In conjunction with the exhibition "Behind Our Scenes" a poetry and play reading will be held at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's SPACE gallery, 812 Liberty Ave., Downtown, from 3 to 5 p.m. Poet Joy Katz and playwright Rob Handel will read, followed by an exhibition tour led by curator Jen Saffron. Exhibiting photographic artists are Nancy Andrews, Leo Hsu, Dennis Marsico, Annie O'Neill and Barbara Weissberger. It's free and open to the public, with refreshments. The exhibition continues through Jan. 26; www.trustarts.org.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is now open Mondays (closed Tuesdays). Today is "2013 Carnegie International Family Day," a good time to check out the globally recognized exhibition. Activities, free with museum admission, which includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, will include art-making and a gallery search. Storyteller Alison Babusci will read Peace Tales and other stories at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Puppeteers Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro of Puppet Happening will chat about the show at 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $17.95; seniors $14.95; students and children 3-18, $11.95; under 3 and members free; Thursdays after 4 p.m. $10 adults/seniors, $5 children/students. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; closed Tuesdays. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with "Let Freedom Sing!" The gospel concert features the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, spoken-word artist Vanessa German, Jim Donovan (formerly of Rusted Root), the St. Francis University World Drum Ensemble and others. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Norwin High School, 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon. There is no charge, but donations will benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Westmoreland County Food Bank. More at www.letfreedomsing.net.
Alia Musica Pittsburgh will present "Comala" by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, along with other new music, at 7 p.m. at the James Laughlin Music Center at Chatham University, Shadyside. "Comala" was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in music. Conducted by Federico Garcia, the concert will feature soprano Tony Arnold, tenor Rob Frankenberry, guitarist Dieter Hennings, percussionist Stuart Gerber, saxophonist Jan Baker, professors from Georgia State University and members of ensembles Bent Frequency and the Eastman BroadBand. Tickets, $10-$15, available at www.alia-musica.org.
THURSDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY
Comedian and actor Roy Wood Jr. will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Wood, a series regular on the Pittsburgh-set "Sullivan & Son," has been named one of 12 comics to watch by Entertainment Weekly. 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: $17; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
Head to the Shaler North Hills Library for "Laugh Out Loud for the Library," a comedy and benefit show featuring headliner Krish Mohan, Cason Male and Ray Zawodni, with Zach Funk as host. The 18+ show will take place at 8 p.m. at the library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler. Tickets are $10, available at the library or www.shalerlibrary.org.
Come Out Laughing Comedy Tour featuring Jason Dudey, Dana Goldberg and Ian Harvie at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m. The trio represents some of the best gay, lesbian and transgender comics today. Tickets: $20 advance $25 at the door; and $30 VIP seats; www.showclix.com or 1-888-718-4253.
The duo Strike -- pianist Jeffery Meyer and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt -- will perform at the Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m., part of Pitt's Music on the Edge series and the museum's Sound Series. The pair will perform works by Jim David, Mario Davidovsky, Brooke Joyce, Mark Mellits, Eric Moe and Chen Yi. Tickets are $15-$20, $10-$15 in advance at 412-624-7529 or music.pitt.edu/tickets.