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What to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: June 28-30

"Objects," a ceramic sculpture by Beate Kuhn, is included in a survey of the German artist's work at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
"Objects," a ceramic sculpture by Beate Kuhn, is included in a survey of the German artist's work at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Laugh along with a queer comedy show, check out FusionFest Downtown or visit the second annual Babesburgh — here's what to do in Pittsburgh this weekend.

Pittsburgh’s Resonance Works stages a well-regarded but rarely performed opera by Rossini. “La donna del lago” (“The Lady of the Lake”) is a romance set in fractious political times, as King James V, in disguise, falls for a woman related to his enemies. Tenor Javier Abreu and mezzo-soprano Timothi Williams star. There are two performances, with live music, at Oakland’s Charity Randall Theatre, on Fri., June 28, and Sun., June 30. The opera is sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.

Arcade Comedy Theater helps round out Pride month with “Taste the Rainbow,” a showcase for queer comedy voices from the region. Brandi Roberts hosts a lineup including Georgia Warder, Asher O’Briant, Nadiya Elyse, Whitney Mor, Roy Gloeckl, Matty Malloy and Joe Esch. The show is Fri., June 28.

Visual Art
The late German sculptor Beate Kuhn was celebrated at home for her ceramic works echoing natural forms, from plants and mushrooms to invertebrate animals. Kihn remains little known in the U.S., but nine years after her death, the Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first major American survey of her work. “Beate Kuhn: Turn” includes pieces from throughout her six-decade career along with a newly commissioned film. It opens Sat., June 29, and continues through Dec. 1.

The City of Pittsburgh has launched its own Juneteenth celebration. It’s called FusionFest, and it’s a free, all-day festival on Sat., June 29, focusing on Black art and culture. The indoor and outdoor activities center on Downtown’s Greenwood Plan building, on Smithfield Street. Attractions include a full day of live music and dance, art exhibits, a fashion market and more. The footprint includes portions of the Boulevard of the Allies and Third Avenue.

Babesburgh was founded in 2023 to create women-centered events. This week it’s staging the inaugural Babesburgh Bash, a day-long festival featuring about 100 women-owned and -led businesses from artisans and farmers to breweries and wellness practitioners, and from coffee and candles to Zumba and self-defense. The ticketed event runs 3-8 p.m. Sun., June 30, in and around Allegheny Landing Park, on the North Side. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, but organizers announced Friday they were moving the event to Sunday due to the weather.

Now in its third year, Be Gay [Do Crime] Productions’ “The End of Pride Spectacular” is practically a tradition. This year’s show is a brand-new play with music, a drag/lip-sync comedy about five drag performers — Mr. Business, The Professor, The Revolutionary, The Diva and The Clown — who are staging a big production but can’t agree on the all-important theme. Expect plenty of favorite lip-sync tracks, as well as a critique of “corporate pride,” on Sat., Jun 29, at Mr. Smalls Theatre.

Updated: June 28, 2024 at 8:17 AM EDT
Updated with new date for Babesburgh Bash.
Bill is a long-time Pittsburgh-based journalist specializing in the arts and the environment. Previous to working at WESA, he spent 21 years at the weekly Pittsburgh City Paper, the last 14 as Arts & Entertainment editor. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and in 30-plus years as a journalist has freelanced for publications including In Pittsburgh, The Nation, E: The Environmental Magazine, American Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bill has earned numerous Golden Quill awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. He lives in the neighborhood of Manchester, and he once milked a goat. Email: