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.
Friday, April 24: Shakespeare Trivia Contest
9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Test your knowledge of Shakespeare during this marathon trivia contest led by storyteller Alan Irvine. Play all day long or pop into a few games on their Facebook page, as part of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks‘ ongoing Week of Will festival.
Friday, April 24: CMU AI and Social Good Symposium
How can AI help solve some of today’s most challenging problems while also furthering the common good? Explore this pressing question — and many more — during the second day of this symposium packed with talks and panel discussions featuring AI researchers and social impact leaders. The gathering of talent aims to inspire new research approaches and AI-based tools that can benefit the wider community.
Friday, April 24: Managing Your Business’ Finances During COVID19
Are you a small business owner facing daunting challenges caused by COVID-19? Ascender Entrepreneur-in-Residence Tammy Szijarto is here to lend her business expertise. During this Zoom seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn tips for managing cash flow, rethinking finances, expenses and price points, enhancing marketing and applying for small business grants.
Friday, April 24: Botany for Gardeners with Julianna Razryadov
When spring blooms into action, do you inevitably find yourself baffled? Phipp Horticulture Curator Julianna Razryadov is here to turn your thumb turn very green. During this live webinar, you’ll explore the fascinating secrets of plant physiology while learning all about garden care — from raised beds to fertilizing and watering tips to pollination and more.
Friday, April 24: Live Stream Irish Music Series
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival’s Live Stream Irish Music Series has just announced an expanded lineup of events running through May, plus the addition of new comedy acts and children’s shows. Kick off your weekend — and tap your toes — with The Next Generation Leahy, who will wow you with their high-energy sound. Blending Celtic culture with diverse musical influences, this band of six siblings features everything from fiddle and accordion, to piano and step dancing.
Friday, April 24: Enjoy PlayTime with Pittsburgh Public Theater
Tonight’s episode of PlayTime featuring Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski has a special local connection, because the reading will showcase Alec Silberblatt’s comedic murder mystery, “Mon Valley Medium.” Viewers will find out what transpires when a medium attempts to solve a murder in a Mon Valley town.
Friday, April 24: A Little Friday Night Music with Duquesne University
Next up for Duquesne University’s virtual concert series, A Little Friday Night Music, is a tribute to the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Classical music fans will enjoy “Suite no. 2 for Two Pianos” performed by David Allen Wehr and Cynthia Raim, from the university’s acclaimed Mary Pappert School of Music.
Friday, April 24: Friday Night Concerts with the PSO
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is bringing its talents to your very own personal concert hall. Hosted by PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Friday night web series is a chance for you to enjoy our city’s amazing musicians. The latest concert celebrates Earth Day with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6, Pastoral.” You’ll also get a special preview of the PSO’s upcoming CD release. Concerts feature artwork from Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps, photographer Paul Selvaggio and Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26: JFilm Festival
Reinventing itself as a virtual cinema festival, JFilm is bringing its 27th annual event right to you. Through May 3, cinephiles will receive a daily link to engaging Jewish-themed films. To augment the films, the festival will share interviews with filmmakers hosted by JFilm Executive Director Kathryn Spitz Cohan. The curated lineup includes several works that are winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition.
Friday, April 24: Style412 Lab Podcast
Participate in Fashion Revolution Week by tuning in to Style412’s new podcast. Exploring ethical and sustainable fashion, host Jessa Gibboney will welcome experts to discuss impact, innovation and responsibility in the era of modern-day consumerism. Today’s conversation is with Julie Chen and Olivia Robinson, who are leading textile sustainability efforts at CMU. Join this growing movement to help promote a fairer, safer, cleaner and more transparent fashion industry.
Friday, April 24: Artist Talk with Dwayne Fulton
Join Kelly Strayhorn Theater Curator Dwayne Fulton and Senior Producer Ben Pryor for this lively discussion about
the “Pittsburgh Sound.” Fulton will share playlists from the new series he curated for the theater, which includes music by Anita Levels and The Brydge, as well as a tribute to Prince.
Saturday April 25: Penny Arcade Online
Need some silliness on Saturday? Arcade Comedy Theater’s new online show debuts today with laughs for your entire household. Designed for kids to watch at home, the family-friendly show blends improv-based activities, audience collaboration and engaging entertainment. The show will be live streamed on the troupe’s website and YouTube.
Saturday, April 25: Free Mask Making Workshop with Tereneh Idia
Pennsylvania now requires that face masks be worn by customers and employees at essential businesses. Don’t have a mask? Don’t worry, because designer Tereneh Idia will teach you to make one during this free workshop that’s part of Casey Droege Cultural Productions’ new Tiny Talks Living Room Sessions. In no time, you’ll learn about upcycling and sustainability and will be making your own mask using clothes or fabric from around your home.
Saturday, April 25: Earth Day Film Festival with Carnegie Museum of Natural History
In collaboration with Film Pittsburgh and Studio Birthplace, the museum is hosting a free online Earth Day Film Festival running through April 30. You’ll experience socially conscious stories about a wide range of environmental topics, such as pollution in Mongolia, trash in our oceans and how the future will impact children.
Saturday, April 25: As You Like It with Steel City Shakespeare Center
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ Week of Will festival culminates with a virtual production of the Bard’s pastoral comedy penned in 1599. Follow Rosalind and Celia into the Forest of Arden, where they’ll encounter a cast of memorable characters. Streaming live on Facebook, the performance is raising funds to benefit the West View Hub Food Pantry.
Sunday, April 26: Sterling Yoga Classes
10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
Sterling Yoga will ease you into Sunday during this restorative class that can provide relief for everything from sleeplessness and headaches, to injuries and anxiety. At noon, the studio will lead a therapeutic class designed to alleviate back pain and foster proper body alignment. Then at 4 p.m., their Yin Yoga class will focus on the body’s connective tissues and smaller muscle groups.
Sunday, April 26: Live Stream Irish Music Series with Katie Grennan and John Williams
Wind down your weekend with two of the region’s leading practitioners of Celtic music. A multi-talented Irish fiddle player, violinist and step dancer, Katie Grennan has toured internationally as a solo artist and with prestigious ensembles. Grennan will be joined virtually by acclaimed accordion and concertina player, John Williams, who began his musical training performing with his father and grandfather in Ireland’s County Clare.