Center for Creativity: The Workshop
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Open Mic Night @ Nordy's Place

Wednesday, Nov. 6  |  8:30-10 p.m.

We provide a stage, a mic, and a supportive environment, whether you're an experienced performer or a first-timer.

You provide your own unique creative voice.

Even if you don't want to get up on stage, come down, enjoy some free snacks, and be a part of the best open mic audience in Pittsburgh.

Important Info

  • Sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m.
  • Performance slots are 6-8 minutes each. 
  • Every kind of performance is welcome: poetry or prose, music (original or covers), dance, comedy, storytelling, magic…. If you can do it in public, you can sign up for a slot!
  • Musical performers, please bring your own instruments.

University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff are all welcome as performers and/or audience members.

Bring your talent. Bring a friend. Bring it on!

RSVP here or just come to Nordy's on Nov. 6

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Six Word Stories

Monday, Nov. 4 - Thursday, Nov. 14

Stories connect us. They enable us to build bridges to understanding and cultivate empathy. When we share parts of ourselves—when we risk and extend our boundaries to let others in—it’s both a gift and an invitation.

We invite you to join the Open Door Project and the University Library System for Six Word Stories—a two-part interactive experience that will prompt you to consider the concept of identity, starting with your own.

Read more on Six Word Stories

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Games4SocialImpact Game Jam

Friday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 10

Have you ever thought about designing a game? Even if the answer is "no," check out this website. You can build something that has positive social impact, enjoy free food, meet other creative people, and maybe even win a prize!

You do not need to be a programmer to participate: artists, storytellers, sociologists, psychologists, historians, political scientists, and pretty much anyone who likes games are all welcome! (So are programmers.)

You can design any style of game, including card, tabletop, live role playing (LARP), alternate reality (ARG), mobile, desktop, AR, VR, XR, and any other acronym that tickles your fancy.

Get details on the Games4SocialImpact game jam

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Doodle, Design, Pen, & Pins

Thursday, Nov. 7  |  3-4:30 p.m.

Learn some basic drawing techniques and tools and get an introduction to our new GlowForge laser cutter and engraver. Design a doodle you enjoy, and turn into a magnet or a wearable pin! No previous art experience required.

Register for Doodle, Design, Pen, & Pins

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Sunday Stanza: Nonsense!

Sunday, Nov. 10  |  4-6 p.m.

Nonsense verse in English has a long history, stretching back to Anglo Saxon riddles, folk poetry, and nursery rhymes, but it's often considered a lesser genre because its primary audience is children. In this workshop, we'll have fun writing nonsense of all kinds, and explore the associated "highbrow" nonsense of Dada and Martian poetry. 

Register for Sunday Stanza: Nonsense!

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Bound & UnBound: Zine Hang @ Frick Fine Arts

Wednesday, Nov. 13  |  7-9 p.m.

Zines are self-published works of original or found images and texts that reflect their creators’ passions and personalities.

Join us to experiment with techniques to make your own zine, get inspiration from the Frick Fine Arts Library’s zine collection, and pick up tips from other zinesters.

No experience necessary: amateurs and beginners welcome!

NOTE: This program takes place in the Frick Fine Arts Library Reference Room.

Register for Zine Hang @ Frick Fine Arts Library

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Practically Pastel in Every Way

Friday, Nov. 15  |  3-4:30 p.m.

Get ready to blend your heart out in this introduction to oil and chalk pastels, and make an original pastel piece. No art experience required: amateurs and beginners welcome!

Register for Practically Pastel in Every Way

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An Evening of Storytelling with Lulu Miller

Thursday, Nov. 7  |  7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series presents an evening of storytelling with radio producer Lulu Miller, winner of the 2019/20 William Block Sr. Award.

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The Wolves

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves is the debut play of up-and-coming playwright Sarah DeLappe. Featuring an all-female cast (comprised of nine adolescents and one briefly-seen adult), The Wolves chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a soccer team somewhere in suburban America as they prepare for their games.

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