Monday, April 7, 2014

Pittsburgh Speakers Series' New Season Announced

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

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.

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Exit Interview With Jayne Adair

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The longtime head of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures introduces her last speaker tonight. Adair discusses the group, and her tenure, in Program Notes.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Concert Tonight Includes Pete Seeger Tribute

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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.

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Akron-based Journalist Visits with New Rust Belt Book

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM

David Giffels is at Sewickley’s Penguin Bookshop tonight with The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt.


The book, a series of linked essays combining journalism and personal experience, explores life in Akron, Ohio, where Giffels (who was born there in the ’60s) has lived all his life.

“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.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Local "Madame Presidenta" Documentary Airs Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

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.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cirque du Soleil Wackiness at Strip Primanti’s

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Members of the famed performance troupe clowned at the eatery this morning to promote their show Varekai. Pictures in Program Notes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Second “Art CSA” Sale begins Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

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.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Local Composer’s Work Featured at Symphony This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“First 3D, Interactive, Generative Documentary” Pittsburgh-premieres at CMU Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

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 …


… presumably due to the 3D aspect. The trailer also includes some trippy sequences. Ideas about open-source technology seem to figure in prominently.
The film, screened earlier this year in the Sundance Festival’s New Frontier showcase, is directed by James George and 2007 CMU grad Jonathan Minard. It was created during a two-year fellowship at theCMU-based Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.
According to a press release, the film uses a new 3D cinema format called RGBD and a “'probability-based story engine’ to present an endless, ever-changing conversation about the role of computational thinking in contemporary arts and design.”
The film’s interview subjects are an international array of “more than 40 hacker-artists and luminary thinkers, who discuss their struggles to develop new forms of visual expression that resonate at a deeper human level.”
The project was produced by New York-based technologist Winslow Porter. The executive producer was Golan Levin, who directs the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The film is also slated to screen as part of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The screening is at 5 p.m. tomorrow, at the STUDIO (Room CFA-111 — the building’s down the far end of the quad off Forbes Avenue). Refreshments (presumably 3D interactive ones) will be served.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Final Weekend for “Congregation” in Market Square

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

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.

The projected lights that respond to human movement — all of which is captured and projected on a big screen hovering over the square — is the kind of thing that gets little kids hopping frantically about in hopes of getting a spot or line of light to move, or else laying on the ground in hopes that their outlines will show up on screen.

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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