Pillow Project
The Pillow Project. Photo by Anita Buzzy Prentiss.

What’s going on this week in Pittsburgh, Feb. 27-March 5? Find out here. Visit each organization’s website and social media for Covid protocols and weather-related updates. Know of a cool event? Email us.

Monday, Feb. 27: Emmanuel Iduma at City of Asylum
7-8:30 p.m.

As part of City of Asylum’s International Reading Series, Emmanuel Iduma presents a reading from his new memoir, “I Am Still With You: A Reckoning with Silence, Inheritance and History,” which blends travelogue, poetry and photography. Audiences will follow Iduma on an epic journey through Africa — from Dakar to Khartoum to Casablanca — as he seeks the truth about his uncle who disappeared during the Nigerian Civil War. Register for free.

Cast from “Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom.” Photo courtesy of the artist management.

Tuesday, Feb. 28: “Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Sitcom” at the Byham Theater
7:30 p.m.

Lucille Ball paved the way for generations of comedians. This one-night-only show penned by playwright Gregg Oppenheimer — son of “I Love Lucy” creator Jess Oppenheimer — delves into the pioneering ideas that changed the face of television forever. Producing director is Susan Albert Loewenberg of L.A. Theatre Works and Lucy and Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, serves as technical advisor. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, March 1: Celebrate to Elevate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown 
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Join United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council to reconnect with friends and colleagues and be inspired by the lives of women and their families. The festivities kick off with a reception and cocktails. Artist Jennifer Haefeli of Wild Root Creations will create a live painting for the auction and prize drawings and raffles will be held throughout the night. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Fortune Feimster’s Facebook page.

Thursday, March 2: Fortune Feimster at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

She made her TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” stars as Colette on “The Mindy Project” and recently released her Netflix special, “Good Fortune.” Tonight, the charismatic comedian, writer and actress Fortune Feimster brings her new Live Laugh Love! tour to town and a late show has been added due to demand. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show Facebook page.

Friday, March 3: Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Various times

Spanning 10 days and 10 acres, this is the perfect place to hatch new projects for spring. For its 42nd anniversary, the convention features 1,500 exhibits showcasing top products and services. Think big inside the interactive Dream Home Innovation Center, design a backyard oasis and turn your ultimate kitchen concept into a reality. Don’t miss the Farm to Table Expo with cooking demonstrations, gardening classes, food and beverage vendors and more. See hours and buy tickets.

Friday, March 3: Unblurred Art Crawl on Penn Avenue
5:30-10 p.m.

The weather should be perfect for this roving open house-style event highlighting all that’s new in Bloomfield and Garfield from 4800 to 5500 Penn Ave. There’s so much to experience at cultural and commercial destinations — exhibitions by April Friges and Nicole Czapinksi at Silver Eye Center for Photography, dance classes at Level Up, crafty gifts at Workshop PGH, contemporary art at Pittsburgh Glass Center and more.

Horror Realm dealer room. Photo by Kasey Klingensmith Wright / Pittsburgh Girl Photography.

Friday, March 3-Sunday, March 5: Horror Realm Convention at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South
Various times

Run by mega fans, this three-day terror fest features specialty vendors peddling DVDs, artwork, apparel, collectibles, memorabilia, books, toys and comics. Gore fans gather to play games, meet cinema celebs, participate in contests, attend panel discussions, watch horror flicks and lots more. See show times and buy tickets.

Friday, March 3: Monterey Annex Show Opening Reception at the Mattress Factory
6-8 p.m.

Be there where three new distinct exhibitions are unveiled tonight in the museum’s Monterey Annex. Featured artists Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis, Lydia Rosenberg and Katie Bullock were selected by visiting curator Denise Markonish of MASS MoCA. Throughout the duration of their collaborative installation, “The Museum Collects Itself,” Clayton & Lewis will redirect all trash generated by the museum’s daily operations to the gallery – to be stored, cataloged and displayed instead of thrown away. In “Do this while I wait,” Rosenberg presents her “novel-as-sculpture project” exploring a narrative text about objects. With “As Seen From the Surface,” Bullock draws from her archive of videos, drawings and diagrams. The free event includes exhibition walk-throughs and opportunities to meet the artists.

Friday, March 3: Pittsburgh CLO Ambassadors Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at the Duquesne Club
7 p.m.

Tickets are going fast for this 26th annual benefit bash supporting the CLO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. At the swanky Downtown club, gala-goers will enjoy wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Friday, March 3: How I Learned What I Learned at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
7:30 p.m.

A legendary Pittsburgh playwright and a beloved Pittsburgh actor come together for the Beyond the Red Door series. Wali Jamal returns to the stage with his critically acclaimed performance of August Wilson’s autobiographical, one-man show. Buy tickets.

Friday, March 3: An Evening With Fran Lebowitz at Carnegie Music Hall
7:30 p.m.

Don’t put off getting tickets for this can’t-miss night with one of the planet’s most insightful social commentators. Known for her sardonic social commentary on American life to her NYC state of mind and association with pop culture icons such as Andy Warhol, a night with author, public speaker and occasional actor Fran Lebowitz will be one to remember.

Friday, March 3: History Uncorked at Heinz History Center
7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s premiere young professionals party pays tribute to a local legend. Dubbed “A Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood,” the festivities feature block party-inspired activities and entertainment on every floor. Unwind with friends and peers while enjoying themed cocktails, Burgh bites and a dance party with local DJs. Play games with the Trivia Jockeys, sit for a tarot card reading and bid in the silent auction. Buy tickets.

Friday, March 3: (in person) at The Space Upstairs
8 p.m.

Ever wonder what goes on inside dancers’ heads while they’re performing? Explore this compelling question with The Pillow Project‘s newest work. Watch with wonder as 13 performers “reveal the live, real-time dance of thoughts behind the dance we see on the stage.” Set to live music by Mark Miccelli. Buy tickets.

 Seed Swap
Photo courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, March 4: Seed Swap at Carnegie Library (Main)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pre-game spring at this seed celebration hatched by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh. Bring untreated, non-GMO seeds to share or pick up free seeds donated by local gardeners, farmers and businesses. Chat with master gardeners, participate in seed and gardening workshops and watch the documentary “Gather.” The day includes activities for children and teens, a photobooth and historic displays.

Saturday, March 4: Drink the Cookie Table at Necromancer Brewing
10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Pittsburgh loves its beer and its cookie tables, so why not combine these two gastronomical pleasures? Fueled By Hops teams up with the city’s favorite dessert producers to create unique brews to satisfy every sweet tooth. Taste 20 one-of-a-kind collaborations and enjoy music by DJ Scottro. Tickets include unlimited pours in a commemorative tasting glass.

Saturday, March 4: Big Night Hollywood at the JCC
7:30 p.m.

Everyone is a star at the JCC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Walk the red carpet, strike a glam pose and converge on the set of the Squirrel Hill Studios for a Tinsel Town-themed night of dinner and dancing. Buy tickets.

MCG Jazz
Photos courtesy of MCG Jazz.

Saturday, March 4: 5 Women Saxophone Journeys at MCG Jazz Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

In this world premiere, five musicians — Su Terry, Erica Lindsay, Virginia Mayhew, Laura J. Dreyer and Fostina Dixon — share their journeys as women saxophonists. While empowering more females to see themselves in a male-dominated art form, the event aims to enact change in education, performance and acceptance for women in jazz. The event includes a meet-and-greet reception. Buy tickets.

Saturday, March 4: Sync’d 8 at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
8 p.m.

After presenting work online during the pandemic, the Sync’d multimedia series returns IRL with a night of locally made videos and sounds in Garfield. Pittsburgh band Skeletonized and the duo of Ben Opie & Adam Kantz will perform original, live soundtracks for the first time to accompany contemporary silent movies made by 10 local and regional visual artists.

Resonance Works
Photos courtesy of Resonance Works.

Sunday, March 5: Resonance Works at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
3 p.m.

Spend a Sunday afternoon in Carnegie where Resonance Works celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary season with a free concert conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner. Exploring themes of remembrance and possibility, the production includes Aaron Copland’s vibrant “Appalachian Spring,” works by Pulitzer Prize-winners Caroline Shaw and George Walker and the world premiere of “An Anchor in Time” by Gilda Lyons.

Find more things to do in Pittsburgh, including public events, live music and family activities, here.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.