2Do this week, June 8-14: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
June 7, 2014 8:32 PM
The Backstreet Boys -- Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean -- will play First Niagara Pavilion at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Avril Lavigne.
The documentary “The New Black” will be shown at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 5:30 p.m. The documentary tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black church. Doors open at 5 p.m., the film screens at 5:30 p.m. and a panel discussion follows with Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, founder of JUDAH Fellowship Church, La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice and Deryck Tines, pastor of ONEchurch, a religious artist and a Gospel musician based in Pittsburgh. The screening, in the Earth Theater on the first floor, is free, but registration is required at www.eventbrite.com. Museum admission isn’t included. The documentary is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Race: Are We So Different?” For more info, 412-622-3131.
THURSDAY through NEXT SUNDAY
Comedian Ralphie May appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. Best known for his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing” and voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Mr. May released his record-setting fourth one-hour Comedy Central special, “Too Big to Ignore,” in 2012. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets: $25, $50 VIP; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra and guest artists the Allegheny Drifters, a bluegrass band, will perform a family-friendly pre-Father’s Day concert at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless. $7-$10, free for children under 12. Tickets available at the door or in advance at the church office or at Acoustic Music Works, 2142 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill.
The opening reception for the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Westmoreland @rt 30, the temporary location of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 4764 Route 30, east of Greensburg. Artist awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31. Admission and parking are free. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.
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