Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl Great Way to Start the Weekend

Gallery Crawl may be the best way to experience as much of the Pittsburgh art scene in one fabulous evening as possible.

Photo courtesy of the Cultural Trust


Whether you’re walking, running, driving or scooter-ing on that handle-less Segway thing that nearly broke the Internet, traverse at your leisure from venue to venue during the September Gallery Crawl presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Gallery Crawl may be the best way to experience as much of the Pittsburgh art scene in one fabulous evening as possible. At each quarterly showcase, crawlers get a closer look at interactive and often international art events happening in Pittsburgh’s flourishing cultural district.

The best thing about the crawl? It’s free. Second best thing about the crawl? It’s got it all. Live music, dance, film screenings, improv comedy, a living board game, yoga classes — the whole shebang. And it works however you want it to work: Come and go as you please. Check the list of events for info on the activities you want to hit up; most are continuous and repeat throughout the evening. “Crawl After Dark” events keep the fun rolling after hours, but keep an eye out; some include a minimal fee.
(Various venues, Cultural District, downtown; Friday, 5:30-10 p.m.; click here for more info)

––Lauralei Kraski


Many music festivals — particularly among the particularly hip, particularly cutting-edge set — can be somewhat unimaginative in setting the lineup. With a few exceptions, concertgoers know where to go for the jam bands, where to go for the DJs and where to go for the hipster-cool trendsetters. The third annual Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, however, stands in sharp contrast to that model. Sure, there are plenty of acts too cool for you to have even heard of yet, but there also are early-oughts hitmakers, ’90s hip-hop legends and modern rap titans. Take a look at the fest’s headliners in this week’s edition of After Dark!


Speaking of outdoor activities: Who says that autumn is the time to return to the nest? Put on a jacket and find great outdoor activities, including Squirrel Hill’s second Night Market, scheduled for this Saturday evening and presented by NextGen:Pgh. Murray Avenue will close to traffic between Forbes Avenue and Bartlett Street, as the heart of the always-charming neighborhood is given over to vendors, live entertainment and more. Grab some grub from food trucks such as Nakama, Berlin Street Food, Miss Meatball and Square Cafe (among many others) as you check out the wares fromi made it! market and plenty of other vendors — and stick around for a pop-up Fuse@PSOperformance. (Forbes and Murray avenues, Squirrel Hill; 6-10 p.m.; free; click here for more info)

––Sean Collier

 There will always be movies meant for 30-somethings to take their parents to see, and “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro as a senior-citizen intern to tech mogul Anne Hathaway, is just such a film. If you don’t feel like a movie date with the folks, you can take your kids to see the silly-spooky sequel “Hotel Transylvania 2” or take yourself to see the gay-rights drama “Stonewall.” Or — perhaps most likely — you can look forward to next Friday, when more-alluring dramas “The Martian” and “Sicario” arrive on local screens. — S.C.

Dive into our region’s history with a trip to the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village’s American Indian Heritage Weekend. Events are scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. — S.C.

The Sen. John Heinz History Center looks at World War II through Hollywood’s eyes this weekend. The We Can Do It! WWII Film Festival includes screenings of four films, including all-time classic “Casablanca,” with discussions following each film. More info here. — S.C.

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