Pittsburgh Independent weekend events guide, #3: bikini bottom rave

photo by brian conway.

Friday, Jan. 20:

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit. Opening keynote Friday; full-day seminars and panels Saturday. $0-$50. 7:30pm. East Liberty.

🧽 Bikini Bottom Rave. The team behind the Shrek Rave return. $30+. 9pm (18 and over). McKees Rocks.

🎭 Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Opening night at the New Hazlett. This weekend and next. $24. (Friday preview, half price) Allegheny Center.

🚛 Uhaul Disco. Spirit hosts a benefit for the summertime, after-hours garage rave. $5. 9pm-2am. Lawrenceville.

Saturday, Jan. 21:

🥬 Celebrate winter foods. Pittsburgh’s Harvie Farms hosts a winter food showcase at Sprezzatura. 12-3pm. Millvale.

🧧 Lunar New Year gala. Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center presents violinists, magicians and more. 7-9pm. Downtown.

🎙 Detour at Hot Mass. “An evening of sounds that highlight the raw side of Techno, Acid, Electro, Miami Bass, EBM, and more.” Openers from Detroit, Philadelphia, and Berlin. $20. 11pm – late. Downtown.

🪕 Mirabelle Skipworth & The Brink Of, w/ Morgan Erina. Alt-folk artists at James Simon Studios. $10. 7pm. Uptown.

Sunday, Jan. 22:

🇨🇺 Cuban Night. Hosted by Hugo Cruz and the Caminos at Kingfly Spirits. Brass, percussion and more. No cover. 8pm. Strip District.

🌮 Dos Reyes Brunch + Broken Family Feud. Enjoy Sonoran Mexican food, heavy metal trivia with prizes, and more. No cover. 11am-3pm. McKees Rocks.

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