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.)
The 28-year-old Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, which in recent years has lived in Oakland, is headed for the Cultural District on May 14-18.
Frogs, in fact, are a theme of the fest. The five-day event’s geographic centerpiece will be LilyPad Park, a temporary “green space” (partly artificial turf) that will close down the intersection of 8th and Penn, and expand on the weekend.
So instead of Schenley Plaza, it’ll be there that families take in free performances on outdoor stages, do hands-on activities and enjoy what’s billed as a giant sand-box. There’ll also be free short films from around the world, at the Harris Theater. And a festival returnee, the U.K.’s Architects of Air, will plant its new giant, inflatable walk-in sculpture (pictured) in a nearby parking lot.
Meanwhile, ticketed performances by an international line-up of performance troupes will take place in nearby venues including the Byham Theater, the Trust Arts Education Center, Bricolage and the August Wilson Center, says festival director Pam Lieberman.
The venues will feature groups from Spain, Israel, Netherlands, Canada and Denmark. Local talent includes the Brassroots music group, Bricolage’s Midnight Radio Jr., and festival veteran Temujin the Storyteller.
Why relocate, when Oakland seemed to work pretty well? “The Cultural District’s mission is to bring people Downtown,” says Lieberman. Also, she notes, Downtown has bigger theater spaces than Oakland.
And what about that perennial anxiety over parking Downtown? PICF is offering discount parking vouchers with your ticket — a $10 flat fee for a spot at the Theater Square garage.
The festival also has a new title sponsor, the EQT Foundation.
Single ticketed events cost $5 a person for Architects of Air’s "Miracoco," and $8 for stage shows. Multi-show discounts are available.
For more information, see www.pghkids.org
Three performances remain of Renaissance City Choir's Unexpected Broadway show. Details in Program Notes.
Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall if you're a dog!
A: Learn to bark and stay silent on command!
OK, it's not Carnegie Hall, but if your dog is obedient and a particularly melodic barker — and, presumably, can stand to be in the middle of the din of a symphony orchestra — it could get a spot performing at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's June 9 performance at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
A form is available here to start the ball rolling — you'll have to post on Youtube a clip of your dog proving itself on a few commands. (Yes, you theoretically could use slick editing to make your dog look better than it is. But that would only last until the in-person, er, in-dog audition, which would weed out the cheaters.)
FYI, it's for a piece by Leopold Mozart that seems to take cues from a hunt — it's not an arrangement of The Barking Dogs' "Jingle Bells."
If it’s day 19 of the shoot for the "Untitled Shane Dawson Comedy," it must be Most Wanted Fine Art.
The interior of the Garfield storefront gallery has been remade for a couple of days as a used-record store called The Vinyl Vault. It’s just one of the many sets for “Untitled,” which in turn is one of two low-budget feature films being shot here almost simultaneously, based on the same source material, as part of a unique larger TV and film project.
Dawson, the wacky Internet comedy and music star, is directing a version that leans toward the raunchy comedy of American Pie. This scene centers on some phone sex that young protagonist Joel (played by Drew Monson) is having at the store counter.
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