5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Nov. 9-11
Veterans Day is Sunday, and you can honor our servicemen and women at the annual parade on Saturday or at the "Salute to Veterans" performance at Heinz Hall Friday through Sunday. It's also the final weekend of the International Festival of Firsts and an opportunity to tour the city on a Public Art Run. The First Promenade on the Pavilion is Nov. 10.
Saturday provides Pittsburghers with the opportunity to honor the many men and women who have provided military service to our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Liberty Ave to Commonwealth Place.
A musical tribute
To commemorate the centennial of the Armistice, the Pittsburgh Symphony pays tribute to America's veterans with performances Friday through Sunday at Heinz Hall. Listen to stirring Sousa spectaculars, favorite foot lifters, inspiring anthems and Top 40 hits.
This Veterans' Day weekend we celebrate the helpers - individuals that have made a difference to children and families while helping shape Pittsburgh into the great neighborhood it is today ❤️Bring the family and celebrate with us this Sat, Nov 10th → https://t.co/jQjhP7eoR0 pic.twitter.com/MMeYF0DtyN— Pittsburgh Symphony (@pghsymphony) November 5, 2018
The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts ends Nov. 11. This expanded showcase included 30 companies and artists from more than 20 countries and 500-plus performing and visual arts events never before seen in the country, continent and world. There is still time to see "Beyond," an immersive, audiovisual installation by Barcelona, Spain-based research studio Playmodes that explores relationships between space, time, and perception. A geometrical architecture transforms space into a container for the abstract language of light and sound. It is also a study on visual and auditory perspective. Inside a long tunnel, vanishing points are made visible, creating an effect of endless depth and monumental scale. This perspective is enhanced through sound, as Playmodes invites us to "travel without moving" in a collision between inner and outer, darkness and light, death and life.
Over the course of the eight weeks, Pittsburgh's cultural district became a hub of the U.S., North American and world premieres. These works by renowned, globally minded artists featured a full range of arts disciplines — theater, dance, music, visual art, pieces that defy category — and have been taking place in both traditional and unexpected spaces. From intimate experiences in galleries, to physically following a story as it unfolds in an historic church, to mind-blowing outdoor light shows, to a circus arts spectacle in the region's largest theater, each piece has been challenging, exciting and entertaining.
Promenade in the pavilion
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to enjoy the finest in culture, cuisine and company at the inaugural Promenade in the Pavilion at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Pennsylvanian, Downtown. This affair will celebrate the closing of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, while transporting guests to a charming European promenade. The evening will include a decadent strolling culinary experience.
Promenade in the Pavilion at The Pennsylvanian Nov. 10! This extravagant affair will burst with lush vibrant greens, trickling tranquil fountains and top-notch entertainment curated by @luxecreative and @REEDDANCE . Tix from @CulturalTrust here: https://t.co/EUqvZAwR49 pic.twitter.com/oKngkHKZFS— Imagine Pittsburgh (@ImaginePgh) November 7, 2018
Go for a run
The Public Art Run is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Downtown Pittsburgh beginning at Commonwealth Place. Come explore the murals and other public art found in historic Downtown. The 5K race begins at Commonwealth Place. Participants run at a casual pace to accommodate all abilities on this guided tour of 12 stops.
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