Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: November 9-12. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Monday, November 9: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures 30th Season Fundraiser with Margaret Atwood
7 p.m.
These days can often feel like a dystopian novel like “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Fans of Margaret Atwood should not miss the rock star author when she joins fellow Canadian writer Esi Edugyan for an online conversation. Atwood has just published “Dearly,” a poetry collection exploring love, loss — and zombies. Buy tickets.

The Frick Pittsburgh
Photo courtesy of The Frick Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, November 10: What Gets Saved with The Frick Pittsburgh
7 p.m.
Why are some historic sites saved while others aren’t? Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Clayton opening as a historic house museum, this online panel discussion will explore the complex work of historic preservation and interpretation and the legacy of the Frick family’s home.
Buy tickets.

Tuesday, November 10: Jump Cut Theater’s Film Kitchen
7 p.m.
One of Pittsburgh’s longest-running showcases of local filmmaking continues with a showcase of animation films by James Duesing and Rachel Wagner. The free online event includes a Q&A with series organizers Matthew Day and Stephen Haines.

Wednesday, November 11: SciTech Carnegie Science Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Young innovators can connect virtually with real-world scientists, engineers and tradespeople to learn about STEM opportunities. The virtual event will include science demonstrations, workshops, career conversations and live shows. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of Phipps.

Wednesday, November 11: Staycation Pop Up with Phipps
12 p.m.
Take a virtual vacation to a tropical paradise with Let’s Move Pittsburgh. Explore plants and animals that live by the ocean, get moving with imaginative activities and download projects to do at home. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 11: Machines That Learn: Online Workshop
12-1:30 p.m.
Curious about artificial intelligence? Explore machine learning, predictive technology and AI — and how they can create a more equitable future — during this online workshop led by Mimi Onuoha and Diana Nucera. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 11: Heart of Craft at Contemporary Craft
4 p.m.
Contemporary Craft has settled into its cool new home in Lawrenceville and you can support the organization by joining this virtual celebration. The crafty festivities will feature presentations about the center’s 49-year history and special appearance by acclaimed artist Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon), whose first solo exhibition in Pittsburgh, The Heart Lives through The Hands, is now on view. Register for free.

The Heart Lives through The Hands, Swoon. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Craft.

Wednesday, November 11: From Spark to Screen: Bringing Your Idea to Life
7 p.m.
If you have a compelling story to tell and want to develop it into a screenplay or documentary, this is the event for you. Hear firsthand from an all-star lineup of panelists who will share their experiences making Pittsburgh-inspired movies during this online event hosted by Pitt’s Center for Creativity. Register for free.

Wednesday, November 11: Treasures in the Archives with the Heinz History Center
7-8:30 p.m.
See objects from one of the largest collections of historic materials in western PA and learn about the region through one-of-a-kind photographs and documents during this online event hosted by the Detre Library & Archives. Register for free.

Wednesday, November 11: Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival Opening Night
7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s cherished cinematic events are converging during this expansive 12-day festival featuring 137 shorts, 30 features and much more. Don’t miss tonight’s kick-off with the Pittsburgh premiere of “Freeland,” about a legendary marijuana farmer in remote Humboldt County, CA. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Freeland, Mario Furloni and Kate McLean. Photo courtesy of the Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival.

Thursday, November 12: Pittsburgh Opera Piano Sale at 2425 Liberty Avenue
By appointment
If you’re in the market for a new piano don’t miss this four-day sale. More than 100 new and gently-used pianos — including grands, uprights, digitals and hybrids — will be sold at institutional prices not normally available in retail stores. Make an appointment.

Thursday, November 12: Lost & Found Exhibition Opening at the Brew House Association
2-7 p.m.
See how artists transform melted candle wax, deflated balloons, white drapes and worn trousers into memorials in this new exhibition curated by Taylor Fisch. Featuring 10 artists, the exhibit includes still images, time-based media, sculptural interventions and more.

Thursday, November 12: Vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving Dishes Series
5-6:30 p.m.
Transform your Thanksgiving dinner into a vegetarian feast during this online class led by chef Emily Larsen. From cauliflower and wild rice stuffing to quinoa stuffed acorn squash, you’ll add tasty and healthy dishes to your table. Buy tickets.

Thursday, November 12: Diversity Billboard Art Project Artists’ Talk with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

7 p.m.
During this virtual conversation, Edith Abeyta and Fran Flaherty will discuss their commissioned public art works created for Westmoreland County’s new Diversity Billboard Art Project. Register for free.

Thursday, November 12: Sabira Cole Film Festival with City of Asylum
7-9:30 p.m.
This international film competition invites audiences to its new virtual space showcasing a curated collection of independent cinema events exploring the African Diaspora. Tonight’s film, “Amos è Zawadi,” follows a Tanzanian man with a serious motor disability who lives with his cousin. Register for free.

INEZ. Photo courtesy of 412 Food Rescue.

Thursday, November 12: Yinz Citizen Concert and Fundraiser with 412 Food Rescue
8 p.m.
All-star musical figures — from Wiz Khalifa and Anti-Flag — will gather virtually to combat hunger and food waste. A socially-distanced version of 412 Food Rescue’s Sunday Supper, the event concept is inspired by Lady Gaga’s Global Citizen concert. Hosted by Natalie Bencivenga and Day Bracey, the benefit will feature Joe Gruscheky, The Commonheart, Donnie Iris, Byron Nash, INEZ, Squonk Opera and many others. Register for free.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and SLB Radio Productions. She is co-author of the award-winning book, "Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania." For 15-plus years, she was co-coordinator and marketing director with Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. She makes music as The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.