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Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in November

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.



Nov. 9/ Lordy, Lordy, the Mattress Factory is 40! The museum is celebrating with MF@40: Then and Now, a “birthday” party with live music and appearances by guest artists. Partygoers are encouraged to share their photos of the Mattress Factory throughout the years on social media using #MFthen; the museum will select photos to feature at the event. Since 1977, the Mattress Factory has exhibited work from more than 750 artists, and all proceeds from this and other MF@40 events will be used to continue that legacy. Two drinks and light bites are included in the price of admission. (505 Jacksonia St., North Side; 412/231-3169, mattress.org)
 


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Nov. 7/ Macklemore brings his Gemini U.S. Tour to Stage AE on the North Shore. Through a partnership with Plus1, $1 from every ticket will go to advance racial and social justice through the M&RL Equity Fund. (400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com)
 

Nov. 10/ Dust off your bowling ball and shoes and create a team for Bark and Bowl at AMF Noble Manor Lanes, benefiting the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation. There will be contests and raffles, and all proceeds benefit cancer research for our furry companions. (2440 Noblestown Rd., Oakwood; 412/922-4622, barkandbowl.com/pittsburgh)
 

Through Nov. 19/ Bricolage and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are partnering to create a world-premiere immersive theater production. DODO explores the intersection of science, art and human history with a nod to the extinct bird. The largest production in Bricolage’s history, eclipsing their groundbreaking immersive production “STRATA,” DODO seeks to alter the interaction between museums and their visitors. The production is part of the museum’s Carnegie Nexus initiative and will take place in galleries and collection areas as well as behind-the-scene spaces not ordinarily open to the public. Each performance will be a personalized experience, with only six patrons accommodated at a time. (4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; 412/471-0999, bricolagepgh.org)
 

Nov. 4/ Come one, come all for an evening of s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g, f-u-n and p-r-i-z-e-s at The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee. Hosted at The Glitter Box Theater and offering a cash prize to the winner, the Bee costs $5 to join; you must be an adult to participate, but all are welcome to attend. (460 Melwood Ave., Oakland; pghspellingbee.tumblr.com)

Nov. 3/ To help fund its community outreach programs and keep the doors open (and the kitchen cooking), the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community will host its fourth annual Hot Metal Hullabaloo. The fundraiser will be held at Zenith and will offer food, drinks, live music and art, a raffle and a silent auction. (86 S. 26th St., South Side; 412/481-4010, hotmetalbridge.com)

Nov. 19/ For a play that is unique to Pittsburgh and its people, visit Brillobox for Mythburgh, presented by 12 Peers Theater. The original stories are told by Pittsburghers and then adapted into short plays and digital content by local playwrights. The monthly series features a recurring cast of characters, is site-specific each month and offers name-your-own-price tickets. (4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield; 412/626-6784, 12peerstheater.org)

Nov. 14/ For individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory sensitivities, loud sounds can be uncomfortable. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosts Sensory Friendly Afternoons, where announcement and exhibit sound volume is reduced and sound-reducing headphones are available. (10 Children’s Way, North Side; 412/322-5058, pittsburghkids.org)
 

Nov. 15/ As part of its “From Slavery to Freedom” Film Series, the African American Program at the Sen. John Heinz History Center has teamed up with The John Edgar Wideman Experience and the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library to host “In Black and White.” The two part docu-biography features the works and interviews of August Wilson and John Edgar Wideman, two of Pittsburgh’s most famous literary artists. Wideman will lead a discussion with the audience, and admission to the event is free. (Homewood Library Auditorium, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood; 412/454-6391, heinzhistorycenter.org)
 


photo by laura petrilla
 

Nov. 8/ Join chefs from some of the most popular restaurants — like Apteka, shown here — in the city as they team up with a buddy for TasteBuds Pittsburgh. Organized by Best Buddies, a nonprofit dedicated to reaching out to those with intellectual and development disabilities who are often isolated socially, physically or economically, the chefs and their companions prepare bites for guests, who also have the opportunity to see live entertainment and bid on silent and live auction items all in support of Best Buddies' Friendship programs. (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown; 724/288-4363, bestbuddies.org/tastebudspgh)
 

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Peters Township Native Wins Silver Medal in Speed Skating

Peters Township Native Wins Silver Medal in Speed Skating

After swine flu kept him from competing in Sochi in 2014, short track speed skater John-Henry Krueger finally won a spot on the podium at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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Where's the Flu Bug Biting Hardest? There's an App for That

Where's the Flu Bug Biting Hardest? There's an App for That

The Doctors Report Illness Tracker has the scoop on germ hotspots all over the region and beyond.

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