Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial

Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its incorporation, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is proud to join over 200 Pittsburgh organizations in the celebration.
A parade and celebration is planned for July 9, 2016, the anniversary of our first Mayor, Ebenezer Denny, being sworn into office. The celebration will take place at Point State Park and will begin with a Parade going down Liberty Ave to the park.

2015-16 Literary Evenings

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces Authors for 2015-16 Literary Evenings,
Monday Night Lecture Series, Carnegie Music Hall
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Héctor Tobar opens
25th Anniversary Season of
Literary Evenings

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces its lineup of accomplished authors scheduled to appear for the 2015-16 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series, sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust:

  • September 21, 2015, Héctor Tobar, Deep Down Dark
  • October 12, 2015, Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl, The Red Tent
  • October 26, 2015, Ruth Reichl, Delicious!, Tender At The Bone
  • November 2, 2015, David Mitchell, New Release! Slade House, The Bone Clocks, Cloud Atlas
  • November 16, 2015, Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction, Field Notes From A Catastrophe
  • December 7, 2015, Andrew Solomon, Far From The Tree, Noonday Demon
  • January 25, 2016, Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
  • February 15, 2016, Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
  • March 14, 2016, Daniel James Brown, The Boys In The Boat
  • April 4, 2016, Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

The season opens with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and expert on Latin America Héctor Tobar, who was chosen to tell the riveting story of 33 trapped Chilean miners. His book, Deep … Continue reading

After Hours @ the Library

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)
After Hours @ the Library
Friday, March 20 from 7-10 pm

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Follow the Yellow Book Road to the Library for an after-hours event inspired by the magic of the Great and Powerful Oz! Enjoy live music, light bites, delicious drinks, and a night full of wonderful entertainment, including:

  • Beer, wine, kombucha, and creative cocktails perfect for the first night of Spring
  • The chance to interact with your favorite Wizard of Oz characters
  • Live performances by local bands, including a few Toto covers courtesy of My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure
  • A photo booth to capture your night in Oz
  • Silent auction for library furniture and other great items
  • Face painting, crafts, interactive games and more!

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May 5th – A National Day of Community Giving

PAL Give Local America

On May 5, 2015, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will join nonprofits organizations and community foundations across the country for Give Local America – a 24-hour crowdfunding event that provides individuals a platform to invest in and celebrate the work of local nonprofit organizations nationwide.Give Local America seal

In 2014, through a partnership with 7,700 local nonprofits, Give Local America raised more than $53 million for local communities. In 2015, Give Local America hopes to engage 15,000 nonprofit organizations and to double its fundraising to reach $100 million in donations.


Cirque: After Hours @ the Library


After Hours @ the Library

Friday, October 17 from 7 – 10 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)
4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213

Tickets: $45 per person until October 13; $55 – until we sell out!

Run away to the Library for an after-hours event inspired by the dreamy spectacular of the mysterious night circus. Enjoy live music, delicious drinks, fantastical food and eclectic entertainment, including fortune tellers, contortionists, magic and more!

Beware, this event sells out quickly, so purchase your tickets before they disappear! Visit carnegielibrary.org/afterhours or call 412.622.6276.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

All proceeds of the event benefit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and help to strengthen its impact on our city.  

Press Release: 2014 One Book, One Community

From ACLA’s One Book, One Community webpage

Pittsburgh, PA (February 25, 2014) – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is excited to announce its 2014 One Book, One Community selection – TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann. Through the compelling personal stories of historical figures that share a common search for freedom, identity and peace, TransAtlantic explores the ties that bind McCann’s homeland, Ireland, with the United States. It is a novel that blurs the boundaries of the real and the imagined, the past and the present, and illustrates how our vast global community “grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.”

This year’s One Book, One Community program launches on March 10th with two author events. Colum McCann will kick off the day with a live streamed discussion with students at Woodland Hills High School; community members can also tune in at local area libraries. Later that evening McCann will appear in a special Literary Evening hosted in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

One Book, One Community will extend through the fall, with many opportunities to connect withTransAtlantic and its themes. Book club discussions will be held at libraries throughout Allegheny County, including a special discussion with Bound Together Book Club, a collaborative program between the Carnegie … Continue reading

Executive Director Jayne Adair Will Retire on May 31, 2014

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Executive Director Jayne Adair
Will Retire on May 31, 2014
Announcement at Tonight’s Literary Evenings Program with Sue Grafton

October 7, Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Executive Director Jayne Adair has informed the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Board of Directors of her decision to retire at the end of May 2014. Alice B. Mitinger, president of the PA&L board, will announce Ms. Adair’s pending retirement and the beginning of the executive search to the audience at tonight’s Literary Evenings program featuring the writer of the Alphabet Mystery Series, Sue Grafton.

“Jayne has engaged the community with her vision, creativity and passion for the mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures,” says Mitinger. “With the programming she has developed, we have reached many new audiences and with her leadership, the organization has achieved a position of sustainability. We applaud Jayne for all her accomplishments as we begin our search for her successor.”

Jayne Adair joined Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures as executive director in June 2007. Subscription tickets to the Literary Evenings series have increased by 70% since September 2007, and new program ventures have been created to … Continue reading