A new mural has gone up in the Strip District, this one celebrating the jazz artists of Pittsburgh's past. The mural, on Art's Tavern, features Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown, George Benson, Roy Eldridge, Erroll Garner, Art Blakey, and Lena Horne.
The mural is highlighted by bright and exuberant colors covering the entire side of Art's, and adds more culture and color to a stretch of Penn Avenue that already features several murals.
Edward Rawson, chief operating officer of MLK, said that the owner of Art's Tavern also owns CJ's Jazz Club, and that this mural adds to the jazz club feel he has always dreamed of. "Pittsburgh has a great history with jazz music and we wanted something to both celebrate and memorialize what jazz has done for Pittsburgh, and what Pittsburgh has done for jazz."
Artists on the projected included local youths who were paid to participate as part of a summer-jobs program through the city-run Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.
About 25 people gathered yesterday to see the mural. Art's is located at 2852 Penn Ave.
The giant floating yellow rubber duck that's coming to Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks is meant to make everyone happy. But a dispute over who can capitalize on the duck's image is already ruffling feathers.
Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust sent an email to local artist Joe Wos, demanding that Wos "cease and desist" from producing and selling T-shirts bearing a drawing of the duck and the phrase "Quack N 'At."
The Rubber Duck Project is the signature element of the Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, set to begin Sept. 27, with the duck's arrival Downtown via river. The Trust, the region's largest arts presenter, plans to sell its own duck-themed wares.
In a statement posted today on its Facebook page, the Trust said, "As a responsible arts presenter, we are committed to maintaining the integrity of the artist's work and all images affiliated with this public art installation. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will make official commemorative merchandise available for purchase."
Wos, however, says he will continue taking pre-orders
for his shirts for $17 each. Wos said that within 20 minutes of posting the T-shirt on his Facebook page, on Wednesday, he had received 20 orders.
"For me this is about artistic expression and free enterprise," he told CP in a phone interview this morning. "As a cartoonist, I can parody whatever I want.”
With characteristic puckish humor, Wos added, "I'm assuming all ducks flying south will have to be rerouted, because they’re not allowed in Pittsburgh at this time."
Add this one to the list of places you might get your locally made film screened: Future Tenant, the CMU-related art gallery Downtown on Penn Avenue, is looking for entries for its Downtown Film Night, October 12.
Short films are great — 5-10-minute bits are encouraged — but you can submit anything under 2 hours in length. It's a free event that will probably have little kids at it, so nothing too raunchy. Sorry, folks.
Here's the submission info:
In order to be considered, please submit your interest, a short bio
(500 word maximum), and brief synopsis (500 word maximum) to
email@example.com by September 29, 2013. Additionally, a DVD copy
of your film must be mailed to or dropped off at the gallery:
819 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The festival for one-acts, in its 23rd year, has landed at Carnegie's Off the Wall Theater. We have a review of the three one-acts in Program A, in Program Notes.
The storytelling series makes the jump to a bigger venue with an engaging night of local and visiting talent including David "Mr. McFeely" Newell and Shadow Lounge founder Justin Strong. More in Program Notes.
If you’d like to be an extra in the promo trailer for the annual Three Rivers Film Festival, tomorrow’s the day.
Get yourself down to Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Harris Theater at 6 p.m.
No word on what you’ll have to do (other than fill all the theater’s seats) or exactly how long you'll need to stay. But the fest trailers are typically rather inventive, and thousands might see you onscreen this November — however fleetingly — when the trailer airs before each of the festival’s many entries.
Bringing friends is encouraged. All extras will also be entered in a raffle to win a Six Pack Pass for this year’s festival.
The Harris is located at 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a just-announced literary visitation, Chicago-based author Chris L. Terry is here Saturday for the Zero Fade Fade Book Tour.
Zero Fade (Curbside Splendor), set in Richmond, Va., is about “a 13-year-old boy who deals with his own homophobia as his beloved uncle comes out of the closet.” Bullying, hip-hop, ’90s pop culture and African-American family life also figure in.
Excerpts from the book have been published in the Chicago Reader, Great Lakes Review and elsewhere. The novel earned a coveted starred review from Kirkus, which called it “a sparkling review” and “wicked smart.”
A press release from Big Idea describes Terry as a former punk musician who’s turned to fiction writing
The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore & Cafe is located at 4812 Liberty Ave., in Bloomfield. The reading starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Also reading is local author Kayla Sargeson, who curates CP’s online poetry feature Chapter & Verse.
The 1992 Hampton High grad and sitcom comedy star gets what’s likely his biggest homecoming yet when the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour comes Downtown tonight.
Last year, the same tour of four headlining comics from the show — Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed — came to the Pittsburgh Improv. Musta done well to move to the rather larger Byham. But everyone likes that half-Irish-half-Korean-local-boy-made-good story.
The show’s at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $30.50.
Images from the artist's Castle Shannon plot are online 24/7 via Figment. Olivia Lammel has a report from yesterday's opening ceremony in Program Notes.
A local group for "music obsessives" has a CD of its own, the released marked with upcoming performances and film screenings. Read more about MM26 in Program Notes.
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