In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are plenty of ways to turn a day off into a day on — a day focused on celebrating the civil rights leader’s legacy. Make your mark decorating journals to inspire local kids to dream. Or share your vision for a better world in a dream mural. Or meet with fellow Pittsburghers in a spirit of collaboration. Here are six ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh.
For five decades, Sam Caruso has been the man behind the counter at Caruso Beer Distributor happily greeting customers, rattling off one-liners and telling stories about the old days. Walking into his shop — a one-story, nondescript brick and cinderblock building — is like walking into a history book, stepping back in time to a Pittsburgh that no longer exists. In Four One Brew, we go behind the scenes of this North Side landmark.
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Ever notice the amount of garbage on the curb? Ever think about where all that trash ends up? In "The ReThInK Workshop: The Race to Zero Waste," learn how to save time and money by rethinking everyday products.
Where: Construction Junction at 214 N Lexington St. (Point Breeze North)
When: January 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hosting a day of performances and activities to celebrate the civil rights leader's legacy. Braddock Library, BOOM Concepts, New Voices Pittsburgh, Centre for Creative Reuse and Assemble PGH will bring family-friendly activities. At 2 p.m., host Dustin Gibson will take the stage, introducing performances from Blak Rapp Madusa, Hope Academy, Nick Daniels - The DANA Movement Ensemble 2.0, Alumni Theater Company and Dreams of Hope. Here are five more ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh.
Where: Kelly Strayhorn Theater at 5941 Penn Ave. (East Liberty)
When: January 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay what you wish
Quiet your mind by amplifying your voice at this mid-week chanting meditation workshop. Expect an evening of song and essential oils. The instructors will teach a few chants, so no experience is necessary.
Where: Una Biologicals at 4322 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: January 16, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
How much: $15
In the context of President Donald Trump’s administration, Duquesne University is hosting a Human Rights Film Series to examine the most critical abuses of human rights in the world today. The film series begins with a screening of 13th, a Netflix original documentary directed by Ava DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.
Where: Room 105 of College Hall on Duquesne's Campus (Bluff)
When: January 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Warm up and wind down with this techno yoga class, hosted by a local DJ and yoga instructor. Yogis get free admission to the museum's Third Thursday following the event. Get there early: Classes are first come, first served, with a limit on participants.
Where: Carnegie Museum of Art at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
The one, the only, the groundhog prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil is visiting Pittsburgh to celebrate Wigle Whiskey's release of its new Phil’s Shadow, a rye whiskey finished in maple syrup barrels. Try the new spirit, enjoy a cocktail and hang out with The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, which will be on-site with plenty of Phil-themed merchandise, just in time for Phil's big day.
Where: Wigle Whiskey at 2401 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: January 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: $12
Experience the opening reception of "Hungry Woman," a mixed media exhibition that explores the concept of identity. Curated by Tara Fay, this gallery features the work of Bekezela Mguni, LaShawn Parks, Corrine Jasmin and Tia Morouse.
Where: Percolate : Art Space, Gallery, Creative Laboratory at 317 S. Trenton Ave. (Wilkinsburg)
When: January 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards celebrate Pittsburghers who have made significant accomplishments toward the common good by modeling Dr. King’s inclusive approach to leadership. Learn more about the awardees at this banquet held in their honor.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown at 1 Bigelow Square (Downtown)
When: January 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: $35 for those under 35 | $50 general admission
At this '90s night dance party, half of your cover charge will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. The literacy council offers classes in conversational English for adults from foreign countries who will be staying here permanently.
Where: Belvederes Ultra-Dive at 4016 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: January 20, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh rock-and-roll band Meeting of Important People will host a 10-year anniversary show at Brillobox, where the band says it spent its youth. The Buckle Downs will join the show, as well.
Where: Brillobox at 4104 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield)
When: January 20, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $13
Ever dream of being a DJ? Well, now's your chance for 15 minutes of fame (bonus: you get an extra 15 minutes). Bring your vinyl records and sign up for a 30-minute DJ set at Vinyl Record Night.
Where: The Park House at 403 E Ohio St. (North Side)
When: January 20, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free admission