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Your Guide to the Cultural Trust’s Best Fall Events

From world-class theater to the incredible symphony, Pittsburgh’s cultural scene is one that would rival any larger city’s. The Cultural Trust is behind all of these inspiring performances, and this fall, they’ve got some seriously impressive things up their proverbial sleeves. If you’re hard at work mapping out your fall social calendar, here are a few Cultural Trust events that you won’t want to miss.

Festival of Firsts – September 21 through November 11, 2018

Now through November, the Cultural Trust is hosting its Festival of Firsts, a celebration of visual arts, theater, dance and music from 30 international companies and artists from 20 countries. With more than three times as many events and attractions as the last Festival of Firsts in 2013, there’s something incredible to see at venues all over downtown just about every night of the week.

Joan Didion’s The White Album – October 5 through October 7, 2018

Via the Associated Press

If you’ve ever felt inspired by Didion’s words that seemed to summarize an entire generation (“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,“) then this performance of her essay The White Album is sure to bring the ’60s to life right in front of your eyes. Obie Award-winning actor Mia Barron performs an adaptation of The White Album live for the first time in Pittsburgh on the August Wilson Center’s stage, and it transcends the traditional theater boundaries in just about every act.

The Moth Pittsburgh’s GrandSLAM – October 19, 2018 
If the Moth’s style of live storytelling is already up your alley, you won’t want to miss this culmination of the current season’s best stories. Performers will compete to become the Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM Story Champion using only their words, their humor and their wits in this one-night event.

Faith Evans – October 20, 2018

Via Jonathan Mannion

If you’re into R&B, plan a whole night around seeing Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Faith Evans at the August Wilson Center later this month. With eight studio albums and a career spanning two decades, you’ll be in for a night full of hits.

Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes – November 19, 2018

Via Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

If you love the ballet, you’ll especially love seeing the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s dancers perform with Phipps Conservatory as a backdrop. This holiday performance brings songs from The Nutcracker to the historic glass house at Phipps, and true to the name, there will be tons of poinsettias and other seasonal greenery to admire.

Fiddler on the Roof – November 20 through November 25, 2018 
If you’re more of a musical theater purist who just can’t get enough of the classics, then Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher’s take on Fiddler on the Roof should be on your fall calendar. Straight from Broadway to the Benedum, this beloved musical features an elaborate orchestra and an ensemble cast performing the classic tale.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 25, 2018
If you have kids (or even if you don’t), this adorable Christmas classic is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit a bit early. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and all of the Peanuts cast perform favorite Christmas carols with music by Vince Guarald in this live performance.

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