Take a ride north to hear "Strange Fruit: The Art of Paul Binai" at 6:30 p.m., a talk by Brenda Mitchell on the notable artist/curator's captivating expression and difficult subject matter. The lecture, and a "Fifty-Year Retrospective" exhibition of his work, are at The University Museum, Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Mitchell is a Ph.D. art historian and IUP associate professor of art history. The exhibition continues through Dec. 3. (724-357-2397).
Be one of the first to see the show, and meet some of the artists, at the opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. of "Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007-2010" at Carnegie Museum of Art. The city is depicted through 86 photographs by Melissa Farlow, Jim Judkis, Richard Kelly, Kenneth Neely, Annie O'Neill, Mark Perrott, Martha Rial, Renee Rosensteel and Dylan Vitone. Free. The exhibition continues through March 25. (412-622-3131).
Jazz on the Water with Dwayne Dolphin's Piccolo Bass Band featuring Sean Jones on the Gateway Clipper will sail at Station Square at 8 p.m. Enjoy Pittsburgh's three rivers while grooving to smooth, contemporary jazz and enjoy a Creole bistro dinner featuring Cajun chicken breast, jambalaya rice, summer slaw and a decadent dessert. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, $30, call 412-335-7980 or visit www.GatewayClipper.com.
Walk through the exhibition "Tattoo Witness" with photographer Mark Perrott as he talks about 25 years of exploring the decorated body through his camera lens. The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. For information: 724-837-1500).
Attempts to interpret one art form in another often fall flat (dancing about architecture, anyone?). But when, in 1874, Modest Mussorgsky wrote piano works inspired by a friend's paintings, the masterpiece "Pictures at an Exhibition" was born. The Pittsburgh Symphony opens its season performing the famous Maurice Ravel orchestration of the work, with music director Manfred Honeck at the helm. Rudolf Buchbinder's soloing in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and the orchestra's composer-of-the-year Steven Stucky's "Dreamwaltzes," round out the program. Tickets start at $20; www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-607-1944.
Forget the silly singing competitions. Here is a group of young singers who will have careers in opera productions for years to come: the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists. They show off their stuff in the "Rising Stars" concert at 6 p.m. at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters (2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District). It's a RADical Days event, so admission is free, but reservations are required; 412-456-6666 or www. pittsburghopera.org.