Friday, Jan. 13:
🍩 Pączki returns. Party Cake Shop will have the seasonal, jelly-filled Polish donuts for sale this and upcoming weekends until Fat Tuesday. 6am-5pm (1pm Sunday). Brookline.
🎭 Let Freedom Ring. Celebrate the life and legacy of activist, community organizer, and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer in FANNIE. $40. 8pm Fri+Sat. Matinees Sat+Sun+Mon (pay what you can Monday). Downtown. ALSO: Catch Hamer’s daughter in Pittsburgh Saturday. More info below.
Saturday, Jan. 14:
🪧 MLK and Carver’s Legacy. Carnegie Mellon Professor of History and Social Justice, Joe William Trotter, discusses the legacy Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver. Includes brunch. Pay what you can. 11-2pm. Homestead.
🎶 Soulution. DJ Dini Daddy & The Comeback Kid bring a funk and soul vinyl party to the newly reopened Mixtape. $10. 8pm-1am. Garfield. (RSVP in advance.)
🎨 Growth Opening. Opening party for Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Creative Citizens Studios’ new exhibition, “Growth.” Includes works from 26 artists. Curated by Chicago-based Disparate Minds, the exhibition is described as “an inclusive take on visual understandings and interpretations of growth in an artist’s practice, career, and style.” Free. 4-7pm. Lawrenceville.
🎙 Gainey interviews Hamer. Pittsburgh’s First Lady Michelle Gainey interviews Jacqueline Hamer Flakes, the daughter of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. Free (in-person or virtual). 3-4:30pm. Northside.
🏒 Women’s pro hockey. The Connecticut Whale and Montreal Forge of the Premier Hockey Association face-off at the Lemieux Sports Complex for a regular-season game. $25 adult / $10 youth. 3pm. Cranberry.
Sunday, Jan. 15:
🎻 One man band. Dixon’s Violin performs at Club Cafe. The experimental 5-string violinist has given several Ted talks and is described as “the world’s premier visionary violinist.” $15 adv./$20 doors. 8pm. South Side.
🧧 Lunar New Year. Join the Chinese Association of Science and Technology Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art for a Lunar New Year celebration. Free. Includes performances from Xiaobo’s Waist Drum Dance Group, several others. Fair, 1-3pm; Music 3:30-5:30pm. Oakland.
Monday, Jan. 16:
✊ Audacity to Believe. Celebrate the life, legacy, and activism of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s annual MLK Day event. Includes performances by Hill Dance Academy Theatre, Alumni Theater Company, K-Theatre Dance Complex, and Jacquea Mae. Pay what you can. 12-3pm. East Liberty.
He is a 2x 2023 Western PA Press Club Golden Quill award winner, in feature and business reporting. And a 3x finalist in the investigative reporting category.
He is a 2018 first prize winner in environmental reporting from the Keystone Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for reporting on lead in Pittsburgh’s drinking water.
In 2022 and 2021, he was awarded a grant from The Gumshoe Group to support his investigative reporting.