Super Yamba Band
Super Yamba Band.

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

Friday, May 15: How Local Businesses Can Adapt Marketing and Sales Strategies for Reopening
12-1 p.m.

Join experts from the digital marketing agency, Carney, to learn how to adapt your marketing and sales strategies during this challenging time. Hosted by Bridgeway Capital’s Entrepreneurship Hub and Creative Businesses Accelerator, the webinar will include a Q&A session.

Friday, May 15: Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI
1-2 p.m.
What does it mean to be a human living in the age of AI? See how 11 contemporary artists explore this thought-provoking topic during a virtual tour of the Miller ICA‘s latest exhibition, Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI.

Friday, May 15: March for Babies
1-3 p.m.
Join March of Dimes leaders and celebrity supporters for this first-ever baby benefit that’s raising funds for NICU programs for families, and prenatal resources and supplies for moms-to-be and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday, May 15: Artist Talk with Propelled Animals
5 p.m.
Zooming in from locations around the globe — like Burkina Faso, Boca Raton and the Burgh — Propelled Animals will talk about their immersive, site-specific work, “Transmission,” which merges art, social action, performance and ritual. The collective of artists, dancers, scholars, musicians and designers has been invited by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to create new work for an upcoming residency project.

Photo courtesy of the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art.

Friday, May 15: Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
7 p.m.
These Brooklyn Afrobeat all-stars will have you grooving in your living room. Hear legendary West African musician, Leon Ligan-Majek (aka Kaleta) — who fronts the high-energy ensemble — sing in several different languages during this free concert broadcast presented by The Show Must Go On(line).

Friday, May 15: Liberty Magic @ Home featuring Billy Kid and Guy Hollingworth
7:30 p.m.
Liberty Magic is reaching across the pond to welcome U.K.-based performers Billy Kid and Guy Hollingworth. Founder of Krowd Keepers, Kid is one of the planet’s preeminent sleight of hand magicians. A full-time intellectual property lawyer, Hollingworth has become world-famous for his night job — card conjuring. You have to see it to believe it.

Friday, May 15: An Evening with Mike Block
8:30-10 p.m.
The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright has inspired generations of artists and makers — and even Grammy Award-winning cellist Mike Block. A fundraiser for Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Facebook live concert will feature eclectic music drawing from Block’s collaborations with iconic artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder and Sandeep Das.

Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17: EQT Children’s Theater Festival
Various times
The 34th annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival is underway, reborn as a digital stage packed with 40 free activities for families. This weekend the kiddos can make origami art and milkshakes, perform songs during an open mic night, learn to play chess and watch interactive shows.

Cellist Mike Block.

Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17: Pittsburgh Civic Hackathon
Various times
Are you a hacker with a desire to do good? Join like-minded developers, designers, engineers and others to solve regional challenges and share big ideas. Roll up your sleeves to build prototypes, be mentored by innovative leaders and present your pitch — then celebrate during an award ceremony and after-party.

Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17: #All412gether Arts and Culture Week
Various times
Dubbed #All412gether, Arts and Culture Week is underway across the county. Running through May 17, the initiative designated by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is celebrating the region’s vibrant arts and culture sector and encouraging residents to engage with our world-class amenities collectively from home.

Saturday, May 16: Bloomfield Saturday Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Bloomfield Saturday Market is springing into action with social distancing measures at 5050 Liberty Ave. Shop directly from a wide array of local growers, purveyors and producers in this weekly market hosted by the Bloomfield Development Corporation.

Saturday, May 16: African American Genealogy Workshop
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Explore the heritage and history of African and Native American peoples — and research your own ancestry — with genealogical expert Angela Walton-Raji and Pitt professor Alaina Roberts.

Saturday, May 16: Penny Arcade Kids Comedy Show
1 p.m.
Saturday is for silliness, so join the Penny Arcade! Take the producer’s seat, as you suggest ideas for scenes, characters, settings and dialogue — and submit your own videos — to be featured in this family-friendly show.

Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17: Art All Night
4 p.m.-2 p.m.
Quarantine can’t stop one of Pittsburgh’s most eclectic events. Art All Night is taking the 22-hour action online and staying true to its grassroots origins with an unjuried, uncensored and affordable exhibit. From 4 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday, attendees can participate in collaborative activities, watch musical performances and demonstrations and most all — support local artists by bidding on their one-of-a-kind pieces.

Photo courtesy of the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, May 16: Knights of the Arcade: Online Adventure
9 p.m.
Improv isn’t a spectator sport for Arcade Comedy Theater. Spend Saturday night helping a crew of fantastical characters battle sloths, goblins, demons — and whatever else the audience dreams up — in this adventurous mix of Dungeons & Dragons game and live comedy.

Sunday, May 17: Pilates Day
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Get energized for the week ahead with the city’s top pilates instructors. Hit the mat to discover what sets this movement practice apart from other exercise techniques. There will be three different classes showcasing workouts for rookies and pilates pros alike. You’ll feel extra good working out because proceeds benefit Let’s Move Pittsburgh.

Sunday, May 17: 11th Street Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Downtown’s beloved Market Square Farmers Market is moving to a new location near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to enhance social distancing and pedestrian access. The rain-or-shine weekly market features regionally-grown produce, organic products and small-batch foods from 20 vendors.

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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...