Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cosmo Pittsburgh Party This Friday

2014 Cosmo Pittsburgh party Photo Credit: Josh Cohn
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partner Board, announces the 9th annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh ("Cosmo") will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015. Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, the Cultural District’s biggest summer celebration, celebrates The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s leadership in the ongoing development of Pittsburgh’s award-winning Cultural District.  Guests are invited to indulge in astounding performances, art, music, activities, and a wondrous dance party. Savor signature beverages and delicious treats, while enjoying a fabulous night on the town. 
    Co-chaired by Michael McAllister, Laura Seifert, and Dan Unkovic, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh has something fun for everyone. Michael McAllister shared, "What I love about Cosmo is the diversity. It’s young, it’s mature. It’s new faces and familiar. This is seen from the incredible food and drinks, to patrons and the art.  There are not too many events in town that you have a 25 year old student on the dance floor next to a 60 year old major donor; and both dancing ‘til the lights come on, to boot!  To me, that's what makes this night so dynamic."
    Immediately following the Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl, guests are invited to attend the Cosmo VIP Party and Main Event to be held at the African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme invites attendees to run away with the circus in the Pittsburgh Cultural District via an all-inclusive dance party where everyone is invited to dress the part in their weird, wild, and wonderful groups.   
7:00 – 9:00pm –THE VIP PARTY will be catered by incredible Pittsburgh talent, including  Asiago’s Tuscan Italian, Chef David Bulman with Creative Culinary, Chef Jason Dalling with Habitat, Chef Curtis Gamble with Bloomfield’s soon-to-open Station restaurant, Chef Clare Lise with Bill’s Bar & Burger, and Chef Derek Stevens with Eleven Contemporary Kitchen. Complimentary cocktails, sensational live music, and other feats of wonderment will dazzle the senses. The Main Event commences at the crack of the whip, featuring desserts galore and magnificent unlimited cocktails. Games, sideshow acts, and more amazing feats will thrill partygoers as DJ Pandemic spins the Big Top.
9:00pm – midnight – THE MAIN EVENT commences at the crack of the whip, featuring desserts galore and magnificent unlimited cocktails. Games, performances, sideshow acts,  and more amazing feats will thrill partygoers.
Performances will include a wide variety of artists. Some artists to perform include Marti Gould Cummings, an NYC based comedian, singer, and nightlife host who will be performing during the VIP Party and hosting karaoke during the Main Event. The Dance Hall will feature DJ Pandemic, locally based DJ who features a hybrid of traditional folk music and contemporary dance music from around the world. Other artists at the event include Jody Perigo, The Hills and the Rivers Band, Steel Town Fire, Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, and many more.
Tickets for Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh for Trust members are: $85 for the 7:00 p.m. VIP Party and $40 for the 9:00 p.m. Main Event at the African American Cultural Center. For non-members, the VIP Party is $95 and the Main Event is $50. For persons aged 21-29, admission to the Main Event is $25 with promo code DAZZLING. Valid ID is required at Will Call. Must be 21+ to attend.

If you can't make the Cosmo Pittsburgh Party, you can still join in on the Gallery Crawl, a quarterly showcase of what’s new in Pittsburgh’s art scene. With over 20 Crawl Stops, you will find something that will grab your attention. Admission is FREE to all locations on the Gallery Crawl.

Wall Paintings | Curated by Robert Raczka, SPACE, 812 Liberty Avenue
12 artists will each create a large painting directly on the walls of the gallery using standard latex house paint. This will be a live art event with the artists working in the gallery throughout the day of the Gallery Crawl, with the gallery open to the public during the day, culminating in the evening reception during which the artists will be completing their paintings.
Don't Miss                   
D-Fuse | Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street
This London-based artist collective has more than 15 years of history in installation, film, experimental documentary, photography, live cinema performance and architectural projects. In recent years much of their practice has focused on environmental issues.
Live Country music by Slim Forsythe | Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Avenue
Lindsey Smith & Soul Distribution | Katz Plaza, 7th Street & Penn Avenue
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 The Cultural District has exploded with new restaurants, theatre, dance, comedy and other art happenings. Stay Late. Don't Go... Keep Crawling. Cover charge varies per location.

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