Autism Friendly Open Mic at The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center

March 21, 2023

The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, in partnership with Band Together Pittsburgh, will host an autism friendly open mic session, an opportunity for those on the autism spectrum to perform music or other creative endeavors such as comedy or poetry, on Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. 

The event is free and open to the public, and this first open mic of the year at The Theater builds on last year’s success. 

Longtime Pittsburgh musician John Vento and other members of Band Together will facilitate this event for anyone who wants to sing (including karaoke), play an instrument, tell jokes, do impressions, just say hello or see what it’s all about. While the event is free, Band Together requests RSVPs at so that complimentary snacks can be provided.

Mics, keyboards, guitars, amps and percussion will be available. Band Together’s goal is for all individuals to realize the joy of creative expression regardless of talent or skill level. Open mic events, and sensory friendly screenings and concerts at The Lindsay are designed to make cultural activities inclusive and accessible.

On Sundays, parking is free in Sewickley, including the municipal lot next to the Theater and on the streets; ramps to the Theater offer easy accessibility.

The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, formerly The Tull Family Theater, is an independent, film-driven arts nonprofit with two screening rooms and flexible event/performance space. Holding accessibility as its hallmark, the Theater made Pennsylvania history as the first cinema in the state offering weekly Open Captioning screenings. Cinema Maker Sessions (CiMS), the Theater’s career readiness program at the intersection of STEM and the arts, offers project-based learning to middle schoolers from low- and moderate-wealth communities. Intentionally diverse programming is brimming with new releases and independent, classic, documentary, educational and cultural films, festivals, sensory friendly screenings, film-speaker series, free events and live performances. 

These and other activities are funded through box office revenues and generous donations from the Theater’s Sustaining Circle, more than 1,000 individual donors and: The Corry Family Foundation, Huntington Bank, The Pittsburgh Foundation, W.P. Snyder III Charitable Fund, Thomas Marshall Foundation, A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, Jack Buncher Foundation, Child Health Association of Sewickley, Sewickley Valley Community Fund, The Grable Foundation, Allegheny County Airport Charitable Foundation and Dollar Bank.