Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cheers on the Water - An Alpine Tasting on the Empress

Boarding the Empress for an Alpine Wine Dinner Cruise Credit: Bill Rockwell

Recently I had a chance to take a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet's Empress during one of its monthly wine tasting dinner cruises. The theme for the September 13 tasting was a focus on Alpine wine. Alpine wine, you ask in astonishment? Yes, that is if you stretch the geographical limits a bit.

You can read about my experience and the comments I made by going online to With two more months of decent weather left before the start of the Christmas holidays, you still have a chance to take one of the Fleet's two remaining wine/dinner cruises . The October cruise features wines from Southeastern Europe (read the Balkans). The November cruises pairs Old and New World sparkling, red, white and rose wines for easier comparison. Sounds good to me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Save 30% by Subscribing Now to CLO Cabaret Series

The 2017-2018 Cabaret Series Opens October 12!
Subscribe now and save up to 30%

As part of Pittsburgh CLO's New Works efforts, we've secured the rights to premiere a brand-new version of the Broadway musical XANADU, October 12-December 17 at the CLO Cabaret!

Next up is the world premiere of UP AND AWAY, a new show discovered through Pittsburgh CLO's New Musicals Weekend this past April.

"Perfect" for summer is the titillating and funny farce PERFECT WEDDING; and, closing our series is the Off-Broadway comedy MEN are from MARS – WOMEN are from VENUS Live!

3 and 4-Show CLO Cabaret Series Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 412-281-2822 or by ordering online. Don't miss the opportunity to guarantee your seats to these amazing shows!
As a CLO Cabaret Subscriber, you will save up to 30% off individual show prices. Tickets for Groups of 10 or more are now available by calling 412-325-1582.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

VIP Ticket Sales Alert

March 29 - April 1, 2018
Benedum Center
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PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a new pirate adventure!

X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup … Tracker!

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The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket.

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The Carnegie Science Center is encouraging people to “listen up” to the latest endeavor making science education fun for everyone: a new bi-weekly podcast available for download.

Science News and Qs or SNaQ is the fun way to get current science headlines, delve more deeply into cool science topics, and find the answers to burning science questions. Hosted by veteran science educators Charissa Sedor and Ralph Crewe, each half-hour program includes a discussion of current science events, as well as information on fascinating subjects such as space telescopes, dragonfly wings, and the science behind that most vital of substances: coffee.

Listeners are actively encouraged to submit show ideas and their own questions to SNaQ via or by calling the SNaQ line at 412-237-3327. SNaQ staffers will sift through the questions and select some of the most interesting or topical to be featured in a future episode.

New episodes of SNaQ are released on the first and third Tuesday of every month and are available for free on iTunes, snaq.podbean, or through a link on

Dutch Kinetic Light Installation to Open at Wood Street Galleries

Macular (Parsec)

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Macular, four kinetic light installations by the Dutch art collective of the same name, will open at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on September 22nd.

Coinciding with the Cultural District Gallery Crawl, an opening reception will be held from 5:30-10:00 p.m. The exhibits will remain open through Highmark First Night celebrations on December 31, 2017. Entrance to Wood Street Galleries is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features four separate works: Fading Shadows (2016-17), Parsec (2013), Shifting Structures (2016-2017), and Undulator (2010-2017). Each of the installations deals with the topic of interference within patterns of light and movement, resulting from the collective’s broader research into the applications of technology and science within art and their perpetual quest to probe the limits of human perception. The exploration of light, sound and movement creates an immersive sensorial experience through which the audiences can wander.

Fading Shadows:
Shifting Structures:

About Macular
Macular is an art collective who share a common interest in art, science, technology, and perception. The members of the collective collaborate on the creation and production of multi-sensorial artworks that are presented at media arts festivals, musea, galleries and other arts institutions around the world. Macular collective consists of artists Daan Johan, Eric Parren, Jeroen Molenaar, Joris Strijbos, Matthijs Munnik and Nicky Assmann.

Work by Macular members has been shown worldwide at festivals and institutions such as: Arts Electronic (Linz, AT), WRO International Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw, PL), Saatchi Gallery (London, GB), and Exit Festival (Paris, FR). Macular members have previously shown works at Wood Street Galleries; most recently, Permutations of Light (2017) by Matthijs Munnik and David Spriggs, as well as Light, Matter, Memory (2012) by Nicky Assmann, Diane Landry and Yoko Seyama.

For more information, visit:

Wood Street Galleries

Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Five Assets To Converge at Carnegie Carnegie on September 30

Chatham Baroque Trio Credit: Courtesy Photo

On Saturday September 30, five assets are coming together to celebrate RADical Days at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie.

Since 1995 the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) has given more than $1.8 billion in grants to libraries, parks and trails, arts and cultural organizations, sports and civic facilities that contribute in countless ways to enhance the quality of life throughout Allegheny County.  (RAD receives one-half of the proceeds from the one percent County Sales and Use tax.)

RADical Days is an annual “thank you” to the public from RAD and the regional assets for their contribution to ensuring the vibrancy of the region.  This is the first year that the Carnegie Carnegie has participated in RADical Days.

The historic Carnegie Carnegie is in the unusual position of being two distinct assets.  The Library receives operating funds through RAD’s generous support of the Allegheny County Library Association.  The “right-sized” Music Hall, with its superb acoustics and lovely historic character, is a regional asset in its own right.

On September 30, the Tuesday Musical Club and Chatham Baroque will be performing in Carnegie Carnegie Hall. The String and Wind ensembles of the Tuesday Musical Club will present a program of light classical, Broadway and popular tunes. Members of the Club have delighted audiences with their music making in the Pittsburgh area for 128 years.  The concert begins at noon, and lasts an hour.

At 3:00 p.m., Chatham Baroque, one of Pittsburgh’s elite musical ensembles, presents a fun, family-friendly concert for ages 4-104. The musicians lead a musical tour of some of the best music of the Baroque, talk about their unique gut string instruments (including the six-foot long theorbo), and tell amusing stories about composers who lived more than three hundred years ago. Featuring music of well-known composers J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and Corelli, as well as lesser known gems of Matteis, Kapsberger, and Sanz.  This performance lasts about 50 minutes.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is the fifth asset to come to Carnegie on September 30.  They will be joined by about a 40 volunteers from Seton LaSalle High School who will do the initial planting for Phase I of Library Park.   Library Park, which will be complete in late summer/early fall of 2018, transforms the ACFL&MH’s steep grounds from a barrier to a lovely urban park.  The Park will connect the Library & Music Hall to Carnegie’s Main Street below.  WPC returns on October 4 with 50 more student volunteers from Carlynton High School, and for tree planting on a yet to be determined date later in October.

Conservancy volunteers will be planting from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and the Conservancy is prepared to put impromptu recruits to work – rain or shine.  Lightning is the only barrier to proceeding.

The Conservancy serves as consultant for Library Park.  Since 1932 the Conservancy has worked to protect and restore exceptional places to provide the region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas, as well as helping to creates green spaces and gardens such as Library Park.

Between performances by the Tuesday Music Club and Chatham Baroque, the Library will be offering family activities: an instrument-making craft at 1:00 p.m., and an interactive story time at 2:00 p.m.  The ACFL&MH’s national treasure of a Civil War room, the Captain Thomas Espy Post of the Grand Army of the Republic is open from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00.

All activities are free.   Visitors will find ample improved parking on site, and the ACFL&MH is running shuttle service from parking lot on Main Street opposite Carnegie Coffee Company to accommodate overflow.  Plan to spend the day!  Light refreshments will be available for sale at the Library & Music Hall, or shuttle down to Main Street to enjoy Carnegie’s many restaurants and shops.

12:00pm: Tuesday Musical Club
1:00pm: Family Activity: Make your own instrument
2:00pm: Family Activity: Interactive family story time
3:00pm: Chatham Baroque
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Library Park planting
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Tours of the Capt. Thos. Espy Post of the Grand Army of
                                        the Republic.

Hip-Hop Jazz Trio Coming to August Wilson Center

Friday, September 22 • 8pm
August Wilson Center

Hip Hop jazz trio, Digable Planets, returns with classics like "Cool Like That" after 20 years in the music industry. The trio is comprised of Brooklynite rappers Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira, and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving.

Joining them on this old school hip hop tour is Black Sheep, known for classics like "The Choice is Yours". Black Sheep is Andres "Dres" Titus and William "Mista Lawnge" McLean.

Jackie Gage is a musical storyteller; her music is emotional, joyous, heart-wrenching, and celebratory.

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Offering Two Horticultural Programs

Learn at the Garden
Two Great Programs on Friday, September 22

Tremendous Trees
Friday, September 22, 2017, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
member $15 | nonmember $25
Price includes admission to the Garden

Can you tell an oak from a maple? If not, this class is for you! Learn about the trees in our native forests. Meet in the Bayer Welcome Center and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be outdoors, rain or shine. This class is designed for adults.

Register by  calling 412-444-4464.

Seedlings: Bees and Pollinators
Friday, September 22, 1-2 pm
member adult free | member child $6
nonmember adult $9 | member child $12

As part of our Seedlings program, this class is designed for children ages 3-6. Explore the importance of bees and other pollinators in the environment. We will visit the bees in the apiary, and search for them in the flowers of our meadow. Meet in the Bayer Welcome Center and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be outdoors, rain or shine.

Register by calling 412-444-4464.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Primanti Bros. Holding Helicopter Landing and First Responder Appreciation Fundraiser

Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar’s Washington, Pennsylvania location is hosting a First Responder Appreciation Event on Saturday Sept. 16, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. The event will feature demonstrations, fire simulations and a Life Flight helicopter landing.

Primanti Bros. in Washington is located at 400 Adios Dr., Washington, PA 15301.

“We couldn’t be more excited to host our neighbors and give back to the first responders who serve our community,” said Hagen Jones, General Manager, Primanti Bros. “We’ve got an awesome day planned for families, children and anyone interested in checking out what our first responders do on a daily basis.”

The event, which includes live music performed by Eclectic Acoustics, will feature fire burn demonstrations in a specialty built safety house, equipment demonstations and will culminate with the landing of a Life Flight helicopter, which will be on display for the community.

“In addition to just showing off the equipment, we’ll be helping to raise funds by giving back a portion of sales during the event,” said Jones. “We’ll also have the ability for the community to donate to any of the organizations individually.”

Participating first responders include North Strabane Township Fire Department, South Strabane Township Fire Department, Peters Township Fire Department, Washington County EMS, PA State Police, Life Flight and others.

“We’re looking forward to giving back to those who give so much to us,” said Jones.

Downtown Gallery Crawl Set for September 22

Friday, September 22 | Cultural District | 5:30 – 10 pm

The Fall 2017 Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District features thought-provoking works by award-winning artists, one-of-a-kind visual arts exhibition openings and premieres, plus live music, comedy, dance performances, and more at 20+ Cultural District locations.

Featured Events

Wood Street Galleries
Dutch art collective Macular developed four kinetic
light installations for this show dealing with interference within patterns of light and movement.

Louis Cato Credit: Courtesy Photo
Agnes R. Katz Plaza
GRAMMY-nomninated and internationally-acclaimed
multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Louis Cato
is known for work with Beyonce, John Legend,
Snarky Puppy, and many others.

In Pursuit of Beauty Credit" Courtesy Photo

August Wilson Center Trust Arts Education Center
In Pursuit of Beauty, a lecture by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., accompanies her photography exhibition, Went Looking For Beauty: Refashioning Self, exploring the concept of beauty in historical and contemporary contexts.

Texture Contemporary balley Credit: Courtesy Photo

Texture Contemporary Ballet creates authentic
and dynamic movement based in classical ballet.
They alternate with the New Hazlett Theater’s
Performing Arts CSA, a first and only
performance series of its kind.

To view the Full Schedule go to:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jakob's Ferry Stragglers at WMAA

Jakob's Ferry Stragglers 

Great American Music Series
The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers
Wednesday, September 20
6:30-9 pm

Join the Westmoreland Museum of American Art for the first concert of its new Great American Music Series featuring The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers!

Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland, the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, jamgrass, rockabilly and swing music to create their own brand of high energy Appalachian Bluegrass. Their goal is simple: write good songs, honor the music, have fun and take it to the road.

What to expect at our new Great American Music Series concerts: a casual setting, amazing art and inspiring sounds! Each concert includes a cash bar (beer, wine, soft drinks and a specialty cocktail). And, be sure to come early to visit the Museum galleries, which are open until 7pm every Wednesday.

Also, special for this concert, the Speals on Wheels food truck will be on site in the Museum's parking lot beginning at 6 pm with their signature wraps and tasty sides for purchase.

To purchase your tickets, go to or call 1.888.71TICKETS.

$20 members, $25 non-members, $10 students with ID

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Priority Tickets Sales for An Intimate Evening with Eddie Izzard

Wednesday, October 4 • 8 pm
Byham Theater

An Intimate Evening with a bit of stand-up, sharing private photos & family movies, discussing his private and professional life and answering questions from the audience.

"Captivating! During this intimate evening the comedian reads passages from his book, shares home movies and family photographs and takes questions from the audience. Full of pathos, honesty and boomerang hippos, Believe Me is a wonderful show which gives a fascinating glimpse into what drives this remarkable man." —Manchester Evening News

Enter promo code BEES2 to purchase tickets before they
go on sale to the public on Thursday, September 14 at 10 am.
(Limit 6 tickets per person.)

To Purchase Tickets:
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"The Scottsboro Boys" - A Musical with a Momentous Message

Cast of "the Scottsboro Five" Credit: John Altdorfer

With the Point Park University Rep Professional Theatre Company’s production of the "The Scottsboro Boys," it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s so much there to talk about.

Let’s begin with composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, names made familiar by their previous work on "Cabaret" and "Chicago." On a personal note, I’d heard of "The Scottsboro Boys." Perhaps I’d seen it advertised somewhere, on some poster or playbill, but the title remained only faintly familiar when I decided to go see it.

Shamefully, I didn’t even know it was penned conjointly by Kander and Ebb until a few weeks before my outing to the Rep in the historic theater complex in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Turns out it was the last significant collaboration between the two theater giants before Ebb’s death in 2004.

Strange as it may seem, the musical that focuses on the sensational 1931 trial of nine African-American youths accused of rape in Alabama is framed in the form of a minstrel show. The nine were riding the rails at the onset of the Depression when fate trapped them in a deadly game of Southern injustice after they were discovered by a local sheriff hiding in one of the train’s boxcar.

Unfortunately, a car two down from theirs held a duo of White women who, when threatened with jail time for traveling via freight car, accused the nine of rape to gain the sympathies of the sheriff and his deputy as well as stir up their racial antipathies.

Amid the fervor of a lynch mob outside the Alabama courtroom, their initial trial resulted in a verdict of guilty and a sentence of death by electric chair, despite the fact that one of the youth’s hadn’t yet turned 13 and didn’t even know what the word rape meant.

Played by an all-African American cast save for the Interlocutor of the minstrel show, performed brilliantly by Mark Moritz, the play opens gently on a scene of an elderly woman seemingly riding a bus with an air of melancholy detachment. Dressed primly in clothes of the era, Ivy Fox as The Lady remains a silent but attentive witness to the unfolding of events and serves as a symbolic Negro female figure for all those before her who experienced the lynchings, beatings, murder and torture of their husbands and sons at the hands of White racists in the Jim Crow era.

Ivy Fox (The Lady_ Credit: John Altdorfer
Though consigned to the background, Fox manages to make a taciturn impact with her simple but adroit facial expressions, body language, elegant stature and lyrical gait. At the end of the play, she becomes an iconic figure well known to those who’ve followed the historical evolution of the Civil Rights Movement.

The action takes a kinetic leap forward when the players march down the theater opening the show with the rousing  "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey! Accompanied by a live, six piece orchestra, which remains out of sight during the performance, the singers have stunning voices, both singly and as an ensemble capable of creating some wonderful harmonies.

What’s more, their choreographic skills are a match for their vocal prowess as they perform with singular and electrifying ease the complex choreography designed by director Tome Cousin, whose work I’d never previously encountered but who undeniably deserves the title of dramatic impresario for his creative labors in Scottsboro.

As sidekicks to  Moritz’s perfectly tuned turn as minstrel master and several other assorted roles, Billy Mason as Mr. Bones and JR Whittington as Mr. Tambo provide a ton of comic relief, not only with their parody of minstrel-style gags that punctuate even the more serious moments (and there are plenty of them) but with a slew of humorous legerdemain that embellish the alternate roles they’re asked to take on..

Two of the nine actors seamlessly segue from their boys characters  into the females roles of the purported rape victims, Ruby and Victoria, played by Lamont Walker II and Jared Smith respectively. Both provide some of the evening’s most dazzling moments in over-the-top songs like "Alabama Ladies" and "Never Too Late."

Tru varret-Fleming as Haywood Credit: John Altdorfer
One pivotal figure, Haywood Patterson, a boy who refuses to lie about his guilt in order to gain a pardon from the governor, is trusted to actor Tru Verret-Fleming who earns our sympathy as the nine’s most tragic figure and thrills us with his moving rendition of the beautiful mournful ballad "Go Back Home."

Brian Mauk’s minimalist set is right on. It’s amazing what can be done with a series of silver chairs to conjure up scenes of riding the rails, a courtroom, death row, even the claustrophobia of solitary confinement set against a simple backdrop proclaiming the show’s title against the back wall.

Andrew David Ostrowski’s lighting subtly enhances the action on stage and is particularly effective in the electric chair scene and the macabre dance by two electrocuted inmates that follows.

After a series of multiple trials, almost all the nine were released, but only after years spent in incarceration. The epilogue of the show recounts the fates of those released and ends back at the minstrel show, which the nine proceed to physically deconstruct and show newfound pride and moral strength by disobeying the commands of the Interlocutor.

I’d be remiss not to mention all of the splendid actors who provide an electrifying evening of theater, one that packs a message for a contemporary audience caught up in news of continuing misuse of police power across the nation. Those actors not mentioned above include Steven Etienne, Joseph Fedore, Jonathan Blake Flemings, Scott, Kelley, Tony Lorrich II and LaTrea Rembert..

"The Scottsboro Boys is at the Rep Theatre in Oakland through September 24. For tickets, phone 412-392-8000. Note: At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five accused of rape in 1989, will tell his story of race and justice along with local activist and hip-hop artist, Jasiri X. as part of Point Park University’s inaugural Talk Back Series.

Bob Dylan Concert Ticket Pre-Sale This Thursday 9-14

Bob Dylan & His Band
plus special guest Mavis Staples
Monday, November 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Heinz Hall

September 14 at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
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Bob Dylan’s career has lasted the better part of fifty years now. That’s pretty remarkable. What is more impressive is that Dylan has remained not only active for almost all of that period, but controversial. He has never gotten by on sentimentality or nostalgia. He has never repeated his successes. For better or for worse, Dylan has always pushed his work ahead. On April 6, 2017 Bob Dylan was officially presented with the Nobel Prize in Literature in an intimate, secret ceremony in Stockholm.

Experience Bob Dylan LIVE and up close when you purchase a VIP package which includes premium seats and exclusive merchandise with collectible laminate.

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Kelli O'Hara to Perform at August Wilson Center September 25

Kelli O'Hara Coming to August Wilson Center Credit: Kelli O'Hara

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce Tony Award® winning Broadway star, Kelli O’Hara, will open the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series.  Now celebrating its sixth year, Ms. O’Hara’s concert, as a series special, will take place on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., on the acoustically balanced and intimate stage of the August Wilson Center (980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), a perfect setting for a Cabaret performance.

Tickets ($70, $80) are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

 “We are delighted to be hosting Ms. O’Hara and welcome her to Pittsburgh as part of this year’s Cabaret line-up of award-winning and outstanding vocalists. The series offers an exciting performance opportunity - for both artist and guests- in a relaxed, close, friendly space that will provide an unforgettable music experience,” shares Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

About 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series

The following performances in the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will offer audiences the rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  New this year, meet and greet time when patrons can meet the artists in between the two shows: between 8:15-8:45 p.m.!

The 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase Tony and Grammy Award winning performers: Cheyenne Jackson (October 16, 2017), Lucie Arnaz (November 13, 2017), Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley (February 12, 2018), Carmen Cusack (March 12, 2018) and LaChanze (April 16, 2018).

For subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Accessible services are available. Table seating for single tickets: $65; Theater seating single tickets: $55. Full tables are also available.

For information, call (412) 456-6666, visit Series.  Additionally, food and beverages are available for purchase. Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.
About Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of THE KING AND recently garnered her the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. The year before was an exceptionally busy year.  She starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s Live Telecast of Peter Pan, alongside Allison Williams, Christopher Walken and Christian Borle and on New Years Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of THE MERRY WIDOW with Renee Fleming.

In 2015 she opened in Broadway’s musical adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Her performance of Francesca earned her nominations for a Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Recently, she joined Showtime’s Master of Sex as Michael Sheen’s long-lost love, Dody, completed shooting the upcoming series The Accidental Wolf, and can be seen in on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight.

A native of Oklahoma, Kelli received a degree in opera, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition, moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her Broadway debut in JEKYLL & HYDE and followed it with Sondheim’s FOLLIES, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS opposite John Lithgow, and DRACULA.

In 2003 Kelli committed to a production of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, beginning a sixteen year working relationship with Bartlett Sher. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned Kelli her first Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations.  She moved from one critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony Award®-winning production of THE PAJAMA GAME, for which Kelli received Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations.

Kelli starred in the Tony Award®-winning revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. She later teamed up with Matthew Broderick in Broadway’s musical comedy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, earning Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, as well as the Fred Astaire Nomination for dance.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Begins Ticket Sales for 2017-18 Season

Single ticket sales are now open for the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh's  2017-18 Season! This year's lineup features Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and several settings of Dona Nobis Pacem. Click the events below for more info about each concert.

Now through September 30, use discount code "EARLY" at checkout to get 10% off your order. OR save even more with a season subscription! Subscribers get 10% off additional single tickets all year long, plus other great benefits - learn more at

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Photo Credit: Rob Long/Clear Story. Mural imagery courtesy of The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka (

War: November 11 & 12 at the Hunt Armory
The first concert is a choral triptych that explores the effect of war and tragedy on society. Central to the performance is Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, one of the most popular of the fourteen Mass settings the composer wrote.

Composed in 1796 as a response to the effect of the Napoleonic Wars on Austria, the dramatic use of tympani, especially in the Agnus Dei section, reflects the unsettled nature of life during war. Framing this monumental work are two pieces by Mohammed Fairouz: Anything Can Happen, which is performed partially in Arabic and depicts the anguish of the September 11th attacks, and The Seconding Coming, based on the poem by W. B. Yeats. Deeply moving and not to be missed!

In appreciation for their service, the Bach Choir is proud to offer free admission to these performances for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders (including Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians) – just show your affiliation ID at the box office.

Performance Times
Saturday, November 11 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 12 @ 4:00pm
Location & Parking
The Hunt Armory is located at 324 Emerson Street in Shadyside. Street parking is available throughout the neighborhood, and there is a 71B bus stop close by.

Photo Credit: Rob Long/Clear Story. Mural imagery courtesy of The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka (

Hope: December 9 & 10 at St. Agnes

What better way to ring in the holiday season than Benjamin Britten’s magnificent A Ceremony of Carols featuring arrangements of English carols, both old and new? The jubilant tone of the “Balulalow” movement would convince even Scrooge to get in the spirit of the season! Add to this experience a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s monumental Chichester Psalms, designed to combine Hebrew with the Christian choral tradition. The jazzy and contemporary feel of the work underscores its deep spirituality, a musical depiction of Bernstein’s hope for reconciliation and peace.

Special guest artist Etta Cox will join the choir for other seasonal pieces for a memorable concert that will evoke warm holiday memories. Hot buttered rum, anyone?

Performance Times
Saturday, December 9 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, December 10 @ 4:00pm
Location & Parking
St. Agnes Center is located at 3235 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (just west of the Craft Avenue intersection) in Oakland.

Free parking is available in Lot A on the corner of Fifth and Craft Avenues, Lot D (valet parking) on the corner of Fifth and Robinson, and Lot C up the hill on Terrace Street. All parking is first-come, first-served. The main entrance is located on Fifth Avenue.

Photo Credit: Rob Long/Clear Story. Mural imagery courtesy of The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka (

Peace: March 24 & 25 at Union Project
Mirroring the opening concerts of the season, the music presented in this performance seeks the peace so desired around the world. Over centuries musicians have written works that reflect this emotion and our concert will feature settings of the simple but powerful text, Dona Nobis Pacem, by several well-known—and some not as well-known—composers. Expressing the sentiment in the text of “Grant us Peace” encourages us all to seek this state of being. Conflict seems to be all around us. Perhaps filling the world with beautiful sounds will promote harmony beyond the concert hall.

Performance Times
Saturday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, March 25 @ 4:00pm
Location & Parking
Union Project is located at 801 N. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 – right on the corner of Stanton Avenue and Negley Avenue.

There is plenty of on street parking and a public access parking lot which holds up to 40 cars. The venue is also conveniently located on two major bus routes (71A and 87.)

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Mythburgh - Telling Stories of Pittsburgh through Dramas Written by Local Playwrights

12 Peers Theater wraps up their sixth season with a series of original, site specific plays, under the Mythburgh banner.

Mythburgh strives to build community through telling original stories written by Brian Edward, Molly Rice, Matt Henderson, Amy Hartman, Gayle Pazerski, and Mark Clayton Southers, or told us from the community we are serving.

In addition to telling site-specific stories, Mythburgh will blend the line between digital content and live entertainment with additional stories being told on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Artistic Director, Vince Ventura said: “For me, Mythburgh is about building community through stories. This is the perfect cap on a season that focused on the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell each other. We want these conversations to continue between the monthly events, and will continue to tell stories online, as well as in person. Be ready for some laughs, some drinks, and some true and not-so-true stories about the city we all love.”

MYTHBURGH Brillobox September 24, October 22, and November 19 All performances at 8:00 PM Telling the stories that make Pittsburgh unique, online and in person MYTHBURGH finds myth and inspiration in the creepy, epic, weird, and truly Pittsburgh stories, told by Pittsburghers and adapted by local playwrights into short plays and digital content.

Featuring a recurring cast of characters with their own online lives and a sitespecific location, Mythburgh will push the limits of live theatre and engage audiences online and in person.

 TICKETS Mythburgh tickets are always Name Your Own Price. You can reserve tickets at or by calling (412) 626-6784

PERFORMANCES Mythburgh performs Sunday, September 24 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, October 22, at 8:00 PM, and Sunday November 19, at 8:00 PM

LOCATION Mythburgh performs upstairs at Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

THE ARTISTS September: Playwrights: Brian Edward, Molly Rice Directors: Nick Mitchell, Rusty Thelin October: Playwrights: Amy Hartman, Matt Henderson Directors: Amy Hartman, Vince Ventura November: Playwrights Gayle Pazerski, Mark Clayton Southers Directors: Matt Henderson, Mark Clayton Southers

ABOUT THE COMPANY Founded in 2011, and taking their name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, 12 Peers Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 12 Peers Theater's mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater through contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lang Lang and PSO to Perform Rhapsody in Blue

2017 Gala Concert:
Lang Lang performs Rhapsody in Blue
Saturday, September 16 | 7:00 p.m.
Starting at $45!

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Manfred Honeck, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Maxim Lando, piano

Experience Gershwin’s iconic jazz-concerto – in a special two-player arrangement by Lang Lang himself!

Joining Lang Lang will be 14-year-old prodigy Maxim Lando, an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. The duo will also perform special arrangements from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of Animals, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy as part of this one-night-only concert.

The Gala and Soirée

Interested in enhancing your concert experience? The Gala and Soirée are fundraising events taking place the night of the Rhapsody in Blue concert and offer different options for a pre-concert cocktail reception, premium concert seating, and your choice of post-concert events — a glamorous seated dinner and dessert reception with Maestro Honeck, or a swanky speakeasy lounge party with food stations and dancing – go to to learn more.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Rock 'N' Soul Gala Coming to Benedum Center

Vintage Trouble Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust pays homage to the Benedum Center’s history with its Rock ‘N’ Soul Gala featuring Vintage Trouble on Friday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. KeyBank joins The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in presenting its fall gala as leading sponsor. KeyBank Market President Todd C. Moules and his wife Miriam are co-chairs for the event where guests are invited to celebrate an evening of exciting entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and exquisite dinner on the Benedum Center stage along with delectable desserts following a special performance by Vintage Trouble.

The Rock ‘N’ Soul Gala is themed in the nostalgic taste of the Benedum Center’s history as The Stanley Theatre. Built in 1928, the building has contributed nearly a millennium's worth of artistic and cultural heritage to the city of Pittsburgh. For much of its lifespan, the venue served as home to the rock and roll era featuring artists such as Little Richard, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Prince, and Bob Marley.

The late H.J. Heinz II focused his attention on the historic restoration of the Stanley Theatre, and as a result, this became the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's first project after its founding in 1984. The $43 million-dollar restoration would take approximately two years, faithfully restoring the Benedum Center to look as the Stanley did on opening night in 1928.

Once a top live music venue, the Benedum Center is now a top comprehensive presenting arts venue. Its transformation speaks to the breadth of diversity within the community of Greater Pittsburgh and the future of development within and around the Cultural District.

“KeyBank is pleased to participate with the supportive business community and many patrons who will celebrate the historic cultural and economic revitalization success story of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District,” said Todd C. Moules, KeyBank’s market president.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful for the role that KeyBank is playing in our annual fall gala,” shared J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “This event is truly a momentous occasion where we come together to celebrate the mission of The Trust for the Cultural District and the revitalization of downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s guest artists, Vintage Trouble, are the perfect highlight in celebrating the historic preservation of the Stanley Theatre as the Benedum Center.”

Channeling the distinct sound of rock and roll’s prime and the flavor of soul and blues, the Los Angeles based band fuses rock and soul showcasing heavy beats and gritty, soulful melodies. Vintage Trouble has wowed audiences across the globe since 2010.The foursome is made up of Singer Ty Taylor, Guitarist Nalle Colt, Bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and Drummer Richard Danielson. Since performing in the after-hour clubs of LA, the band has opened and performed alongside The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, and more.

The Rolling Stone featured Vintage Trouble as “A Band That’s Always in Style”, and asks audiences to, “imagine James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin, and you'll get an idea of Vintage Trouble's muscular, in-the-pocket sound.” To view the group’s performance at Glastonbury, click here.  All new videos, and clips can be found on the group’s YouTube channel at

For more information visit For accessibility assistance, contact Jenniffer Burke at 412-471-8711 or via email at

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fallscaping Evening at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

An Horticultural Evening Credit: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Fallscaping: The Forgotten Season
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Reception 5:30-6:30 pm
Lecture 7-8 pm
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Join Pittsburgh Botanic Garden for an evening with Stephanie Cohen, professor, gardener, and author. Stephanie will share tips on how to keep our gardens growing through the often forgotten season of autumn. Stephanie is the author of Fallscaping, along with other gardening books including her most recent work, The Nonstop Garden. Don't miss "The Perennial Diva" as she dishes the dirt on her favorite fall selections. You can purchase books and autumn-interest plants for sale in our gift shop, and there will be an opportunity to have your book signed after the lecture.

Meet Stephanie one-on-one and share a glass of wine at our exclusive reception before the lecture. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served in the Peirce Celebration Garden for those who register. Space is limited for this unforgettable portion of the evening.

Register  by calling 412-444-4464.
Reception and Lecture
$35 members | $50 nonmembers
Lecture Only
$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dance Into Fall at the New Hazlett Theater

Six A Breast - The Absurd Life of Women
September 6-10
An evening of sharp irony and salient farce, a cascade of vaudevillian scenes.  Performed by 3 women, Six A Breast encapsulates the lunacy of all our lives, no matter the gender, but women...they got the “mother lode”  backwards and in heels.
Starring Beth Corning, Sally Rousse, Laurie Van Wieren with choreography by Beth Corning.

René Marie
Presented by Kente Arts Alliance
September 16  |  7PM
Vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher.
Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

In The Company of Ghosts
Presented by Frank Ferraro and Adrienne Wehr
September 22 - 24
What happens when we look in a mirror? Do we witness a reflection of our true selves or the sum of the ghosts that travel with us? Utilizing a range of disciplines to conjure their personal ghosts, veteran artists Frank Ferraro and Adrienne Wehr take us on a fearless journey of life on life’s terms.
This world premiere is the result of a two-year collaboration between Wehr and Ferraro. In sharing their own stories with each other, they recognized universal themes common to us all, inspiring them to bring these stories to life through spoken word, video, original music, installation art, soundscapes and more.
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Still Time to Enroll in PBT's Children's Division Classes

Register Now for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Children's Division

From an introduction to the world of movement and music to ballet barre and floor foundations, PBT's Children's Division offers classes for children 18 months and up with both weekday and weekend options.

Grown-Up & Me (ages 18 mo.-2)
Pre-ballet (ages 2-6)
Pre-ballet Boys (ages 4-5 & 6-8)
Ballet Foundations (ages 7 )

The school year starts on Sept. 5

For the registration form and more information, go to

Receive the same intensive training with a less intensive schedule.
Youth Dance is designed for students ages 10-13 as an alternative to our Classical Ballet Program. Classes provide a technical foundation of ballet, contemporary and hip hop. Students learn dance elements, vocabulary, body awareness and class etiquette.
Classes consist of ballet, contemporary and pointe.

Call 412.281.6727 or email with any questions. For the student division placement form, go to

Shopkins Live! Coming to Byham Theater Septmber 24

Jessicake Credit: Courtesy Photo

Koba Entertainment is pleased to announce Shopkins Live! the first live theatrical production based on Shopkins - the wildly successful brand launched in 2014.  Tickets are on sale now.  The national tour will stop in over 75 cities across the United States and premiere September 14 in Buffalo, New York.

In Pittsburgh, Shopkins Live! Shop it Up! tour will make a stop at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, on Sunday, September 24, 2017, with two show times at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  This event is presented by Rich Engler Presents.

Tickets ($29.25-$54.25) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222.  VIP Party Package ($104.25) includes (1) Premium Seat Location; (1) Meet & Greet Photo Opportunity; (1) Exclusive Shopkins Live! merchandise item; (1) Exclusive Shopkins Live! VIP lanyard.  Plus, access to an exclusive Shopkins Live! theme party room, which includes fun activities for Shopkins fans after the show.


The Shoppies and Shopkins characters will take to the stage in Shopkins Live! featuring an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights. The live show features Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and friends as preparations get underway for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.  The live interactive show is inspired by Shopkins and Shoppies, the international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys.

Today, Shopkins is consistently the number one children’s toy sold in the United States and is a viral YouTube sensation worldwide.  Shoppies dolls have also made their mark on the toy world, consistently hitting the number one spot.  With Universal Pictures’ release of the first ever Shopkins movie on DVD, and a list of apps dedicated to expanding this ever-growing world,  Shopkins continues to be a hot ticket item for children around the world.

“Shopkins is literally on every child’s wish list. Koba Entertainment’s partnership with an innovative and leading toy manufacturer like Moose Toys allows us to bring one of the most successful toy brands in history to life on stage,” says Gilles Paquin, CEO and President of Koba Entertainment, and Executive Producer of Shopkins Live!.

Nicole Hardiman, Senior Licensing Manager at Moose Toys added, “We are thrilled to have Koba Entertainment presenting our first ever live theatrical show for Shopkins.  This will be a fantastic event featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in an amazing adventure that our North American fans can experience.”
Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.

For more information on Shopkins Live! visit

September 2 is World Coconut Day

With World Coconut Day coming up on September 2, conducted a survey that suggests Americans are coco-nuts about the fruit—and not just about its taste.

Consider this:
>> 64% of Americans use coconuts as a body product.

To conduct the Coconut Day Survey, the researchers at National Today []—America’s favorite online destination to commemorate quirky and fun holidays—asked 1,000 Americans about their feelings on everyone’s favorite versatile fruit.

(survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted on August 29, 2017)

Only 5% say they dislike it. 88% of Americans use coconut oil, while another 64% drink coconut water. 

88% of Americans leave the coconut-cracking to the professionals—but it doesn’t stop their raw coconut enjoyment. 17% say they’ve eaten straight out of a coconut, while 14% have had an alcoholic beverage in a coconut.

#1: In baked goods (36%)
#2: Coconut water (15%)
#3: Straight from the shell (15%)
#4: In granola (8%)
#5: As a vessel for alcohol (5%)

#1: On my hair (26%)
#2: In place of butter or vegetable oil (22%)
#3: As a moisturizer (19%)
#4: As a body lotion (16%)
#5: To take off my makeup (3%)

To learn more about World Coconut Day, you can visit While there, you can also read about other fun holidays, including Labor Day [] and National Pepperoni Pizza Day [].
Let me know if you have any follow-up questions or if you’re planning to use the above stats “as is.” Happy World Coconut Day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Upcoming Public Programs at the Warhol

Erin Markey's Boner Killer  Coming to the Warhol on September 29


Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen
Through September 24, 2017
The Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen exhibition explores Andy Warhol’s fascination with Hollywood, fame, and stardom. Warhol’s desire to look at the stars was ignited while attending his neighborhood cinemas with his brothers in gritty, industrial 1930s Pittsburgh. He reveled in the glamorous actors, elegant costumes, and sophisticated settings of the movies from Hollywood’s golden years. This exhibition considers celebrity through hundreds of archival items from The Warhol’s vast collection of Warhol’s personal items and related artworks, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, publications, film excerpts, television episodes, and video diaries. Part of Warhol’s Pop style had its genesis in images of the stars, and this exhibition examines some of the inspiration behind the work that kick-started the current age of global celebrity culture. Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen is generously supported by Cadillac.

Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT
September 19 – January 14, 2018
One of the central figures of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner has engaged in a decades-long exploration of the form and content of language through sculptural installations. In OUT OF SIGHT, Weiner’s work takes on an immersive and interactive dimension, inviting visitors to engage with words through movement. While the same structure will be installed in cities and art institutions around the globe, each version will be uniquely activated by its local community, a singular embodiment of the intersection between art and audience. OUT OF SIGHT defies traditional notions of art as something to be viewed at a distance. Visitors are invited to walk, dance, and gather on top of it, exploring its messages and challenges through direct physical and mental connection. OUT OF SIGHT is organized by Larry Warsh. The Pittsburgh presentation is coordinated by Danielle Linzer, The Warhol's curator of education and interpretation.

Farhad Moshiri: Go West
October 13, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Go West is the first solo museum exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. Encompassing several bodies of work created over decades, this mid-career survey focuses on Moshiri’s varied Pop subject matter, deft use of language, and wide-ranging materials and methods. Moshiri’s interest in Pop art and kitsch resonates throughout his work. Many of his visuals are pulled from cartoons, films, comic strips, children’s books, and advertisements, while phrases appropriated from classical poetry, soap operas, and pop songs blur the lines between art and cliché. By selecting ambiguous source images that reference both American and Iranian popular culture, Moshiri takes a complex look at how we define our own cultural identity. The exhibition is curated by José Carlos Diaz, The Warhol’s chief curator. Farhad Moshiri: Go West is generously supported by The Fine Foundation, Piaget, Galerie Perrotin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, The Third Line, Dubai, the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, The Farjam Foundation, The Khazaei Foundation, Maryam and Edward Eisler, Navid Mirtorabi, Ziba Franks, Elie Khouri, Fatima and Essi Maleki, Nazee Moinian, and Mahshid and Jamshid Ehsani.

Activist Print
Activist Print is a collaboration between The Warhol, BOOM Concepts (a creative hub for artists to incubate ideas), and the North Side printmaking studio Artists Image Resource (AIR). Activist Print is inspired by the long history of artists using silkscreen and print-based media to raise awareness of contemporary issues and inspire change. Three Pittsburgh artists, Bekezela Mguni, Paradise Gray, and Alisha B. Wormsley, have been invited to create socially and politically inspired print work in this yearlong project. The Activist Print series is exhibited on the windows of the Rosa Villa, a building across the street from The Warhol.


TQ Live!
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol hosts TQ Live!, which presents a queer evening of dazzling performance, dance, poetry, comedy, resplendent fantasies, music, and more. This third annual performance series features artists and performers from the many LGBTQIA communities in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Joseph Hall, the line-up of performers includes Jenny Johnson, #kNOwSHADE, Gray Swartzel and Veronica Vega, Moriah Ella Mason, Norman Freeman, Jennifer Meredian and Gia Calcalano, Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A., and videos by Chris Vargas, Peter Clough, and Jeepneys. This program is produced by Scott Andrew, Joseph Hall, and Suzie Silver. This project is supported in part by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. Please note this performance contains adult subject matter and strong language.
Tickets $10 / $8 members & students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Night of 1,000 Marilyns
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 8 p.m. VIP & General, 10 p.m. Late Night
Feel like a Hollywood star at The Warhol’s third annual fundraiser. This year’s theme, “Night of 1,000 Marilyns,” invites you to dress up as your favorite Hollywood silver screen star, like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Stewart, or Greta Garbo. Our seven floors are open to explore, and spaces are activated with a DJ, dancing, and an underground VIP lounge. The evening features a DJ set by Title Town, and a late-night drag show featuring Bambi Deerest, among others. Glam yourself up with Cardamone’s Salon free hair and makeup styling in The Warhol theater. This is the closing event for the exhibition Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, which closes September 24, 2017. VIP tickets include access to the VIP lounge in The Factory underground studio, unlimited drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Get the celebrity treatment in the VIP lounge with food, casino games, and portraits by caricature artist Jeffrey Harris. General admission tickets include one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. Late-night tickets include dessert. Cash bars are available. Wigs, glasses, and other iconic Warhol- and Marilyn-themed items are available for purchase in The Warhol Store. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.
Night of 1,000 Marilyns is generously supported by Larrimor’s, Flaherty & O’Hara PC, FAROS Properties, Wigle Whiskey, Cardamone’s Salon, Vera Bradley South Hills Village, WHIRL Magazine, and Yelp. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets $200 VIP; $50 General Admission; $25 Late Night; visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Selector Dub Narcotic with special guest STRANGEWAYS
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back influential musician and producer Calvin Johnson with his new band, Selector Dub Narcotic, on tour supporting their new dance-friendly and beat-laden album This Party Is Just Getting Started. As founder of K, a record label and media outlet based in Olympia, WA, Johnson has provided an essential platform for countless Northwest artists including Mirah, The Blow, Built to Spill, and the Make-Up, and is best known as a member of the indie, twee giants Beat Happening. The eclectic and high-energy Pittsburgh-based DJ collective STRANGEWAYS (Jesse Ley and Jeff Van Fossen) opens the show.
Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets $10 / $8 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Out of Sight Teen Night
Friday, September 22, 2017 – 6 – 9 p.m.
Join The Warhol as we team up with Girls Write Pittsburgh and Girls Rock PGH to present a night of music, art and fashion coinciding with Out of Sight, an interactive installation by artist Lawrence Weiner. Teens can participate in a two-hour long song writing workshop with Girls Write and see their songs come to life during a free performance by Girls Rock from 8 – 9 p.m. The evening also features a fashion showcase by our Summer Fashion Experience group, artmaking activities, and meet the members of our 2018 Youth Advisory Council.
This event is co-presented with Girls Rock PGH and Girls Write.
FREE / $5 for songwriting workshop; register at

RADical Day 2017, Featuring FREE admission
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bring the whole family to The Warhol for a unique day of art and fun. While you’re here, visit The Factory underground to create your own work of art and don’t forget to make your own screen to share with friends and family. RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the region’s assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and attractions that are funded by RAD.

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University School of Art and School of Drama
Comprised of her signature story-driven stand-up and scored by sensual homemade pop, Erin Markey’s Boner Killer is an intimate musical conversation between what Markey thinks she can’t have and how she’d have it if she could. Driven by Whitney Houston’s lesbian mythologies, Europe™, and a Pretty Woman accident, Markey transforms personal humiliations into feminist hope. Markey and frequent collaborator Emily Bate make up the two-girl band responsible for original and sampled music sopping with emotion and troubled by knotty harmonies. Please note this performance contains adult subject matter and strong language.
Tickets $15 / $12 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: An Evening with Joan Shelley
Friday, October 6, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Co-presented with Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
The Warhol welcomes back Louisville, Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Joan Shelley. She returns to our intimate theater with collaborator Nathan Salsburg supporting her latest release, a self-titled album on No Quarter Records. The new record, produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, takes a different approach than her acclaimed last release Over and Even, which NPR’s Bob Boilen declared “one of the most beautiful records of the year.” The new record still reflects the influence of American and British folk revivalists Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan, though Shelley also channels Michael Hurley-inspired melodies. Guitarist James Elkington, opens the evening.
Tickets $15 / $12 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Arto Lindsay & Beauty Pill
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes Arto Lindsay, who has long stood at the intersection of music and art, collaborating with artists such as Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, and Caetano Veloso. As a member of DNA, he played a significant role in the foundation of the no wave genre in late 1970s in New York City, along with artists Suicide and Glenn Branca. As leader of the Ambitious Lovers, he pioneered a hybrid of American and Brazilian styles. Current band members include Melvin Gibbs (Rollins Band), Kassa Overall, Paul Wilson, and Patrick Higgins. The band Beauty Pill from Washington, D.C., is led by singer/guitarist/producer Chad Clark. The group’s acclaimed last release Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are highlights its lush arrangements and earned it a spot on NPR’s 50 best records of 2015.
Tickets $20 / $15 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Crossing the Red Line: Exhibiting Iranian Art in the US
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 2 p.m.
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
Co-presented with City of Asylum, Pittsburgh
Join us at City of Asylum for an afternoon with Dr. Shiva Balaghi, an independent scholar and curator based in Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Dr. Balaghi taught cultural history at NYU and Brown University. She authored Picturing Iran: Art Society and Revolution and writes regularly for museums and art publications. Most recently she has contributed to the catalogue for Farhad Moshiri: Go West, the first museum solo for one of Iran’s most prominent artists.
FREE; registration is suggested for all free events; visit

2017 Teacher Open House
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 – 4:30-8:30 p.m.
The Warhol’s annual open house event just for teachers featuring food, drinks (cash bar), our latest exhibition, lectures, gallery talks, art making activities, discussions, and classroom resources. Teachers in attendance may receive Act 48 credit hours and information about school partnership opportunities.
Free parking available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets: $10; visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Imarhan
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes Imarhan from Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria. Imarhan, meaning ‘the ones I care about,’ deftly blend repeating guitar melodies with pan-African rhythms, which draw on the traditional Tuareg music of Southern Sahara, African ballads and modern pop and rock influences. The band’s debut album, Imarhan, is intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularized Tuareg music. The band’s lead vocalist and guitarist Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane (aka Sadam), also performs with the pioneering Tuareg band Tinariwen (who performed at The Warhol in 2014). Tickets $20 / $15 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor.
Free with museum admission

Cowboy Cinema
Friday, November 3, 2017 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Artist Farhad Moshiri’s lavish canvases draw inspiration from the tropes of the classic American Westerns he absorbed as a child in his father’s cinema in Iran. For artists like Moshiri and Andy Warhol alike, the cowboy represents an enduring symbol of American identity, culture, and aspiration, and serves as fodder for their own pop compositions. Join film scholar Dr. Mark Best and chief curator Jose Diaz as they discuss campy clips from Elvis Presley’s Flaming Star, John Wayne classics dubbed in Farsi, the Marx Brothers’ Go West, Andy Warhol’s Lonesome Cowboys, and more, unpacking the romantic myth of the cowboy and its influence in global popular culture.
This event is sponsored by the Film Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.
FREE; registration is suggested for all free events; visit

Sound Series: SQÜRL featuring Jim Jarmusch & Carter Logan: Four Films by Man Ray
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with Carnegie Museum of Art and University of Pittsburgh film studies program
The Warhol welcomes SQÜRL, featuring the iconic independent filmmaker and musician Jim Jarmusch and producer/composer Carter Logan. The band, self-described as a “marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & distorted guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop,” began in 2009 and has released records on ATP and Third Man Records. In 2014, the group received the Cannes Soundtrack award for its score for the film Only Lovers Left Alive, a collaboration with Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem. In this program, the band performs live scores to four films by Dada and surrealist artist Man Ray. The program features L'Étoile de mer (1928), Emak Bakia (1926), Le Retour à la Raison (1923), and Les Mystères du Château de Dé (1929).
Please note, photography, film, and video of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Tickets $20 / $15 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Matthew Shipp Trio with special guest Thoth Trio
Friday, November 10, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Co-presented with City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
The Warhol welcomes back the forward-thinking and iconoclastic jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, with his trio featuring Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums. For over three decades, since getting his start in the early 1990s with David S. Ware Quartet, Shipp has been a pioneer in the New York City experimental jazz scene along with composers such as John Zorn and William Parker. All About Jazz writes that the trio’s new album, Piano Song, “feels like an entirely fresh take on the piano trio, a vibrant continuum of sounds that avoids the pitfalls of both mainstream and avant-garde music.” Pittsburgh experimental jazz stalwart Thoth Trio, featuring Ben Opie (sax), Paul Thompson (bass), and David Throckmorton (drums), opens the show.
Tickets $15 / $12 members and students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Luna Credit: Luz Gallardo

Sound Series: Luna with special guest Eleanor Friedberger
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall
Co-presented with WYEP
The Warhol welcomes back the highly influential indie rock band Luna, on a tour supporting their latest release on Double Feature Records, A Sentimental Education, consisting of 10 covers by an impressive array of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Cure, Mercury Rev, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan. Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) opens the show with a solo performance.
Tickets $25 / $20 members & students; visit or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor.
Free with museum admission

Half-Pint Prints
Saturday, December 2, 2016 – 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Factory
Families work with The Warhol’s artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old.
Free with museum admission

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, December 30, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor.
Free with museum admission