Tickets are on sale for the 2014-15 edition of this long-running, subscription-only series , featuring its characteristic array of authors, thinkers, entertainers and public servants.
The first of the seven-lecture series is Oct. 8, with actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H and The West Wing fame.
On Oct. 29, there's Julia Gillard, the Welsh-born politician who was the first woman to be prime minister of Australia (holding the post from 2010-2013).
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III (who started work in that job a week before Sept. 11, 2001) speaks on Nov. 19.
Then come Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington (Jan. 14); P.W. Singer, the noted expert on 21st-century warfare (Feb. 18); Pulitzer-winning historian and Pittsburgh native David McCullough (March 25); and futurist and TV/radio science host Michio Kaku (April 29).
The Robert Morris University-sponsored Pittsburgh Speakers Series is held at Heinz Hall, Downtown.
No tickets are sold for individual events. Series subscriptions cost $285-425 and are available here.
The longtime head of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures introduces her last speaker tonight. Adair discusses the group, and her tenure, in Program Notes.
The show at the Carnegie Carnegie by the long-running Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, with guest vocalist Daphne Alderson, will conclude with three numbers honoring the late folk-music legend.
Jim Ferla and John Marcinizyn have performance credits across the U.S., and frequently collaborate with Alderson, a contralto who ranges from opera to pop and cabaret.
The program opens with The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” and includes everything from French Renaissance and Portugese art songs to contemporary works. Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” plus “We Shall Overcome” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” wrap the program.
Seeger, an inveterate political activist and a key influence on America's mid-century folk revival, died in January at age 94.
The show is part of the “Listen Locally” series at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, in Carnegie. Tickets are $15 and are available here. A reception with the musicians follows the show.
The Carnegie Carnegie is at 300 Beechwood Ave.
David Giffels is at Sewickley’s Penguin Bookshop tonight with The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt.
“The portrait painted here is an honest and revealing one, illuminating the cultural factors that have given a strange, shadowy sort of hope to millions of Americans,” went the review in Publishers Weekly, in part. “An interesting and occasionally moving portrait of a place that, despite its decades-long downward slide, remians, for many, a pretty good place to live,” said Booklist.
Giffels will be at the Penguin Bookshop at 6 p.m. tonight.
The store is located at 417 ½ Beaver St., Sewickley. The event is free.
In case you missed its premiere screening a couple weeks back, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Heather Arnet's politically themed documentary Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? airs tomorrow night on WQED.
The one-hour documentary explores how women are emerging as political leaders around the world, espeically in Brazil, where Dilma Rousseff is president. Arnet interviews women from different regions and backgrounds in Brazil to trace the changes there.
There is a trailer here.
The film is a collaboration between Arnet's Women and Girls Foundation and ELAS, the Women's Social Investment Fund of Brazil.
Madame Presidente screens at 10 p.m. as part of WQED's Filmmakers Corner series.
Members of the famed performance troupe clowned at the eatery this morning to promote their show Varekai. Pictures in Program Notes.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Community Supported Art PGH will begin selling member shares for its second season.
Last year, CSA PGH, which connects artists directly to art-buyers, sold out of the 50 shares showcasing six local artists in its inaugural offering.
This year, it’s expanding its roster of both shares and artists.
CSA PGH is modeled after community-supported agriculture, where farmers sell shares in the year’s bounty up front, and shareholders collect boxes of produce all season long.
This year, the group offers 50 full shares for $450 each, entitling shareholders to eventually collect small works by accomplished local artists Edith Abeyta, Cara Erskine, Alexis Gideon, Jennifer Myers, Lucia Nhamo and Barbara Weissberger. (One sign of success: The share price is up from $350 last year.)
New this year, CSA PGH is also offering 50 half-shares, at $225 each, featuring works by Dave Montano, Alisha Wormsley, and Jim Rugg with Jasen Lex.
CSA PGH is run by Casey Droege, Corey Escoto, Blaine Siegel and Kilolo Luckett, and sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
The group is not to be confused with the New Hazlett Theater’s performance-art CSA, which is in the midst of its first season producing dance, music and theatrical events on a similar shareholder model.
Both groups started last year.
For more informations about CSA PGH’s new share offering, see here.
Carnegie Mellon professor Nancy Galbraith's "Euphonic Blues" is on the program tonight and Sunday, along with works by Wagner and Mendelssohn. Get the score in Program Notes.
CMU hosts a free screening of CLOUDS, a film about “the global community of new-media artists and technologists [that] … brings together documentary storytelling with the interactivity of a game-like world.”
Watch a preview here, where you’ll see people looking like this …
This fun, interactive, nights-only public artwork runs through Sunday evening.
I stopped out last Friday, and especially with the weather warming up it’s definitely worth a half-hour look-see.
As pictured, some adults have enjoyed getting in on the game, too.
Renee Piechocki, who heads the city’s Office of Public Art, says “Congregation” has even been drawing repeat visitors, including hotel workers, construction laborers and other shift workers whose schedules let them duty just as the artwork is in full swing.
Here’s Nadine Wasserman’s review of the piece for CP.
"Congregation," the first installment of the Market Square Public Art project runs from dusk to midnight tonight and tomorrow, and dusk to 10 p.m on Sunday. (Sunset these days is about 7:30 p.m.)
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