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The 10 best things to do in Pittsburgh in April.



Moody Blues
April 2

Some bands just keep on truckin’ — into the next decade, even the next millennium. No matter how gray they get, these musicians play as well as ever. The Moody Blues: The Voyage Continues — Highway 45 is a tour that celebrates 45 years since the group’s famous first album, Days of Future Passed. How long have they been on the road? Well, even their “reunion” tour lasted more than 13 years. And they’ve really evolved over the past half-century: “Nights in White Satin” is worlds away from “Your Wildest Dreams.” This one-night show is a rare chance to see some early classic rockers in concert.

(Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., downtown; 8 p.m.; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Hot Jam
April 6

There is something irresistible about glassworks. When a white-hot tulip of glass is pulled from the oven, most people are transfixed by the primal glow of molten sand. Pittsburgh is lucky to have its own Glass Center — and luckier still for Hot Jam, a free open house for anyone interested in learning about glassmaking techniques. You’ll see craftspeople heating and shaping their pieces in front of impressed onlookers. This stop on the Unblurred Art Walk is open every first Friday, but a spring thaw means more visitors than usual.

(5472 Penn Ave., Garfield; 6-9 p.m.; free; 412/365-2145, pittsburghglasscenter.org)

To Market, To Market
April 7

Like a Silk Road bazaar, International Market Day is a great crossroads of wares, music and edibles every first Saturday in the Strip. The global souk takes place in the Pittsburgh Public Market, where you’ll find crafts and knickknacks from all over the world, plus many scrumptious snacks. The event is hosted by Christian Evangelistic Economic Development (CEED), and many vendors are veterans of CEED’s Skills to Wealth program, which provides immigrants and refugees with micro-loans and small business assistance.

(Smallman and 17th streets, Strip District; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free; pittsburghpublicmarket.org)

More Maher
April 14

Tough, smart and politically charged, Bill Maher is one of the most electric comedians in history. His fans love him for his brutal honesty and razor wit. His critics despise his opinionated nature and bullying interview style. For one night only, TV’s most defiantly un-PC comic brings his unique brand of social commentary to the Cultural District. You can expect him to trash statesmen and rant unendingly about the election — but always in the self-assured (and highly funny) style that makes him famous.

(Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., downtown; 8 p.m.; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Spin Me ’Round
April 21

There’s nothing like a real record store: the dusty smell, the dog-eared albums and the legit music aficionado sitting behind the register. iTunes is convenient, but there’s nothing conversational about downloading some songs. When a record-store employee dreamed up Record Store Day, he never imagined that it’d become a global phenomenon. Since 2007, the popular holiday has attracted droves of music fans to indie stores around the world. Here in Pittsburgh, you can thumb through albums in all kinds of shops — from Mind Cure, Dave’s Music Mine and Jerry’s Records to Eide’s Entertainment and the brand-new Sound Cat Records in Bloomfield.

(recordstoreday.com)

Wookie Weekend
April 20-22

If you’ve heard the rumor that Chewbacca is coming to town — it’s true. That is, Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot actor who played Chewbacca in four Star Wars movies, will be showing up in the ‘Burgh. But for genuine fanboys, Mayhew is only the tip of the iceberg. Comicon is a three-day odyssey for all things nerd: Legions of vendors, thousands of graphic novels and innumerable collectibles await the hungry sequential-art fan. Even locals — like “The Adventures of Steel Dog” author Carol Lynn Vicini, who travels everywhere with her beloved pup — are getting in on the action. But the biggest name of all doesn’t sport tights or a mask: Stan Lee, co-creator of “Spider-Man” (among many others), will arrive in Monroeville to almost biblical fanfare. And unlike other Comicons, this annual convention will include representatives from the ToonSeum. Excelsior!

(Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville; pittsburghcomicon.com)

Cheers!
April 20-28

There’s a growing class of beer gurus who appreciate fine brewing the way vintners appreciate an outstanding vintage. To celebrate the “nectar of the gods,” Pittsburgh hosts its first-ever Craft Beer Week, a citywide festival of malted barley. Festivities include beer tastings and dinners with expert beer pairings — plus deals, samples and specials. Created by the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance, Craft Beer Week promises to be like the Steel City Big Pour — except growler-sized.

(pittsburghcraftbeerweek.com)

World View
April 22-23

Picture a National Geographic photographer: She’s bold, she’s fearless, she’s jet-setting around the world — and she has two kids. In the history of moms with can-do spirit, Annie Griffiths has more tenacity than most, and she reveals her road wisdom in A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs, an illustrated memoir. Griffiths not only crosses deserts — but she does so as one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers. She’s coming to Pittsburgh to talk about her life and adventures, thanks to Cohen & Grigsby’s Trust Presents Series.

(Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Art All Night
April 28-29

Back in 1998, Art All Night sounded like a crazy idea. An overnight art festival, with no jury, curator or censorship … ? Surely there had to be a catch. And there was in a way: Artists can only submit a single work. But that piece can be whatever they like, whether it’s a sculpture, painting or photograph. As long as it can be hung or displayed on the floor, the volunteers at Art All Night are ready to show it. You could call it the mini-Burning Man of Lawrenceville, complete with craft tables, tons of beer and musicians who perform at the earliest hours. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, this one-night hootenanny is a boon to artists and culturati everywhere.

(Lawrenceville; begins 4 p.m. Saturday, ends 2 p.m. Sunday; artallnight.org)

Mondo Italiano!
Sundays

Most people agree: Italian is one of the world’s most beautiful languages. There’s something about the flow of the words, the rise and fall of the tones and the insistence of the syllables that really make Italian a romantic language (aside from it being, literally, a Romantic language). For gente who have been dying to learn or practice, Italian-Espresso is an informal conversation group. But what conversazione would be complete without an enlivening cup of espresso? Hosted by Mondo Italiano, a Pittsburgh-based tutoring service, the weekly sessions are held in independent cafés throughout the city. Seeking more thorough instruction? Mondo Italiano holds regular classes and seminars on Italian culture.

(Various locations; free; 412/478-2681, home.earthlink.net/~mondoitaliano)

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The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

Three Rivers Champion: Cecile Springer

A self-proclaimed “loudmouth,” Springer says her favorite part of volunteering is meeting other people and persuading them to do what she wants them to do.

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

Restaurant Review: or, The Whale

The Downtown restaurant is a captivating, if costly, catch.

Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.

Second Chances: Crossroads in the Kitchen

People working to overcome substance abuse problems and ex-offenders discover a welcoming environment in restaurant kitchens.

How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongdee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

The Growing Popularity of Shooting a Clay Pigeon

Skeet shooting is taking off as a favored western Pennsylvania hobby.

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.
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Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

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New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

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All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongdee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

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Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

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Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

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Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

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The Battle of The Hollywood

The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

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Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

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Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

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Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

The Patriots are to the Steelers what Moby Dick was to Captain Ahab and that kind of obsession can backfire.

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The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

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The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

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Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

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These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

Thinking of popping the question? Take a note from these grooms-to-be who set the bar high.

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Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

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Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Frustrated by his sterile white classroom, teacher Greg Geibel earned an A+ from students when he transformed the space into something resembling a modern coffeehouse.

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