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This Week in Pittsburgh: Homegrown Hill District Art, Pop Up Comedy, and Latinos in Tech & Media

Award-winning films exploring the experiences of queer people of color and a party for National Adoption Month are among the events happening in the city this week.
Pop Up Premieres Presents: "Didn't I Ask for Tea?"

POP Up Museum + Hill District Art

Don’t miss the opening of the POP Up Museum celebrating the people, places, artwork, letters and objects of the historic Hill District. Anyone can contribute to museum by bringing objects or art connected to the Hill. Contributions will be displayed for 24 hours. You can also make a piece of art at the museum, for display. Ola Petite will provide refreshments at themed stations honoring Hill District landmarks: the Crawford Grill, Eddie’s Restaurant, the Ellis Hotel and the Black Beauty Lounge. Questions? Call Terri Baltimore at (412) 392-6479.

Nov. 13 at 6 pm and Nov. 14 from 9 am to 5 pm. @ The Blakey Program Center, 1908 Wylie Avenue

Community Design + Social Justice

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) notes that issues of justice, equity, and access are part and parcel of the goal of urban design: to create places that thrive. GBA, in partnership with P4 Pittsburgh, will present a public, “Designing Places to Thrive” as part of its Inspire Speakers Series. The lecture will feature urban designer and community advocate Toni Griffin sharing her vision and experience working in cities like Detroit, Newark, Chicago, and Washington, DC; and Mayor John Fetterman will present his vision for Braddock as a model for equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.

The Inspire Speakers Series is a sequence of lectures that brings fresh, innovative thinking on topics of sustainability to Pittsburgh, with the goal of inspiring and motivating our citizens and leaders to think bigger and bolder about what is possible for our region. The series features nationally renowned thought-leaders from various sustainability fields, as well as local experts who share their experiences of promoting environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality in Western Pennsylvania.

Nov. 12 – 5:30-7 PM @ Hill House Kaufmann Center

#TallerLatino + Tech & Media

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Cafe Con Leche, and AlphaLab are hosting a discussion of Latinos working in the tech and media professions. “Taller Latino: Latinos in Tech & Media” will feature a panel of Pittsburgh-based Latino entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and higher ed professionals sharing their experiences building tech and media careers. This event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 11 – 5:30-8 PM @ AlphaLab, 6024 Broad St.

My People + Film & More

Explore the life experiences of queer people of color through award-winning films, performances and discussions at the 7th annual My People series. Presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, My People seeks to affirm underserved and underrepresented groups and help identify strong, active, and vibrant communities. All tickets are Pay What Makes You Happy.

Nov. 10 – 24 @ The Kelly Strayhorn Theater (see link for event times)

Adopting Identity + Fun-raiser

Adopting Identity invites you to drink, dance and donate in observation of National Adoption Month! Party with DJs Christo and Selecta and support the continued development of Adopting Identity and Boom Concepts. The event is BYOB.

“Adopting Identity believes that through dialogue with those different than ourselves, we can begin to transform perspectives on identity. Critical engagement, coupled with empathy is what is necessary to truly relate and understand any situation or subject. This process is crucial to the “other,” in this case, people of color in trans+multi+racial families (sometimes through adoption), truly being comfortable in their communities instead of just simply tolerated. This is what Adopting Identity seeks to do–to take inclusion,diversity and the struggle for identity a step further.”

Nov. 14 – 10 PM – 2 AM @ Boom Concepts, 5139 Penn Ave.

Tea + Web Series Screening

Pop Up Premieres is back! This time around, they’re celebrating black women in comedy, starting with web series from Cecile Emeke, Diarra Kilpatrick, and Rachael Holder before jumping into the main event–the Pittsburgh premiere of “Didn’t I Ask for Tea?”. It’s screened at film festivals around the world, and we’re excited Pittsburgh is the next destination!

About the film: “When an apartment falls through, Brandy must scramble to find a new place while dealing with a crumbling friendship and an overheated rental market. Too little money, too much advice, and a confusing romance make for a humorous, if not nerve-wrecking, search.”

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Power(ed) by Grace–a multimedia exploration of black womanhood. Showing at Boom Concepts throughout November.

Nov. 12 – 7-10 PM @ Boom Concepts, 5139 Penn Ave

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