2Do this week, Aug. 3-9: Cultural events around Pittsburgh


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THURSDAY

Pittsburgh writer Thomas Sweterlitsch appears at Writers LIVE @ CLP — MAIN to discuss his gritty debut novel, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 6 p.m. The novel, set in Pittsburgh, is described as a “Blade Runner” meets Google Glass dystopian mystery with a dash of “Who killed Laura Palmer?” Free, but registration suggested. Information: 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org.

THURSDAY through SATURDAY 

New York jazz musicians/composers Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriquez will be at City of Asylum Pittsburgh to launch Digital Sanctuaries and give guided tours. Digital Sanctuaries is a self-guiding smartphone free app that takes people on an urban soundwalk, traversing City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s “Garden to Garden” Trail on the Central Northside. Digital Sanctuaries combines original music by Electric Kulintang (Ms. Ibarra and Mr. Rodriquez) with poetry and short texts chosen by City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

Ms. Ibarra and Mr. Rodriquez will lead 90-minute tours at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Tours will leave from the Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, North Side, except for the 11 a.m. tour on Saturday, which departs from the Aviary. The 11 a.m. tour on Thursday is a special children’s tour. Reservations are suggested: www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/events/ or 412-323-0278. A limited amount of equipment will be available for use for those who do not have smartphones.

FRIDAY

A reception for a Pop-Up Exhibition of paintings by Sue Pollins, Doreen Currie and Mike McSorley will be held in conjunction with Art on Tap from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s temporary location, 4764 Route 30, east of Greensburg. The $7 admission includes two drink tickets for beer from All Saints Brewing Co., Greensburg, or wine. A $5 admission includes two tickets for nonalcoholic drinks. The evening includes music by The Pilgrimage, a scavenger hunt and more. While there, visit the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition. Both the Pop-Up and the Annual continue through Aug. 31. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org or 724-837-1500.

SATURDAY 

A family-focused event, “Genetics Exploration,” presented in conjunction with the exhibition “RACE: Are We So Different?,” will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The event, also part of the Super Science Series, will feature hands-on activities examining genetics. Educators from the museum and the Carnegie Science Center will discuss such topics as DNA, heredity and variation in living organisms. “RACE” continues through Oct. 27. Free with museum admission. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.carnegiemnh.org.


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