Hotlist: July 1, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our Cheap Seats Partners are canceling or postponing performances. Please visit PITT ARTS’ COVID-19 Arts Update page to learn about Pittsburgh Arts and Culture closures, cancellations and postponed events.


Enjoy these online virtual arts events from the comfort of home:


Check out this guitar duet video featuring Scott Paulson of Chatham Baroque playing Divertissement for two guitars, Op. 61, No. 1, Andante by Fernando Sor (1778-1839 on a j7-course Romantic Guitar by Jack Sanders, Los Angeles, CA 2012, after an original by René Lacôte (1785-1855).


PICT Classic Theatre
Shakespeare in Performance: A Series in Five Acts
Fridays @2 PM, July 3-31


FREE – registration required.
Enjoy a behind the scenes look at PICT’s approach to Shakespearean performance!  In this in-depth, 5-part interactive webinar featuring exclusive performances by PICT actors, Artistic Director Alan Stanford examines the craft of bringing the Bard’s text to life on stage.

Bring your questions and comments too – in the live talk, you can interact directly with the host via chat and Q&A features!  Click here to register and for more info.


We’re delighted to share with you a special message, and music, from Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While the orchestra is not performing at Heinz Hall at this time, they invite you to continue to enjoy music online through “Extraordinary Measures”: new music, music from its archives, and music for educating at home.

Feuerfest (Fire Festival) Polka, Opus 269


Jockey – Polka, Opus 278


Tic-Tac (Tick Tock) Polka from Die Fledermaus, Opus 365



Check out virtual resources offered by the Pittsburgh Glass Center plus more creative activities to explore glass from home here!



Film Pittsburgh
New Spotlight Series


Film Pittsburgh’s new Spotlight series will feature a critically acclaimed, fan favorite, or socially relevant film on their website for free!


First up and available for the month of July:

In the Clouds
Enjoy this award-winning exploration of the complicated – and often comedic – differences between how we think romance should work and how it actually does.  Set around Buenos Aires during one week in the lives of Mariela, an Argentinean illustrator, and Oliver, an American dog food execute working abroad, the film looks at cultural disagreements about intimacy and the way the once-simple idea of a marriage proposal has taken on an increasingly public weight in the age of YouTube.

After the film, stick around for an interview with director Marcelo Mitnik and the film’s co-stars Valeria Blanc and Jeremy Glazer, hosted by Film Pittsburgh’s Executive Director.



Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime

Enjoy PlayTime, an online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that brings great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer, or device.


Next Up:  The Declaration Project
Thursday, July 2 at 7 PM

PPT honors the past to shape the future with students from the 2020 Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Competition. Led by Pittsburgh theater artists Jamie Agnello, Malic Ma’at, and Lindsay Barr, this gifted ensemble of performers will come together to read from The Declaration of Independence, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Declaration of Sentiments, and their own collective Declaration for the Future. Examining “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…,” these young creatives will lend their voices, passion, and wit to a conversation about the values at the foundation of our democracy, and about their vision for our future.  Click here for more info and to tune in.



Museum Reopening Update:


The wait is overCarnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum opened to all visitors on Monday, June 29.  Click here for more info.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is now open, with advance ticketing required.  Click here for more details.

The Senator John Heinz History Center will be reopening to the public July 1.  Click here for more details.

The Mattress Factory will re-open on July 8 for MF Members and on July 9 for the general public. Click here for detailed information and how to purchase timed-entry tickets.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum remains closed at this time.


Enjoy these virtual offerings from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust!

Creative Connections – virtual learning tools designed by Trust Arts Education teaching Artists for learners of all ages.



Looking for something good to listen to or watch?  Check out Calliope-the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society’s continuously updated list of online Musical Resources for virtual  performances by local and national musicians, podcasts, radio shows and more!

Feel-good music: Mark Tamsula (fiddle), Richard Withers (banjo), and Dave Krysty (guitar) perform a few tunes from their CD Behind the Door.



Society for Contemporary Craft offers online resources to be creative and inspired through art every day. Try one of their Drop-In Studio art activities like “Making a Zip Pouch” designed by artist Louise Silk.



Attack Theatre
Dance and Draw with Attack Theatre and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

July 11, 10-10:45 AM
Registration required – click here to register

Enjoy this collaborative workshop that combines visual art and dance to bring drawings to life through movement.  Fun for the whole family!  All you need is paper, something to draw with, and lots of room to move.


What if you could visit some of the world’s greatest museums without leaving your living room?  Thanks to high-definition virtual tours, now you can!  Click here to tour 10 awesome museums.



City of Asylum

Don’t miss out on City of Asylum’s The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh, a collaborative daily webcast streaming programs by Pittsburgh’s arts organizations!  Click here for more info and the schedule.