Pittsburgh’s Top Events: June 16-22

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Father’s Day Brunch at National Aviary

Thu 16 June

Canem Cellar
return in person to city ​​of asylumit is Alphabet city place with what the event’s website describes as “rousing performances that speak to the issues of the day with emotion, beauty and calls to action.” Every June since 2010, City of Asylum has held the annual Cave Canem Reading to coincide with the Cave Canem Retreat Week. The evening will honor the poetry of the retirement faculty francine j. Harris, Evie Shockley and Frank X. Walker. 7-8:30 p.m. 40 W. North Ave., north side. Free. Registration required. cityofasile.org

Fri, June 17

The North Side will come alive with family fun, new art and more when the mattress factory presents his TOMB Community Opening Night. The event marks the opening of TOMB, an exhibition of installation works at the museum’s Monterey Annex, presented in partnership with art collective and residency program Sibyls Shrine and curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Enjoy art activities in the City of Asylum Garden, a Moms Market featuring local artists and vendors, a live DJ from Yadirtydaughter, and food from Mommalicious and ShadoBeni. Customers can also see TOMB for free during the event. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1400 Monterey Street, north side. Free. mattress.org

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Spontaneous Horizon here, Pittsburgh

Admire the works of a Pittsburgh-based painter John Burt Sander when here, Pittsburgh presents the opening of his personal exhibition Spontaneous Horizon. The exhibition will feature 11 new paintings reflecting Sanders’ style, described in a statement as focusing “on the formal visual elements of color, texture and composition to explore systems of order.” The latest collection sees Sanders’ abstract backgrounds “blend into more recognizable imagery, such as trees, a shoe, smokestacks and a rocket launch”, and “engage directly with ideas of destruction, human intervention and exploration, while revealing a certain beauty in human excesses. 6-8pm Continues until July 23. 527 N. Taylor Ave., North Side. Free. gallery-ici.com

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will present The strange child, a new opera by composer Julia Werntz and librettist Kim Adrian. Based on a fairy tale by ETA Hoffman, the show is described on KST’s website as a magical tale following two siblings who face off against a cruel tutor and a mysterious imp. The show will feature a cast of singers, including Robert Frankenberry and Eugene Perry. 7:30 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $25, tickets limited to pay what you want at the door. kelly-strayhorn.org

Sat 18 June

The Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Historic Village will welcome his 25th Annual Atlatl Contest, centered on a thruster used by prehistoric hunters. Beginners are invited to try their hand at atlatl, then watch some of the best throwers in the world compete for the highest score. This annual event is organized in partnership with the World Atlatl Association. Members of the Shawnee tribe will be on hand to discuss prehistoric hunting techniques and demonstrate tool making. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella. $7-15. heinzhistorycenter.org

Undiscovered Gallery
a Wilkinsburg-based community event space for local artists, presents the opening of its latest group exhibition Summer shades. Curated by Nancy Howarth and Margot Dermody, the exhibition includes works by Howarth, Robert Bowden, Charlie Patterson and William Pfahl, as well as Dermody, a multimedia artist who works in acrylics, oils, fused glass and sculpture in glass and stone. . See paintings, photographs, and other works ranging from landscapes to floral images. 5-9pm Continues until Sunday, June 19. 319 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. Free. margotdermody.com

Sun 19 June

Do you remember the night of June 19? Travel back in time with Earth tribute band Wind & Fire let’s have fun tonight at Allegheny River Trail Park. Presented as part of the rock the river summer concert series, the event invites everyone to “boogie on down” with a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and a few friends and family members. You can also sample dishes from Farmer x Baker and local food trucks. 6-8 p.m. 285 River Ave, Aspinwall. Free. alleghenyrivertrailpark.org/summer-concert-series

Fathers Day
is for the birds, at least when it comes to brunch at National aviary. Dads and their families can enjoy cinnamon “Texas” toast or signature cocktails prepared by Chef Josef Karst and Atria’s Specialty Catering, all served in the Garden Room at the rear of the building. Tickets also include entry to the aviary, so once you’re done feasting, check out several species of birds, including penguins, as well as the resident sloth. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 700 Arch Street, north side. $55 for adults and $35 for youth 12 and under. aviary.org

Monday, June 20

The Andy Warhol Museum
continue his Sound series with a performance of Fuji||||||||||ta, a Japanese noise artist known for working with original instruments. His artist biography describes his music as consisting of “water sounds from multiple aquariums” alongside a “pipe organ” consisting of 11 pipes and no keyboard, and his vocals. Since 2006, Fuji||||||||||ta has engaged in solo performances and collaborations with other musicians and exhibited works at the 2017 Sapporo International Art Festival. 8:00 p.m. Doors 7:00 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $15-18. warhol.org

Tue, June 21

Let the parks be your inspiration this summer when the Traveling Art Cart returns with fun multimedia art projects. The event starts at Frick Parkit is Big blue slide but will visit a new CitiPark every week until early August. Paint, sculpt and more while watching local artists. Activities are suitable for ages 5-12 and all children must be supervised by a caregiver. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues until August 5. Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill. Free. pittsburghpa.gov

Wed 22 June

Fans of the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs the world will want to check Mr. Smalls when the pop-rock group Anamanaguchi present Scott Pilgrim Against the World: The Game Soundtrack: The Tour. The show has made its way across Europe and the United States and features digital tracks produced as the soundtrack to a video game originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 8:00 p.m. Doors 7:00 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25, $30 at the door. mrsmalls.com/events/anamanaguchi

white whale
invites readers to discover the new work of a Pittsburgh author at the launch of power in language by Caitlyn Hunter. Described by Tolsun Books as blending history and folk tales, the hybrid memoir creates an “inner world steeped in magic, tricksters, talking animals, bobbed hair, flashing red and blue lights, Pittsburgh steel” and “centers not black pain, but black perseverance spanning centuries.” The event will also include selections from Nicole Lourette and Cameron Barnett. 7-8:30 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave, Bloomfield. Free. RSVP required. Live streaming available. whitewhalebookstore.com/events

Adult contemporary darling Ben bends will bring his energetic piano melodies and irreverent lyrics to Heinz Room for a performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From his days with rock trio Ben Folds Five to his solo career, the multi-instrumentalist has released a number of albums defined by soaring harmonies, jazzy rock and storytelling songs. His work appeals to fans of pop and classical music, with his 2015 album So the even topped Billboard’s Classic Albums and Classic Crossover charts. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $35-75. trustarts.org

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