Here are some great ways to stay connected, participate in virtual events and explore Pittsburgh from home. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in April? Email us here.
Monday, April 13: Say “hi” to the world with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
How would you say “hi!” to the world? The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh wants to hear from you! Submit your photo or video to the museum’s “New Ways to Say Hi” challenge by 11:59 p.m. on April 15 to be featured in their compilation of greetings. Be imaginative — try using things around your house or different technologies. Maybe you’ll hang a sign in your window, paint a message on a rock, form a heart with your hands or hold up a message during a video chat? Email your submission here.
Monday, April 13: Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public Realm
Attend this virtual information session to learn about the Office of Public Art’s newest initiative, titled “Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public Realm.” Seeking proposals through April 20, the project will support newly created artwork that promotes social connection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, April 14: Feed the Need Radiothon
7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Turn up that radio to help fight hunger! For 10 hours today, 1020 KDKA, 93.7 The Fan, 100.7 Star and Y108 will broadcast the live Feed the Need Radiothon benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Listeners can donate online and via phone or text message to help the radiothon fund 100,000 meals for displaced workers.
Tuesday, April 14: Frick Common Reads Virtual Book Club: Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s award-winning film “Little Women” was one of the most talked-about movies of 2019. Help The Frick Pittsburgh kick off their new Common Reads Virtual Book Club by joining this discussion of the iconic novel led by Lisa Viscusi and Kelly McMasters.
Tuesday, April 14: Entrepreneurship Hub Webinar: Digital Advertising Strategy Series (part one)
Looking for ways to optimize your business’s e-commerce revenue? Join Toya Wilson-Smith, CMO of NexGeneration Mobile Marketing, for this free two-part webinar and Q&A hosted by Bridgeway Capital’s Entrepreneurship Hub. You’ll learn about developing campaigns for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, strategies for strengthening brand awareness and audience engagement and more. Participants will receive a copy of the webinar and a social media strategy workbook.
Tuesday, April 14: Pittsburgh CLO’s SPARK the Conversation
What happens when a slumber party with four teenagers turns into a “foray into the dark arts?” With a title like “These Girls Have Demons,” this is one musical you’ll want to know about. For its “SPARK the Conversation” series, the Pittsburgh CLO welcomes the musical’s writers, Meghan Brown and Sarah Taylor Ellis, for what’s sure to be a lively chat about creativity and theater production.
Tuesday, April 14: Indoor Seed Starting with Phipps
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Spring has sprung and Phipps is here to help you nurture your green thumb from home. As part of its new “Beginner Vegetable Gardener Series,” this class led by Gabe Tilove with Allison Glick will teach you everything you need to know about vegetable annual seedlings, heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to resolve common issues with seedlings.
Tuesday, April 14: Illumination-Ovation
Step outside and cheer! Tonight’s the night to honor those working on the front lines of COVID-19, including first responders, hospital employees, mail carriers, grocery store clerks and delivery drivers. Everyone in Pittsburgh region is asked to collectively switch on their lights, step outside and applaud at 8 p.m. Cheer these essential workers from your porch or yard while practicing social distancing. Get creative by using illumination such as holiday lights, porch lights, flashlights and phones then share your photos using #LovefromPGH.
Wednesday, April 15: Get active with STAYCEE PEARL dance project
Jumpstart the middle of your week with a variety of fun workouts focused on conditioning, alignment and technique. Led by company dancer Chandler Bingham, the 20-minute class will be broadcast on IGTV and Facebook.
Wednesday, April 15: White Whale virtual book launch with Sarah Menkedick
A great way to support the local literary scene is by attending this virtual book launch for Sarah Menkedick‘s latest nonfiction work, “Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America.” Join White Whale Bookstore for this reading, candid conversation about contemporary motherhood and Q&A.
Thursday, April 16: Enjoy PlayTime with Pittsburgh Public Theater
Every Thursday night, make a standing date with Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, who is bringing iconic plays right to your living room during live readings that showcase and the work of extraordinary writers. Tonight’s reading is not to miss, because it will feature Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” This series is free, but donations are accepted to support guest artists and program costs.
Thursday, April 16: CatVideoFest: Creature Comforts Edition
Grab a bowl of popcorn and your favorite soda and celebrate the launch of The Harris Theater @ Home series. Each week, the virtual cinema experience will present new films that are currently unavailable for rental or sale. Feline fans will meow madly because the series is kicking off with the CatVideoFest — available to screen virtually outside of theaters for the first time ever. CatVideoFest curator Will Braden has crafted a 40-minute reel designed for home viewing through April 24. Pay what you want or pay the suggested rental fee of $10.
Thursday, April 16: Entrepreneurship Hub Webinar: Digital Advertising Strategy Series (part two)
Want to optimize your business’s e-commerce revenue? Join Toya Wilson-Smith, CMO of NexGeneration Mobile Marketing, for this free two-part webinar and Q&A hosted by Bridgeway Capital’s Entrepreneurship Hub. You’ll learn about developing campaigns for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, strategies for strengthening brand awareness and audience engagement and more. Participants will receive a copy of the webinar and a social media strategy workbook.
Thursday, April 16: CLOse Ups presents Cocktails & Conversation
The Pittsburgh CLO is taking the song and dance off stage to a computer screen near you. Don’t miss tonight’s “Cocktails & Conversation” event with iconic actor Richard Thomas, aka John-Boy in the “The Waltons.” Thomas will be joined by Pittsburgh CLO Manager of New Work Development Olivia O’Connor and performer Billy Mason. Make sure to mix up a spring cocktail in advance.
Thursday, April 16: Dance the Story with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre invites families to get up off the couch for its new Dance the Story series. While listening to a beloved children’s story read aloud and accompanied by live music, kids of all ages will learn basic ballet steps and movement concepts. Caregivers are encouraged to dance along and learn how to bring books to life with movement.
Thursday, April 16: Revisit Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with WQED
There’s nothing like a visit to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” to help bring a sense of calm to our community. Enjoy an at-home family fun night when WQED airs three classic episodes — How People Make Crayons, Cellist Yo-Yo-Ma/How People Make Bass Violins and Musical Games/Talking About Feelings. There will also be audience participation activities and kids can share their drawings to enter a raffle for a box of Crayola crayons. Be sure to wear a cardigan and post your #CardigansAtHome selfies to social media!
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