Hotlist: February 24, 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:

Artful Wednesdays, Namoli Brennet
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Stream on YouTube, Noon – 1:00 PM

Trans* songwriter Namoli Brennet has been touring the US and Europe for over a decade. Swapping between electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard and other technological infatuations, Brennet is at heart a songwriter with a desire to communicate something profound. Her performances touch on her experiences as a trans* person while connecting it with the wider experience of what it means to be marginalized. Like many who have struggled with mental illness, Brennet has developed a wry sense of humor and her shows are often punctuated by jokes and anecdotes. Expect a live performance that is real, meaningful, imaginative, heartfelt and genuine.

Stream on PITT ARTS’ YouTube Channel HERE

Public Town Hall: Seeing Shakespeare Through Brown Eyes
Pittsburgh Public Theater

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:30 PM
Online via Zoom, free with registration

When Shakespeare wrote and produced plays like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Julius Caesar,” he took well-known, beloved myths and stories and reimagined them to entertain and inspire his contemporary artists and audiences. Join us to discuss the concept and creation of Resident Director Justin Emeka’s adaptation of “Romeo N Juliet,” and his vision for honoring Shakespeare’s plays and legacy by reimagining classic works to incorporate Black culture and perspective in order to engage audiences and artists in a new way. Mr. Emeka will draw from his essay, “Seeing Shakespeare Through Brown Eyes,” featured in Sharrell Luckett’s “Black Acting Methods.” This conversation will be co-hosted by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski and Managing Director Lou Castelli.

Visit to register.

I, Too, Am America
Pittsburgh Opera
Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online at
Pittsburgh Opera’s YouTube, Free

Join the Pittsburgh Opera for a free concert exploring the music of William Grant Still and Florence Price, featuring Pittsburgh Opera Head of Music Glenn Lewis, piano and Yazid Gray, baritone. William Grant Still is often referred to as the Dean of African American composers. Florence Price was the first African American woman to have one of her compositions played by a major orchestra, when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed her first symphony in 1933. 

More information HERE.

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties
Pitt Stages
February 26 – 28, 2021
Online streaming event, Free

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “Thea-Tah.”

Live on PITT Stages YouTube channel.

125th Anniversary Digital Premiere
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, February 25, 2021, 7:30 PM
Online, Tickets by donation start at $25

It’s time to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for their first ever anniversary celebration from the most exclusive venue out there – your personal concert hall!

With just a $25 donation, you gain early access to an extended version of the digital concert and a historical program book that highlights 125 extraordinary years of the PSO.

More information and tickets HERE.

Far Away
Quantum Theatre
Through – March 7, 2021
Online, Pick Your Price Tickets start at just $10

She could have written it yesterday and just for America. Far Away is Caryl Churchill’s surreal portrait of a descent into a hyper-partisan future we hope will never come to pass. Joan is staying with her aunt, for reasons that remain mysterious. What’s happening outside in the dead of night? Later, we find her in a factory, creating elaborate hats for a competition that feels like excellent reality TV. But by the end of that section, we’re not surprised to glimpse her dark future where everything, alive and inanimate, is at war: Wasps, computer programmers, children under five…

It’s 45 minutes of shocking theater, turned into an evocative film by the artistry of Joe Seamans and Mark Knobil.

Tickets and information HERE.

202021: a new constellation
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Now until April 30, 2021
Throughout the Cultural District, Free

Looking towards the hope of the new year and a better future, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates emerging Black artists, through 202021: a new constellation public art installation throughout the Cultural District. This piece, curated by Tereneh Idia, features 11 artists and works can be found in nine locations by referencing a map of the District. The Trust encourages those viewing public art to do so while observing proper safety protocols and social distancing. This project is slated to remain up through April, and pieces may stay up longer as activity begins to resume in the Cultural District.

Map and artist information HERE.

Extra Events

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” Screening Presented with the ACLU-PA
City of Asylum
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Online, Free with registration

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” chronicles the late John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using recent interviews with Lewis, Director Dawn Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figured prominently in his life.

Following the screening, ACLU of Pennsylvania Executive Director Reggie Shuford will give a live talkback.

More information HERE.

City Theatre Celebrates Black History Month
City Theatre
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 8:00 PM
Online, Tickets are free, but registration is required.

City Theatre will host a virtual panel discussion celebrating Black History Month and paying tribute to some of the great Black artists who have shaped the Pittsburgh artistic landscape. Honoring the late theater maker Dr. Vernell A. Lillie, actor Don Marshall and choreographer Bob Johnson, we bridge generational gaps through learning, teaching, and uplifting those of the African diaspora who have offered excellence to the American theater. Hosted by Bria Walker and Monteze Freeland, with special guests Tome’ Cousin, Etta Cox, Shakara Wright, and Brenden Peifer. Featuring a musical selection from Pastor Deryck Tines.

Information and Registration HERE

Jared Sims: Analogy of the Sun
MCG Jazz
Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online, Free with registration

CD celebration concert for Jared Sims’ new release, “Analogy of the Sun.” All the compositions being performed are written by Jared and feature an all-star Pittsburgh band including Reggie Watkins on trombone, Alton Merrell on piano, Jeff Grubbs on bass and David Throckmorton on drums. The music is challenging, diverse and swingin’; exploring Jared’s playing on the baritone sax as well as the flute.

Jared Sims – Saxophone, Flute
Reggie Watkins – Trombone
Alton Merrell – Piano
Jeff Grubbs – Bass
David Throckmorton – Drums

Information and registration HERE.

Songs for the New Year
Pittsburgh CLO
January 21 – February 25, 2021
Online, Free

To start 2021, the CLO challenged five writing teams to create collaborative multidisciplinary works and now they’re ready for an audience. Each week a newly commissioned work showcasing music, dance and art will be released via the free CLOse Up web series.

Visit the CLO’s YouTube page to access this web series.

City Theatre
Now to June 30, 2021
Virtual event, $15.00 students use code
$15.00 staff/faculty/Osher use code

In this world premiere concert film, award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Sobule – whose 1990’s hits include “Supermodel” and the original “I Kissed a Girl” – takes audiences through a Rock’n’Roll celebration of coming of age and coming out. This production contains mature language and situations.

Purchase tickets with discount code at https://citytheatrecompany.o/play/fck7thgrade/