Thursday, January 16, 2020

Winter Gallery CrawlComing up Friday, Jan. 24 in the Cultural District

The Gallery crawl will feature over 20 Crawl stops, including visual arts and public art premiers, music, performances, plus much more!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020 | 5:30 PM – 10 PM

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the winter Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., featuring over 20 free Crawl stops at various indoor locations and public art places.  Everyone is welcome to experience the many one of a kind free offerings and culturally enriching and entertaining opportunities this Crawl has planned.  Pittsburgh’s world renowned Cultural District is a destination throughout the year that showcases international, national, and local artists and community partners.  The Gallery Crawls are known for creating an evening where all ages can celebrate, enjoy and be immersed in our community’s exciting cultural scene.  The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

“Each Crawl is uniquely programmed in collaboration with our community partners, and the Cultural Trust’s visual arts curatorial and programming staff.  We look forward to seeing everyone for the first Crawl in 2020!,” shares Sarah Gilmer, Programming Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

The winter Crawl of 2020 will feature many happenings including these highlights taking place at the Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Avenue:  High School Musical Showcase, Dreams of Hope, and back by popular demand CRAWL AFTER DARK* event (from 9:30 p.m. – Midnight), Silent Disco- with music by DJs Arie Cole, and buscrates, making his Crawl debut, and a third DJ to be announced.  Meet the artists, community partners and experience something new and one-of-a-kind at each Crawl locale.

For more information about the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, please visit: or call (412) 456-6666.  Free bike parking is available where designated.  Pop Up Bike Parking by BikePGH is located on 7th Street & Penn Avenue, 8th Street & Penn Avenue and 917 Liberty Avenue.   For real time parking information in the Cultural District and downtown Pittsburgh, visit

Gallery Crawl locations are universally accessible, unless otherwise noted.  For more information, visit  or call (412) 456-6666.


Highlights for the January 2020 - Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District


Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street

Power Pixels 2020 will feature two installations.
On view: 1/24 – 4/5/2020

Oscillations 2020, Miguel Chevalier
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Music: Michel Redolfi
Software: Cyrille Henry

Oscilliations is a new generative virtual-reality installation that is interactive with music by Michel Redolfi. This creation allows a 3D graphic visualization of the music by Michel Redolfi.

Thanks to generative software, a waveform is generated in real time according to the frequencies and amplitudes of the music. These spectrums of the different sounds of music generate imaginary landscapes to infinity. These landscapes, which pass before our eyes, present an infinite number of variations: solid or wireframe, steep or flat, in black & white, or in color. Image and music respond to each other in a fusion of an emotional nature that participates in a true synesthesia.

Complex Meshes 2020, Miguel Chevalier
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Software: Cyrille Henry

Complex Meshes is a projection that plunge visitors in a universe of networks. A mesh is a three-dimensional object consisting of vertices, edges and faces which form polygons, used in 3D modeling or architecture. For this piece, the use of numerous wireframe meshes becomes an aesthetic in itself. Different colored weaving patterns composed of polygons overlap, evolve and transform slowly in real time. This huge virtual light curtain twists, moves and resizes to create diverse and complex shapes. This work is interactive. When the viewer moves in the space, the networks are disrupted.

812 Liberty Avenue

Trumpet to the Tulips
On view, 11/22/2019 to 3/15/2020

Curated by: Kristen Letts Kovak
Artists: Kristen Letts Kovak, Sarah Jacobs, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Three painters embark on a playful collaboration with only one rule: doing something atypical and see what happens.

Social Status
717 Liberty Avenue

Malaleche (BadMilk) (7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)

From Sevillle, Spain to the Steel City, “Malaleche" ("BadMilk") is an artist who has participated in the street art scene for the past 20 years. A member of "FMX Crew" in Spain, Malaleche moved to Syracuse, NY in 2015 where he first exhibited his art at the TechGarden Museum. Known for his "naughty" cow drawings and designs, Malaleche has also begun incorporating surrealist elements into his work using ink and watercolor techniques normally inspired by nature. After many years painting his cows, he has now decided to jump out of paper and create a toy, completely handmade, which he hopes to make available to the public very soon.

love, Pittsburgh
805 Liberty Avenue

Small Mall Wall
Stop by to see what is new from over 100 local artisans at love, Pittsburgh. Also check out new artists featured on our Small Mall Wall.

937 Gallery
937 Liberty Avenue

Misplaced Fortunes
On view 1/24/ - 3/13/2020

Misplaced Fortunes navigates a literal and metaphoric treasure hunt through three centuries of history, legends, and lies. Ross Mantle's sly, playful, and sometimes surreal photographs and texts connect the buried paths between General Braddock's lost colonial paychest, America’s unquestioned obsession with progress, and Manifest Destiny. Misplaced Fortunes invites the visitor to view American history as a mystery and as a puzzle, asking how the promise of treasures, and our desire to seek them, continues to define us.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center
980 Liberty Avenue

On view: 1/24 – 3/29/2020
Opening reception: Friday, January 24, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Performance by Ayana M. Evans (New York) and Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington DC) and guided tours with L. Kasimu Harris and curator Kilolo Luckett.  RSVP:

Gallery 1
I Came By Boat So Meet Me At The Beach
New works and performances by Ayana M. Evans (New York) and Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington DC).

Gallery 2
L. Kasimu Harris: Vanishing Black Bars & Lounges
Photographs by New Orleans-based artist L. Kasimu Harris.

707 Gallery
707 Penn Avenue

Voids, etc
A solo exhibition by Centa Schumacher that looks at order, chaos, and that which subdues them.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue, #600

Past, Present, Future
“Past, Present, Future” celebrates the past 10 years of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s exhibition program, Art on the Walls (AOW). What began as a biannual, solo exhibition opportunity for Pittsburgh-based artists has grown to display artwork in six corporate locations and garnered more than $70,000 in art sales for its participating artists. In “Past, Present, Future,” all past exhibiting artists have been invited to participate and features visual art, photography, and sculptural work. As is true for all AOW exhibits, all art will be available for purchase. Local artists and collectives such as Women of Visions, Seth Clark, and Ramon Riley are just a few of the more than 140 artists who have been involved in the Art on the Walls program since 2010. Today, the program aims to connect businesses to the arts, cultivate new arts patrons, and help businesses build lasting collections. Come for the art, stay for the cookie table!

Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School Gallery
914 Penn Avenue

Sounds of Steel: Student Steel Pan Performance (5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)

Winter Art Show
Join Urban Pathways Charter School for a brand new year of student art and performance.  Students of Urban Pathways Charter School present artworks from both class and submitted art. The Sounds of Steel pan band will play until 8:00 pm, with short breaks. There will be art materials available for families to come make art with some of the students.

Emmanuel Fine Art Photography Gallery
100 7th Street

Discover Greece
Interact with new work captured by one of Pittsburgh's premiere photographers. Experience Emmanuel’s stunning outdoor images, collected in the course of his travels across the United States and his native Greece - currently on view “Discover Greece.”  During your visit, stop by the collage station where you can craft you own souvenir to bring home with you!

Performances, Activities, Artisan Market Highlights

Food Trucks
Tito Way (between 719 Liberty and 801 Liberty Avenue)

Food truck vendors will be selling a variety of refreshments throughout the evening of the Crawl.

Crazy Mocha
801 Liberty Avenue

Steel City Clown Brigade
Stop by the coffee shop for laughs and live entertainment by performers from the Clown Brigade.

Crazy Mocha also offers a variety of hot and cold beverages, and light fare for purchase throughout the evening.

Trust Arts Education Center
807 Liberty Avenue

Peirce Studio

High School Musical Showcase
(6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
Preview the next generation of performers in the Cultural District as talented students from high schools throughout Allegheny County perform excerpts from their upcoming high school musical productions.

4th Floor
Dreams of Hope
Rolling performances during Crawl hours

Dreams of Hope, the region's only LGBTQIA+ youth performance ensemble, will be presenting snippets of new work for Gallery Crawl audience members. DOH youth are multi-talented performers and visual artists who will be showcasing what they have been working on through song, performance, and other creative outlets.  Dreams of Hope is also involved with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s as part of the artists in residence at the Trust Arts Education Center.

Peirce Studio

*Silent Disco (CRAWL AFTER DARK event)
featuring DJs Arie Cole, buscrates, and third DJ to be announced!
9:30 p.m.-Midnight
For ages 18+
Back by popular demand! Dance to the beat of our featured DJs at the Silent Disco party. Silent Disco lets you choose who to jam to with a simple flick of a switch. The blue, red, or green light on each headset shows which DJ other party goers are listening to. Sway along to the same song as your friends or tap into your own tune – the possibilities are endless.

Harris Theater
809 Liberty Avenue

(5:30 pm-7:30 pm)
Stop by the theater during Crawl hours and explore some artistic and film themed happenings!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s historic Harris Theater is one of the most active arts facilities in the region showing art films nearly every day of the year.  Programmed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the theater brings the best independent, foreign, and art house cinema to the Cultural District.  In 2020, a new series launched at the Harris Theater-SONIC CINEMA!.  This ongoing, monthly series, will explore the exciting world of music, providing theater guests with intimate, backstage looks into how concerts, films and live events are created, plus much more is being planned in this New Year!

Liberty Magic
811 Liberty Avenue
House magicians from Liberty Magic will delight Crawl visitors of all ages with world-class illusions.  Marvel at the miraculous, wonder at the other worldly, and experience the exciting world of close up magic at Pittsburgh's own hub of the magic community. Liberty Magic's front of house magicians will be performing their most incredible sleights, from millisecond miracles and complex card manipulations to mind-blowing mentalism.

Arcade Comedy Theater
943 Liberty Avenue

Improv Comedy Shows (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Short improv comedy shows every half hour.  Stop in for a quick, family-friendly comedy show inspired by your ideas! Audiences will get to see fast and hilarious improv games performed by some of Arcade Comedy Theater's talented actors.

Night Market presented by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
925 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presents a winter edition Night Market in the lobby of 925 Liberty Ave. Join us for an evening filled with jewelry, apparel, photography, art, accessories, home decor, sweets, and more from some of Pittsburgh’s best local independent vendors. PDP's Night Markets will return to Market Square every Saturday and select Fridays from May through October 2020.

Theater Square
655 Penn Avenue
Located in the heart of the Cultural District, Theater Square is home to a centralized box office, 790-space parking garage, the Greer Cabaret Theater, the Backstage Bar, and Meat and Potatoes restaurant.

Backstage Bar
5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Live Music Fridays
Featuring Jeff Bush and music ensemble
Apollo, PA native Jeff Bush will be performing jazz selections on the trombone, with music ensemble.  Jeff has traveled the world with great jazz artists of the times during his freelance career which continues to flourish today.  Jeff has been popularly featured many times with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive series.

Greer Cabaret Theater
*Salsa Fridays (CRAWL AFTER DARK event)
10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Ages 21+
$5 at the door/free with same-night Cultural District ticket stub. Dance the night away!
10:00-10:30 p.m.: free dance lessons with Jeff Shirey/Salsa Pittsburgh; 10:30 – 1:30 a.m.: Dancing to DJ music.

Public Art in the Cultural District
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Trust Oasis
133 7th Street
Trust Oasis: featuring Prismatica, interactive public art

Prismatica is an enormous, interactive modern ice palace made up of giant prisms, that came to Pittsburgh from the Quartier de Spectacles Partnership in Montreal, and made its premiere here during Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2020 on December 31, 2019.  The prisms create a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors and light after sunset, sure to amaze Crawl attendees.  The piece will remain on view at Trust Oasis until March of 2020.

In support of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission to develop and promote Pittsburgh’s vibrant Cultural District, Trust Oasis is a pop-up arts experience featuring temporary installations designed to enliven your visit to Downtown and contribute to our city’s tradition of infusing art into everyday living. Trust Oasis opened in the Cultural District in September 2019.

Outdoor public art throughout the Cultural District, including:
Agnes R. Katz Plaza
Allegheny Riverfront Park
Art Bicycle Racks
Cell Phone Disco
Haas Mural
Magnolias for Pittsburgh
Trust Oasis
Water Cube
168 Lightbulbs
Cultural District Walking Art Tour

Other Happenings in and around Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

Public Art
Eighth Street & Penn Avenue
Artist: Erwin Redl
Curator: Trek Development / Q Development
SQR is a permanent light installation with acrylic, glass and programmable RGB-LEDs.    The building’s bridge exterior is transformed into a living, breathing skin.  The light permeates the architecture and places people at the center of the spatial event.  The installation opened on September 27, 2019.

Artist Erwin Redl also designed the current public art light installation FLOW located on the fa├žade of the Wood Street T-station facing Liberty Avenue, that was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Since 2004, the quarterly Gallery Crawls, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, have brought nearly 30,000 annual visitors in and around the community to be part of this immersive artistic ‘open house’ experience for Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District serves as a medium to promote inclusion and diversity through collaborative partnerships and welcomes everyone in the community, and visitors alike, to participate in a showcase of immersive artistic experiences.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to developing partnerships with local businesses, artists and nonprofits who facilitate a dynamic atmosphere for communal artistic expression.  Each business partner has creative choice over the content displayed in their space during the Gallery Crawl.  Visual art galleries owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust including Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 707 Penn Gallery and 937 Liberty feature exhibition openings during each Crawl by local, regional, national and international artists, as well as throughout the year.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

PRIORITY TICKET OFFER: Bobby Watson & Horizon

Tuesday, February 11
Greer Cabaret Theater

Featuring Victor Lewis, Edward Simon, Carroll Dashiell, Jr. and Giveton Gelin

A native of Kansas City, Kan., Bobby Watson is considered one of the great present-day alto saxophonists. A graduate of the University of Miami, he moved to New York and began to play with the city’s finest musicians: Max Roach, Louis Hayes, George Coleman, and Sam Rivers. From 1977-81, he was a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

Watson launched the first edition of Horizon, one of post-bop’s most significant small groups, in the early 1980s. He has also led/co-led the High Court of Swing, Tailor Made Big Band, and the all-horn 29th Street Saxophone Quartet. He has recorded some 30 records as a leader/co-leader and appeared on 100+ additional recordings.

His most recent release, Made In America (Smoke Sessions; 2018), features Stephen Scott, Lundy and Lewis Nash. Previous to that, he self-produced Check Cashing Day (2013), which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech.

In 2000, after three decades in New York, Watson returned to Kansas City where he was awarded the first William and Mary Grant/Missouri Professor of Jazz as an endowed chair and appointed UMKC’s Director of Jazz Studies.

Watson has received a number of awards recognizing his musical contributions. In 2011 he was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of fame. In 2013 he received the prestigious Benny Golson Jazz Masters Award from Howard University in Washington, D.C. On his birthday, August 23, in 2014, he was selected as into the then-newly established 18th and Vine “Jazz Walk of Fame.” He joined Pat Metheny along with K.C. jazz icons: Count Basie, Jay McShann, Charlie Parker, and Mary Lou Williams.

Enter promo code HORIZON to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Friday, January 17 at 9:00 am.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

CHUTZ-POW! The Art of Resistance and Volume IV Launch

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6pm
Chatham Art Gallery (5798 W Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232)
The opening for the Holocaust Center’s traveling exhibit CHUTZ-POW!: The Art of Resistance in Chatham University’s art gallery. The event will also feature a panel of creators from the CHUTZ-POW! series and copies of Volume IV available to purchase on site.

Please note that registration will close at noon tomorrow, but we will still take walk-ins at the door

Register Now!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Announcing the Allegheny County Poet Laureate Program

All Pittsburghers are Poets

City of Asylum has hosted many poet laureates in the past 15 years, like U.S. Poet Laureates Natasha Tretheway, Tracy K. Smith and Joy Harjo, and now we are excited to announce that Allegheny County will have its own poet laureate program!

Photo credit Jill Norton (left), Renee Rosensteel (center, right).

All Pittsburghers are Poets

City of Asylum has hosted many poet laureates in the past 15 years, like U.S. Poet Laureates Natasha Tretheway, Tracy K. Smith and Joy Harjo, and now we are excited to announce that Allegheny County will have its own poet laureate program!

Youth Poet Laureate
Emerging Poet Laureate
American Sign Language Poet Laureate
Official Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
All Pittsburghers are Poets will celebrate poets of all ages and abilities through readings by the Laureates and finalists in diverse venues throughout the county. 

We are happy to continue making Pittsburgh a home for poetry!

Click here for more info about the Poet Laureate Program

Monday, January 13, 2020

Coming Soon…Jan. 17-18 at 8:00 pm

You won't want to miss this!
2 performances only!

Men die making railroads.
And bridges.
And dams.
And skyscrapers.
Men die in factories.
They die on oil rigs.
They die in coal mines.
Men die in steel mills.

The rich pay for progress with their bank accounts.
The poor pay with their blood.

In one year in the early part of the 20th century, the deaths of 196 men in one Southwestern Pennsylvania steel mill were the result of workplace accidents.

This is the story of one that wasn’t.

GRIST FROM THE MILL is a trilogy of works of storytelling inspired by fairy tales and folk music, specifically Irish murder ballads which spoke of ugly events with considered beauty. The steel mills of Southwestern Pennsylvania go beyond serving as a backdrop to play a pivotal role in each installment. This piece, 1902, begins the series.

Carnegie Stage 25 W Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106, USA724-873-3576

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Jan 13 at 7:31 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 
Saturday-Sunday, January 18-19, 2020

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weekend of musical performances and art making!

Saturday, January 18, 
Audio Archives: Pittsburgh Civil Rights Era, 2-3:30 pm
Audio Archives is a 90-minute Jazz concert focusing on music created within a specific cultural zeitgeist and region. Featuring vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield, drummer Tom Wendt, and keyboardist Howie Alexander this debut presentation at the Westmoreland Museum of Art will explore the Civil Rights Era in Pittsburgh. The concert includes a short interlude of conversation with the feature musicians joined by BOOM Concepts co founder Thomas Agnew. This conversation will explore how Pittsburgh musicians were involved, influenced, and inspired by the sociopolitical issues of the Civil Rights Era.

Sunday, January 19, Performances start at 1 pm:
Join a roster of talented artists, performers and live DJ from 1 Hood Media as we continue to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King.  Performances will continue until 3pm.

Be sure to share your dreams for a better future through an activity in the Center for Creative Connections!

FREE! Registration is not required to attend, but encouraged for planning purposes!

To register for Saturday, January 18, click here or call 888.718.4253.
To register for Sunday, January 19, click here or call 888.718.4253.

Credit Line: Charles H. “Teenie” Harris (1908-1998), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., With Loran Mann, Charles Harris, Matthew Moore, November 1966, Photograph (Silver) on Paper, 16 x 20 in., Gift of Charles A. and Beatrice Harris, 2008.286.

221 N. Main Street, Greensburg PA, 15601

Wednesday - Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except for school groups and partner programs
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Good Food, Great Cause

The Food Pantry Brunch Challenge
Presented by Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry
January 25 I 11 AM - 1 PM
Sample amazing food created by 10 local chefs, enjoy the Caribbean sounds of a live 14 piece band, and support the work of the largest Food Pantry in the region. Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry currently distributes over 32,000 pounds of free fresh produce and other food to over 800 food-insecure households each month.

Presented by the New Hazlett Theater as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series
February 6-7 I 8 PM
Somewhere in the dark, a cyborg coven is performing a ritual for the future of humankind. Using movement, found text, and machine learning algorithms, they summon the Salem witch panic out of America’s colonial shadows. Featuring an intergenerational, all-queer ensemble, TERMINER shines a light on contemporary systems of power, and casts a spell of resistance and repair.



Final Deadline: January 15
The New Hazlett Theater invites emerging and mid-career performing artists from the Western Pennsylvania region to submit project proposals in theater, dance, music, spoken word, or multi-disciplinary performance for inclusion in the upcoming 2020/21 CSA performance series.


There's always something new going on at the New Hazlett Theater. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute behind the scenes photos, videos, and more.

 Usher Volunteers Needed
Help us create an extraordinary experience for our patrons and enjoy incredible perks of live entertainment throughout the year. Ushers provide hospitality to patrons and clients. They help to create a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment for all.

Benefits Include:
- Watch the performance that you are ushering for free (depending on availability)
- Receive a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage
- Get a behind the scenes experience at the theater
- Become a part of our community
- Special usher parties and events

Email or call our volunteer manager, Courtney Bold, at or (412) 320-4610 ext 16.