Things To Do This Weekend in Pittsburgh

Top Pick: Juneteenth in Point State Park.


Downtown has been awash in outdoor music for most of June, as the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival and a series of events in Market Square marked a return to live, in-person concerts. That trend continues in fine form this weekend, as a nine-day Juneteenth celebration kicks off — with a massive music festival as its main event.

The Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth and Black Music Festival will fill Point State Park and beyond beginning Friday. Among the music: On Friday, a headlining set by the legendary funk ensemble the Ohio Players (7:30 p.m.); on Saturday, two sets by unquestionable hip-hop royalty, as Big Daddy Kane (6 p.m.) and Rakim (8 p.m.) take the stage; on Sunday, a series of tribute acts, as well as an appearance by “Cupid Shuffle” rapper Cupid (6 p.m.); on June 26, ’90s hitmakers Blackstreet (8 p.m.); and on June 27, The B.B. King Experience, an updated version of the blues titan’s touring band.

2021 marks the first time Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday by both the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh, following an August 2020 declaration by Mayor Bill Peduto. It’s an overdue, but welcome, distinction — and having an extended celebration fill Downtown for the better part of two weeks sounds like the right way to celebrate it.

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There are plenty more Juneteenth celebrations to be found, including one that will integrate with Carnegie Museum of Art’s Inside Out series of open-air events. This Saturday afternoon, performers from the Alumni Theater Company — the lauded performing-arts training program for Black youth — will offer new spoken word, dance and music pieces in the museum’s courtyard. Like all Inside Out events, it’s free and open to the public (museum tickets are not required).

Been to the Warhol lately? There’s a fascinating new exhibit up on the fourth floor that examines Andy’s relationship with another art-world icon. “Warhol and Basquiat in Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection” looks at Warhol’s friendship with the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Warhol and Basquiat were collaborators in the 1980s; in addition to works by both artists, the exhibit includes ephemera left in Warhol’s offices after his death. That neither artist would survive the decade is a somber note, but that they collided and collaborated is a treasure.

If you’re ready to get back to the movies but don’t know what new release to see, first, the answer is “In the Heights.” But if you’re looking for an old favorite, keep an eye on the calendar presented by Fathom Events. In addition to in-theater screenings of concerts and performing-arts events from around the world, the distributor presents anniversary screenings of favorite flicks on a near-weekly basis. This Sunday (with encores next Wednesday and Thursday), catch a 25th-anniversary revival of “Jerry Maguire.” (Yes, “Jerry Maguire” is a quarter-century old.) Participating Pittsburgh-era theaters include Cinemark locations in the North Hills and Robinson Township as well as AMC Waterfront 22.

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