Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot

Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: November 23-26. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Monday, November 23: Charting the Adventures of Nellie Bly
1-2 p.m.
We all know that Andy Warhol, August Wilson and Rachel Carson are Burgh natives, but did you know that groundbreaking journalist Nelly Bly also calls our city home? During this online panel discussion hosted by Heinz History Center, you’ll experience the world through Bly’s eyes and hear newly uncovered stories about her global travels in 1889. Register for free.

Nellie Bly
Photo courtesy of the Heinz History Center.

Monday, November 23: Fear Detox: The Salon and Women Leading Women Mini-Series
7 p.m.
Ready to think about fear in a whole new way? As part of this new workshop series, Jennifer Gress will lead participants through group discussions, meditation and journaling. Buy tickets.

Monday, November 23: ReelQ Film Festival presents Nowhere
7-9 p.m.
Join Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Film Festival for the regional premiere of “Nowhere,” along with an exclusive interview with directors David and Francisco Salazar and two of the film’s actors. “Nowhere” follows immigrants Adrian and Sebastian, who live an openly gay life in NYC, but are faced with “rejection and persecution” when deciding whether or not to return to Colombia. Register for free.

Monday, November 23: City Stairs: Stepping Back into Pittsburgh’s History One Staircase at a Time
7:30 p.m.
Discover the fascinating history of our city’s unique steps without having to climb them, when writer and photographer Laura Zurowski hosts this virtual tour with Doors Open Pittsburgh. Buy tickets.

Tuesday, November 24: Improv & Storytelling Workshop: Playtime PLUS
4 p.m.
Always wanted to try improv but don’t know how to start? Join actor Jamie Agnello and area veterans to learn a series of family-friendly improv games exploring the meaning of home and connection. Register for free.

Tuesday, November 24: Parks and Reps in South Park
5:30-6:15 p.m.
Using bands, body bars and kettlebells, this outdoor strength training class includes great exercises for your core and upper and lower body. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 25: The Frick Reflects: Lunchtime Q&A
12 p.m.
Add your voice to this online conversation with Frick staff and members of Pittsburgh’s cultural community about the museum’s newest exhibition. Inspired by the museum’s 50th anniversary, the exhibition provides an in-depth look at rarely seen objects and examines the lives of Frick family members and their art collection. Register for free.

National Aviary
Photo by Adam Wilson courtesy of the National Aviary.

Wednesday, November 25: Flamingo Mingle at the National Aviary
2 p.m.
Step into a lush wetlands habitats to be greeted by a friendly flock of honking flamingos. Feed them snacks, learn about their unique eating habits and get nose to beak as these pink wonders fly, swim and strut around you. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, November 25: Buy Fresh Buy Local Virtual Harvest Tasting
4 p.m.
Locavores can celebrate the harvest season and give thanks during this virtual event featuring demonstrations, pairings, streaming music from Elias Khouri, an online pop-up shop and more. Buy tickets to select your specially curated box of local goodness.

Buy Fresh Buy Local Western PA
Photo courtesy of Buy Fresh Buy Local Western PA.

Thursday, November 26: YMCA Turkey Trot
Various times
Did you know that turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour? Emulate one and get fit after feasting during the 30th anniversary of this cherished annual race. The virtual event offers 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile fun run routes through November 29. Register here.

Thursday, November 26: New York International Children’s Film Festival with Row House Online

Various times
Cure the kids’ cabin fever with this brand-new lineup of films from around the globe. Featuring selections for children and tweens alike, the fest will take your family on a cinematic road trip via engaging stories from France, Iran, Mexico, Japan, the Czech Republic and more. Buy tickets.

The Magic of Chess
The Magic of Chess, Jenny Schweitzer. Photo courtesy of Row House Cinema.

Thursday, November 26: Movies at The Tull Family Theater
Various times
Sewickley’s nonprofit theater has installed a new air purification and ionization system and is open for reduced occupancy screenings. They’re offering the timeless story of gratitude with “Babette’s Feast,” Judy Garland’s iconic classic, “Meet Me in St. Louis” and Will Farrell’s big-hearted and hilarious, “Elf.” There are also lots of films screening virtually. Buy tickets.

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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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.