7. JFilm: April 20–30, various times
Spanning 20 films, 11 days and four venues — including 19 Pittsburgh premieres — JFilm showcases top Jewish cinema from around the globe. Thoughtfully curated, the international screenings are augmented by engaging conversations with visiting filmmakers, festive receptions, and collaborative events. Opening night is one of the local cinema scene’s most anticipated celebrations. On April 20, don’t miss Ori Sivan’s acclaimed drama, Harmonia, starring award-winning actor Alon Aboutboul. The biblical tale of love, motherhood and sibling rivalry is reinvented via a symphony orchestra in 21st-century Jerusalem. Cinephiles will enjoy free popcorn, delicious fare from Dorian’s Catering, wine and craft beer, and a lively after-party. JFilm culminates April 30 with David Leveaux’s riveting WWII drama, The Exception, based on Alan Judd’s novel, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. Starring Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney and Lily James, the gripping thriller is packed with mismatched love, espionage, breathtaking cinematography, and tour-de-force acting. Buy tickets.
8. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week: April 21–30, various times
If you’re consulting NEXTpittsburgh’s guide to finding the perfect Pittsburgh brewery for every occasion—and are anxiously awaiting the opening of America’s first Museum of Beer—this event is for you. Celebrating all things craft beer in and around Pittsburgh, the popular series is a huge boost to our region’s independently-owned breweries. The frothy fun showcases 200 events and 17 breweries, bringing in $4 million to support the local economy. For 10 fully tapped days, savor irresistible beer and doughnut pairings, drink beer while listening to vinyl records, nosh on Guinness cupcakes and be the first to taste the long-awaited limited-edition collaboration beers. Additional events will highlight Pittsburgh’s craft beer producers and purveyors. Wash it all down at the Brewers Olympics at Grist House, and discover why Pittsburgh has been dubbed a top beer town by everyone from Saveur to Redfin. Thirsty? View a schedule, download the app, and look for brochures around town.
9. Mother of All Pottery Sales at Union Project: April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holding the impressive distinction of being Pittsburgh’s largest clay celebration, this free and family-friendly event is your one-stop-shop (and make!) for all things ceramics. Celebrating the art of pottery, the unique event combines a market featuring 30 regional artists with community-based educational programming. Shop for distinctive mugs, bowls, teapots, vases, jewelry, and sculpture, all while meeting the makers, learning handy tips, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at ceramic art. With prices ranging from $10 to $100, the sale will highlight a variety of tools and techniques. Roll up your sleeves and get dirty in the studio during hands-on art activities led by the Union Project and Mattress Factory, and watch clay sculpture demonstrations by nationally renowned ceramic artist and educator Sharif Bey.
10. Haute Wired at Carnegie Museum of Art: April 28, 7 to 11 p.m.
When hosting a blockbuster exhibition it makes sense to go out with a bang. And when that exhibition features Dutch fashion sensation Iris van Herpen, you can bet it’ll be one ultra-fabulous party. Carnegie Museum of Art will host its biggest benefit bash of the year just days before closing Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Revelers will get Haute Wired — and fired up — via immersive visuals, music, cuisine and art. The event will feature a mouth-watering menu spotlighting locally-sourced ingredients crafted by Culinaire Executive Chef Douglas Genovese. Stroll into the Sculpture Court to be dazzled by otherworldly laser shows designed by Pyrotechnico, and head into the galleries to experience van Herpen’s extraordinary designs up-close and off the runway. Providing the soundtrack in the Scaife Lobby will be New Orleans-based soul sensations Tank and the Bangas. If you don’t know them by now, you will soon, because the funky five-piece just won NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert. Arrive dressed in your best work of art. Buy tickets.
11. Art All Night at the Wilson McGinley Building: April 29 & 30, 4 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Staunchly unjuried, uncensored and unconventional, the 24-hour populist art show is marking its milestone 20th anniversary in Lawrenceville. For two decades, the last Saturday of April has been synonymous with Art All Night. Don’t know the drill? Anyone can submit one work of art to be featured in a public exhibition — that means your 85-year-old grandmother, your electrician, your teenage son, your high school teacher, your neighbor — and all of the work is affordable. Always refreshing and unexpected, the grassroots effort hatched in 1998 with 101 artworks and 200 all-nighters and is now a cult event attracting more than 850 artists and 8,000 attendees. Being too busy is not an excuse because this celebration runs for 22 hours (we recommend a 3 a.m. visit). While shopping for eclectic artwork in all mediums, attendees can check out live music and performances and participate in family-friendly activities.
Check out more terrific events every week in NEXTpittsburgh, including these coming up in April:
Out of Hand Hoedown! at Contemporary Craft: April 1
Jenesis Magazine 10th anniversary party at BOOM Concepts: April 1
Galaxy Ball: Rumor(s) at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh: April 1
Sh!tfaced Shakespeare: Multiple Choice Craft Theater at the August Wilson Center: April 7
Opening reception for “so it is” at the Mattress Factory: April 7
Teapots! 11th Invitational opening at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery: April 7
Quantum Theatre’s Collaborators at 6500 Hamilton Avenue: April 7-30
Friends of the Riverfront Art Festival along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail: April 8
Wild With Happy at City Theatre Company: April 8—May 7
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Speaker Series presents Joyce Carol Oates at Mellon Middle School: April 18
FULLTIME PGH Festival: April 19—23
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District: April 21
Used Gear and New Beer: An Outdoors Gear Fest at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh: April 23
Pittsburgh Opera’s world premiere of The Summer King—the Josh Gibson Story: April 29—May 7
Hello Bully’s Lovers Not Fighters Gala at The Wintergarden at PPG Place: April 29
PGH Photo Fair at Carnegie Museum of Art: April 29 & 30
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