Sue Grafton will discuss her latest alphabet mystery featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone, "W Is for Wasted," as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Grafton will share the personal details of her life spent in mystery and the stories behind her new best-seller. Tickets: $15-$35, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
"Steampunk" is not your typical name for a classical music concert, but then again, Classical Revolution Pittsburgh is not your typical classical music organization. Classical Revolution, which seeks to present new and old classical music in untraditional atmospheres, will do just that with a free concert featuring chamber music by Carl Nielsen, David Anderson and David Bruce at The Inn, 5601 Butler St., second floor, Lawrenceville at 7:30 p.m. The latter composer's piece, "Steampunk 2010," makes a nod to the sci-fi genre of the same name, which has expanded to fashion and design. And now, music. More at 1-812-455-9168 or www.classicalrevolutionpgh.org.
Songwriter Bill Callahan performs at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Mr. Callahan, who performed for many years under the alias Smog, continues his lyrical songwriting featuring a signature baritone and vivid imagery, which has appealed to a diverse roster of artists who have recorded his songs including Gil Scott-Heron, The Flaming Lips and Cat Power. Lonnie Holley opens the show. Tickets: $18 general/$15 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Award-winning gay poet Saeed Jones and National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes read from their works as part of the premiere of Human Equity through Art's performance series at New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Jones, the editor of "BuzzFeed LGBT," has had his work appear in "Best Gay Stories 2013," Guernica, Ebony, The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review and West Branch. Mr. Hayes is the author of "Lighthead," which won the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry, "Wind in a Box," and "Hip Logic," which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
HEArt brings these poets together as part of its ongoing mission to promote artists as activists and to build a community of citizens who believe in art as a vehicle for social justice and reform. Tickets: $10 plus a small service fee in advance or $15 at the door; www.ShowClix.com.
RAW: natural born artists showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1916 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8:30 p.m. This month's event, "Encompass," includes Atelier Grand, Christopher Boring, Rebecca Weaver, The Locomotive Explosive, Brittny of Oh My You're Gorgeous, Loren De Marco, Lynn Ratkovich, Wintis, Crystal Marie Acker, Heaf, dee dee, DiamUnd Rouff, Knewwd Fashion, Devona Stimpson, Ms. Dingo, Kristy Dubinsky, Shane Pilster, Daniel Saftner of Macroscopic Solutions, Wongface (Jordan Wong), Laura Petrilla, Andrew Tischler, Radu Plucinsky, The Wave, Marshala Rutherford, Elizabeth Rudnick, PhiriVon Clothing and jena-anne SABOM. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Davon Magwood the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.
Travel to space without having to leave Western Pennsylvania. The Washington Symphony Orchestra will put on "Space -- The Final Frontier," which will explore space through classical music. Listen to the premiere of Washington native Dominic Carrola's "Window Beyond Earth," accompanied by video of the International Space Station, Holst's "The Planets," music from movies such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Star Wars," and more. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School, 231 Park Ave., Washington. Let the countdown begin. $15-$20; tickets and more at www.washsym.org or 724-223-9796.
This year is an important centenary for classical music. It was the year of Benjamin Britten and Witold Lutoslawski's births, the year that Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" had its debut. And it was also the year that the Carnegie (yes, of the Andrew variety) United Kingdom Trust was founded. That trust was later critical to the unearthing of several volumes worth of Tudor church music. To commemorate that legacy, Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico will perform a concert of English Renaissance works drawn from the trust's publications. "The Phoenix Rising," presented by Renaissance & Baroque, will feature music by Byrd, Tallis, Taverner and others at 8 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside. $10-$35; tickets and more at rbsp.org or 412-361-2048.