Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: August 24-27. Know of an interesting event taking place soon? Email us here.
Monday, August 24: Enjoy $5 off admission tickets to Carnegie Science Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There’s never been a better week to visit Carnegie Science Center. All week long visitors will enjoy a $5 discount on general admission. Walk through the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village, climb aboard the Cold War-era USS Requin Submarine, and explore four floors of engaging exhibits plus live theater shows. Buy timed tickets here.
Monday, August 24: PiYo in the Park at the Hartwood Acres Pavilion
Reboot your stale workout with PiYo. Blending yoga and pilates, this fun outdoor class is hosted by Allegheny County Parks. Low-impact but high-intensity, the “pulse-pounding, calories-crushing” class is open to all fitness levels. Buy tickets here.
Monday, August 24 through Thursday, August 27: Tomato and Garlic Celebration with Phipps
An entire week devoted to tomatoes and garlic? Yes, please. For the 16th annual installment, Phipps is hosting a special virtual edition for all ages. Dedicated to two of summer’s most bountiful crops, the Tomato and Garlic Celebration boasts four days of presentations about delicious, fresh and healthy foods. Learn to make Indian Tomato Chutney, grow five different garlic harvests and much more. Buy tickets here.
Monday, August 24: Arcade Comedy at the Oasis at 133 Seventh St.
Who says you can’t laugh while wearing a mask? Beneath the Downtown skyline, take a seat at The Trust Oasis to enjoy the Arcade Comedy Theater’s newest variety show featuring comedians Shannon Norman, Brittany Alexis and Lorenzo DiSilvio. Buy tickets here.
Tuesday, August 25: Online Panel Discussion: Collecting Oral Histories
How can how families and communities effectively share their stories? Don’t miss this oral history program led by Charlene Foggie-Barnett of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Teenie Harris Archive. The online discussion will cover best practices, preparation, questioning techniques and the differences between folklore and hearsay. Oral history professionals from around the world will discuss their work and will talk about why the histories of Black and Brown people have been more elusive in the context of American history. Register for free here.
Tuesday, August 25: Virtual Nature Stories with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Pittsburgh’s youngest naturalists will love this virtual storytime hosted by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Find out what happens when a little rodent leaves his nest for the first time during this online reading of Chad Wallace’s book, “The Mouse and the Meadow.” Then, scamper around your yard or neighborhood like a mouse using an interactive scavenger hunt. Register for free here.
Wednesday, August 26: Visit The Frick Pittsburgh
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (museums) & 10 a.m. to dusk (grounds)
The Frick Pittsburgh is once again welcoming visitors with its new timed ticketing system — and there’s so much to experience inside and out. See how Dutch contemporary artist Bouke de Vries’ assembles thousands of broken porcelain fragments to construct a sprawling, 18th-century tableau, be dazzled by historic art jewelry in the Maker & Muse exhibition, and explore automobile history in the Car and Carriage Museum — or take a leisurely stroll through the 5.5-acre grounds.
Wednesday, August 26: Islands of Oakmont Eco Tours with SurfSUP Adventures
3-5 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Explore the quaint borough of Oakmont while perfecting your standup paddle skills. During this guided excursion open to all levels, you’ll visit the beaches, coves and wildlife of the Allegheny Islands State Park and learn to navigate the river using a premium SUP board. The tour meets at the Harmar Marina Deer Creek boat launch. Buy tickets here.
Thursday, August 27: Showing Up: How To Be A Leader Every Day
Looking to strengthen your leadership skills? During this virtual event hosted by Ascender, URA Deputy Executive Director Diamonte Walker will share insights and best practices on how to lead, create shared visions, develop equitable workspaces and achieve personal and organizational goals. Kicking off with a networking session, the event includes a presentation, discussion and live Q&A. Register for free here.
Thursday, August 27: Miller ICA Salon Conversation with Dana Bishop-Root and Tourmaline
For its next salon discussion, the Miller Institute of Contemporary Art at CMU is taking the conversation online to welcome Braddock-based artist Dana Bishop-Root and NYC-based artist Tourmaline. A founding member of Transformazium and General Sisters, Bishop-Root serves as associate director of the Braddock Carnegie Library Association. The free online discussion will examine a variety of artistic and societal topics through the lens of a global pandemic.
Thursday, August 27: True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
This Peabody Award-winning documentary tells the story of Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson — founder of the Equal Justice Initiative — who for 30-plus years has worked to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal legal system. The free film screening will be followed by a live discussion and Q&A with Alex Domingos, an ACLU-PA organizer with the Campaign for Smart Justice. Register for free here.
Thursday, August 27: Quantum Theatre presents Constellations
No stage? No problem. Celebrated for its innovative approach to site-specific theatre, Quantum is again reinventing the artistic medium with a new virtual season. First up is Nick Payne’s “Constellations,” portraying a chance encounter between a beekeeper and a quantum physicist. Three couples of married actors will lead audiences through “shifting realities” in this romantic play about free will, destiny and love. Directed by Sam Turich, the free production is offered in two, live 30-minute segments. Register here for free or make a donation.