What to do this week, from Valentine’s Day to Khuraki to Ireland


What’s happening this week in Pittsburgh, February 14-20? 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, February 14: Hearts and Paws at the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh
This Valentine’s Day, Humane Animal Rescue is extending a heart and a paw to support the four-legged friends in our area. Puppy owners in need can visit the association’s North Side campus at 1101 Western Ave., where staff will load vehicles with free dog food.

Photo courtesy of Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh.

Monday February 14: Make Love Black Tie Valentine’s Day Extravaganza at the Mattress Factory
Presented by the Spread Love Army, this immersive Valentine’s Day party will feature works by Zachary Rutter and Sydney Davis, a tribute to French painter Yves Kline, and a first video. Gala attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the museum, chef Claudy Pierre’s cuisine and live music. Slip on this chic outfit and strike a pose along a red carpet lined with luxury cars. To buy tickets.

Monday, February 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Gateway Clipper
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
It may not have Captain Merrill Stubing, but it will be the love ship for a special night. Hop aboard with your darling for dinner on a riverboat, the best views in town, and a DJ playing all the romantic retro tunes you need to rock out together on Pittsburgh’s only floating dance floor. To buy tickets.

Monday, February 14: Virtual Storytelling: Glen Hazel’s WWII Lodging
7 p.m.
Did you know that the Glen Hazel Defense Housing Project, built for steelworkers during World War II, was the largest of four federally owned communities in Allegheny County? During this online Doors Open event, award-winning historian and USMC JaQuay veteran Edward Carter will examine how the project became one of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods, its impact on the city, and its connection to August Wilson. To buy tickets.

Monday, February 14: Valentines on Ice at the Schenley Park ice rink
7-9 p.m.
Glide through the night hand in hand. With a special 2-for-1 prize, the adults-only event includes Betsy Ann chocolates, flowers and raffle prizes. Off the ice, skaters can say “cheese!” in the selfie booth and poses for cartoonist Sam Thong.

Tuesday, February 15: RealTime’s Khuraki at Carnegie Mellon University
5 p.m.
If you missed its premiere, register now for this day-long revival of “Khūrākī,” a culinary and theatrical celebration of Afghanistan created by RealTime Interventions. As part of CMU’s MLK Community Celebration, the event will feature the stories of five Afghan women, as well as cooking from their food incubator, Zafaron, and live music (live stream available).

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Tuesday February 15: Blippi The Musical at the Benedum Center
6 p.m.
Stevin John’s adorable character, Blippi, jumps off the screen and onto the stage in this innovative production filled with audience engagement and upbeat music. Sporting her signature blue and orange outfit, Blippi will have the kids singing and dancing while learning life lessons. To buy tickets.

Wednesday, February 16: Overpriced and Undervalued: How Darkness Colors a Home’s Value
12 p.m.
In this roundtable, artist Harrison Kinnane Smith, economist Troup Howard, and historian Andrew Kahrl will discuss discriminatory housing assessment practices in Pittsburgh and the United States, barriers to fair taxation, and how citizens can act. Participants can attend virtually or in person at the Homewood Community Engagement Center or the Mattress Factory, where Smith’s installation, “Sed Valorem,” is on display. Free registration.

Harrison Kinnane Smith, “Sed Valorem”. Photo courtesy of the mattress factory.

Wednesday, February 16: Frick Park February Full Snow Moon Lighthouse Hike
6-8:30 p.m.
The glow of February’s full snow moon will light your way on this 6km hike through the urban wilderness. Visit 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. and bring your outdoor recreation gear questions. Then, warm up by a cozy campfire and say cheers with Cinderlands ales. Free registration.

Wednesday February 16: Reel Q presents Margarita at City of Asylum
7-9 p.m.
The Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival presents the latest feature from lesbian co-directors Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona. The drama follows an undocumented Mexican nanny in Toronto, whose girlfriend is “reluctant to commit.” Free registration.

Wednesday, February 16: Finding Love with Steel City Storytellers at Kingfly Spirits
7:30-9:30 p.m..
Stories and spirits will run through Kingfly’s 5,000 square foot loft. Be captivated by the power of the spoken word as regional storytellers share “stories told from the heart” – from prom night disasters to being thrown at the altar. Hosted by Steel City Storytellers founder Angelo Creo, the event features music by pianist Harry Cardillo. To buy tickets.

Thursday, February 17: Ed Simon at the Carnegie Library Conference Room
6 p.m.
Pittsburgh residents love to share stories about Pittsburgh. Point Breeze native Ed Simon takes readers on a deep dive into the area’s hidden stories and characters with his new book, “An Alternative History of Pittsburgh.” What did Western PA look like 300 million years ago? Is Joe Magarac real? Find out when Simon takes the mic. To buy tickets.

Thursday, February 17: Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
7 p.m.
Honoring outstanding individuals, organizations, or corporations that exemplify leadership in improving the quality of life for African Americans, this year’s Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards will be presented to Franco Harris and Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers . Since 1996, the event has raised $8 million to support the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. To buy tickets.

Thursday, February 17: American Moor at the PNC Theater at Point Park University
7 p.m.
Experience Shakespeare’s Moorish Prince like never before. In this tour de force production written and starring Keith Hamilton Cobb, a veteran African-American actor auditions for “Othello” and faces prejudice, racism and white privilege. Directed by Kim Weild, this is a theatrical experience not to be missed. To buy tickets.

Thursday February 17: The princess is right! at the new Hazlett Theater
8 p.m.
Come and attend the premiere of the interactive show “The princess is right!” Written and performed by Princess Jafar – aka “Pittsburgh’s iconic Arab queer comic strip princess villain” – the pop culture production brings local celebrities to the stage for a performance inspired by the beloved game show. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.

Friday, February 18: Pittsburgh International Auto Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Motoring enthusiasts and automotive enthusiasts can discover a colossal variety of vehicles under one roof, from solar bikes to Amazon’s Deepracer. Climb aboard a Ford Lightning, discover the latest digital gadgets and take a seat in a sporty convertible. Whether your vehicle is a Camaro or a Volkswagen, you’ll be in automotive nirvana for four days.

Friday, February 18: Virtual Black History Month Conference from the Heinz Center for History
5:30-7:30 p.m.
For its eighth annual Black History Month Lecture, the Heinz Center for History welcomes Gloria J. Browne-Marshall. The renowned professor and lawyer will discuss her book, “She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law and Power” and share remarkable experiences of women forgotten in history from 1619 to 1969. Join free.

Friday, February 18: Redo New Year’s Eve at Spirit
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Don’t put those noisemakers away yet! Party like it’s New Year’s Eve – not mid-February – when Spirit holds its two-story blowout – rescheduled for December 31 – with bands, DJs, screenings, a Polish feast and more again. To buy tickets.

Saturday, February 19: Tropical Forest Hawai’i at Phipps
Escape to the Hawaiian archipelago, where history, nature and culture intertwine. Meet a model canoe representing early Polynesian voyages to Hawai’i, immerse yourself in fragrant flora, admire carvings of native birds and more. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Phipps.

Saturday, February 19: Pittsburgh Antiques Show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh South
Why run ragged from one estate sale to the next when you can browse the wares of 50 sellers under one roof? The three-day event showcases a range of antiques, including nostalgic holiday decor, retro jewelry, furniture and fashion, collectible glassware, vintage toys, rare paper ephemera, books and lighting – as well as museum exhibits. See show times.

Saturday, February 19: Colors of My Heart at Father Ryan Arts Center
4-6 p.m.
Head to the Rocks to celebrate Black History Month with Focus On Renewal. The organization’s 11th annual community festivities will include live entertainment, vendors, food, crafts and special guests. Free registration.

Saturday February 19: When Doves Cry: A Prince Tribute Concert at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
8 p.m.
In 2016, the world lost a musical icon when Prince Rogers Nelson passed away. Tonight you can party like it’s 1999 while celebrating the High Priest of Pop. The concert will embody Prince’s authentic artistry, distinct styles and prolific oeuvre. Go wild with hits like “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” performed by an 11-member musical ensemble led by pianist and vocalist Dwayne Fulton. To buy tickets.

Saturday February 19: In a Grove at the Pittsburgh Opera
8 p.m.
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s 1922 short story “In a Grove” later inspired the 1950 film “Rashomon” by revolutionary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Now the timeless tale is revived for the stage by the Pittsburgh Opera with music by Christopher Cerrone and libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann. To buy tickets.

Ireland, monastery on the island of Skellig. Photo courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Sunday February 20: Ireland at Rangos Giant Cinema
11 a.m.
Visit the Emerald Isle without leaving Steel City. Fly over the Giant’s Causeway, peek at the Book of Kells and take a tour with famed Irish writer, traveler and TV host Manchán Magan. From medieval manuscripts to dramatic seaside cliffs, you’ll experience every breathtaking detail on Western PA’s largest screen. To buy tickets.

For more things to do, read about the can’t-miss February 11 events in Pittsburgh, from Black History Month to Valentine’s Day.

For live music, check out the Top 20 Concerts in Pittsburgh in February.

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