Dean Bakopoulos. Kresge Theatre. 7 p.m.
Part of the Adamson Reading Series, Dean Bakopoulos — author of three novels and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and Guggenheim Fellowship — will be reading from his work. Admission is free and open to the public.
Joep Frens “To Make is to Grasp.” Margaret Morrison A14. 5 p.m.
Frens will be delivering a lecture as part of the School of Design’s “How Do You Design the Future?” lecture series. Frens’s work explores how to design for growing systems and the power of “making” as a physical way of thinking. Admission is free and open to the public.
Real Estate. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
Part of the VIA Festival, this indie-surf band from northern New Jersey will be bringing their sweet sounds of longing to the Altar Bar. Expect skinny jeans and those hats they sell at Urban Outfitters. Tickets can be purchased at via2014.com.
Mike Q, Badboxes, and TT the Artist. Cattivo. 9 p.m.
Part of the VIA Festival, these incendiary artists will be taking over Cattivo. Expect color — lots of color. This event is 21+. Tickets can be purchased at via2014.com.
Undervolt & Co. CFA 303. 12 p.m.
Presented by the MAM Speaker Series in partnership with the VIA Festival, directors from the Undervolt & Co experimental video label will be discussing the ways a label can support digitally-based artistic practices. RSVP is requested.
Deafheaven. Rex Theater. 8 p.m.
The American black metal band will be performing at the Rex as part of the VIA Festival. Expect headbanging and moshing. Tickets can be purchased at via2014.com.
Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble. Kresge Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
The contemporary ensemble will present a program that includes “Shaker Loops” by John Adams and “Still Life with Avalanche” by Missy Mazzoli. Admission is free and open to the public.
Zebra Katz, Blue Hawaii, and Cakes Da Killa. Union Trust Building. 7 p.m.
Part of the VIA Festival, this evening will feature a diverse array of artists. Everything from music composed on pre-Windows operating systems to some of the fiercest rappers from the LGBTQ scene. Expect craziness. Tickets can be purchased at via2014.com.
Seven Guitars. Chosky Theatre. Through Oct. 11
The School of Drama presents their first mainstage production of the season, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. Set in the Pittsburgh Hill District in 1948, the play shines a light on the African American male’s fight for identity and self — worth in the face of societal and personal obstacles. Tickets are $10 with a Carnegie Mellon ID and can be purchased at the Purnell Box Office.
The Glass Menagerie. O’Reilly Theater. through Nov. 2
The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the Tennessee Williams classic, inspired by his own life and mentally fragile family. Tickets start at $15.75 for students and anyone under 26 and can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
The Book of Mormon. Heinz Hall. Through Oct. 5.
The hilarious musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker is coming to Pittsburgh. The story follows two naïve missionaries as they try to spread the gospel of Mormonism to a remote village in Northern Uganda, but the people there have a lot more to worry about than religion. Tickets are available online at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Chuck Connelly: My America. The Andy Warhol Museum. Through Jan. 4
As part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial, the Warhol is presenting works from Pittsburgh native and surreal painter Chuck Connelly. Admission to the museum is free with a Carnegie Mellon student ID.
The 13 Most Wanted Men. The Andy Warhol Museum. Through Jan. 4.
This exhibit explores a controversy Warhol ignited at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, when he expanded and displayed mug shots from NYPD records of the 13 most wanted men of 1962. Admission to the museum is free with a Carnegie Mellon student ID.