For the remainder of this time of social distancing, we will focus on ways you can explore Pittsburgh, participate in local happenings and stay connected to activities from home and virtually.
We’ll update our virtual event guide every week, so please keep reading, and sharing. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in March? Email us here.
Friday, March 20: PlayTime with Pittsburgh Public Theater
Sharing the hopeful thought that “there are many ways we can still come together” and that “home is the people we love, the experiences we share and the stories we use to connect us across time and space,” Pittsburgh Public Theater is launching a new online reading series hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski. Bringing classic plays and the work of extraordinary writers right to your living room, computer or digital device, the innovative virtual series kicks off with a reading from Shakespeare’s “Henry V.”
Friday, March 20: Art at Home: Paint & Sip with Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Going stir crazy and craving a safe date night or a creative outlet? Sewickley’s Sweetwater Center for the Arts is here to add color to your Friday night. Enrich your artistic stills and sip a glass of vino from home during this Skype painting class led by teaching artist Lena Lengyel. Recommended supplies: canvas, brush, acrylic paints, water, BYOB.
Saturday March 21: All About Pinotage Class with ‘Burghundy
Wines are going online thanks to Pittsburgh-based wine educator and consultant Adam Knoerzer. From the comfort of your own home bar, you’ll learn all about South Africa’s signature red grape, including its history and attributes. The live video class will be held via BlueJeans and will feature slides and visuals. You’ll be a couch connoisseur in no time.
Saturday, March 21: Knights of the Arcade Online Adventure
We will all need some humor at this end of this unprecedented week. Register here to catch Arcade Comedy Theater’s first live online show using a combination of Zoom, Twitch and Dark Magic. So open your home, and your heart, to the improv comedy, role-playing games and D&D Adventures of the Knights of the Arcade.
Through March 21: Online Exhibitions at Silver Eye Center for Photography
Photography fans can explore the work of three contemporary image-makers thanks to online exhibitions presented by Silver Eye. Pittsburgh’s dramatic topography, terrain and urban spaces are showcased in Sean Carroll’s “Hillsides” series. From the city’s iconic steps, alleyways and bridges to windows aglow with Christmas lights — you’ll get a virtual tour of what makes our region so unique. In his series, “Evelyn Beckett,” photographer Will Harris chronicles his grandmother’s dementia, while merging images from the past and present. Also on view online are Barbara Weissberger’s surreal images and collages examining the concept of motherhood.
Nightly Watch the Alone Together Streaming Show
Created by Pete Spynda, Patrick Jordan and Alexi Morrissey, this new, nightly livestream show aims to bring our community together remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. View a nightly schedule of guests and watch the virtual show via 25 Carrick Ave’s Facebook page.
Nightly: Live at 25 Series
Created by Hear Corp and Crafton’s 25 Carrick Ave., this virtual program series was one of the first initiatives launched locally to support working musicians whose concerts and tours have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. The project provides artists with a platform to stream content live from safe, remote locations and can be viewed online via 25 Carrick Ave’s Facebook page. Check their page for dates and performers. And now more than ever, consider supporting your favorite bands by buying their music via Bandcamp., which is waiving its revenue share on all sales on Friday, March 20, from midnight to midnight (PST).
Through May 15: Bid on a cool chair with VisitPITTSBURGH
Pull up a chair with VisitPITTSBURGH and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and bid on a one-of-a-kind work of art. Using everyday chairs as their canvas, Pittsburgh artists have created 90-plus pieces of fab furniture that incorporate everything from paint and fur, to plant and sculpture. Bids begin at $100, and proceeds from the CHAIR-ity auction will support GPAC’s new Teaching Artist Initiative. There’s even more time to bid now, because VisitPITTSBURGH has just extended the auction to be open through May 15.
Visit The Frick Pittsburgh’s virtual museum
Art lovers have so much to see thanks to new virtual experiences developed by The Frick Pittsburgh. You can explore seven virtual exhibitions from home — including “Gilded Age Fashion” and “Vive la France!” Take an online tour of the famed Clayton mansion, Car and Carriage Museum and permanent collection. Need some nature? Download their landscape app to see archival photos, learn about its role as an arboretum and discover its diverse species of trees.
Stream content from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
While closed to the public, Carnegie Library is increasing access to online content so that you can stream and download books, music, movies, magazines and more. There’s so much to explore — form the Naxos Spoken Word Library and STACKS local music collection to teen fiction and graphic novels. Patrons should keep materials they’ve already checked out until the library reopens and all fines are being waived.
Watch the new Moundsville documentary during a stay-at-home sale
Make it a movie night and help support local filmmakers. The creators of the new “Moundsville” documentary are offering a special stay-at-home sale with reduced prices for renting ($2.99) and buying ($5.99) their cinematic biography of this iconic American town.
Schedule curbside pickup from Row House Cinema
The theater may be dark but you can still order curbside pickup of your favorite beer, popcorn and concession stand candy to go with your Netflix marathon. You can also help support the Lawrenceville movie house by joining their film club, buying a gift certificate from their website and grabbing a six-pack from their sister store, Bierport.
Relax during a world healing crystal bowl meditation led by Dorit Brauer
Pittsburgh artist Dorit Brauer is here to help us relieve some stress and achieve inner calm. Take 10 minutes today to experience her free crystal bowl meditation via YouTube. Owner of The Brauer Institute for Holistic Medicine, Brauer is author of “Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes: A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth,” which chronicles her 7,430-mile solo motorcycle adventure across the U.S. exploring labyrinths.
Take an online cartooning class with artist Joe Wos
Stay tooned: Internationally-syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos is offering live streaming classes for all levels and ages via his free How To Toon YouTube channel. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw a puppy dog, narwhal, kitten or silly cartoon monkey, this is your chance to learn from a pro.
Take a Virtual Yoga Class with Inhale Pittsburgh
Movement and mindfulness are more important than event right now. This Pittsburgh studio has created the Inhale at Home Facebook group, where its instructors will be livestreaming classes. For just $20 per week, you can join them in real time for as long as we are flattening the curve, for five classes and a meditation (sometimes more!).
Support local makers
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. But also use lotion to combat severe dry skin and take long hot baths to relieve stress. Many local makers are here to help, with soothing organic and handmade bath and products. Una Biologicals is offering free delivery and pickup service and you can also find products online from Pip & Lola’s, Lovett Sundries, Island Fresh Skincare, Buttercup & Thistle, and many others.
Buy merch and gift cards from local restaurants
Along with ordering takeout and delivery from your favorite eateries — many local restaurants are ramping up these services now — you can stock up on cool merch like shirts, hats, tote bags, pint glasses and more. We can’t resist the heavy metal-themed hoodies, stickers and tees from Onion Maiden, the onesies, growler bags and enamel pines from East End Brewing Co., and gift cards from Apteka — just to name a few.
Borrow a book from a Little Free Library
You’ve likely walked past one, but have you ever owned the little door to borrow a book? With local libraries closed, it’s a good time to utilize the world’s largest book-sharing movement. Inspiring a love of reading while fostering neighborhood connections, this nonprofit organization has empowered the exchange of millions of books around the planet. Just remember to wash your hands before and after using the service.
Share your story with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Champions of the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) provides financial, professional, and political support, leads the region’s arts advocacy at the local, state, and national level, and model best practices for accessibility and equity in the arts. Right now, GPAC wants to hear about how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted your work. Email GPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story.
Take a walk in a city or county park
Fresh air, movement and communing with nature are all vital to well-being and can be especially important when done safely in a time of social distancing. So get out there and take a vigorous walk (even better with a dog!). For ideas, check out the NEXT guide to Pittsburgh parks. Please note that the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has closed certain facilities so follow them on social media for the most up-to-date information.
Listen to a local podcast
Hearing the ideas, perspectives and voices of others can be uplifting during this time of social distancing. There is no shortage of fascinating, informative and entertaining podcasts delivered by Pittsburgh’s creatives, thought leaders and innovators. Get started with our guide to 7 Pittsburgh podcasts you don’t want to miss and visit the Epicast Network for many more.
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