Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth.

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.

Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10: Virtual Crafts and Drafts Mother’s Day Pop Up
Various times
Locally made art and libations. Independent Brewing Company and Alternate Histories are getting creative by hosting a virtual one-stop shop with all your Mother’s Day weekend needs. Visit this weekend to order takeout food, beer and wine, along with handmade gifts from local artists. The curated selection includes tea towels, cards, jewelry, skincare products and more.

Friday, May 8: Creative Making in Any Classroom
2-3 p.m.
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by learning some cool new skills. If you’re an educator looking to incorporate robotics into your teaching, this is the webinar for you. During this free professional development workshop, you’ll get an overview of BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit and Finch Robot. You’ll also gain valuable techniques for planning maker learning projects, designing lessons and finding resources.

Friday, May 8: A Walk on the Wilde Side: Oscar’s Love, Lust, Charms and Trials
2-3:30 p.m.
Take a walk of the (Oscar) Wilde side with PICT Classic Theatre. Hosted by PICT Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford, the free interactive course will focus on the inimitable Irish poet and playwright. A leading authority on Wilde, Stanford has directed the writer’s work internationally. The inaugural session, The Charm Offensive, looks at how Wilde’s plays examine themes of class and corruption during the Victorian age.

Photo courtesy of Crafts and Drafts.

Friday, May 8: EchoLocation with slowdanger and Jasmine Hearn
7 p.m.
Don’t miss the premiere of a new collaborative work created by slowdanger and Jasmine Hearn. Commissioned by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, “EchoLocation” is presented via City of Asylum’s new platform, The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh. The multimedia work blends movement with sound, video, text, images and songs. The musical score, recorded at SILO Kirkland Farms, will be released as an album via Bandcamp.

Friday, May 8: PlayTime: Tartuffe (Part 2)
7 p.m.

For its next edition of PlayTime, Pittsburgh Public Theater will present a reading of Moliere’s celebrated comedy, “Tartuffe.” Penned in 1664, the literary classic is a relevant satire of religious and political hypocrisy. Playing the scam artist Tartuffe — who “worms his way into a wealthy household” — is acclaimed actor Matthew Amendt.

Friday, May 8: Liberty Magic @ Home featuring Siegfried Tieber and Robert Ramirez
7:30 p.m.
Experience extraordinary acts of magic right from home. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s new Liberty Magic @ Home series continues with two of the field’s top practitioners. Be wowed by Los Angeles-based sleight-of-hand magician Siegfried Tieber, who has starred in Penn & Teller’s TV series. Considered one of today’s most exciting emerging magicians, Robert Ramirez starred in the Broadway hit, “In The Heights.” Watch in awe as he uses everyday objects like an iPhone in his original routines.

Friday, May 8: Sextet in the City
7:30 p.m.
To conclude its A Little Friday Night Music virtual concert series, Duquesne University is showcasing one of history’s most prolific composers. The event will premiere a performance of the first two movements of Johannes Brahms’ “Sextet No. 1 for Strings.” The concert features Charles and Rachel Stegeman (violins), Marylène Gingras-Roy and David Harding (viola), Adam Liu (cello) and David Premo (cello). Tune in and chat with fellow classical music fans during the event.

Siegfried Tieber. Photo by James Murphy.

Friday, May 8: Harris Theater @ Home
Various times
Whip up a big bowl of fresh popcorn because you have a triple-header of sensational movies to watch tonight. In their social realist film, “Pahokee,” Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan present a powerful portrait of a fragile and close-knit rural village in Florida’s Everglades. Cinephiles can’t miss “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael,” a biographical doc about the trailblazing film critic. Also available through May 8 is a beautiful new restoration of Nancy Kelly’s groundbreaking 1991 film, “Thousand Pieces of Gold,” which chronicles the journey of a Chinese woman whose destitute family sells her as a bride and sends her to the U.S. in the 1880s.

Saturday May 9: Pittsburgh Dog Mom’s Day Pet Food Bank Donation Drive
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dog moms unite! Wear Wag Repeat and Dogs of Pittsburgh are combining their love of canines and rallying to support local dog moms. Find the perfect gift for the dog mom in your life — and one for your own four-legged friend — on Wear Wag Repeat’s online shop. A portion of the profits from the shop’s specially-commissioned “Dog Moms Unite Collection” will be donated to Animal Friends Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank. You can also donate much-needed pet supplies.

Saturday May 9: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
Various times
Make every step count during this year’s virtual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Choose how and when you walk — on a treadmill, in a park or around your neighborhood — as you move those feet to raise money for 270-plus nonprofit health and human services organizations.

Saturday, May 9: A Fitting Tribute: Memorial Tributes to Abraham Lincoln

1-2 p.m.
Civil War buffs will convene online to explore how citizens in both the North and the South reacted to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. As part of its free Online Civil War Series, educator Dan Welch will present a examination of this pivotal historic event through texts, speeches, associations, monuments and music. An educator based in Boardman, Ohio. Welch is author of “The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign” and previously served as education programs coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation.

Saturday, May 9: Screening and Conversation: In This Not Unprecedented Time
2 p.m.
Join the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University for an online screening and talkback with artist Tourmaline. Artist, activity and filmmaker Tourmaline creates work that explores black queer/trans social life, the creative acts of everyday people the concept of invisible existence and more. The event will be hosted by Braddock Carnegie Library Association Associate Director Dana Bishop-Root, who is co-founder of Transformazium and General Sisters.

Photo courtesy of Wear Wag Repeat.

Saturday, May 9: Reading Into History Virtual Book Club: The Sense of Wonder
2 p.m.
Published in 1962, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book “Silent Spring” helped to launch the environmental movement. But did you know that the Springdale native also wrote an award-winning book introducing children to nature? Young readers and their families should not miss this free virtual discussion about Carson’s “The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children.” During the free event, you’ll also get to see historic images, museum artifacts and digital presentations.

Saturday, May 9: The Exploded Ensemble Quarantine Concert
5-6 p.m.
The pandemic may have separated the student musicians of the Exploded Ensemble but that won’t stop them from performing their final spring concert. Exploring new ways of making and broadcasting music from remote locations around the world, the live multimedia performance will feature audio-visual meditations and experimental improvisations, as well as video contributions from CMU students.

Saturday, May 9: Spaceship Earth with the Tull Family Theater
Various times
During lockdown, what could be better than watching a documentary about a 1991 experiment to see if humans could survive on other planets? Journey to the Arizona desert and find out what happened when eight “biospherians” lived inside a giant dome dubbed Biosphere 2, where they faced “ecological issues and accusations of cult-mentalities” within what was a testing ground for climate change and a prototype for colonization in space. Featuring archival footage and present-day interviews, the fascinating film premiered this year at Sundance.

Photo courtesy of the Exploded Ensemble website.

Sunday, May 10: Mothers Day Growler Fill Up Bierport
2-8 p.m.
If your mom has a thirst for a brewski, don’t miss this special Mothers Day’s takeout event at Bierport. Simply bring in your own (clean!) growler and receive a 70% discount. There are lots of tasty brews on tap to choose from, like Anderson Valley’s Tropical Haze, Insurrection’s Dancing in Quicksand and Spoonwood’s Cherry Streusel.

Sunday, May 10 Pittsburgh CLO Presents: Google Doc Musical
Various times
The Google Doc Musical is being created and it needs your help. While rehearsals and performances are on hold, the Pittsburgh CLO invites you to become a book writer, lyricist or composer. The assignment? Create a one-act, five-actor musical via a shared document. Have no experience? No problem! Write dialogue or lyrics, compose a song, submit a story concept or vote on ideas. This isn’t about writing the perfect show, it’s about coming together to create. So head to the CLO website to get those creative juices flowing.

Sunday, May 10: Museum at Home with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab
Various times
Knowing that voices of children and families can connect us all, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab invite you to join their giant collective singalong. Contribute your rendition of Fred Rogers’ beloved song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” in whatever form you want — singing, strumming a guitar, shaking a rattle, playing a ukulele, doing a dance — or anything musical! The museum will collect all submissions to share a “Neighborhood Singalong” with the world.

Sunday, May 10: Phipps’ Virtual May Market
Various times
Phipps’ beloved May Market is underway online — so make it your one-stop springtime shop and visit often. With more than 40 online vendors, you can stock up on everything from summery perennials to birdhouses, to composting supplies and lots more. There’s even copper kettle fudge, Bloody Mary mix, raw honey and decorative iron art for your garden.

For more virtual events, go here. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in May? Email us here.

Looking for things to do with kids? Read Pittsburgh parents, keep the kids engaged with these online activities from local groups.

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...