Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monologue Madness BYOB - Bring Your Own Bard

Released: January 18, 2018
Bring Your Own Bard, the Shakespeare reading series produced by Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, kicks off the 2018 season with “Monologue Madness” – an evening of Shakespearean monologues and scenes read by, well, anyone, on Mon., Jan. 29.

Whether a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, all are welcome to perform their favorite Shakespearean verse in an informal and fun evening celebrating the Bard’s most famous and most obscure works. Come with a reading prepared, or choose a monologue from those brought along by host Alan Irvine (who most recently directed PSIP's record-breaking production of HENRY V), or just sit back and enjoy.

Bring Your Own Bard is PSIP's informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted evening. BYOB is for those who really want to read Shakespeare out loud in a comfortable setting.

BYOB takes place on Mon., Jan. 29 at the Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill. Doors open at 7:15 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm.

All ages and levels of experience welcome to read or listen. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support PSIP's 14th season of free performances in Pittsburgh city parks.

Bring Your Own Bard takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May, 2018.

Anyone interested in reading may contact PSIP at, callB412.521.6406, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free Shakespeare productions in city parks since 2005. Now in its 14th season, PSIP has entertained thousands of patrons in city parks since its inception. During 2018, Week of Will takes place in conjunction with the Bard's birthday in April and the next production of a Shakespeare play will be presented on weekends in September with admission free for all.

PSIP is on the web at:
Facebook: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Twitter: @PghShakespeare

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members Get Free Days at Cultural Institutions

Your Pittsburgh Botanic Garden membership will gain you free admission to these amazing local organizations on the dates listed below. Plus... you can visit the Garden year-round for free!

Memberships to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden start at only $35, with levels that suit everyone's needs and include numerous additional perks.  

Click here for more information regarding membership levels, then pick the best fit for you and you can visit these awesome places in February for FREE...

Mattress Factory
Saturday, February 3

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Saturday, February 3

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
(Including: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, 

Carnegie Science Center, The Andy Warhol Museum)
Sunday, February 4

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Friday, February 9

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Saturday, February 10

Frick Art and Historical Center
(Reservations are required to tour Clayton House)
Sunday, February 11

Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Thursday, February 15

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 17

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Saturday, February 24

Heinz History Center
(Including Fort Pitt Museum)
Sunday, February 25

Get your Pittsburgh Botanic Garden membership today!  Click Here!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Next Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl January 26

 "Sirens" by artists Ryoichi Kurokawa & Novi_Sad

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the complete programming lineup for the upcoming Gallery Crawl, taking place on January 26, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Cultural District. A production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Gallery Crawl showcases Pittsburgh’s unique Cultural District by activating many of its venues with diverse artistic offerings. All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public.

The winter Gallery Crawl features 30 indoor Crawl Stops, spanning mediums from visual to culinary arts and live music to film screenings. January’s Gallery Crawl will feature the opening of three new media works in Wood Street Galleries by international artists Ryoichi Kurokawa and Novi_Sad. The Crawl will also provide one of the last opportunities to see the contemporary paintings of The Long Run at SPACE Gallery, as well as On Looking and White Noise at 707 and 709 Galleries, all three of which will close on January 28.

This quarter’s Crawl After Dark features a no cover DJ Party with DJ SMI in the Peirce Studio of the Trust Arts Education Center and an intimate ticketed performance by Chantae Cann in the café of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Cann’s debut album, “Journey to Golden,” was released in March 2016 at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts. This performance is part of the August Wilson Center’s Wall of Sound Series, featuring emerging artists and fresh sounds. Other Crawl After Dark programming includes Salsa Fridays and CrawlSpace: Art + Comedy with Carnegie Museum of Art at Arcade Comedy Theater.

“The Gallery Crawl plays an important role in our annual programming because for one night local, national and international artists and works share the downtown spotlight. It’s a joy to work with our community partners in this unique and inclusive quarterly event,” shares Sarah Gilmer, Program Manager, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement at the Trust.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: or call 412-456-6666.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Photo Exhibit Opens Saturday at Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Emigration-Immigration-Migration, part of a civic engagement project by The Documentary Works, highlights the work of five Pittsburgh photographers—Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill—whose images serve as a lens through which to consider the broader American experience.

By exploring the central role that immigration has played in the formation of American identity, in sustaining the economy, and in the enrichment of cultural diversity, the images in this exhibition aim to create a space for civil, constructive conversation about belonging and cultural heritage today.

Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, January 20 from 6:30-8 pm. Be one of the first to view this exhibition while enjoying light bites from Sun Dawg Cafe and live music from Win/Win Duo.

Tickets are available online or by calling 1.888.71TICKETS. $15 members, $20 non-members (includes two drink tickets).

Get Tickets HERE

Emigration-Immigration-Migration will be on view at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art from January 20-April 22, 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Applebee’s - Pulling Me in by Way of a TV Ad

Within hours after I told a friend it’d been a while since I had a nice platter of barbecued pork ribs and that I had a hankering for some, I saw an ad for Applebee’s "All You Can Eat Ribs and Chicken Tenders. On TV, the combo looked so tasty, I decided to soothe my Steeler blues by treating myself to its $12.99 offer and drove to the location at Trinity Point in Washington.

Now $12.99 for a single serving is quite a deal in and of itself, but the all-you-can-consume proviso seemed a bargain not-to-be-missed.

On entering the attractively-lit restaurant, I expected to see a lot of gloomy fans devastated by the game’s final score, but the overall vibe was semi-festive though somewhat subdued two hours after the failed off-side kick.

Knowing beforehand what I was going to order, I still perused the menu while my glass of mango flavored lemonade made its way to my table in the sure hands of my waitress, Erin, an efficient, confident lass who seemed to know her way around the niceties of the restaurant business.

Applebee's Chicken Won Ton Tacos
The interim gave me enough time to spot an item in the Appetizer section that proved irresistible. It stood out from the rest in a red framed rectangular box with the alluring name "Chicken Won Ton Tacos."  Described as tangy grilled chicken, sweet Asian chile sauce and dumpling sauce stuffed into crispy wonton shells and topped with crunchy slaw and a cilantro mix. For $8.29 for four, who could resist?

I couldn’t, and REALLY enjoyed sharing these very tasty, surprisingly chile-hot tacos with a friend.

When Todd, one of the Applebee managers, stopped by I asked how long the rib offer was going to last. He checked and said till January 29. After that, a new hamburger special was going into effect - any one of Applebee’s seven burgers could be had for $7.99, fries included. Someone please remind me to go back when the end of the month rolls along for me to try the Caprese Mozzarella Burger on Brioche bun or the Whiskey Bacon Burger.

Applebee's All-You-Can-Eat Ribs

When it came time for the main event, the raison d’etre for being there, Erin asked what type of barbecue sauce I’d like on my ribs. There are three to choose from - honey barbecue, Spicy Texas and Asian chile.
I went for the latter and was surprised how tangy the sauce was. It mated well with the black pepper and spice rub and char grilled flavor of the riblets, tempered by a ramekin of crispy slaw and, of course,  a hefty portion of fries.

By the time I’d feasted on a second helping of ribs, I hadn’t much room left for the chicken tenders so I asked Erin for only one - just to see how it tasted. She brought me three along with the honey mustard dipping sauce and another generous portion of fries.

Telling her I was feeling a little guilty after eating a tad too much, she tried to soothe my lapse of restraint by letting me know that one previous customer downed five servings of tenders (he didn’t want the ribs), the equivalent of 22, roughly four-inch pieces of deep fried chicken morsels.

I had to admit there were several dessert offerings I would have liked to have tried, but enough is enough. Then, an item at the bottom of the list caught my eye with its hint of moderation. The Brownie Bite sounded like something I had room for and who could go wrong with its $1.49 price tag. Voila! The small but satisfying triangle of warm dark chocolate brownie with nuts comes with an equally proportioned scoop of  vanilla ice cream rippled with hot fudge. Great marketing concept here, I thought.

Brownie Bite Anyone?

For those who’ve never been, Applebee’s 11 page menu is divided into sections titled Beverages, Appetizers, Build Your Own Appetizer Samples (2 for $10 or # for $13), From the Grill, Chicken, Lighter Fare (Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken, anyone?), Pasta, Seafood and More, Salads and Sandwiches, Burgers and Desserts.

The last page announces build your own lunch combos that range in price from $6.99 to $8.99.

From the bar, Applebee’s features 3 different Long Island Ice Teas and special drinks every day of the week. (On my Sunday visit, you could get a 10 oz. Blue Moon Draft for $2 or a $3.50 Margarita). Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and from 9 to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday when well drinks and domestic beers are $2.50.

Something I found novel is Applebee’s take-out ordering options. It seems you can order ahead via the phone or Internet, then pull your car into a specially marked stall to have your order hand delivered.. No fuss, no bother. You can even pay for everything online.

For more information or to see the menu. go to

Coming Up at Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater

The Sixth Annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge
Presented by Northside Common Ministries
January 20 | 11AM-1PM
Find out if 10 local chefs are up for the challenge. Can they make a brunch item from only the food typically distributed in a Community Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen? Enjoy delicious brunch treats and Salsa music provided by Gavas Beat all while helping to raise money for the Northside Community Food Pantry.​

Night of a
Thousand Stars
New Hazlett Theater
January 23  |  7-9PM

Usher in the New Year with a volunteer appreciation and recruitment party at the New Hazlett Theater! RSVP

Apart From Me
CSA Performance Series
February 8  |  8PM
Using a combination of touch sensors, soundscapes and wearable fabric sculptures, these artists create a language around the push and pull of human connection. TICKETS

Holmes and Watson
Kinetic Theatre Company
February 16 - March 4
Sherlock Holmes has not been seen for more than three years. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes. TICKETS

The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Detailed driving and transit directions on our website.

On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Paid parking is available in the Allegheny Health Network garage for evening events and weekend matinees.
The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances.

The New Hazlett Theater is more than just a beautifully restored historic building.  We're a nonprofit organization working to nurture and promote art in Pittsburgh. We are an incubator for the arts, and we're passionate about providing a space for our amazing pool of creative talent to develop, collaborate, grow and flourish. Support the New Hazlett by making a tax-deductible donation.

From the open aired food hall of Federal Galley to authentic Asian cuisine at Nicky's Thai Kitchen or even a savory traditional German meal at Max's Allegheny Tavern, you are sure to find something that suits your taste buds.  Download a full list of area restaurants.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for 2018 Summer Season

Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO's 2018 Summer Season productions of TITANIC, THE FULL MONTY, BRIGADOON, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

WHO: Trained singers, dancers and character actors.
The Benedum Center
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Please use the Stage Door entrance. A valid photo ID is required for entry.
WHEN: By appointment only.
Thursday, February 22
Friday, February 23
Saturday, February 24
Callbacks Sunday, February 25

All performers must bring a headshot and typed resume stapled together, and a completed Audition Application.
Trained Singers:
Age 18+
16 bars of an up-tempo and ballad in traditional musical theater style
Trained Dancers:
Age 18+
Be prepared to perform a jazz, tap and ballet combination
Age 30+ not auditioning to be in the chorus
Headshot and resume
16 Bars of one song

For more information or to schedule an audition time, visit our website You can download an Audition Application and sign up for an audition appointment via email. If you do not have internet access please call 412-281-3973 x217. Appointments are now being taken.