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Seven Days in Pittsburgh: May 6-12

This week’s must-see arts and cultural events

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Photo: Leigh Hallingby
Mural of a Townsend’s Warbler, part of the Audubon Mural Project in NYC
Thu., May 6
Pittsburgh Fringe Festival
returns this year with a virtual lineup of both live and pre-recorded shows. The event lets writers, artists, and performers from Pittsburgh and around the world experiment by creating and presenting new, original works. Expect over 50 performances representing various genres, as well as puppetry, spoken word, opera, and much more. You can also do a virtual walkthrough of 3D art shows. Continues through Sun., May 9. Free.

Bird watching is hard. It requires patience, skill, knowledge, and a good pair of binoculars. But giant murals of birds? Anyone can easily enjoy those. Learn more about the Audubon Bird Mural Project in New York City when the National Aviary presents a virtual talk from tour guide Leigh Hallingby. This event is meant to educate people about the mural project, which highlights bird species threatened by climate change. 7 p.m. $13 for members, $15 for non-members.

Fri., May 7

Humanity doesn’t want to be alone in the universe, and in “Beep Bop Boop" is Alien for "I Love You,” José Pérez IV creates a 15-minute interactive experience for those who want to teach an alien about what it means to be an “Earth Human.” Pérez is the artistic director of Big Storm Performance Collaborative, and his latest show — running May 7-9 and 14-16 — gives people the opportunity to show the extraterrestrial facial expressions, share nice memories, and offer life advice. Each performance will be limited to a single pod of up to six people, and performances will not occur if any audience members are unmasked. 10 time slots available starting at 6 p.m. Free with registration.

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The Truffle Hunters
The Tull Family Theater
will host a special Science on Screen presentation of the documentary The Truffle Hunters with guest Dr. Barb DeRiso, a longtime member of the Western PA Mushroom Club. The film captures the story of Italian elders who secretly hunt for the white Alba truffle, a rare, highly desired, difficult-to-obtain delicacy found in the forests of Northern Italy. DeRiso will discuss her own travels to Italy, including visiting the International White Truffle Fair in Alba, Italy. 7 p.m. Ticket prices to be announced.

Sat., May 8

When an octopus wakes, its arms stretch out in all directions. To stay true to its name, the Sleeping Octopus house is reaching out and welcoming artists and community members to the Pittsburgh Art Jam. Co-hosted with Diverse Medium: The Art of John Shook, the jam will feature 22 to 32 artists working in stained glass, wire sculpting, garment making, and more in what is also known as the Yingling Mansion in Wilkinsburg. The family-friendly event will have potluck food and beverages provided by participating artists and the house hosts Brian Sieffert and Nicole Santella. 7-11 p.m. Ticket prices to be announced.

Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast
and the Duquesne University Red Masquers are putting on The Pittsburgh Monologue Project, a series of monologues derived from stories told by real Pittsburghers. The Red Masquers performed this collection in March and recorded it to share with the general public. Directed by Justin Sines with assistant direction by Pittsburgh City Paper news intern Colleen Hammond, these monologues are sure to liven up your pandemic Saturday night. 7 p.m. Free. Search “The Pittsburgh Monologue Project” on Facebook.

Sun., May 9

Most flea markets in the Pittsburgh area tend to be located on the outskirts of the region. But Neighborhood Flea is bringing all the finds, vendors, and excitement into the heart of the city. The flea market is taking over 3 Crossings in the Strip District for the first of its six monthly markets this summer. COVID precautions will be in place, and food can be purchased from local food trucks. Parking is available. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2645 Railroad St., Strip District. Free.

It’s Mother’s Day, and moms should get to do exactly what they want. So if your mom likes to volunteer, Mama's Day of Service with Repair the World Pittsburgh is a great way to celebrate. The event honors mothers, domestic workers, and caregivers with different virtual and in-person programs. Join mom for a variety of good deeds like neighborhood and cemetery clean ups, food drives, community gardening, and more. Repair the World Pittsburgh will also use the day to fundraise for the National Bail Out Collective’s Mama’s Day Bail Outs, an effort to provide bail for the release of incarcerated Black mothers and caregivers. 12 p.m. Free. Register for events at

Mon., May 10

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas will show off his skills during The Soul of the Spanish Guitar, part of Chamber Music Pittsburgh‘s 60th Anniversary Digital Series. Villegas is considered an ambassador of Spanish culture as well as the official tourism ambassador of La Rioja, an autonomous province in the north of Spain, where he was born. He has played in more than 40 countries and is the founder of Music Without Borders Legacy, a philanthropic project that promotes cross-cultural understanding. $45 for weblink (available to view until June 30), $45 for DVD.

Tue., May 11

In continuance of the museum’s programs exploring Frida Kahlo’s work, The Frick Pittsburgh presents Frida in Mexican Folk and Popular Art. The event follows Lisa DiGiola-Nutini of Mexico Lindo, who has bought and sold several of Kahlo’s pieces over the past 17 years. DiGiola-Nutini is best known for her work as a Mexican folk art dealer and her former local gallery in Squirrel Hill. Special guest Maria Belen Nilson, an Argentinian born jewelry designer, will join DiGiola-Nutini. Part of Frida Kahlo — An Intimate Portrait: The Photographic Albums, on view at the museum through May 30. 7 p.m. $5 for students, $10 for non-members.

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Val Morschl and Alycia Washington
Wed., May 12

Can art be used as therapy to heal trauma? It’s a question that will be explored during Art as a Mental Health Tool, a Women in the Arts Network virtual meet-up hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Local artist Kirsten Ervin. Val Morschl, a counselor and art therapist, and Alycia Washington, an artist and social worker, will tackle this subject while discussing their work as mental health professionals who work in the arts. Participants are encouraged to “explore their own creativity” during the event by bringing simple art materials, such as colored pencils or clay, while they watch the presentation. 6-8 p.m. $10.

IRL = In Real Life event; VIRTUAL = Streaming or Online-only event; HYBRID = Mix of In Real Life and Online event

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