Hotlist: May 5, 2021

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 socially distanced and online virtual arts events:

Listening and Responding with Text and Movement Workshop
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 3:00 -5:00 PM
Online on Zoom, Pay What makes You Happy

For this interdisciplinary workshop Jasmine Hearn and Bekezela Mguni share creative prompts and guide participants in an embodied experience of dance, text, and embodied sound. Open to all.

More information and registration HERE.

Happy Hour Hot Jam
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Friday, May 7, 2021, 4:00 PM
Virtual on Facebook Live, Free

Join the Pittsburgh Glass Center for a virtual Hot Jam glassblowing demonstration on Facebook Live to make the fierce and courageous mother of all dragons and support Sibyls Shrine, a new artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

More information HERE.

The Accidentals: Time Out
Sunday, May 9, 2021, 8:00 PM
Virtual, Tickets $25

Female–fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals, (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause)are a multi-instrumental songwriting power trio. On May 9, 2021, they will perform one night only with Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Kim Richey, and Maia Sharp to celebrate the virtual release of their latest EP The Accidentals: Time Out.

More information and tickets HERE.

LitFest- We Crossed the River
City of Asylum with the University of Pittsburgh & Music on the Edge
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Free with Registration

A multi-media concert, We Crossed the River examines detention camps at the US/Mexico border through raw testimonios of child detainees. Collected by Dominican-American novelist Angie Cruz, the testimonios form the lyrics and inspiration for New Music compositions and a text-based video projections.  We Crossed the River aims to incite a deeper compassion by placing the eye-witness accounts of victims in an artistic setting. Collaborators are an all-Pittsburgh group including Angie Cruz; composer Eric Moe; video artist Aaron Henderson; and stage director Cynthia Croot. Language: Spanish and English.

More information and registration HERE.

2021 EQT Children’s Theater Festival @ Home
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Through May 16, 2021
Online, Featured performance tickets are $15 per device.

Now in its 35th year, EQT Children’s Theater Festival fosters imagination through high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, including performers from the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Highlights of the 2021 Festival includes four featured international programs: We Cover the Universe from the United Kingdom, MacHomer from Canada, Aesop Bops! From the United States, and University of Wonder and Imagination from Northern Ireland. In addition to the featured programming, additional free activities and workshops will provide creative outlets for festival participants to get involved virtually. Some performances will sell out in advance. To avoid disappointment, plan ahead.

More information and tickets HERE.

hypersensitive by Vanessa German
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 8:00 PM
Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, $27.50 in-person VIP seat to the outdoor filming

A love poem for strange Black Girls, fat Black Girls, Winged Black Girls, the Missing Black Girls, the Black Girls who rode skateboards to school, Black Girls whose eyebrows were never on Fleek, Black Girls who dig aloneness and Black Girls who do magic.

Pittsburgh Playwrights’ upcoming production of hypersensitive is a world premiere, a one-woman show featuring multidisciplinary artist Vanessa German as playwright and performer. This production will be safely filmed outdoors on Tuesday, May 18th at 8:00 PM, on Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s mobile stage at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, as part of PBT’s Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts. VIP in-person tickets to attend the filming are limited and now on sale.

More information and tickets HERE.

Open Air: PBT Performances
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
May 20 – 30, 2021
Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Seats start at $45 for one program or $65 to see both programs. Reserve lawn seating and bring your own chair or blanket for FREE!

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will take the stage eight times during Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts, with two unique programs blending the classical tradition with exciting new works:

Program A: features a stunning solo from Pittsburgh native Gina Patterson, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Lacrimosa, Artistic Director Susan Jaffe’s Boléro, a new male duet choreographed by PBT Principal Dancer Yoshiaki Nakano, and excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Flower Festival and Swan Lake.

Program B: brings the classical tradition to life through excerpts from Raymonda, Kingdom of the Shades Excerpt and Don Quixote seamlessly alongside new works including Boléro, Lacrimosa, Sasha Janes’ Loss, Aszure Barton’s Awáa | Duet, and a new male duet choreographed by PBT Principal Dancer Yoshiaki Nakano.

More information and tickets HERE.

Artful Wednesdays on PITT ARTS YouTube 

Did you miss any of our virtual noontime performances this Fall and Spring? No worries, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Artful Wednesdays can now be streamed on PITT ARTS’ YouTube Channel.

Click and subscribe to stream PITT ARTS YouTube HERE.

Extra Events

PBT Digital Spotlight Program 2
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Through May 9, 2021
Online, $35 for performance

Join PBT as they make the grand jeté from stage to screen for a unique program filmed at WQED’s historic Fred Rogers Studio. From May 3-9, Sasha Janes’ Lascia la Spina, PBT Artistic Director Susan Jaffe’s Carmina Terra and excerpts from Coppelia take the spotlight with excitement and energy.

More information and access HERE.

Monday Night Magic
Liberty Magic
Monday, May 10, 2021, 8:00 PM
Online, University Ticket Price: $13.50 with Offer Code: (2021UNIVERSITY)

Experience the wit and wonderment of New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, Monday Night Magic, as its stars bring their unique brand of amazement right into your home – or wherever you happen to be! This live streaming event takse place every Monday at 8:00 pm (EST) and will feature two of your favorite performers, along with an incredible host, from the Greenwich Village sensation.

Each week, viewers who’ve purchased “Front Row Experience Tickets” will be part of the action, interacting as audience volunteers and asking questions during a one-of-a-kind Q & A segment. Just like the in-person version of the popular stage show, this event will be live, leaving lots of room for surprises, magical and otherwise.

More information and tickets HERE.

Room, Conceived and directed by Darron L West
City Theatre
Through May 11, 2021
Virtual Event, $15.00 for students with code CITYUPS; $15.00 for staff/faculty/Osher with code CITYUPF

Based on the SITI Company production of Room, directed by Anne Bogart with text by Jocelyn Clarke from the writings of Virginia Woolf, Room the film was conceived at the beginning of the pandemic as a desire to reach out from behind the screen. A solo show about the room to move, the room to breathe, the room to imagine. Virginia Woolf wrote with delicacy, humor, anger, outrage, and passion from the point of view of a highly creative woman in the first half of the 20th century. Many of her issues are still contemporary. Sampled from a lifetime of writings by this remarkable artist, Room and Room the film trace the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis. Starring Ellen Lauren

More information and tickets HERE.

Frida Kahlo—An Intimate Portrait
The Frick Pittsburgh
Through May 31, 2021
Adults: $15, Seniors/students/military: $13, Youth 6–16: $8, Members: Free

This exhibition provides rare and moving insight into the personal life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. Through 115 photographs selected from her private albums, An Intimate Portrait allows us to see Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) through the eyes of friends, family (including her father, professional photographer Guillermo Kahlo), and other noted photographic artists like Tina Modotti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and Nickolas Muray. Like all family albums, these photographs tell a story; they illuminate her turbulent marriage to famed muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957), commemorate friendships and happy times, and chronicle her pain. The photographs are also evidence of the way Kahlo crafted and refined her world-famous image. Timed tickets are required for entry to the exhibition.

More information and timed entry tickets HERE.

Nigel North: Bach on Lute
Chatham Baroque
Spring 2021
Online, $18 Single tickets

One of the world’s greatest players of the lute takes us on an intimate and sublime journey through the music of J.S. Bach. The program includes Nigel North’s own transcriptions of Bach for the Baroque lute, including Cello Suite No. 4 in Eb Major (BWV 1010), the E Major Violin Partita, also known as the Lute Suite in E Major (BWV 1006a), and Sonata No. 2 for violin in A Minor (BWV 1003).

More information and tickets HERE.