Friday, March 30, 2018

CMOA announces events and programs for Hiroshige's Tokaido Road

Rare presentation of Japanese prints runs March 31–July 22

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road opens this weekend at Carnegie Museum of Art, with programming for all ages throughout its run. Including a day-long Children’s Day Celebration featuring Pittsburgh Taiko drummers, art making, and its popular Crash Course series, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art. For the first time in 25 years, CMOA presents prints from our first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto.

Utagawa Hiroshige, ‘Kakegawa,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Dr. James B. Austin


For registration and more information, please visit the CMOA website, or call 412-622-3288

ARTventures: Print-Making Sundays
April 8–May 27, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm

Just drop in for this all-ages printmaking workshop inspired by the masterwork Japanese woodblock prints in Hiroshige's Tōkaidō Road. Free with admission.

Children’s Day Celebration with Pittsburgh Taiko Drummers
May 5, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm

Celebrate the children in your life by attending Kodomo no hi—Children’s Day—at CMOA!

The art and culture of Japan awaits your entire family inspired by this Japanese national holiday and our exhibition Hiroshige’s Tōkaidō Road. Make flags decorated with spirited koi fish (carp), listen to Japanese folk tales and stories, see and touch a Samurai helmet, and try a traditional rice Mochi cake. View the prints and touch a woodblock in the exhibition and create your own prints that tell about a favorite journey. The powerful rumbling sounds of Pittsburgh Taiko drummers round out this fun-filled afternoon.

This event is cosponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

Crash Course: The Arts and Culture of Japan
Starts June 6, choose 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. or 6–8 p.m.

The class meets on four Wednesdays. Morning and evening sessions available.

Celebrate the rare showing of Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road with a deep dive into the development and pervasive influence of Japanese art. Starting with the woodblock prints of master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige, travel backwards and forwards to more fully understand the development of art forms considered to be unique to Japan. Explore China’s early influences on aesthetics and styles, Japan’s interest in harmony and nature, and the impact of trade with the West in the 19th century.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Duquesne Red Masquers Performs Equus as the Fourth Show of the 105th Masterpiece Season

Equus takes the stage at Duquesne University! Equus by Peter Shaffer is directed by Justin Sines. Justin has previously directed Come Back, Little Sheba (with Susie McGregor-Lane and Mark Yochum); How I Learned to Drive (with Fiona Montgomery and Michael Makar); and Clue: The Musical (with Nathaniel Yost and Tonilyn Jackson).

The play, winner of the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play, revolves around the psychiatric sessions between Martin Dysart (John E. Lane, Jr.) and Alan Strang (Evan W. Saunders) seeking to rehabilitate Alan after a traumatizing night in the stables. John E. Lane, Jr. is the Director of the Theater Arts program and the Executive Director of the Duquesne University Red Masquers. This show marks John’s return to the stage after a several year hiatus. Last time on the stage, Justin Sines directed John as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Lane has focused on directing for the past few years. Notable productions being Death of a Salesman (with Mark Yochum, Nancy Bach Love, and Curt Wootton); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Laura Donaldson and Jeff Way); and the world premiere of The Consorts (with John and Nathaniel Yost).

The production runs April 12 through April 29. Thursday through Saturday, performances begin at 8 PM. Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Ticket prices online are $16.50 for general admission, $11.50 for senior citizens, and $6.50 for students. It is free for Duquesne Students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cal U’s Manderino Library Showcases Cuban Art

Banknote Series by Dayron Simon

The work of five artists from Cuba will be on display April 16-21 in the third-floor gallery at California University of Pennsylvania’s Manderino Library. 

The public is welcome to join Cal U students, faculty and staff at the free exhibition, which features works by artists Yamiliany Morales Ferras, Dayron Simon, Jesus Gastell, Duhamel Xolot and Jose Luis Cabrera Restoy.

Special presentations on April 17 will put the artwork into context, with a panel discussion by several artists and a talk on human rights and genocide in Latin America by Dr. John Cencich, an international war crimes investigator and a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Christine Frechard, who owns an art gallery in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, also will be on hand April 17.

“Frechard went to Cuba last summer and was thrilled by the art scene,” said Andrea Cencich, a friend of the French gallery owner and an instructor in the Department of Art and Languages. 

“She met a few artists in Havana and Soroa, and she became enthusiastic about bringing their art and the artists to the Pittsburgh area, to give them an opportunity to be represented outside of Cuba.”

The Cub’Art exhibition also can be seen at the Christine Frechard Gallery <> , and an opening reception is planned at G1 Gallery, in Pittsburgh.

The campus event is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Art and Languages Department; co-sponsors are Manderino Library, the Criminal Justice Department, the international studies program and the College of Liberal Arts.
Organizers of the “Cuban Art” events at Cal U include Andrea Cencich; Sabrina Hykes-Davis, of the Music and Theatre Department; and Monica Ruane Rogers, of the Library Services Department.

When to visit

“Cuban Art” will be on public display April 16-21 during regular Manderino Library hours: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.  Pay-by-meter parking is available in Lot 10 and Lot 17.

On April 17, students from five area high schools will meet the artists and attend a panel discussion with the artists and a talk on human rights from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

The public may join Cal U students, faculty and staff to hear the panel discussion and human rights presentation at 2 p.m. April 17 in Room 208 of Manderino Library. Admission is free. Pay-by-meter parking for visitors is available in campus parking lots 10 and 17.

Monday, March 26, 2018


PICT Classic Theatre will conclude its 2017-2018 Season with JANE EYRE, opening at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Oakland on April 7th.
The script for PICT’s JANE EYRE has been adapted from the novel by Charlottë Bronte by PICT Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford, who will also direct the piece.  Stanford’s dramatization of the classic was originally commissioned by the Gate Theatre in Dublin where it achieved considerable box office success, as well as at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, establishing record ticket sales in 2007.
JANE EYRE will feature Karen Baum in the title role, with Paul Bernardo as Mr. Rochester, and James FitzGerald as Mr. Brocklehurst.

Paul Bernardo as Mr. Rochester and Karen Baum as Jane Eyre.  Credit: PICT Classic Theatre.

PICT’s JANE EYRE will run from April 7th to April 28th, 2018, with preview performances on Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th.  Evening performances will begin at 7:30pm, and matinees will begin at 2:00pm.  All performances will be held at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Oakland, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

Youth 18 years of age and under are invited to attend either the 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm performance on Sunday, April 22nd free of charge.  A $60 dinner package is available for the evening of Thursday, April 19th, which will include a 5:30 pm, 3-course dinner at the Mansions On Fifth, and admission to the evening's 7:30 pm performance of JANE EYRE.
Tickets and are available at or by calling the PICT Ticket Office at 412-561-6000.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Coming Up at the New Hazlett Theater

Büer's Kiss
Part of the CSA Performance Series
April 12  |  8PM
Felecia’s body betrays her. Her husband rejects her. Her society exiles her, but the residents of her new home welcome her with open (albeit misshapen) arms. Her new life is stable enough, but things are not what they seem. A quiet war of belief is about to erupt, and Felecia will be forced to take sides. Büer’s Kiss is a multimedia comics experience featuring voice actors, foley effects, and projected images.


Good Deeds Day
Through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
April 15  |  1-4PM
All over the world, hundreds of thousands of people choose to volunteer together and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Join us at the theater on Sunday April 15 for some spring cleaning.



Pittsburgh Musical Theater
April 5-8

Titanic is a special presentation by the teens of the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, backed by a professional Orchestra. For tickets: 412-539-0900

High School Musical

Pittsburgh Musical Theater
April 5-8
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage. High School Musical Jr. is a special presentation by the pre-teen students of the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory and fully produced by the professional artists of Pittsburgh Musical Theater. For tickets: 412-539-0900

At It Again

Johnny Angel and the Halos
April 14  |  7:30PM (doors at 6:30PM)
Back by popular demand, Johnny Angel and the Halos are happy to announce that because of the response to last year’s reunion show they are “At It Again.”​ TICKETS

One Man Show with Jeffrey Chips at Threadbare Cider and Meadery

Jeffrey Chips

MONDAY brings JEFFREY CHIPS taking over BYOB with his solo show


Monday, March 26
7:30 pm Curtain - Doors open 7 pm
Threadbare Cider and Meadery
 1291 Spring Garden Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15212

Free parking. Handicapped entrance.

Jeffrey Chips plays all 19 characters with a handful of props and simple costume pieces. "Shall we his fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

Doors open 7 pm; close 9:30 pm.
General seating. Appropriate for all ages.

One hour show followed by Q&A and mingling.
Cash bar. Snacks provided.
Last call 9:30 pm. 21+ for adult beverages.

Admission is free with $10 donation suggested.
Join us at our new Spring Garden/Troy Hill venue for March & April BYOB!

BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal scene night where professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted competition.

Suggested $10 donation at the door. All proceeds benefit PSIP’s Fall 2018 production.

About the Artist:
Jeffrey Chips is an actor and director of past PSIP seasons (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2006, The Tempest 2012, Romeo and Juliet 2013, and director of King Lear in 2015) and artistic director of Steel City Shakespeare Center. Jeff has lived and worked in the Pittsburgh theater community for the past 13 years. He holds a BA in theater from Allegheny College and an MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University, in association with the American Shakespeare Center. With PSIP, he performed in our second season in 2006 as Snout the Tinker in Dream. In addition to other roles, he directed our acclaimed King Lear in 2016. Jeff is the artistic director of Steel City Shakespeare Center, where he has worn many hats, including performer, director, producer, and writer.  

BYOB takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May. Anyone interested in reading should contact, 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

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

Donate on our website below or mail your check to:
PO Box 81775
Pittsburgh PA


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Peachtree Orchestra Presents Master of Silent Comedy Films

Peachtree Ragtime Society Orchestra

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The thrilling era of silent films comes alive again with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra! The PRSO, “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as acclaimed by the Washington Post, takes you back to the early 1900s as they accompany three classic films from the silent era as they were meant to be seen – with live orchestral accompaniment and sound effects.

Between the films, hear Peacherine play the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century, featuring favorites by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and more! Fun for the whole family!

Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Olin Theatre Washington & Jefferson College
285 E. Wheeling Street
Washington, Pa. 15301

General Admission:   $12.00
Seniors (60+), Alumni & Non-W&J Students:   $10.00
Children (12 and under):   $7.00
Phone 724-223-OLIN (6546)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

News about Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

New at the Garden!
Starting on April 1, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be open on Tuesdays, expanding the opportunities to visit and explore our 60 acres of spring blooms.

To celebrate, each Tuesday in April will be "Two-For" days when Garden Members can bring one guest for free and all other admissions will be buy-one-get-one free.

To plan your visit or for more information, go to:

Bring your family to explore together on Easter Sunday, April 1, to kickoff Spring as the Garden will be open regular hours of
9 am - 5 pm.

Exclusive Member-Only Night at the Gift Shop
Join with other Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members for this fun evening at the Gift Shop. The event will include new and unique merchandise as well as plants for your home this Spring.

On this night, members will receive an additional 5% discount on top of their regular 10% discount. The evening will include light refreshments.

To help us plan, please register here.
To confirm your membership, just sign in at the upper right corner of the registration page. Need to renew or join? Click here.

Spring Lecture features designing with bulbs
As the leaves of bulbs are starting to sprout, are you wondering how they will look next to other perennials and woody ornamentals in your garden? Join us for this year's Spring Lecture which will feature Brent Heath, from Brent & Becky's Bulbs in Virginia, to learn more.

The lecture will be held April 19 in the Davidson Event Center beginning at 7 pm. There is an optional reception during which you can meet Brent.

Click here for more information and to register.

Create a Living Flower Arrangement for your home
Brent Heath of Brent & Becky's Bulbs in Virginia will conduct this interactive workshop on April 20, 10:00 am - 11:30 am.
Click here to learn more and register.

Recently Engaged? Thinking about the Garden for your wedding?

Join us on April 22 to preview the Davidson Event Center and Peirce Celebration Garden as the perfect spot for your ceremony and reception.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Venue Showcase is 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and the cost is $10 per person. Preview a ceremony and reception setup, sample from our preferred caterers, and enjoy admission to tour the Garden. Click here for more information and to register.

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WCHS to Explore Irish Experience in the United States

Program:  The Irish Experience in America 

Location: Caritas Christi, McCullough Meeting Room Address:  129 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Time: 7:00 p.m.Fee: Free for WCHS members, $7 for others Reservations: Recommended, 724-532-1935 x 210

The Irish have made tremendous contributions to American society as a whole, and certainly in southwestern Pennsylvania. Join the Westmoreland County Historical Society to hear a fascinating program, The Irish Experience in America.

 Dr. Timothy Crain, director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and an assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University will be the speaker.

Beginning in the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries, most of the Irish immigrants to America were Catholic. The established American Protestants detested these new arrivals and discriminated against them through substandard employment, housing, and education.

 Despite these barriers, Irish immigrants struggled to find their place in America and rose above prejudice to become one of the most successful of all the ethnic groups of that period. Dr. Crain will discuss the Irish Experience in America by focusing on the many challenges they faced, the transition to assimilation, and finally, their acceptance into American society. 

He credits much of the Irish success-story in the United States to the resolve of their women to achieve the ‘American Dream’ for their families.

Visit our website  and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory.

Spring Festa di Pasta at Casbah, March 26-29

Spring Festa di Pasta
Monday-Thursday, March 26-29
Our seasonal Festa is a chance for Chef Gardner and his guests to explore a range of flavors, forms, combinations and Italian words. You may know that vincotto translates as “cooked wine,” a reduction of unfermented grape juice that adds a complex, sweet flavor. Or, that pangrattato is Italian for grated bread, more humbly known as breadcrumbs. Less intuitive is casereccia; it's an S shaped noodle when viewed from the end, but its name simply means “homemade.” What makes a ravioli doppio? Find out next week when we double down on everything pasta.

The selection of small plates encourages sampling, sharing and adventure. Try one dish as an appetizer, combine two or three as an entree, or bring friends and run the gamut. Reservations are encouraged. 412.661.5656

Red Pepper Casereccia, sea scallops, jumbo lump crab, roasted garlic, parsley butter | 19
Canestri, bay scallop, garbanzo beans, tomato sauce, basil | 12
Linguini, Manilla clam, English peas, pangrattato | 12
Trottole, kale, sun dried tomato, manchego, smoked paprika | 11
Gnudi, black rice arancini, English pea pesto, preserved lemon | 11
Gemelli, broccoli rabe, chickpeas, cannellini beans, lemon harissa, benne seeds | 12
Agnolotti, parmesan mornay, squash blossom, pine nuts | 12
Spaghetti, chicken parmesan, mozzarella, tomato | 13
Orecchiette, grilled chicken, cranberries, goat cheese, sage cream | 12
Gnocchi, duck sugo, cherry tomato, arugula pesto, burrata |12
Rabbit Tortelloni, apricot mostarda, vincotto, watercress, pistachio | 13
Tagliatelle, lamb, asparagus, black tahini, mint | 14
Ricotta Cavatelli, fennel sausage, spinach, tomatoes, ricotta | 12
Rigatoni, pork shoulder, spring garlic, chilis, coraline chicory, breadcrumb | 13
Mafaldine Verde, white veal Bolognese, favas, fontina, almond | 14
Five Cheese & Swiss Chard Doppio Ravioli, beef Bolognese | 13
Short Rib Ravioli, Swiss chard, oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, gremolata | 15

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

On Sale Now: MUMMENSCHANZ you & me

Swiss-based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ pioneered a new form of visual theater that has dazzled audiences worldwide for over 45 years. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition.

The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In their new show, you & me, MUMMENSCHANZ brings to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love while reviving a historic tradition of acrobatics. You & me will focus on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances.

  Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:00 pm • Byham Theater


To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-6666

Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators Exhibition Now on Display at the CLO Cabaret

Pittsburgh CLO recently partnered with the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators to create a gallery of artwork which is now on display at the Backstage Bar at the CLO Cabaret, 655 Penn Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh. Members of the Society were invited to attend rehearsals of the world premiere of UP AND AWAY and document their experience through this unique medium.

Author to Present Lecture and Reading at Cal U on March 29

Author Paul Hertneky to Speak on Book at Cal U.

 Paul Hertneky, author of 'Rust Belt Boy: Stories of An American Childhood,' will present a lecture and reading from 11 a.m.- noon on March 29 in the Old Main Hall Chapel on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Cal U's Department of English and the Northern Appalachian Network,  <> the free event is open to the University community and to the public.
Rust Belt Boy tells the story of a man who grew up in the heyday of steel production in the Mon Valley.

Hertneky, who was raised in Ambridge, Pa., shares his childhood memories in this engaging memoir that takes readers back to a time when ethnic neighborhoods and industry played crucial roles in western Pennsylvania life.

"His deft ability to weave history and memory together with whimsy makes Rust Belt Boy a highly relatable read," said event coordinator Dr. Christina Fisanick, associate professor of English at Cal U. "His chapter on pierogis is not to be missed!"

The Northern Appalachian Network is a multidisciplinary network promoting teaching, scholarship and service focused on Northern Appalachian residents and their environment. The network includes members with backgrounds in the arts and humanities, education, social science, and the sciences.

"Sons and daughters lucky enough to feel attached to a distinct hometown know how it works its way under our skin and into our being," Hertneky writes in the introduction to the book.

"The relationship thrives at a distance, explaining why there are Steelers bars from Vancouver to Miami and Belfast to Shanghai."

For more information about Hertneky's appearance, email <> .

Parlor Talk: “Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt”

Please join West Overton Village in welcoming the authors of “Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression.” Authors Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power, and Michael Cary will be giving a presentation and answering questions from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th. Admission is a $5 donation to the museum.

Of the many recipients of federal support during the Great Depression, the citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, stand out as model reminders of the vital importance of New Deal programs. Hoping to transform their desperate situation, the 250 families of this western Pennsylvania town worked with the federal government to envision a new kind of community that would raise standards of living through a cooperative lifestyle and enhanced civic engagement. Their efforts won them a nearly mythic status among those familiar with Norvelt’s history.

Hope in Hard Times explores the many transitions faced by those who undertook this experiment. With the aid of the New Deal, these residents, who hailed from the hardworking and underserved class that Jacob Riis had called the “other half” a generation earlier, created a middle-class community that would become an exemplar of the success of such programs. Despite this, many current residents of Norvelt—the children and grandchildren of the first inhabitants—oppose government intervention and support political candidates who advocate scrutinizing and even eliminating public programs

Timothy Kelly is Professor of History at St. Vincent College. His most recent book is The Transformation of American Catholicism.

Margaret Power is Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the coeditor of New Perspectives on the Transnational Right and author of Right-Wing Women in Chile, the latter also published by Penn State University Press.

Michael Cary is Professor of History and Political Science at Seton Hill University and the author of This American Courthouse.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets can be bought at, by calling our office at 724-887-7910, or at the door. Admission is a $5 donation to the museum.


Start of the Race for Grace

The Reflections Of Grace Foundation will hold its 11th Annual Race For Grace, presented by C Harper Auto Group, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Norwin High School in North Huntingdon, PA.  Now entering its 11th year, the Race For Grace has collectively raised over $1 million, with last year’s event attracting over 3,000 people. The Race For Grace is in memory of Grace Ekis, who was 5 years old when she courageously battled Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a terminal form of brain cancer in 2008. 

The Race For Grace is the largest fundraiser for the Reflections Of Grace Foundation. Because of this event and other fundraising efforts, the Foundation has been able to give $489,000 to 336 families of children fighting brain cancer across the United States. In addition, $340,000 has been given to research efforts to find a cure for DIPG and other forms of pediatric brain cancer.

“The Reflections Of Grace Foundation has been able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families going through the anguish and hardship of caring for a child with brain cancer,” said Grace's mother, Tamara Ekis. “These grants have assisted families with housing, transportation and medical costs. In addition, the funds contributed to research through the DIPG Collaborative have enabled investigators to advance their experimentation of pediatric brain cancers."

Race Emcee Mike Clark

Mike Clark, WTAE-TV News anchor, will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event and Mikey and Big Bob from the 96.1 KISS Morning Freak Show will be on hand to participate in the Race and socialize with the runners and walkers.

Opening activities start at 7:00 am and the Race begins promptly at 9:00 am. After the Race, children and families can enjoy fun activities indoors including games, dance performances, Chinese and silent auctions, and charitable hair donations. The day’s events are scheduled to conclude around 1:00 pm following an awards ceremony.

Participants can register online at and sign up for either the 5K run, 5K walk or 1-milewt fun walk.  Cost for adults is $20 ($25 after March 6, $30 after April 2) and $15 ($20 after March 6, $25 after April 2) for children 12 and under.

To learn more about the Race For Grace or to register online, visit You can also find us on Facebook( and Twitter (@ReflectsOfGrace).

Grace Elizabeth Ekis
The Reflections Of Grace Foundation was created in memory of Grace Elizabeth Ekis -- just five years old when she danced to heaven on Valentine’s Day 2008 from a particularly virulent form of brain cancer.  Co-founders Brian and Tamara Ekis decided to channel the grief of their daughter’s passing by establishing an organization devoted to making a difference. 

The organization’s name signifies the effect that Grace had on the lives of those she touched over the course of her short life. As its mission, the Reflections Of Grace Foundation is dedicated to:

●        Providing financial, emotional, and educational support for children and their families affected by pediatric brain cancer.
●        Raising awareness of all types of pediatric brain tumors, with a particular focus on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPGs), or Brainstem Gliomas.
●        Joining with other like-minded organizations in educating, aiding and funding the search for a cure for DIPG and other forms of pediatric brain cancer, in the hope of curing all cancers.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Trust Membership Matching

March Match-ness is your slam dunk.
Score more impact and more benefits.

Make a new membership gift to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust through March 24 and your contribution will be matched.*


New gifts of $25 include a $50 Partner Membership
New gifts of $50 include a $100 Sustaining Partner Membership
New gifts of $125 include a $250 Sponsoring Partner Membership
You can also give by phone at 412-471-3518. Check out more benefits here.

*New gifts of $25 or more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $125.

The official registration and financial information of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

Film, Panel Discussion and Reception to Focus on Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry Credit: Gin Briggs

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a film screening and panel discussion in celebration of Women’s History Month. The screening will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. A playwriting workshop focusing on women and diversity will be held in collaboration with the screening on March 27. This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the LakeArts Foundation.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary journalist, activist and playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. The documentary portrays Hansberry’s lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and her use of art as a medium for activism.  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart features Tony Award®- winning actress Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry, interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett, Jr. and narration by LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Filmmaker and Peabody Award-winner Tracy Heather Strain crafts the story of one woman who believed, like many of her generation, that words could change society.

The film will be followed by a moderated panel featuring the film’s executive producer Chiz Schultz, American University Professor and playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Joi Gresham, Director and Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust. After the panel, a reception will celebrate the film and the empowerment of women, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music by female jazz trio, A.I.R., led by University of Pittsburgh’s Irene Monteverde.  

On March 27, building on the inspiration and legacy of Hansberry, the Trust will host a one-day playwriting workshop at the August Wilson Center focusing on diversity and women’s voices led by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. The workshop will explore how, like Hansberry, Jennings mined personal diaries, photo albums, interviews and research to pen her theatrical memoirs. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring one or two photos of people who have been meaningful in their lives. Writing exercises will lead to monologues which will be shared with other participants.

Tickets ($23.25) include admission to the screening, panel and reception, and are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Workshop registration ($40) must be purchased separately at

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Heisenberg" - An Odd Couple Explores a World of Possibilities

Robin Abramson as Georgie Burns in "Heisenberg", now at Pittsburgh Public Theater Credit: Courtesy Photo

To quote Ben Franklin, in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. By extension, then, everything else is plagued by uncertainties, or, depending on your point of view, possibilities.

Take relationships as does playwright Simon Stephens in his light-hearted, two-character play with a high-brow title "Heisenberg." Borrowing from the German physicist Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Stephens explores what happens when a 75 year old butcher from Ireland meets through a chance encounter in a London train station a 42-year old energetic pixie with a compulsion to talk.

Those with an analytic mind can entertain several ways in which the play relates the tenets of quantum mechanics to the possibilities inherent the vagaries of life  But you don’t have to be schooled in physics to get the drift of the playful adventure that ensues after this serendipitous encounter between two unlikely candidates for a meaningful. relationship.

With little in the way of props or set other than a quartet of benches, one at each corner of the Pittsburgh Public’s theater-in-the-round configuration, the playwright manages to create such engrossing narrative and the actors such palpable characters, the details of place become almost irrelevant. Besides their age gap, the pair is dispositional opposites. Alex is more contemplative and introverted; Georgie is an extroverted ball of energy, a manic crackbrain with a need to tell stories whether they be true or not.

Despite her lean physique, Robin Abramson as Georgie Burns soon manages to dominate her counterpart by sheer force of will, playing with dexterity a cat and mouse game that initially holds him captive. As Alex Priest, Anthony Heald does a great job listening with rapt attention to her kaleidoscopic rambling monologue until he finally reaches the breaking point and calls it a day.

Not one to be dismissed so easily, Georgie tracks down her reluctant new acquaintance thanks to the power of the Internet. She pours into his butcher shop like the proverbial unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.

Without spoiling the rest of the plot by revealing it, let’s say the effect the two characters have on one another, despite their rather odd relationship, is life changing. With a cross-fertilization of thoughts, ideas and back stories, they evolve emotionally in increments. All the while the playwright (his "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016), keeps you guessing as to both of the characters’ motives in perpetuating their ongoing involvement.

As Georgie, Abramson’s performance is surgically precise. The skill and energy required to pull of the role is astounding, and she certainly fits the bill and is about as perfect in the part as I can imagine.

Anthony Heald as Alex Priest Credit: Courtesy Photo
Heald’s performance is just as strong. The veteran actor’s focus as listener to Georgie’s frenetic loquaciousness is sheer theatrical artistry, his contributions to the dialogue are significantly momentous and his stage presence is a formidable counterbalance to Abramson’s..

Thankfully dialect coach Don Wadsworth keeps his Irish accent on the down low. It’s just enough to connote Celtic without obscuring the words with arcane pronunciations..

The actors eschew the prima donna effect by moving the benches around themselves without the aid of stage hands to form different configurations at the end of each scene. The seats of the train station in scene one morph into the meat case that suggests the butcher shop of scene two, the table and chairs of an Indian restaurant later on and on it goes.

As director, Tracy Brigden, the former artistic director at Pittsburgh City Theatre, comes back to create a highly polished production that is glaringly faultless and daringly efficient, especially when viewed from the up close intimacy of the stage’s theater-in-the-round arrangement.

Of one thing you can be certain - you should be able to find "Heisenberg" appealing on at least one level. There’s the adventure of experiencing what happens when an eccentric waif crosses path with a withdraw elderly man who incrementally comes to life under her influence. And, for those who might want to plummet beneath the surface, there’s enough material to keep you busy in conversation or thought  on the ride home.

Scenic and lighting design by Brian Sidney Bembridge and sound design by Zach Moore.

"Heisenberg," a production of Pittsburgh Public Theater, is at the O’Reilly Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh through April 8.  For tickets, phone 412-316-1600 or

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Monologue Project Goes Live With Free Online Resource

  The Monologue Project announced today their online resource featuring 30 original monologues from nationally recognized writers for theater is now available to the public.  

Hosted by The Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The Monologue Projects online resource features original works from such award-winning writers as Amy Evans, Pia Wilson, Charlayne Woodard, Dominique Morisseau, Mfoniso Udofia, Cori Thomas and Chisa Hutchinson. Celebrating Women of the African Diaspora and their impact on theater and the world, the monologues run the gamut from intensely moving to fiercely funny.  

 By making these works available for free online as a resource, The Monologue Project aims to increase the number of audition-length monologues for Women of the African Diaspora. Hearing voices that have not been heard and providing greater opportunity for Women of the African Diaspora will be of benefit to all.   Performances of The Monologue Project have taken place in Pittsburgh and Dallas over the last year and have facilitated conversations on the essential role of black women in America by joining in solidarity with the woman-driven activism of movements like Black Lives Matter. 

The Monologue Project will have a performance in New York this July at the Dramatists Guild 2018 National Conference.   Participating Monologue Project Writers (in alphabetical order): Mando Alvarado, Chrystal Bates, France-Luce Benson, N’Jameh Camara, Zina Camblin, Kia Corthron, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, LeKeithia Dalcoe, William Duell, Kim El, Alesia Etinoff, Amy Evans, Rob Florence, Imani Maryahm Harrington, Dave Harris, Yona Harvey, Chisa Hutchinson, Levi Jelks, Christine Toy Johnson, Jewell McPherson, Dominique Morisseau, Ife Olujobi, Maxie Rockymore, Bianca Sams, Daniel Talbott, Cori Thomas, Pamela Turner, Mfoniso Udofia, Bria Walker, Keith Wallace, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Pia Wilson and Charlayne Woodard.

About Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC): The Bishop Arts Theatre Center is an award winning, multicultural, multi-discipline theatre that offers a full season of theatrical performances, jazz concerts, speakers series and year round arts education programs. Based in Dallas, Texas, the mission of the organization is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education. Each year, the BATC impacts over 50,000 people nationwide.



Tap into your inner astronomer tonight at SkyWatch, presented by PPG, at Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium and Observatory. March’s SkyWatch will be one of the last chances of the season to catch a glimpse of The Great Orion Nebula, the nearest large star-forming region in space, as well as the brightest nebula in the sky. The Pleiades open star cluster, the brightest such cluster in all the sky, and Sirius, the brightest star in the night-time sky, should also be in view.

The evening kicks off with a virtual tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Afterward, enjoy additional planetarium programs, and if the skies are clear, head up to our observatory. Gaze at the stars through various telescopes, such as our 16-inch Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and chat with our team of expert stargazers.

The SkyWatch program is offered at 8 and 10 pm. Tickets are $4 for non-members, and $2 for members and as an add-on to general admission.

8 pm and 10 pm Fri., March 16

Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium and Observatory staff will give guests a virtual tour of the night sky. If weather and skies permit, guests will be invited up to the observatory to check out the sky using various telescopes.

In addition to serving as Pittsburgh’s destination for stargazing and amateur astronomy, the observatory offers an absolutely breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh.

Antique Appraisals Offered by Westmoreland County Historical Society

 Program:  Antiques Appraisal Day

Location: Westmoreland County Historical Society, Calvin E. Pollins Library Address:  362 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1, Greensburg, PA 15601

Date:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018Time:   4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Program fee: $10 for one piece; 2nd and 3rd item costs an additional $5 each; 3 item-limit.

Reservation: Appointments may be scheduled by calling 724-532-1935 ext. 210.

Spring is always a good time to clean clutter out of closets, the basement, or garage.  Have you ever wondered if your family heirlooms have more than sentimental value?  Is the piece of pottery you found at the house sale worth anything?      

Here is your opportunity to find out if these items areactually antiques or collectibles.  Verbal assessments will be given by John Mickinak on a variety of objects.  Mr. Mickinak has over30 years of experience as an antiques dealer and estate appraiser. 

The appraisal rate for one piece is $10, and the 2nd and 3rd items cost an additional $5 each; there is a 3-item-limit.  

Appointments are recommended.  Walk-ins are welcome, but will be seen after the scheduled appraisals on a first-come basis. Watching the variety of items being assessed while one waits for the appraisal of their object isa n interesting and educational experience.

Proceeds from the appraisals benefit the Westmoreland County Historical Society – a  501 (c) 3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to acquiring and managing resources related to the history of   Westmoreland  County and  using  these  resources  to  encourage  a  diverse   audience   to   make connections to the past, develop an understanding of the present, and provide direction for the future.

Visit website  and follow  activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Celebrate Easter Aboard the Gateway Clipper

Celebrate Easter Aboard The Gateway Clipper!

Enjoy a wonderful early afternoon holiday celebration with your family and friends. Enjoy a delicious brunch, beautiful scenery and lovely music!
Sunday, April 1
Board: 10:15 am Sail: 11 am - 1 pm

Experience Easter Dinner out on the water with your loved ones! Features our fabulous buffet dinner, music and the wonderful sights of Pittsburgh!
Sunday, April 1
Board: 3:15 pm Sail: 4 - 6 pm


Meet The Easter Bunny! Aboard the Bunny Fun Cruise

Hop on board and meet the one and only EASTER BUNNY! Plus, some of his favorite friends will visit to join our DJ Dance Party! And, all kids will receive a special treat from the Easter Bunny!

Saturday, March 31
Board: 12:30 pm Sail: 1:30 - 3:30 pm


Easter Brunches and Dinners with Big Burrito

Forecast says delicious
Easter Sunday is fast approaching, this year falling on the first of April. Enjoy your double holiday with an extended brunch at Casbah, Eleven or Kaya. With so many styles and options, you're sure to find a deal that suits you, but we recommend making reservations soon. To wait too long would be foolish.
Casbah Brunch: 10-2:30 reserve
Eleven Brunch: 10-3 reserve
Kaya Brunch: 10-4 reserve
New this year, Soba will be open for Easter dinner (no kidding!), along with Casbah, Eleven and Kaya. Reservations are available up until 9pm. All Mad Mex locations are closed for the holiday.

Pittsburgh CLO Announces SPARK Performers

Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to welcome several special guests, artists and performers as part of the SPARK festival, March 26-April 8, 2018.

 Tony Award® winner BETH LEAVEL will star in SPARK’s feature workshop, THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO; West End star CHRIS PELUSO is set to be featured as part of THE PERFECT MATE writing residency; Broadway’s DAVID ZIPPEL will serve as SPARK’s Guest Mentor; and the Q BROTHERS will make their Pittsburgh debut with Q GENTS as part of the SPARK Late Night Series at the CLO Cabaret! 

SPARK Premier Passes are now available online at

Pittsburgh CLO is committed to supporting emerging and established writers, composers and lyricists through providing the resources necessary for their work to achieve the next step. Upon arrival in Pittsburgh, SPARK teams will be provided with dedicated rehearsal space, a crew of veteran directors and music directors, professional stage managers and production assistants, dramaturgs and a cast of talented artists. 

Equally, if not more importantly, their experience will offer a supportive community of artists, multiple public performances and talkback sessions with audiences. By providing valuable time and tools, Pittsburgh CLO will take part in helping to secure the future of the musical theater canon with the creation of exciting new work.

“You can spend countless days, months, years writing a musical. But the moment you get in a room with actors and hear it out loud, you learn everything you didn’t know about the piece. This is what makes programs like SPARK so special. And necessary.” - THE PERFECT MATE Co-creator, David Rossmer

BETH LEAVEL returns to Pittsburgh CLO to star as “Millicent” in the SPARK workshop production of THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO after appearing in the CLO Summer Season productions of Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and The Pajama Game. She received the Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and LA Drama Critics Award for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone.  

Other Broadway: Bandstand, Florence Greenberg in Baby, It’s You (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Elf, Mamma Mia!, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street (Revival), Crazy For You, The Civil War, Showboat and 42nd Street. Ms. Leavel starred as Dee Dee Allen in the World Premiere of The Prom at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, which is set to open on Broadway in the fall of 2018.

Pittsburgh native CHRIS PELUSO is set to appear as “The PerfectMate” in SPARK’s private reading of THE PERFECT MATE. As a North Allegheny High School student, he won the 2001 Gene Kelly Award for Best Actor and went on to appear in the Pittsburgh CLO production of A Musical Christmas Carol. He later made his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and went on to tremendous success on Broadway and in the West End. 

His Broadway credits include Beautiful, Assassins and more. Most recently, Mr. Peluso starred in the West End productions of Miss Saigon, Showboat and The Woman in White.   

Award-winning lyricist and director DAVID ZIPPEL will join the festival as a SPARK Mentor to offer rehearsal feedback, lead post-show discussions and more. His lyrics for the Broadway production of City of Angels won him the Tony Award®. In addition, he has received two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Award® nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations. His songs appear on over 25 million CDs around the world, and have been recorded by many great singers including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Mel Tormé, Ricky Martin, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott.

Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q BROTHERS will bring their unique and exciting brand of performance to Pittsburgh for the first time as part of the SPARK festival Late Night Series. Best known for The New York Times Critics’ Pick, Othello: The Remix, brothers JQ and GQ, along with their deejay Jackson Doran, will storm the CLO Cabaret stage on Friday, April 6 with Q GENTS. Q GENTS is the Q Brothers’ two-man hip-hop version of William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Over 20 characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride!

SPARK Premier Passes are now available online at