6. The Legend of Georgia McBride at Barebones Black Box: February 14 – March 9, 8 p.m.
What happens when a struggling Elvis impersonator transforms his act into a Drag Queen persona? “The Legend of Georgia McBride” is here to put some swagger in your step and a whole lotta lovin’ in your heart … not to mention loads of sequins, eyeliner and lip-syncing. And if you needed one more reason to catch “McBride,” barebones has just announced that actor, Pittsburgh favorite and long-time Braddock resident David Conrad — renowned for his starring role in the CBS hit “Ghost Whisperer” — has joined the powerhouse cast. Ruminating on Matthew Lopez’s latest play, barebones’ Artistic Director Patrick Jordan — who serves as director and producer — says: “We’re at an important time in history right now where we are rewriting what it means to be yourself.” Experiencing a play at this intimate theater in Braddock — which shares its first floor with Superior Motors — it’s hard not to be transfixed by what’s onstage. Buy tickets.
7. History Uncorked at Heinz History Center: February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Make one last mission to the moon before the Smithsonian’s Apollo 11 exhibit takes off from the Strip to Seattle. Pittsburgh’s premier young professionals’ party is going celestial with tarot card readers Rebecca Bloom and Diana Paar and astrologist Alicia Hull. The galactic gala will also feature performances by The Uptown Woods and a special appearance by 96.1 KISS radio host Tall Cathy. Head upstairs for an interstellar dance party led by DJ Bamboo and rapper Mars Jackson. And get an exclusive last peek at 100 authentic artifacts, including the Command Module Columbia, showcased in the Destination Moon exhibit. Buy tickets.
8. Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival at Spirit: February 17, 11 a.m.
Where can you march in a Mold Pageant, participate in a Kraut Mob and dye your own t-shirt using native plants? Explore all things fermented at this free and whimsical Pittsburgh foodie forum. Head to the Make-Stations for tips on cooking with tempeh and shoyu, compete in the Fermenter Olympics and learn the art of foraging. Discover the vast benefits of fermented foods you love to eat and drink — from spicy kimchi to sourdough bread to refreshing kombucha — with demos and presentations led by Caputo Brothers Creamery, Grow Pittsburgh, Crust Worthy, The Pickled Chef, Prescription Foods and others. Poets, musicians and actors will even perform dressed as their favorite veggies.
9. Third Thursday: We Do at Carnegie Museum of Art: February 21, 8 p.m.
Ever wanted to crash a stranger’s wedding? Have a bridesmaid dress (or three) begging for a second act? The honor of your presence is requested at the wedding of … TBA! The planners behind this ultimate union know that weddings can be prohibitively expensive and massively stressful, so nobody will be left off the guest list — and everyone will eat cake — when one lucky couple exclaims “I do!” at CMOA. The epic reception at one of the region’s most prominent wedding venues will even feature a dance party and photo booth. See the most romantic art objects and make DIY wedding flair with the bride, groom and new friends. Vote for your favorite couple on Facebook. Buy tickets.
10. Summertime Somewhere at the National Aviary: February 22, 6-10 p.m.
It’s always five o’clock — and summer — somewhere, right? It’ll be both and you’ll want to be there when the National Aviary brings on the tropical vibes. This is your chance to experience the nocturnal side of the immersive rainforest habitats, where Wookiee the sloth awaits your company. Sip tropical cocktails alongside colorful parrots, compete in lawn games and enjoy live music by Joel Lindsey — all to benefit the Aviary’s mission. Get crafty making treats for the birds and bats, and watch one very talented parrot paint a masterpiece. Hold a vibrant toucan, feed rainbow lorikeets and experience what it would be like to fly like a bird through NYC during a full-body simulation. Buy tickets.
11. NETFLIX Lights! Glamour! Action! at The Pennsylvanian, February 23, 8 p.m.
You have 28 days to cram for the 91st Academy Awards by binge-watching all of the coveted nominees. Strike a pose on the (very long) red carpet under the iconic Pennsylvanian rotunda at the city’s biggest Oscars pre-game. Benefitting the Pittsburgh Film Office — which has assisted with 179 productions and generated $1.5 billion for “Hollywood East” since 1990 — the gilded gala will glisten with designer runway fashions, elegant music and dancing, and culinary creations all paying tribute to Tinsel Town. Be an A-lister to enjoy fab swag plus private performances by electro-brass ensemble Beauty Slap and Broadway star Lenora Nemetz. Buy tickets.