Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happenings Around Town This Weekend

    Looking for something special to do this week? Check out below just some of the activities planned for our vibrant area.
Bachday Bash at the National Aviary
    From 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May14, join in the fun at the 7th Annual BACHday Bash at the National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
    Billed as a  great party with terrific food, drink, entertainment and a wonderful silent and live auction, the     bash will allow patrons to rub elbows with the Bach Choir’s artistic director, Thomas Douglas, and chat with our effervescent emcee Jim Cunningham.
     All proceeds support the Bach Choir and its innovative approach to choral music presentation. Tickets are $85 and $135 for the VIP pre-party at 6 p.m. that includes wine tastings and cheese. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.biddingfor good.com/bachchoir.

Detroit, A Play by Lisa D’Amour
From May 14 - 30, 12 Peers Theater will stage "Detroit," a play by Lisa D’Amour at The Maker Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside.
    A brief synopsis: In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American backyard party quickly turns into something more dangerous—and filled with potential.
    Directed by Vince Ventura, the cast includes John Feightner, Sara Fisher, Larry Herrmann, Alyssa Herron and Brett Sullivan Santry  Billed as a comedy the explores the ins and outs of suburban angst, "Detroit" will close out 12 Peers fourth season. Tickets are $17 online at www.artful.ly/store/events/4156, $20 at the door/$15 with a student ID. There is a special pay-what-you-can performance on Monday, May 18, at 8 p. m.

Culture Club: Tracing Outlines
    Open from 1941–1947 in downtown Pittsburgh, Outlines Gallery was one of the most cutting-edge art galleries, not only in Pittsburgh, but in the entire country. Tracing Outlines uncovers the untold history of this important venue. Join director Cayce Mell and producer Scott Sullivan for the first Pittsburgh screening of their groundbreaking documentary feature!
    In 1941, 21-year-old Betty Rockwell established Outlines gallery in Pittsburgh. Throughout its six-year run, the gallery would sit squarely at the forefront of the avant-garde movement, showcasing exhibitions by then-emerging artists such as Alexander Calder, John Cage, Maya Deren, and Joseph Cornell. In 1941 alone, art passing through Outlines Gallery included works by Georges Braque, Marc Chagal, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Amendo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Rousseau.
    Tracing Outlines follows Betty Rockwell’s granddaughter and filmmaker, Cayce Mell, as she tracks down artists who exhibited at Outlines, and compiles the first-ever complete chronology of the six-year-long run of the gallery. Narrated by renowned street artist Swoon, and featuring interviews and commentary by artists including Philip Pearlstein, Saul Liter, and Jens Risom, and by Guggenheim Foundation Director Richard Armstrong, 2013 Carnegie International Curator Dan Byers, author and columnist Blake Gopnik, The Andy Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, and Robert Manley of Christie’s.
May 21, 5:30–9 p.m; 6:30–8:30 p.m.: Screening and Q&A at the Carnegie Museum Theater in Oakland.

$15 / $10 members, includes one drink token.

City Theatre's "Midsummer" (A Play with Songs)

Randy Redd in "Midsummer
Cary Van Driest in Midsummer

    City Theatre continues its 40th anniversary season with Midsummer (a play with songs), on the Mainstage May 9 – 31. The play is written by David Greig and singer-songwriter Gordon McIntyre, and is directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden.
    Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of wild abandon when divorce lawyer Helena meets small-time crook Bob in a wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love.
    “Midsummer is all about new beginnings,” says Ms. Brigden. “David has given us a wonderfully truthful script with characters we can identify with, but he skillfully avoids the sappiness present in most of today’s ‘rom-coms’. This play is also enormously theatrical – the designers, our cast, and I really get a chance to flex our creative muscles!”
    Midsummer features Randy Redd and Carey Van Driest, each making their City Theatre debuts. The creative team includes Narelle Sissons (scenic and costume design), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting design), Elizabeth Atkinson (sound design), Doug Levine (music direction), and Don Wadsworth (dialect coaching).
Sipping Sunday – May 10 (7:00 p.m.)
Sunday Talkbacks – May 17 and 24 (following 2:00 p.m. performance)
Greenroom Young Professionals Night – May 29 (post-show reception)
City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
TICKETS: $36 to $61 Phone 412-431- CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

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