Friday, April 20, 2018

Warre’s Warrior Reserve Port - A Lauded Dessert Wine for Under $20

Sandeman, Graham’s, Taylor, Croft and Warre’s are just some of the great names in Port, that famous sweet dessert wine fortified with brandy that hails from the Duoro River Valley of Portugal.

Warre’s, however, does have a distinction none of the others can claim. It’s the oldest mark of Port in the world, shipping its product since  the 1750s. Its founding dates even further back, to 1670, which makes it the first British Port company established in Portugal.

The Warrior label sources its grapes from two of the finest estates in the Duoro - Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Ritero Antigo. Perhaps playing with the name Warre, the winemakers have branded the name Warrior on the casks of Warre’s finest Reserve Ports sine the earliest days of the firm.

For a wine that has earned 90 points with both the Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits and taken home silver medals consistently at the International Wine Challenge, it comes with a remarkably reasonable price of $19 (SRP) or $17.99 through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

At a recent tasting, I found the wine to have a dark red color with a fruit forward bouquet of berries, cherries and spice. On the palate, the wine is big. bold  and full-bodied, pleasantly rich, sweet and complex with flavors of fig, mulberries, blackberries, plums  and a hint of cedar. Nicely balanced, the Warrior has medium and smooth tannins, and the finish is long lasting and lingering.

Of course, the wine can be enjoyed by itself, especially after a meal, but it also pairs with nut and chocolate desserts as well as soft, strong-flavored cheeses.

Washington Symphony Orchestra to Make Magic with Abracadabra

Music Director Yugo Ikach 

Symphony to Make Magic at Trinity High School
Catch “Abracadabra” before the 16th Washington Symphony Orchestra season
disappears on May 5
Prepare to be amazed as the Washington Symphony Orchestra wraps up its
2017-2018 on May 5 with “Abracadabra.”

“There is a mischievous element to this program,” said Principal
Conductor and Music Director Yugo Ikach. “We’ve focused on music that
sounds magical or music that was inspired by magic.

“Abracadabra” will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The concert will
take place at Trinity Area High School, 231 Park Avenue, Washington.

Included in the program will be Mozart’s “Overture” to The Magic Flute,
Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and “Uranus, the Magician” from Holst’s
The Planets.

Another classical piece featured in the program will be “Aquarium” from
Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

“’Aquarium’ sounds magical when you listen to it,” said Ikach. “Magician
Howard Mincone is going to wow people with a routine using glass orbs
during the symphony’s performance.”
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Another professional magician, Doc Dixon, will also be on hand to share
his talents. Dixon has garnered attention through his recent appearance
on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

For the second time this season, the WSO will be playing the music of
John Willams with the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite. It is interesting to
note that music from Harry Potter was featured at the first WSO concert
in 2002.

Also included in the program is a special trumpet solo by Ryan Fulton,
“Trumpet Concerto in Eb” by Franz Joseph Haydn. Fulton, a senior at
Canon MacMillan High School, is the winner of this season’s WSO Young
Artist Competition.

Tickets for Abracadabra start at $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
in downtown Washington (WSO Office by appointment only, call
724-223-9796 and leave message). 

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fourth Annual Week of Will Starts Tomorrow

Highlights of PSIP's Fourth Annual  WEEK OF WILL

MRS SHAKESPEARE Yvonne Hudson's long-running solo show 
Sewickley Heights History Center 

7 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm
Refreshments and chat follow 50 min. show
Free admission and parking. RSVP requested.
Donations accepted.


Noon floral tribute at Oakland's Shakespeare statue 
Shakespeare's Saucy Minions - A pastiche of favorites from Will's works
12:15-1:30  Schenley Plaza Tent

Charles "Stoney" Richards 

Historic solo show


Curtain 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 pm
Threadbare Cider and Meadery 

Join us at our new Spring Garden/Troy Hill venue!
1291 Spring Garden Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15212 

Ample free parking!
Accessible venue! 

Stoney Richards introduces a player who worked with Will.
Get backstage with the Bard with a company member who tells all!

One hour show followed by Q&A and mingling.
Cash bar. Snacks provided. 
Last call 9:30 pm. 21+ for adult beverages.
Show appropriate for all ages. 
Admission: $20 ticket supports PSIP.
Order online - limited capacity
Door admission: Cash only.
$10 cash for students at door only.


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WEEK OF WILL begins on April 19!
Celebrate Shakespeare's 454th birthday with Mrs Shakespeare and PSIP and guest artists at our annual Oakland statue salute and much more QUESTIONS? Contact, 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks. 

April 19 - WOW Opens with Yvonne Hudson's "Mrs Shakespeare, Will's First & Last Love," solo show at Sewickley Heights Historical Center. Free admission - RSVP requested.

Sun., April 22 - Noon - Shakespeare Birthday Statue Tribute with Mrs Shakespeare. Songs, Sonnets and Salute at Will's statue in front of Carnegie Music Hall, Forbes Ave., Oakland
12:15 pm  Shakespeare's Saucy Minions - Take the Bard Walk with Will's wife to the Schenley Plaza Tent for a patische of favorites from Will's Works by PSIP players and guests. Donations accepted. There will be cake!

Mon., April 23 - Facebook live events feature PSIP players and fans

Tues., April 24 -  HAMLET directed by Ted Pappas - PSIP Night at Pittsburgh Public Theater. See you at the O'Reilly! Save 30% on this or other performances with exclusive PSIP code:: PPTPARKS online at PPT's HAMLET page. Note prices and curtain times vary!

Opens with Yvonne Hudson's "Mrs Shakespeare, Will's First & Last Love," solo show at the Sewickley Heights Historical Center. Free admission - RSVP requested.
Wed., April 25 - Spring Revels Happy House at Franktuary in Lawrenceville. 5-7 pm. Enjoy signature hot dogs, craft brews, and get a selfit with Will. Portion of proceeds support PSIP.

Thurs., April 26 - Test your Trivia skills with Alan Irvine on Facebook!

Sun., April 29 - 11 am - JULIUS CAESAR from the National Theatre on screen at South Side works. Join PSIP and Britsburgh for this dynamic political drama then mingle at Claddagh following the program. Book your theater ticket online.

Mon., April 30  - Stoney Richards "Friended by Shakespeare," solo show at Threadbare Cider

A week of exciting events around town! Find them on Facebook and read Pittsburgh in the Round's round-up 

Mon., May 28 - BYOB Season Production Sneak Peek & Director Chat with Chuck Beikert at Te Cafe.

Directed by Chuck Beikert
Our 14th production runs Saturdays and Sundays over the first four weekends in Sept. 2018. FREE in a park near you

AUDITIONS - AEA & non-AE actors
Sat. May 5 with callbacks on Sun. May 6.
Request an audition outdoors at Frick Park by emailing

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s outdoor Shakespeare company, offering free Shakespeare productions in Pittsburgh's parks since 2005.

PSIP is member of Britsburgh's Performing Arts Society. Click on logo to explore more April and year-round events!

21+ Don't Do This at Home at Carnegie Science Center

See a 20-foot Tesla Coil firing, try your balance at slacklining, and experiment with rocket launches and combustion at Carnegie Science Center’s next 21+ Science After Dark Event. 21+ Night Don’t Try This at Home happens on Friday, April 20, from 6-10 pm, and features risky science demonstrations including hydrogen balloon balls of fire, liquid nitrogen bombs, electric chain of pain, and more!

21+ Night features cash bars, snacks available for purchase, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits including Highmark SportsWorks® – with no kids! Add on to the adventure by purchasing a ticket to Back to the Future at The Rangos Giant Cinema playing at 9:30 pm.

Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $12 in advance, and $17 at the door.

21+ Nights are sponsored by UPGRUV, Green Mountain Energy, Miller Lite, Full Pint, and Dos Equis.

For more information and to register, visit or call 412.237.3400

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2-Day Sale for "Up and Away" at CLO Canaret

Save $10 on all remaining seats!*

The world premiere that has captivated our city is about to go UP AND AWAY for good! Don't miss your chance to enjoy this musical comedy adventure hailed as "ONE OF THE BEST PRODUCTIONS AT THE CLO CABARET!" 

Use code CAB10 by tomorrow (4-18) at midnight to receive this exclusive discount. Buy online, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.


 *Certain Restrictions Apply. Not valid for VIP Seating.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Just in Time for Spring - Have a Taste of The Elixir of Love

A Scene from the Elixir of Love Credit:  Lynn Lane/HGO

Pittsburgh Opera concludes its 2017-18 season with Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore - The Elixir of Love, a fun romantic comedy about a traveling medicine show huckster who claims to possess a love potion.

The story concerns a “little nobody” named Nemorino. Nemorino is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects are further diminished when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. 

But when Doctor Dulcamara rolls into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting. Why is Nemorino suddenly popular with every girl in the village? Will he win Adina's love before it's too late?

Pittsburgh Opera will be performing a sunny 1950s-style production that's new to Pittsburgh, complete with Vespa scooters and a hot air balloon. The Guardian described it as "a Fellini-esque vision of scooters, cappuccino machines and champagne fountains, set on a sun-washed hotel terrace overlooking the sea…”

Scene from The Elixir of Love Credit:  Lynn Lane/HGO

On stage April 21, 24, 27 & 29, The Elixir of Love is full of charming romance, visual comedy, and light-hearted fun. Adult tickets start at just $12 – with children’s tickets for those ages 18-and-under starting at just $6 - and are available online.  

In addition, Pittsburgh Opera’s annual Student Matinee will introduce 2,000+ school children grades 3-12 to this lively, colorful opera on Thursday, April 26 at the Benedum Center. Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists take lead roles in the Student Matinee, and are accompanied by the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, in yet another opportunity to hone their performance skills. 

Fun facts about The Elixir of Love:
The most well-known aria in The Elixir of Love is “Una furtiva lagrima" (A furtive tear), which Nemorino sings when he spies Adina weeping. Luciano Pavarotti is just one of many tenors who helped popularize the song.
People have pinned their romantic hopes on magic love potions for thousands of years. The term ‘aphrodisiac’ comes from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Songs about love potions include “Love Potion Number 9”, which was originally performed by the Clovers in 1959, and Tone Lōc’s 1989 platinum hit “Funky Cold Medina.” “Love Potion #9” was also a 1992 rom-com movie starring Sandra Bullock.
The Elixir of Love was Donizetti’s 36th opera. He reportedly wrote the entire score in less than a month.

Tickets and Group Discounts:
Tickets to all performances of The Elixir of Love start at $12; tickets for children 18 and under start at $6. 
All performances are at the Benedum Center, 7th Street and Penn Avenue, in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

To purchase tickets, call 412-456-6666, visit the Theatre Square Box Office, or buy online at https://opera.culturaldistrict .org/production/51767/list_per formances. 
Group and student discounts are available. For discounted group tickets (6 or more), contact Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, x 213

"The White Chip" - A Gray Comedy about a Subject That’s No laughing Matter

L-R: Daniel Krell, Kyle Cameron and Daina Michelle Griffith in "The White Chip" Credit: City Theatre Company

As I jokingly mentioned to a fellow theater fan after sitting through "The White Chip," a good way to lose 20 pounds or more would be to tackle the role of the main character for an extensive run.

As briskly performed by the already lean and lithe Kyle Cameron  and directed by obviously demanding task master Sheryl Kaller, the play now getting its second ever production at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre is as kinetic and lively a theatrical work as I’ve seen performed  in a long time.

Written as an autobiographic tell-all by playwright Sean Daniels, the tale plummets into the depths of his alcohol addiction but told with such humor and merriment you rarely get a taste for the underlying pathos of his plight.

Starting with his first virginal beer at the tender age of ten when enticed by a peer into imbibing, he develops a taste for intoxicants in all their myriad forms that soon becomes an obsession. In his narration, bouts with the bottle have an epic feel as he accounts for quantities of booze that would quickly do in weaker folk.

Even so, he becomes an ever successful director and theater guru in spite of his non-stop drinking, justifying his habit to some degree and lying to himself by citing the successes of fellow alcoholic playwrights like Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and Eugene O’Neill. If them, why not himself, he asks. But eventually, his addiction catches up with him as it destroys his marriage, his relationship with his parents and work associates and his career.

For 90 intermission-less minutes, Cameron as Sean Daniels commands the intimate stage of the City’s Lester Hamburg Studio, animated as a caged feline and delivering his lines with angst-filled energy that doesn’t detract in the least from his skills at comedic rhythm and delivery.

The story line whizzes by at such a fast clip the play demands close attention to pick up not only the details and minutiae of the script but the changes of character portrayed by two supporting actors. Somehow Cameron maintains the same frenetic pace from beginning to end showing his prowess with what, in musical terms, could be labeled Presto and Allegro. After witnessing his aptitude for celerity, I found myself wondering what he could do with characters in more meditative, contemplative works like "Our Town" or the plays of Chekhov.

Note to the actor: If you read this review, and get such a role, please let me know. I’d love to see it.

Giving him a great deal of support in roles simply labeled #1 and #2 in the playbill are Daina Michelle Griffith and Daniel Krell who quickly morph at the drop of a hat into sundry roles as variable as his parents, his work associates, bartender, traffic cop, Alcoholics Anonymous mentor, wife and more.

And if you’re wondering about the title, it references the sobriety chit the size of a poker chip that’s given to someone beginning their road to recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous. To conquer his addiction, the playwright makes many revolving door attempts to recovery through AA and rehab but always seems to fall back into his old habits until a serendipitous encounter sets him on the right path.

While the gist of the story suggests that there is life, a career, marriage and sobriety beyond addiction, I found an even more compelling issue that is briefly explored at play’s end - the polarity that exists in today’s society between those who advise faith as the remedy for our ills and those who espouse more of a reliance on science.
Besides it’s obvious entertaining and amusing assets, "The White Chip," it seems, also has some deeper

considerations well worth exploring.

Scenic design by Hank Bullington, costume design by Robert C.T. Steele, lighting design by Andrew David Ostrowski, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.

"The White Chip" is at City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio, 1300 Bingham Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side, through May 6. For tickets, phone 412-431-4400 or


The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center, in partnership with In Person Productions, is proud to announce that Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, will pay a visit to the North Shore movie theater for a Q&A session and screening of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird on May 12 and 13.

“From the generation who delighted in Follow That Bird’s release in 1985, to today’s wide-eyed youngsters tuning in to watch the world-famous bird, this event will be a heartwarming experience for anyone who has ever found their way to Sesame Street,” said The Rangos Giant Cinema Senior Director Chad Hunter. “Mr. Spinney and his whimsical characters have sparked the imaginations of children and parents alike for more than 50 years, and we’re honored to host him for his last appearance in Pittsburgh.”

The late, great Jim Henson discovered Spinney in the 1960s, incorporating Spinney’s talents into his world of colorful, captivating puppetry. Performing as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Spinney has become a pop culture icon and earned numerous accolades for his work, including a star for Big Bird on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“My career has taken me many places over the years, and I’m very excited to return to Pittsburgh one last time,” said Spinney. “Meeting those who have grown up watching Big Bird and Oscar brings me great joy. I look forward to hearing their stories, as well as seeing Big Bird on a certified giant screen.”

In the feature film Follow That Bird, social worker Miss Finch feels that Big Bird should live in an environment with only birds like himself. When she sends him to live with a family of dodos in Illinois, Big Bird cannot help but think of his friends back home. Deciding Sesame Street is the place for him, Big Bird begins an adventurous journey back to where he truly belongs. Follow That Bird – which features cameos from Chevy Chase, Waylon Jennings, John Candy, and Sandra Bernhard – was the final Muppet film to be released before Henson’s death.

Starting at 12:30 pm, guests will have the opportunity to meet Spinney, and photo ops and autographs will be available for purchase. At 1 pm, David Newell, also known as Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will introduce Spinney, followed by a short Q&A with Spinney before the film starts. Spinney will also be available for autographs and photo ops during and after the film.

Tickets cost $13 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members and $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets, click here.

Please note: Photographs and autographs are not included in the ticket price.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Downtown Gallery Crawl Set for April 27

Macular - Cycles Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the complete programming for the upcoming spring Gallery Crawl on April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Cultural District. All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public.  

April’s Gallery Crawl boasts five featured events, including two gallery exhibitions and two performances. 

The Dutch art collective Macular returns to Wood Street Galleries with their second group show, Cycles. At SPACE, Marx@200 features works by more than 25 artists from around the world inspired by the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. 

Award-winning hometown performer Gab Bonesso will premiere her new project Gab Squad, equal parts interactive talk show, dance party and stand-up special, at the Trust Arts Education Center. Pittsburgh’s premier instrumental funk bank, Steeltown Horns, will perform in Katz Plaza. T

he night culminates in a special Crawl After Dark event from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.In Culture We Trust presented by farESH Brand, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will include live performers, a teaser of one of farESH’s premiere events Drummer vs DJ, and an exclusive Pop-Up shop featuring collaborative items available only during the Gallery Crawl.  

The spring Gallery Crawl features over 30 Crawl Stops. Visitors to the Cultural District will have the opportunity to watch live painting, interact with art that combats mental health stigma, and showcase their own skills in an open mic. The Cultural Trust is excited to once again collaborate with downtown organizations and community partners for this seasonal event.

 For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: or call 412-456-6666.  
For a Gallery Crawl Map, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

off the Wall Closes Season with Comic and Moving Play - Byhalia, Mississippi

Brandon Meeks and Erica Cuenca in Byhalia, Mississippi Credit: Heather Mull

off the WALL productions presents Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder

off the WALL productions closes their 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Byhalia, Mississippi.  Previously staged by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Evan Linder’s funny and moving salute to both down-home decency and a troubled couple living in a see-through shack is a bittersweet story about love, class, race, family, and forgiveness. 

Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil and a town with a racially-charged past that finds its way into the present.

Erica Cuenca and Virginia Wall Gruenert Credit: Heather Mull
Written by Evan Linder
Directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen
With:  Erika Cuenca, Brandon Meeks, Lamar K. Cheston, Hope Anthony, and Virginia Wall Gruenert
Ten performances: April 20-21, 26-28, and May 3-5 at 8pm/April 22 & 29 at 3pm

Tickets: $ 5.00 - $ 35.00
By Phone: (724)873.3576
Location: Carnegie Stage, 25 W Main St., Carnegie, PA. 15106

It's Late-Night Laser Floyd at the Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is thrilled to announce what is surely the greatest gig in Buhl Planetarium yet: Late-Night Laser Floyd, an evening dedicated to one of music’s most influential groups. Three laser shows – The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, and Midnight Floyd: The Wall – will transform the planetarium into a four-star daydream for Floyd fans on Saturday, April 14.

“Pairing our kaleidoscopic lasers with the transcendent music of Pink Floyd is a no-brainer,” said Planetarium and Digital Media Manager Mike Hennessy. “The band’s extensive progressive rock catalog lends itself perfectly to visual interpretation, and we’re excited to showcase their sound.”

The evening will flow as follows:

10 pm - The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd
Featuring selections from many of their hit albums (including Wish You Were Here, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Wall, and Dark Side of the Moon), The Vision Bell captures the many flavors of Pink Floyd.

11 pm - Dark Side of the Moon
Enjoy the favorites of Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon. Laser liquid skies and full dome digital imagery will have you immersed in a Floyd experience like you've never had before!

12 am - Midnight Floyd: The Wall
A Buhl Planetarium classic!

Tickets cost $2 per laser show for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. For non-members, tickets cost $8 for one laser show, and $5 for each additional laser show. Tickets may be purchased at the Science Center's admission counter.

Please note: Shows contains adult language and themes.

For more information, visit, or call 412.237.3400

Maggie & Howie Perform in Carnegie April 16

The Studio series at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie continues with Maggie & Howie. Join them for a laid-back, mid-week happy hour show in the "urban-hipster" Studio with a new local act each month. Complimentary snacks and beverages by donation.

Singer/Songwriter Maggie Johnson’s unique style is often compared to jazz legend Blossom Dearie - the perfect blend of sultry and sweet. Pianist Howie Alexander is known for his joyful, soulful, and often surprising improvisations. The two team up for a special night of the best jazz standards and more.

 Doors open at 6:00 pm || Concert begins at 6:30 pm


$10 General Admission

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Motown Men Perform with the PSO

PNC Pops: The Midtown Men


Friday, April 13 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 | 2:30 p.m.

Starting at $22

Todd Ellison, conductor
Christian Hoff, vocals
Michael Longoria, vocals
Daniel Reichard, vocals
J. Robert Spencer, vocals

Direct from Broadway – four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys reunite to harmonize the hits of the 1960s: The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Motown Sound, and more. "Oh What a Night!”
Not a performance of, not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

Student tickets start at $15 and faculty and staff tickets start at $20!* Visit the Pittsburgh Symphony university page for more info, or call 412.392.4819. *Pricing for special concerts varies. Certain restrictions apply.

To purchase:
Visit the Heinz Hall Box Office
Call 412.392.4900
Or buy online at

Carnegie International Artists Announced

Curator Ingrid Schaffner announced today the artists in Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 which runs October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Established in 1896, the Carnegie International exhibitions have built a rich history of introducing audiences to contemporary art from around the world. The 2018 Carnegie International will feature:

Yuji Agematsu
El Anatsui
Art Labor with Joan Jonas
Huma Bhabha
Mel Bochner
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin
Sarah Crowner
Alex Da Corte
Tacita Dean
Jeremy Deller
Kevin Jerome Everson
Han Kang and IM Heung-soon
Leslie Hewitt
Saba Innab
Karen Kilimnik
Zoe Leonard
Kerry James Marshall
Park McArthur
Josiah McElheny with John Corbett and Jim Dempsey
Ulrike Müller
Thaddeus Mosley
The Otolith Group
Jessi Reaves
Abel Rodriguez
Rachel Rose
Beverly Semmes
Dayanita Singh
Lucy Skaer
Tavares Strachan
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
“Dig Where You Stand,” by independent exhibition maker Koyo Kouoh

With 32 artists and artist collectives, the exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to be “international” at this moment in time, and to experience museum joy. The pleasure of being with art and other people is integral to the composition of this International—a series of encounters with contemporary art inside the world of the Carnegie Museum. Among the new and ambitious projects are: an unprecedented collaboration between novelist Han Kang and filmmaker IM Heung-soon; an exhibition-within-the-exhibition curated by Koyo Kouoh that draws from the museum’s collection; and an interpretation of rejected works from the history of the Carnegie International by Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin. Other components of the International include a mapping of Pittsburgh through photography in the museum’s Teenie Harris Archive, one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience, and the Cinémathèque series of film screenings. The 57th edition also builds upon a long legacy of research and collecting by Carnegie Museum of Art.

The 57th Carnegie International artists include:

1 independent exhibition-maker
6 art collectives and collaborators
13 individual artists who use the pronoun “he”
17 individual artists who use the pronoun “she”
20 artists who live in the US
3 artists who live in Asia
5 artists who live in Europe
2 artists who live in Africa
1 artist who lives in South America
1 artist who lives in the Middle East

National affiliations by residence and birth: Austria, Bahamas, Cameroon, Cherokee Nation, Colombia, England, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Navajo Nation, Nigeria, Nonuya Nation, Pakistan, Palestine, Scotland, Senegal, Switzerland, United States of America, and Vietnam.

The International is already underway with an array of programs and publications. The ongoing Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, conducted by artists and other participants in the exhibition, welcome the public to explore contemporary art through drawing, mapping, writing, doodling, and other improvisations. Past sessions have been led by Schaffner, Art Labor, Maira Kalman, Prem Krishnamurthy, Thaddeus Mosley, and Dayanita Singh. They will continue, from this weekend’s zine-making workshop by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, through the run of the exhibition.

In addition, the International has launched KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL, a catalyst for creative research and conversation in collaboration with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Twenty arts activators will receive micro-grants to support research projects that define Pittsburgh as an international city. On October 20, 2018, fellows will present their findings during a daylong symposium that will be published in the exhibition’s catalogue.

For more information on public programs please visit the International's website.

The Curator
Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Associate Curator Liz Park are available for interview. Schaffner’s process started with a series of research trips with five curator colleagues as her traveling and thinking Companions: Magalí Arriola, Doryun Chong, Ruba Katrib, Carin Kuoni, and Bisi Silva. Each Companion traveled with Schaffner to places new to both of them. This research shaped not only Schaffner’s work on the International, but also the Companion’s work in the field at large. A series of Travelogues published on the museum's website offers a window into this process.


The Scientists Taking Part in "Two Scientists Walk into a bar" Credit: Courtesy Photo


It might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s an awesome program from Carnegie Science Center just for adults. When Two Scientists Walk into a Bar™, they’re ready to answer all science questions over a couple of beverages! Have a seat and ask our scientists anything related to science on Friday, April 13, when 32 scientists will be stationed at 16 different locations in Pittsburgh.

Science topics include biology, chemistry, engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, astronomy, and immunology. Though each scientist will have different areas of expertise, they’re ready to be challenged. Just look for the sign that reads: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!”

Locations and science topics include:

Location Time Scientists
Wigle Whiskey
2401 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 5-7 pm Jason Clark
Polypropylene Engineering

Erin Peters
Threadbare Cider House
1291 Spring Garden Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 5-7 pm Victor Georgic

Alyssa Lypson
Peptide Mimetics
Southern Tier Brewing Company
316 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 5-7 pm Mary Buchenic
Solar Cooking

Jennifer Gasser
STEM Education
East End Brewing Company (East)
147 Julius St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 6:30-8:30 pm Jonathan Love

Aarron Roth
Robotics/Artificial Intelligence
East End Brewing Company (Strip)
102 19th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 6:30-8:30 pm David Fenn
Car Paint Science

Yaqi Wo
Spoonwood Brewing
5981 Baptist Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 6:30-8:30 pm Andrew Zentner

Michael Seaman
Human Evolution
Allegheny City Brewing
507 Foreland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 6-8 pm Chuck Vukotich
Chemical Engineering

Dan Evans
Grist House Brewing
10 E. Sherman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15209 5-7 pm Rick Koepsel

Patrick Cooper
Particle Physics
Penn Brewery
800 Vinial St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 5-7 pm Steven Reinstadler

Natalee Smith
Bier's Pub
900 Western Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233 4:30-6:30 pm Yelena Gulchina

Alicia Locker
Rivertowne Brewing
North Shore
337 North Shore Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 6:30-8:30 pm Ralph Crewe

Karen Carney
Park House
403 E. Ohio St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 6:30-8:30 pm Carla Littleton
Conservation Biology

Diane Turnshek
11th Hour Brewing
3711 Charlotte St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201 6-8 pm Tyler Umstead

Anthony Stewart
Urban Agriculture
The Foundry Tap & Table
381 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 6-8 pm Rebecca Bay
Material Science/Engineering

Vince Gancitano
Mechanical Engineering
Red Star Kombucha
33 Graeme St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 5-7 pm Jackson Sando

Devashish Gopalan
Quantum Materials
Allegheny Wine Mixer
5326 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201 7-9 pm Lindsey Snyder
Collen Cassidy
Aliyah Weinstein

For more information, visit or call 412.237.3400.

Monday, April 9, 2018

PICT Theater Putting on Eyres

Paul Joseph Bernardo as Edward Rochester and Karen Baum as Jane Eyre Credit: Courtesy Photo

Please excuse the silliness of my title, but I just couldn’t help myself. I thought it might make some chuckle, but then also realized others might groan. I kept it anyway.

Whatever your reaction, "Jane Eyre," Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s current staging of an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, is no laughing matter, considering the abuse and indignities the title character must endure.

As far as the classics go, my literary tastes run more in the area  Dostoevsky and Dickens, Tolstoy, Trollope and Twain and  Stendhal and Cervantes than Jane Austin and the Bronte clan. I’ve left virtually untouched and neglected works that one wag at the Saturday evening’s opener of "Jane Eyre" called bonnet romances.

With little more experience with the Bronte sisters than a teenage viewing of "Wuthering Heights," the 1939 film adaptation of Emily Bronte’s only novel that stared Sir Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven, I figured a quick scan of the plot of Ms. Bronte’s melancholic romance was in order to prepare myself for an evening of PICT theater.

What fun it was to watch the words in the plot synopsis I read beforehand come to life on the stage of what once served as Fred Roger’s set at the WQED studios in Oakland. I’d vaguely sketched the characters and their mishaps in my mind during my reading, but when the actors took the stage, theatrical  reality filled in the blanks and made corporeal what only had been fleeting images and ethereal scenarios.

Not that scenic consultant Deborah Thomas provides much in the way of visual clues to formulate the play’s various and sundry locales that range from an English manor house called Gateswood Hall to a dank institution aptly named Lowood to a country gentleman’s rural estate, Thornfield Hall (note its barbed and prickly connotations).

Thomas’ set, while minimalist, is apt and serviceable and is so cleverly and efficiently redesigned entr‘act that one can’t help but commend her efforts.

Like the novel, the play starts with a young Jane (Caroline Lucas), orphaned and left in the care of a cold-hearted aunt (by marriage) and a trio of bullying cousins. She escapes this terror only to find another at Lowood, an orphanage run by another sociopath by the name of Brocklehurst, played by James FitzGerald with such spiteful cunning it rankles your sensibilities.

Even in this dungeon of despondency there are rays of light and comfort. They come in the form of a friendship with a fellow orphan, Helen, played with a winning sweetness by Abigail Gilman, and a compassionate teacher, Miss Temple (Marsha Mayhak) who takes Jane under her wing and provides at least a modicum of emotional support.

After spending years at Lowood, battling a typhus epidemic and conditions so austere you’d think she’d waste away, Jane survives, grows more resolute and eventually escapes the dreary dreadfullness by finding employment as a governess at Thornfield.

It’s at Thornfield that her life takes a turn for the better. There she meets Edward Rochester, the lord of the manor, and the two begin a journey of discovery that starts with a mutual interest and blossoms into even more.

Just when things seem to be moving along nicely, Bronte throws a fly into the ointment. Obstacles, misunderstandings, and a string of duplicities threaten their developing relationship and eventually they go their separate ways.

As the adult form of the title character, Karen Baum does impressive work showing Jane’s intelligence, toughness of character, vulnerability and kindness of heart. She’s strong enough to stand up to the master of the house when need be, remains firmly rooted in her moral convictions and shows her tender side when fate deals her a series of crushing blows.

There’s a certain nuance of desperation and angst in the way Paul Joseph Bernardo portrays Rochester, which is understandable when you come to realize the past circumstances of his life. He definitely has the command one would expect from the head of a large estate, yet he’s not afraid to relinquish his ego and pride when it becomes necessary to soften his treatment of Jane who’s both his employee and inamorata.

While the play could very well end on an unpleasant note with their separation, Bronte continues her saga with what I like to call for purposes of this review an "epilogue." In it, the distraught Jane flees Thornfield and heads as far to the north of England as her meager finances allow.

Destitute and alone, she’s rescued St. John Rivers (Sean Lenhart) and his giggly pair of Tweeledee and Tweedldum sisters, performed with delightful playfulness by Paige Borak and Marsha Mayhak.

I was most impressed with Lenhart’s portrayal of St. John, who’s shown as a vicar with a singular devotion to the Godhead so extreme it verges on fanaticism. Even his interest in Jane as a possible spouse is colored in a religious rationale that off-puts not only Jane but probably the audience as well.

Other standouts include Cary Ann Spear as the Narrator, who adds an expressive  eloquence to the text, Marsha Mayhak, who, like several other actors, is assigned double acting duty and Robin Walsh as the amiable housekeeper who comes across as a more human and warm version of Mrs. Hughes, the head of the housekeeping staff at Downton Abbey .

I’ll stop the plot here in case you’re unfamiliar with the novel and film and let the actors finish the tale, which, in all likelihood, they’ll make a much better job of it than I ever could.

Kudos to artistic director Alan Sanford, who not only directs the play but also adapted it for the stage and did it in such a manner as to make the story line feel like an organic whole despite some not-so-very obvious editing. Note: The Gate Theatre in Dublin originally produced his adaptation and a staging at the renowned Guthrie Theatre of Minneapolis broke box office records.

One troubling annoyance. Somehow in Act One I felt there was something missing. When I mentioned this to a theater chum, he said he thought it lacked sparkle. Ruminating on his comment, I searched for an answer and decided it had something to do with our love of opera where the music heightens the drama. As inveterate opera goers, we were somewhat jaded by our experiences with sung rather than spoken dialogue.

To me "Jane Eyre" is opera material ripe for the picking. The plot certainly has the emotional requisites but the large cast of characters may be off-putting to a composer and production company. This doesn’t mean that there’s anything amiss by adapting it for the stage, just that I’d like to take the experience one step further into the music realm.

Note: A quick Internet search did find one "Jane Eyre" composed by John Jobert which premiered at the Ruddock Performing Arts Center in Birmingham England in 2016.

After sitting through PICT’s production, my interest in the work has certainly been aroused. So much so that it’s now hopefully on to the novel, the film and, who knows, perhaps even the opera.

"Jane Eyre," a production of PICT Theatre, is at the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED, 4802 Fifth Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh through April 28. For tickets and more information, CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Theaterworks Stages Musical reviews Based on Children's Books at Various Regional Locations

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce award-winning professional theater company Theatreworks USA will return to Pittsburgh with performances of their newest musical revue, Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories, based on stories from five beloved contemporary children’s books.  Performances take place at six locations throughout the Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, Tuesday, April 10 through Monday, April 16, 2018. 

This production is part of the 2017-2018 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The series brings to our communities a one of a kind experience for families and their children, ages three and up, to see live professional theater by national and international performing artists that inspire, educate, and bring culture awareness and appreciation of the arts in an entertaining and creative environment for everyone to enjoy. 

After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2017, Dragons Love Tacos & Stories began its national tour in fall 2017.  Theatreworks USA productions are performed in wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns. This touring production of Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories features direction by Marcus Stevens and choreography by Wendy Seyb. The scenery is designed by Brian Dudkiewicz, with costumes by Dustin Cross. This production’s curriculum connections with young audiences seek to promote communication and language arts, literature-based development, music, relationships and family. This 50-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up.

The five books featured in the musical revue include:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Adapted by Marcus Stevens and Joe Kinosian.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep? Adapted by Marcus Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw, but when her teacher says “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all. Adapted by Sam Salmond.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel? Adapted by Brendon Milburn and Janet Allard.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin. Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together, until school is in session—and horses are not allowed! Adapted by Mark Sonnenblick and Ben Wexler.

Performance Locations
Seneca Valley Intermediate High, Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Greensburg Salem High School, Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Marshall Middle School, Thursday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Hopewell High School, Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Mellon Middle School, April 14, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Byham Theater, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. (Sold Out)
Byham Theater, Monday, April 16, school groups, 10:15 a.m.

Ticket Information
Individual tickets (General admission: $12 at the door; $10.50 in advance) can be ordered at these official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources:  online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ can order tickets by calling 412-471-6930 or visit  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.  *Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass.

Theatreworks USA
Founded in 1962 by Jay Harnick and Charles Hull, Theatreworks USA is America's largest and foremost equity theatre for young and family audiences. Theatreworks USA's mission is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are entertaining and thought provoking, and to ensure that these shows are accessible to audiences across America regardless of geography and socio-economic status.  Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field.   The company is managed is under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Michael Harrington (Managing Director).  

Theatreworks USA has reached over 93 million people in 49 states and Canada, and the company now performs for about two million young people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately ten shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 133 plays and musicals.

Theatreworks USA's honors include a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the William M. Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence given by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Medal of Honor from the Actors Fund of America. For more information: visit:
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a variety of family programming including the following series and festival.  For more information please visit

Friday, April 6, 2018

A Slavic Celebration next Tuesday at Bar Marco!

Join Resonance Works Pittsburgh on Tuesday for a Slavic Celebration!

In anticipation of its  upcoming production of Dvořák's Rusalka, Res Works is filling the Union Hall at Bar Marco with Slavic sounds! Join them next next Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm for the season finale of its Resonance Chamber Series!

Soprano Erin Schmura will sing selections from Dvořák's Cigánské melodie and Mařenka's aria from Smetana's Bartered Bride; Maria Park, Erin David, and Eunsol Lee will perform Dvořák's Terzetto; and tenor George Milosh will perform a set of traditional Serbian folk music with the trio of Justin Greenwald (accordion), Brock Belich (bass), and Ben Wagner (bugarija).  As always, every dollar of ticket revenue goes directly to the performing artists, and Bar Marco will have a special food and drink menu available for purchase.
TICKETS are selling fast and space is limited, so get yours today for what is sure to be quite a party!

We're Running for a Reason!

Res Works artists are putting the​ir running shoes where their voices are through our 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon Run for a Reason team!   They  hope you will support them on and off the stage and help them  finish the season fiscally strong!

Amidst an intense two weeks of rehearsals, the husband-and-wife stars of Rusalka - Rachele Schmiege and Stefan Barner - will go above and beyond, participating in Marathon weekend!

On Saturday May 5th, Rachele will sing the national anthem and then run the 5k (look for her in the mermaid leggings!) Then on Sunday May 6, Stefan (Rusalka's beloved Prince) shows his royal mettle running the full Marathon!  Other members of the ResWorks family will be running the Half-marathon, and Lucy Violet Sellner (with her mom Maria) will rocket through the Pet Walk in memory of Resonance Works' first mascot, Remi.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation in support of one of Res Works' running artists (or mascot!) And come Downtown on May 5th and 6th to cheer them on!

Resonance Chamber Series
A Slavic Celebration!
Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm
The Union Hall @ Bar Marco
2216 Penn Ave, Strip District
Featuring Erin Schmura, George Milosh, and others!

Dvořák's RUSALKA
Friday, May 11, 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 13, 3:00 pm
Charity Randall Theatre
4301 Forbes Ave, Oakland
Rachele Schmiege, Stefan Barner,
Andrey Nemzer, Michael Scarcelle,
Natalie Polito, Joanna Latini
Benjamin Robinson, Rebecca Shorstein,
Erin Schmura, Zanna Fredland

Andrew Nienaber, stage director
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra
  In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theater Arts

Sign Up Today for EQT Camp Broadway!

Saturday, May 5 • 9 am
Trust Arts Education Center


On Saturday, May 5, theater-lovers ages 10-13 will work with a team of Broadway professionals in an 8-hour workshop featuring songs from the hit musical comedy, Cinderella. During the 1-day workshop, campers will be immersed in classic Broadway storytelling and musical numbers, culminating in a presentation for family and friends. Participating EQT Camp Broadway families attend a performance of this touring production and have access to a post-show talk-back with the cast.

The program includes:
1 day (8 hours) of instruction in singing, acting, and dancing by trained Broadway professionals
Official EQT Camp Broadway t-shirt
Healthy lunch, snacks and water
Complimentary admission to the final presentation at 4:30 pm. Family & friends are invited to attend.
Q&A with EQT Camp Broadway’s staff of Broadway professionals
The program culminates in a special musical presentation. Open to all skill levels; no previous experience is necessary to enroll.
“The very best thing is that our daughter was able to share her love of Broadway with other young people who are so willing to give of themselves and try new experiences in their discipline.”

“The experience was a nice introduction to what happens when preparing for a show.
It was a good sense of all the hard work and dedication involved.”

“I felt very comfortable leaving my child there. Everything was very organized and flowed well. Instructors were outstanding! Really great camp!”
All experience levels welcome. We recommend EQT Camp Broadway for theater-lovers with no previous experience to intermediate experience, though we will certainly welcome students of any level! No auditions necessary to participate. EQT Camp Broadway EXP’s tuition is $125 per camper.
To Register:
Online at
Call 412-471-6079
Box Office at Theater Square

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Celebrate Thai New Year at Soba

Songkran at Soba
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Monday-Sunday, April 9-15
Phone (412) 362-5656

The Thai New Year is celebrated with an epic 3-day long water battle with countless drenched revelers blasting each other with everything from squirtguns to fully loaded elephants. Here are some tips if you're headed to Thailand this week:

Water throwing takes place from sunrise to sunset.
Don’t wear white. Counterintuitively, don’t wear a parka - it will make you a target.
Stay clear of traffic. Motorcycles are a) very popular in Thailand, and b) extra hard to control on wet streets after three days of partying.

Learn how to say Hello New Year: happy new year (roughly “sah wah dee pee mai”)
Bring your own Super Soaker. Local prices can quadruple during Songkran.
Wear goggles and shower afterwards. The water comes from a variety of sources, including ponds and moats. Yes, moats.

If you're staying in the states, the Songkran menu at Soba is inspired by Thai cuisine's key ingredients of garlic, lemongrass, coconut, ginger, fish sauce, and curries flavored more by fresh herbs than dry spices.

 The Songkran menu at soba is inspired by the playfulness of the holiday and Thai cuisine's distinctive flavors.


first course
satay trio
octopus sweet soy, chili, lime
pork fish caramel, scallion
potato tamarind onion jam, turmeric
de perriere brut rosé, italy, nv

second course
grilled pork jowl, soft poached egg, pickled garlic and shallot, thai chili relish, watercress
escudo real rosé, vinhos verdes, portugal 2016

third course
lobster red curry, cilantro, saffron, thai basil, bitter melon, makrut lime, bean sprout
pech latt corbieres rosé, languedoc-roussillon, france 2016

fourth course
coconut rice pudding
pineapple tuile, candied ginger
dewatsuru sakura emaki rosé sake, akita, japan nv

tasting menu $40
rosé pairings $25