema has transformed one of the city’s newest mixed-use developments into a fall drive-in destination. This weekend, the silver screen in the sky will show “Labyrinth,” Jim Henson’s 1986 musical fantasy starring David Bowie, and then everybody’s fave action adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Debuting a bigger screen for your viewing pleasure, the series pairs movies under the stars with a rotating lineup of local breweries. Buy tickets.
Photo courtesy of Phipps.
Saturday, October 9: Fall Flower Show: Happy Troll-O-Ween at Phipps
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
For the country’s longest-running exhibit of its kind, Phipps’ Fall Flower Show is outfitting its beloved trolls for Halloween and taking the chrysanthemums to creepy crawly new heights. Whimsical displays will be surrounded by tens of thousands of breathtaking blooms. Encounter a 10-foot gnarled tree inspired by Sweden’s troll forest, inspect Bridget the bridge troll’s spooky cave and gaze into Leif’s flickering jack-o’-lantern. Witness a trio of trick-or-trollers, wave to Bjorn the grumpy troll and solve autumnal riddles. Be sure to dress the part for a delightful boo-tanical bash bursting with vivid wreaths, floating islands of deep red mums and costumed trolls. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 9: Brushes & Birds at the National Aviary (and online)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Owl-o-ween is underway at the National Aviary (and Kody is safe at home!), so there’s no better time to pick up a brush and paint one of the site’s most iconic species. Led by Maria DeSimone Prascak, artists of all experience levels will practice different techniques while painting their own masterpiece depicting a charismatic Eurasian Eagle-Owl — known for its glowing orange eyes and fluffy ear tufts. Buy tickets.
Photo courtesy of the National Aviary.
Saturday, October 9: Fall Fest at Threadbare Cider House
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
A crisp fall day and a delish cup of cider go hand in hand Be there to sample the good when Threadbare releases its popular seasonal spiced cider, boasting a warming mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. The autumnal celebration will include a pumpkin patch from Soergel Orchards, a caramel apple-making station, seasonal pastries and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. Register for free.
Photo courtesy of Threadbare Cider.
Saturday, October 9: What’s the Point .5K in Westinghouse Park
12 p.m.
Looking for a race that’s truly for everyone, couch potatoes included? Have a blast at this entertainment-filled .5K event while supporting the beautification of Westinghouse Park. Join the chill 546-yard “race,” then head right to the donut and nap stations. The welcoming festivities will also feature a GASP Clean Air Fair, Tree Pittsburgh giveaways, live music, yoga mats and a kids’ craft zone. Register here.
Saturday, October 9: Pittsburgh Cannabis Festival at the Allegheny Commons Park.
12-4 p.m.
Curious about cannabis and want to learn more? Presented by Compassionate Clinics of America, this new festival aims to promote cannabis advocacy and education. The free family-friendly event features local bands Truth & Rights, Buffalo Rose and The Moat Rats, food trucks, vendors, glass blowing demos, guided yoga sessions and a kids’ activity area. Leaders from a variety of cannabis-related industries, including health and wellness experts, business owners and governmental officials, will share resources about the plant’s diverse benefits and expanding presence in the region.
Saturday, October 9: Radiant Hall Studio Tour in McKees Rocks
12-4 p.m.
Take a tour of Radiant Hall’s newest art studios. Located at 734 Thompson Ave. in McKees Rocks, the new creative space houses 17 artists working in oil painting, watercolor, textiles, wood and more. Can’t make it in person? Check out the virtual tour. Register for free.
Saturday, October 9: Live From The Edge at City Theatre Company
5:30 p.m.
City Theatre is reopening its doors in a very memorable way. Don’t miss this innovative performance event created and performed by the NYC-based National Theater Company of Color, Universes, which “tracks the evolution of language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop, gospel, Latin jazz and down home blues.” Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 9: Enter the Quantinuum Q Ball at Roselea Farm
6-9 p.m.
For its momentous 30th anniversary festivities, Quantum Theatre is taking the Q Ball revelry outdoors and on the road to Coraopolis. Reimagining its popular gala as an open-air farm dinner, the bucolic Q Ball experience will showcase hand-crafted food from chef Jamilka Borges. Surrounded by inspiring scenery, Q Ballers will be treated to music by Buffalo Rose, DJ Riel and Steel City Soul Club, and can bid on silent auction items displayed alongside Bass & Bennett Trading Co. imports. The evening under the stars (think farm-friendly cocktail attire and comfy shoes) will wind down with dessert, dancing and a toast around cozy fire pits. Proceeds will support the company’s new season of site-specific shows. Buy tickets now before the event sells out.
Saturday, October 9: Cult Classic Movie Night at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
7 p.m.
Celebrate the spooky season by helping our furry friends in need. The region’s newest outdoor movie series takes place at Humane Animal Rescue’s Verona facility. Under the stars you’ll enjoy William Castle’s 1959 spine-tingler, “House on Haunted Hill,” starring Vincent Price — along with snacks and a special encounter with a Wildlife Educational Ambassador. Register for free and bring a donation.
Sunday, October 10: The Neighborhood Flea at 3 Crossings
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Shop, eat, make and more when this signature flea market returns for its fall edition. Hunt for treasures and handmade goods from more than 60 vendors setting up shop along 26th and Railroad streets. There will also be food trucks and pop-up workshops and parking at The Hub is only $3.
Sunday, October 10: 15th Anniversary Open House at Tree Pittsburgh
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Help Tree Pittsburgh usher in its next 15 years with a free family-friendly open house. Tour the nonprofit’s Lawrenceville campus tours, see the site’s new shovel sculpture and enjoy live music by the Dave & Clara Experience. You can even reserve a tree from the adoption event and sample delicious beverages from A Few Bad Apples Cider.

Worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art. Co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania and co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. In a band called The Garment District; founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor.