Monday, December 17, 2018

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: ANNOUNCING #HAM4HAM LOTTERY IN PITTSBURGH 40 TICKETS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE $10 EACH





PERFORMANCES JANUARY 1 – 27, 2019
AT THE BENEDUM CENTER

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.

HOW TO ENTER
Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (HamiltonMusical.com/app).
Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (HamiltonMusical.com/app).
You can also visit HamiltonMusical.com/lottery 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.

ADDITIONAL RULES

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 TrustArts.org 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 HamiltonExhibition.com.

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 HamiltonMusical.com, Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical, Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER SUMMER CAMPS PROVIDES GREAT OPTIONS FOR GIFTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON NEW PROGRAMS, ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR 2019



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 CarnegieScienceCenter.org. 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: www.TrustArts.org, 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 TrustArts.org/GroupSales, or by email: groupsales@TrustArts.org.

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!”

Additional information about ELF is available at www.ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com.

Friday, December 14, 2018

WSO Seeking Applicants for Young Artist Competition

The Washington Symphony Orchestra is once again seeking applicants for ts Young Artist Completion.

The Young Artist Competition (YAC) is open to student classical vocalists or instrumentalists who play brass, harp, percussion, piano, strings, or woodwinds and are residents of Washington County. 

Students who audition must be prepared to play/sing one movement of a standard 
repertoire piece for solo and orchestra. An accompanist is required for the audition.

The winner of the YAC receives a $1,000 prize and will have the opportunity to rehearse for and play with the WSO during its “Back to Broadway” concert on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

“The WSO is our local orchestra, supported by wonderful musicians who  are willing to share their skills and expertise,” said WSO Board President Maryann Weinstein. “I urge all parents and teachers of serious 
student musicians and performers to take advantage of these opportunities.”

The deadline for YAC applications is February 13, with auditions held at Trinity High School after that date.
Applications can be found at www.washsym.org, or copies can be requested by calling 724-223-9796 and leaving a message or emailing info@washsym.org.

And, as always, the WSO offers free admission to students under the age 
of 18 who participate in musical activities in school (chorus, band,  orchestra), or who are attending private musical lessons for voice or instrument. Interested students should ask about the program at the 
front desk when attending a concert and a volunteer will register them.

For more information about any WSO program, visit www.washsym.org, or 
call 724-223-9796 and leave a message or email info@washsym.org.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Liberty Magic Opening February 6 with Eric Jones



Opening Liberty Magic for six weeks, February 6 - March 17, 2019, Eric Jones in IMPOSSIBLE will leave audiences in wonder as reality transforms into the unreal, coins multiply and cards fly. By the show's conclusion, guests will have been left in amazement by Jones' canny ability to blur the lines between reality and illusion.
In addition to serving as Artistic Advisor for Liberty Magic, Lee Terbosic is currently in the process of creating a brand new show, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT that will premiere in March. A 60-minute performance of incredible magic, comedy, sleight of hand, illusion, mind reading, escape, and storytelling, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the performance with several opportunities to become part of the routines themselves and bringing an added dimension to the world of parlor magic. IN PLAIN SLEIGHT runs for eight weeks at Liberty Magic, from March 20 - May 12, 2019.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Liberty Magic seating is general admission, priced at $40 per ticket. Performances are: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
There is a special Skeleton Key VIP Experience for $65 reserved for the truly adventurous. The Skeleton Key VIP Experience unlocks the first two rows in our intimate theater, a chance to become part of the performance (if you wish) and an exclusive meet and greet with the artist after the show, which includes private, close-up mysteries. Members of the Skeleton Key VIP Experience also have the opportunity to purchase merchandise not available for sale to the general public.

The Liberty Magic experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted. Liberty Magic also offers a special space for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. Student, corporate, and group sales discounts are available for select performances. Visit TrustArts.org/Groups to learn more.

While there is no dress code, we encourage guests to dress in cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special night out.

Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee.

About Eric Jones
For more than 10 years, Eric Jones has made a name for himself in the world of magic. He has showcased at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and Monday Night Magic, NYC's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, wowing A-list celebrities including Tobey Maguire ("I'd never play cards with you!"), John Mayer ("Incredible! I've never seen anything like that before!"), and the judges on Season 12 of NBC's America's Got Talent, where he was named a top 12 semi-finalist ("You are a SUPERHERO! – Mel B.; "You are BRILLIANT! – Simon Cowell; "MINDBLOWING!" – Heidi Klum).


About Lee Terbosic
Lee Terbosic is a nationally-touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil, and entertainer who makes Pittsburgh his home and base of operations. His newest project Houdini’s Last Secrets, a four-part television series, premieres Sunday, January 6 on Discovery's Science Channel. With the help of skilled engineers and one of Houdini's actual descendants, Lee looks to uncover the methods to Houdini’s magic and the science behind the madness. Lee has wowed some of Hollywood's biggest stars like Aaron Paul, Jack Black, Wiz Khalifa, and Johnny Depp. He has appeared on America's Got Talent on NBC, Four Weddings on TLC, and Now You See It on the BBC. On November 6, 2016, Lee performed his biggest stunt to date with Houdini100 in the Cultural District – a tribute to Harry Houdini's death-defying, upside-down straightjacket escape. His one-man show 52 Up Close at Hotel Monaco has established Lee as one of the most influential magicians in Pittsburgh. Lee joins the Liberty Magic team as an Artistic Advisor.

About Liberty Magic
In short, Liberty Magic is a space dedicated to elevating the art of magic. Located at 811 Liberty, on the same block where Harry Houdini mesmerized Pittsburgh crowds in 1916, Liberty Magic is an intimate, speakeasy performance space dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and prestidigitation. With less than 70 seats in four rows, the magicians and performers who appear at Liberty Magic offer you a one-of-a-kind experience that is easy to access and hard to forget. The Liberty Magic experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted.

Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee. We offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. We also offer group sales discounts on select performances. While there is no dress code, we encourage our guests to get into the spirit with cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special evening out. TrustArts.org/Magic

Sunday, December 9, 2018

First Night Pittsburgh - Check out this Band That's Playing

Talk about mellow!!!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycA7noCnf64&start_radio=1&list=RDycA7noCnf64

First Night Pittsburgh - Family Fun on New Year's Eve



Pittsburgh's arts-focused New Year's Eve celebration in the Cultural District is turning 25. Admission Buttons are on sale now for the Silver Jubilee of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh!

$10 | Kids 5 and Under Free
$40 | First Night Friends VIP Experience

Buy Buttons


Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale
Count down to midnight and watch the Future of Pittsburgh Ball rise high above the Cultural District with Zambelli Fireworks!
 









Durand Jones & The Indications

The soul music quintet from Bloomington, Indiana will help Pittsburgh to ring in the new year on the Highmark Stage, 10:45 pm - midnight.
 









New Year's Eve Parade
"Black and Gold turns Silver" for the 25th anniversary of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh's signature parade, also the 20th anniversary of Studio Capezzuti's creative leadership with the parade's giant puppets and art cars.
 






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Friday, December 7, 2018

Staged Reading of Auntie Mame This Sunday

Daina Griffith as Auntie Mame.  Credit:: ‘Burgh Vivant.


WHAT:                      Staged reading of the play Auntie Mame.
WHO:                        ‘Burgh Vivant, Spencer Whale, and a cast of Pittsburgh performers and personalities. 
WHERE:                    The New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh.
WHEN:                      Sunday, December 9th, 2018.  6:30pm
TICKETS:                  $35.  www.burghvivant.org

Classic comedy Auntie Mame to showcase an array of Pittsburgh talent

On Sunday, December 9th, ‘Burgh Vivant will present a staged reading of the classic comedy play Auntie Mame, featuring 2013 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year Daina Griffith in the title role.  The evening will benefit ‘Burgh Vivant’s mission to promote arts and culture in Pittsburgh. 
In addition to Ms. Griffith, the cast will include some of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated performers and personalities in leading roles and guest cameos, representing a wide range of the city’s many performing arts organizations.  Hope Anthony, Karen Baum, Ken Bolden, Sharon Brady, David Crawford, Reginald Douglas, James FitzGerald, Martin Giles, Parag S. Gohel, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Linda Haston, Billy Hartung, Matt Henderson, Richard Keitel, Randy Kovitz, Daniel Krell, Danny Mayhak, Connor McCanlus, Missy Moreno, Caroline Nicolian, Joanna Obuzor, Jared Pascoe, Richard Rauh, Matthew J. Rush, Quinn Patrick Shannon, Katie Shenot, Ingrid Sonnichsen, Alan Stanford, Cameron Tino, Becki Toth, Mario Williams, Leon Zionts, and Nancy Zionts.  The performance will be directed by Spencer Whale.   
Auntie Mame by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, opened on Broadway in 1956, based on the bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis.  The story details the madcap adventures of a young orphan left in the care of his aunt, an eccentric Manhattan socialite.  The December 9th presentation will be a staged reading, accompanied by theatrical video projections and sound effects. 
The performance will begin at 6:30pm on Sunday, December 9th at The New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh.  The lobby will open at 5:30pm and will include several raffle items of Auntie Mame memorabilia.   Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased at burghvivant.org.  All proceeds benefit ‘Burgh Vivant.
‘Burgh Vivant is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts and advancing cultural awareness in the greater Pittsburgh region through engaging multimedia content and strategic community partnerships. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018



HAMILTON

January 1-27
Benedum Center

A number of tickets are released daily for upcoming performances. Visit the Box Office at Theater Square or TrustArts.org/Hamilton for availability. Ticket limit: 4 per household.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website, TrustArts.org, is the only official online ticket source for PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh tickets. Tickets for HAMILTON purchased on a secondary site cannot be guaranteed.

Remember to #CoverTheCode — Keep your tickets safe! Don’t post pics of your tickets online with the one-of-a-kind barcode showing before the event happens.

Search For Tickets

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at TrustArts.org/Hamilton
Call 412-456-4800
Box Office at Theater Square
There will be a ticket limit of 4 tickets per household.This includes previously purchased tickets. Any ticket purchases that are detected to be purchases from potential brokers, patrons creating multiple accounts, or any action that indicates a purchase in excess of the 4 ticket limit may be cancelled without consideration.

City Theatre Has the Perfect Holiday Gift



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The box office is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Friday, 12/21, and re-opens on Wednesday, 12/26 at 10 a.m. Flex vouchers may be redeemed for Main Season productions only and are subject to availability.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cultural Trust Adds Two Shows for Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp Performance



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that two shows have been added for patrons to see Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., at the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue.  Tickets (starting at $50) are on sale now!  (Pascal and Rapp performances on Monday, April 8, 2019 are sold out.)  This event is part of the 2018-2019 TRUST Cabaret Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The series offers patrons a rare opportunity to see Broadway’s stars and today’s leading vocalists in a uniquely intimate setting in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.

Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp | April 8 (sold out);  two shows added: April 9, 2019
Acoustically Speaking – A 20 Year Friendship
For the first time, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will celebrate 20 years of friendship and the iconic Tony Award-winning musical RENT in a special concert tour. “Acoustically Speaking – A 20 Year Friendship,” is a new show featuring two Broadway giants, coming together to celebrate music, stories and their friendship. 

An intimate show, Adam & Anthony will deliver solo sets featuring both original tunes and songs that have influenced their lives, capped off by performing a few of the iconic hits from where it all began- meeting at RENT. 

Anthony currently stars in the second season of CBS’s STAR TREK: DISCOVERY series.  Prior, he starred on Broadway in IF/THEN, as well as the national tour.  Adam returned to Broadway in 2017, starring in SOMETHING ROTTEN, followed by the National tour.  Prior, he returned to the Nederlander Theater starring in DISASTER. Both artists have continued to do their own solo concerts throughout the country.

The 2018-2019 TRUST Cabaret Series will also feature performances in 2019 by Tony award winners and nominees, including:  

The Cooper Family | February 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
starring Lilli Cooper, Eddie Cooper, and Chuck Cooper
The Cooper Family features Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper and Eddie Cooper. Chuck Cooper, is a veteran of 15 Broadway shows, and has performed on Broadway in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. He won a Tony Award® for his performance in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE. His favorite role is Eddie, Alex and Lilli’s father, and he is gratefully married to playwright Deborah Brevoort.

Lilli Cooper launched her Broadway career at just 16, starring as Martha in the first Broadway cast of SPRING AWAKENING. She recently starred on Broadway as Sandy Cheeks in the hit musical SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, and is the creator and star of the Glamour.com web-series “It’s Not Okay, Cupid.”

Eddie Cooper’s most recent credits include THE NEW WORLD (Bucks County Playhouse), ASSASSINS, GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Encores! Off Center). Television credits include HBO’s Emmy-nominated THE NIGHT OF, BANSHEE, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE and FOREVER.

Ann Hampton Callaway & Amanda McBroom | March 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
One word most wonderfully describes this extraordinary evening featuring two of the cabaret world’s leading singers and songwriters: Divalicious. Music divas Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway celebrate classics from the Great American Songbook and also their own works. Pianist and acclaimed songwriter Michele Brourman accompanies the duo in this stunning show of song and storytelling.

Tickets 
TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.  Unless otherwise noted, single tickets range in price from $45-$65. All performances take place at the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

For information, please visit these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: call 412-456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930.  Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Greer Cabaret Theater. Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar. Theater Square also offers convenient parking. Visit: www.ParkPgh.org

The Definitive Guide On The 5 Types of Tequila



Not too long ago, Tequila options were limited.  Tequila used to be dark brown and tasted terrible. It was not sipped, it was used in margarita’s loaded with sugar or taken as a shot following by salt, lime, intense gagging and possibly vomiting.  Yes, it was that bad.

Over the last decade or so, many new tequila brands have hit the market.  It is confusing to know what kind to order and how to drink it. Similar to wine and bourbon, tequila is tastier the longer it is aged.

The team at RaveReviews.com created The Definitive Guide On The 5 Types of Tequila. Learn these tips and you will sound worldly and impressive the next time you are on a date or out with friends.

Best Type For Mixed Drinks:
1.       Blanco or Silver: Requires little aging.  The flavor is sweet intense agave and is great for mixed drinks.
2.       Joven or Gold: Requires little aging and is a combination of Blanco and Reposado

Best Type For Margarita’s:
3.       Reposado: Must be aged 2-12 months. It goes down mellow and smooth.

Best Type For Sipping:
4.       Extra Anejo: Must be aged for 1-3 years. The taste has vanilla and floral notes.
5.       Joven or Gold: Must be aged for at least 3-years and is both smooth and complex.

Now that you are cultured and worldly, be sure to do some research on the best brands. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Jazz at WMAA to Feature Benny Benack Band



Saxophonist Benny Benack to perform with Band at WMAA Credit: Courtesy Photo

Holiday Jazz with Benny Benack II
Great American Music Series
Wednesday, December 19
6:30-9 p.m.

Celebrate the season with a holiday jazz concert by legendary Pittsburgh saxophonist Benny Benack II and his band of talented jazz pros! 

There's something for everyone in our Great American Music Series, from indie rock to jazz to pop country to Latin American rhythm. Each concert will have a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drinks and specialty cocktails, and food available for purchase from Elegant Catering. Plus, get here early to check out the Museum galleries before they close at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 ($20 for members, $10 students, children under 18 free)

Purchase tickets online or call 1-888-718-4253.

Get Tickets Today!

Other Upcoming Events at The Westmoreland...

Art on Tap and Opening Reception for Circular Abstractions
Friday, Dec. 14 \ 5-7 p.m.

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Holiday Brunch and Exhibition Tour
Sunday, Dec. 16 > 11:30am
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Sometimes it's all in the name and sometimes there's not much in a name at all.

The Old Curiosity Shop is currently running now through December 15th. The name gives nothing more away then a part of the setting.

What is this show about then? It's about parents and children, poverty and wealth; love and greed, selfishness and kindness; abuse and addiction, human failings and the intersecting of our journeys.

It's really  about seeing art that challenges us to question ourselves and others. Can we see ourselves in those we view as villains? Are we much different than they? Are we just the same but call our motives by a different name? Could we be part of what's wrong with our families, communities, and society? Curious aren't you? Come see the show.



The Old Curiosity Shop
Adapted by Alan Stanford from the novel by Charles Dickens

Through December 15th, 2018

A Dickens classic and a US premiere
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Dine Before Dickens

One date is already SOLD OUT. Don't miss your chance to Take a delightful tour and have a lovely meal before seeing the show. A pre-show dinner at The Mansions on Fifth will take place on Thursday, December 13. The tour begins at 5:00 and culminates in the formal dining room at 5:30pm where a 3- course meal will be served. Alan Stanford, the Director and Adapter of The Old Curiosity Shop, will read a few verses from the play before we head off to WQED to see the performance. For additional information regarding purchasing the dinner or the dinner package CLICK HERE.


CLASSIC CULINARY CULTURE COURSE #1: 
Hightlights of the Victorian Table 
Join us for Victorian culinary treats on Friday, December 7 at 6:30 pm in Studio B! Alan Stanford will delve into the Dickensian culinary experience. We’ll take a look back at staples, such as porridge, and favorites such as Victorian sponge cakes, various puddings, and syllabub.  Samples will be shared.  
Did you know – Alan Stanford enjoyed a column for seven years with the Irish Independent as a food critic?
To purchase tickets to the performance immediately following this event CLICK HERE.



HOLIDAY GIFT SPECIAL
For a limited time, we offer the Flex 2 package for $90. Package includes two flex vouchers that can be used for any performance date during our 2018/2019 season along with your holiday message, presented in our red envelope. 

To give the gift of theatre CLICK HERE. 

FLEX PACKAGES
The ultimate flexible ticket option.  Each flex ticket is good for any performance all season long with free ticket exchange. Choose a Flex 6 Package series or a Flex 4 Package series.  Pricing includes all handling and processing fees.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Nutcracker - The Reviews Are in!




Here's what audiences are saying about The Nutcracker! 

"The entire presentation was exemplary."
"GORGEOUS costumes, extremely professional dancing, perfect lighting, gorgeous scrims. I enjoyed it more than I have in the past."

"We had so much fun seeing The Nutcracker last night."
"And my kiddo got to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy! Thanks to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the beautiful performance!"

"It was simply fantastic!"
"There were so many great numbers, but if forced to choose, "Snow" was probably my favorite in this particular production. Bravo, PBT!"

"We absolutely loved this experience!"
"We were a little nervous about longer lines with the added security, but were extremely pleased with how quickly everything went... Despite having seen the Nutcracker many times, we loved picking up on subtle details like new costumes, updated choreography, and new scenery. Thank you for another wonderful experience!"



"Snow was absolutely exquisite."
"Great staging and choreography. Best I've seen over the past 20 years."

"Poise, grace and respect for the dance."
"The dancers! Beautiful performances; we are so lucky to have such talent in Pittsburgh! Loved seeing the little kids dance so professionally, they inspire my young daughters." 


Explore more background, history and more in our The Nutcracker Audience Production Guide! Plus, check out the cast list and special Children's Activity Guide to the ballet.

NOV. 30 - DEC. 27, 2018
THE NUTCRACKER

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Benedum Center 
Tickets start at $28. 

Groups of 8+ save up to 50%! Buy tickets online, at 412-454-9101 or via email.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Old Curiosity Shop - Just Melt into the Storyline

Martin Giles as Quilp and Caroline Lucas as Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop" Credit: Courtesy Photo

Sufferin' sycophant. What is Pittsburgh coming to? While praiseworthy theater has long been part of the city's cultural fabric, my two latest theater outings blew me away with the top notch quality of both. First came, "Sweat" at Pittsburgh Public Theater (see review below). Now comes "The Old Curiosity Shop," Charles Dickens' serial novel brought to light on stage through an adaptation by Alan Stanford, who also directs.

Stanford admits in his director's notes in the program booklet that turning the 103,000 word novel into his 24,046 play was no easy task. To paraphrase, it was a matter of metamorphosizing the original by eliminating 103,000 words.

Honestly, I must admit that at one point on my hour and fifteen minute-drive in to see the play I almost turned around and headed for home. Not having read the book, I was ruminating on the logic of venturing out on a bitterly cold night uncertain if I'd enjoy the play-full experience. But I persevered nonetheless and jolly good thing I did.

As a teen, I got my first taste of Dickens with novels like "The Pickwick Papers," "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of two Cities."  Like a budding sommelier who locks the flavor, bouquet and aroma of wine into his memory, Dickens' style, wit and way with words permeated my youthful memory banks in such a way that I  immediately recognized Dickens' tone and literary texture in the play, despite its having come down second hand through Stanford and years later as well.

As happens once in a while, especially with the works of Shakespeare, it takes me a while to leave the "everyday world" when the curtain on a dramatic work rises and submerge my consciousness on what's unfolding on stage. This process occurred early in Curiosity Shop with an introductory scene so animated I had a hard time shifting gears from my angst-fraught fears that I'd be late for the show to one of relaxed concentration.

But, as the evening wore on, I lost all residue of my personal malaise and actually melted into the plot losing all sense of self in a sort of transcendent experience bordering on "in the now." I only mention this because the storyline, unfamiliar to me at the time, was so compelling and full of Dickensian spirit, despite Stanford's obviously successful and praiseworthy tinkering (although tinkering is too trivial and lackluster a word to use in regard to Mr. Stanford's abilities).

Fifteen actors on a minimal set is the raw material from whence the play ensues. Like leavening bread, the venture is invigorated with a life of its own and rises to the occasion. Those who frequent Pittsburgh theater will recognize many of the actors in their adopted patois and Victorian guise (designed so aptly by Joan Markert). James Fitzgerald as the ignominious lawyer , Brass; Karen Baum as his stern and severe sister; Jonathan Visser and Ken Bolden in multiple roles and Matt Henderson his usual impish self playing the Boy

New to me but definitely two to keep my eye on in future theatrical ventures Sean Lenhart as Fred/Boatman and Schoolmaster and Jordan Ross Weinhold as Dick Swiveller added contrasting characterological color to the play's dynamic. Kendra McLaughlin fascinated me as the narrator and other roles but became even more interesting when I discovered in the program she holds a Masters' Degree in Existential Phenomenology from Duquesne University. (I'd love to interview her for an article to see how her degree influences her acting).

Caroline Lucas, only a junior at North Allegheny Senior High, does well as Nell, the story's young heroine whose grandfather, Patrick Conner, is the owner of the titular emporium. An addition to Nell's all-goodness-and-light disposition is the equally high-minded and principled Kit (Jacob Epstein).

Not to be overlooked are Kaitlin Kerr, Calema Graham and Jeff Monahan who do much with lesser roles.
Hoping not to miss anyone, I've checked my list and counted it twice all in an effort to say who's naughty or nice.

Ah, but I've saved the best for last.

I've seen Martin Giles perform on various Pittsburgh stages several times before but in this one he seems to have honed his craft "a point" as chefs in better restaurants refer to the perfectly done steak. It's as if he's called on all his years of experience, distilled what he learned and put all his prowess, knowledge and energy into creating a villain's villain. If Richard the Third (as Shakespeare depicts him) was reincarnated, Martin Giles as the wicked, licentious, greedy and malevolent Quilp is your man.

Giles limps across the stage with a body just as deformed as his soul. Indefatigable in his pursuit of the naive and innocent Nell and her grandfather's money, he's devious, unscrupulous and seems to take pleasure in it all.

Like in many Dickens' novels, the characters in The Old Curiosity Shop suffer the vicissitudes of life . It's the ups and downs that make the story so arresting despite the fact that some of plot turns seem contrived and too serendipitous to reflect "real life."  For one, that Quilp could find the trail of Nell and her Granddad out of London north through the hinterlands of England so easily is a hard pill to swallow. At most, they're small nuisances easily forgotten in such an epic undertaking. The play is so well acted, directed, presented (and let's not forget written) it's like the proverbial spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.

 “The Old Curiosity Shop”is at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh through Dec. 15. For tickets, phone 412-561-6000 or www.picttheatre.org.

Printworth Exhibit at Artists Image Resource on December 7

Bekezela Mguni, In Honor of Gladys Bentley, Hand Pulled Screenprint. 
Opening Reception
Free and Open to the Public
Music and Refreshments 
Friday, December 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
518 Foreland Street, Northside, Pittsburgh PA 15212

PRINTWORK 2018:
Artists Image Resource (AIR) has been supporting engaging and challenging work through its on-going programming since 1996. This national juried exhibition is a way to make the best of contemporary printmaking visible to a large audience in the Pittsburgh region.

This year’s jurors Andy Farkas and Katherin McGinn (Fablewood.com) have chosen 33 works by 21 artists from 12 states. Artists for 2018 include:
Bekezela Mguni, Yuji Hiratsuka, Erin Wohletz, Conor McGrann, Joseph D’Uva, Sarah Marshall,  Janet Ballweg, Sage Perrott,  Casey Connelly, David Kiefer, Brian Cohen, Kate Collyer,  Douglas Thomas, Michael Hegedus,  Kristina Paabus,  Maria Mangano, Vivian Wang,  Steven Munoz, Ignacio Lopez, Thomas Norulak, and Donald Furst
Each year AIR invites one participant from the previous year to present a small solo exhibition as part of the PrintWork project. This year’s solo artist is Corinne Teed.


Corinne Teed, Entanglement work on paper.

The work presented in this exhibition entitled “Glacial Pace”,  questions the nature of our interdependence with landscape, history and other beings.  How do we connect to glacial terrains? How do we confront the precarity of these long-distance companions whose fate is dramatically interconnected with our own? The Entanglement relief prints incorporate late 19th century wood engravings carved by settler naturalists documenting arctic glaciers. Hybrid human creatures haunt the landscape, entangled within a history of colonial exploration and settlement. The figures fumble for an ethical response to changing landscape – one in which we center our being-with-others. Their search is imbued with urgency; “glacial pace” no longer means slowness, but rather a rapid acceleration of change.

Glacial Pace questions identity and alliances, rooted in research on queer ecology. It challenges hierarchies between animate and inanimate beings, and proposes new cross-species kinships. It questions: how do we remap and reconfigure queer identities in speculative ecosystems? In this tumult of global warming and climate change, how do we reorient our relationships to vulnerable landscapes and creatures? ----- Corinne Teed

Bio:
Corinne Teed is a research-based, multimedia artist working in printmaking, installation, time-based media and social practice. Her work lives at the intersections of queer theory, ecology, critical animal studies and settler colonialism. She has recently attended residencies at ACRE, Signal Fire and Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. Teed currently teaches in the Art Department of University of Minnesota. 

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ARTISTS IMAGE RESOURCE:
Artists Image Resource is an artist run, non-profit printmaking studio located in an urban neighborhood on the Northside of Pittsburgh, PA. The studio serves as a broad-based print and imaging resource whose purpose is to integrate the creation of fine art printwork with innovative educational programs that explore the creative process.

In 1996, Artists Image Resource was created to serve professional artists in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region and beyond. Since then, AIR has created numerous outreach activities and partnerships that serve the community. AIR supports entrepreneurs and other makers with "off the street" access to print and imaging services and facilities. AIR now supports cultural work both in and outside of our region.

AIR receives operating support from the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. AIR also receives funding from the Buhl Foundation, The Laurel Foundation and has received funding from The Milton Fine Foundation, The Hillman Foundation, The McCune Foundation, The Grable Foundation and others.

For more information about AIR: http://www.artistsimageresource.org/

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