1) With a Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution / Rachel B double bill, it’s a good night for soul and R&B at Club Cafe. Smith and her band are entering the new year with plenty to be proud of: grand prize in Drusky Entertainment’s “On The Verge” Battle of the Bands, opening for Tower of Power and other national acts, headlining plenty of sold-out shows. Oh, and a funky EP, titled Soul Distribution. Not to be outdone, Rachel B self-released her debut EP, I’m the Boss, and her music could be heard on an episode of ABC’s General Hospital. She recently headlined a 10-city tour and has played venues like Chicago Symphony Hall and Berklee Performance Center. Yinz better bring your dancing shoes. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.
2) Chilly days are made for enjoying indoor art, and the hottest show in town—indeed, one of the hottest in the country—is Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals at Carnegie Museum of Art. MIchals is a living legend if not a household name. Born in McKeesport, he rocked the New York art world (and gained a global following) with his very unusual photos that “tell stories.” Some are in sequences, like panels of a comic strip, and some have storytelling captions. Subjects range from the cosmic to the erotic to the laugh-out-loud absurd—as does Michals himself. Allow time to watch Duaneland, the 64-minute film screened continuously within the show. Through Feb. 16. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
3) Mario’s East Side hosts Team Trivia Night every Thursday. Win, place, or show and your team will earn Mario’s gift certificates. Play against the Miller Lite Girls, and you could even win Miller Lite trinkets and giveaways! Feed your brain after the long holiday season. 8 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.
4) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – It’s being billed as the “first Iranian vampire Western.” I don’t know much about Iranian cinema but I’d say that’s probably true. A sudden film festival favorite, AGWHAN is set in a rundown town far away from everything and the townspeople are being stalked by a vampire. 8 p.m. Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Avenue, Regent Square.