What to do this week in Pittsburgh: April 8-14, 2018

Party with a T-Rex, sip some new brews, and gawk at remarkable performing arts.

Little known fact: Dinosaurs love to party.

Little known fact: Dinosaurs love to party.

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Rossilynne Culgan

There’s a lot to do in Pittsburgh this week, kicking off with a sweet syrup festival, leading into a news literacy event, heading to a poetry slam for a good cause.

Plus, we at The Incline are hosting an event of our own, and we want to make sure you got a personal invite: Join us on Tuesday for a volunteer fair with Pittsburgh Cares to meet more than 30 Pittsburgh organizations looking for volunteers of all ages. It’s a celebration of National Volunteer Month and a chance learn how to give back to the city you love.

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Here’s what’s on tap for the week.


Savor a sweet Sunday at a maple syrup festival

It's a good day for a relaxing Sunday drive with the reward of maple syrup at the end of your journey. At the Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival, gobble down as many pancakes as you can at this all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with maple syrup made from the maple trees at Bradys Run Park. Also look for dozens of craft booths, and buy a bottle of syrup to take home.

Where:Brady's Run Park Lodge at 121 Bradys Run Rd. (Brighton Township)

When:April 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much:$9


Practice ‘radical self-love’

Renowned poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor will speak about her book "The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love" in what's billed as "an evening of conversation, poetry, and radical self-love." The book identifies the correlation between systems of oppression and our relationships to our bodies. It's an event hosted by Big Idea Books, Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project, and BOOM Concepts.

Where:BOOM Concepts at 5139 Penn Ave. (Garfield)

When:April 9, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Spring into Action: A Volunteer Fair for Pittsburgh with The Incline and Pittsburgh Cares

Looking for a way to give back to Pittsburgh this spring? Meet with more than 30 local nonprofits at Spring into Action to find ways to volunteer and help our community. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so bring your whole family, and enjoy light refreshments and treats. This volunteer and involvement fair is sponsored by The Incline and Pittsburgh Cares in celebration of National Volunteer Month.

Where:Nova Place at 100 South Commons (Allegheny Center)

When:April 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How much:Free


Brush up on news literacy

What's fake news? What's real? Attend to learn how to avoid fake news, tell your story and bridge art with activism through interactive presentations from The Incline's MJ Slaby, as well as Queer PGH, New Pittsburgh Courier, 1Hood Media, PublicSource and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Organized by Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh.

Where:Allegheny County Department of Human Services at 1 Smithfield St. (Downtown)

When:April 11, 2018 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

How much:Free


See dance that balances on the edge of reality

If | Maybe | Then is a multimedia performance of dance, images and perspectives that are both virtual and real. Is it a dream or a nightmare or something in between? Is it madness or genius or in the middle? Performances are April 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29.  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays are at 6 p.m. April 21 and 28 also have matinees at 2 p.m.

Where:The Waterfront Shopping Destination at 630 E. Waterfront Drive (Homestead)

When:April 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

How much:$15 to $45


Sip cocktails with a T-Rex

It's adults-only night at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History a.k.a. it's dinos plus live music, cocktails, demonstrations and more. This time the theme is Jurassic Park, and there's a costume contest, plus you can even watch the movie and ask your questions to a dinosaur expert. Bonus! Live animals — not dinosaurs, but animals that share common ancestors. Must be 21+ to attend.

Where:Carnegie Museum of Natural History at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

When:April 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much:$15


‘Keep it real, keep it local’ at Farm to Table

At the Farm to Table Buy Local Conference, meet local farmers, food and beverage leaders, and nonprofit organizers. Check out cooking demos, pick up some gardening tips, taste food samples, and shop for everything from seedlings to dairy products to spirits. The event motto is: "Keep it real, keep it local."

Where:David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)

When:April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much:$20 to $60

Hear poetry to benefit kids’ programs at the library

Hear from six local writers during a poetry and spoken-word fundraiser that benefits the Millvale Community Library's summer children's programming. Afterward, there's an open mic. Next door, Tupelo Honey Teas​ will give 10 percent of purchases to the kids's summer food program.  

Where:Millvale Community Library at 213 Grant Ave. (Millvale)

When:April 14, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

How much:$5 suggested donation

Try some new brews at Spring Hill Brewing’s grand opening

Spring Hill Brewing is set to serve up pastorally inspired beers inside a century-old Workingmen's Beneficial Union hall nestled in a grassy patch above Pittsburgh. The plans have been in the works since 2012 when an unlikely partnership blossomed. Required reading before heading there: The details behind how this concept began and what to expect on opening weekend from Four One Brew.

Where:Spring Hill Brewing at 1958 Varley St. (Spring Hill)

When:April 13, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Celebrate ‘the first lady of song’

Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century, amassing 13 Grammy awards and selling more than 40 million albums. In celebration of her 100th year, this tribute concert presents many of her original big band arrangements, some of which have not been heard in concert in more than 40 years. The show features vocalist Delores King Williams and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. It's co-presented by Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Jazz.

Where:Hillman Center for Performing Arts: Richard E. Rauh Theater at 423 Fox Chapel Rd. (Fox Chapel)

When:April 14, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

How much:$50

Experience ‘Inflatable SPACE’

This new visually stunning show deploys an assemblage of custom-crafted inflatable scenery that expands, contracts and collapses in exploration of a universe of creation and destruction. Inflatable Space weaves a dramatic tale about possible extraterrestrial life, moments on earth and new interstellar discoveries.

Where:KST Alloy Studios at 5530 Penn Ave. (Friendship)

When:April 14, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much:Pay what makes you happy pricing