Carnegie Museum of Art
Lake Valley, Rachel Rose, courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.

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 18: Lunch with Women at Work featuring Demetria Boccella
12-12:30 p.m.
Jumpstart your week with Pittsburgh’s newest network for women. For its next Lunch with Women at Work event, The Salon welcomes local fashion dynamo Demeatria Boccella. Founder of FashionAFRICANA, Boccella will talk about how she’s pivoting her multimedia production company to create inclusive art and fashion events and new virtual experiences.

Monday, May 18: Modern Mondays with Attack Theatre
5:30 p.m.
Get up and move with the co-founder of one of Pittsburgh’s leading dance companies. Attack Theatre’s own Michele de la Reza will lead this 45-minute modern dance class for all levels of movers, shakers and dancers. After a brief warm-up, you’ll enjoy a guided exploration session, stretching and strengthening exercises and then a fun and accessible dance workout.

Monday, May 18: The Good Neighbor, The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
7 p.m.
Hear former Pittsburgh Foundation Maxwell King discuss his book, “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.” The first full-length biography of the beloved television pioneer, the book draws on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents. Hosted by City of Asylum, the free event will be streamed via The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel.

Demetria Boccella. Photo by Richard Kelly.

Tuesday, May 19: POWER Promises – A Night of Hope
8-9 p.m.
Hear powerful stories of recovery during this this virtual celebration presented by the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery. Hosted by Brenda Waters, Sally Wiggin, Cara Sapaida, and Tom Murphy, the event will also feature an insider tour of the new POWER House, the Seeds of Hope Award presentation and an overview of the nonprofit’s recovery programming.

Wednesday, May 20: Rachel Rose: Lake Valley
7 a.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art is launching its first-ever online exhibition series dedicated to its film and video collection. The series debuts with “Lake Valley,” a video work by Rachel Rose, who was featured in the 57th Carnegie International and the 2017 Venice Biennale. Inspired by 18th- and 19th-century children’s literature, Rose’s dream-like works explore timely themes of loneliness, imagination and personal connection. The online exhibit will be accompanied by virtual educational activities for all ages.

Wednesday, May 20: Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread: Irish Soda Bread | Mark Snyder
12:30-1 p.m.
Are the millions of photos on social media of people making homemade bread making you envious? Make a lunch date with Mark Snyder, who will teach you easy and accessible tips for baking Irish Soda at home.

Wednesday, May 20: Making with Others in Mind
1-2 p.m.
During this virtual workshop hosted by Contemporary Craft, artist Katy DeMent will teach you everything you need to know about papermaking. Make your own paper and mixed media collages using household items and found objects, discover the tactile aspects of the process and learn about tools and equipment offered by Contemporary Craft.

Wednesday, May 20: Inside the Scene – Digital Happy Hour and Live Music
5 p.m.
Spend happy hour exploring local music and libations. Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, tonight’s live digital miniseries starts off with a mocktail or cocktail recipe and a highlight of a local brewery or winery, followed by live music by Pittsburgh-based musician Swampwalk.

Wednesday, May 20: Adult Ballet Club at Home
5:15-6 p.m.
So you think you can dance? Pearlarts Studios does too! Turn your living room into a studio as instructor Andrew Blight demonstrates beginner ballet techniques with an emphasis on flexibility, placement and musicality.

Thursday, May 21: Music and Culture at Home: Poet Valerie Bacharach
3-4 p.m.
Hosted by Rodef Shalom Congregation welcomes poet Valerie Bacharach for its Music and Culture at Home series. A member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing program, Bacharach’s newest chapbook, Fireweed, was published in by Main Street Rag.

Author Damon Young. Photo by Sarah Huny Young.

Thursday, May 21: Cocktails & Conversations
5 p.m.
Tony Award-winning actor and musician Michael Cerveris — who’s starred in everything from “Fun Home” to “Sweeney Todd” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is joining CLO Cabaret alum Tru Verret-Flemming to make your happy hour a lot more thought-provoking. The behind-the-scenes chat show is hosted by Pittsburgh CLO Producing Director, Mark Fleischer.

Thursday, May 21: Virtual Beginning Hip Hop Dance with PB
6:45 p.m.
Set to the funky beats of classic, old-school and fresh contemporary hip-hop music, this class could be just what you need to break up your quarantine monotony. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is now offering their community division classes for a pay-what-you-can price (minimum of $5).

Thursday, May 21: The Rivals (Part 1)
7 p.m.
Mrs. Malaprop has been an iconic literary character since Richard Brinsley Sheridan gave her life in his first play, “The Rivals,” way back in 1775. Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime series takes on this timeless comedy of manners via a “cheeky adaptation” by writer and director Steven Wilson.

Thursday, May 21: Riverstone Books presents Damon Young
8-9 p.m.
If you missed his recent sold-out events, then this free talk is the perfect chance for you to hear Pittsburgh writer Damon Young discuss his acclaimed memoir, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker.” Be sure to pre-order the book, and Riverstone will have Young sign it for you and will even arrange for delivery.

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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...