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Monday, April 18, 2016

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival announces lineup, new features

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Squonk Opera's "Cycle Sonic" - PHOTO COURTESY OF PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
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  • Squonk Opera's "Cycle Sonic"

The festival’s 57th annual incarnation, June 3-12, will be broadly familiar: a Point State Park-based footprint, lots of bands, the artists’ market, large-scale outdoor public artworks, a juried visual-art show, festival food.

There’s even the welcome, lately near-annual tradition of a new show by performance-art rock-band faves Squonk Opera.

And it’s all still free, thanks largely to the title sponsor in what’s officially titled the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

But according to info released today by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, there’ll be a few new wrinkles in the festival-going experience, and this year’s public art has a local bent.

For one, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CREATE Festival, which last year merely happened in conjunction with the arts fest, is more fully integrated – and it, too, is now free. The day-long festival, will take place June 9 at the Fairmont Hotel, with talks, the Innovation Salon exhibition and more.

Things will also be more comfortable and culinarily pleasing for some fest-goers. Sarah Aziz, the Trust’s new program manager for special events, announced that for the first time the festival will include sensory-friendly “breakout areas” for people on the autism spectrum. Also look for the fest’s first ever feeding room for parents and kids, with a changing station, quiet space for breast-feeding and more.

For those on solid food, there will also be extended availability of food trucks.

At today’s press conference, at the Trust’s Peirce studios, Downtown, Aziz also recapped the previously announced musical guests, including opening-night headliner Michael Franti.

The public art, which in years past has often featured work by visiting artists, this year offers work by three locals.

In Gateway Center, look for large-scale installation “Multiverse Wall,” by Jesse Best (CREATE Festival’s featured artist of the year), and “Dandelions,” street signs mimicking the ubiquitous plant, by Carin Mincemoyer. Meanwhile, Point State Park will host the visionary “WindNest Prototype,” a quarter-scale model of a proposed artwork that doubles as a renewable-energy generator, by Trevor Lee (of Philadelphia-based Suprafutures) and Pittsburgh-based Land Art Generator Initiative.

The surrealism-minded Squonk Opera’s latest, Cycle Sonic, gets six performances June 11 and 12.

Also on the performance front, for the first time Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.’s Theatre Festival in Black and White (with black playwrights directing one-acts by white playwrights, and vice versa) is part of the arts fest.

For a full schedule, see here.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Dance classes and storytelling at Pittsburgh's Market Square this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 8:21 AM

A series of special programs take place in Market Square tonight and tomorrow to highlight Dutch artist Allard van Hoorn's audio installation Mix-n-Match, a larger-than-life illuminated "record player."

The "spindle" of "Mix-N-Match" - PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF PUBLIC ART
  • Photo courtesy of Office of Public Art
  • The "spindle" of "Mix-N-Match"
This weekend's selections include public dance classes from Arthur Murray Dance Studios, an outfit with more than 260 dance studios in 21 countries. Three of its studios will converge tonight to lead an outdoor class including salsa and line dancing after house artists perform a spotlight performance. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m.

Tomorrow, volunteers from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Hazelwood will recreate their performance for Mix-n-Match; their track, "Flower Beds," was one of the eight featured on the giant jukebox's playlist. The track features the sounds of tape ripping and a group of Hazelwood residents speaking amongst themselves.

In addition to the live performance, the library will offer other forms of full-fledged family fun including a visit from the story mobile, readings by Hazelwood residents, stories from the library's Reading Buddy program, kite-making and other games, all in honor of April being the Month of the Young Child. Free copies of Will Hillenbrand's book Kite Day (Bear and Mole) will be distributed. The event takes place 1-3 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public, courtesy of the Office of Public Art and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Volunteers work on the "Mix-N-Match" audio installation earlier this year - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC ART
  • Photo courtesy of the Office of Public Art
  • Volunteers work on the "Mix-N-Match" audio installation earlier this year
Mix-N-Match runs through April 30.

For more information, contact Rachel Klipa at 412-391-2060 ext. 237 or visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Dance performance highlights gallery event in Downtown Pittsburgh tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

"Waterfall Vision" (detail), by Jennifer Nagle Myers - PHOTO COURTESY OF PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
  • Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • "Waterfall Vision" (detail), by Jennifer Nagle Myers

A performance of an original, site-specific work by local dancer and choreographer Gia T. Cacalano marks the closing reception of Waterfall Vision, an exhibit of new work by Jennifer Nagle Myers at 707 Penn Gallery.

Gia. T. Cacalano rehearses at 707 Penn - PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER NAGLE MYERS
  • Photo courtesy of Jennifer Nagle Myers
  • Gia. T. Cacalano rehearses at 707 Penn
Tonight's event runs 6-8 p.m. A talk by Pittsburgh-based Myers follows the performance.

Cacalano’s performance will respond to the exhibit, which Myers says explores “the relationship between the earth body and the human body.”

The exhibit in the storefront gallery is dominated by “Waterfall Vision,” Myers’ 40-foot-long painting on 69 reclaimed slate roofing tiles that cascades down one wall of the gallery, across the floor, and up the other wall. Though essentially an abstract in black and white gesso and acrylic paint, the painting suggests, among other things, how forms in the human body and the rest of nature echo each other.

The exhibit also includes several smaller works by Myers and a soundscape by Sonarcheology Studios.

Waterfall Vision runs through Sunday. Admission is free.
707 Penn Gallery is located at 707 Penn Ave.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Reading tomorrow at Wigle Whiskey benefits Pittsburgh literacy program

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 9:38 AM

A happy-hour reading by local authors highlights Libations for Literacy, which benefits Words Without Walls. The Chatham University-based initiative is a creative-writing outreach program that serves the Allegheny County Jail, the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug-and-alcohol treatment program for mothers and their children.

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The event runs 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, with a happy hour from 6-7 p.m. and the readings to follow.

The reading and book-signing features local authors Eric Boyd (editor of last year’s The Pittsburgh Anthology); poet Toi Derricotte (The Undertaker’s Daughter); fiction writer Sherrie Flick (the just-released Whiskey, Etc.); poet Heather McNaugher; and novelist Sarah Shotland (Junkette). Shotland is also Words Without Walls’ co-founder and program coordinator.

The suggested donation is $5, and 12 percent of all cocktail and bottle sales go directly toward supporting Words Without Walls.

Donations of paperback books will be accepted to furnish the Gumberg Library ACJ Project, at Duquesne University, to be used by inmates at the Allegheny County Jail.

Wigle Whiskey is located at 2401 Smallman St., in the Strip District.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Cartoonist Keith Knight gives free presentation tonight at Pittsburgh's Point Park University

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 1:10 PM

If the weekend's run of comics events wasn't enough for you, there's another one tonight, and it looks like a good one.

Keith Knight, a veteran, nationally syndicated cartoonist known for his provocative takes on race and other issues, speaks at Point Park University.

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Knight, who's based in San Francisco, is the creator of strips including "Knight Life," "K Chronicles" and "(th)ink." It's funny stuff, with Knight weaving more personal stories in with commentary on issues ranging from everyday racism to police violence against unarmed civilians. Point Park is promoting the free talk, puckishly titled "Red, White, Black and Blue," as "an evening of race, media, politics and satire." 

A sampling of Knight's work is currently at Pittsburgh's ToonSeum through May 1.

The talk is at 7 p.m., in the GRW Theater of Point Park University Center, 414 Wood St., Downtown. Knight's presentation will be followed by a discussion with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers and P-G columnist (and noted comics afficionado) Tony Norman. An audience Q&A follows.

Here's more info.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Pittsburgh’s Fort Pitt Museum Explores 18th-Century Indian Captivity Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Experts convene at the museum for a day-long supplement to its intriguing exhibit titled Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier.

"The Capture of John Brickell," a diorama in the "Captured by Indians" exhibit - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FORT PITT MUSEUM
  • Photo courtesy of the Fort Pitt Museum
  • "The Capture of John Brickell," a diorama in the "Captured by Indians" exhibit
Flesh of Our Flesh, Bone of Our Bone” includes talks, an illustrated lecture and a look at some artifacts from the show, including rare prisoner cords that Native Americans from this region used to bind captives (and which served a ceremonial as well as a practical function).

The presentations begin at 11 a.m. with a talk by Shawnee tribe member Jeremy Turner, who’ll discuss the importance and procedures of captivity and adoption among the Northeastern Woodland tribes (who in the 18th century often resorted to captivity to replenish populations lost to warfare and diseases imported from Europe).

Historian R. Scott Stephenson follows with “Halters and Cords: The Decorative Art of Securing Captives in the Eastern Woodlands,” an illustrated lecture.

The program also includes Voices of Captivity, a reading and discussion of Indian captivity narratives from the 18th century. Such narratives were among most popular literature of the time.

The day’s programming continues until 3:30 p.m. and is included with regular museum admission ($3.50-7, and free for children ages 5 and under).

The Fort Pitt Museum is located at 601 Commonwealth Place, in Point State Park. 

For more information, see here.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Bark, Baby! It’s the Fifth Annual B*tches Ball drag competition benefiting Pittsburgh’s Animal Rescue League

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM

The Fifth Annual B*tches Ball — a drag competition held to raise money for the Animal Rescue League — got its groove on last night at the Pittsburgh Opera. The event brings together local celebrities, queens and animal-lovers for cocktails and entertainment in celebration of World Spay Day. In 2013 and 2014, City Paper readers voted the B*tches Ball “Best Local Fundraiser,” in the annual Best of Pittsburgh Readers’ Poll.

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The ball, presented by VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center, was hosted by the hilarious Akasha L Van-Cartier and Miss B*tchburgh 2015, Paris Young Boutté. After an upbeat night of performances, celebrity judges Tall Cathy, from local radio station 96.1 KISS-FM; Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner; and Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; along with animal judges Pussy Willow, R.C. Fox and Scout, the Camp Bow Wow mascot, crowned contestant Confetti Gunn Miss B*tchburgh 2016.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Louise LeCavalier dance performance tonight cancelled

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM

A sudden illness has caused the cancellation of what was to be the Pittsburgh premiere for this internationally acclaimed Canadian choreographer and dancer Louise LeCavalier. 

The Pittsburgh Dance Council announced the cancellation this morning of Lecavalier's Fou Glorieux, which was scheduled at the Byham Theater tonight.

 “We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused and thank you for your support of Dance Council events,” said the Dance Council, in a statement.

The release continued: "The event will not be rescheduled at this time and all ticket buyers will receive a full refund.

"For more information, call the Theater Square Box Office at (412) 456-6666."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TEDxPittsburgh Issues Call for Speakers for May Event

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

TEDxPittsburgh, a locally organized series meant to spark discussion and change, is seeking nominations for speakers for its next event.

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The event will be held Sun., May 22, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, in Oakland. The theme is Activate: Ideas in Motion.

According to a press release, the event seeks “speakers who have taken a spark of inspiration and ignited others to change. Speakers that take service, innovation and community-building to a higher level. The people that have overcome challenges in their field activating a ripple effect that puts ideas into action, making life better for others.”

You can nominate a speaker here. Nominations are open until Mon., Feb. 29. (And yes, you are allowed to nominate yourself.)

For examples of speakers at last year’s TEDxPittsburgh, see here.

TED (for “Technology, Education, Design”) is a three-decade-old nonprofit group that holds two annual conferences featuring both internationally known and less well-known thinkers, entrepreneurs, authors, activists and scientists; the talks of 18 minutes or less are widely disseminated online. TED's slogan is “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

TEDx is a spin-off that press materials define as “a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.” Pittsburgh has already hosted several TEDx events.

TEDx events, according to the press release, “showcase the ideas, individuals and innovations that are redefining the region.” TEDx Pittsburgh promises “an eclectic mix of local talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences with the community.”


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two unconventional car-themed openings tomorrow for Pittsburgh artist Jason Sauer

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Jason Sauer, Pittsburgh’s best-known artist who’s also a demolition-derby driver, debuts two shows drawing on his automotive interests, both at nontraditional venues. And they’re timed so you can catch both of them.

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At 7 p.m., head to the Sewickley Starbucks for six new paintings by Sauer that honor the birthplace of Porsche, which, as Sauer puts it, “was conceived as a tractor in a barn in Germany.” The paintings were made with PPG paint on Alcoa aluminum plate, and sport handmade wooden frames. The free event at 425 Beaver St., runs through 9:30 p.m. and includes Starbucks refreshments.

At 10 p.m., Sauer will be at Brillobox (just up Penn Avenue from his own Most Wanted Fine Art gallery) to debut his latest sculpture made from demo-derby parts. This one, he says, “has a Monster Jam theme … and it’s painted white, because it is being 3D mapped” and then projected in the space. The projection is a collabo with ProjectileObjects.

The Brillobox event has an admission price ($10) because it’s actually more than an art opening: It’s a whole Monster Truck-themed evening also featuring U.K. dubstep legend Hatcha, from South London, with support from local lazercrunk DJs Cutups and Keebs. More info on the musical portion of the evening is here.

The Brillobox event is 21-and-over and runs till 2 a.m. For presale tickets, look here

Brillobox is located at 4104 Penn Ave., in Bloomfield.

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