Pittsburgh’s Top Events: October 20-26

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Artwork by Camerin “Camo” Nesbit at Black on Black Love

Thu Oct 20

Presented by BOOM Concepts, black on black love at 820 Gallery explores the ways in which love is manifested within the black community and, as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website puts it, how it is “shared, extended, created, embraced, honoured, interpreted, and protected.” The exhibition will feature black artists in all fields, including photography, painting, sculpture, and more. Discover the series of photographer Dominick McDuffie here to bloomMarce Nixon-Washington pottery and other works. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Until January 2023. 820 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. trustarts.org

Fri 21 Oct

Looking for the perfect vehicle to take you on the road? The Super RV Clearance Sale to David L. Lawrence Convention Center allows you to browse two acres of overstocked RVs. The event features a wide selection of RV styles and types, with special offers and prizes for attendees. The super sale also includes RV accessories and services. Attendees can receive expert advice from top industry representatives and purchase their next RV on the spot. Stands for exhibitors are also always available. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Continues until Sunday, October 23. 1000, boul. Fort Duquesne, downtown. $5, free for children 6 and under. pittrvshow.com

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens continue its monthly Virtual Environmental Film Series with The Scales of Hope, a documentary about Molly Kawahata’s mountaineering expedition to the Alaska Ridge. The film follows Kawahata as she attempts to uncover more helpful – and hopeful – individual solutions to climate change on her journey. After the film, expert Mary Ann Steiner will discuss ways to organize action against climate change at the community level. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required. phipps.conservatory.org

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Ronnie Marmo in I Am Not A Comedian…I Am Lenny Bruce

Actor Ronnie Marmo received Kitty Bruce’s blessing to play her father, the late Lenny Bruce. Now Pittsburgh audiences can see Marmo in I’m not a comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce, described as chronicling “the life and death of the most controversial comedian and undisputed legend of all time”. Marmo takes the stage at Byham Theater to play Bruce who, before his death in 1966, challenged the prejudices of the time and fought for freedom of expression. 8:00 p.m. Continues on Saturday, October 22. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $42.50-65. trustarts.org

Sat 22 Oct

Join conductor Kellen Gray and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the Duquesne Light Co. Lift Every Voice concert at Heinz Hall. Returning after a two-year hiatus, the evening, hosted by Kendra Ross and Garfield Lemonius, will celebrate dynamic contemporary artists. Experience the world premiere of the multimedia piece “As I Please” and two first solo performances by PSO, as well as music created to animate a mural by local artists. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $25. pittsburghsymphony.org

The Parkway Theater and Movie Lounge go to Giallo for Roadshow Jump Cutthe late night screening of Dark red. The 1975 Italian film, known for its signature gore and iconic goblin score, follows a pianist and a journalist as they attempt to solve the murder of a famous psychic, while being hunted by a mysterious killer. Grab a beer from the on-site Abjuration Brewing and get ready for a classic example of a horror subgenre. 10:30 p.m. 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks. $8. jumpcuttheatre.org

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Sun Oct 23

Conservation of the record store will satisfy all your vinyl, CD and cassette needs during its Record Fair. The New Kensington record store and hardcore basement recently expanded their selection beyond metal, punk and hardcore to include other genres like jazz and indie rock. Stay open-minded: you might discover your new Pittsburgh polka band while searching for that original Kreator CD. And if all that crate digging leaves you hungry, check out Voodoo Brewing’s Halloween-themed vegan food and craft fair two blocks away. 11am-3pm 1101 Fifth Ave., New Kensington. Free. preserverecordshop.com

The Pittsburgh Savoyards, a semi-professional, community-based, non-profit theater company, continues its 85th season with its own version of a Gilbert and Sullivan show. In The Sorcerer, the town of Ploverleigh is thrown into chaos when a wizard’s love potion causes every villager to fall in love with the first person they see. Tough decisions have to be made to break the spell and set things right. The public is invited to attend a live performance or purchase access to a live version of the production. 2:30 p.m. Continues until Sunday, October 30. 3579 Masonic Way, Ross Township. $25. pittsburghsavoyards.org

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“Suburb III” by Joyce Werwie Perry

Mon. October 24

The colonizers simply couldn’t leave anything good enough alone. This is the gist of the historian and author Candice Millardthe book River of the Gods, a harrowing account of how Britons Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke were recruited to map the sources of the Nile in Africa. What followed was a years-long journey plagued by illness, betrayal, and death. Learn more about this tale when Millard appears at Carnegie Music Hall as part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. 7:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $10-18. Virtual passes also available. pittsburghlectures.org

Tue 25 Oct

Discover two new exhibitions in the same place at James Gallery. Different shots features 10 regional and national artists bound by their unusual techniques, like Katy Mixon, who carves into her cured oil paints with woodcarving tools. Ground yourself In the momentwhich features the work of Joyce Werwie Perry, who paints traditional subjects like families and landscapes, but eschews convention by applying her paint with knives. Continues until December 2. 413 South Main St., West End. Free. jamesgallery.net

Wed 26 Oct

What do you get when you mix together a Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel and add a touch of Monty Python? You obtain The 39 stepsa production of Pitt Stadiums of the University of Pittsburgh. Staging at Henry Heymann Theater, The 39 steps follows a man with a boring life who meets a woman claiming to be a spy. A nationwide murder, mystery, and manhunt ensues, all of which lead to a death-defying finale. This Tony Award-winning show has more than 150 characters, all played by a cast of four actors. 8 p.m. Continues until Sunday, October 30. 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $15-25. play.pitt.edu

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