Local poet Yona Harvey appears as part of Writers LIVE @ CLP, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 6 p.m. Ms. Harvey, a literary artist and university professor in creative writing, will present a talk and reading from her new collection of poetry, "Hemming the Water," a collection that speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that constantly changes. Her poems also can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and other journals and anthologies. A book signing will follow the talk. The event, which will be held in the International Poetry Room on the second floor, is free and open to the public but registration is required at www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
Florida glass artist Robert Mickelsen, who organized the exhibition "Lifeforms" opening Friday, will give a free public talk at 6 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., East End. Also speaking will be Raven Skyriver, whose depiction of marine life is inspired by his island upbringing and informed by the creatures that inhabit that fragile ecosystem, and Martin Janecky, who studied sculpting methods in the Czech Republic. Information: www.pittsburghglasscenter.org or 412-365-2145.
"RAW: natural born artists" showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m. This month's event, "Elevation," includes Tarra Layne, The WRK'n Class, Fck Being Normal, Maggie Martinez, Breanne Kent, JulZCah, Kassie Jackson, Donovan Widmer, Josh Suchoza, Aimee Manion, BEAsl, NUKE KNOCKA, Sarah Chillson, Truthful Art, Peeping Thomas, Katie Moran, Jeff McAndrew, Amanda Moffitt, NIKKI TELLADICTORIAN, The Seams, Natiq Jalil, Ziggy Sawdust and Brittny of Oh My You're Gorgeous. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Keebs, the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.
A free public reception for "Lifeforms," contemporary glass artworks drawn from nature, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., East End. The inspiration for the exhibition was the Harvard University museums' collection of glass biological models made in the 19th and 20th centuries by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. Several Blaschka works from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History collection will complement the current works. The exhibition continues through Nov. 17. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Information: www.pittsburghglasscenter.org or 412-365-2145.
Murphy/Smith Dance Collective performs the work-in-progress "Sound Project" at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. The MSDC, founded by choreographers Jamie Erin Murphy and Renee Danielle Smith, explores the relationship between sound and human instinct. "Sound Project" illuminates how everyday life sounds create environment, a source of communication and even a general feeling of safety. So what can happen when a familiar soundscape becomes distorted or even disappears? Collaborating artists include Gordon Nunn (composer); Abigail Adkins, Brady Sanders, Shana Simmons, Laura Warnock, LaMar Williams (dancers); and Frank Ferraro (project mentor). The performance will encourage audience participation in a few movement/sound games. Pay-What-You-Can seating is limited, so registration is required at www.Kelly-Strayhorn.org.
Most of the region's classical music ensembles slumber in the summer, so Opera Theater's move to a summer festival last year was a splash of fresh, cool water for the region's classical music buffs. The company has brought "SummerFest" back this month, this time to The Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. The featured operas are "Tales of Hoffman Retold" (Saturday and July 13 and 21), "A Little Night Music" (next Sunday and July 12 and 20), "The Secret Gardener" (July 14 and 20) and "Shining Brow" (July 11 and 19). Tickets start at $20. But that's not all. The company is also staging several 15-minute new operas in its "Night Caps" series (following the mainstage operas on July 11-13, 19-21). Information: 412-326-9687 or www.otsummerfest.org.