Rex Presents Moth StorySLAM (CP’s Tues. 8/13/13)

1) Everybody has a story to tell, and tonight the Rex Theater wants to hear yours during the Moth StorySLAM. The premise is simple: Wannabe participants walk into the theater, put their names in a hat, and wait. Ten people are chosen to take the stage and share a five-minute story, striving to impress the judges and the audience. The winning storyteller will then compete in a GrandSLAM championship event against nine other previous winners. Tonight’s story theme is “trust,” so start writing and rehearsing your tale! 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side.

2) Local jazz legend Spanky Wilson takes center stage at this week’s JazzLive at the Agnes R. Katz Plaza. A veteran of over 40—yes, 40—years in the music business, Wilson has shared the spotlight with names like Marvin Gaye and Sammy Davis, Jr. Now, the longtime Pittsburgh resident brings her bellowing, soulful vocal talent to a much more intimate venue at JazzLive, delighting audiences with her soothing melodies. 5 p.m. Free. Penn and 7th Street, Cultural District. 

3) You don’t have to book an expensive flight to see the world; just visit the McKeesport International Village Festival today through Thursday! With music, food, dancing, and various activities that showcase the cultures of 20 nationalities—from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas—this event is your one-stop shop for an excursion across the globe. Note: Most vendors do not accept checks/credit cards, and there is no ATM on site, so bring cash. 3 – 10 p.m.; through Aug. 15.  Eden Park Boulevard and University Drive, McKeesport.

4) Stimulate your youngster’s brain with Tot Time: A Fruity Fiesta at the Children’s Museum of PittsburghOpen to children ages 18 months to three years, this event features hands-on activities, songs, stories, and snack time, all centered around nature’s dessert: fruit. A fun, learning-centered opportunity that endorses healthy eating, Tot Time: A Fruity Fiesta provides the perfect Tuesday morning getaway for you and your child. 11 a.m. 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square. North Shore.

5) One mouthful of sweet, creamy ice cream tells us everything we need to know about the popular dessert: it’s delicious. However, the creation of this chilled treat is not so simple, and a series of involved scientific reactions has to take place without a hitch for the end result to form something fit for consumption. Explore the chemistry behind this dairy delight at the Carnegie Science Center‘s presentation of  Science in a Scoop, where science chefs prepare custard and cool it using liquid nitrogen at around -330 degrees Fahrenheit. Catch a show between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Aug. 31. 1 Allegheny Ave., North Shore.