Andrea Zittel's An Institute of Investigative Living at the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art. Photo by Tom Little.

We’re updating our virtual event guide every week so please keep reading and sharing. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in April? Email us here.

Friday, April 10: Embracing the Unknown: Mental Health for Entrepreneurs in Uncertain Times
10:30 a.m.
Run a startup and looking for ways to navigate mental health issues during COVID-19? Don’t miss this live conversation and Q&A led by CEO Jerry Colonna and Techstars CEO David Brown who will share advice about managing a company, employees and relationships during this unprecedented time.

Friday, April 10: Virtual Tour of Andrea Zittel’s An Institute of Investigative Living
1-2 p.m.
The doors might be closed to Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, but you can still visit their galleries virtually. During this free live guided tour of Andrea Zittel’s new exhibition, An Institute of Investigative Living, you’ll explore “how art can teach us how to live.” You’ll get to see all three floors of the exhibition, which examines 15 years of Zittel’s career and highlights her ideas about domestic spaces.

Friday, April 3: The Irishing of English Theatre: An Interactive Online Lecture Series
2-3 p.m.
Infuse your Friday with some classic theatre. Join PICT Classic Theatre Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford to discover how prolific Irish writers have had a significant impact on the development of English Theatre for more than 300 years. This week’s session explores the work of Irish satirist, playwright and poet Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan.

Perkup Perkup set design by Michael B. Raiford.

Friday, April 10: City Theatre Company’s PerkUp PerKup Audio Play
4:30-11 p.m.
What happens when a new face arrives at the “best coffee shop in Elkhorn, Wisconsin?” Find out during the newest play by award-winning Chicago-based writer Isaac Gomez. Directed by Marc Masterson, the special audio performance was recorded during the play’s final rehearsal. Additional virtual offerings include an exclusive interview with Gomez and a virtual tour of the production set.

Friday, April 10: Watch the The Dog Doc with Row House Online
Various times
Veterinarian Marty Goldstein has been described as “a maverick, a miracle-worker and a quack.” Ticket sales start today for this must-see documentary about Goldstein’s pioneering approach to integrative veterinary medicine. Holistically treating animals after other vets “have given up,” Goldstein combines conventional medical training and cutting-edge alternative therapies with empathy and proactive, integrated healthcare.

Friday, April 10: Michael Cerveris on Alone Together Pittsburgh
7 p.m.
Don’t miss tonight’s edition of Alone Together Pittsburgh, when hosts Patrick Jordan and Alexi Morrissey welcome actor and musician Michael Cerveris. A two-time Tony winner, Cerveris has starred in everything from “The Who’s Tommy” to “Sweeney Todd” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” — along with appearing in films and television shows. Cerveris — who splits his time between NYC and New Orleans — will perform several songs live, add to the spirited dialogue and may even interview one of the other guests. Described as “part talk show, part variety show,” Alone Together is broadcast nightly with local artists, performers, community leaders, service industry folks and many others. Stay connected and hang out with them every night here.

Friday, April 10: Enjoy PlayTime with Pittsburgh Public Theater
7 p.m.
Every Friday 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 features “The Wake” by Tammy Ryan. This series is free, but donations are accepted to support guest artists and program costs.

Friday, April 10: The Pittsburgh Irish Festival Live Stream Music Series
7 p.m.
You’ve likely heard of Donnie Iris but did you know that Pittsburgh us also home to Donnie Irish? The band’s guitarist and lead singer, Ricky Manning, will turn your den into a rollicking Irish pub as he performs a mix of mix of traditional Celtic, Scottish and American rock songs.

Saturday, April 11: Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank at Animal Friends
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Many families are struggling right now to feed themselves and their beloved pets. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in calls with five times the typical number of requests for support. To help, the nonprofit is hosting this no-contact drive-thru pet food distribution event. Have pet supplies to donate? To donate, go here and here.

Saturday, April 11: Let’s Move! Family Dance Party
12 p.m.
Feeling cooped up? The whole family can get moving together along with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater! Join this Family Dance Party on Zoom for a 20-minute movement class followed by a fun DIY craft activity. And for more family art fun, click on the images at this link here to download and print coloring book pages.

Saturday, April 11: Pittsburgh Opera@Home Radio Show
12:30-1 p.m.
Opera fans, rejoice: the show will go on. Tune in to WQED-FM to be swept away by audio performances spanning a wide variety of specially-curated Pittsburgh Opera performances. Saturdays never sounded so good.

The Dog Doc. Photo courtesy of Row House Cinema.

Saturday, April 11: Super Science Saturdays with Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Various times
Spring is in the air and has so much teach us all. Young nature lovers and their families can participate in a free week of “egg-cellent” spring-themed activities right from home. Use all five senses to play spring-o bingo, make a DIY string basket, download Easter coloring book pages and meet two adorable skunks named Gouda and Pepper Jack!

Sunday, April 12: Take a virtual stroll down Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane
Even though this beloved Hermitage shop is closed for Easter this year, you can still celebrate safely at home by taking a virtual stroll through its 300-foot Easter Bunny Lane, colorful forest and animated characters. Since opening in 1949, the independent shop has been a destination for holiday revelers visiting its Santa’s Christmasland and Easter Bunny Lane displays.

Sunday, April 12: Relax with an indoor nature break from WQED
Various times
WQED is bringing the great outdoors indoors, with their new “Nature Breaks” series. The contemplative, one-minute videos highlight ways that people can enjoy the wonders of nature safely at home. In the newest episode, nature lovers can take a virtual trip to North Park to see majestic bald eagles, a 65-acre lake and woodsy hiking trails spanning the 3,075-acre green space.

Sunday, April 12: Make your own troll with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Various times
The trolls are coming, the trolls are coming! To celebrate Phipps’ upcoming exhibition, Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls, you’re invited to get creative and spark your imagination at home. Phipps fans ages 12 and under are invited to create their own drawing of a troll for the chance to be included in the show, which will feature a wide variety of creatures inspired by Scandinavian folklore. Start creating and submit your DIY troll here.

Sunday, April 12: Play quartan-team trivia
8 p.m.
Pittsburgh-based Trivia Jockeys is here to cure for your isolation blues. Forget pen and paper and loud bars (although we are missing them now), trivia mania is going virtual. Fans from around the world can join the group’s Twitch page to compete in trivia rounds like Name That Tune and General Knowledge. Each round has first, second and third place winners with a leaderboard scoring system, and subscribers can chat with each other during events. Let the games begin!

Through April 16: Virtual Unblurred Penn Avenue Art Crawl
Various times
If you’re missing your monthly fix of art crawling along Penn Avenue, you’re not alone. You’re also in luck, because Unblurred has gone virtual with a comprehensive and ever-expanding lineup of virtual happenings offered by the shops, galleries and businesses spanning the corridor. Take classes with Yoga Hive and Level Up Studios, grab free craft supplies from Workshop PGH, explore online exhibitions with VaultArt Studio, Most Wanted Fine Art and Silver Eye Center for Photography and so much more. There are also film screenings, cartooning classes and virtual after-school programs for kids.

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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...