Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Savoyards Launch 80th Season with Staging of HMS Pinafore

The Pittsburgh Savoyards sail into their 80th season with one of Gilbert
and Sullivan’s most beloved shows, HMS Pinafore.

Stage directed by Gilbert and Sullivan expert Shane Valenzi, Pinafore will run for two weekends, Oct. 13-15 and 19-22 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, Pa.Resident Music Director and Conductor Guy Russo will lead the ensemble and orchestra.
All shows begin at 8 pm except on Sundays, which begin at 2:30 pm.

For the first time, the company now offers premium seating at the venue in Rows D, E,
and F for an additional $5.00 on the ticket. Additionally, those who order tickets by Oct. 9 can
take advantage of the special early bird discount. Prices can be found on the production’s
Showclix page.

Local non-profit organizations have the opportunity to apply for limited blocks of free
tickets to any of the performances. Interested organizations can direct inquiries to or call 412-734-8476. If the number of applications exceeds the amount of available tickets, non-profits with an
educational mission will take precedence.
he company invites all attendees of the opening night performance to attend a free
reception, scheduled to immediately follow final curtain call. There, audience members can
celebrate the show’s opening over food and wine with the cast, crew, orchestra, and Board of

All attendees of the first Sunday matinee (Oct. 15, 2017) are invited to attend a British
Tea upstairs in the Lincoln Gallery from 1 pm until the performance starts at 2:30pm. The ticket
is combined with a ticket to the show, and prices can be found online on the Pittsburgh
Savoyards website. The Tea will be catered by John Marshall Catering.

In Gilbert and Sullivan’s commercially and critically acclaimed operetta, the British ship
H.M.S. Pinafore is currently docked at Portsmouth as the ship’s merry crew of proud English
sailors attends to their usual duties. One sailor, the handsome Ralph Rackstraw, reveals to his
shipmates that he is in love with Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran, the captain of their
ship, despite the problem that society prevents him from marrying someone above his station.

Unbeknownst to Rackstraw, Josephine suffers from the society’s issue, wishing to marry Ralph
instead of Joseph Porter, the pretentious “ruler of the Queen’s Navy.” Even after loud opposition
from fellow sailor Dick Deadeye, the crew supports Ralph and Josephine’s forbidden union,
sneaking around in the dead of night to escape notice from Corcoran and Porter while Corcoran experiences his own forbidden love interest budding between him and
Little Buttercup, a hearty lower-class woman guarding some secrets of her own. In the end, the
power of love triumphs over societal rank in life, fulfilling the promise of a happy and hilarious

The Pittsburgh Savoyards is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre group founded in 1938 whose
mission is to honor and perpetuate the works of 19th Century English composing duo Sir William
S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Using funds raised from ticket sales, fundraising events, and
donations from generous patrons, the Savoyards perform two Gilbert and Sullivan productions
per year, one in fall and one in spring.

The shows feature a talented mix of both amateur and
professional performers from the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In addition to its stage productions,
the group organizes numerous community outreach projects to bring the rich heritage of Gilbert
and Sullivan to people of all ages, emphasizing the timelessness of the duo’s whimsical tales and
charmingly lighthearted music. A partner of Britsburgh since 2017, The Pittsburgh Savoyards is
an ARAD asset and is also supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Fact Sheet
 The Pittsburgh Savoyards is a non-profit theatre company based in the Pittsburgh
community, founded in 1938.

 The group’s name comes from the Savoy Theatre in London, where many of the
operettas originally premiered.

 The current President of the company’s board of trustees is Andrea Carriker. Vice
President is Casey Ciocco, Secretary is Andy Hickly, and Treasurer is Lynette Garlan.
Board members serve two terms with alternating election years.

 Pinafore launches the Savoyards’ 80th season. Show dates and times are Oct. 13 at 8pm,
Oct. 14 at 8pm, Oct. 15 at 2:30pm, Oct. 19 at 8pm, Oct. 20 at 8pm, Oct. 21 at 8pm, and
Oct. 22 at 2:30pm. *Multiple roles are double cast.

 A reception will follow the opening night performance. Those who attend the
performance are invited to attend.

 Pinafore is the fourth collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The comic
opera originally debuted May 25, 1878 at the Opera Comique in London.

Did You Know?

 HMS Pinafore was the duo’s first international success.

 The production ran for 571 performances, which up to that time was the second longestrunning
production ever.

 Pinafore debuted illegally in the United States at the Boston Museum on November 25,
1878. Approximately 150 illegal productions of the operetta went up in the U.S. between
1878 and 1879.

 Some of the unauthorized versions of the show consisted of changes to the original
material into new forms, such as burlesque versions, children’s versions, foreign
language versions, and more.

 The production is considered one of the Gilbert and Sullivan “Big Three,” alongside
Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado as the duo’s most well-known and best-loved

 The music of HMS Pinafore has often been referenced in popular culture. Certain classic
songs have made their way into episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy, How I Met Your
Mother, Animaniacs, etc. and into movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Chariots of
Fire, and Star Trek: Insurrection. A song from the production is also briefly referenced in
the video game Mass Effect.

Family Gathering Day at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a family afternoon at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 1

Take a journey back in time as you tour our restored 1780's log house. Enjoy seasonal activities and live music, and explore our autumn gardens on a serene walk. Meet our heritage chickens, see cider being pressed, and feast on  campfire s'mores. A selection of delicious boxed lunches will also be available for purchase. We will have crafting for all ages!

Family Gathering Day is a free addition to your visit on Sunday, October 1. Regular admission rates apply.

This event is presented by Highmark.

No registration needed! For more information. go to

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Multiple Choice Events Coming to August Wilson Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the next happening for the 2017 Multiple Choice Events is Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced, to be held at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the Variety Hour featuring six local performing artists, at 8:00 p.m.; then at 9:00 p.m. everyone can join us for a speed painting competition featuring local visual artists, an art auction to benefit each artist and after party.

Now in its second season, the 2017 Multiple Choice Events, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, seeks to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds and has featured Hip Hop revolutionaries, a groundbreaking guitarist, a live monster fighting spectacle and more.
Dancer Teena Custer Credit: Courtesy Photo

A unique key programming component to the series offers guests optional event choices: “Your Night, You Decide.  Select one, select them all.”
You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:
[A] Attend a show
[B] Go to a party featuring a speed painting competition
[C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or

Ticket ($25) includes the 8:00 p.m. Variety Hour and 9:00 p.m. speed painting competition and after party.  Ticket ($5 in advance; $10 at the door) includes 9:00 p.m. entry to the speed painting competition, art auction and after party.  Food trucks will be on site offering attendees a variety of food and beverage options to purchase throughout the evening.

Tickets are available at, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For group of 10+, call 412-471-693 or online at

Spoken Word Artist Karla Payne Credit: Courtesy

Multiple Choice: Locally Sourced features a Variety Hour, showcasing the best Pittsburgh has to offer.  Hosted by documentarian and local celebrity Rick Sebak, the Variety Hour will showcase performers who live or work within fifty miles of the city; each performer has up to 10 minutes to show off their skills and creativity.

This past summer, Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust curated the on-line call for the artist event submissions. The open call winner chosen from the submissions, Spoken Word Artist Karla “Spirit-Lead” Payne, receives a $250 cash award, tickets to the Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced and the opportunity to perform during the event.

“An important aspect of the Cultural Trust’s mission is to create a Cultural District that is welcoming to everyone. Locally Sourced provides us an opportunity to connect directly with Pittsburgh’s performing and visual artists and provide them with a platform in a major downtown venue,” shares Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects, with the Cultural Trust.

Playwright Brian Pope Credit: Courtesy Photo
The Variety Hour at 8:00 p.m. will feature Pittsburgh artists Alt. R&B Musician Amir Miles, Dancer Teena Custer, Physical Comedian Bill Shannon, Playwright Brian Pope, Spoken Word Artist Karla "Spirit-Lead" Payne (open call artist winner) and Texture Contemporary Ballet.

At 9:00 p.m., Locally Sourced continues with more multiple choice happenings for guests of all ages to enjoy and be a participant as an art judge following the speed painting competition during the after party.  The speed painting competition features 12 Pittsburgh visual artists who will be given 30 minutes and a blank canvas to create works that will then be judged by the audience. The top four artists from the preliminary rounds will face off in a second round of painting to determine the winner. At the end of the evening, all art pieces will be auctioned off with proceeds going directly to the artists.

An exciting, eclectic and diverse line-up for Multiple Choice Events 2018 will be announcedat a later date and information will be available on

About Rick Sebak
Emmy® Award-winning Rick Sebak is a producer, film director, writer and narrator of unique documentaries for public television.  His documentaries have featured interesting people, places and history - locally and across the country.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Coming to Byham Theater

Credit Alonzo King LINES Ballet

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to join them for the opening of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2017 – 2018 season with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in The Byham Theater located at 101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings The Propelled Heart and Biophony to Pittsburgh to engage audiences in an environment of exquisite song and sound.

The Propelled Heart is a work that comes to us out of King’s aspiration to work with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer. The Propelled Heart is a work that pays tribute to the power of song. King explores the kinetics of the human voice, revealing the communicative potential of the body as an instrument and vocal chord. The piece is a voyage; Ms. Fischer impels the dancers’ evolution. Under her gaze they radiate, churning noise into harmony.

Alonzo King says, “Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body, and being.” With a voice resplendent in its strength and range, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, and Sting.

Biophony, in collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, had been called “riveting” by the San Francisco Chronicle. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His vast archive catalogs the collective sound of entire ecosystems - what Krause terms biophony. From the rainforests of Borneo to a waterhole in Kenya, from the Alaskan tundra to a meadow high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, his recordings carry imprints of habitat in peril.

Victor Mateo-Arellano Credit: RJ Muna

Onstage these soundscapes reveal an intricate living orchestra cradling nature. The dancers’ senses are heightened amid calls of killer whales and tree frogs; their sweat seems to mingle with the mud, salt, and dust of their new sonic environments. They dance without ego, immersed in their song, unaware of being watched. We see classical technique refracted, distilled to an elemental purity that reminds us of our fellowship with all creatures. Biophony takes place, not at the threshold of the civilized and primal, but at the rejoining of two worlds never meant to be apart.

James Gowan, Point Park University Alumnus and current company member from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, had this to say when commenting on the performance to come, "The two pieces that we will perform could not be more contrasting. One ballet is set to the natural soundscapes of full-scale ecosystems. The dancers embody animalistic qualities that transcend with King’s choreographic profundity. The second ballet is a brilliant duet of the dancers melding their movement with the voice of Lisa Fischer. This partnership resonates deep down and expands the minds of the audience of the capabilities of the human body."

Beyond their performance at the Byham Theater, the company will plan to conduct a residency at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts from Sunday, October 8 – Tuesday, October 10. This residency is in partnership with Point Park University and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh Dance Council.  Through Point Park’s regular series of welcoming industry professionals, past guest artists have included David Parsons, Doug Varone, members of Pilobolus’ Shadowland, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions’ Desmond Richardson.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s high-quality arts programming stretches beyond the stage increasing opportunities for audience engagement and educational access. This fundamental component of the Cultural Trust’s livelihood provides the platform for artistic and cultural experiences to develop, impact, and touch the lives of our community within and outside ticketed performances.

Single tickets (as low as $10) for the 2017-2018 Pittsburgh Dance Council season are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available for: $60-$285.

Subscriptions can be purchased in packages including 4 shows, with pricing beginning at $40. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. For more information visit,

The Pittsburgh Dance Council would like to acknowledge its 2017-18 media partners, 90.5 WESA, and 91.3 WYEP.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science—founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution—and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.

“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today, and we are fortunate to have him and his LINES Ballet in San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims. While the Company’s spring and fall home seasons bring new works of illuminating beauty to Bay Area audiences, LINES Ballet’s global tours allow us to share our vision of transformative, revelatory dance worldwide. LINES Ballet has been featured at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Dance, the Edinburgh International Festival, Montpellier Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, and most recently Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.

Two Photo Exhibits Open at August Wilson Center September 22

Photo Taken by Deborah Willis

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomes the arrival of two internationally acclaimed artists exhibiting at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, from Friday, September 22 – Sunday, December 31, 2017. Deborah Willis’s Went Looking For Beauty: Refashioning Self: Photographs by Deborah Willis will be housed in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery and LaToya Ruby Frazier’s collaborative exhibit, On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford can be found in the BNY Mellon Gallery. The August Wilson Center visual art galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Went Looking For Beauty dives into the meaning and desire of beauty as an aesthetic. Throughout history, it has been simultaneously idealized and challenged, and the relationship between beauty and identity has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture. “Through the years, I have been exploring new narratives about community, desire, and beauty.  I am excited to share my new body of work that refers to themes relating to refashioning the self within the photographic medium. The exhibition also includes a selection of other work focusing on the similar themes and my experiences photographing in Florence, Italy and in Eatonville, Florida. To return to Pittsburgh to share my work as an artist is thrilling, as I have another opportunity to look at history within the framework of cultural and personal memory,” says Deborah Willis, Ph.D.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and has an affiliated appointment in Africana Studies. Professor Willis was a 2014 Richard D. Cohen Fellow of African and African American Art History at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow.

Sandra Gould Ford on the Making of Steel Genesis

On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford is a collaborative exhibition that explores the work and life of artist Sandra Gould Ford. Ford had worked as a clerk and secretary at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, founded in 1852. Although the taking of photographs was prohibited on the premises, Ford quietly photographed the blast furnaces, coke ovens, and ladles, devoted to capturing the spirit of the workers in this environment. Many of the prints have been made by LaToya Ruby Frazier as cyanotypes, a 19th-century photographic process that renders images in shades of blue, referencing an architect's blueprint and the idea of “blue collar” work, which finds itself between documentation and artwork. This exhibit showcases the Black experience in Pittsburgh and tells the story of ordinary people working to create something beautiful, meaningful, and true while facing great challenges and systemic injustice.

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow who works in photography, video, and performance to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, health care inequity, family, and communal history. She had this to say when commenting on her latest work, “I’m proud to finally exhibit in my hometown for the first time, and honored to contribute to the legacy of August Wilson by sharing stories about the lives of the working class.”

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust visual art programming seeks to give audiences the opportunity to explore and discover experiences that would not have been found otherwise. These exhibits, both in their own unique and compelling way, tell untold stories. While beauty is subjective and hard work is defined individually, the empathy felt through shared struggle allows us to connect to the human condition.

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Both exhibits opened as a part of the Fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, this free multi-venue, community-centered event showcases a plethora of dynamic art that opens dozens of galleries, stages, storefronts and public spaces, creating a true sense of togetherness.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

East Texas Hot Links now at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater

The cast of East Texas Hot Links

It’s summer, 1955, in the piney woods of East Texas where local men wander into Charlesetta’s Top o’ the Hill Cafe almost every night for comfort, solace and companionship. Times are changing, the Klan is active and young black men have been disappearing or turning up dead. This night, Delmus wants to celebrate getting a new job but the other regulars are skeptical. They try to warn him as they joke, feed the jukebox and play cards until betrayal catches all of them and life at Top o’ the Hill is changed forever.

Buy your tickets online, or save with a subscription! Tickets are $30 in advance, seniors (60+) and students $27.50, with no ticketing surcharges. Prices at the door are $5 higher than online prices. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre is at  937 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh

Kevin Brown
Sam Lothard
Cheryl El-Walker
Jonathan Berry
Monteze Freeland
Chuck Timbers
Les Howard
Taylor Moss
Stage Manager: Tashia Scott Terry
Individual tickets now available! at

Orphie Opens Red Masquers Season

Orphie and the Book of Heroes visits Duquesne University for its fourth production!

Orphie and the Book of Heroes’ music is by Michael Kooman, and the book and lyrics are by Christopher Dimond. Orphie is directed by Jill Jeffrey, who directed Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson during the Red Masquers’ last season. The musical director is Ellen Perkins, and the choreographer is Katheryn Hess.

Orphie, a young girl in Ancient Greece, sets out to save the famous storyteller Homer and his Book of Heroes from Hades. During her quest, she deals with situations only fit for a "real" hero - like Heracles. This one-act musical is filled with humor, unexpected character twists, and fun mash-ups of Greek Culture and our modern world.

Orphie and the Book of Heroes is an entertaining musical for all ages. The production runs September 28 through October 15. Thursday and Friday performances begin at 8 PM. On Saturday, there are two performances. The matinee begins at 2 PM and the other is at 8 PM. Sunday matinees are at 2pm.

Cast of Orphie and the Book of Heroes. Photo Credit: Nathaniel Yost
All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Ticket prices are $16.50 for general admission, $11.50 for senior citizens, and $6.50 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carnegie Museum of Art presents exhibition of William Henry Fox Talbot Photographs

William Henry Fox Talbot, Rev. Calvert Richard Jones, "The Fruit Sellers," before December 13, 1845, salted paper print from a calotype negative, H: 6 11/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. image, Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation

The largest Talbot show in years, will include 16 new acquisitions

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography
November 18, 2017–February 11, 2018
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Featuring more than 30 works by William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) and his circle from its own collection and from important public and private lenders, CMOA presents the largest US exhibition of Talbot’s photography in the last 15 years. In addition, 16 of the photographs on view will be recent acquisitions or promised gifts to the museum.

William Henry Fox Talbot, Rev. Calvert Richard Jones, "The Fruit Sellers," before December 13, 1845, salted paper print from a calotype negative, H: 6 11/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. image, Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation
A true “gentleman scientist” of the Victorian period, Talbot combined his knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and optics, with his interest in art, botany, and classics to invent the paper-based photography that dominated the field for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to the fragile nature of the photographs, exhibitions of Talbot’s work are rare. This represents the first time ever that any of these photographs will be on view in Pittsburgh.

Talbot’s first documented experiments from 1839 and 1840 consisted of “photogenic drawings,” what we now call photograms. Talbot would place an object directly on a piece of paper sensitized with silver salts and leave it to expose in the sun. The results are impressions of leaves, flowers, and pieces of lace that are beautiful compositionsthat have other potential uses. Talbot understood that these early photographs could produce a botanical drawing faster and more accurately than ever before, and could instantly and endlessly reproduce lace patterns to facilitate manufacturing during the boom of the Industrial Revolution. Two of CMOA’s recent acquisitions, Buckler Fern and Leaves and Flowers of a Plant were created during this time, and represent some of the first photographs on paper ever made.

In 1841, Talbot patented the “calotype” process, a direct precursor to the positive and negative in darkroom photography that persists today.  The calotype allowed for picture-making in low-light conditions and with shorter exposure times meaning that interiors and portraits were possible.  Talbot relished this expanded subject matter, making photographs around his Lacock Abbey estate of family and friends.  Eventually, he even brought his equipment abroad to make pictures in other parts of Britain and the European continent.

Talbot’s final innovations in photography entailed his incorporation of photographs into printed books.  The reproducibility of his calotypes—and his photoglyphic and photographic engravings which printed images in ink—represented an entirely new way of disseminating pictures. Contemporary photographers continue to grapple with capturing, fixing, and sharing an image in the digital era. As a result, Talbot’s work feels as relevant today as it did 175 years ago.

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography is organized by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Exhibition Catalogue
The exhibition will be accompanied by a beautiful, small-format book that serves as a primer on the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and his circle, featuring an introductory essay by curator Dan Leers and thematic groupings elucidated by noted Talbot scholar Larry Schaaf. With its luminous reproductions of Talbot's fragile works, this publication demonstrates that early photography required a form of magic-making and innovation that continues to inspire people today.

Dan Leers, with contributions by Larry J. Schaaf
William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography
10 x 8 3/8 in.; Hardcover; 96 pages; 50 illustrations
Retail price: $25
Published by Carnegie Museum of Art
Available October 2017 from D.A.P./Artbook and the CMOA Store

Please visit for a selection of high-resolution images from the exhibition.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Boundless at New Hazlett Theatre

Texture Contemporary Ballet

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
September 29 - October 1
Texture pushes the limits of movement, concept, and style in Boundless. Moving beyond the boundaries of the human body, creating deeper, yet enlightening works.
There will be Q&A sessions following the Friday and Saturday evening performances.
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RADical Days
September 30  |  4PM
Texture presents excerpts from Boundless followed by interactive games for the children in the audience.


Dance Shorts
Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
October 1  |  5:30 (following Boundless)
“Dance Shorts” is an eclectic assortment of short dance works by a variety of dance groups, each bringing their own dancers and performing their original works.  This unique event will showcase a wide range of styles, ages, and flavors of dance, and is sure to have something for everyone.
Tickets will be available at the door.

Artist Resource Fair
Presented by GPAC
October 2  |  6-8 PM
A joint information session on grants and programs for regional artists. Representatives from The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, New Sun Rising, Awesome Pittsburgh, Penn Avenue Creatives and the New Hazlett will all share information.
Join us for presentations followed by a reception with a chance to meet the funders, program directors, and fellow artists.
Registration is free, but please RSVP to

The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Detailed driving and transit directions on our website
On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6 pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Paid parking is available in the Allegheny Health Network garage for evening events and weekend matinees.
The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony to Perform Chopin and Rachmaninoff

Yulianna Avdeeva Plays Chopin with the PSO! Credit: Courtesy Photo

BNY Mellon Grand Classics:
Chopin & Rachmaninoff
Friday, October 6 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8 | 2:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20!
To purchase, go to

Christoph König, conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano

Mussorgsky: Scherzo in B-flat major (PSO Premiere)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Christoph Konig Credit: Pedro Lobo- Casa de Musica
Returning to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Christoph König leads the Orchestra in a program steeped in rich Russian musical tradition. König opens the night with the Pittsburgh Symphony premiere of Scherzo in B-flat Major by one of the mighty “Russian Five” – Modest Mussorgsky. This is one of 10 pieces this season that will be played for the first time by the orchestra.

Also making her return is 2010 Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva, the young Russian pianist known for her fresh yet mature interpretation of the Chopin repertoire. To close the program, König leads the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s impassioned Symphony No. 2 that has left listeners spellbound by its technical and lyrical mastery since its premiere in 1908.

Friday, September 22, 2017

School of Rock Original London Production Credit: Tristram Kenton

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane Broadway and West End hit SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is coming to the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, with performances beginning on Tuesday, October 17 through Sunday, October 22, 2017.  This touring production is part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America.

Tickets currently start at $30* for SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL at the Benedum Center and are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  *All ticket prices are subject to change. For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at or call 412-471-6930.
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.

In Pittsburgh, the following special events will take place during SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Kids’ Night on Broadway, a national initiative sponsored by The Broadway League, will take place on the opening night of the performance of SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL.  For more information, visit:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Know the Show Before You Go, is a free pre-show talk for all PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons: 6:30 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information and to register, visit:

School of Rock Original London Production Credit: Tristram Kenton
SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015.  This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly.  And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!”  SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).  SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.  There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.  While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Soon to be rocking the roofs off of theaters across America, the SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid’s ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.
SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Carnegie Science Center Explores How Computers Can Fight HIV

An estimated 2.1 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015, including 150,000 children under the age of 15. Join National Institutes of Health computational biologist Michael Dolan as he explains how computers can be used to design antibodies against HIV that researchers can then test in the laboratory. Café Sci happens Monday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 pm at the Carnegie Science Center.

Dolan’s talk will provide details about how HIV infects cells, which portions of the virus are being targeted, and the various computational techniques used to combat the virus, including protein homology modeling, molecular dynamics, and protein-protein docking.

Dolan is Lead of the Biomedical Informatics Program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. His research areas include using computational biology techniques to tackle infectious diseases such as HIV, influenza, Ebola, Zika, anthrax, and prions, as well as visualizing big data. Dolan received his graduate degree in biochemistry from North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Admission to Café Sci is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Doors open at 6 pm and the event lasts from 7–9 pm. The evening includes time for informal discussion, eating, and drinking with a cash bar.

For more information and to register, visit or call 412.237.3400.


Williams Girls Rock Science WeekendSM brings special displays and activities to Carnegie Science Center to get girls excited and engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pursuits.

Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at Carnegie Science Center.

STEM professionals from dozens of local organizations will present hands-on activities related to their fields. Girls will be able to talk with and ask questions of all STEM professionals onsite.

OF NOTE:      
While the event is aimed at sparking girls’ interest in STEM, all children are welcome and will be able to participate in hands-on activities offering a first-hand look at the day-to-day careers of science professionals.

Williams Girls Rock Science Weekendsm is presented by Verizon and in partnership with KDKA and Pittsburgh’s CW. All activities are included with general admission. For more information visit

Clara Barton and Rosie the Riveter Get Spotlight in Greensburg

Two shows at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center reveal the compelling stories behind remarkable women in U.S. history.  Award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar Mary Ann Jung will portray Clara Barton and, Rosie the Riveter the following evening.

“Clara Barton – Red Cross Angel” will be performed on Wednesday, September 27th and “Rosie the Riveter” will be presented on Thursday, September 28th  at 7:00 p.m. at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA.

A portion of show proceeds will be donated, respectively, to American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge and Westmoreland County Historical Society.  Tickets are $25 and are now on sale at or by phone at 724-836-8000.

In “Clara Barton – Red Cross Angel,” Ms. Jung depicts how Barton defied society’s conventions and risked her life in order to help others, thus becoming a true heroine.  Proper ladies of her time were supposed to be quiet, get married, have children, and stay home. Miss Barton would have none of that! A passionate and moving public speaker, Clara dramatically relates how she became the first woman to work for the federal government, its first female department head, and America’s first woman ambassador.

Audience members portray Yankees and Rebels, “nay-sayers” and believers, in order to discover why Americans fought each other in the Civil War and what that meant on a personal level. Be swept into her story of the Civil War, dangers of nursing at the Battle of Antietam, and her struggle to get America to sign the Geneva Convention. There are few better role models than Clara Barton, who still inspires us to “Never Give Up!”

In “Rosie the Riveter,” the audience learns the fascinating story of Rosie the Riveter through Ms. Jung's portrayal of Rose Leigh Monroe who worked at the largest factory in the world-Willow Run in Michigan.
During World War II, women joined the U.S. workforce by the millions to replace the men who’d gone off to fight.
Join in the fun as audience guests meet or maybe even play Charles Lindbergh, Walter Pidgeon, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom toured Willow Run. Discover which came first - the Rosie posters, song, or the real women who sacrificed and worked in factories to help America win the war. Who was the real Rosie? The answer is intriguing!  Lively, funny, fact filled show, full of audience participation and energy.

Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar. She researches and writes her own scripts, and performs in the authentic costumes, accents, and attitudes for her characters’ eras. Ms. Jung has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and in newspapers around the world as famous women from history. She has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over 30 years. She performed as queen and was a Director with the Florida Renaissance Festival from 1994-2006. Ms. Jung was Director of Street Theater and Family Performances for ArtScape (the USA's largest arts festival) for ten years; in 1998 she was awarded a citation from the Mayor of Baltimore for her work at that event.

Learn more about Mary Ann Jung’s shows at

Visit the Westmoreland County Historical Society’s website at, and follow their activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page and on Twitter @WCHistory.

Cheyenne Jackson Performing at Cabaret at Theater Square October 16

Cheyenne Jackson Credit: Courtesy Photo
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce that Cheyenne Jackson will perform on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on the intimate stage of the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  This performance is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, as part of the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series, now in its 6th season.

For information about ticket availability to this performance ($55, $65), please visit, call 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Cheyenne Jackson is a Grammy-nominated actor, singer, and songwriter who can most recently be seen in FX’s American Horror Story. He finished a critically acclaimed run of The Most Happy Fella in New York City in 2014.

In the fall of 2012, he starred on Broadway opposite Henry Winkler, Ari Graynor, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read’s play The Performers. On and off Broadway, Jackson has starred in 8, Finian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nominations), the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays.  For his self-penned album, I’m Blue, Skies, Jackson collaborated with Sia, Stevie Aiello, and Charlotte Sometimes.

About 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series

This 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series opens with a series special performance on Monday, September 25, 2017, by Kelli O’Hara, at 7:30 p.m., at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue.  The following performances in the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will offer audiences more rare opportunities 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.!  Performances coming up in the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase Tony and Grammy Award winning performers: Cheynne 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 at the Cabaret at Theater Square.
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.

The seventh annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition leads Pittsburgh Festival Opera's search for America's best singers. Young professionals ages 18–35 compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the 2018 Summer Season, June 22-July 29, 2018.

An esteemed panel of judges led by Mildred Miller Posvar, company founder, selects the finalists on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 23.

The Miller Competition is a prologue to OPERA America's National Opera Week, Oct. 27-Nov. 5, 2018, when Pittsburgh Festival Opera will feature varied live and online events.

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham is back as our master of ceremonies for the finals. Eight singers, selected by the judges from Saturday's Semi-Final Round, will present arias during the Final Round. From these eight finalists, three will be selected as winners and a fourth will be chosen as “Audience Favorite.” Winners receive cash prizes ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 and resident artist contracts in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2018 summer season.

Contestants 18-35 may apply via:

In 2017, the panel of five judges includes:

Mildred Miller Posvar, founder of Pittsburgh Festival Opera and acclaimed Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano

Jonathan Eaton, artistic director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Professor of Music/Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, University of North Texas College of Music

Robert Chafin, tenor, assistant professor of voice, West Virginia University School of Music

Timothy LeFevre, baritone and associate professor of singing, Oberlin College Conservatory

And another colleague TBA.

Pianists are James Lesniak and Stephen Variames

Saturday 21 October 2017
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
Kresge Theater
College of Fine Arts building
Carnegie Mellon University (Oakland 15213).

Kresge Theatre (also known as Kresge Recital Hall) is located in the College of Fine Arts building on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. To find Kresge Theatre, enter the College of Fine Arts building from the west (main) entrance closest to the College of Fine Arts Lawn.

2-5 pm
Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh,  PA  (Point Breeze 15208).

Audience members may explore The Frick and its new exhibit "Undressed" on the history of undergarmets prior the competition and during intermission.

The galleries open at 10 a.m.
Admission is free.

Tickets (general admission) at $35 include refreshments during the intermission while the judges deliberate.  Students with a valid ID may reserve free tickets in advance. Walk-up student admission with valid ID will be dependent on seat availability.

VIP package at $125 includes preferred seating for the Final Round, and a post-concert reception ​with the contestants and judges in a nearby private home.

Tickets and details at: Pittsburgh Festival Opera (


Mildred Miller Posvar was a leading Metropolitan Opera artist for 23 years, performing such signature roles as Carmen, Octavian, and more in New York and around the world. She founded Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) in 1978. Mrs. Posvar teaches voice at Carnegie Mellon University and is an active member of the Festival's Board of Directors.

The company's competition named for her began in 2001.

In 2016, applications were received from 156 singers from 14 countries; 23 of these singers were invited to Pittsburgh for the semi-finals round on Saturday 29 October. Nine singers were selected to continue to the finals round. There, audiences enjoyed arias by a wide range of composers—and after a difficult process, the judges awarded four prizes.

In its seventh year, the competition has funded singers from around the world and featured many winners during the Festival's summer seasons since 2012.

As well as awarding monetary prizes, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition offers young singers leading roles in productions, helping them develop their performing experience and build their repertoire. Previous MMIVC award winners include:

Countertenor ​Andrey Nemzer,​ 2011 first-place winner, was cast in leading roles in Festival productions and went on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was a third place winner in the prestigious Operalia competition led by Placido Domingo. At the Met, Nemzer covered f​or David Dan​iels in the title role of Handel’s ​Giulio Cesare in Egitto, a role he sang for the first time in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2016 Festival. In 2017, he appeared in the title role of Handel’s ​Xerxes with the Festival Opera.

Tenor ​Juan José de León,​ 2012 winner, is a rising star in demand to sing leading Rossini roles. He was showcased at the Festival as Tamino in ​The Magic Flute, a role he also sang as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera. He made his M​etropolitan Opera debut in the world premiere of T​wo Boys. He has since sung with the opera companies of La Scala, Paris, Rome, Verona, Mallorca, Stuttgart, and Tel Aviv, among others.

Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin​, the 2013 MMIVC winner, received critical acclaim for her performance in the title role of ​Ariadne on Naxos in the 2014 Festival, and has contracts with the San Francisco Symphon​y Orchestra. She was recently seen as Tatyana in E​ugene Onegin at Chautauqua Opera Company and the title role in Tosca at both the California Theater and Opera San Jose.

Karen Chia-ling Ho​ placed first in the 2014 MMIVC event. She sang Donna Elvira in D​on Giovanni with San Francisco’s prestigious Merola Opera and made her debut at St. Petersburg Opera (Tampa) as Liu in ​Turandot.

Kisma Jordan ​placed first in the 2015 MMIVC competition. Kisma has appeared in multiple recital series around the country since winning the competition and appeared last fall as Michaë​​la with the Western Opera Reserve.

Alasdair Kent, first-prize winner in 2016, was hailed in his 2017 appearance with Wolf Trap Opera, and he made his European debut with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. This fall, he performs in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri with the Opéra National de Montpellier, France.

Talk Addresses Slavery and Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania

Slavery & the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania

The story of slavery in Pennsylvania is seldom told. The institution lingered in some regions of the commonwealth for more than fifty years after the state's 1780 Gradual Abolition. Increasingly antislavery views prevailed.

In South Central Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Mountains and the Susquehanna River provided natural cover for fleeing slaves, causing an influx of travel along the Underground Railroad. Historian and author Cooper Wingert reveals the struggles between slavery and abolition in South Central Pennsylvania.

Cooper Wingert is the author of 10 books and numerous articles, and the winner of the 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award. He is currently a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Where: Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106
Captain Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post 153

Registration not Required. Free and open to the public. 2nd Saturday Lecture Series made possible by the Massey Charitable Trust.

Cooper Wingert

Cooper Wingert
2nd Saturday Lecture
October 14, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Lincoln Gallery

Split Stage Productions Presents ‘Side Show’ Oct. 6-14, in Delmont

Split Stage Productions welcomes Westmoreland County audiences to the “freak show” for the local premiere of the 2014 musical revival of “Side Show,” which takes the stage for five 8 p.m. performances Oct. 6-7, and 12-14, at Apple Hill Playhouse, 275 Manor Road, in Delmont.

Side Show is based on the stories of real-life conjoined twins and vaudeville entertainers Daisy and Violet Hilton. From humble beginnings among the curiosities of the side show, the show follows the eccentric sisters’ climb to fame, first on the vaudeville circuit and later in Hollywood. Facing differing dreams and emerging love interests, the sisters traverse themes of love and acceptance, identity and discrimination, privacy and isolation, ultimately asking the question, “Who will love me as I am?”

With a cast of characters including a Human Pin Cushion (Nate Newell of New Kensington), Dog Boy (Ryan Hadbavny of Regent Square), and Bearded Lady (Stephanie Babich Mihleder of Murrysville), the show is one of both visual spectacle and emotional sincerity. Rori AielloMull of Irwin will take on the role of Daisy opposite Victoria Buchtan, Wexford, as Violet.

“It’s been fascinating to watch Rori and Victoria become these sisters. Their characters are two different people moving through the world as one. Onstage, it requires intense technical coordination and artistic synergy,” said Rob Jessup, co-founder of Split Stage Productions. “It’s riveting to watch.”

Side Show originally opened in 1997 on Broadway and was revived in 2014. It features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger. This marks the regional premiere of the show’s 2014 revival, which was a 2015 Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue. Split Stage Productions presents Side Show by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Tickets are available for $20, and can be purchased online at or by calling 1.888.71.TICKETS. Student ticket prices are also available.

About Split Stage Productions

Split Stage Productions sprung from a series of stage collaborations between co-founders and fellow Westmoreland-area actors Rob Jessup and Nate Newell. The duo created the company to spotlight local theater talent and bring unconventional, community-produced productions to Westmoreland County audiences. Jessup and Newell have made it their mission to produce shows that don’t often make it from Broadway to the community theater rotation. With each season, Split Stage will stage a mix of full-scale theatrical productions and cabaret-style concerts at venues throughout the area.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Saturday, October 7 • 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
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Visionary choreographer Alonzo King has altered the way the world looks at ballet. His astonishingly original work explores new possibilities of form, renewing and transcending traditional technique to create an entirely innovative expression of movement.

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Pittsburgh Opera in Free Concerts at Market Square

Tosca Opens 2017-18 Season of Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera will perform free open-air concerts at the Market Square Farmers Market Thursday, September 21st and Thursday, September 28th.

The concerts, both of which will start shortly before noon, will feature Pittsburgh Opera’s talented Resident Artists. The Resident Artists, which include two sopranos, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor, baritone and bass, will perform a wide variety of well-known opera arias and selections from the American songbook.

The concerts are produced in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, who develops and implements innovative programs and initiatives to enhance the Downtown neighborhood. “We are always looking for opportunities to enhance people’s experiences in Downtown Pittsburgh,” says Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “Having the world-class singers of Pittsburgh Opera perform is a great treat for the up to 10,000 people who enjoy shopping for fresh produce and other local goods at the Market Square Farmers Market each week.”

“Performing at the Market Square Farmers Market furthers Pittsburgh Opera’s mission to bring the arts to the community,” says Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn. “We encourage everyone who works Downtown to stretch their legs during lunch hour these next two Thursdays, grab a bite to eat at the Farmers Market, and enjoy the special treat of opera al fresco.”

Dates for 57th Carnegie International Announced

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is pleased to announce that the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, curated by Ingrid Schaffner, will open October 12, 2018, and run through March 25, 2019. However, the International is already under way, with expanding research and creative documentation along with a highly-crafted schedule of programs, commissioned essays, and participating artists coming to Pittsburgh for immersive visits. As part of Schaffner’s interest in making the research process accessible and evolving. New York-based design firm Project Projects has built an online portal for the International, at

The Carnegie International online portal serves as a living, accumulating document, where viewers can read Travelogues by writer and critic Emmanuel Iduma and artist Maira Kalman, based on the research trips taken by Schaffner. The Travelogues make visible the spirit of research and travel leading up to the International, inviting writers to add their own voice, interpretation, and experience to the process. Future Travelogues by Pico Iyer, among others, will be added in the coming months, each chronicling Schaffner’s travels with a curator companion to a region he or she had never visited before. The companions were Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong; Ruba Katrib, Curator of SculptureCenter, New York; Carin Kuoni, Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York; Bisi Silva, Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; and Magalí Arriola, a Mexico City-based independent curator.

“I was thinking about the Carnegie Museums’ identity as a research institute, and thought that offered a useful model,” said Schaffner. “The colleagues I traveled with are not co-curators but thinking partners. By supporting their work in the field, the International has helped build new networks of artists and curators around the world.”

Back in Pittsburgh, Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions have begun. In a nod to the heritage of founder Andrew Carnegie (a tam-o’-shanter is a traditional Scottish beret), CMOA has held these art classes for young people since 1929. Schaffner has retuned the format to create a programmatic thread leading up to and throughout the exhibition.  The public programs are conducted by artists and organizers of the International, who connect their work and participants through improvisational acts of drawing. Each session is unique. Skill is not required to map, mark, doodle, render, cartoon, write, or otherwise participate in these open-ended gatherings. This program underscores Schaffner’s commitment to unpacking the history of the International as an evolving exhibition concept.

The next Tam O’Shanter session will take place on September 24 led by International artist and Pittsburgh native Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926). Although Mosley has lived and worked in Pittsburgh for over 65 years, this will be his first time participating in an International. A pillar of Pittsburgh’s arts community, whose work is on view in 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, Mosley will lead a drawing session, prompted by his sculptures and keyed to his personal collection of jazz records. Mosley has had solo and two-person exhibitions at venues including CMOA; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where he was featured as Artist of the Year in 1979; the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild; and the Mattress Factory.

In addition to Mosley, the International is pleased to announce two participants whom Schaffner met on her travels: the Vietnamese collective Art Labor (founded 2012) and Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983).

Schaffner and companion Magalí Arriola met the Vietnam-based collective Art Labor during a trip to Southeast Asia. Comprising artists Thao-Nguyen Phan and Truong Cong Tung and curator Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the collective explores cross-disciplinary practices and develops art projects that benefit local communities. This fall, the collective will travel to Pittsburgh for an extended site visit to think through their contribution to the International. At their invitation, the pioneering video and performance artist Joan Jonas will collaborate with the collective. Jonas was introduced to the work of Art Labor through the Rolex Mentor and Protégés Arts Initiative, when she mentored Thao-Nguyen in 2016–2017.

Schaffner met Mimi Cherono Ng’ok at the Dakar Biennale while traveling with companion Carin Kuoni. Like Schaffner’s creatively documented and inclusive approach to research and travel, Cherono Ng’ok’s experiences growing up between Kenya and South Africa have engendered an intimate body of work centered on issues of home, displacement, loss, and identity. A Magnum Foundation grantee, Cherono Ng’ok recently won the inaugural Photo London Artproof Award for her series Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali, which was on view at the Biennale.

As the International evolves, stay tuned for news of more artist projects, Tam sessions, Travelogues, and talks on the International and museum websites.

Find CMOA on Facebook at, on Twitter at @cmoa, or on Instagram at @thecmoa.

About the Carnegie International
Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International was initially held every fall (with few exceptions) and focused almost solely on painting. By 1955, the show had adopted a triennial schedule and, in 1958, it became known as the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, a title it retained until 1970. After an interruption in the 1970s, the exhibition resumed in 1977 and 1979 as the Pittsburgh International Series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared under its original triennial survey format as the Carnegie International, and has been mounted every three to five years since. After the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International is the oldest international survey exhibition in the world.

Over the last 119 years, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in Carnegie International exhibitions, by artists including Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Prizes awarded to Carnegie International artists include the Carnegie Prize for outstanding achievement in the exhibition in the context of a lifetime of waork, and the Fine Prize for an emerging artist in the exhibition.

The 2013 Carnegie International was highly praised as “a quiet triumph” (New York Times), “strikingly thoughtful” (The New Yorker), and “focused, considered, and perfectly scaled” (The New York Observer). Museum staff eagerly anticipate the first bursts of activity around the next edition of CMOA’s signature exhibition.

About Ingrid Schaffner
Prior to joining CMOA, Ingrid Schaffner directed the exhibition program as chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. She is author of more than 20 books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus to The Essential Andy Warhol, from an essay on exhibition wall text to an art history of chocolate. She has organized monographic exhibitions of the work of Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Jess, Jason Rhoades, and Anne Tyng, among others, and thematic group shows such as Deep Storage, The Photogenic, The Puppet Show, Queer Voice, and Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay.

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!

Be a VIP – Very Important Pup!
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.

Enter promo code VMAIL to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10 am.

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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