Stuff you can do in Pittsburgh this weekend, #1: amazing dumplings

Our weekly weekend roundup of the best Pittsburgh independent events and happenings.

Photo: Brian Conway.

Friday, Dec. 9:

📣 Stand with Starbucks Workers. Commemorate one year of the first unionized Starbucks store with a Market Square rally alongside workers, elected officials, labor leaders and others. Free. Noon. Downtown.

🧘‍♂️ Yoga from the Crypt. Pittsburgh punk rock fitness freaks and podcast hosts, Death Comes Lifting, host yoga at Black Forge Coffee.  $20. 6pm.  McKees Rocks.

🔥 Winter Heat. DJs Arie Cole, Jin & Juice, and Selecta perform at CMOA. There will also be a cookie table. $25. 8pm-midnight. Oakland.

Saturday, Dec. 10:

🎷 Upstairs Jazz. Every second Saturday of the month there’s jazz at “the space upstairs,” literally the arts space loft above Construction Junction. This month: John Shannon Trio. $15. 8-11pm. Homewood.

🎭 Sweetness. A collaborative art show. Described by the Union Progress as an “interactive show made up of a mishmash of performance art, film, emerging media, and music.”  Free (w/ RSVP). 3:45pm. Oakland.

🏫 Gather ‘round the Forge. “Sample an array of delicious treats from local culinary entrepreneurs while enjoying music, poetry, comedy, and more” at the awesome Community Forge. Free, 8-11 pm. Wilkinsburg

Sunday, Dec. 11:

🎶 Pittsburgh Record Fest. Buy, sell, trade. $3. 2-8pm. Spirit @ Lawrenceville.

🎤 Words and Sounds. Kingfly Spirits presents “an open mic and jam session featuring local artists Simone Davis and Grace Elliot, with an amazing house band.” Presented by Sierra Sellers. 6-9pm. Free. Strip District

Monday, Dec. 12:

🥟 Dumpling Making Party. Amazing Dumplings, formerly Sakura Fengping, invites you to make and eat five different types of dumplings. “Creative salads” and biangbiang noodles are on the menu, too.  $50, 5:15pm. Squirrel Hill (call restaurant to RSVP).

Tuesday, Dec. 13:

⛽️ Kush & OJ. Prince of the city, Wiz Khalifa, is back in the ‘Burgh (and Washington County) to promote Khalifa Kush. The strain was developed “back in the early 10’s, tailored specifically for his personal tastes.” According to Leafly, KK is a hybrid strain that checks in at 21% THC. Now available medicinally at Truelieve. Free (but you need a medical marijuana card). Daytime. Squirrel Hill

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