Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Royale Promises a Knock Out Punch at City Theatre

Desean Kevin Terry as Jay "The Spoirt" Jackson Credit: Kristi Jan Hoover

City Theatre rings in 2017 with The Royale, a knockout new play by Marco Ramirez. It is directed by Stuart Carden, and runs on City Theatre’s Main Stage, January 21 – February 12, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a legend in the making. He has his eyes set on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, but the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America might just be his fiercest opponent yet. The Royale goes ringside for the fight of the century, following one man’s quest for victory against all odds.

The Royale is a heart-pounding drama inspired by the true story of the trail-blazing African American boxer, Jack Johnson. Johnson’s insistence on fighting—and ultimately defeating—the white champion of the time ignited racial tensions and thrust him into an international spotlight.

“I didn't set out to write a play about race relations,” said playwright Marco Ramirez. “I set out to write a play about boxing. But as I started to zero in on the elements I knew I wanted to highlight—the percussive, distinctly musical nature of the sport, the braggadocio of celebrity, the narratives that get spun in and outside of the ring—the story of Jack Johnson kept bubbling to the surface, like a song I couldn't get out of my head.”

“August Wilson often gets credited as the greatest African American playwright. I'd go a step further. I think he's the greatest American playwright,” Ramirez continued. “I could never have written The Royale without August Wilson's influence. When I sit to write a new play, it's his toolbox I carry with me. The monologue as music. The ghost that walks across the stage. The argument between loved ones in which each party is 100% correct. In his work, there's no such thing as a simple message. There is no moral high ground. There are just human beings born at the wrong time, or into the wrong families, trying to find joy in a world where the only constant is change, yet somehow everything stays the same.”

“Marco’s play not only brings us deep into the world of professional boxing at the turn of the 20th century, but it also gives us a ringside view of America at that moment in time as well,” said Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. “It’s a play that has real resonance to our present challenges as a nation, but as told through the lens of sports, it makes for a highly entertaining and exciting piece of theatre.”

Marco Ramirez has had plays produced at Lincoln Center (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Kennedy Center, The Humana Festival, The Old Globe (San Diego), The Bush Theatre (London), and Center Theatre Group. Honors include Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship, Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Award, and both WGA and Emmy Award nominations. Education: NYU and Juilliard. TV credits: Sons of Anarchy (FX), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix), and Marvel’s The Defenders (Netflix).
L to R: Tony II Lorrich, Bria Walker, (down) Andrew William Smith, (up) Bernard Gilbert, Desean Kevin Terry, Siddiq Saunderson, Tim Edward Rhoze Credit: Kristi Jan Hoover

The Royale is directed by Stuart Carden. Performing the role of Jay is Desean Kevin Terry. The cast includes Bernard Gilbert as Fish, Tim Edward Rhoze as Wynton, Andrew William Smith as Max, Bria Walker as Nina, and Tony II Lorrich and Siddiq Saunderson as members of the Ensemble. The production team includes Brian Bembridge (scenic and lighting design), Karen Gilmer (costume design), Mikhail Fiksel (sound designer), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), and Patti Kelly (stage manager). Stephanie Paul will create the unique soundscape of The Royale as Body Percussion Choreographer.

January 21 – February 12, 2017

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of show times, please visit CityTheatreCompany.org or call 412-431-2489.

Sipping Sunday – Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Sample wines specially chosen to complement the production.

Sunday Talkbacks – Jan. 29 & Feb. 5
Conversation with the artists immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performances, moderated by City Theatre artistic staff.

Greenroom Young Professionals Night – Friday, Feb. 3 at 8:00 p.m.
$25 Greenroom ticket includes complimentary snacks, beer, and wine after the performance, and mingling with the cast. Use code GREENROOM when ordering.

Pay-What-You-Want – Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m.
A limited number of tickets are reserved for PWYW and go on sale two hours before curtain, walk up sales only. Call the box office in advance to check on availability.

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Captioning and Audio Description Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m.

City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Midori to Perform with PSO for First Time Since 2004

Violinist Midori to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Credit: Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Violin superstar Midori first captured hearts and minds of audiences 30 years ago as an 11-year-old virtuoso. She returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 2004 to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics on February 3 & 5 at Heinz Hall.

During the weekend’s performances, Midori will dazzle audiences with Mendelssohn’s poetic and lyrical Violin Concerto. Music Director Manfred Honeck opens the program with Mozart’s ingenious “Haffner” Symphony. Originally designed as party music for the prominent Haffner family of Salzburg, this work was later transformed into a symphony for the great musical center of Vienna. This concert weekend also features Brahms’ triumphant Symphony No. 1. This work, nearly 14 years in the making, announced the composer’s arrival as a symphonist in dramatic style.

A pre-concert talk, open to all ticketholders and led by Andrés Franco, will occur on stage one hour before each concert. The CMU Young Artist Orchestra will perform in the Grand Lobby one hour before the concert start on Friday, February 3. Both of these pre-concert activities are free for ticketholders.

Program notes for the weekend are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Midori and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/Midori.

Midori will also perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony during the Scottish Rite Cathedral Series in New Castle on February 4 and at the Canady Symphony Series at West Virginia University on February 6.

MIDORI is one of the most legendary violinists of this generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, she has also been recognized by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum for her exceptional commitment to education and community engagement throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the developing world. More recently, Midori has been making a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning several new concerto and recital works.

In the last few seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive catalogue of discs – a recording of Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas and a forthcoming release of the violin concerto DoReMi written for her by Peter Eötvös and recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2014, a recording featuring Midori’s performance of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.

Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist. In 1992 she founded Midori & Friends, a nonprofit organization in New York which brings music education programs to underserved New York City schoolchildren in every borough each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the United States, also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residences Program. In 2007, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. Zubin Mehta first heard Midori play in 1982 and it was he who invited her to make her now legendary debut – at the age of 11 – at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career. Today, Midori lives in Los Angeles, where, in addition to her many commitments, she continues her position as Distinguished Professor of Violin and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Midori’s violin is the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù “ex-Huberman.” She uses three bows – two by Dominique Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Nittany Lion Inn - An Historic Hotel of America

Nittany Lion Inn at Christmas Credit: Bill Rockwell

As the bellman opened the door for me at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, I glanced to my right and saw a plaque securely mounted to the wall. It identified the Inn as a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

Acquainted with the organization from previous stays at hostelries like the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach and the Omni Bedford Springs in Bedford, Pa., I looked forward to another enjoyable stay in State College.

One glance around my room and I found a copy of the 2016 directory, a little dog eared and worn by the time of my year-end stay, and vowed to get one of my own when I returned home.

My third visit to the Nittany Lion Inn took place between Christmas and New Year’s, when the hotel was pleasantly quiet, except for one night when the men’s basketball team from Northwestern came in for a game. Even then, the guys went to bed early trying to rest up for their game the following day, which they  won, unfortunately, 87-77.

The Nittany Lion Inn was built in 1931 and is owned and operated by Penn State University. Hence the name borrowed from the University mascot. (See below). Within walking distance to the relatively new Arboretum at Penn State, it’s also close to the Palmer Museum of Art and the Creamery, famous for its homemade ice creams.

Inn amenities include a spa tub and a fitness center,  complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and tour/ticket assistance. Guests canalso  catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

All of the 223 rooms and 13 deluxe suites are air-conditioned and include Pod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and complimentary bottled water, and housekeeping is provided daily.

The Inn sports two dining rooms - The Dining Room, awarded the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Wine Spectator’s 2016 "Best of" Award of Excellence, and Whiskers, a more casual restaurant and bar. I summer, I especially enjoy dining out doors on the patio.

The Inn offers a number of packages that include golf, slam-dunk, trout fishing, couples escape, university events and outdoor adventures.

The Nittany Lion Inn is located at 200 West Park Avenue in State College, Pa 16803.
For reservations or more information, phone toll-free 800-233-7505.

How the Nittany Lion Got Its name

The Nittany Lion as Penn State’s mascot originated with Harrison D. "Joe" Mason ’07. At a baseball game against Princeton in 1904, Mason and other members of Penn State’s team were shown a statue of Princeton's famous Bengal tiger as an indication of the merciless treatment they could expect to encounter on the field. Since Penn State lacked a mascot, Mason replied with an instant fabrication of the Nittany Lion, "fiercest beast of them all," who could overcome even the tiger.

Penn State went on to defeat Princeton that day. Over the next few years, Mason's "Nittany Lion" won such widespread support among students, alumni, and fans that there was never any official vote on its adoption.

The Nittany Lion is essentially an ordinary mountain lion (also known as a cougar, puma, or panther), a creature that roamed central Pennsylvania until the 1880s (although unconfirmed sightings continued long after that time). By attaching the prefix "Nittany" to this beast, Mason gave Penn State a unique symbol that no other college or university could claim.

About Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members.

Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 295 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America.

To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.

To receive a copy of the 319-page 2017 Directory of historic hotels, go to http://www.historichotels.org/directory.php?src=1805114255 and click on the E book link.

On November 4, 2016, Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® announced the winners of the 2016 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, November 3.

Awards were presented before an audience of more than 290 invited media, industry leaders, Hawaii business leaders, local dignitaries, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

Each year, these Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2016:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year
• White Stallion Ranch (1900) Tucson, Arizona
Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
• The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion
• The Boar’s Head (1834) Charlottesville, Virginia

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)
• Inn at the Presidio (1903) San Francisco, California
Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)
• La Fonda on the Plaza™ (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)
• Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California
Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)
• Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel (1875) San Francisco, California

Best City Center Historic Hotel
• The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) Washington, DC
Best Historic Resort
• The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) Hot Springs, Virginia

2016 Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year Award
• Lora Gallagher at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort (1955) Honolulu, Hawaii
Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel
• Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, South Carolina

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year
• The Genzlinger Family at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park (1927) Hawley, Pennsylvania

Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)
• Ken Price at the Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
2016 Historian of the Year Award
• Jamie Ford, New York Times Best-Selling Author
Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe
• Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern (1845) Lucerne, Switzerland

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific
• Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan
Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas
• Hacienda Xcanatún (1789) Merida, Mexico
2016 Historic Hotelier of the Year
• Doug Browne at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
• Takamasa Osano and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcoming Food Events in the Burg

Pittsburgh is currently being reconized nationally as a great food city. And it keeps getting better! If you'd like to test the prowess of some of the area's best chefs here are a few suggestions on upcoming culinary events.

Soba's Year of the Fire Rooster

Fire roosters are known to be punctual, so Soba  celebrating the holiday in the days running up to and including the Chinese new year. Chef Lily Tran's tasting menu is bold and assertive with four mainland-inspired courses. Roosters and non-roosters alike are invited to be the center of Soba's attention.

The fire monkey is finally behind us! Enjoy a prosperous and delicious new year.

First Course
Bay scallop, mapo style asparagus and smoked tofu salad, pork soup dumpling
paired with m. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosè
Côtes-du-Rhone, France 2015

Second Course
Grilled quail, soy, scallion, Chinese broccoli, ginger, shallot, Sichuan pepper
paired with Jones of Washington Viognier
Columbia Valley, Washington 2014

Third Course
Striped bass, stir fried tofu skin, Napa cabbage, spicy broth, bok choy, lotus root, red chili, jasmine rice
Paired with Terra Noble Carmenère
Maule Valley, Chile 2015

Fourth Course
Mandarin orange napoleon paired with Acinum nv prosecco
Italy, nv

Tasting menu $40
Wine pairings $25

Soba is located at 5847 Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside. Phone 412 362-5656.

In February, Kaya Reastaurant in  Pittsburgh's Strip District is beginning its Island Series of dinners.
Its first feature takes you to the birthplace of limbo and the steel pan drum: Trinidad & Tobago. The à la carte menu includes a traditional Trini fried-dough fish sandwich from Maracas Beach and a sweet, creamy Divali dessert favorite. Try these tropical treats before we set sail for the next island in March.

Watercress & Mango Salad: cilantro, sweet peppers, red onion, jalapeño, lime 10
Eggplant Curry: chick peas, sweet potatoes, jasmine rice, cilantro scallion salad 12
Bake & Shark: lettuce, tomato, tamarind, cilantro, hot sauce, fried bread 15
Stewed Oxtail: roasted potatoes, carrots, spicy onion rings 15
Goolab Jamoon & Coconut Sorbet 9
Soba is located at 5847 Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside. Phone 412 362-5656.

On February 25, Q Ball, Quantum Theatre's Annual Gala Benefit is lighting up the Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh with magica recreations of famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings

Besides the stunning art, the gala invitation mentions  music, a unique live auction, dancing and more. But what, you ask, has this got to do with food? The answer is Chef Kate Romane, who will cater the event with "sumptuous food" and delectible libations from her Black Radish Kitchen.  VIP Royal Treatment tickets for the 7 to 9 p.m. gala are a hefty $225.

For those with lighter bank accounts, tickets for the Q Ball's Digital Dance Party later that evening are are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. With music by DJ soy sos, you can dance the night away from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Union Trust Building is located at 501 Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Phone 412-362-1713.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Andy Warhol Museum Abuzz with Activities and Events

Good Fridays at the Warhol
Just glancing at the roster of upcoming events at the Warhol, it appears that you could spent almost all your  investment in cultural at the cutting edge museum on Pittsburgh's North Side. The range of activities and performances is broad and varied, so take a gander at what's on the horizon on the first half of the new year. Hope to see ya at the Warhol sometime between now and June.

Free GOOD FRIDAYS presented by UPMC Health Plan
Fridays, January 20 & 27, 2017 – 5–10 p.m.
Each Friday evening in January, enjoy free museum admission, a cash bar, and Pittsburgh’s own DJ Huck Finn. Free Good Fridays is presented by UPMC Health Plan.

Lee Ranaldo
Sound Series: Lee Ranaldo & Steve Gunn
Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol presents an evening with two highly inventive guitarists, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn, both performing solo sets in the museum’s entrance space. Ranaldo is most known as a founding member of the venerable NYC indie/punk band Sonic Youth and also performs with his band The Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Lüntzel). Gunn is best known as a member of GHQ and for his varied collaborations with Black Twig Pickers, British legend Michael Chapman, and the late Jack Rose. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot. This performance is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members and students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

My Perfect Body: James Elkins lecture
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
In conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body, James Elkins speaks about the limits of the representation of the body in contemporary and postmodern art, with reference to Andy Warhol’s work. Building on the arguments that he established in his seminal text Pictures of the Body: Pain & Metamorphosis, Elkins makes the case that Warhol’s work is a model for problems of abstraction and body image. A Q&A lead by Jessica Beck, The Warhol’s associate curator of art, follows. This program serves as a closing event for the exhibition Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Bugall - Williams Piano Duo with Sarah Plum
Sound Series: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Sarah Plum, Violin
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, and Wolpe. Sarah Plum has dedicated her career to the proposition that a musician should be actively engaged with the music of our own time as well as that of the past. This event is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets advance $15 / $10 students; door $20 / $15 students; visit www.music.pitt.edu/tickets or call 412-624-7529

Sound Series: Hiss Golden Messenger
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes Hiss Golden Messenger on a tour supporting Heart Like a Levee, its latest release on Merge Records. Led by singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch, the Durham, NC-based band has drawn comparisons to Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy by deftly blending elements of country, folk, and sparse blues. Their songs are underpinned by the earnest lyrics of Taylor, who also lectures on folklore, authors the blog The Old Straight Track, and has contributed to a music education curriculum for Quincy Jones.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Talks Back: A Screening Program
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Talks Back is a screening program and an extension of HACKING / MODDING / REMIXING as Feminist Protest, an exhibition of interventions and provocations on pop culture by women in technology from 1978 to the present at Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery. The exhibition is on view January 27 to February 26, 2017. The screening program includes video works by women artists who, like Andy Warhol, have opted to move away from the limitations of gallery contexts and art world audiences and put themselves in conversation with television and cinema (and their audiences). Inspired by the possibilities offered by public access television in so-called low culture, these artists bring new meaning to films and television programming by inserting themselves into existing media narratives. The exhibition and screening are curated by Angela Washko, visiting assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University. The program features a live performance by Ann Hirsch. Artists in the program include Ann Hirsch, Barbara Hammer, Dynasty Handbag, Narcissister, Rachel Rampleman, Sadie Benning, Sondra Perry, and Suzie Silver. Please note this program contains adult subject matter. This event is co-presented with the Miller Gallery and the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Valerie June
Sound Series: Valerie June
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
The Warhol welcomes Valerie June on a tour supporting her latest release The Order of Time. Deftly blending elements of folk, soul, blues, and Appalachian traditional sensibilities into a strikingly unique and timeless sound, June stands in a long and storied line of unique performers in Memphis, the city where she began to hone her craft. Her unique voice and vocal delivery have drawn comparisons to icons as varied as Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton, and the Carter Family. This performance is co-presented with Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, 91.3 WYEP, and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Tickets $20 / $15 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Vintage Valentines Workshop at Ace Hotel
Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Ace Hotel – Gym (East Liberty)
Show your love this Valentine’s Day with silkscreened tattoos and vintage valentines created in the style of Andy Warhol, using his blotted line, silkscreen, and rubber stamping processes. Sip a cocktail and create Warhol-inspired Valentines in the Ace Hotel gym. A cash bar is available. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is The Warhol’s official hotel sponsor.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Sound Series: Hypercube
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion, Hypercube combines elements of chamber music and experimental rock. Performing a challenging, cutting-edge repertoire, with a “sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled” (Sequenza 21), Hypercube is at home in both electric and acoustic worlds. This event is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets $20 / $15 students; visit www.music.pitt.edu/tickets or call 412-624-7529

Fidelio Trio
 Sound Series: Fidelio Trio
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Fidelio Trio is a contemporary piano trio from the UK, comprised of Darragh Morgan (violin), Adi Tal (cello), and Mary Dullea (piano). Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio is an enthusiastic champion of the piano trio genre, performing a wide repertoire on concert stages across the world, and it has a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings. This event is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music.
Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets $20 / $15 students; visit www.music.pitt.edu/tickets or call 412-624-7529

What Counts as Human? A Discussion with Christopher Fynsk, Ursula Heise, and Illah Nourbakhsh
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics at CMU and director of Pittsburgh’s CREATE Lab, asks us to consider: “What if we become so manipulable...that we’re the robots?” He poses this and other provocative questions in this interdisciplinary triple bill that brings literature, philosophy, and technology studies together to consider the human as an agent of mimicry and self-alienation by way of—and despite—technological advances.
Nourbakhsh is joined by Christopher Fynsk, Maurice Blanchot chair and dean of the philosophy and critical theory division of the European Graduate School, and Ursula Heise, professor of literary studies at UCLA and co-founder of its Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). This performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, 91.3 WYEP, and 90.5 WESA.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Kid Koala
Sounds Series: Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
Part film, part puppetry, part live music, and 100% award-winning storytelling, Nufonia Must Fall is a multidisciplinary performance piece created by internationally renowned Canadian DJ and musician Kid Koala and directed by KK Barrett (Being John Malkovich and Her). Critics have tagged it as “modern primitive multimedia” because it mixes live puppet theater, video, a live string quartet, and a nest of electric instruments to tell the story of a tone-deaf and completely unemployable robot who falls in love with its human creator, a brilliant but unwitting scientist. Get ready for romancing the Anthropocene.
This performance is co-commissioned by BAM, Luminato Festival, Adelaide Festival, Banff Centre, Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg, Roundhouse UK, and Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen. This performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, 91.3 WYEP, and 90.5 WESA.
Tickets $25 / $20 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Dungen
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes the eclectic Swedish quartet Dungen, who deftly blend elements of psychedelic rock, folk, free jazz, and ambient sounds. On this occasion, the band performs its latest (and first all-instrumental) album Häxan (“The Witch”) as the soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), which is considered to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film. Produced by Matthias Glavå, Häxan was sequenced separately from the linear narrative of the film.
Tickets $25 / $20 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Activist Print: Artists in Dialogue
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 2 p.m.
The Warhol theater
In conjunction with the installation Activist Print, join artists Paradise Gray, Alisha B. Wormsley, and Bekezela Mguni for an in-depth conversation about their participation in Activist Print, a public art partnership between The Warhol, Boom Concepts, and Artists Image Resource (AIR). Moderated by project collaborator D.S. Kinsel, the panel takes a close look at the artists’ practice through questions of activism and social justice in contemporary art and the community.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Bang on a Car
Sound Series: Bang on a Can: Field Recordings
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
The Bang on a Can All-Stars are an electric chamber ensemble known for exploring the furthest reaches of the classical music world. Field Recordings is the group’s ongoing multimedia project that combines music, film, found sound, and obscure audio-visual archives to create a dialogue between past and present art traditions and past and present interpretations of the word “environment.” A new soundscape for the Anthropocene includes composers Tyondai Braxton, Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Michael Gordon (with film by Bill Morrison), Johann Johannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay (with film by Christian Marclay), Gabriella Smith, Julia Wolfe, and more. This performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, 91.3 WYEP, and 90.5 WESA.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Arditti Quartet & Elliott Fisk
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. This event is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. Free parking is available in The Warhol lot.
Tickets advance $15 / $10 students; door $20 / $15 students; visit www.music.pitt.edu/tickets or call 412-624-7529

Half-Pint Prints
Saturday, April 1, 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

Miwa Matreyek
Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself and Myth & Infrastructure
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Hall of Mammals (Oakland)
Get rapt in a cinematic vista of animation, theater, and shadow play on this thematic journey that takes you through Earth’s history—from its first spark of beginning to the complex world of accelerated human interaction, the Anthropocene. Like a 21st-century diorama for the 22nd century, Miwa Matreyek—who has performed worldwide, including the Tate, MoMA, Lincoln Center, and the Exploratorium—uses computer-generated animation mixed with live performance in silhouette to create her own form of storytelling that has intrigued audiences of every age. This performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, 91.3 WYEP, and 90.5 WESA.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Film Screening: Andy Warhol’s Vinyl (1965) at Ace Hotel
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Ace Hotel – Gym (East Liberty)
The Warhol and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh present a screening of Andy Warhol’s film Vinyl (1965) in the Ace Hotel gym. In the first film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange, superstar Gerard Malanga plays a juvenile delinquent named Victor who is arrested and then reprogrammed in order to protect mainstream society from his ultraviolent behavior. The iconic Edie Sedgwick makes her screen debut, casually smoking amidst the drug fueled, sadomasochistic activities swirling. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is The Warhol’s official hotel sponsor.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

San Fermin
Sound Series: San Fermin with special guest Low Roar
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back the Brooklyn-based ensemble San Fermin, led by songwriter and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, on a tour supporting the group’s third studio album Belong. The new record features vocalists Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate, trumpet player John Brandon, saxophonist Stephen Chen, violinist Rebekah Durham, drummer Michael Hanf, and guitarists Tyler McDiarmid and Aki Ishiguro. This latest release builds on the group’s 2013 debut, which NPR called “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records,” and its sophomore 2015 release Jackrabbit, which debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The ambient Icelandic band Low Roar opens the show. This performance is co-presented with 91.3 WYEP.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members & students; VIP $65; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Thursday, June 8, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
The Warhol in association with Goldenvoice welcomes Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to the opulent Carnegie Music Hall on a 19-date North American tour supporting their 16th studio album Skeleton Tree. It was released in September 2016 along with the companion film One More Time With Feeling directed by Andrew Dominik. The new album has topped the chart across the globe and its songs are featured heavily in this performance along with classics from the band’s more than 30-year catalog. The touring line-up includes Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica, and Larry Mullins.
Tickets $49.50, $69.50, $79.50; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Double Feature: Andy Warhol’s Tarzan & Jane Regained… Sort Of (1963) and Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) at Ace Hotel
Sunday, June 18, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Ace Hotel – Gym (East Liberty)
The Warhol and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh present a double feature film screening of Andy Warhol’s Tarzan & Jane Regained… Sort Of (1963) and Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) in the Ace Hotel gym. Many of Warhol’s 1960s films reflect the influence of movies he watched in Oakland cinemas when he was a child in 1930s Pittsburgh. Tarzan and Jane Regained… Sort Of, one of his earliest films, is a Warholian take on jungle adventure films and features Superstar Taylor Mead and Naomi Levine and Dennis Hopper as the title characters in a romp around Hollywood. This film is paired with the classic Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller, whose life-size portrait Warhol kept in his collection. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is The Warhol’s official hotel sponsor.
FREE; registration suggested for all free programs, visit warhol.org

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Gallery Crawl

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the next Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh, will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.  CrawlAfterDark events begin at 10:00 p.m. at venues throughout the Cultural District.

Now in its 13th year, the Gallery Crawl presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust takes place quarterly and is free and open to the public.  The Crawls showcase exhibit openings at various locations, continuing exhibits, and a variety of other free happenings of music and dance performances, comedy and more.  Indoor locations will keep everyone warm and the footprint within the Cultural District is just a quick walk from place to place. 

For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit TrustArts.org/Crawl or call 412-456-6666.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District events for Friday, January 20, 2017 include:

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Permutations of Light, by David Spriggs and Matthijs Munnik
Wood Street Galleries welcomes US debuts of light Installations by the young Canadian artist David Spriggs and Amsterdam based Matthijs Munnik. Dramatic, immersive, and contemplative, both installations are newly commissioned works specifically for Wood Street Galleries.
The Lantern Building

600 Liberty Avenue

Luminous / Weightless, work by Hannah Altman
Luminous / Weightless is a series of photographic and installation work that celebrates the female form. The pieces are created to let physical light exhale from the body, celebrating the light that exists within the soul of a woman.


812 Liberty Avenue
The Domesticity of Abandonment, curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia

The Domesticity of Abandonment is an international exhibition exploring the idea of abandonment from a broad socio/political and economical context and how it is represented in domestic ways, meaning how it impacts regular people in their everyday lives in various parts of the world. What happens to civilians caught in civil war, occupations, genocide? How do families get displaced due to industries being moved to foreign countries? How does it look when whole communities have to leave their homes to become environmental or political refugees? These are some of the questions being explored through this multimedia exhibition.

The show is guest curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia.  Artists: Aysu Arsoy, Joey Behrens, Nicholas Childers, Rose Clancy, Dragana Crnjak, T. Foley, Stephen Grebinski, Christine Holtz, Deborah Hosking, Bashar Alhroub , Oualid Khelifi, Maritza Mosquera, Cigdem Slankard, Susanne Slavick, Hyla Willi

Shaw Galleries

805 Liberty Avenue
A Monk’s Numiosum
The spiritual and surreal works of Fr. Robert Keffer OSB.

Trust Arts Education Center

805-807 Liberty Avenue
3rd Floor
Trust Arts Education: A Year in Review
The Trust Arts Education Department has had a successful year of integrating arts into classrooms around the Pittsburgh region and providing arts education programs throughout the Cultural District. This interactive gallery exhibit will highlight some of the inspiring arts experiences in a photographic journey of programs. Join in the fun with engaging art-making activities for all ages as you explore the impact of the Trust Arts Education Department on the community.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Friends

The Library wants you to know that we are a place to try new things! So, at the Gallery Crawl, you can play with our Makey Makey, make yourself a keepsake button to take home, or buy a book to call your own! All proceeds from sales go to Friends of the Downtown and Business branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Arcade Comedy Theater

811 Liberty Avenue
Laugh and play along with some of the best improvisers in the city at Arcade Comedy Theater. The theater's talented cast takes audience suggestions and uses them for inspiration in hilarious games and scenes. Shows every half-hour, 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Winter Night Market

925 Liberty Avenue
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presents the 2017 Winter Night Market - an indoor market featuring some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors. Warm up with hot beverages, treats, jewelry, crafts, music, and more!

Catholic Charities

212 9th Street
Street Photography
High school student photography from Xyza Cruz Bacani workshop.

Urban Pathways Charter School

914 Penn Avenue
Steel Pan Performance and Gallery Exhibit

Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School is pleased to present our student artwork and performance by our Sounds of Steel steel pan band. Family-friendly art activities will be provided.

Pittsburgh CAPA School

111 9th Street
Visual Art Gallery, grades 6-12
Partners in Print: An exhibition of prints by Creative Citizen Studio artists after a residency at 
Artists Image Resource
Future Tenant
819 Penn Avenue
For, Fore, Four, curated by Jamie Earnest

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue
Parallel Mutation
How do you transition comics from a commodity form to a community form? How do you facilitate the growth of the medium past the needs of the market?  This exhibition will show how a community of interconnected creators is doing just that through the Pittsburgh Comics Salon.

ColorPerfect Printing

804 Penn Avenue
Window Display: Present Day
A collaborative window installation by Brad Bianchi and Megan Shalonis.

709 Penn Gallery

709 Penn Avenue
Bougainvillea: A Botanic Permutation, by Don Dugal
This showy bit of flora, overlooked by artists, is examined by Dugal in compositions that reference perceptual color theory and psychological states as well as symphonic music.
707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Avenue

Off Road, work by Sarah Keeling
Image making that diverts boundaries and follows an associative thought process, Off-Road describes themes within the work and the spirit in which it is made. Images and hand-made objects explore subtext within the representation of landscape scenes. Playful photographs bring the outdoors into a portrait studio and images borrow from classic portrayals of idealism and nature in relation to the female figure. The work addresses landscape as a timeless place where solutions are sought and asks, is it misguided to look? Off-Road presents a creative process that parallels a search at the heart of landscape imagery.

Backstage Bar at Theater Square

655 Penn Avenue
Daryl Shawn, 5:00pm-7:30pm
Daryl Shawn plays world-infused, dynamic solo acoustic guitar.

Exhibit: Behind it

142 6th Street
bombyx collective, Passage

Children can play in a free flow of imagination and in-the-moment interactions. As we grow into adults, we often harden into our roles and live more in the past and future than the present. Who are we when we return to that unfettered flow of childhood? Does the path lead us back to the same adult that we were before?

Outdoor Installations/Public Art

Along the way to various indoor Crawl locations, be sure to stop and see some outdoor public art installations: 

Water Cube

Penn Avenue at 8th Street

The Water Cube is an artist-designed water fountain that dispenses both still and sparkling water. Located at the parklet of the 8th Street block of Penn Avenue, this new permanent installation opened during the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and adds to the functional public art work presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust throughout the Cultural District. The Water Cube was designed through a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support by Colcom Foundation.

Art Bike Racks

various locations: Cultural District
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust installed 16 artist-designed bike racks between 2014 and 2015. The project was produced in collaboration with Bike Pittsburgh, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh. The Cultural District Public Art Bike Racks have been made possible through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.

Magnolias for Pittsburgh

Penn Avenue at 7th Street
Agnes R. Katz Plaza

Penn Avenue at 7th Street

Tito Way
Cell Phone Disco
Memento Mori
Haas Mural
Ft. Duquesne Blvd., between 6th Street and 7th Street

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Avenue
Comedy Royale (ticketed event: $12 general admission; $7 students)
Four talented performers are pitted against one another in a series of quick improv games. Points are awarded by audience judges and one player emerges victorious.

August Wilson Center

980 Liberty Avenue
Jarrod Lawson
9pm-11:00pm (ticketed event, tickets start at $25) 
Portland-based soul singer, songwriter and pianist, Jarrod Lawson will make his Pittsburgh debut. Lawson's original material is expressive, sophisticated and soulful. JazzFM in London named Lawson "Soul Artist of the Year" in 2015, commenting that whether he plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz, everything he touches turns to soul.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making our performances and facilities available to all of our guests.  All locations participating in the Gallery Crawl are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.  For more information, visit https://trustarts.org/pct_home/visit/accessibility or call 412-456-6666.

All Gallery Crawl locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.
Car Free Fridays

Walk, bike, bus or carpool to the Gallery Crawl and celebrate another Car Free Friday with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Port Authority and BikePGH. 

All official Gallery Crawl locations will be marked with a Cultural District Stop sidewalk sign. 

TEXT “CRAWL” TO SMASH (76274) to receive special exclusive offers and more! 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust thanks the following sponsors: City Paper, WYEP 91.3 FM and Kreider Printing.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Season Ideas for Getting Outdoors for Fun and Exercise

Cook Forest State Park, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some winter season ideas.

Marienville Winterfest
Venture to the Snowmobile Capital of Pennsylvania - Marienville, Pennsylvania!  Food, raffles, bingo, chili cook-off, children's games, Chinese Auction, scavenger hunt, snow sculptures, snowmobile torch-light parade, sky lanterns to heaven.   
For more information call (814) 927-8218, email rox8218@yahoo.com or visit ForestCounty.com.

Cook Forest Hike
Please join Venture Outdoors program leaders at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for a challenging hike along Cook Forest trails.  Program sponsored by Venture Outdoors.
To register or for more information call (412) 255-0564.

Cross Country Ski Cook Forest at Night Log Cabin Inn-Swinging Bridge
Please bring your cross country skis and headlamps and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for a candlelit evening interpretive cross country ski trip within the picturesque Tom’s Run Valley.  Learn how to identify animal tracks in the snow as you ski within the old growth forest at the base of the Forest Cathedral, National Natural Landmark.  If snow conditions aren’t good, we’ll snowshoe or hike instead. Hot chocolate and a luke-warm cabin will be available to warm us up!

For more information call (814) 744-8407, email cookforestsp@pa.gov or visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cookforest/index.htm.

Celebrate Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney!
Each February 2nd, thousands of people gather from all over the world to witness the world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, announce his prediction how soon to expect spring!

See the Sawdust Fly!

The historic town of Ridgway welcomes hundreds of chainsaw carvers and thousands of spectators to the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Carvers showcase their talents creating amazing works of art from a simple log

Cello Fury Set to Rouse Audience in Carnegie

Cello Fury, the cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a drummer, bring their original music to the Carnegie  Music Hall in Carnegie . Their music combines the symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats. Cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton unleash vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dare to venture past classical expectations.

Connecting with artists across genres, Cello Fury has collaborated with dance companies, theater organizations, opera and orchestras as well as with rock bands and singer-songwriters.

If you heard their performance at the open house in 2015, you will want to come back for the full concert in February. We welcome Cello Fury back to Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegieo n Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Advance $18, $25 at the door, Students with ID $1. Tickets available at www.carnegiecarnegie.org.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

There's Something Rotten Coming to the Benedum

The completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opens at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with performances through Sunday, February 5, 2017.  

This tour is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Broadway production concluded its critically acclaimed run on January 1, 2017 following 742 performances. Three of the Broadway principals are reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director),  and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA. 

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... 

It's SOMETHING ROTTEN!, “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)! 

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! 

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.

Tickets ($26-$77) to SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

PBT Holding Auditions for Advanced Ballet Students for Intensive Summer Program

PBT Ballet Theatre School Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School invites advanced ballet students to audition on Jan. 28, for its five-week Intensive Summer Program, an immersive training experience designed for students interested in pursuing careers in dance.

Registration opens at 1 p.m. and the audition starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. at PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District. Students can find audition guidelines at www.pbt.org.

The five-week program – held from June 26, to July 29, –  offers talented dancers a wide-ranging curriculum of ballet technique, partnering, pointe, repertoire, jazz and modern dance led by resident and guest instructors with extensive professional dance experience. The program welcomes students age 12 and older.

The Pittsburgh audition is part of a nation-wide audition tour that kicked off the first week of January. By Feb. 5, the school’s artistic team will visit 34 cities and 20 states and audition as many 800 prospective students. The school also held an audition in Osaka, Japan, in August and awarded invitations to students from international ballet competitions in Japan and Taiwan.

PBT School will recruit more than 200 students to live and train in Pittsburgh this summer. The majority of students come from out of state, and PBT School also welcomes a number of international students who audition by video or on-site at the Japan Grand Prix.

Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, ISP students attend classes six days a week and take workshops on nutrition, choreography, injury prevention and the psychology of dance. PBT School offers students housing at its student residence, Byham House, in Lawrenceville as well as Chatham University residence halls.

The tour also auditions students for PBT School’s “Company Experience ” workshop in June and for its 2017-2018 Pre-professional Program, which runs from September to May.

The Company Experience workshop, June 12-23, offers a select group of pre-professional dancers, ages 16 and up, the chance to preview what it’s like to be part of a professional company and learn choreography from PBT dancers, artistic staff and choreographers.

PBT School’s year-round Pre-professional Program is recognized as one of the nation’s finest for professional-track dancers. Admission is by audition only, and the curriculum includes 25-30 hours of ballet training per week. Students come from around the country and internationally to attend the program each year, and more than 50 percent of PBT’s professional company dancers are alumni.

About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, PBT School provides a diverse dance curriculum to more than 1,000 students annually across its Children’s, Student, Pre-Professional and Adult Community Divisions.  Ranging from pre-ballet to Pre-professional, PBT School fosters the expression, discipline and joy of ballet at every level and cultivates the next generation of professional dancers. Strengthened by daily exposure to the professional company, PBT School students experience training that extends from the studio to main-stage performance opportunities in PBT productions at the Benedum Center.