This Saturday, City of Asylum hosts a cultural exhibition in two parts. First, City of Asylum’s Writers in the Garden event begins in the afternoon. The event shines a spotlight on local Pittsburgh writers, featuring the authors reading in six different private gardens around the Northside. Each writer treats their audience to a special, space-limited reading. Second, City of Asylum’s signature Jazz-Poetry Concert will play under the stars. The event features an all-star, international cast of readers, with jazz performances by World Saxophone Quartet founder Oliver Lake and jazz vocalist Dee Alexander with the Evolution Ensemble Trio. City of Asylum’s Writers in the Garden event kicks off this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in various gardens around the Northside, followed by the 9th annual Jazz-Poetry Concert on Sampsonia Way in the Northside.
Billed as a “Dadaist variety show for the 21st century,” the CMU-sponsored Trans-Q Television is coming to the Andy Warhol Museum for a live edition of the show. The online variety series is produced as an undergraduate course and community project through Carnegie Mellon, and explores queer theory and gender fluidity through the lens of video art, comedy, interviews, animation, performance art, and much more. The live line-up, hosted by Janet Granite, will feature Harrison Apple, Dani Lamorte, Scott Andrew/Stephanie Ross, and Silky Shoemaker, among others. The Trans-Q TV live experience happens this Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore.
The train-based art project Station to Station will be stopping in Pittsburgh this Sunday for a night of music, art, dialogue, and food. The wandering project, created by multimedia artist Doug Aitken, aims to embrace “constantly changing stories, unexpected encounters, and creative collisions between music, art and film.” The unique program will feature music from Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape, No Age, Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffiti, and the Kansas City Marching Cobras. Featured artists include Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, and Liz Glynn. Doug Aitken’s Station to Station pulls into Downtown’s Union Station this Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Thrival Innovation & Music Festival brings together fresh ideas with concert performances this Saturday. First, organizations and startups will present their newest ideas to the community, shareholders, and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Innovation Showroom. Throughout the day there will also series of educational and inspirational speakers, all culminating in 13 teams of entrepreneurs delivering their investor pitches to the investment community. Next, a music festival will feature performances from some of the most innovative artists in the business, with headliners De La Soul and RJD2. The Thrival Innovation & Music Festival runs this Saturday, with the Innovation Showroom running from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Google Headquarters in Bakery Square I and the Music Festival running from 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Bakery Square II just across Penn Avenue.