Evolutionary biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond discusses his new book "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?" as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. His book presents new thinking on tribal values and practices that define humanity, even as they are vanishing. Tickets: $15-$35, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
Caring for your quilts is the topic of a free brown bag lecture at noon at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Speakers will be textile conservators Brenda Applegate and Jan Rodgers. Ms. Applegate is executive director of the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation. Quilter Rodgers is co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org or 724-837-1500.
The Moth GrandSLAM Championship: Fish out of Water at New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side, at 7:30 p.m. GrandSLAM is a battle of wits and words -- fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of being out of their element: the freak, the foreigner, dressed for the opera at the clambake, out of the loop, the only person in the loop, the voice of dissent, the lonely fool. Outsider, interloper, odd man out. The black sheep, the chatty monk, the juror with a doubt. For tickets, $20, www.newhazletttheater.org.
Thirty-six photographers seek to define their regions through 108 images in "Revealing Place: Photographs from Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas" at Filmmakers Galleries, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. A free public reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The photographers are students at Carnegie Mellon University; University of Missouri, Columbia; and St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas. They have employed a variety of techniques to capture a snapshot of the United States at this particular moment. The project's chief organizer was Pittsburgh-based documentary photographer Dylan Vitone, an assistant professor in the School of Design, CMU. The exhibition continues through March 17. Free and public; 412-681-5449 or www.pittsburgharts.org.
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Poof Social Change Through Art presents Prana, a multimedia event with live music, dance, using fabric installation and video as a visualization for the seven chakras of the body, at The Space Upstairs, 214 N. Lexington Ave. Point Breeze (side door to Construction Junction) at 8 p.m. The work is a narrative in which a woman undergoes a transformation on a journey to lose her ego. In the created space, 11 performers, including dancers and musicians, will guide the viewer through a chakra experience. Pittsburgh artists participating in Prana include Hannah Thompson, set design; David Pellow, bassist; Colin Pinto-Martin, percussionist; Jerry Gaudi, trumpet; Langston Kelly, saxophone; and dancers Anna Thompson, Riva Strauss, Hannah Thompson, Taylor Knight, Ella Mason and Nicole Jones.
Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to lead a German's view of his home country in Richard Strauss' "Aus Italien (From Italy)." Benjamin Hochman solos in Ravel's Piano Concerto for left hand. The program is rounded out by the premiere of a former PSO conductor Victor de Sabata's "The Night of Platon." 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. next Sunday, Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets start at $20. 412-392-4900.
The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and spoken-word artist Vanessa German celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission with "Let Freedom Sing!" concerts, at 7 p.m. at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in East Liberty and at 7 p.m. Monday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. After its own set, the Gospel Choir joins with local choirs and singers. 412-512-0589 or www.letfreedomsing.net.
"Play" in one way or another features in a photography exhibition that opens at 6 p.m. at Panza Gallery, 115 Sedgewick St., Millvale. Exhibiting are Sue Abramson, Ruth Drescher, David Grim, Tom Gigliotti, George Kollar, Jean McKlung, Mark Panza, Michael Sahaida and William Wade. The show, guest curated by Tim Fabian, continues through Feb. 16. Information: www.panzagallery.com or 412-821-0959.