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Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: August 20-23. Know of an interesting event taking place soon? Email us here.

Monday, August 17: Steelers Run and Walk Virtual 5K
Various times
The NFL’s future may be uncertain for this fall, but Steelers Nation around the world can help support the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund, Pittsburgh Promise and Chuck Noll Foundation via this virtual 5K. Sharing their race journeys on social media, football fans and running enthusiasts alike can participate in the virtual run and walk, or the virtual Kid’s Fun Run, and receive a race shirt, finisher’s medal and goodie bag. Register here.

Monday, August 17: Yoga in Schenley Plaza
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Flow into a new week with this free outdoor yoga class held in the green, grassy heart of Oakland. All levels are welcome and advance registration is encouraged.

Monday, August 17: Virtual talk by Samantha Power presented by City of Asylum
6 p.m.
During a time of closed borders and national self-interest and the worst economic and social crisis in decades, don’t miss this chance to hear firsthand from the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights adviser to President Obama — and former Pittsburgher– will return home virtually to discuss highly pertinent issues and to present her memoir, “The Education of an Idealist,” during this free talk hosted by Feyisola Akintola, special initiatives manager for the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Equity. Register for free here.

Photo courtesy of Arcade Comedy Theater.

Monday, August 17: Arcade Comedy at the Oasis
7 p.m.
We all need a reason to laugh these days — and make Mondays better. Take a seat outside at 133 Seventh St. to watch Arcade Comedy Theater’s newest variety show at The Trust Oasis. Comedians Senneca Stone, Aarik Nesby and Sara Kantner will have you laughing your way into Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 18: Development 101 Online Workshop Series
6-8 p.m.
Interested in learning about commercial property, how vacant land gets developed and how citizens can participate in real estate decisions? The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation and Omicelo Cares are teaming up to host this free online workshop series. Participants will learn about real estate development in McKees Rocks, zoning and planning, how the public can get involved and more. Aiming to “demystify the development process through the lens of developers, community members and local officials,” the program includes virtual walking tours of McKees Rocks. To register, email:

Tuesday, August 18: The Woman’s Hour: 100 Years & Counting
7 p.m.
On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became final state to ratify the 19th Amendment. There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the women’s suffrage movement this week, including this virtual panel discussion hosted by the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. Examining how far women have come — and how much work remains — the online event will be moderated by Jessie Ramey, founding director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University. Register for free here.

Wednesday, August 19: In Conversation Online: Doug Aitken and Douglas Fogle
5:30-7 p.m.
Don’t miss this free online conversation with L.A.-based multidisciplinary artist Doug Aitken and curator Douglas Fogle. The dialogue will explore Aitken’s 24-minute video work, “migration (empire),” commissioned in 2008 for the 55th Carnegie International and the second film featured in the museum’s new online exhibition series. In the video work, wild North American migratory animals are seen inhabiting vacant motel rooms accompanied by footage of natural environments and built landscapes.

Doug Aitken, migration (empire) (detail), 2008; Carnegie Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist.

Wednesday, August 19: #ONEDAY Critical Needs Alert
8 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Want to help our region’s vulnerable populations during the pandemic? Your donation to this #ONEDAY Critical Needs Alert will help 150-plus organizations in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties provide basic needs to our communities during the current the health crisis.

Wednesday, August 19: Women in the Arts Network Meetup: Flowers While We’re Still Living
6 p.m.
Pittsburgh artists Jasmine Green, Naomi Allen and Jacque Mae are asking the question: “Why do we so often only talk about Black lives once they have been lost?” You’re invited to experience a virtual presentation of their visual art and poetry during the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s next Women in the Arts Network event. Following the performance of “Flowers While We’re Still Living,” participants will have the opportunity to engage with the three artists. Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, August 19: Virtual Pop-Up Studio: Pillar Candle Assemblage
6-8 p.m.
Get crafty with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art during this online workshop. Learn to make a holder for a pillar style candle using wood and aluminum. Participants can have the workshops materials mailed to them or can pick them up in advance.

Thursday, August 20: Clean Energy, Workforce Equity Webinar
11 a.m.
What will work look like in the future? How can communities of color have greater representation? The Scott Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will tackle these questions, and many more, during this virtual webinar. Leaders from manufacturing, solar development and nonprofit industries will share best practices on how to elevate energy job employment. Featured speakers include Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President Mark Anthony Thomas, Partner4Work CEO Earl Buford, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Executive Director Anna J. Siefken, Duquesne Light Company Chief Diversity Officer Sara Oliver-Carter and Robin Wang of Vibrant Future and the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Register for free here.

Thursday, August 20: Bloomfield Garden Club
6-8 p.m.
With clubs and venues closed, artists are taking their to creative outdoor spaces. Produced by the Bloomfield Garden Club, this new salon series showcases artists in residence working in dance, music, comedy, literary, visual and performance art. The BYOB event kicks off with artists Naomi Chambers, Betty Douglas, Rex Trimm, John Musser and Scott Andrew — who will also participate in an audience Q&A. Register here.

Historian Kate Clarke Lemay.

Thursday, August 20: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
7 p.m.
One hundred years ago, women gained the right to vote in the U.S. with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Celebrate this milestone during a virtual lecture by Kate Clarke Lemay, a historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Hosted by the Heinz History Center, the event will explore the national suffrage movement, including under-recognized individuals and groups and how portraiture became a crucial element of women’s activism. Buy tickets here.

Thursday, August 20: Watch Finding Nemo at the South Park Drive-in
7 p.m.
The parking lot of the South Park Ice Rink has been transformed into a summer drive-in movie destination, where the whole brood can bond while watching a concerned clownfish named Marlin search for his missing son Nemo in this animated Disney Pixar flick. The movie is free and first come, first served. For for movie snacks, place your online from Ekernally Yours Popcorn.

Thursday, August 20: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Various times
Help local restaurants survive the pandemic — and let the city’s top chefs cook for you — during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. In addition to discounted meals, this year’s summer edition has been expanded to include additional dates, outdoor seating and takeout options. Running through August 23, the event showcases the city’s culinary scene and vibrant main street districts. From Casa Brasil to Senti to Stuff’d Pierogi Bar, there’s a delicious dinner waiting just for you.

Thursday, August 20: Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All
7-8 p.m.
As Election Day nears, there’s never been a more pressing time for a frank dialogue about free speech. Don’t miss this virtual conversation with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh President Mary Frances Cooper. Nossel’s new book, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, is a vital primer on how to maintain open, democratic debate while being respectful of our country’s rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions. Buy tickets here.

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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...