Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kimberly Richards returns to City Theatre for 800th appearance as Sister in LATE NITE CATECHISM

September 7-24, 2017
Lester Hamburg Studio

She’s a hard habit to break: City Theatre presents the original Late Nite Catechism, the hit one-nun comedy that first took the South Side by storm over 12 years ago. Featuring Kimberly Richards as the unflappable Sister, this Sunday School send-up was written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Originally scheduled to run September 7-17, additional performances have been added through September 24, 2017. Tickets are on sale now for this City Event.

If you’ve skipped class all these years, now’s your chance to see the show that started it all! Improv comedy and Catholic dogma collide in Sister’s tough-but-loving classroom, where pupils (aka: the audience) get a refresher course on the finer points of faith and win prizes for their scholarship. So grab your rosary, spit out your gum, and get ready for Sister’s hilarious mix of comedy, nostalgia, and old school Catholic cool.

Kimberly Richards will perform her 800th show as Sister in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 9, at 6:00 pm. Since 2005, City Theatre has presented seven plays in the Late Nite Catechism series, including the 2016 hit Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? Ms. Richards has appeared in all but one of the City Theatre presentations from the franchise, earning a special place in the hearts of Pittsburghers through her humor, faith, and love of Steelers football.

Throughout the run, Ms. Richards will be collecting donations to support retired Catholic nuns through 17 local Motherhouses. In partnership with City Theatre, she has donated $391,587 in proceeds from her Pittsburgh shows and is poised to exceed $400,000, before the three-week run’s end. Audience members are encouraged to leave a little something extra in the collection bucket on their way out, while the sinners may be punished with a fine for showing up late, wearing low-cut blouses, or any number of other venial sins.

Kimberly Richards was born in Green Tree at St. Clair Memorial Hospital and baptized at St. Margaret of Scotland. Kim grew up in Oakland, California, graduating from Holy Names High. She launched her versatile career 45 years ago as an actress, aerialist, choreographer, comedienne, dancer, director, and illusionist. Her experience includes a USO tour of Asia, two years at Circus Circus hanging from a rope at 60 feet without a net, and dancing the show rooms of Las Vegas in the 70's and 80's.

This year she appeared as “Dotty” in Noises Off! at the San Francisco Playhouse. Her acting credits include two of San Francisco’s longest-running hits, Bar None and Beyond Therapy, as well as dozens of other productions. Kim has won an Outstanding Performance Award, two Drama-Logue awards, and three Dean Goodman Choice awards. In 2012, she originated the role of Barbara in the North American premiere of the one-woman play Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married & I Am Having Hot Flashes!, and she now performs it across the U.S. and Canada.

Kim’s directing credits include Waiting for Godot, The Trip to Bountiful, and many other plays. In 2009, she directed the world premiere of Pulp Scripture, which swept the San Francisco Fringe Festival, winning eight awards, including Best New Comedy.

Her choreography credits include numerous productions in Las Vegas, and at the San Francisco Playhouse, most recently She Loves Me (2016) and La Cage aux Folles (now running). She won two BATCC Outstanding Choreographer Awards for My Fair Lady (2012) and Company (2015), as well as multiple Outstanding Choreographer nominations from BATCC and TBA for Promises, Promises (2013-14) and Into the Woods (2014). She was co-choreographer for Abe Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, awarded Best New Play in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. She’s currently choreographing A Christmas Story: The Musical for the San Francisco Playhouse (opens November 22).

Since 2001, Kim has regularly toured the continent starring as “Sister” in all seven installments of the one-woman Late Nite Catechism comedy series.

September 7-24, 2017
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 10, at 2:00 p.m.
Single tickets start at $40.
Group rates are available. Call Joel Ambrose for details: 412-431-4400 x286.

412-431-CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
City Theatre: Lester Hamburg Studio
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $8, subject to availability.
Patrons may park for free and use the city’s South Side Nite Rider shuttle from the Second Avenue Parking Plaza. Friday and Saturday evenings only. Details: ssniterider.com.

Miss Abigail Tickets Now on Sale

$25 Seats!

For a limited time, you can secure your seat to the show everyone's been talking about at an exclusive discounted price! Save up to 50% on performances August 31-September 10 and end your summer with a bang — and a laugh!

Click to buy below or call 412-456-6666 and mention code CABLABOR or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.

For tickets, go to goo.gl/u67Tnx

Monday, August 21, 2017

Soba Announces Japanese Farm Tasting Menu - Aug. 21-25

Soba Announces Japanese Farm Tasting Menu Credit: Courtesy Photo

Each summer, the culinary team at Soba creates a dinner to showcase some of its favorite regional farmers and purveyors. The focus this year is on Japanese cuisine, bridging the gap between faraway lands and our own backyard with octopus balls with local scallions and radish, okra tempura with heirloom tomatoes and more.
Try Soba's suggested sake pairings for the full Japanese experience.

For reservations, go to soba.com/reservations or phone 412-362-5656.

First Course
toro tartare, heirloom tomato, caviar, fresh wasabi
okra tempura, pickled baby carrot, heirloom tomato hot sauce
beef tataki, garlic, yuzu, soy
nanbu bijin junmai daiginjo

octopus, bonito, scallion, radish, sweet soy glaze 
ozeki taru junmai

trumpet mushroom, shishito peppers, cockles, ushio broth 
kikisui no karakuchi honjozo

sesame and red bean cheesecake
chocolate sesame oil, tahini, pear, ube ice cream
dewatsuru sakura emaki rosé

Dinner is $45. Optional sake pairings $25

Sunday, August 20, 2017

PICT Subscribers Get Chance to Win Tickets to Royal Regale

Purchase your Season Subscription to PICT Theatre's 2017-18 Season by September 18th and be entered to win 2 tickets to the ROYAL REGALE II!

 To purchase go to goo.gl/Av3QoS.

The Royal Regale is one of PICT's biggest parties of the year: a celebration of the exciting new 2017-2018 season, of the new venue at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, and of PICT's 100th production: ROMEO AND JULIET!  Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, auctions, and more!  Will you stand with the Montagues or the Capulets — and which side will reign victorious by evening’s end?

If you already purchased your 2017-2018 Season subscription, you have been automatically entered into this special raffle.  Good luck!

One chance per subscription.  Example: 2 subscriptions = 2 entries into the Royal Regale ticket drawing.

PICT Classic Theatre 2017-2018 Season Subscriptions include ROMEO AND JULIET, IN THE COMPANY OF OSCAR WILDE, and JANE EYRE.  Subscriptions are $99, with single adult tickets available at $39.  MURDER AT THE CRAFT HOUSE, THE ROYAL REGALE II, THE TRIAL OF OSCAR WILDE, and OSCAR WILDE FAIRY TALES are priced separately.  Tickets and season subscriptions are available at www.picttheatre.org or by calling the PICT Ticket Office at 412-561-6000.

Free Museum Days Now at Carnegie Museums in Oakland

Outside the Carnegie Museums in Oakland Credit: Courtesy Photo

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History invite all of Pittsburgh to enjoy a fall afternoon at the museums, with five free-admission weekend days scheduled from August through November.

In addition, the museums will be permanently expanding Sunday hours to 10 a.m.–5 p.m. beginning September 10. Currently, the museums open at noon on Sundays.

Admission to the two Carnegie Museums, which share a single admission charge, will be free on the third Sunday of the month—for four months—starting August 20. The Jack Buncher Foundation is sponsoring the first free Sunday on August 20, and UPMC Health Plan is the sponsor of free Sundays on September 17, October 15, and November 19.

In addition, the Oakland Carnegie Museums are joining the Allegheny Regional Asset District and organizations across the region to support this year’s RADical Days (September 22-October 15), with free admission scheduled for Saturday, September 23.

Information about current exhibitions and programs at the museums is available at http://cmoa.org and http://carnegiemnh.org.

Entrance to Carnegie Museum of Art Credit: Courtesy Photo

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History share a single admission ticket. Sunday admission hours are 12–5 p.m. through Labor Day, then 10 a.m.–5 p.m. starting Sunday, September 10. Standard parking and special activity fees apply. The Cafe Carnegie coffee bar opens at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and brunch service begins at 10:30. Make reservations at http://thecafecarnegie.com.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ballet Under the Stars

Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area

Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under the stars for a free, open-air performance in beautiful Hartwood Acres. Pack a picnic or get a bite to eat at our food truck roundup. Then, grab a blanket and join us for a summer evening of family fun!

5 p.m.

Arrive early for free, family-friendly activities including crafts, balloon animals, photo opportunities, ballerina dress-up and dance activities on the lawn. It's also an early opportunity to claim your spot for the performance!

7:30 p.m.

Relax under the stars for a selection of classical and contemporary showpieces from the PBT repertoire, including new choreography from our company dancers. Dancing along is highly encouraged.

5-7 p.m.

Join PBT in our brand-new $25 Wine Tasting tent and sample an assortment of wines courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. Buy tickets online at goo.gl/CRVWGc or call Heather Dougherty at 412.454.9138.
(Tickets are not needed for other activities.)


Support PBT's children's scholarships with a gift of $100 or more and receive a tote bag of goodies, including a PBT canvas bag, bottle of wine, two wine glasses and a commemorative poster. Give online now or donate during the event and pick up your thank-you at Hartwood Acres. To Donate, go to goo.gl/pHts1s

Carnegie Science Center is Solar Eclipse Central

At the Carnegie Science Center Credit: Courtesy Photo


The Great American Solar Eclipse. More than 80 percent of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon in the skies over Pittsburgh. In a 70-mile path from the west to east coast, 100 percent of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon. Science Center visitors can see the partial eclipse in Pittsburgh through special telescopes and observation equipment, or watch live NASA feeds of the total eclipse in other parts of the country from Carnegie Science Center theaters.

Monday, Aug. 21.
Activities run 11 am – 4 pm. The best window for observing the solar eclipse happens from 1 pm – 3 pm. Maximum partial eclipse happens at 2:35 pm.

Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

OF NOTE:        
The Science Center will have three areas equipped with solar telescopes, indirect observation methods (including sun funnels and pinhole viewers), and eclipse glasses for visitors to view the partial solar eclipse. Visitors can borrow a pair of eclipse glasses to take a quick peek at the sun.

Buhl Planetarium staff will also provide live commentary in two of our theaters to go along with NASA feeds of the total solar eclipse visible in other parts of the country.

For more details, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.