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Short List: May 11 - 18

Bricolage’s sensory-sensitive immersive theater; Hebru Brantley at the August Wilson Center; Associated Artists at 105; the return of Dicey & Paprika


SPOTLIGHT: Stage — Thu., May 12

Many stage productions these days offer special sensory-friendly performances for folks on the autism spectrum — without bright lights, loud noises and such. Now Bricolage Productions is premiering the first local work of immersive theater designed specifically for children on the spectrum. Welcome to Here is a 45-minute linear adventure, staged in Bricolage’s Downtown space, in which one or two kids and an adult at a time journey through a series of environments (enchanted forest, etc.), encountering different characters — live actors as well as puppets — who help and need help in return. “It’s about belonging and being who you are,” says Bricolage’s Tami Dixon. The show was commissioned by, and is part of, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival (see below). Dixon wrote and directed Welcome to Here, which was developed with groups including Arts for Autism and Firefly Arts. Other collaborators included Vanya Rumsey, a local 17-year-old with autism who in press materials calls the show a rare opportunity “to articulate my everyday experiences as Autistic and use that knowledge to help create something specifically designed to accommodate … the needs of my community.” Rumsey is also part of the show’s six-member cast. Welcome to Here is meant for kids ages 3 and older. A visual guide to the show is available on the Bricolage website. Bill O’Driscoll Thu., May 12-Sun., May 15. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $9.75. 412-471-0999 or

Thu., May 12 — Stage

Food trucks, balloon art and young theater-goers will populate Downtown this weekend for the 30th annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival. The international festival, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, features eight productions from six countries (including Scotland and Peru) suitable for children of all ages — including a display of incredible air sculptures called “AirPlay” and a production of the beloved tales “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny.” The festival encompasses four venues (Byham Theater, August Wilson Center, Trust Arts Education Center and Bricolage Productions) and the outdoor live installation “The Sheep (Les Moutons),” at Seventh Street and Penn Ave. The program includes sensory-friendly shows for children on the autism spectrum (see Spotlight, above) or sensory sensitivities. Courtney Linder May 12-15. Various venues, Downtown. $9 (multi-show discount available). 412-456-6666 or

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Art by Hebru Brantley

Fri., May 13 — Art

In 2012, Jay-Z and Beyoncé paid $20,000 for one of his paintings; Nike and Adidas have collaborated with him; and that’s just part of Chicago-based Hebru Brantley’s international success. Brantley’s Pittsburgh debut, at the August Wilson Center, features a selection of his pop-infused contemporary work, including a depiction of Superman as black. I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free is a collection of multimedia murals examining themes of oppression, often through his cartoonish characters The Fly Boy & Girl. CL 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Exhibit continues through July 8. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. 412-471-6070 or

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Photo courtesy of Quelcy Kogel

Fri., May 13 — Market

More than 35 local and regional sellers will meet this weekend at Teamsters Local Union 249, in Lawrenceville, to blend community, arts and nostalgia in a cocktail known as the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. Books, vinyl, décor art, comics and more will be sold, with sounds from DJs like Jim Lingo and Anthony Badamo and food from Pgh Po’boy and Berlin Street Food. The Mixer begins with this evening’s Night Owl event, with pre-sale shopping to jazz by the Josh Dunlevy Quartet. CL Night Owl: 6-9 p.m. Main event: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 14. 4701 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5-15.

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Photo courtesy of Lou Abercrombie

Fri., May 13 — Words

During the Blitz, best-selling author Chris Cleave had a grandmother who taught children in and around London and a grandfather who was besieged on the island of Malta. Handwritten letters from this courtship led Cleave to write his newest book, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven (Simon & Schuster). According to London’s Daily Mail, the novel “breathes fresh life into an often brutal scenario.” Cleave reads from his World War II narrative tonight, at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, courtesy of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. A book-signing follows. CL 7 p.m. 4440 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $10. 412-622-8866 or 

Fri., May 13 — Stage

John loves M, a guy. But he also loves W, a woman. In Mike Bartlett’s Cock, it all comes down to a dinner party where the menu includes identity and sexuality. Kinetic Theatre Company has the Pittsburgh premiere of this 2009 work by one of the U.K.’s hottest young playwrights. Andrew Paul directs a cast including Thomas Constantine Moore, Ethan Hova, Erika Straburg and Sam Tsoutsouvas; the play is staged without props or scenery. The first performance at Pittsburgh Playwrights’ space is tonight. BO 8 p.m. Continues through May 27. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $20-40. 412-225-9145 or

Sat., May 14 — Art

A dozen exhibitors from Berlin, London, Toronto and the U.S. are the main attraction at the fourth annual PGH Photo Fair, a two-day event held in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Sculpture. The fair, which focuses on contemporary and fine-art photography, ranges from museum-quality prints to photo-based art, and from the 19th century to today. Admission is free to the fair, which also features photographic books and photo-based magazines and a special 10X10 Photobooks exhibition, with 100 Latin American photobooks selected by 10 experts. BO 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also noon-5 p.m. Sun., May 15. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

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Art by Gregory Smith

Sat., May 14 — Art

The nation’s longest-running continuing survey of regional art returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art. The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s 105th annual exhibition, juried by Los Angeles-based writer and curator Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, includes 63 works of painting, sculpture, installation, photography and drawing. The 56 participating artists include such names as Lenka Clayton, Corey Escoto, Sarika Goulatia, Ryder Henry, Clayton Merrell, Curtis Reaves, Mia Tarducci and Adam Welch. A free public reception kicks things off tonight. BO 6-9 p.m. (free). Exhibit continues through Aug. 15. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412-622-3131 or

Sat., May 14 — Cabaret

“Our fans were demanding it.” So says Eve Goodman of the return of Dicey & Paprika, the inimitable local cabaret duo who last performed here in early 2014. New-age chanteuse Dicey Stewart and instinctive interpretative dancer Paprika LaRue (the alter egos of Goodman and Janet Ingram) turn rock and pop hits into lounge-comedy gold. Their new show, Bring on the Funk!, at Club Café, promises covers from Parliament to Nirvana, from The Carpenters to U2, and even a fresh take on Adele’s “Hello” video. Backing the gals is keyboardist Mr. Pringle, on his last go-round with the act. BO 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15.

Sat., May 14 — Screen

Arguably no local moviehouse is more venerable than Dormont’s Hollywood Theater. At one point in its long history, The Hollywood closed for a while, but five years ago reopened as a nonprofit with a repertory program ranging from cult favorites to classics. Now it’s turning 90, and tonight it celebrates with an all-time favorite. The guest curator, actor David Conrad, presents Carol Reed’s The Third Man. A new digital restoration of the 1949 thriller with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles will screen, with Tom Roberts and Friends playing live jazz before and after. Tickets include refreshments. BO 8 p.m. (7 p.m. reception). 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. $20-25. 412-563-0368 or

Sat., May 14 — Stage 

Morose and Macabre’s annual The Atrocity Exhibition goes Carrolling: Jabberwocky, titled for the Victorian author’s mythical beast, engages the darker sides of cabaret, sideshow and burlesque to tell a story of Alice heading through the looking-glass. Perennial Atrocity faves like Lilith Deville, Cherri Baum and co-founder Macabre Noir are joined by a slew of performers from Pittsburgh and beyond to amuse, delight and disturb, complemented at the Rex Theater tonight by a bazaar of original artwork and other hand-crafted goods. BO 9 p.m. (performance at 10 p.m.). 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $15 (21 and over).

Wed., May 18 — Comedy

You’re not laughing at David Liebe Hart — you’re laughing with him, though admittedly it can be hard to tell the difference. The slyly innocent musician and performer — internationally touring, best known from Adult Swim’s Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! — brings his many puppets, his videos, and his songs about Betty White, staying in school, Christian Science, space aliens and more to Club Café tonight, backed by electronic musician Jonah Th’ Mole Mociun. The opening acts are comedian Eric S. Donaldson and the prop-loving Hart kindred spirits of rock band Amoeba Knievel. BO 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12-14.