Hotlist: April 7, 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:

CIRCLES with STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Thursday, April 8, 6:00 pm
Online on Zoom, Pay What Makes You Happy

Join STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos for a showing and discussion around their forthcoming work, CIRCLES, a new dance performance and film highlighting Staycee Pearl’s unique perspective as a mid-career Black female choreographer. For this showing, the artists present a work in progress excerpt from the film version of CIRCLES, and included responses from invited speakers Melanie George, Bebe Miller, and Deesha Philyaw. CIRCLES will have its world premiere in October 2021 at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, co-presented by KST.

More information and tickets HERE.

New Hazlett Theater
April 8 – 9, 2021
Online, Free with registration

Milton is a biographical work in movement based on Homewood-bred attorney Milton Raiford. Defending what society considers to be some of the most dangerous and fruitless individuals in society, his bold, fast talking character has made him one of the most controversial and confrontational lawyers in Pittsburgh. Choreographer Kaylin Horgan met Raiford in 2011, and he quickly became one of the most influential people in her life. Set to an original score by Treble NLS and Brittney Chantele, the evening-length work focuses on episodes from Raiford’s life that fueled his dedication to unconditional love.

More information and registration HERE.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:30 pm

Online, $15 Tickets

Virtuosity and the violin are front and center as the Pittsburgh Symphony welcomes the electric Simone Porter to the stage, as she and the orchestra perform brilliant works by Kreisler, Pärt and Vivaldi. And, it would not be a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra season without a world premiere. Enjoy a new arrangement of Antonin Dvorák’s Seven Gypsy Songs.

More information and tickets HERE.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Through April 11, 2021
Online, Free with registration

Passion, excitement and energy radiated through the Hall of Sculpture as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performed Boléro at Carnegie Museum of Art featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Susan Jaffe. The pre-recorded performance also includes a virtual guided tour of the artwork in the hall by Carnegie Museum of Art’s Assistant Curator of Fine Arts Akemi May. Don’t miss this first of PBT’s virtual spring programs.

More information and registration HERE.

Classics N’at: The Bergerac Simulation
Pittsburgh Public Theater
April 15-18, 2021
Online, Donation to access starts at $10.00

Mora V. Harris’ imaginative update to Edmond Rostand’s French farce Cyrano de Bergerac shows that when we take romance online, it’s easier than ever to get your signals crossed. Starring Hope Anthony, Amanda Leigh Jerry, Jenny Malarkey, Nicholas Robert Ortiz, Becki Toth, and Marielle Young.

More information and donation to access HERE.

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
Pittsburgh Opera
Friday, April 16, 2021, 7:30 pm
Online, Free with registration

This live performance was recorded in the Pittsburgh Opera’s building in front of a socially distant audience. Based on the life of Charlie Parker, composer, and legendary jazz musician. Parker, a saxophonist, known as “Yardbird” and later just as “Bird” innovated Bebop, an original type of jazz music.  Sung in English, this contemporary piece will be live-streamed.

More information and registration here 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

The Catastrophist by Lauren M. Gunderson
City Theatre Company
Extended to Friday, April 9, 2021
Virtual Event, $15.00 for students with code CITYUPS;
$15.00 for staff/faculty/Osher with code CITYUPF

City Theatre presents The Catastrophist by Lauren M. Gunderson, a co-production of Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre.

How do you plan for catastrophe? Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking Ebola and swine flu, proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a post-COVID world, we hear his story—presented entirely digitally. America’s most produced playwright Lauren Gunderson returns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Nathan Wolfe (who also happens to be her husband). A deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality, The Catastrophist is a world premiere theatrical experience built of and for this moment in time.

More information and tickets HERE.

Monday Night Magic
Liberty Magic
Monday, April 12, 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.

Dixie’s Happy Hour
Pittsburgh CLO
Through April 24, 2021
Online, $35 Tickets

From the creators of the smash off-Broadway tour Dixie’s Tupperware Party comes a brand new streaming show, Dixie’s Happy Hour. Dixie brings you some new stories while she’s mixing up cocktails and challenging you to see the Happy Hours that are right in front of you that you may be overlooking.

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.

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.

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.