Sunday, December 30, 2018

The National Harbor - A Place for Fun Just a Stone's Throw Away from the Nation's Capital

Sculpture "The Awakening" with The Wheel in the Background Credit: Bill Rockwell

The Wheel at the National Harbor alone made me want to plan a visit. But when you added in a chance to tour the replica of Air Force One, well that was the clincher.

This 350-acre development, a 15 minute drive south of Washington, DC, is the work of a single developer - Peterson Companies (one of D.C.’s oldest, family-owned real estate firms). Just as much an experience as a destination, the National Harbor has it all - two of Maryland's four diamond-rated  hotels, more than 40 restaurants, 160-plus shops including 85 designer stores at Tanger Outlets, gambling in one of the largest casinos outside Las Vegas, $22 million of public art scattered about the site, a state-of-the-art 3,000-seat theater, water sports such as paddle boating, peddle boats and kayaking, a Top Golf franchise, water taxi service to DC and Old  Town Alexandria, free outdoor movies and year round special events.

Let's start with the Capital Wheel, a 180-foot tall Ferris wheel with enclosed air conditioned and heated gondolas that seat up to six. Because The Wheel operates throughout the day and after nightfall, I decided to check out both views. During my daytime ride I could see the Washington Monument and Capitol Building in the distance, but the night time perspective was enlivened by the colorful array of lights in the harbor area. In short, it'd be difficult to recommend one over the other.

Wheel riders generally get a total of 5 or 6 bottom-to top-to-bottom revolutions, plus a stop at the top when The Wheel lets others on and off. When boarding, the attendant points out the "panic button" for those who might find the trip too lofty. (I doubt there are many that use it). For a special VIP experience, try the deluxe gondola that comes with wine coolers and a glass floor.

The Wheel is located at the end of a long pier that juts out into the harbor. On your walk to the admissions gate, check out the five piece sculpture of a giant (a long arm, a hand, a head, a leg and a foot) rising out of the sand on the beach.

Like merry-go-rounds? Nearby, the Carousel is a 36-foot Americana-themed ride with a herd of whimsical creatures instead of horses.

Remember those yellow sugary-coated marshmallow chicks you got in your Easter basket? If so, you'll want to stop at Peeps, a bright and colorful store where you can sample chocolate candy, have your photo taken near the yellow Peep-mobile car, and buy assorted candies and related apparel.

For an eyeful of sights, walk along American Way, which starts at the waterfront and is modeled after Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain. While browsing the landscape keep your eyes open for lifelike statues of notables like Marilyn Monroe, Louis Armstrong, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

The Air Force One Experience Credit: Bill Rockwell
And speaking of which, Old Abe never had a chance to fly on Air Force One, but I relished the chance to take a tour of  the world's most famous airplane. Or at least its replica. To recreate the iconic presidential plane, folks in Rhode Island took a retired Boeing 747 and refurbished it to look like its real deal counterpart, housed 10 miles away at Base Andrews. They then loaded it on a barge, sent it along the Atlantic Coast, then up through Chesapeake Bay to the National Harbor.

My first impression of the famous flying facsimile was its mammoth size with a black Secret Service car parked under one wing. A red carpet walkway leads to the blue and white plane dignified by large letters on its side that read United States of America. With a wingspan longer than a football field, the flying Goliath is approximately 63 feet tall (more than four stories high) and 232 feet long and  meant to give visitors a look at what the real deal is all about.

An hour long audio tour, accessed by Smartphone and narrated by Howie Franklin, who served as onboard steward for nearly 20 years, takes a look at the Presidential office, meeting room, infirmary (where George W Bush would have a massage) and living and sleeping quarters. At the rear, the interior of the plane has been left exposed to show the shell, cables and some of the mechanical infrastructure as well as the area assigned to the press.

The museum also displays photos of past "flying White Houses," rare presidential artifacts - some from the days of Washington and Lincoln, and mementos associated with the plane such as Presidential packs of cigarettes and playing cards. On the way out, you can have your photos taken at the top of the metal staircase, just like the Donald and Melania.

For some night time fun, pop into Bobby McKees dueling piano bar, where two avid pianists try to outdo one another on the keyboards, then try your hand at bull riding amid a rock n' roll -inspired environment at Cadillac Ranch. For live entertainment that has brought in stars like Anita Baker, John Legend andPaula Abdul, check out the the gorgeous and comfortable theater at the MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino. Upcoming shows star Tony Braxton, Gladys Knight and Mariah Carey.

Charlie Brown Christmas Themed Ice Disp[lay at Gaylord Hotel 
Something the entire family would enjoy, but only during the Christmas season, Ice at the Gaylord Hotel took 2 million pounds of ice and turned it, with the help of Chinese ice sculptors, into colorful Charley Brown figures and four two-story tall slides. Before entering the displays, visitors don parkas to help stave off the cold in the temperature controlled environment kept at 9 degrees F. The end of the walk-through features an impressive, full size nativity scene made from crystal clear ice.

In the summer, family movies are screened outdoors on Sundays on the 18 by 32-foot Jumbotron  Date night films are also screened on Thursdays with free outdoor concerts offered on the Riverside Stage on Friday evenings.

To help plan a visit, the destination's website includes a link that guides visitors and helps tailor a personalized itinerary built around personal preferences.

For a place to dine, Succotash features a progressive perspective of classic Southern favorites. James Beard Award nominee Edward Lee brings his Korean roots and Southern repertoire to a soulful Southern menu.with items like shrimp and grits, crispy local blue catfish and fried chicken and waffles. Phone 301-567-8900.

If Asian fusion is more to your liking, Grace's Mandarin serves up a bevy of modern Asian inspired dishes done with a flair in an elegant and refined ambiance. Phone 301-839-3788.

Credit all photos to Bill Rockwell

Saturday, December 29, 2018

There is still time to subscribe to the Pittsburgh Dance Council Season. Join them for 4 world-class contemporary dance shows starting at just $40.


To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Season Tickets: 412-456-1390
Single Tickets: 412-456-6666

Groups 10+: 412-471-6930


12 Peers Theater announces their eighth season featuring the return of Mythburgh, a site-specific performance and storytelling series, and two local premieres, Blank and Everybody. 

Blank is a performance piece by Nassim Soleimanpour, the mastermind behind 2016’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit.  Everybody is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that remixes the classic Everyman for a modern audience.  The play features a rotating cast of performers, ensuring no two performances are the same. 

 “12 Peers Theater has been lucky enough to produce some of the most interesting and exciting contemporary playwrights, and we will continue that trend in our 2019 Season,” says Artistic Director Vince Ventura. “We will revisit the experiment started with 2016’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit and bring a 2018 Pulitzer Finalist to the greater Pittsburgh area.  Our 2019 season is a meditation on meaning, fate, and impermanence. What better way to do that than to look back as we look forward.”  

 12 PEERS THEATER’S 2019 SEASON  MYTHBURGH SEASON 3 March 10, April 14, October 13, and November 10, 2019 Brillobox 4104 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Telling the stories that make Pittsburgh unique, online and in person.

     Mythburgh finds inspiration in the creepy, epic, weird, and truly Pittsburgh stories, told by Pittsburghers and adapted by local playwrights into short plays and digital content.  Featuring a recurring cast of characters with their own online lives and a site-specific location, Mythburgh will push the limits of live theatre and engage audiences online and in person.  

Blank By Nassim Soleimanpour May 2 – 19, 2019 Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre The University of Pittsburgh  Performed by a new actor at each performance and continuing the formal experiment that marked White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Nassim Soleimanpour brings us Blank. 

Through a joint effort between audience and performer, the gaps in the script are filled in to reveal a story that celebrates the human imagination. As formally inventive as it is engaging, Blank reverses the typical theatre experience: A script riddled with blanks leaves the audience in charge of how the story will unfold. The concept might be simple, but the result is nothing short of empowering as a random audience member sees his or her future determined by the imagination of others.  

Everybody By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Vince Ventura August 1 – 18, 2019 Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre The University of Pittsburgh  This modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman follows “Everybody” (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery. With 120 possible casting combinations assigned to the actors during the performance, no two performances of this 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist will be the same.  

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION 412-626-6784 or Single Tickets range from Name Your Own Price to $20.00 

   MYTHBURGH PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Mythburgh performs March 10, April 14, October 13, and November 10, 2019.  Mythburgh tickets are always Name Your Own Price.  

WHERE Brillobox 4104 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (Bloomfield) Port Authority bus routes: 86, 88  
MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  For a complete listing of performance times, please visit or call 412-626-6784.  

TICKETS Flex Passes: $30.00 - $80.00  Single Tickets range from Name Your Own Price to $20.00 and go on sale December 15, 2018.  DISCOUNTS Artist: $15.00 Student: Name Your Own Price Senior: Name Your Own Price Dramatists Guild Members: Free through the Playwrights Welcome Program  All Preview Performances, Sunday Performances, and Monday Industry Night Performances in the 2019 Main Stage season are Name Your Own Price.    

WHERE 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Oakland) Port Authority bus routes: 54, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D   -- more – 
   PARKING Parking available on Bigelow Blvd., Forbes Ave., Fifth Ave., or at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Parking Garage on Bigelow Blvd.  

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

Save the Date: PBT and DTH Preview Party and Performance

Join PBT and DTH as they reunite for a mixed repertory production, featuring repertoire signatures from both companies and a collaborative staging of Stanton Welch's expressive Orange.


6 p.m. Welcome Cocktails and Lite Fare
7 p.m. Performance
9 p.m. Post-Show Party

Cocktail Attire
In Partnership with August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Made possible with support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Fleischner Family Charitable Foundation.
To purchase tickets, sponsor PBT + DTH or for more information,
please contact Aziza El Feil at 412-454-9127 or



The human body serves as a canvas at the next 21+ event at Carnegie Science Center. 21+ Night: Body Art happens on Fri., Jan. 11 from 6–10 pm and features special presentations about the science of makeup, piercings, and tattoos. Guests can grab a drink from the cash bar, explore how people decorate the human form, and even get a tattoo.

Visitors who are thinking about getting a tattoo can go for a temporary look with free face and body painting, courtesy of artisans from Blushing Zebra. For a semi-permanent look, guests can get intricate designs created by Mehndi (henna art) by Soma Chatterji or get a botanical art design from greenSinner. For those looking to make a serious commitment, Torch and Dagger is offering permanent tattoos on site for an additional cost. Guests can choose from a selection of preset designs. Cost of the permanent tattoos depends on the art chosen. Time slots for permanent tattoos are limited – guests can register for a timeslot on the night of the event.

Makeup techniques will be on display and artists will offer tutorials on daily and special event makeup.

As a bonus, Highmark SportsWorks® will be open for this event. Become a human yo-yo, climb the rock wall, or try out Virtual Sports, a brand-new exhibit that allows visitors to play hockey, soccer, volleyball, or snowboard using a green screen.

You must be age 21 or older to enter. Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.

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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Limited Quantity Offer: HYMN Sarah Brightman In Concert

HYMN Sarah Brightman in Concert
February 12, 2019 
8:00 pm • Benedum Center


Sarah Brightman unveils new full-length album HYMN arriving November 9, 2018. Announces world tour “Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert” launching in November with North American dates to kick off January 2019. Introduces brand partnership with Swarovski. 

Special Guest Performers include Vincent Niclo and Narcis Iustin Ian─âu.

Limited Time Offer: Use code HYMN for 25% off.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-4800
Box Office at Theater Square
Ticket Limit: 8 per customer

Celebrate Memories Made in 2018 with a Gift to the CLO

Christine Laitta and Hope Anthony in PERFECT WEDDING; Charlotte Perry Maltby in TITANIC; Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Jeffrey Howell, Richard Thomas and Daniel Frontz in A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Credit: Matt Polk

From our beginnings at Pitt Stadium in 1946 to today’s Broadway-caliber productions at the Benedum, Byham, and CLO Cabaret to education programs at the CLO Academy and throughout area schools, Pittsburgh CLO has brought generations of people together for over 70 wonderful years creating shared experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

As we prepare to celebrate a New Year, we hope your fond memories of time spent at CLO will inspire you to join many other fans by making a donation to keep locally-produced musical theater and arts education thriving in our city for generations to come!

We hope you will make Pittsburgh CLO part of your end of year giving! 


Support musical theater produced for you right here in Pittsburgh AND receive your exclusive benefits! 

For a gift of $2,500: VIP Experience Package including two season tickets for the 2019 Summer Season, invitations for complimentary drinks in the Benedum Center private lounges, free parking and other great benefits!

For a gift of $1,000: Take advantage of free, reserved parking for all six of our 2019 Summer Season shows and exclusive invitations to opening night cast parties and more!

For a gift of $250: Two free tickets to a CLO-produced show!

For a gift of $100: Receive an exclusive invitation to a behind-the-scenes dress rehearsal of a 2019 Summer Season show!

For more information on all of the VIP perks you will receive as a donor, please visit our website.

Thank you for the memories, 
and best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Terry Wickline in A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL; Christopher Gurr in TITANIC; Laurie Veldheer and Jessica Fontana in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE | Photos: Matt Polk

Use code 'EARLYBIRD' for a discount on General Admission tickets until December 31, 2018

The Pittsburgh CLO Ambassadors' Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7pm. This offer expires with the year - so don't wait! General Admission tickets are $90 (with code EARLYBIRD). After December 31, 2018, General Admission tickets are $120.

Since its inception, this event has raised over $1,200,000 for Pittsburgh CLO Education and Outreach programs, reaching 50,000 students annually. Click here to learn more


Happy Holidays from Art Expression, Inc.!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement which enables us to support children and families each year. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative 2019! Art Expression!

WEDNESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2018 01:31 PM Written by Angela Lowden (from,

School District Group Project Susan Novak Photographer

Problem solving – that’s what we do in Art Expression.

What inspired me to create Art Expression was my own traumatic experience growing up as a child. I lost my father when I was 12 and lost my mother when I was 18 then became orphaned. I then came to Pittsburgh, to live with an aunt. Coping with loss, I turned to the arts. Art has been a calming influence for me, a way to express myself and gain the confidence to communicate through my artmaking. Art has been a support for me.

As a parent, I saw that art could help others, especially children who had needs for social and emotional learning. Children of all abilities and backgrounds could be included in an art program and be accepted. Through art children can learn social skills from their peers and their peers could learn about them, and differences would be valued instead of differences dividing people.

In 2001, I went to my home school district and presented the idea of Art Expression to them. I expressed that I wanted to have a program where ALL children would be included and teach social skills, increasing self-awareness and confidence by making art.

We have several programs in Art Expression, Inc. Our flagship is Creative Partners, which serves K-12 children in schools. From the Heart, our shelter program, serves toddlers up to teenagers as well as the parents who are with them. Our target group is 15 – 20 students. We serve approximately 1,000 students a year, and almost half are from the homeless shelters in Allegheny County through with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, and the Ward Home. Musical Partners is our program where we integrate the auditory world of music with the visual world of art. Art Expression also offers STEAM, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics programs in local school districts.
School District Group Project Kristen Watt Photographer

It’s more about the process than the art product, although students do improve their artistic abilities. We have professional art and music therapists and certified teachers conduct the program. The program is free of charge to all participants.

Giving children a voice through their art in a place where they are not judged, they can become friends with people they would never would not have gotten to know because art levels the playing field. Through Art Expression, students gain the confidence to become artists.

Our programs are fully inclusive and include regular education students alongside students with a variety of disabilities. It is a wonderful group where people come together. The children can take the goals of Art Expression into the classroom.
School District Mural Megan Miller photographer 

I never thought our pilot program in 2001 would expand to serve over 10,000 children in six counties. We recently expanded to Johnstown in Cambria County, where we are serving the Christian Home and young adolescents that are coming from traumatic situations. We also have a new program that we’re starting which is a parent-child art program in the shelters through support from the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.

We recently received an esteemed grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We were also a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013 and 2017. These honors distinguished us as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country for 2017. The NAHYP awards have been known as the country’s highest honor for out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs. In 2013, the program received a NAHYP Award Certificate of Excellence from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and again received one for the 2017 honor as well.

For more information about Art Expression, please visit


Wednesday, December 26, 2018



Humane Animal Rescue will visit Carnegie Science Center on Fri., Jan. 4 with loveable animals that are available for FREE adoption, sponsored by Baierl Subaru.

Animals will be available from 10 am–4 pm. Normal adoption policy and procedures apply. An adoption fee is required for puppies and kittens.

For more information, visit or call 412.237.3400.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Finish Your Holiday Shopping with a Special Offer

Get 20% off tickets to The Great Gatsby.
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Give the Gift of a Ballet Experience!

Just because you waited 'till the last minute doesn't mean you're stuck re-gifting this year. Give your loved ones (or yourself!) the gift of ballet with tickets to a brand new production of The Great Gatsby, PBT's second collaboration with Dance Theatre of Harlem or the timeless classic The Sleeping Beauty.

Now through Dec. 28, get 20% off tickets to The Great Gatsby!

Rediscover the revelry and recklessness of the Roaring '20s in Jorden Morris' new staging of The Great Gatsby.
Promo Code: PBTGIFTGATSBY | Online: | Call: 412-456-6666

Available for performances Feb. 14-17 only. Offer ends Dec. 28. Valid on Zones 1-4 only. Previous purchases do not apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Or Select Another Beautiful Ballet Experience...

March 15-24, 201 | August Wilson Center
Following a sold-out run in 2017, two great American ballet companies reunite for a mixed repertory production.

May 10-12, 2019 | Benedum Center
A tour de force of classical choreography and fairy tale charm driven by a magnificent Tchaikovsky score.

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Support your Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in honor of a loved one.

Purchase a gift certificate for your giftee to apply towards the tickets of their choice.

Box Office: 412-456-6666
Subscriptions: 412-454-9107 
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Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Friday, December 21, 2018

Time to Slow Down and Treat Yourself.

Ben-David Warner& Friends Christmas CD RelaseTour

Saturday, December 22, 8:00 p.m
.A full-band, celtic acoustic Christmas concert.

Ben-David Warner's music is a perfect pairing with the Music Hall's acoustics. The CD was recorded at Carnegie Carnegie Hall one year ago.  I have an advance copy and am coming back for more!    

Advance tickets $15; Advance students and seniors $10.
 All tickets $20 at the door.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie PA 15106

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Dinner at Le Mont - A City Theatre Fundraiser

A Benefit for City Theatre
February 6, 2019

Dine at the top of Mt. Washington with

Tamara Tunie &
Laurie Klatscher,
the stars of THE ROOMMATE.

Join us for dinner at Lemont
for an early Valentine's Day celebration.

$150 per ticket
February 6th - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Limited Seating

Click here for exciting menu options


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Etta 'N' Kenia - Jazz 'N' Samba

 Think Jobim, think Girl from Ipanema,
think Sultry, think Soulful, think Sizzle....

Two of Pittsburgh's great Ladies of Jazz, Etta Cox and Kenia, are coming to Carnegie Carnegie Hall!  They will be joined by Alton Merrelll, Tony DiPaolis, Thomas Wendt and Lucas Ashby for a night of Brazilian Jazz seasoned with selections from the Great American Songbook.

Sophisticated, Relaxed, Affordable.  After the concert, enjoy complimentary prosecco at a reception with these great performers.  Avoid the expense, avoid the hoopla. Ring in the New Year early with us!

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue Carnegie PA 15106

Celebrate New Year's Eve on the Water

Come Celebrate with the Gateway Clipper Fleet!
Monday, December 31

Three Cruise Sailings:

New Year's Eve Dinner
6:00 pm
New Year's Eve Hors d'oeuvres Dance
9:30 pm
New Year's Eve Dance
9:30 p.m.

Ring in 2019 Out on the Water!

Click HERE to Reserve Tickets!

Monday, December 17, 2018



Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (January 1) in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, December 30 for tickets to the Tuesday, January 1 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.

Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
You can also visit to register.

The lottery will open at 11:00 a.m. ET two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 a.m. ET the day prior to the performance.
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 a.m. ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets. 

Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 p.m. ET the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 p.m. ET the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.


Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final - no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical. 

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Launching April 2019 in Chicago, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton through the immersive exhibit featuring a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda. For more information and to sign up to be the first to receive news and ticket sales alerts about HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION, please visit

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit,, and


The summer may be months away, but most parents are already thinking about ways to ensure that their child’s summer is fun, active, and enriching. Experiences are the perfect gift to give any child this holiday season. Give the gift of video game science, robotics or space exploration, discovering the biology of Pittsburgh, or the chemistry of cooking. Carnegie Science Center summer camp registration is now open, and reservations are being accepted for dozens of programs for children and teens ages 4–18. If you can’t register for your favorite camper yet, purchase a Gift Certificate, good for camps, classes, membership, and admission to the Science Center.

Little Einstein’s will love specifically programmed half-day adventures, and other kids and teens will enjoy full-day science experiences.

Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, one of Pittsburgh’s coolest digital makerspaces, offers cutting-edge experiences in digital fabrication, while the brand-new Colcom Foundation Wet Lab in the FedEx STEM Learning Labs allows kids to conduct authentic science experiments. Along with Kennywood Camp and Explore Pittsburgh, there are 20+ new themes to choose from that will keep kids active all summer long! Some camps will be held inside the new PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™.

In addition to the new themes, Two-Day Scout Mini-Camps will provide troops with the ability to carry out authentic science experiments. Scouts will venture out into the field to conduct water and soil sampling while measuring their data with Vernier sensors. Scouts attending complete all requirements for the Scouts BSA Chemistry, Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Science, and Weather Merit badges, respectively.

Camp programs include: 

Half-Day Camps for Ages 4-5:
Things That Go
My Place in Space
Science of Me
Creepy, Crawly Bugs
Wee Bots
Splish, Splash, Science
Little Builders
Science Explorers
Science in Motion
Messy Science
Flight School
In the Garden (NEW!)
Big and Small (NEW!)
Sensory Science (NEW!)
Neighborhood Science (NEW!)
Invisible Forces (NEW!)

Full-Day Camps for Ages 6-7:
Be a Roboticist
Camp Odd Squad
Far Out Space
Code Builders
Junior Wizard
I’m Biology
Camp Magic School Bus
Motors and Mechanisms
Around the World
Test It!
Just Add Water (NEW!)
Novel Science (NEW!)
Energy is Everywhere (NEW!)
Coasters to Carousels (NEW!)
Superhuman Science (NEW!)
Mix It Up (NEW!)
Fantastic Floating and Flying Machines (NEW!)

Full-Day Camps for Ages 8-9:
Culinary Chemistry
Kennywood Camp
River Camp
Ready, Set, Code!
Space Exploration
Brain Games
Robot Roundup
Weird Science
Inventor’s Workshop
Machine Mania
Great Outdoors (NEW!)
Engineering Through the Ages (NEW!)
Spy School (NEW!)
Robotics 101: Robots of the Round Table (NEW!)
Robotics 101: Robot Rescue (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade
Fab Lab: Toy Works

Full-Day Camps for Ages 10-11:
Robotics Space Challenge
River Camp
Kennywood Camp
Short Circuit
CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators
Video Game Design
Expedition Earth
Da Vinci’s Designs (NEW!)
Apocalyptic Architecture (NEW!)
Studio Scratch (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp
Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Toy Works

Full-Day Camps for Ages 12-14:
Science Escape
Digital Storytelling and Game Design
Robot Engineers
Art + Tech
Alchemy Academy (NEW!)
Science Beats (NEW!)
Figure It Out (NEW!)
Adventures in Exploration (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World
Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge
Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

Mini-Workshops for Ages 14-18:
Fab Lab: Teen Making Workshop
STEM Girls Entrepreneur Camp
Fab Lab: Girls Teen Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge Workshop

For more information and to register, visit If you would like to purchase a gift certificate that can be used toward Carnegie Science Center camps, classes, a membership, or general admission, call 412.237.3400.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Discover Your Inner Elf

Scene from Elf, The Musical Credit: Joan Marcus

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce that NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are bringing the Broadway musical ELF to Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Tickets are available now for performances Wednesday, December 26 to Sunday, December 30, 2018.  This touring production is a season special, part of the 2018-19 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.

Performance dates and times for ELF The Musical at Heinz Hall are Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 30 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets (starting at $31) are available at these official ticketing sources:, by calling the Heinz Hall Box Office at 412-392-4900, or in person at either Heinz Hall Box Office (600 Penn Avenue), or Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at, or by email:

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Buddy and Santa Credit: Joan Marcus

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

Leading the cast is Eric Williams as “Buddy,” John Adkison as “Walter Hobbs”, Galyana Castillo as “Deb”, Paloma D’Auria as “Jovie”, Mark Fishback as “Santa”, Liam Vincent Hunt and Grady Miranda as “Michael Hobbs”, Caitlin Lester-Sams as “Emily Hobbs”, Torrey Linder as “Store Manager”, and Jake McCready as “Mr. Greenway”.

The tour will also feature Bernie Baldassaro, Chaz Alexander Coffin, Holly Lauren Dayton, Michael Dewar, Michael Doliner, Danny Hammond, Kelsey Jenison, Lacey Kim Kriston, Matthew Marvin, Jennifer Oehlwein, Caitlin Ort, Jenna Rifkind, Cary Segal, and Oz Shoshan.

The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

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