If you’ve ever wanted to play Twister inside an art museum (while drinking a martini), learn about how urban goats help the environment, see a band perform on The Clemente Bridge or catch 50 films in 10 days, then November is the month for you. So before you succumb to that turkey coma, we suggest you make plans to be at these 11 Pittsburgh events.
1. Crafted at Society for Contemporary Craft: November 6
Maybe it’s the way your fingers slide through its perfectly curved handle, or it’s the design gracing the textured surface. We all have a favorite cup, mug or bowl for daily rituals like that first morning coffee or some homemade soup. Taking inspiration from the form and function of everyday objects, Society for Contemporary Craft invites the public to sip, slow down and savor at its latest exhibition and event series.
A celebration of culinary and ceramic arts, Crafted kicks off with a reception, exhibit and sale of more than 150 one-of-a-kind cups, mugs, bowls, platters and more. Featured pieces, created by 46 different regional, national and international artists, include a mix of porcelain, earthenware and stoneware ranging in price from $10 to $500. Chefs from Bar Marco will be on hand to pair their handcrafted fare with the wares, and to talk with the public about the restaurant’s unique culinary philosophy. Equal parts fundraiser and art exhibit, Crafted opens just in time for the holiday shopping season, and remains on display in the SCC Store—the craft lover’s favorite—through Dec. 28th. Purchase tickets.
2. Wings & Wildlife at The National Aviary: November 6 – 8
Ready to put a bird on it? After a decade-long hibernation, Wings & Wildlife is resuming its flight at the Aviary. A celebration of all things avian, the two-day art exhibition, marketplace and bird-themed benefit returns just in time for holiday shopping. New this year is the jury-based selection for the art show, which features 46 local and national wildlife artists working in a range of media—from watercolors and wearables, to scratchboard engravings and bronze sculpture. Artists—who hail from as far afield Colorado—will share and sell works that explore nature, wildlife and common and rare bird species.
If you’re looking for a statement piece for that bare wall above your couch or a one-of-a-kind wedding gift for that creative cousin, this event has you covered, because all works are for sale, with prices ranging from $15 to $1,000. The event’s featured artist is Johno Pascak, whose vibrant sand and enamel paintings feature some of the Aviary’s most beloved birds. For a bird’s eye view, flock to the Black Tie Soirée and Benefit Auction on Nov. 6th to get a first look at the show and meet the artists.
3. Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer at the Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville: November 6 & 7
Pickers, thrifters and hagglers will come together under one roof at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. Debuting a newly expanded two-day format, the bustling market will feature more than 30 local collectors and indie merchants all peddling quality vintage goods. Shop for authentic vintage fashions, home décor, small furniture, vinyl records, original art, books, toys and more. Whether you’re on the hunt for patterned Pyrex bakeware or flashy polyester threads, don’t miss this convergence of kitsch. Vendors include everyone from Who New Retro and Mod Decor and Highway Robbery Vintage, to KitschTopia and Loch Ness Modster. Providing the throwback soundtrack will be Pittsburgh DJs Smilo, JMalls, Jim Lingo and Jeff Justus. Shoppers can also make buttons, create a vintage look in a selfie station and grab lunch from food trucks.
Forget rising at dawn for the estate sales—serious vintage hunters should head to the Mixer’s new Night Owl preview party. Emceed by drag performer Alora Chateaux, the exclusive Friday night pre-sale will feature live music by the Gothees and cocktails from Allegheny Wine Mixer. Night Owls will score a tote bag with free goodies and a pass for Saturday’s main event. Buy Night Owl tickets.
4. Three Rivers Film Festival: November 6 – 15
A story about a Tamil Tiger soldier fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war. A documentary chronicling the groundbreaking humor magazine National Lampoon. The life of the high priestess of soul Nina Simone. These are but a few of the poignant stories on tap for the 34th annual Three Rivers Film Festival. With 50-plus cinema programs spanning 10 days, this year’s edition has something for every film buff—including Q&As with visiting filmmakers. And just about every single film is a Pittsburgh premiere.