Anna Getmansky: “Democracy and Intrastate Conflicts.” Baker Hall 136A. 4:30 p.m.
Anna Getmansky, a lecturer in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, will give a talk. Getmansky will review some of the most recent research on whether democratic states are more or less likely than non-democratic regimes to experience domestic conflicts such as civil wars and insurgencies or terrorist attacks.
Steve Brams: “Game Theory and the Humanities.” Doherty Hall 1212. 4:30 p.m.
A professor of politics at New York University and author/editor of more than 18 books and 250 articles, Steve Brams will be delivering a lecture as part of the Lehoczky Lecture Series.
James T. Hynes: “Jumps and Hydrogen Bonds: From Pure Water to DNA.” Mellon Institute Auditorium. 4:30 p.m.
Distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder James Hynes will be delivering a lecture as part of the John A. Pople Lectures in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry series. Reception to follow.
Aida. Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. 7 p.m.
The opera by Giuseppe Verdi about the Ethiopian princess Aida torn between love for her enslaved country and love for an Egyptian general is playing at the Benedum Center. The opera runs through Sunday, and tickets can be purchased at culturaldistrict.org.
Taking Back Sunday. Stage AE. 7 p.m.
The emo-rockers will be twirling microphones as they play their classics and tunes from their upcoming album. Polar Bear Club and Transit are openers. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Zimmermann & de Perrot. August Wilson Center. 8 p.m.
The two successful directors will be presenting a performance that blends theater, dance, and the circus. Featuring five circus artists and dancers, this show promises to be unlike any other. The show will run through Friday, and tickets can be purchased at culturaldistrict.org.
Drake. CONSOL Energy Center. 8 p.m.
Having ditched the wheelchair, Drake will bring the gospel of YOLO and drop knowledge on anybody who isn’t aware that he’s the best in the game. Thanks, Drizzy, but they know. Tickets range from $28–$98 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
The critically acclaimed indie rockers will bring their fuzzed-out, ’60s psychedelia-inspired tunes to the Altar Bar. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
HOLDUP in the HOOD. 707 Penn Gallery. Through Nov. 3.
This art exhibit, based upon work the artist did with inner-city children in the Manchester section of Pittsburgh, explores issues of race, class, and gender.
Proud to be an American? 709 Penn Gallery. Through Nov. 3.
Pittsburgh photographer Rebecca Chiappelli explores the meaning of patriotism from diverse perspectives.
Our Town. O’Reilly Theater (621 Penn Ave.). Through Oct. 27.
The Thornton Wilder classic about life in a small town — and just how extraordinary such a life can be — will be brought to the stage in an upcoming production at the O’Reilly Theater on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, directed by Ted Pappas and starring Pittsburgh’s own Tom Atkins. For performance dates and tickets, visit trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Roads of Arabia. Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Through Nov. 3.
This exhibit transports visitors to the sands of Saudi Arabia, where recent archaeological finds redefine our understanding of the region. For more information, visit carnegiemnh.org.
14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Hunt Library, Fifth Floor). Through Dec. 19.
The exhibition will include 41 pieces of artwork by 41 artists from 10 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world.
Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self. The Andy Warhol Museum. Through Jan. 12
In this retrospective exhibit presented by the Andy Warhol Museum, Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura plays with images of well-known cultural icons, placing his own face over portraits of figures like Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong to produce a provocative art collection. Admission to the museum is free with Carnegie Mellon ID. For more information, visit warhol.org.
Alien She. Miller Gallery (Purnell Center for the Arts). Through Feb. 16.
This exhibit examines the influence of Riot Grrrl, an underground feminist punk rock movement that surfaced in the ’90s, on artists and cultural producers today. Admission to the Miller Gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, visit millergallery.cfa.cmu.edu.