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Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

April 24
5:30 – 10 p.m.

The best place to spring into art this Friday is at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s quarterly showcase of visual art, live music, performances, film screenings and hands-on activities. Did we mention it’s all free? So head downtown and look for the Cultural District Stop sidewalk stop signs identifying the 30-plus venues participating in the April edition.

Tamara Natalie Madden

What’s new with downtown’s art scene? Explore the vast cultural heritage of Jamaica at Tamara Natalie Madden’s exhibition, Out of Many, One People, opening at At 709 Penn. Step into the Sweetlix Arcade at 820 Liberty to experience experimental games designed by local creators.

Next, head to SPACE Gallery to see Unloaded, a group show that examines historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in our culture. Special programming for Friday night includes a performance by award-winning Pittsburgh artist Vanessa German at 7 p.m., a screening of Chris Ivey’s In Unlivable Times and music by DJ SMI. Outside of SPACE, be sure to check out the pop-up show by Easely, a Pittsburgh-based start-up that rents out ready-to-hang artwork to customers.

Katz Plaza will be a diverse hotspot with Café con Leche’s Brisas del Caribe Caribbean celebration, featuring music and dance performances by Teanna Medina, Ibeji Ensemble, Latina Productions and Gena y Calle Bomba.

Photo by Joey Kennedy.

Feeling thirsty? During this month’s Crawl, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week will host 11 designated locations spotlighting libations. Featuring a local, regional or national craft brewery as well as brewery reps specially selected for each location, the event highlights craft beer culture and celebrates the art of craft brewing.

Shop en plein air from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the newly reopened Night Market located at the corner of 8th St. and Penn Ave. The outdoor pop-up shopping market will feature vendors selling food, cocktails, beer, music, jewelry, apparel, photography, art, accessories, home decor and more.

Looking for some more post-Crawl action? Extend your downtown staycation at CrawlAfterDark, hosting special late-night happenings at select venues. Featured events for Friday night include: musicSPACE with live performances by the Early Mays and Ben Shannon, a screening of the 1981 film Roar at the Harris Theater, No Name Players’ production of The Sisters Sorella at Arcade Comedy Theater, Karaoke with Rock ‘n Ray at August Henry’s City Saloon and the Ruckus Improv comedy troupe at Future Tenant.

Night Market

Celebrate the city’s April Car Free Friday by walking, biking, hopping on the bus or carpooling to the Crawl.

View a complete Gallery Crawl schedule and download an event brochure.

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.