Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards. Rangos 3, University Center. 1:30 p.m.
Local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will read their personal narratives about experiences with racial difference and discrimination. The MLK Day Writing Awards are sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon creative writing program, Student Affairs, and the office of President Jared Cohon. The MLK Day celebration continues throughout the day with other events in the University Center. A full calendar can be found at www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/first-year/mlk.
Morrissey. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
The Smiths’ lyricist and lead singer Morrissey will perform at Heinz Hall. Tickets are available at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Working as an Independent Filmmaker with Dave Davis. Pittsburgh Filmmakers Library. 7 p.m.
Local filmmaker Dave Davis will discuss his experiences working as an independent producer and filmmaker as part of Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Library Conversation Series. The event is free and open to the public.
The Toasters. Club Cafe. 8 p.m.
Renowned ska band The Toasters will perform at Club Cafe with ska bands Mrs. Skannotto and The Pressure.
Reel Big Fish. Altar Bar. 6 p.m.
The California-based ska-punk band Reel Big Fish will perform at Altar Bar in the Strip District. The event is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are available online at www.thealtarbar.com or at the door.
The Tender Land. Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts. 8 p.m.
The Carnegie Mellon School of Music presents Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land, a coming-of-age story about a girl who dreams of freedom from her overbearing family. The opera follows her story in the heartland of 1930s America. Other performances are on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are free for students and can be reserved at the Purnell box office or online at www.drama.cmu.edu.
Gallery Crawl. The Cultural District. 5:30 p.m.
The Cultural Trust presents this year’s first quarterly Gallery Crawl. A variety of galleries and art spaces will be open to the public for free. A detailed list of exhibitions can be found at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website, www.trustarts.org.
PSO presents Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and works by three Czech composers this weekend. British conductor Michael Francis will make his PSO debut, and the performance will also feature violinist Christian Tetzlaff. The orchestra will also perform the concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Emancipator. Rex Theater. 9 p.m.
Portland-based trip-hop producer Emancipator will perform at the Rex Theater. His upcoming album Dusk to Dawn is set to release on Jan. 29 on Loci Records. Eliot Lipp and Tor will open for Emancipator. More information and tickets are available at www.rextheatre.com.
Les Misérables. Benedum Center. Through Jan. 27.
PNC Broadway Across America presents Les Misérables, the famed musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Les Mis tells the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant searching for redemption during the French Revolution. This production also features Carnegie Mellon alumnus Devin Ilaw (CFA ’07) as young revolutionary Marius. More information and tickets are available at www,trustarts.org.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939. The Carnegie Museum of Art. Through Feb. 24.
This exhibit features works ranging from jewelry to furniture that showcase changing tastes in aesthetics and design within the span of nearly nine decades.