How to Change Your Mind. Baker Hall 136A. 4:30 p.m.
In a talk sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Humanist League, Julia Galef, the founder and president of the Center for Applied Rationality, will discuss applications of Bayesianism in the context of everyday life.
School of Architecture Lecture Series: Takahura Tezuka. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 6:30 p.m.
The School of Architecture welcomes Takaharu Tezuka of the Japanese firm Tezuka Architects. Tezuka will discuss the firm’s installation “run run run” in the Playground Project exhibition of the 2013 Carnegie International. The installation introduces the Fuji Kindergarten, a large outdoor structure designed for children.
Ra Ra Riot. Mr. Small’s Theatre (400 Lincoln Ave.). 7 p.m.
The Syracuse-based indie rock band will perform at Mr. Small’s Theatre. Tickets are $16, and the event is open to all ages.
Nine Inch Nails. Peterson Events Center, University of Pittsburgh (3719 Terrace St.) 7:30 p.m.
Critically acclaimed rock/metal band will perform at Pitt in a show featuring spectacular visual elements. Tickets range from $50–$150.
The Pigeoning. 937 Liberty Ave. 7 p.m.
The Pigeoning is an original and darkly comedic work that chronicles what happens when an obsessive compulsive man collides with a flock of pigeons, ultimately exploring the human condition. Hosted by the Arts Pass Program as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, this performance continues through Saturday.
It’s Dark Outside. Trust Arts Education Center (805 Liberty Ave.). 9 p.m.
Inspired by experiences with Alzheimer’s and Sundowner’s Syndromes, short filmmaker and caricaturist Tim Watts presents a new production in collaboration with Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs. The performance features elements of puppetry, mask, animation, live performance, and an original music score by award-winning composer Rachael Dease. Hosted by the Arts Pass Program, this performance will run through Saturday.
Andy Awards Ceremony. McConomy Auditorium. Noon.
The annual Carnegie Mellon Andy Awards will be presented to individual staff members and teams whose work has significantly influenced the university. Awards are presented in six categories: dedication, commitment to students, innovation, culture, university citizenship, and university contributions. A reception in Rangos Hall will follow the ceremony.
Tim Stretton Lecture: Usury, Equity and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. GHC 4215. 4:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies welcomes Tim Stretton, professor of history at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Stretton’s research focuses on the social history of law and litigation in Britain, with a concentration in women’s legal rights and intersections between law and literature in early modern England.
Faculty Recital: Sergey Schepkin, piano. Kresge Theatre (College of Fine Arts building.) 8 p.m.
Sergey Schepkin, a Carnegie Mellon associate professor of piano, will perform Johann Sebastion Bach’s French Suite No. 4 in E-flat, BWV 815, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110, and Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959. Admission to the recital is free.
CAUSE Speakers Series: Clement A. Price. Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53). 4:30 p.m.
The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) presents Clement A. Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History at Rutgers University. Price will give a lecture titled “When the Margin Becomes the Center: African American History and the Public Transformation of History, Memory and Place,” which identifies the ways in which African-American history, once invisible, has become an integral topic of American historical scholarship.
CMU Night at the PSO. Heinz Hall (600 Penn Ave.). 8 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its connections with the Carnegie Mellon community with discounted ticket prices for its Saturday night concert. The program includes Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, performed by soloist Yulianna Avdeeva. Tickets start at $15 for students and $20 for faculty, staff, and alumni and include the preconcert reception (cash bar). To reserve tickets, visit pittsburghsymphony.org/cmunight or call Group Sales at 412-392-4819.
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Carnegie Music Hall. 7:30 p.m.
The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Classical. Guest conductor Joseph Silverstein will solo with the orchestra for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.
The Crucible. Phillip Chosky Theater (Purnell Center for the Arts). Through Oct. 12.
The School of Drama presents a production of the classic American drama The Crucible, written by playwright Arthur Miller in the context of mid-century McCarthyism. Featuring stellar performances from School of Drama students, the play examines the witch hunt in both historical and symbolic contexts. For tickets, visit the box office on the first floor of Purnell Center for the Arts.
Express Burlesque. Cabaret at Theater Square. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 12.
This exciting, burlesque-style dance revue combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative-yet-classy twist of today.
Defending the Caveman. Cabaret at Theater Square. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 20.
This one-man comedy show features humorous insights regarding gender and relationships.
Our Town. O’Reilly Theater (621 Penn Ave.). Through Oct. 26.
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.
Janine Antoni. The Mattress Factory. Through March 30.
Margery King, the curator who first introduced Yayoi Kusama to the Mattress Factory, presents the work of multimedia contemporary artist Janine Antoni, who focuses on issues of femininity and the female body. Admission to the museum is free with Carnegie Mellon student ID. For more information, visit mattress.org.
Chiharu Shiota. The Mattress Factory. Through May 31.
The Mattress Factory presents a site-specific installation from Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota. The installation will fill eight rooms in the museum’s main building on Sampsonia Way. Shiota is known for creating powerful yet delicate installations, and her work explores themes of remembrance, oblivion, childhood, and anxiety, toeing the line between waking life and memory.