Stephanie Senge's mandala made of consumer goods and food.

Downtown and multiple locations
Through October 9
Various times

If you have yet to check out Pittsburgh’s latest arts festival—or you are itching for a second look—then you have one week left to take in all of the creative energy of Re:NEW.

Crumbs, Miguel Llansó, 2015.

A citywide celebration of all things creative reuse, sustainability and transformation, the first-of-its-kind Re:NEW Festival is gearing up for its final leg, with tons on tap over the next six days.

This culminating week brings diverse opportunities for getting Re:NEWed, from a not-to-miss Drap-Art closing party and outdoor performance art to radical fashions.

Here’s how to wrap up Re:NEW this week:

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Harris Theater
Re:NEW teams up with Afronaut(a)—the experimental film series curated by artist Alisha B Wormsley—to present the Ethiopian sci-fi flick, Crumbs. Directed by Miguel Llansó, the 2015 film stars charismatic actor Daniel Tadesse as the diminutive scrap collector, Gagano who is “alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears.” Audiences will be drawn into a cinematic fantasy world involving a mysterious spaceship, a witch, Santa Claus, a group of second-generation Nazis and more—in a tale that’s “set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes.”

Courtesy Re:NEW Festival.

Thursday, October 6, 6 to 9 p.m., Cultural Trust Education Center
What would you talk about if charged with giving a public presentation with only 20 images and only 20 seconds per image? Find out how Pittsburgh-based architects, designers and photographers will rise to the challenge during
PechaKucha Night Vol. 25. Following a fun, relaxed and dynamic presentation style, the lively talks will showcase innovative architecture, design and art taking place across the Burgh. Attendees can also vote for the 2016 People’s Choice Award presented by AIA Pittsburgh.

Friday, October 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 623 Smithfield Street
See how area public school students envision the future of sustainability in our region. During the Pittsburgh Public Schools STEAM showcase, students will come together to present their  “Our Future Neighborhood” projects to each another. Throughout Re:NEW, PPS students developed research projects and conctructed models that demonstrate their ideas for improving local sustainability issues and green practices.

Drap-Art artist Dolo Navas with models from CAPA High School.

Friday, October 7, 7 to 9 p.m., PPG Wintergarden
Lego stilettos? A dress made from recycled newspapers? A purse constructed entirely of maps? See all of this and much more at Re:NEW’s not-to-miss Fashion Extravaganza. See eclectic garments, accessories and jewelry—all inspired by the creative reuse of materials—during this high-energy showcase of cutting-edge designs crafted by local fiber artists, fashion designers and CAPA students. Emceed by singer Phat Man Dee, the family-friendly event will also feature live music and refreshments. Cash prizes will be awarded by the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Creative Arts Festival.

Saturday, October 8, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., 623 Smithfield Street
Ready to light up the world with your sewing skills? Experiment with using LEDs, conductive threads and recycled materials during this free Sewable Circuits workshop led by Assemble. During the all-ages session, attendees will learn to make a patch or give their favorite stuffed animal an upgrade! Space is limited. Register here.

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Market Square
Join German artist Stephanie Senge as she creates a wondrous mandala using consumer goods and food right in the heart of Market Square. Watch live right before your very eyes as Senge uses items from the Farmer’s/Artisan’s Market to construct the remarkable, temporary work of art. Discover how contemporary artists use creativity as a powerful tool for exploring consumerism, utopian ideals, social change, time, and more. Don’t miss the culmination at 4 p.m., when all visitors may take whatever they want from the mandala for free.

Hoesy Corona, Nobodies Gala.

Saturday, October 8, 1 and 7 p.m., 116 S. Highland Avenue
Re:NEW joins forces with VIA to present an outdoor public performance by multidisciplinary artist Hoesy Corona. Dubbed the Nobodies Gala, the thought-provoking work explores “what it means to be a disenfranchised member of society in North America.” Featuring colorful sculptural garments fitted to the human body that create otherworldly experiences for viewers, the Gala invites the public to play a part in the act of “Nobodying,” an act that consists of making somebody, nobody.

Saturday, October 8, 4 to 6 p.m., PPG Wintergarden
Don’t miss the public closing party for the phenomenal Drap-Art exhibition, which has served as a centerpiece to NEW. The highly anticipated North American premiere of Barcelona-based Drap-Art brings the world’s leading international festival of recycling art to downtown. Named for the Catalan word meaning “cleaning rag,” Drap is housed inside Philip Johnson’s iconic, glass-enclosed PPG Wintergarden. Open to the public through October 9, the free exhibit houses provocative artwork by 65-plus artists from 17 countries.

Sunday, October 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Hill District
Join Terri Baltimore of the Hill House Association for a Walking Art Tour of Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. Stroll through the neighborhood, see firsthand how art is contributing to community transformation, discover hidden treasures, and talk with Baltimore about current changes taking place in the neighborhood. Tour starts in front of the Hill House at 1835 Centre Ave. RSVP is suggested.

View a complete schedule.

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Jennifer Baron

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...