This weekend, it’s “My Snarky Valentine” time at MuseumLab, plus a reading with Jaquira Díaz and Kaveh Akbar at City of Asylum, Nail Trimming & Ear Cleaning for a cause at Wagsburgh, and more.

Photo: Thursday evening, Jaquira Díaz and Kaveh Akbar will be part of the “Memoir Series” at City of Asylum. Courtesy of City of Asylum

Thursday, Feb. 6

My Snarky Valentine: A 21+ event at MuseumLab

“Follow your heart and join for an evening of food, drink and amore. And sass.” Ticket information is available here.

Memoir Series: Jaquira Díaz & Kaveh Akbar at City of Asylum

“Join City of Asylum for an evening of readings & discussion celebrating the work of Jaquira Díaz and Kaveh Akbar, presented in partnership with Chatham University‘s Creative Writing MFA program, Words Without Walls, and funding from The National Endowment for the Arts.” More information is available here or via Facebook.

Friday, Feb. 7

Behavioral Health Open House at North Side Christian Health Center

“Last year, the North Side Christian Health Center embarked on a journey to more intentionally integrate behavioral health into their scope of care. The board and staff invite you to an Open House to unveil the new space, meet some of the providers and learn more about what they will be offering our community.” Event is from noon to 2 p.m. Located at 816 Middle St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please R.S.V.P. to

Good Friday at The Andy Warhol Museum

“For a more social experience, The Warhol Museum is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and offers half-price museum admission and a cash bar beginning at 5 p.m.” More information available here.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Digital Storytelling: Building Bridges Public Discussion

“Join Sharing Our Story for a multicultural experience watching digital stories created by African born and U.S. born residents of Northview Heights as they describe life changing experiences. Join in a discussion of how to create even more welcoming communities. Swing and sway to the incredible African drumming music of Ibeji Drum Ensemble.” Event is from 3-4:30 p.m. at City of Asylum. More information is available via Facebook.

Sadie Hoagland at City Books

“Please join on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 PM when we welcome Sadie Hoagland to City Books. Refreshments will be served. Hoagland’s new collection of short stories, American Grief in Four Stages explores the possibility of elegy and the inability of our culture to communicate grief or sympathy outside of cliche. The book asks the question: why does our country do so little for the bereaved? Why do we have only empty cliché to address the grief of others? Why do we expect people to just “get over” insurmountable tragedy?” City Books is located at 908 Galveston Ave. in Allegheny West. Click here for more information.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Nail Trimming & Ear Cleaning for a Cause

Karen, from Doggone Delightful, will be at Wagsburgh from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to freshen up your pups. In addition, Karen has graciously offered to donate ALL of her proceeds to Senior Pet and Animal Rescue for Valentine’s Day. So even if your pup doesn’t need the basics done, stop down to support a great organization. Click here for the Facebook event page.

Jazz at Emmanuel

“It’s where the spirited and the spiritual join together in a new kind of celebration! Jazz Vespers incorporates a series of finger-snapping jazz meditations and stirring poetic or interpretive readings that celebrate everyone as beloved human beings before a benevolent and wondrous creator. A scriptural message and passing of the peace round out the celebration of the theme of the day. This not-to-be-missed, unique worship experience is one everyone will want to see and hear for themselves. Directed by Dr. James Johnson Jr. of the Afro-American Music Institute on piano, the Jazz ensemble includes guest bassists, Lou Schreiber on reeds, James Johnson III on drums, and Pamela Johnson on vocals, as well as occasional guest musicians. Always the 2nd Sunday at 5:00 pm, September through May. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 957 West North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233.”

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