Here are some great ways to stay connected and explore Pittsburgh from home. Know of an interesting virtual event taking place in April? Email us here.
Monday, April 27: 75th virtual birthday tribute to August Wilson
Celebrate what would have been the 75th birthday of renowned playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson. Dozens of local and national actors, directors and producers will honor the prolific writer by sharing birthday greetings and personal tributes. The messages will be broadcast starting at 10 a.m. every 30 minutes via the August Wilson House’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. At the end of the day, the recordings will be compiled in a continuous YouTube video.
Monday, April 27: Expanding a Sustainable Art Practice with Technology
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Want to use technology to strengthen your art and creative practice? During this workshop presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, artist Fran Flaherty will demonstrate techniques for large-format archival printing and 3-D scanning and printing to improve the quality of your artwork, increase productivity and implement sustainable practices.
Monday, April 27: Managing Your Time and Client Expectations for Your Video Edits
If you’re a video editor looking to add more skills to your toolbox, don’t miss this Work Hard Pittsburgh seminar led by producer and creative director Dustin Dowling. You’ll learn to become a more efficient editor, manage clients effectively and optimize your workflow — along with mastering a wide range of hard editing skills.
Monday April 27: Palate Partners & Dreadnought Wines Class
Join Sissi Carroll to hear firsthand stories and see stunning images from the Bocking Winery in Germany, which has been run by her family for generations. Carroll will share wine production insights and her expertise about varieties of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Rose of Pinot Noir.
Tuesday, April 28: 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall
Instagram is a more exciting place to be, thanks to the Kelly Strayhorn’s new series, 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall. This Tuesday, the theater’s new executive director will be joined by immigrant activist, artist and educator, and Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, executive director of Dance/NYC.
Wednesday, April 29: Carnivorous Plants webinar with Phipps
Explore these strange plants that eat everything from lizards to insects and exist all around us. Discover this incredible group of plants, including how they evolved, how they extract nutrients, and much more with Phipps Horticulture Curator Julianna Razryadov.
Wednesday, April 29: Ready to Vote: Educating Pennsylvania’s Workforce About Election Changes
Get all the information you need about 2020 elections during this statewide webinar, which will review information about voting by mail, extended dates for voter registration and PA’s secure, modern election equipment. Co-hosted by Business for America State Director Joe Petrucci and Vibrant Pittsburgh Executive Director Sabrina Saunders Mosby, the event will help statewide businesses make sure their employees know how and when they can cast their ballots this year.
Wednesday, April 29: Take Steps Virtual Trivia Night
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Test your trivia chops while supporting a very important cause — and vie for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Hosted by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter, proceeds from this Zoom trivia party will benefit the 3 million Americans who are living with IBD.
Wednesday, April 29: Virtual Lecture with David Sibley
Spring is the perfect time for this virtual lecture by David Sibley. The bestselling author and illustrator is back with “What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why.” Bird nerds and bird rookies alike will be inspired by Sibley’s large-format tome covering 200-plus species. Bringing observed bird behaviors to life via 330 vivid illustrations and comprehensive expertise, the book provides new insights about common birds, including fascinating research about how they’ve adapted to environmental changes. Ticketholders will receive a copy of Sibley’s book in the mail from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.
Thursday, April 30: Golda film screening and discussion
To celebrate Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut), the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is teaming up with Classrooms Without Borders to present the film, “Golda.” Based on never-before-seen interviews, rare archival footage and testimonies from supporters and opponents, the film tells the dramatic story of “the queen of the Jewish people” — the first and only woman to rule Israel. The screening will be followed by a discussion with writer, director and producer Udi Nir.
Thursday, April 30: Grow Something Different
Looking for a new hobby to take up during lockdown? Roll up your sleeves and dig in the dirt with Farm to Table Western PA’s new gardening webinar series. Organic Gardener Radio Show Host Doug Oster will show you how to grow things that are both unique and tasty, such as Frizzy Lizzy mustard greens, golden beets and Heart of Italy tomatoes.
Thursday, April 30: Cocktails and Conversation with the CLO
Sip and dish with the Pittsburgh CLO. Its next Cocktails and Conversation event will feature television actress Paige Davis, actor, singer and playwright Patrick Page and Broadway star Allan Snyder, who has appeared in several CLO productions.
Thursday, April 30: Virtual Book Launch with White Whale Bookstore
Local poet and translator Michelle Gil-Montero is celebrating the launch of her first full-length collection of poetry, “Object Permanence,” which explores daily life, motherhood, seasons, post-industrial landscapes and more. For this virtual reading hosted by White Whale Bookstore, Gil-Montero will be joined by local poets Piotr Gwiazda and Garth Graeper. Head to White Whale’s website to order books by the poets and to check out their curated reading lists.
Thursday, April 30: Ekphrasis: Poetry Meets Art (Meets the Web)
Spend an evening online with The Frick Pittsburgh, as acclaimed local poets read commissioned work created in response to exquisite jewelry designs featured in the museum’s new Maker & Muse exhibition. Reading their newest work will be Jamie Agnello, Valerie Bacharach, Veronica Corpuz, Jim Daniels, Karen Howard and Ellen Smith.
Thursday, April 30: Romeo and Juliet with Pittsburgh Public Theater (Part 1)
In 2021, Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski will create a new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” staging site-specific scenes from the powerful play in Heinz Hall to accompany the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s ballet. Tonight, Pittsburgh audiences have a rare, behind-the-scenes opportunity to spend time with the Bard’s iconic and timeless tragedy in preparation for this bold new collaboration.
Through Thursday, April 23: Earth Day Film Festival with Carnegie Museum of Natural History
In collaboration with Film Pittsburgh and Studio Birthplace, the museum’s free online Earth Day Film Festival is up and running through April 30. You’ll experience engaging, socially conscious stories about a variety of environmental topics, such as pollution in Mongolia, trash in our oceans and how the future will impact children.
Through May 3: JFilm Festival
Reinventing itself as a virtual cinema festival, JFilm is bringing its 27th annual event right to viewers. Each day through May 3, cinephiles are receiving links to engaging Jewish-themed films. Check your inbox for a new film each day! Films are augmented by interviews with filmmakers and JFilm Executive Director Kathryn Spitz Cohan. The curated lineup includes several works that are winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition.
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