Three Rivers Arts Festival is underway online, but that’s not all. As Allegheny County moves into the green phase, here are the events you need to know about this week.
Monday, June 8: Yoga in Settler’s Cabin Park
The outdoor yoga season is here. Jumpstart your week at this session led by Elevate Yoga, where participants will practice yoga six feet apart near the Chippewa Shelter. Simply bring your own yoga mat and wear a face covering. View a complete schedule of classes.
Monday, June 8: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
We all miss the jubilant displays, tents and food trucks filling Downtown, but the 61st annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is blooming online. Tonight’s highlight is slowdanger’s “holding pattern,” an innovative fusion of dance and visuals showcasing movement created in response to Miguel Chevalier’s artwork at Wood Street Galleries. The event will include an exclusive interview with the artists.
Tuesday, June 9: Composting 101 Webinar
Let 2020 be the year you finally start composting. The garden pros at Grow Pittsburgh will get you started with creating your own backyard compost. Soon you’ll have fertile, well-drained soil and be on your way to organic gardening.
Tuesday, June 9: Common Reads: The Transcendentalists
We can learn a great deal from Transcendentalists such as Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Join The Frick Pittsburgh’s virtual book club to delve into this fascinating movement led by writers and philosophers who critiqued 19th-century society and celebrated nature, idealism and individualism.
Tuesday, June 9: Allegheny County Conservation District Lunch and Learn Webinar
With the record rainfall, are you wondering how you can help improve our region’s water quality and manage stormwater? The Allegheny County Conservation District’s lunch and learn webinar series covers topics such as stream health and stormwater systems, erosion and pollution and the relationship between human activity and water quality
Tuesday, June 9: Virtual Town Hall: What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About Protests
For the next edition of its virtual town hall series, community leaders from 1Hood Media and UrbanKind Institute will lead a discussion about the current response to unjust police killings taking place nationwide. Panelists include Dr. Cheryl Hall-Russell, Jasiri X, Jamil Bey and Fawn Walker Montgomery.
Tuesday, June 9: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Don’t miss TRAF’s presentation of The Anthropology of Motherhood: Culture of Care, an exhibition of custom-built web pages showcasing 10 artists whose work explores the complexities of motherhood. At 7:30 p.m., TRAF’s digital main stage will present live jazz music by the Thomas Wendt Quintet.
Wednesday, June 10: Teaching Artist Initiative Kick-Off
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council newest initiative will provide support for teaching artists and arts educators at all stages of their careers. Learn about upcoming professional development opportunities such as salons, symposia, resources and more. Don’t forget to make your own face mask inspired by cartoonist Saul Steinberg.
Wednesday, June 10: Inside the Scene Digital Happy Hour and Live Music
Spend happy hour exploring local music and libations. Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, tonight’s live digital miniseries kicks off with a cocktail and mocktail recipe and will be followed by live music by David Beck of String Machine.
Wednesday, June 10: Tipsy Pitches
Startup comedy meets startup entrepreneurialism at this very happy happy hour. Join some of the region’s wittiest startup leaders, who will pitch their “silliest business ideas to an esteemed, mostly-sober panel of judges.” Prizes will be awarded for crowd favorites.
Wednesday, June 10: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
A love song to Mother Earth. Sci-fi robots fighting oppression. Disco covers of classic tunes. These are just some of the musical delights you’ll experience when Rusted Root co-founder Liz Berlin and jazz chanteuse Phat Man Dee perform songs from their new multi-media collaboration, “Social Justice Disco, Songs to Fight Fascists By!”
Thursday, June 11: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you’re considering becoming a member of Phipps, now’s the perfect time. Members can now buy tickets to enjoy new one-way experiences throughout the conservatory (masks required). The Oakland destination has just unveiled its new Summer Flower Show, which is bursting with begonias, New Guinea impatiens, silver foliage, towering palms and more.
Thursday, June 11: Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
Celebrate Pride Month when the Heinz History Center welcomes Smithsonian Curator Katherine Ott. During this free virtual conversation, Ott will discuss her work curating the National Museum of American History exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and other pivotal moments in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
Thursday, June 11: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
After shopping from 350 makers selling handmade works of all kinds in the Artist Market and checking out the featured online exhibitions, tune in to TRAF’s digital main stage at 7:30 p.m. for live music by guitar wizard Byron Nash and songwriter singer-songwriter Brittney Chantele.
Thursday, June 11: Reggae Boyz at Row House Online
This must-see award-winning documentary by Till Schauder chronicles Jamaica’s national soccer team — dubbed the “Reggae Boyz” — as they embark on their 2014 World Cup campaign. The uplifting story unites a charismatic German coach, legendary reggae musicians and a Rastafarian factory worker with some exhilarating soccer. Pair the film with Row House’s curbside pickup of beer and movie snacks.
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