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Here are some great ways to stay connected and explore Pittsburgh from home. Know of an interesting virtual event taking place in May? Email us here.

Monday, May 11: Harris Theater @ Home presents the New York International Children’s Film Festival
Various times
Pittsburgh’s youngest cinephiles have a lot to smile about because the New York International Children’s Film Festival is available for streaming through May 17. Featuring the world’s top short flicks, these stories about growth and transformation will uplift viewers of all ages — from a coming-of-age tale in Australia to a tadpole who lags behind to a place where children are in charge and grownups get to play.

Monday, May 11: Tales of Courage in Crisis with Alan Irvine
7 p.m.
Explore the ancient art of Irish storytelling from the folks behind the Pittsburgh Irish Fest when Alan Irvine presents this “light-hearted look at Irish response in moments of crisis.” You’ll hear tales about a peddler resisting an armed bandit, two feuding giants, everyday life during the Easter rebellion and more.

Monday, May 11: Fermentation at Home
7-8:30 p.m.
During this virtual workshop, Trevor Ring of Community Cultures will teach you why fermented foods taste so good and are also good for you. You’ll learn to ferment vegetables at home while discovering their cultural significance and health benefits. Sign up for a single course or the entire series, and start chopping.

Tuesday, May 12: What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About Covid-19
2-5 p.m.
1Hood Media and the UrbanKind Institute are teaming up to host this series of virtual town hall meetings to connect African American community members with local experts, share accurate information about the pandemic crisis and increase access to resources. This week’s session will focus on policing during COVID-19. The event will feature speakers from Pittsburgh Public Schools, along with entrepreneurs, local leaders and artists.

Photo courtesy of Rob Rogers.

Tuesday, May 12: Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey
7 p.m.
What does the home studio of a world-renowned cartoonist look like? Find out when Pittsburgh’s own Rob Rogers invites viewers to see where the magic happens. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at his first drafts, hear about the inspiration for his newest political drawings and learn more about the Pulitzer Prize finalist. It’s free!

Wednesday, May 13: Buying & Selling Local Food in Covid-19 & Beyond
12 p.m.
With farmers’ market season approaching, we all have concerns about procuring food during a pandemic. Join Harvie CEO Simon Huntley and Farm to Table Western PA to learn all about buying and selling local food during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Wednesday, May 13: Ask the HR Advisors: How Do We Get Back to Work?
2-3 p.m.

HR experts from Compass Business Solutions and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will provide guidance on how to return to the workplace and continue operations safely, while implementing new procedures, adapting business models and supporting employees.

Wednesday, May 13: My Dearest Boy: Letters from Mrs. Frick to Childs
5-5:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this reading of humorous and heartfelt letters that Adelaide — wife of Henry Clay Frick — sent to their son Childs while he was at boarding school. Frick Art Reference Library Archivist Julie Ludwig will explore how these original documents have informed research about the historic Clayton mansion.

Photo courtesy of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival.

Wednesday, May 13: Women in the Arts Meet-up: All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go
6-8 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s Women in the Arts Network is hosting a free virtual party to keep artists connected and engaged. Don your zaniest or fanciest duds and join guest artists Renee Piechocki and Rachel Murdy to learn about their pandemic-inspired work. The fun will conclude with a group Exquisite corpse-style activity.

Wednesday, May 13: Guyasuta Gangsters
7 p.m.
During this free event hosted by the Heinz History Center’s Rauh Jewish Archives, preservation expert David Rotenstein will discuss criminal investigations of the Guyasuta Kennel Club, the founding of Fox Chapel Borough and more.

Thursday, May 14: EQT Children’s Theater Festival
Various times
Bringing this beloved local event to life on the digital stage, the four-day festival boasts 40 free activities for families to enjoy together. Cooped up kiddos will love the Frogstop scavenger hunt, Alphabet Trail & Tales story times and singalongs. To kick off the fun, Grammy-Award winning artists Dan and Claudia Zanes will release a special performance. There will also be live interactive shows and workshops, sensory-friendly performances, videos and educational resources.

Thursday, May 14: Coffee with The Community featuring Marita Garrett
9:30-10 a.m.
Sip your morning brew as you chat with The Salon Pgh and Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett. Founder and president of Civically, Inc., Garrett will share her experiences as a community leader and will talk about the importance of being civically engaged while practicing social distancing.

Thursday, May 14: Lunch & Learn: Using Roleplaying Games in Virtual Classrooms
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Are you an educator or caregiver looking to incorporate storytelling, roleplaying and games into your virtual classroom? STEAM storyteller Karl Smith will teach you to use collaborative storytelling to nurture social and emotional learning, critical thinking and creativity.

Thursday, May 14: CLOse Ups: Cocktails & Conversations
5 p.m.
Actor Charles Shaughnessy has played Maxwell Sheffield in “The Nanny,” Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” and Shane Donovan in Days of Our Lives. What would you ask him during happy hour? This is your chance, during a fun behind-the-scenes chat show hosted by Pittsburgh CLO Producing Director, Mark Fleischer.

Photo courtesy of Britsburgh.

Thursday, May 14: Suffragists and Suffragettes on Both Sides of the Pond
7-8 p.m.
American women won the right to vote 100 years ago and it’s time to celebrate with Britsburgh. The free program examines the struggles of women — and some sympathetic men — leading up to this milestone in the U.S. and U.K. Donations will be accepted for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation.

Thursday, May 14: PlayTime presents The Boougie Gentleman (Part 1)
7 p.m.
What do you get when you cross Molière with “The Jeffersons?” Find out during this live reading of “The Boougie Gentleman,” penned by Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new Artistic Associate, Justin Emeka. The original comedy chronicles the story of a former garbage collector who wins a billion-dollar jackpot.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...