Carnegie Mellon University

Feb. 3, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Happy Febrrrrrr-uary! We know it's cold, and maybe you just want to stay inside with your warmest Tartan sweatshirt, or perhaps you want to escape the weather and venture to a faraway land while watching a play or movie. Or, hey, maybe you love this icy weather and want to see how the Vikings thrived in the Scandinavian cold. Whatever you're up for this week, we've got an event that'll interest you! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Karen Abrams Lecture

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On Monday, Feb. 6, starting at 5 p.m., join Karen Abrams, the Director of City Planning. In this role, she oversees Pittsburgh's efforts to establish and sustain a consistent approach to land use at the intersection of racial justice, social equity, and climate change. Abrams has a wealth of experience in grantmaking at the neighborhood, city and regional levels, supporting small-scale vacant lot improvements, managing federal implementation grants, and infusing equity into all projects she is part of. Learn more about Director Abrams' work and upcoming lecture.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

21+ Night: Vikings

Into the timewarp! On Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m., get a sneak peek at the Science Center's newest exhibit before it opens to the public. Enter the unique and fascinating world of The Vikings Age (c. 8th-11th centuries). See over 140 Viking artifacts, including a full-scale replica of a Viking ship! Enjoy live music, try your hand at making a chainmail keychain, and learn about blacksmithing. This event is restricted to people 21+ with a valid ID, and alcohol will be available for purchase with a valid ID. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Meet the Artist: Lisa Meek, BiblioBotany

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Meet the artist behind the thought-provoking exhibit Bibliobotany! On Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., meet artist Lisa Meek. Learn how she looks for symbolism in each book page she uses to encourage people to process ideas in new ways. For her display at Phipps, Meek chose to feature sculptures that revolve around protecting the land, water and the species who depend on it. Each piece highlights the inextricable connection between humans and nature to emphasize the importance of how we care for nature and our impacts on the future. This event is free with Conservatory admission, and tickets should be reserved in advance.

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Harlem

Ah, summer, what a magical time… Now through Feb. 19, join the Pittsburgh Public Theater for this heightened and hilarious retelling of Shakespeare's most magical romantic comedy. Drawing upon the art and music of the Harlem Renaissance, this beloved story is brought to life with contemporary fashions and ancient rituals. In this adaptation, the world of mischievous fairies, lovelorn Athenians, and rude mechanicals is our world and celebrates Black culture with imaginative influences from around the globe. For Shakespeare scholars and visionaries alike, this production is the stuff that dreams are made on. And as they say, "The course of true love never did run smooth." Students and young adults under 26 are eligible for reduced ticket prices. More information about the play and reduced ticket prices are available.

Number One Movie In America Podcast Mystery Film

Tired of scrolling your favorite streaming service for a movie? Head over to the Row House Cinema for a special mystery screening on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. Join the hosts of Pittsburgh's popular podcast The Number One Movie in America will be on-site to help pick a mystery movie. What will it be? We don't even know. They'll be using a wheel of movies to pick the film on site that night! All we can tell you is that it once reigned supreme at American box offices. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance.

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