What to do this week, from the St. Patrick’s Day parade to drag queen shows

What’s happening this week in Pittsburgh, March 7-13? Find out here. Be sure to pack your mask and visit each organization’s website and social media for Covid safety protocols. Do you know of a cool event? Email us.

Monday, March 7: Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
4pm-10pm
You have seven more days to imagine your dream kitchen, garden, patio or den at the state’s largest home show. Spanning 10 acres and 1,900 exhibits, it’s a one-stop shop where you can actually see, touch, try on and buy everything for your home. Visit the Marketplace to discover cutting-edge products, chat with home professionals, and compare top vendors and manufacturers. Highlights include the Farm to Table exhibit, the Dream Home Innovation Center, and the new Garden Resource Center. To buy tickets.

Tuesday, March 8: Your Hour, Her Power with Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Various times
Kick off Women’s History Month by helping to uplift women in our area. Throughout the month of March, participants can donate the equivalent of one hour of their pay to help a woman access Dress for Success programs, services and tools that will help her advance economically. Businesses, organizations and individuals planning Women’s History Month events can also partner with Dress for Success to host a celebration of empowerment. Donate and learn more.

Jean-Étienne Liotard, Lady Montagu in a Turkish dress, 1756.

Tuesday March 8: Britsburgh at the Bosphorus Mediterranean Cuisine
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Celebrate International Women’s Day with Britsburgh at this foodie event in Regent Square. Savor a four-course Turkish meal while learning about the fascinating life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), who introduced the practice of smallpox inoculation to the Western world after observing the success of the procedure while she lived in Constantinople during the Ottoman Empire. The timely event will include Kim Szczypinski’s presentation, “Such an Uncommon Story” and Turkish Belly Dance by Jemeena. To buy tickets.

Tuesday, March 8: Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at City of Asylum
7-8:30 p.m.
Mendelssohn Choir is relaunching its Global Choral Traditions series to explore the genre’s rich heritage with local artists. Participants will experience cultural song traditions around the world as they sing – and no experience is required! Join the choir live at the Cité de l’Asile or virtually. Free registration.


Wednesday March 9: Hop into History: Pop Art Icon at the Heinz History Center
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh’s youngest Pop Art fans are ready for their 15 minutes of fame. Inspired by pop artist and Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol, kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers will build displays using Brillo blocks, play a matching game with Campbell’s soup cans and will create a screen printing masterpiece. To buy tickets.

Thursday March 10: Teen Night at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4pm-8pm
Calling all teens: ditch those devices and dive into the fascinating world of natural history. During this free open house, youngsters can discover extraordinary specimens, get up close to living animals, design a climate banner, tour the museum and enjoy snacks in the teen lounge. register here.

Thursday, March 10: In Conversation: Curators at the Carnegie Museum of Art
6-7:30 p.m.
What can artists’ museums learn about communities, local economies and the workforce? Join this conversation bringing together a diverse range of curators from across the country. Participants will explore national and international perspectives on CMOA’s collections, galleries and public art spaces. To buy tickets.

From Thursday March 10 to Saturday March 12: Kierra Darshell presents at the Greet Cabaret Theater
8 p.m.
Get ready – and get dressed – for three nights of drag showcases presented by Pittsburgh’s first lady of drag Kierra Darshell. Featuring over 20 artists, the drag performances will pay homage to Blue Moon director Andrew Henderson and will highlight local singers. The three-day extravaganza will conclude with a Drag Queens Reunion Show featuring Burgh’s drag icons coming together for a ferocious night of glam, grace, wit and attitude. To buy tickets.

Friday March 11: Alchemical at Artists Image Resource
6-8 p.m.
Artists Image Resource and Boom Concepts are teaming up to present a multi-part exhibition showcasing portfolio projects and prints created by six artists over the past two years. Featured artists return to hosting in person openings of exhibitions are Robert Hodge, Maritza Mosquera, Robert Williams, DS Kinsel, Bekezela Mguni and Quaishawn Whitlock.

Photo courtesy of Prime Stage Theatre.

Friday, March 11: “A Wrinkle in Time” at the New Hazlett Theater
8 p.m.
Travel through space and time with the Prime State Theatre. Madeleine L’Engle fans of all ages cannot miss this production which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Newberry Award-winning novel by the writer. Tonight’s performance is special as L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, will host a post-show discussion. Directed by Sunny Disney Fitchett, the fantasy play was adapted by Brian Wongchaowart and Wayne Brinda. To buy tickets.


Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown
10am
After being canceled twice during the pandemic, the city held a “St. Patrick’s Day Halfway Parade” in September. Considered the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country, it makes its much-anticipated return on the day each year when the Burgh’s color scheme changes from black and gold to green. Find out why “Travel + Leisure” calls the Burgh one of the best towns to celebrate the holidays when 200 groups – from marching units, festive floats and dance troupes, to cultural organizations, kilted pipers and animated clowns – run through the city center. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street.

Manchan Magan

Manchan Magan. Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center.

Saturday March 12: A day of Irish culture at the Carnegie Science Center
10am-5pm
Pre-play your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with famed Irish writer, traveler and TV host Manchán Magan. In her theatrical performance, “Arán & Im”, Magan will bake sourdough bread while sharing insights into the language, landscape and culinary traditions of the Emerald Isle. Magan also stars in the new 3D documentary, “Ireland”, showing now at the giant Rangos cinema. To buy tickets.

Saturday March 12: “Paradise Blue” at the City Theater
5:30 p.m.
Be transported to Detroit in 1949, where a trumpeter decides to sell his beloved jazz club in order to pursue his dreams. Written by MacArthur Genius Fellow Dominique Morisseau, the moving piece features original music by Theron Brown. Directed by Kent Gash, “Paradise Blue” features City Theater Co-Artistic Director Monteze Freeland. To buy tickets.

Sunday, March 13: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy History Hike at the Frick Environmental Center
10am-11.30am
How do those pesky squirrels stay active all winter? Families are invited to listen to a reading of April Pulley Sayre’s book, “Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep,” then hike through Frick Park to watch these furry acrobats in the wild. Free registration.

Sunday March 13: “Front Page Murder” Release Party at the Mystery Lovers bookstore
1 p.m.
Do you like a good book full of suspense and intrigue? Don’t miss this launch party for the debut of Joyce St. Anthony’s WWII historical mystery series. Follow the story – and the clues – with Irene Ingram, a tenacious newspaper editor in a small town near Pittsburgh. Admission includes a paperback copy of “Front Page Murder”.

Pablo Sainz-Villegas

Pablo Sainz-Villegas. Photo courtesy of the PSO.

Sunday March 13: Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto at Heinz Hall
2:30 p.m.
Classical Spanish guitar meets classical Spanish music at Heinz Hall. Unwind from the weekend to the enchanting sounds of guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, who will perform Joaquín Rodrigo’s most famous work, “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Conducted by Juanjo Mena, the PSO concert will also include works by Prokofiev, Debussy and Lutoslawski. To buy tickets.

For more happenings, read about March 10 events not to be missed in Pittsburgh, from the Humanities Festival to Immersive Frida Kahlo.

For live music, check out the top 20 concerts in Pittsburgh in March, from Ministry to Mitski.


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