January 23, 2019 - Pittsburgh City Paper

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^ Thu., Jan. 24: Ellen Siberian Tiger


The Center for African-American Poetry and Poetics hosts a reading and Q&A with Ricky Laurentiis and Terrance Hayes at Pitt’s Heinz Memorial Chapel. A celebrated poet, Hayes recently published American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin and To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and work of Etheridge Knight. He’s joined by Laurentiis, whose work Boy with Thorn was selected by Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry



Prize. 7 p.m. 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Free. heinzchapel.pitt.edu


Everyone uses a computer every day, either on their desktop, laptop, smartphone, smartwatch, smartfridge, virtual assistant, or other handy dandy device. But do you really know how a computer is built or runs? HackPGH hosts a Computer Building Workshop, led by public WiFi provider Meta Mesh. Learn how to assemble a real, working computer. The workshop will provide all the tools and parts needed. It might seem silly to build a computer when they’re so easily accessible but it’s useful to know how our technology works so when it breaks down,

you can troubleshoot beyond turning it off and back on. 7 p.m. 1936 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $20. hackpgh.org


Catch an intimate show in Lawrenceville when Philadelphia’s Ellen Siberian Tiger joins three excellent Pittsburgh acts at Three Pigs Vintage. The fourpiece, fronted by Ellen Tiberio-Shultz, specializes in combing accessible punk with rigid rhythms that nod to math rock. “When Men Explain Things To Me” is a good place to start. Kicking things off are Patrick Haley Coyle of Soft Gondola (cerebral, beautifully produced, moody), Rue (lo-fi folk pop), and Empty Beings (heavy post-punk). 8 p.m. Three

Pigs Vintage, 5218 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $7. threepigsvintage.com


According to the internet, gamers are one of the most oppressed groups out there — so it’s good to know a temporary space is being created for them to get together and make some games of their own. The Global Game Jam, an annual game development challenge held around the world at physical locations, is once again happening in the Steel City this weekend.

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