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Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: November 13-15. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Friday, November 13: Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival
Various times
There’s something for every cinephile at this expansive festival now underway virtually. Almost all of the films are available for viewing during the entire run of the festival. From 137 Pittsburgh Shorts to 30 Three Rivers Film Festival features to ReelAbilities and JFilm highlights, the cinematic works from around the globe promote visual storytelling and diverse voices. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Black Boy Joy
Black Boy Joy. Photo courtesy of the Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival.

Friday, November 13: Gingerbread House Display & Competition with the City of Pittsburgh
Various times
You’ve got until the end of this weekend to create a gingerbread masterpiece and enter this citywide holiday competition. Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Learn more.

Friday, November 13: Row House Virtual Cinema: City Hall
Various times
Pioneering documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman — who’s still going strong at 90 — has just released his 46th work. An in-depth look at how government is run in Boston, Wiseman’s masterfully edited vignettes and trademark cinéma vérité approach explore how community, policy and civic engagement shape American life. Rent the film via Row House Online.

Friday, November 13: Einstein, A Stage Portrait with Prime Stage Theatre
8 p.m.
Get to know the human side of Albert Einstein during this award-winning dramalogue written by Willard Simms. Taking audiences on a journey through the physicist’s remarkable life — “from a bored high school dropout” to a Nobel Prize winner — the streaming show kicks off tonight starring Matt Henderson. Buy tickets.

Prime Stage Theatre
Photo courtesy of Prime Stage Theatre.

Saturday, November 14: So, You Want to Run for Office
9-11 a.m.
If you’ve ever considered running for office, this event is for you. Have peer-to-peer interactions with experts and elected officials, learn about effective and equitable government and become an agent of change during this webinar hosted by Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh. Register for free.

Saturday, November 14: Yoga Hike at Settler’s Cabin Park
12-2 p.m.
Put on some flannel, hiking boots and yoga pants for an invigorating afternoon outdoors. With the autumn leaves as your backdrop, you’ll enjoy a blend of active hiking, nourishing yoga and relaxing savasana. Buy tickets.

Saturday, November 14: BOOM Jam Puppet Slam
1 p.m.
Karaoke meets puppetry during this collaborative performance created by Dave English and DS Kinsel featuring submissions from local kids and families. Presented by Boom Concepts, the online event was produced in conjunction with the Children’s Museum exhibition, Puppets: A Beautiful Fantasy. Register for free.

BOOM Jam Puppet Slam
Photo courtesy of BOOM Jam Puppet Slam.

Saturday, November 14: Mothers, Marms & Madams: Women’s Roles in the Civil War
1-2 p.m.
Women of all ages, races, classes and religions played an important, yet unrecognized, role during the Civil War. Explore women’s efforts on the battlefield and the home front during this virtual lecture by historian and author Diane Klinefelter. Register for free.

Saturday, November 14: Art for Change Stream-a-thon
6 p.m.
Bid on a cool piece in one of Pittsburgh’s largest art auctions and help Persad Center provide critical services for LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-affected communities. The online benefit bash will include live auctions with 120-plus works donated by local and national artists, VIP experiences, entertainment by DJs, musicians and drag queens and a late-night dance party. Register for free.

Judy Barie
Color Chorus, Judy Barie. Photo courtesy of Zynka Gallery.

Saturday, November 14: Color Chorus Opening Reception at Zynka Gallery
6-9 p.m.
The latest exhibition to open at the Sharpsburg art gallery features new paintings by Judy Barie. Highlighting her love of paint, Barie’s vibrant work features birch panels, multiple layers, loose brushwork and hand-painted patterns.

Saturday, November 14: The Chocolate Bar Home Edition
6:30 p.m.
Be Willy Wonka for one delectable evening benefiting the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Chocolate will cure your cabin fever with home deliveries of decadent A519 truffles, a virtual happy hour and digital master classes. Amanda Wright of A519 Chocolate will share truffle crafting techniques and Akil Babb of Bridges & Bourbon will demonstrate how to create a chocolate-inspired cocktail. Buy tickets.

Saturday, November 14: Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway
8 p.m.
This livestream concert series continues with Tony Award-winning actress, singer, author and activist Laura Benanti. On her debut album, the versatile artist performs classic and contemporary covers, from modern pop songs to jazzy ballads. Buy tickets.

Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Sunday, November 15: Family Day at Carnegie Museum of Art
12-4 p.m.
Enjoy a socially-distanced family-friendly afternoon in the museum’s spacious galleries. Kids ages 3 to 18 will receive an Art Cat bag with drawing materials, gallery activities and take-home projects. Buy tickets.

Sunday, November 15: Prepare the Perfect Pie Crust
2 p.m.
Even if you’re planning a Zoom Thanksgiving, you still need pie. During this online class, veteran baker Kelly Hiser will share tips and tricks for crafting a perfectly light and flaky crust that will make mouths water. Register for free.

Sunday, November 15: Opera Up Close: Soldier Songs
4 p.m.
Join Pittsburgh Opera Artistic Administrator, Robert Boldin, for a sneak peek of the company’s next show opening in December. Register for free.

Sunday, November 15: Sunset at the Oasis Downtown
7 p.m.
Help Arcade Comedy Theater bid adieu (for now!) to its outdoor series. The seasonal send-off will feature comedians Samantha Bentley and Ed Bailey, improv by Select Start and Daddy New Year and bites from Bae Bae’s Kitchen. Buy tickets.

Arcade Comedy Theater
Photo courtesy of Arcade Comedy Theater.

Sunday, November 15: Park After Dark Night Sky Hike at Round Hill Park
7-9 p.m.
Under the moon’s illumination, park rangers will lead a two-mile hike exploring the mythology, science and beauty of the night sky. Register for free.

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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.