March Student Reading. Baker Hall 260. 7 p.m.
Student writers will read their works in the Gladys Schmitt Creative Writing Center for the March edition of the Creative Writing Student Reading series. There will be free food and drinks, along with a raffle. Admission is free and open to the public.
Magic Man. The Underground. 7 p.m.
Rock/pop/electronic band Magic Man will be performing in the Underground. Admission is free. Their music is available at soundcloud.com/magicmansounds.
Nina Paley lecture. McConomy Auditorium. 5 p.m.
A celebrated animator and cartoonist, as well as an advocate of free culture and open access to expression, Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which combines the Indian epic Ramayana with 1920s pop recordings of Annette Hanshaw.
School of Drama presents The Glass Menagerie. 201 N. Braddock Ave. 8 p.m.
The classic Tennessee Williams play explores themes of memory and time, as well as how one young man must leave behind his past in order to define the artist within himself. Tom Wingfield lives out his dream of breaking away from his sister and mother, leaving them behind in order to embrace his future. Tickets range from $25–29, with discounts available to Carnegie Mellon students.
Geoffrey Larson, conductor. Alumni Concert Hall. 8 p.m.
Master’s student in conducting Geoffery Larson will conduct Igor Stravinsky’s Chamber Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks” and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. This event is free and open to the public.
PSO presents American Fanfare. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing some of the most beloved works of American composers, including Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, among others. Performances run through Sunday and tickets can be purchased at trustarts.culturualdistrict.org.
Hannah Whitehead, cello; Erberk Eryilmaz, piano. Mellon Institute Auditorium. 5 p.m.
Master’s student in cello performance Hannah Whitehead will perform her required recital, featuring the music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bach, with master’s student in music composition Erberk Eryilmaz on piano. This event is free and open to the public.
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. 7:30 p.m.
The ensemble will perform a multitude of pieces, including Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture for Wind Band in C Major, Op. 24, and James A. Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game, featuring soloist master’s student in French horn performance Carrie Vertin. General admission is $5, but Carnegie Mellon students enter free with valid I.D.
Lossless. Miller Gallery. Through April 20.
This exhibition of Carnegie Mellon School of Art master of fine arts candidates features large-scale installations, video, and generative sound art by artists Carl Bajandas, Oreen Cohen, and Yun Mi Her. Admission is free and open to the public.
Les Miserables. Byham Theater. Through April 6.
Presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theater, this beloved musical tells the heartwarming redemption story of Jean Valjean, set against the backdrop of the failed June Rebellion in Paris of 1832. Tickets start at $12.25 and can be purchased at trustarts.culturualdistrict.org.
RACE: Are We So Different? Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Through Oct. 27.
RACE: Are We So Different? is a nationally touring exhibition that explores the experience of living with race in America, using interactive multimedia components, photographs, iconic objects, and historical artifacts.
Porous Sediments. 707 Penn Gallery. Through April 13.
Artist Haylee Ebersole’s installation features vaporous sculptural objects with surfaces suggestive of skin, soap, ice, and rock. This event is free and open to the public.
Dream Body. 709 Penn Gallery. Through April 13.
Local artist Blaine Siegel presents two video installations — the first influenced by the infamous “The Hanged Man” Tarot card, and the second a split-image projection depicting scenes of a domestic life with one only slightly different than the other. This event is free and open to the public.
Rhythm and Bulbs. Phipps Conservatory. Through April 20.
This year’s spring flower show combines music with Phipps’s collection of exotic flowers and garden designs. From one room to the next, music genres switch from swing and big band to rock.