The Can’t Miss

June 17: a virtual talk on the history of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, home of murals painted by immigrant artist Maxo Vanka

June 16

1Hood Media and UrbanKind Institute host their weekly virtual Town Hall, this week’s topic being What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About Media in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette barring two black journalists from covering the protests. Featured panelists include Alexis Johnson, reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Janel Young, Artist in Residence at UrbanKind Institute. 2 p.m. Free.

Midsummer Nights on Main begins in the Brownsville Road Business District. Pop-ups, food trucks and local vendors will be in attendance for those enjoying the live music and good weather. 4 p.m. 150 Brownsville Rd. Mt. Oliver Borough. Free admission.

IxDA Pittsburgh hosts a virtual presentation on How Do We Make Things Accessible? The event is free with registration. 6:30 p.m. Free.

June 17

Join an all-day virtual celebration of World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month, emceed by Siraji Hassan, Executive Director of United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh. Attendees can hear stories, learn how to make authentic food from recipes and meet local immigrant business-owners and artists. 8 a.m. Free.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and Toast PGH begin Toast! Happy Hour, a weekly featurette of Pittsburgh restaurants participating in happy hour specials during the summer. 4 p.m. Downtown Pittsburgh. Free admission.

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka holds a virtual talk on the history of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, home of murals painted by immigrant artist Maxo Vanka. The talk is free to watch with registration, though donations are being accepted to preserve and share Vanka’s murals. 6:30 p.m. Free.

June 18

Aspiring podcasters can sign up for a course that starts with the basics of Podcast 101, hosted by Lillie Leonardi and Chris Sichi. The webinar series is free with registration. 12 p.m. Free.

June 19

Row House Cinema joins with other independent movie theaters around the world to debut Quarantine Cat Film Fest. The online event features a compilation of videos created and submitted by cat lovers, and 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to independent theaters shut down during the pandemic. To support Row House Cinema specifically, purchase tickets through their online portal. 12 p.m. $12.

Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Celebration celebrates with a virtual Livestream Walk to Black Historic Landmarks in the City of Pittsburgh. Landmarks include Bethel AME Church, John Vashon Bathhouse & Barbershop, Freedom Corner and other locations around the city. 1 p.m. Free.

June 20

Listen to legendary jazz artists Dianne Reeves, Sean Jones, The Bad Plus, Orrin Evans and more as part of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. The Festival’s 10th year will be streamed online and features archival footage from the last decade as well as a dance party with DJ Nate Da Barber and DJ Selecta. 12 p.m. Free.

June 21

The Market Square Farmers Market becomes the 11th Street Farmers Market to better facilitate social distancing practices. All attendees should review the list of safety precautions before arriving. Limited free parking is available. 9 a.m. 11th Street and Waterfront Pl. Free admission.

June 22

Stout PGH Summer Camp holds a number of sessions during the summer for kids ages five to fourteen. The Jun. 22 session runs through Jun. 26 and features authentic Brazilian Jiujitsu, sports, team-building exercises and more activities throughout the week. Prices vary and discounts are available to families with multiple attendees. 8 a.m. 2626 Railroad St. $109 – $189.

The August Wilson Cultural Center moves their Third Annual Summer Youth Writers Camp online. The virtual session, led by poet and teacher Cameron Barnett, is abbreviated and free to all students ages eleven to fifteen. 11 a.m. Free.

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