The Last Lecture. New Hazlett Theater. 7:30 p.m.
Local actor Justin Fortunato will read excerpts from The Last Lecture, written by the late Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Randy Pausch with alumnus Jeff Zaslow. The reading will be followed by a reception, where Zaslow will be available to sign copies of the book. A portion of the proceeds from the reading will go towards pancreatic cancer research.
Truth and Salvage Co.Stage AE. 7 p.m.
This Southern four-member band, which combines elements of country and rock, released its first self-titled album in 2010. The band performed at the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival and the Stagecoach Festival, and is currently touring while preparing to release its second album in 2012.
Former Congresswomen Q & A. Porter Hall 223D. 10 a.m.
Former Congresswomen Sue Kelly and Beverly Byron will discuss their time spent working in the Capitol. Kelly, a Republican, served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007 for New York’s 19th district. Byron is a Democrat who represented the 6th Congressional district of Maryland from 1979 to 1993.
Steeltown Film Factory Kick-Off Event. Regent Square Theater. 7 p.m.
The Steeltown Film Factory is an annual film competition put on by the Steeltown Entertainment Project, an organization that promotes the film and media industry in the greater Pittsburgh area. The kick-off event for this year’s contest will feature a screening of Flour Baby, last year’s winning script written by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Christopher Dimond. It will also feature a trailer for First Kiss by Yulin Kuang, a senior film and media studies and creative writing double major. First Kiss was a finalist in last year’s Steeltown Film Factory.
Political Expressionism and Other Fallacies of Political Art. Porter Hall 100. 4:30 p.m.
Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, the co-founders and directors for the Center for Artistic Activism, will explain common fallacies held by the “political artist” as evidenced through their own experiences as artists and activists and through their ongoing research with other activist artists. The Center for Artistic Activism provides a forum in which artists, activists, and scholars can collaborate and share ideas about creativity in activism. Duncombe and Lambert’s lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and co-sponsored by the CFA Dean’s Office and the School of Art.
Sectional Sentiments. Kelly-Strayhorn Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m.
Sectional Sentiments is a theatrical installation conceived by the Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s artistic director, Maria Caruso. It focuses on the ideas of relationships being forged and broken, as inspired by Alexa Raquel’s musical score Gamboge. The evening is part of the 10th annual Multiplicity Arts Showcase, and will have sculptural and photographic work by Eric Rose.
Wünderstudies: An Improvised Musical. Steel City Improv Theater. 8 p.m.
Wünderstudies is a local musical improv troupe that performs fully improvised hour-long musicals based entirely on the audience’s suggestions. Previous topics for improvised musicals have included odd trick-or-treaters, alien species, and an after-school science club. The group performs once a month at the Steel City Improv Theater.
Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Winners Recital. Kresge Theatre. 2 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Concert Society presents pianist Kimberly Kong and vocalist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton as two of the winners of its Major Auditions. The Pittsburgh Concert Society aims to encourage and develop classical music talent in the Pittsburgh area by providing financial awards and performance opportunities to local musical artists.
The Beets. Garfield Artworks. 8 p.m.
The Beets are an indie garage-rock band from New York who released their debut album, Spit In The Face Of People Who Don’t Want To Be Cool, in 2009. Psychedelic rock bands Prince Rama and Indian Jewelry and local indie rock band Legs Like Tree Trunks will also perform.
Three Rivers Film Festival. Pittsburgh Filmmakers theaters. Through Nov. 19.
Now in its 30th year, the Three Rivers Film Festival presents independent American films, new documentaries, and critically acclaimed foreign films throughout Pittsburgh. The festival presents movies daily at the Harris Theater, the Melwood Screening Room, and the Regent Square Theater. For the full schedule of films, go to www.theaters.pittsburgharts.org.