Arts & Entertainment

Pittsburgh Hosts Humanities Festival This Weekend

Festival promises "smart talk about stuff that matters."

No matter if your interest is in art, entertainment or true crime -there's an event this weekend that has something for you.

The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival begins this Friday. This year, the festival is billing itself as "smart talk about stuff that matters."

The event is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University. The festival runs through Sunday, and includes a packed schedule of events including "internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators offering interviews, intimate conversations, and select performances focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more, all in a lively, entertaining, accessible format in the Cultural District."

The headliner events include "An Evening with Kevin Kwan" and "Last Podcast on the Left." On Friday night, Kwan will discuss his best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians, as well as the massively successful movie based on the book . He'll also discuss the importance of representation in entertainment. In a video on the Cultural Trust website, Kwan said he is excited to return to Pittsburgh, where he spent four weeks in 2008, and to grab another Primanti Bros. sandwich "with extra french fries."

Saturday night's main event is the live taping of "Last Podcast on the Left." The comedy podcast hosted by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski dives into "all things macabre," from cults to serial killers to creepy stories and more.

The two headliner events require tickets, which you can click here to purchase. There are also many free events, and you can find the complete schedule by clicking here.

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