Hotlist: January 13, 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:

Poetry Unplugged: An MLK Celebration
August Wilson Center
Friday, January 15, 2021, 8:00 PM
Online, $10 Admission

The fifth annual Poetry Unplugged is a night of spoken word and music featuring artists from around the country using the life and work of Martin Luther King as inspiration. This year Poetry Unplugged will be a virtual night of TRUTH and POWER. Mahogany Browne hosts an evening filled with Award-winning spoken word artists known for their fierce delivery and ability to move the crowd. Featured poets include Nikki Giovanni, Jessica Care Moore, and many more.

Tickets and information HERE.

Sweet Honey and the Rock
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Online via Zoom, Tickets $15

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock when they take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre to connect with an audience of thousands who join via Zoom from around the world.

The concert will feature an exciting lineup of special guests including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence, and Wycliffe Gordon who reflect the life of Reverend King and offer words of inspiration for the future.

Tickets and information HERE.

MLK Celebration, Living Legend
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Monday, January 18, 2021, 3:00 PM
Stream on Crowdcast, Pay what makes you happy

For 2021, KST’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration goes virtual! Tune in and share in celebrating King’s legacy in the here and now! This pre-recorded broadcast, Living the Legacy, highlights Pittsburgh artists and activists who are living and working in King’s legacy today. The program features the work of Black Young & Educated, a performance from the artists Lost Culture Dance Crew and Jameelah Platt, song and dance from last year’s stage celebration including performances from The Funky Fly Project, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, and K-Theater Dance Complex, and more!

Tickets and information:

Schooltime: Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:00 AM
Online, Free with Registration

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony for free online concerts that introduce elementary students to the orchestra and nurture a love of music! Virtual Schooltime is available to all PreK-12 educators to use with their students during both in-person instruction and remote learning.

Vocalist Katy Williams will narrate Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, a whimsical collection of poems by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Carin Berger. Music composed and arranged by Lucas Richman.

Tickets and Registration HERE.

Classics N’at: The Inseparables loosely based on The Three Musketeers
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Donations to access start at $10.00

United they stand, divided they fall… off the stage. TJ Young’s (Public PlayTime’s Lyon’s Den) The Inseparables unravels Dumas’ 17th century tale for modern audiences, complete with the charm, wit, and hilarious hijinks, which made the original so captivating. We guarantee The Inseparables is truly a “one for all” kind of comedy.

Information and registration HERE.

Artful Wednesdays, Mai Khoi
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Noon
Stream on YouTube, Free

Bad Activist is an autobiographical performance piece, combining storytelling with state-of-the-art music performance. The narrative charts the extraordinary trajectory of Mai Khoi’s life. Khoi becomes a celebrated pop star in Vietnam. Bad Activist explores both the actual historic events of the artist’s life, as well as the subconscious dream worlds that have fueled her work.

Stream on PITT ARTS’ YouTube Channel.


The Virtuoso Viol: Jaap ter Linden, viola da gamba with Mark Edwards, harpsichord

Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque
November 2020
Virtual tickets $18

Through May, Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque will be releasing eight unique, beautifully produced concert videos featuring extraordinary artists.
Back by popular demand after his acclaimed performance of music by Beethoven in November of 2018, Jaap ter Linden returns to Pittsburgh to perform music by some of the most revered composers writing solo repertory for the viola da gamba, including Marin Marais, Georg Philipp Telemann, François Couperin, and J.S. Bach. Joining Jaap ter Linden for this recital is Canadian harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards, first-prize winner of the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, and since 2016, an Assistant Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

More information and tickets HERE.