Hotlist: September 23, 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:



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is offering the following virtual opportunity:


Humanities Festival @Home
October 2, 9, 16 & 23 at 7 PM

Join the conversation, wherever you are, as the Trust presents “smart talk about stuff that matters.”  Catch free and fascinating live-streamed interviews with artists, academics, and intellectual innovators exploring topics form healthcare, to incarceration, technology, and creating opportunities for artists of color in Pittsburgh. These events, including a live Q&A opportunity, will connect people for much-needed conversation.



Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
Survivor Speaker:  Dr. Steven Fenves
October 1, 3 PM


FREE – registration required.


Don’t miss this virtual survivor talk with one of the founding members of the Holocaust Center. Dr. Steven Fenves was 9 years old in 1941 when the Nazis invaded his home country of Yugoslavia.  For the next 3 years, his family home was overtaken by Hungarian soldiers; at 12 years old, he was forced into a ghetto, and then survived Auschwitz, a death march, and Buchenwald before he was liberated.  He  lost both of his parents by age 14. Along with his older sister, he left Yugoslavia as it fell under communism.

Steven went on to immigrate to the United States, serve in the United States Army, earn his doctorate, and have a 42-year academic career in computing. This career path eventually led him to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.


August Wilson African American Cultural Center
Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water – Dominic Chambers
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery
Now through December 13


FREE and open to the public.


Great news!  The August Wilson African American Cultural Center has reopened to the public with Dominic Chambers’ Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water exhibition in the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery.  Chambers creates large scale paintings and drawing that reference literary narratives cited in various mythologies, books, and African-American history.
Please note the new procedures and policies in place for the health and safety of visitors, staff, and artists.
Click here for more info and new gallery hours.

PICT Classic Theatre
Anatomy of a Shakespeare Play:  King Lear

Fridays @2 PM, September 18-October 2

FREE – registration required.  Click here to register and for more info.

Enjoy a behind the scenes look at PICT’s approach to Shakespearean performance!  In this in-depth, 3-part interactive webinar, Artistic Director Alan Stanford explores the intricacies of King Lear.

Bring your questions and comments too – in the live talk, you can interact directly with the host via chat and Q&A features!


Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society


Check out Calliope’s continuously updated list of online Musical Resources for virtual  performances by local and national musicians, podcasts, radio shows and more!


Film Pittsburgh
New Spotlight Series


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


Available for the month of September:

Are We Good Parents?

Directed by first generation Nigerian-American and rising star, Bola OgunAre We Good Parents?  celebrated its World Premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in 2018 and made its Pittsburgh debut as part of the Opening Night lineup at Pittsburgh Shorts later that same year. Ogun also recently enjoyed her TV directorial debut with Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


When the film ends, check out the interview with Bola Ogun to learn more about her and the film’s background.

Classics N’at
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime


$10 Donation requested.

Mark your calendar to experience the joy of this online reading series, that brings great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer, or device.


Next up:

October 22A new commission of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, titled A Tell-Tale Heart, adapted by Alec Silberblatt.

Click here for the schedule and more information.



Lit Fridays
Presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
September 25, 6 PM


Mikeal Owunna
Jari Bradley


Tune in to this literary-focused, virtual program via Facebook Live and Zoom webinar, featuring conversations moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator Jessica Lanay.
Click here to register and for more information.


City of Asylum
Jazz Poetry Month
All programs are streamed at 7 PM


FREE.  Registration required.


Celebrate the 16th annual Jazz Poetry Month with City of Asylum!  The eight concerts of Jazz Poetry 2020 virtually connect international musicians and poets, bringing together a diverse set of voices to collaborate, to exchange ideas, and engage in a conversation about freedom of expression.


Programs on the Jazz Poetry Month virtual programming channel are streamed on Crowdcast. Click here for event listings, access and registration.



City Theatre
The Drive-in Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green
Now through September 27, 8-9:45 PM (doors open at 7 PM)  


Tickets must be purchased in advance.
$20 per person for subscribers.
$25 per person all others. Limit of 4 people/vehicle


You’ll want to get in on this unique drive-in (literally!) festival of Pittsburgh-based arts programming!
Click here for the schedule and more info.