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

10 a.m.

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.

August Wilson

Photo courtesy of the August Wilson House.

Monday, April 27: Managing Your Time and Client Expectations for Your Video Edits

12-1:30 p.m.

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

6 p.m.

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

12:30 p.m.

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

1:30-3 p.m.

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

4-5 p.m.

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.


Venus Fly Trap at Phipps. Photo by Paul g. Wiegman.

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

7 p.m.

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

3-4:30 p.m.

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

4-5 p.m.

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

5 p.m.

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.


Terraform, Jorik Dozy and Sil van der Woerd, courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.