Gavin Benjamin
Artwork by Gavin Benjamin.

Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: November 16-19. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Monday, November 16: Ellie’s Thankful Paws at 1101 Western Ave.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pet owners in need can drive up to Humane Animal Rescue‘s North Side campus where staff will load vehicles with free dog food.

Humane Animal Rescue
Photo courtesy of Humane Animal Rescue.

Tuesday, November 17: State of the Pittsburgh Innovation District – What’s Next
3-5 p.m.
Join InnovatePGH to hear new development data about the growth of the Pittsburgh Innovation District since its creation in 2017. Key partners from Oakland neighborhood groups and anchor institutions will discuss the current impact of the pandemic. Register here.

Tuesday, November 17: Three Artists (Three Women) in Conversation
5 p.m.
Join the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Pitt’s University Art Gallery for a conversation with Tina Williams Brewer, Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer and Fran Gialamas. During the online event moderated by Sylvia Rhor and Madeline Gent, the artists will discuss their creative practice, current exhibition at Pitt and challenges they face as women artists. Register for free.

Fran Gialamas
Fran Gialamas, Classical Appropriations, 1991. Photo by Chris Uhren.

Tuesday, November 17: Recycling & Waste Reduction Webinar with the Pennsylvania Resources Council
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Did you know that every American produces approximately 4.4 pounds of waste each day? Learn all about curbside collection, hard-to-recycle materials and pharmaceutical disposal during this online webinar.

Pennsylvania Resources Council
Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Tuesday, November 17: LatinX & Proud! Reading Series
7 p.m.
Celebrating one year of empowering local and national Latinx authors and performers, this free reading will feature a powerhouse lineup of poetry and music with poets Casandra López and Angela Velez, musician FeralCat and host Eloisa Amezcua, Register for free.

Wednesday, November 18: Leading Forward with CEOs for Sustainability
9-11:30 a.m.
During this virtual C-Suite Summit, executives from Microsoft, Duquesne Light, UPMC Health Plan and Covestro will share their vision for a sustainable economic recovery, and how their companies are advancing racial and ethnic equity, reducing carbon emissions and supporting local businesses. Register for free.

Wednesday, November 18: Gavin Benjamin: Heads of State at BoxHeart Gallery
Various times
See how Gavin Benjamin juxtaposes photography and appropriated images with paint, varnish, and unexpected materials like Swarovski crystals to create intricate artworks. Blending fine art and haute couture, Gavin’s exhibition runs through January 1 and explores culture, media, politics and design, while addressing what it means to be a man of color in America. Read more about his work in Speed Way Line Report.

CEOs for Sustainability
Photo courtesy of CEOs for Sustainability.

Wednesday, November 18: Animal Adventures Pop Up with Phipps
12 p.m.
Ever wonder what animals do all day? Move and play just like animals of all kinds as you investigate how different creatures navigate their environments. During this online event, Sarah Cullo from Let’s Move Pittsburgh will lead families through engaging multisensory activities. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 18: AlphaLab & AlphaLab Gear First Look
2-3 p.m.
Hear pitches from the newest companies launching out of Innovation Works’ nationally-ranked accelerators and celebrate the successful completion of the program’s first virtual cohort. Register for free.

Wednesday, November 18: From Slavery to Freedom Film Series
5:30-8 p.m.
As part of its From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, the History Center will screen Bill Duke’s “Dark Girls, ” which examines race and color in the African Diaspora and how it impacts dark-skinned African American females. The online event will include a discussion led by Huberta Jackson-Lowman. Register for free.

Wednesday, November 18:WHE Create Change: Featuring Speaker Robert Bilott
7 p.m.
Celebrate Women for a Healthy Environment’s milestone 10th anniversary during this virtual event featuring prominent environmental attorney Robert Bilott, best-known for his “epic legal battle against DuPont.” Attendees will hear how Bilott’s book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against Dupont,” inspired the feature film, “Dark Waters,” and will get a link to watch the movie. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 18: Be Fearless (About Self-Promotion)
7 p.m.
Ready to be your own champion? Don’t miss this virtual fundraiser hosted by the Center for Women. Author Meredith Fineman will discuss the topics explored in her new Amazon Bestseller, Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. Buy tickets.

Thursday, November 19: How to Build a Startup on Amazon Web Services
4 p.m.
Are you an entrepreneur looking for small business tools? During this interactive seminar by Ascender, you’ll learn to use customizable Amazon Web Services to get your business started and grow your company with confidence. Register for free.

Thursday, November 19: Design in Conversation with Carnegie Museum of Art
6-7 p.m.
The museum’s new Locally Sourced exhibition kicks off with this online panel discussion exploring the act of listening. Presented in collaboration with Justin Rothshank’s Intention Project, the pay-what-you-can event will include six local makers who will discuss how listening influences their creative practice.

Locally Sourced
Hanna Dausch, Four vases, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, November 19: Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival
Various times
From 137 Pittsburgh Shorts to 30 Three Rivers Film Festival features to ReelAbilities and JFilm highlights, there’s something for every cinephile at this expansive showcase of visual storytelling and diverse voices. Almost all of the films are available for viewing during the entire run, so get the popcorn and pillows ready. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Thursday, November 19: Public PlayTime Classics N’at: REDUX
7 p.m.
Fresh on the heels of Veterans Day, this new play by Rob Zellers explores trauma, friendship, war and more. Set in Mississippi, “Redux” follows two Vietnam War veterans who reunite after 45 years. The virtual production features “Mindhunter” star Cotter Smith. Register here.

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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.