Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Moonlight and Cocoa at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Sunday, December 3, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Davidson Event Center, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale
Free with regular cost of admission | Free for members

Enjoy a winter evening at the Garden with a stroll to the Lotus Pond under a full moon and see the Garden in a different light. Then warm up by a cozy fire with live holiday music. Don't forget to get a head start on holiday shopping at our Gift shop, all attendees can take advantage of 10% off everything in stock (20% for members), including seasonal plants.

Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. Flashlights are recommended for the moonlit stroll. Free for members.
Pre-registrations are encouraged. Click to purchase a ticket or register at the door.


Priority Ticket Offer for "he Waitress"

Priority Ticket Offer - Waitress The Musical

March 6-11
Benedum Center


This irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Enter promo code DINER to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Friday, December 8.

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Handel's Choral Masterwork Returns to Calvary United Methodist Church

Music Director Brian Burns to Lead Festival Choir and Orchestra in Handel's "Messiah"

Bask in George Frideric Handel's inspiring MESSIAH, surrounded by candlelight and the magnificent Tiffany stained-glass masterpieces of Calvary United Methodist Church in this 7th year in historic Allegheny West.
The Saturday, December 2 concert is expected to sell out again this year.

Calvary's Music Director Brian Burns conducts the Christmas portion of one of the holiday season's most beloved works. The event features four popular regional soloists, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the area's most accomplished instrumentalists, and the Festival Choir of 70 voices.

David Bridge, a past conductor and organist, is at the parlor organ and Calvary's rare and restored Farrand & Votey organ.

Soloists for Handel’s chorale masterwork are Anna Singer, Kara Cornell, George Milosh, and Matthew Hunt.

Read More Here

Up to 600 attend with the audience invited to sing seven selected choruses including the famous "Hallelujah”.

The restored Calvary sanctuary and windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The choir loft window was his most expensive commission in the late 1800’s and the 30-foot Resurrection and Ascension Windows are some of largest windows his studios designed.

Calvary is located at 971 Beech Avenue at Allegheny (15233). Remaining tickets will be on sale at door only. Doors open at 3:15 pm. General - $15. Students & Seniors (65+) - $10
Free admission for children under 12 admitted free an military service members and veterans.

Attendees may bring non-perishable food and paper goods wish list donations for the Northside Common Ministires Food Pantry or donate online at:
This Calvary tradition for the the Pittsburgh area is family-friendly. Each child under 12 will receive a kid’s activity pack.

The sing-along, which began as part of the congregation’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the King James Bible on which the oratorio’s text is based, was founded on a principle of openness and accessibility. The building is wheelchair accessible.

The Festival Choir Choruses are: And the Glory of the Lord, O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, For Unto Us a Child is Born, And He Shall Purify, His Yoke is Easy, Glory to God, and Hallelujah.

Anna Singer

Anna Singer, soprano
Kara Cornell, mezzo soprano
George Milosh, tenor
Matthew Hunt, baritone
Conducted by Brian Burns, Calvary UMC Music Director.
David Bridge, organist.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Poetry and Prose - A Free Event at Carnegie Museum of Art

Poetry and Prose: Writers on Art
Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The CMOA Theater
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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In this public reading, the Carnegie Museum of Art partners with City of Asylum. City of Asylum curated a diverse mix of 6 award-winning and nationally recognized authors to respond to works of art in the Carnegie's 20/20 exhibition.

Pittsburgh’s own Tony Norman will share his thoughts and emcee the event. Come hear their poetry and prose first-hand!

Poets and authors include:

Osama Alomar was born in Syria and now lives as a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh. His short story collection, The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories, was published by New Directions this year.

Ariana Brown is a Black Mexican-American poet and African diaspora studies scholar from San Antonio, Texas. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion.

Jericho Brown (read by Tony Norman) is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda anthology and co-wrote with Ta-Nehisi Coates Marvel’s Black Panther and The Crew.

Nicole Sealey (read by Tony Norman) is the author of Ordinary Beasts and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. She is the executive director at the Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

Damon Young is a writer, critic, satirist, and professional Black person. He is a co-founder of VerySmartBrothas, and a columnist for GQ magazine. The Pittsburgh native is also the author of a collection of essays to be published by Ecco.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is co-presenting this event with City of Asylum.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Printwork 2017 Opens December 8

Artists Image Resource presents its annual national juried print exhibition, titled “PRINTWORK 2017”. This project was designed to showcase exceptional, vibrant and innovative contemporary artwork using printmaking processes by artists from throughout the United States.

Exhibition Dates:
December 8, 2017 through February 4, 2018

Exhibition Opening Reception:
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6pm to 8pm
Free and Open to the Public

Regular gallery hours:
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 10pm or by special appointment (email

AIR: Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412- 321-8664

The Artists:
Artists Image Resource and juror Joseph Lupo would like to congratulate the following artists who make up the PRINTWORK 2017 exhibition. This exhibition celebrates an exceptional group of artists working with contemporary printmaking in diverse ways.

Miguel Aragon (Staten Island, NY)
David Avery (San Francisco, CA)
Martin Azevedo (Hanford, CA)
Linda Behar (Providence, RI)
Mark Bischel (Brooklyn, NY)
Ivanete Blanco (Norfolk, VA)
Veronica Ceci (Austin, TX)
Raphael Cornford (Oakland, CA)
Matthew Diclemente (Pittsburgh, PA)
Justyne Fischer (Washington DC, MD)
Suzanne Glemot (Iowa City, IA)
Ruthann Godollei (St. Paul, MN)
Jon Goebel (Hilo, HI)
Kellie Hames (Pittsburgh, PA)
Todd Herzberg (Lexington, KY)
Jeff Hindal (Westover, WV)
Matthew Hopson-Walker (Mobile, AL)
Darren Houser (Duluth, MN)
Jason Lee (Morgantown, WV)
Emmy Lingscheit (Urbana, IL)
Meredith Lynn (Terre Haute, IN)
Susan Makov (Salt Lake City, UT)
Cynthia Marsh (Clarksville, TN)

Matthew McLaughlin (Greenbelt, MD)
Taryn McMahon (Ravenna, OH)
Alena Mehic (Mount Juliet, TN)
Nathan Meltz (Troy, NY)
Kelsey Miller (Portsmouth,
Benjamin Moreau (Seattle, WA)
Kristin Powers Nowlin (Manhattan, KS)
Landon Perkins (Syracuse, NY)
Ellen Price (Oxford, OH)
Kasey Ramirez (Fayetteville, AR)
Nicholas Ruth (Rochester, NY)
Jenny Schmid (Minneapolis, MN)
Linda Seckinger (Starkville, MS)
David Shields (Norfolk, VA)
Mark Sisson (Stillwater, OK)
Ryan Standfest (Detroit, MI)
Greg Stone (Lawrence, KS)
Stephanie Taylor (Glassport, PA)
Corinne Teed (Iowa City, IA)
Chadwick Tolley (Evans, GA)
Tonja Torgerson (Kansas City, MO)
Matthew Van Asselt (Ossining, NY)
Art Werger (Athens, OH)
Linda Whitney (Valley City, ND)
Featured solo exhibition:

Select works by Aaron S. Coleman, the winner of the Director’s Award from Printwork 2016 will also be on view. Coleman's current body of work acts as a blanket description of the apocalyptic world in which we live. Some of the themes present in his work include police brutality, racial discrimination, religious extremism, persecution of the LGBT communities, economic unrest, global warming, species extinction, habitat loss, holy wars, power trips and ego mania.

About The Juror:

Joseph Lupo received his BFA from Bradley University and his MFA from the University of Georgia. His work has been a part of over 80 different solo and group exhibitions and has been featured at the International Print Center of New York, The Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta. Joseph’s work is included in various permanent collections including the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Joseph served on the Executive Board of SGC International from 2006-2012, and served as the president from 2008-2010. He has received multiple awards and grants for his work as an academic including the “Honorary Member of the Council” award from SGCI (2014), “BIG XII Faculty Fellowship” (2013), “WVU Senate Research Grant” (2008 and 2009), “Excellence in Teaching” (2015), “Excellence in Service” (2014), and “Excellence in Research” (2013) awards from the WVU College of Creative Arts. To see more about Joseph Lupo and his work visit:

Juror Statement:

Being the juror of this exhibition was an exhilarating experience. As a printmaker myself, it is encouraging to see an abundance of artists making engaging and beautiful work.

As I was reviewing the submissions, it quickly became clear that this exhibition was going to have a political lens to it. I believe this kind of show makes sense at this time and in this place. Politically engaged artists have recently found a new interest in utilizing the democratic nature of print to disseminate their message, and Artists Image Resource has been unafraid to support politically charged artists speaking to a number of issues for years.

This exhibition showcases artists whose work not only has a strong message, but that is visually engaging as well. These artists found beautiful and surprising ways to talk about difficult topics. They make work that goes beyond caricatures and political cartoons and challenges our assumptions about many current issues like housing, body image, human rights, animal rights, police brutality, freedom of speech, immigration, and the environment. Although I believe that the act of creating art is a political one, the artists in this exhibition have chosen to make direct social and political statements. At a time when saying anything slightly controversial can unleash a flood of internet trolls and harassment, making political artwork is a courageous act. I am inspired by the confidence and fearlessness these artists display.

I would like to close by saying thank you. Thank you to everyone at Artists Image Resource for all their hard work to make this exhibition happen. I also would like to say thank you to all the artists involved in this show, thank you for having the drive and the courage to speak up about important topics that make many uncomfortable or outright ignore.

Printwork Awards:

Cash awards and an exhibition opportunity will be presented.
Cash awards will be decided and announced by the juror during the opening reception on Dec. 8, 2017. AIR Director Robert Beckman and the AIR Board of Directors will choose one artist for an exhibition opportunity.

Artists Image Resource is an artist-run print and imaging laboratory that integrates the production of fine art printwork with innovative educational programs that explore the creative process.

AIR’s primary purpose is to create new work that explores the role of the artist in our culture and supports and challenges inquiry and voice in our communities.

AIR offers public access opportunity through our open studio hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with private tutorials and studio rentals.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Carnegie Library and Music Hall Celebrates Christmas in Carnegie

Richie Cole is joined by Kevin Moore on keyboard, Ava Lintz on bass, Mark Lucas on guitar, and Vince Taglieri on drums. Vocalists Hilerie Klein Rensi, Samantha St. John and Timothy Woodruff, as well as the chorus from Carnegie Elementary School and the very accomplished string players from the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra bring a joyful sound to Carnegie Carnegie Hall!

A reception in the Lincoln Gallery follows the concert.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 12, $5. 1-800-838-3066, x. 1 or
A free shuttle runs from the parking lot on E. Main Street .

Hilarious Comedy to Open At Carnegie Stage

Dec. 7-9 & 14-16
@ 8:00 pm
Dec. 9-10 & 16-17
@ 3:00 pm


This new original comedy brings us an oddball friendship between a trio of singing sisters, an out-of-work Catskills comic, a limping piano player, and their grumpy Scrooge-like landlady.

The Carols is a heartfelt and hopeful musical that looks at making something right with
all the wrong people.

“Hilarious Holiday Fare” Philadelphia Inquirer

Kate Queen-Toole, Mandie Russak, and Moira Quigley Credit: Carnegie Stage 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Discounted Tickets Today Only (11-25) for Amahl and the Night Visitors

On this Small Business Saturday, enjoy a 20% discount for our performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm at the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland!

To get your tickets, click the button below and use the code: SMALLBIZ to apply the discount - valid today only!

We hope you will bring the whole family to this beloved Holiday tradition!


Brian Edward to Roast Xanadu

Brian Edward to Host Xanadu Roast

Brian Edward, comedian and host of Pittsburgh’s late night talk show ‘Burgh Vivant, is back for another raucous blend of comedy and cinema - with a splash of vermouth! This time, the renowned raconteur raises a martini glass and examines the 1980 film XANADU through outrageous film clips, hilarious personal anecdotes, and devastating wit.


Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Accessibility: Wheelchair Seating Assistive Listening
Note: All services may not be available at all performances. Click the link above for accessible performance schedule or contact customer service for further assistance.
Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222
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Friday, November 24, 2017

"The Old Man and the Old Moon" Makes Pittsburgh Debut at City Theatre

Cast of "The Old Man and the Old Moon" Credit:  Jenny Anderson

 City Theatre presents the Pittsburgh premiere of THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON A New Musical Folktale By PigPen Theatre Co. November 11 – December 3, 2017 City Theatre Main Stage 

“It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” – The New Yorker 
“Captivating.” – The New York Times 
"So infectious you almost want to leap onstage to join in the fun.”  – Time Out New York
 "A glorious fusion of music and theatrics!" – BroadwayWorld 

 City Theatre is thrilled to produce the Pittsburgh premiere of  The Old Man and The Old Moon by Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alumni PigPen Theatre Co. Directed by City Theatre favorite Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co., the production runs on the Main Stage November 11 – December 3, 2017. Tickets are on sale now. 

“We are thrilled to share with Pittsburghers the  theatrical event of the year,” said James McNeel, City Theatre  Managing  Director.  “It’s  a  real  coup to  have the  PigPen  gents  make their  triumphant  return to town  –  after  inspiring  audiences  and  critics  around  the  country  –  and  appear  on  our  stage  with  this whimsical and transcendent musical. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving holiday show for families and friends and, no matter your age, we are in for something special.”  

About The Old Man and The Old Moon: Who keeps the moon shining bright? A mysterious disappearance sends the Old Man charged with that task on an epic adventure in this swirling tale of memory and love, set  to a  wildly  imaginative indie-folk  soundtrack performed  live.  

A one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, The Old Man  and  The Old Moon  enchants audiences of all ages  with  spellbinding storytelling, ingenious puppetry, and the transformational cast of seven Carnegie Mellon alumni who are PigPen Theatre Co. 

“The first ever ‘PigPen rehearsal' took place in a practice room at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh in 2007,” said PigPen Theatre Co. “We were seven acting students trying to figure out how we 
would tell a ghost story. Little did we know we’d get to spend the next ten years sharing our stories, plays, and music with hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. We’ve had the privilege of returning to the ‘Burgh to play concerts—Stage AE, Mr. Smalls, Rex Theatre, Altar Bar, Smiling Moose—but never the good fortune of sharing a complete theatrical folktale in the city that started it all... Until now!"  

“I can’t wait to show our friends and family how much it’s grown,” added Curtis Gillen, co-founder and Chartiers Valley High School Alum. 

City Theatre’s production of  The  Old  Man  and  The  Old  Moon  is  directed  by  Stuart Carden  and PigPen Theatre  Co.  The  company  includes  Alex  Falberg,  Ben  Ferguson,  Curtis  Gillen,  Ryan  Melia,  Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi, and Dan Weschler. Lydia Fine is scenic and costume designer, Bart Cortright is lighting designer, Mikhail Fiksel is sound designer, and Patti Kelly is stage manager. Puppetry design by Lydia Fine and PigPen Theatre Co.  

PigPen  Theatre  Co.  began  creating  their  unique  brand  of  theatre,  music,  and  film  as  freshmen  at  the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama  in  2007. They have since  produced their  original plays  in  New York City and toured the country –  earning them critic’s picks from  The  New  York  Times,  Time  Out  New  York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. 

They were the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row (2010/11) and have gone on to win IRNE (2012, 2015) and Jeff Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. 
In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare's "Pericles." PigPen's  debut  album,  “Bremen,”  was  named  #10  album  of  the  year  in  The  Huffington  Post’s  2012 Grammy  preview,  sending  PigPen  on  tour  playing  to  sold-out  crowds  across  the  country.  
AQ Scene from the Play Credit: Joan Marcus

American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago.

 In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, "Whole Sun," performed at Mumford  &  Sons'  return  to  the  Gentlemen  of  the  Road  Festival,  and  made  their  feature  film  debut  in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. 

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE November 11 – December 3, 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.  *There will be no performance on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 

Amahl and the Night Visitors Coming to Charity Randall Theater

Director Craig Joseph returns to Resonance Works to spearhead our brand new production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.  We asked Craig to share a little about himself and his career as a director, and also to divulge which scene he's most looking forward to staging in Amahl (spoiler alert: It involves juggling!).  Check out Craig's video to discover more, then be sure to purchase your tickets!

View Video Here


Amahl & the Night Visitors

Friday, Dec. 15 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 17 @ 3:00pm
Charity Randall Theatre*
4301 Forbes Ave, Oakland

*Now with Reserved Seating starting at just $9!

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Debussy - Dances sacrée et profane
Vivaldi - Bassoon Concerto in E minor
Menotti - Amahl and the Night Visitors

_Marissa Knaub Avon, harp
Andrew Genemans, bassoon
Liam McCarthy, Amahl
Ivy Walz, Mother
Andrew Maughan, Kaspar
Andrew Adelsberger, Melchior
Jonathan Stuckey, Balthazar
Craig Joseph, stage director
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra_____________

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pittsburgh Banjo Club Coming to W & J College

 Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Banjo Club

 The Pittsburgh Banjo Club will bring its unique musical sound to the stage of the Olin Fine Arts Center, 285 E. Wheeling Street on the campus of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. at 7:30p.m. on Tuersday, November 28. Tickets are $15 and reservations can be made by phoning 724-223-OLIN (6546).

Founded on December 15, 1988, by Frank Rossi, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club is dedicated to keeping the music of the Golden Age of the Banjo alive (1920-1930).

Frank Rossi was inducted into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame on May 24, 2001. The Banjo Hall of Fame is located at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He was also chosen as a 2009 Jefferson Awards winner for his work with the Pittsburgh Banjo Club.  The Jefferson Awards program is part of a national volunteer recognition program founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard.

The Pittsburgh Banjo Club includes banjos, trumpets, tubas, and bass. Dressed in bright, colorful uniforms, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club makes a striking appearance while playing the happiest music in the world, putting a smile on your face, a tap in your toe and a song in your heart!

The Pittsburgh Banjo Club program consists of sing-alongs, vocals, banjo solos, music from the ’20s and ’30s, polkas and Dixieland.

The Pittsburgh Banjo Club is available for banquets, parties, grand openings, concerts, conventions, fund raisers, political rallies, reunions and any other gathering where the happy sound of the banjo is needed. As a non-profit group, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club donates the monies raised through its performances to local charities.

During the past 28 years, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club has performed at the Cultural District Street Fair, Pittsburgh; Ambridge Nationality Days; Butler County Community College Summer Concerts; Star Lake Amphitheater; Pepsi Roadhouse; Brodhead Cultural Center, Monaca, PA; Carnegie Science Center; Carnegie Music Hall; Children's Museum of Pittsburgh; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Hazlett Theater; Heinz Hall; Civic Arena; Three Rivers Arts Festival; PPG Place; DiCesare & Engler Riverfest; Three Rivers Stadium; Major League Baseball's All Star Game FanFests; The Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival (Doo Dah Days);PNC Park Opening Day; Three Rivers Regatta; First Night Pittsburgh; Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson College; Casino Theatre, Vandergrift, PA, Groundhog Festival, Punxsutawney, PA, Kennywood Park, and the Gateway Clipper Fleet Sunday Family Cruises.

Nationally, the PBC has performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Lake Chautauqua, NY; Festival for the Arts. Erie, PA; Fretted Instrument Guild of America Conventions in New Orleans, Nashua, NH., Ft. Mitchell, KY., and Raleigh, NC.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club performs for hospitals, nursing homes, VA Hospitals, senior centers, Veterans of Foreign Wars,  and various other groups in and around the Pittsburgh area.

The club has donated over $120,000 to local Pittsburgh area charities.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Reflections on My Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner at Casbah

Wow! All these years and I only attended my second Beaujolais Nouveau dinner this November. But what a meal and experience is was! - At Pittsburgh's Casbah restaurant.

If you'd like to read what I had to say, check out the article I wrote for
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"Saxophone Colossus" Explores Music of Jazz Great Sonny Rollins

Jazz Saxophonist Sonny Rollins Credit: Courtesy Photo

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival presents: Saxophone Colossus 

Monday, December 4th
7 p.m.
(Run time 101 minutes + Q&A)

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue


Click here for free tickets!

"Essential viewing ... not just for fans of jazz but for anyone even remotely interested in the creative process." –  Jazz Times

"Brilliantly captures one the great saxophonists in jazz–and probably its most revered living improviser–during one of his most intensely creative periods ... His music is always revealing; so is this loving tribute." –  Washington Post

Tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins has long been hailed as one of the most important artists in jazz history. Still today, he is viewed as the greatest living jazz improviser. Saxophone Colossus–a film that takes its name from Rollins' most celebrated album–follows the artist and his wife Lucille Rollins around the globe capturing intimate and revealing backstage moments during two pivotal concerts.

The film’s soundtrack album, G-Man, was named best album of the year in 1987 by the Village Voice. Local writer and social commentator Fred Logan will lead a Q&A after the film.

Casellula @ Alphabet City is open for drinks, appetizers, or dinner before and after the film. Dinner reservations at Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe are limited, so advance reservations are recommended.
Click here to make Casellula reservations before, after, or during the film!

When making your reservation,  please add that you wish to see the film under "special notes."

PICT Goes Wilde at the Frick

WHAT:              IN THE COMPANY OF OSCAR WILDE, stage performance.

WHO:               PICT Classic Theatre.

WHERE:           The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

WHEN:             December 6th through 10th, 2017.

TICKETS:, 412-561-6000  $10, $39, $50.

PICT Classic Theatre brings Oscar Wilde to The Frick

For the second installment of its 2017-2018 Season, PICT Classic Theatre will present “Wilde at the Frick,” a limited series of performances taking place at The Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze with a focus on prolific Irish author Oscar Wilde. 

IN THE COMPANY OF OSCAR WILDE, a U.S. premiere composed from the words and writings of Wilde himself, will perform December 6th through 10th.  “Wilde at the Frick” will also include two special one-day-only performances.  THE TRIAL OF OSCAR WILDE, a recreation of Wilde’s final cross-examination written by his grandson Merlin Holland, will be presented on Sunday, December 10th at 7:30 pm, followed by a post-show discussion led by PICT Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford, and Frick Pittsburgh Executive Director Robin Nicholson.  OSCAR WILDE FAIRY TALES, a family-friendly reading of two of Wilde’s famous fairy tales written for his sons, will take place Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 pm.

Tickets for IN THE COMPANY OF OSCAR WILDE may be purchased in advance at $39, with special rates for seniors, students, and young adults.  Tickets are $10 for OSCAR WILDE FAIRY TALES, and $50 for the one-night-only TRIAL OF OSCAR WILDE.  Tickets are available at or by calling the PICT Ticket Office at 412-561-6000.


Wednesday, December 6th through Sunday December 10th, 2017
The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 2:00pm
The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

Sunday, December 10th, 2017, 7:30pm
The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

About PICT Classic Theatre
PICT Classic Theatre is committed to the creation of high-quality, professional thought-provoking theatre of substance.  PICT accomplishes its mission by investing in and promoting the greater Pittsburgh community.  PICT is the only professional company within the Pittsburgh region dedicated solely to presenting classics and the “modern” classics of Irish and world theater. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Save on Gateway Clipper Fleet's New Year's Eve Dance Cruises

Super Black Friday Deal!
Spend New Year's Eve Out on the Water!
Save 18% on each ticket purchased for our New Year's Eve Dance Cruise. Offer valid from November 24 through November 27. To redeem savings use promo code: NYEDANCE


The Bodyguard Tickets Now on Presale

The Bodyguard

February 27 - March 4
Benedum Center


Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX!

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including " Queen of the Night", "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "Run to You", "I Have Nothing", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – "I Will Always Love You".

Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

Enter promo code FRANK to purchase tickets before they
go on sale to the public on Friday, December 1.

To Purchase Tickets:
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Broadway In Pittsburgh

Richie Cole and Friends to Create a Very Carnegie Christmas

Richie Cole is joined by Kevin Moore on keyboard, Ava Lintz on bass, Mark Lucas on guitar, and Vince Taglieri on drums. Vocalists Hilerie Klein Rensi, Samantha St. John and Timothy Woodruff, as well as the chorus from Carnegie Elementary School and the very accomplished string players from the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra bring a joyful sound to Carnegie Carnegie Hall!

A reception in the Lincoln Gallery follows the concert.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 12, $5. 1-800-838-3066, x. 1 or
A free shuttle runs from the parking lot on E. Main Street .

Monday, November 20, 2017

PSO Has Special Thanksgiving Weekend Offer

Vienna & Violin Virtuosity
Friday, November 24 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 | 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $20!
Free Child Tickets (ages 6-18) are available for
Thanksgiving weekend, so bring the whole family!
*Some restrictions apply


Manfred Honeck, conductor
Noa Wildschut, violin

Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra
Chausson: Poème ​for Violin and Orchestra
PLUS- Manfred Honeck conducts effervescent Viennese favorites including Emperor Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. and more - a Thanksgiving tradition!

Read the PROGRAM NOTES to learn even more about each piece!

Violinist Noa Wildschut Credit: Marco Borggrove
Dazzling young virtuoso Noa Wildschut, only 16 years old, joins the Pittsburgh Symphony for Thanksgiving weekend, performing two showpieces for violin, Ravel’s Tzigane and Chausson’s Poème. Manfred Honeck rounds out the program with musical gems and effervescent Viennese favorites, celebrating 10 years of this Thanksgiving tradition!


After Friday and Sunday’s concerts, a group of PSO musicians will be performing Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano & Woodwind Quintet, Op.100. These musicians include: Lorna McGhee, flute; Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, oboe; Victoria Luperi, clarinet; David Sogg, bassoon; William Caballero, French horn; and Rodrigo Ojeda, piano. These performances, happening on stage immediately following the concert, are free and open to ticketholders.

Also, after the concert, violinist Noa Wildschut will be signing autographs in the Grand Lobby.

Merry Madrigals at the Mansions

Thursday 14 December
6:30 pm

Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera for an evening of merriment and mirth as we celebrate the season in the holiday splendor of Mansions on Fifth. A program of traditional English madrigals accompanies the arrival of the boar's head and flaming figgy pudding with substantial hors d'oeuvres and festive drinks.

Mansions on Fifth
5105 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

$75 per person
(includes valet parking and a complimentary drink)

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Carnegie Museum of Art Announces 2018 Exhibit Schedule

Carnegie Museum of Art Exterior

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, announces its 2018 schedule of special exhibitions, including the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, the museum’s signature contemporary art show. Other presentations include new photography by Deana Lawson, a unique hang of master Japanese printmaker Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road series, and a major exhibition of CMOA’s neo-classical and neo-romantic works.

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018
October 12, 2018–March 25, 2019

Established in 1896, the Carnegie International is where the contemporary happens. It signals debuts, ambitious installations, live performances, and site-specific works by artists from around the world, making this exhibition an immersive experience of art today.

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner, the 57th edition will culminate three years of travel and research, publications and programs. It saturates the entire museum, making it a place for visitors to move through and to be with art and one another.

Stay tuned for more stories of artist visits, Travelogues, and Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, led by participants in the International.

Teenie Harris Photographs: Service and Sacrifice
January 27–May 28, 2018
Lobby Gallery

During World War II, Charles “Teenie” Harris documented thousands of African American soldiers who fought for a nation that didn’t always fight for them. Separated by over years of Army service, Master Sergeant Eugene Boyer Sr. and former Staff Sergeant Lance A. Woods have selected 25 Harris images that speak to their experiences—the honor of military service, and the sacrifices that the families of service members make.

Teenie Harris was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, and his body of work stands as one of the most detailed records of the black urban experience. His photographs of service members, as well as of efforts on the home front, tell stories of black soldiers fighting for the American promise of civil liberties, and the opportunity for a better future.

Teenie Harris Photographs: Service and Sacrifice is guest-curated by Eugene Boyer Sr. and Lance A. Woods, in collaboration with Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist.

Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye
March 3–June 24
Heinz Galleries

Through painting, sculpture, furniture, prints, drawings, and personal objects, Visions of Order and Chaos shows a Western world in tension between rational order and chaotic abandon. The exhibition is the first major survey of CMOA’s 1750–1850 collections. During this time, the world changed dramatically. Revolutions toppled monarchies, and constitutional democracy took root in the US and France. This was a time of explosive changes, with accelerating ideas on liberty and equality challenging social norms.

Research and restoration projects have yielded several never-before-shown works. Combined with new acquisitions and longtime gallery favorites, the exhibition tells a story of this sensational century. This was one of the most fascinating times in our history, and CMOA invites you to view our world through their eyes.

Visions of Order and Chaos is organized by Louise Lippincott, Curator of Fine Art, and Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

Deana Lawson
March 15–July 15, 2018
Forum 80

Photographer Deana Lawson (b. 1979) addresses critical issues surrounding representations of African Americans and the African diaspora. No other photographer working today depicts the black figure so directly and sensitively. Many of Lawson’s sitters are strangers that she encounters in her everyday life and then photographs in intimate settings.  For this solo exhibition, Lawson expands her artistic practice with new and experimental methods of installation.  By applying her own photographs as well as appropriated images directly to the museum walls without frames, Lawson will heighten the immediacy of her work and invite audiences to consider urgent questions of race and representation.

Deana Lawson is organized by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road
March 24–July 8, 2018
Gallery One

Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido by master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. Central to the exhibition are CMOA’s prints from the first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. This will be the first time in 25 years that the entire series has been on view at the museum.

In a unique twist, visitors will see examples from Hiroshige’s other series on Tokaido to illustrate the artist’s varied approach to the same subject and innovations of vantage point, perspective, and scale. And, multiple impressions of the same Hōeidō print will demonstrate variations in the color woodblock printing process.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road is organized by Akemi May, Assistant Curator of Fine Art.


You've heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This year, consider doing your holiday shopping on the inaugural Museum Store Sunday, spearheaded by the Museum Store Association. Taking place on Sunday, Nov. 26, Museum Store Sunday will offer visitors and consumers inspired experiences and shopping opportunities provided by stores at museums and other cultural non-profit attractions.

More than 600 Museum Stores representing fifty states, ten countries, and three continents are slated to partake in Museum Store Sunday with special events and promotions, including several Pittsburgh destinations!

In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Association for Cultural Enterprises and the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand, MSA’s Museum Store Sunday aims to be the global annual day to Be a Patron -- shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. Holiday shoppers will not only be able to find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value but, through their purchases, will support museums and cultural institutions, enabling ongoing and future appreciation and knowledge. Proceeds from purchases at museum stores support the missions and programming of museums.

“The general public already loves shopping in museum stores, because they know they can find something different,” says Julie Steiner, President of the MSA Board of Directors and Director of Retail Operations at the Barnes Foundation. “Museum Store Sunday gives people a chance to support local businesses, give back to the community through local non-profit museum, support good causes, find unique holiday gifts, and enjoy an entertaining and educational experience at favorite museums, all at the same time.”

Participating Pittsburgh museums and cultural institutions include:

Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Andy Warhol Museum
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Fort Pitt Museum
Heinz History Center
National Aviary
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts
Contemporary Craft
The Frick Pittsburgh
Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art

The Pittsburgh museums and cultural institutions are sponsoring an MSS Pittsburgh Passport Prize Drawing, featuring a prize package valued over $1,000. Patrons can pick up their passport at any of the participating museums on November 26, and after vising two or more museums, have a staff member validate their passport for an entry into the drawing.

No museum admission is needed to access any of the museum stores.

For a complete list of participating museums and institutions, and for more information, visit

About the Museum Store Association
The Museum Store Association is a 501(c)3 international organization with the mission of advancing the non-profit retail industry, its museum stores, and the success of the professionals engaged in it. MSA offers educational information and programs throughout the year culminating in an annual conference and trade show highlighting the best in the industry. By advocating for and encouraging high standards of curated products, knowledge, and professionalism, MSA helps museum stores and their non-profit retail professionals better serve their institutions and the public.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Visit Carnegie Science Center over the holidays to enjoy activities perfect for families, groups, Scout troops, and date nights throughout the month of December.

Polar PJ Parties (Dec. 1, 3, and 10)
Fans of the holiday film The Polar Express are invited to come to the Science Center in their pajamas for a Polar PJ Party. Before seeing the film in the NEW Rangos Giant Cinema, guests will enjoy a hot chocolate bar with liquid nitrogen frozen marshmallows, private time in the Miniature Railroad and Village®, and the chance to take photos with a special guest. Special themed activities also will be offered and each participant receives a train ticket and sleigh bell to take home.

Polar PJ Parties will be held on the following dates:
Fri., Dec. 1: 6-9 pm (sensory-sensitive) (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Sun., Dec. 3: 9 am-Noon (sensory-sensitive) (doors open 8:30 am)
Sun., Dec. 3: 6-9 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Sun., Dec. 10: 9 am-Noon (doors open 8:30 am)
Polar Express will be shown in 3D. The sensory-sensitive events will be shown in 2D.
Sensory-sensitive Polar PJ Parties have been developed specifically for people on the autism spectrum or who are affected by sensory processing disorders.

The cost is $15 per person, and $5 for children 2 and under. Advance registration is required. Visit to register online, or call 412.237.3400, and press 7 to register by phone.

The Polar Express 3D (Dec. 1 -14)
See the modern holiday classic like you’ve never seen it before in 3D in the new Rangos Giant Cinema. Shows are scheduled daily from Dec. 1-14. Some showings will be available in 2D. Visit for show times.

Holiday Magic Laser Show (Dec.1-31)
Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages. Visit for show times and pricing.

Frozen Sing Along (Sat., Dec. 2)
Welcome the winter with a special sing along showing of Disney’s Frozen. Guests will “Let it Go” as they belt out favorite songs from the film from seats in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema.

Doors for the event open an hour before the movie. Ticket holders are invited to join fellow Frozen fans in The Rangos lobby before the film for a hot chocolate bar, included in the admission price. Children are welcome to dress as their favorite characters from the movie and enjoy some fun photo opportunities before the show.

The concession stand, including the new popcorn topping bar, also will be open before the film for purchases.

The Frozen Sing Along will be held on Sat., Dec. 2 at the following times:
10:30 am (doors open at 9:30 am)
1:30 pm (doors open at 12:30 pm)

The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is required. Visit to register online, or call 412.237.3400, and press 7 to register by phone.

Polar Express Sleepover (Fri., Dec. 8)
Families can enjoy a special evening of festive fun and the modern holiday classic The Polar Express in 3D in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema! The sleepover includes a late-night snack, themed activities, the opportunity to attend a planetarium or laser show, and a live theater show. Check-in for the sleepover begins at 6 pm and after spending the night in one of the museum’s exhibit spaces, guests will enjoy a continental breakfast the following morning.

The cost for the sleepover is $39 per person and includes admission to the museum the following day. Groups must have a minimum of one adult chaperone per eight children. To register, call 412.237.1637.

21+ Ugly Sweater Party (Fri., Dec. 22)
Dig out your best worst holiday sweater and join in the fun at the 21+ Ugly Sweater Party from 6-10 pm on Fri., Dec. 22. Enjoy an evening just for grownups with special themed activity tables and drone races. Make a storm trooper snowflake, a pool noodle light saber, or a batch of galaxy oobleck. Create the perfect present-topper with recycled film from the old Omnimax theater. Enjoy treats like Ugly Sweater Slushies frozen with liquid nitrogen, and a hot cocoa bar where visitors can top off their drink with marshmallow science.

Along with cash bars (beer, wine, alcohol, soft drinks) and snacks available for purchase, 21+ After Dark Night also features live music in the Robot Lounge and Laser Karaoke in the Buhl Planetarium.

Tickets prices are $12 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit to register.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Washington Symphony to perform Annual Christmas Concert

Washington Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated annual holiday
performance, “Ho Ho Ho with the WSO” is scheduled for Saturday, December
2 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.
(doors open at 2 p.m.). Both concerts are at Trinity High School in
Washington, PA.

This is the second year that EQT has partnered with the WSO.
The Washington County All-Star Choir, along with the California
University Choir and the Burgettstown Area School District, will be
joining the WSO for choruses from Handel’s Messiah and A Musicological
Journey Through Twelve Days of Christmas.

High Schools contributing singers to the All-Star Choir include:
Bethlehem Center, Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry,
McGuffey, and Trinity.

Local dance troupes will take the stage to perform selected dances from
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Suite No. 1. Schools participating at press
time include Evolving Artists Dance Studio, Moschetta’s Performing Arts
Center, and Sandra Kay Mesler Dance Studio.

Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” David Rose’s “Holiday for
Strings,” and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Dreams of Fireflies” will also
be played as part of the program.

Kids in grades K through 6 will have the opportunity to enter the WSO’s
ornament contest. All entries will be hung on a tree in the lobby and
two winners will be selected, one by a panel of judges and the other by
popular vote on the WSO Facebook page. Each winner will receive a gift
card. Official entry forms are available at

Tickets start at just $17 and can be purchased online at, by
calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the following locations: Citizens
Library, the Peters Township Public Library, and the WSO Office on East
Wheeling Street in Washington (WSO Office by appointment only, call
724-223-9796 and leave a message for appointment).

 For further information about the symphony, visit or connect with
the WSO on Facebook ( and Twitter

Nutcracker Tickets One-Half Off Offer Extended Through Nov. 18

One More Day: 50% Off The Nutcracker
We don't want you to miss our best savings of the season! For one more day, get 50% off* The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $24.50 for prime seats at select performances with promo code: LIGHTUPEXT.


Dec. 1-27 // Benedum Center
Online: (until 11:59 p.m.)
Call: 412-456-6666 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)

*Valid only for performances below listed in red in Zones 1-4. Limit seven tickets per order. Offer ends 11/17/17 at 11:59 p.m. Previous purchases do not apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

J. S. Bach and Buxtehude Cantatas and Arias

St Vincent Camerata presents: J. S. Bach Cantatas and Arias
with special guests: Chatham Baroque & Daniel Teadt, Baritone under the direction of Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B

Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 311 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon and Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Vincent Basilica in Latrobe. Tickets for the St. Bernard performance are free. Tickets for the St. Vincent Basilica performance are $15.

For Ticket Information Call 724-805-2579

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Humans - Now at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Cast of "The Humans Cecelia Riddett in wheelchair then (left to right) Arash Mokhtar, Valeri Mudek, Courtney Balan, J. Tucker Smith and Charlotte Booker Credit: Michael Henninger

Pittsburgh Public Theater celebrates Thanksgiving with The Humans, by Scranton, PA native Stephen Karam.

The Humans was honored with the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Pamela Berlin, The Humans runs November 9 – December 10, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit

In The Humans, three generations of the Blake clan, plus one significant other, meet for Thanksgiving dinner in Lower Manhattan. The Irish Catholic family from Scranton, PA find themselves in Chinatown for the holiday because the youngest, Brigid (Valeri Mudek), has just rented an apartment there with her boyfriend, Richard Saad (Arash Mokhtar). Their dinner guests include Brigid’s mother Deirdre (Charlotte Booker), her father Erik (J. Tucker Smith), and his mother, known as Momo (Cecelia Riddett). Brigid’s sister Aimee (Courtney Balan), a lawyer who lives in Philadelphia, is also there.
In 90 minutes of real-time, the company eats, airs everything from minor complaints to serious setbacks, runs up and down a spiral staircase to get to the bathroom, finds joy in their shared traditions, criticizes, and demonstrates their unshakable love for each other. But beneath the typical holiday festivities, eerie things take place: thuds, shadows, rumbles. Is this just life in contemporary Manhattan, or is something else going on?

“The play is rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you,” said Jesse Green in Vulture. In the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones called it, “truly remarkable and exceptionally moving.”
The design team for The Humans is Michael Schweikardt (Scenic), Suzanne Chesney (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by Pat McCorkle. Fred Noel is the Production Stage Manager and Spencer Whale is the Assistant Stage Manager.

About the Playwright
Stephen Karam’s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting, and Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Prize finalist); and Speech and Debate. His adaptation of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull, starring Annette Bening, is upcoming. Stephen is a 2002 graduate of Brown University. He grew up in Scranton, PA.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
The Humans
November 9 – December 10, 2017

Performance Schedule
Tuesdays at 7 pm.
Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm.
Saturdays at 2 pm (except Nov. 11 & 18) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Dec. 10 when the final show is at 2 pm).
There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23.

Press Night is Thursday, Nov. 16. Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 17.
Ticket prices: $25 - $65. Tickets for students & age 26 & younger: $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or
Ticket prices are subject to change.
For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to,
or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Collaboration of Dance, Live Music, and Poetry - In Defense of Gravity

In Defense of Gravity combines dance, live music, and the poetry of Jimmy Cvetic.

From Pittsburgh’s innovators of the dance-theater experience comes a world-premiere performance inspired by the gritty and heartfelt poetry of local legend, Jimmy Cvetic. Attack Theatre takes a lighter look at the heavy side of life with In Defense of Gravity, running December 1–3, 2017 at George R. White Studio, in Attack Theatre’s shared home with Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District.

In Defense of Gravity makes a case for reflecting on the solemn moments of life and the constant quest to defy gravity in dance. This new work blends introspection and levity in a physicalized struggle against defeat and despair. With movement vignettes and Attack Theatre flair, the performers embrace this wit as they encounter challenges and seek to rebound from the weight of moments embodied in the grit and grace of Jimmy Cvetic’s poetry.

“Anything of value probably does not belong to you…be careful not to break it or you will own it…or it may own you.”

“The best lie told is the one you tell to yourself and the greatest lie is the one that you tell and believe…”

“The hardest things to pick up are the pieces of a broken heart.”

“It’s never the fall that hurts, but the sudden stop” (Jimmy Cvetic)

Some call him “Coach.” Others call him “Mentor.” He’s known widely as "Dog,” (which also inspired the title Defense Of Gravity) Jimmy Cvetic has lived many lives. As a (now retired) detective he fought crime. As a boxing coach, he teaches others how to fight and thrive. As a poet, he has written more than 3,000 poems which are "often dark, often howlingly funny; irreverent and humane; profane and occasionally sentimental" (Pittsburgh City Paper).

Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Peter Kope elaborates on how Jimmy Cvetic came into this process: “When I met Jimmy and read some of his work it drew me to an exploration of how an individual responds to heavy or hard moments in life. This dovetails nicely with something we face as dancers — how does the body respond to the pull of gravity.”

Michele de la Reza adds, “We are contrasting one darker poem with a clear central character that we can relate to through a series of adages that give us a way to rebuild from an intense loss. Jimmy's work really led us to a natural and creative conclusion that blends the physical and emotional responses to gravity."

In Defense of Gravity is choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza. Blending myriad art forms, this performance features guest artists: actor, Patrick Jordan, and vocalist, Anqwenique. Dancers Kaitlin Dann, Dane Toney, Ashley Williams, Sarah Zielinski and Simon Phillips (a recent transplant to Pittsburgh from Atlanta, GA) will bring a physical and emotional intensity to this world premiere production.

The Details:
What: In Defense of Gravity
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets: $15–40

Editor’s Notes:
Founded in 1994 as a collaboration between two dancers and a city, Attack Theatre’s creative partnerships with artists, spaces, and communities have been an integral part of the artistic inspiration and vision since its inception. Attack Theatre combines modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present engaging and innovative dance performances. Under the artistic direction of Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, the company has produced over 180 original works in theatrical and site specific settings, collaborating with symphony orchestras, theater companies, and art museums throughout the region. While maintaining a loyal audience in Pittsburgh, the company has toured extensively across the U.S. and the world, including at the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), the Indonesian Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, and the Spoleto Festival.

Jimmy Cvetic
Jimmy is a retired police officer and Allegheny County detective. In his retirement he spends his time managing boxing gyms, and as the head of the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League works to support at-risk youth in Allegheny County through athletics, mentorship, and annual toy drives. As a poet, Jimmy has published several books of poetry, including Dog is a Love From Hell (2017), Dog Unleashed (2012), and Secret Society of Dog (2010). He has also hosted the Summer Poetry Series at Hemingway’s Cafe in Oakland for nearly 40 years.

Patrick Jordan
Patrick is the founder and the artistic director of barebones productions and most recently directed their production of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. As an actor he has been seen in numerous barebones productions’ and has worked with Bricolage Production Company, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Playhouse REP, PICT, Kinetic, The Project (New York), and Srishti (Calcutta, India) and a personal favorite - Grand Buffet’s Pittsburgh Batman. Patrick is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh.

Anqwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. She is also the founder and director of Groove Aesthetic, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist collective experimenting with contemporary performance and collaborative processes. As the Education Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities. Ms. Wingfield is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Events at the New Hazlett Theater

Holiday Jam

2017 Holiday Jam
Live: From Studio A
December 3  |  7PM
When Hewlett and Anderson hosted their holiday special on Live from Studio A, their rock-and-roll holiday tributes were always a favorite. Now they bring that same spirit to the Holiday Jam. TICKETS


CSA Performance Series
December 7  |  8PM
Presence is the crossroads where jazz, classical, and electronic music meet. It is a unique musical meditation on place, space, and the human condition.  TICKETS

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 6pm 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.