Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Surprising Pittsburgh Gem - Homewood Cemetery

A Glimpse of the Cemetery Credit: Homewood Cemetery

There it was all these years – a Pittsburgh gem that had escaped my notice. It took a wonderful concert by Resonance Works Pittsburgh held in Homewood Cemetery’s  lovely chapel one evening to introduce me to this historic landmark incorporated way back in 1878. Located at 1599 S. Dallas Avenue in Pittsburgh, the cemetery is one I’d driven by many time with hardly a notice.

It took a guided tour of a small section of the cemetery that was included in the concert to open my eyes to the cemetery’s historic significance and bucolic Lawn Park landscape and architectural beauty. Who knew the remains of some many of Pittsburgh’s most illustrious residents are buried there?

Led by knowledgeable director of programming, Jennie Benford, I joined a rather large group of concertgoers for a quick tour before the concert. The place is amazing and Benford brings it to life. (No pun intended).

Accordning to the cemetery's website  thehomewoodcemetery.com the cemetery has always been more than just a final resting place. It is a quiet refuge for joggers and lunchtime patrons. It is visited by bird watchers, students of all ages and disciplines and professional groups of all kinds. It is a ‘living’ museum, rich with a historic Lawn Park landscape and architecturally significant buildings and monuments. It is filled with the histories of generations of distinguished men and women who made considerable contributions to the history of Pittsburgh and America.

In the near future I plan to go back for the  ”Audacious Pioneers: Ladies of Section 14” tour. You can find out more about it below.

The Audacious Pioneers: Ladies of Section 14 Tour

The most popular walking tour offered by The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund is, “Taking It With You; A Tour of Section 14.”  This is easy to understand considering the familiar names that are represented within 14 (Heinz, Mellon, Frick, Benedum, etc.) and the outstanding monuments and mausoleums with which they marked their final resting places.

This year, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund will replace “Taking it With You,” with a new tour of Section 14, one based solely on women.  “Audacious Pioneers; The Ladies of Section 14” will introduce stories from the Distaff side of Pittsburgh History.  Centering the tour on women will allow for a wider discussion of Pittsburgh society, one that crosses lines of class and race in ways our traditional tour of Section 14 has yet to attempt.  

Some of the ladies featured on the tour include:
•           A world famous opera singer.
•           A palm reading Countess from Coshocton Ohio.
•           A politically minded widow with a fondness for cars.
•           The proprietor of a successful African American “Tourist House” in The Hill.
•           A Pittsburgh socialite who may or may not have changed the succession of England’s Royal Family.

“Audacious Pioneers,” will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm or, on other days and times, by appointment.  Reservations are required and can be made at 412-421-1822.  The tour is $10 per person, all proceeds benefiting The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund.

Concert in Carnegie Anyone?

ITHR3 Music
Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Who knew we'd be snowed out on the second day of spring?  Disappointment all around. So we found room for ITHR3 Music on a first-day-of-June Friday.
Stevie Wonder wrote the soundtrack for so many memories! And it's not near "so distant as the milky way" to bring it all back.  Just come to the Carnegie Carnegie....

iTHR3 Music is sure to give you the ‘feels.’  This locally grown trio does Stevie Wonder like no other. Influenced by jazz, pop, rock, and blues,  iTHR3 offers up an authentic take on the classics like My Cherie Amour and Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours.)

Join us for happy hour... a little later in the day, a little later in the week.

Have a Listen!

Doors open at 6:30 pm // Concert begins at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.
Start your evening with us, and you decide where you go next!

Listen Locally Downstairs in the Studio
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA   15106

Monday, May 28, 2018




30 Companies from over 20 Countries; 500+ Performing and Visual Arts Events
Never-Before-Seen in the Country, Continent, and World

Pittsburgh is famous for giving firsts to the world—including the first wire cable suspension bridge, the first movie theater, and hundreds of performing and visual arts premieres. Now, the world is about to give back in a big way as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents its fourth and most diverse Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts—an expanded showcase of never-before-seen performing and visual arts attractions.  The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

“There is work produced in Pittsburgh by the local arts community that is truly international in caliber and scope,” said Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO. “By bringing these incredible performances and exhibits from around the world and pairing them with outstanding Pittsburgh-produced arts, the Cultural Trust wants to put the spotlight on Pittsburgh as an international city and make sure it is recognized locally and by people around the globe.”

Over the course of eight weeks in the fall of 2018, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District will become a hub of United States, North American, and World Premieres. These works by renowned, globally-minded artists will feature a full range of arts disciplines—theater, dance, music, visual art, pieces that defy category—and take place in both traditional and unexpected spaces. From intimate experiences in galleries, to physically following a story as it unfolds in an historic church, to mind-blowing outdoor light shows, to a circus arts spectacle in the region’s largest theater, each piece will challenge, excite, entertain, question, and leave audiences seeing the world in a new way.

The companies and artists hail from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Haiti; Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom; China, South Korea, Thailand; Nigeria, South Africa; India; Israel; New Zealand; Canada; and the United States. Continuing Pittsburgh’s long-standing history of artistic, technologically innovative, creative, and groundbreaking ‘firsts,’ this year’s Festival features more locally-based premieres and collaborative works by Pittsburgh presenting arts organizations, including Quantum Theatre and Bricolage Production Company, to name a few.

The curatorial team behind the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts has traveled the globe to bring the greatest and grandest of new works to the city of Pittsburgh.

Scott Shiller, who joined the Cultural Trust in 2016, has been a driving force behind widening the Festival’s reach. He says, “Our goal with this edition of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is to reflect the world through these unique artist’s voices, and we are honored to present their extraordinary works as part of the Cultural Trust’s breadth of programming.”

Quantum Theatre’s Artistic Director Karla Boos joins the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust team as Guest Curator for the Festival. Since founding Quantum Theatre in 1990, Karla’s work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and has won Pittsburgh Magazine’s Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award. Karla Boos speaks to the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts’ theme by saying, “Artists all over the world are actively expressing their citizenship in a borderless ‘country’ of the mind and spirit—one that transcends national boundaries and resists xenophobia. Their works address their concerns head-on, but often in unexpected ways, expressing resistance to bleak political or social climates with startling beauty.”

Visual Arts Curator Murray Horne has been a part of all four Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Horne notes, “Since the last Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, our team has learned that artists in the U.S. are working with global partners on the cutting edge of the visual and performing arts, and we are excited to explore these intersections over the course of this international survey.”

Additional Festival programming team members include: Terri Bell, Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement; Tracy L. Edmunds, Vice President, Arts Education; Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music, and Youth Programming; Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects; Sarah Aziz, Director of Festival Management; Kelsey Ford, Programming Manager; Aaron Rodden, Programming Manager; Sarah Gilmer, Program Manager; Seth Laidlaw, Program Manager; Susan Sternberger, Theater Services Director; and Janis Burley Wilson, President and CEO of the August Wilson Center.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts programming highlights to date can be found at the end of this release, and TrustArts.org/Firsts will be updated as more programming is announced. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 412-456-6666, and at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222).

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Summer Ushers Wanted


Ushers serve as the friendly face that greets opera-goers before performances, assisting patrons with their tickets, seating location, etc. If you have some evenings or afternoons free to help with this fun and essential job, we’ll show you the ropes and be grateful for your support. You'll get to see performance(s) for free and know you’re serving a vital function for Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

If you're interested in ushering, please see the Festival schedule of performances, and determine which one(s) you'd be available to assist with.
With that information, please complete the Usher Signup Form to let us know when you would be able to assist.


Thanks for your help—we appreciate it greatly!

Friday, May 25, 2018

2015 Badgerhound Zinfandel - Serious Winemaking with a Bit of Whimsey

You’ve got to hand it to the winemakers at Ammunition, a Sonoma County, California, two-man partnership with a lofty goal of producing world-class wines.

Along with a zealous and uncompromising attempt to produce quality wines, they (or their marketing department) maintain an entertaining tongue-in-cheek attitude when it comes to describing some of their wines.

Take what I see as the winery’s unofficial motto - "Wines of the Highest Caliber."  Ammunition - caliber. Get it?

Even the back label on the bottle of its 2015 Badgerhound Zinfandel gets into the fun. It mentions that the winemakers set out to make a Zin as tenacious as a Badgerhound and ends with the phrase "This dog will definitely hunt."

The cuteness extends to the front label as well where some ingenious graphic designer shows a Badgerhound standing over a wine barrel, holding a wine bottle and wearing a Sherlock Holmesian deerstalker cap.

On a more sober note, Ammunition is one of Sonoma County’s small boutique wineries that makes six varietals for daily consumption priced between $23 and $28. Besides the Badgerhound Zin, the winery also markets Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon  and The Equalizer, a red blend.

The 2015 Zin I managed to sample was dark red, big, bold and discriminatingly balanced with lots of berry and  fruit flavors to the forefront and slightly more viscous and sweeter for a Zin than I’m used to. 

I got some berry, plum and chocolate notes on the nose with a bit of floral aromas. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, the wine has remarkably smooth and soft tannins and a mouth feel as though one just bit into a ripe black cherry.

With an alcohol by volume rating of 15.1%, the wine is devoid of over-heating on the tongue and palate and finishes dry and intense.
The wine’s richness and flavor density makes it pair well with lamb, duck in a Port or red wine reduction, barbecued meats like ribs, brisket and chicken and pulled pork. It should also be great with dark chocolate and bleu cheese. Suggested retail price is $23 for a 750 ml bottle.

On Your Feet Opens June 12

The  Pittsburgh CLO is proud to open its 2018 Summer Season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Broadway sensation, ON YOUR FEET!, June 12-17 at the Benedum Center.

Pittsburgh CLO remains steadfastly dedicated to the creation of new work, and co-produced the Broadway production of ON YOUR FEET! as part of this ongoing commitment. Pittsburgh CLO has brought over 20 new shows to their “Feet” on the Broadway stage, including the recent productions of An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical and many others. Producing shows on Broadway affords Pittsburgh CLO the opportunity to bring exciting new productions home for our audiences to enjoy and enriches the future of musical theater for generations to come in Pittsburgh and across the country.

Tickets for ON YOUR FEET! start at $25 and may be purchased online, by phone at 412-456-6666 or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the Latin pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century —and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

CHRISTIE PRADES (Gloria) is ecstatic to be part of bringing this story from Broadway across the country as Gloria Estefan! Broadway: On Your Feet! (Gloria cover, Swing). Regional: In the Heights-Vanessa (Actors’ Playhouse), In the Heights (American Stage Theatre-BroadwayWorld Winner), West Side Story (Rosalia, u/s Anita). TV/Film: “Orange is the New Black,” If You Only Knew. Vocal Training: Luis Manuel Diaz (LMD Center), Katy Pfaffl and Kurt Robinson. Countless thanks to Gloria and Emilio, along with Jerry Mitchell, Andy Señor, Justin Huff, and our creative team. To my own personal team, my ferociously supportive family, fierce coaches Luis and Kurt, my unstoppable agent Rikky, and to the Cuban people whom I hope to honor and represent proudly, this is all for YOU. God is so Good! IG:@Christie_Elaine  Twitter:@christieelaine

MAURICIO MARTÍNEZ (Emilio) is a Mexican actor & recording artist who is thrilled to have made his Broadway debut in On Your Feet! In Mexico City, he’s starred in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweet Charity, A View from the Bridge, among others. Regional: Evita (KC Rep Theatre) playing Che. TV: currently starring in Season Two of NBC Universo’s original series “El Vato” (available on Netflix), “Señora Acero 2” for Telemundo and several telenovelas for Univision. Mauricio has released two pop albums, available on iTunes. Thanks Steve Maihack, Justin Huff, Bobo Producciones & my family and friends for their love and support. Follow @martinezmau   www.mauriciomartinez.com.mx

DOREEN MONTALVO (Gloria Fajardo) is thrilled to be back with  her  OYF familia. Most recently performed the role Amalia in the world premiere play American Mariachi  at the Denver Center and The Old Globe. Broadway/Off-Broadway: On Your Feet!, “Gloria Fajardo” (OBC); Curvy Widow, “Heidi;” Giant, “Lupe” (The Public); In The Heights (OBC) “Bolero Singer,” “Daniela,” “Camila” and “Abuela Claudia u/s” (2007 Drama Desk Award); La Lupe, “Lupe;” Flashdance pre-Broadway tour, “Louise.” TV/Film: The Tale of Timmy Two Chins (Showtime); “Madame Secretary;” “Elementary;” “Smash” (NBC); “The Good Wife” (CBS); “Law and Order” (NBC); “One Life To Live” as Dr. Baez; ABC’s “All My Children” (Consuelo and Clara the Chandler Maid). Thanks to my family, guardian angels, Gloria & Emilio, and Mike. “Que Siga.” doreenmontalvo.com

DEBRA CARDONA (Consuelo) New York credits include A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden and Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway). She has toured the U.S. with Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof. Favorite regional credits include Mary Poppins (Kansas City Starlight), Candide (The Guthrie), The Light in the Piazza (Pioneer Theater Company) and In the Heights (The Ordway). You can see Debra on TV as Hector’s Mom on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Twitter/Instagram: @DebraCardona. She is thrilled to be part of On Your Feet! This one is for my Abuelas, with all my love.

JASON MARTINEZ (José Fajardo) is excited to be a part of the First National Tour of On Your Feet! He comes from four generations of entertainers. After spending countless hours in the theater watching his parents perform he finally found his own way into the spotlight. Jason has toured the world and shared the stage with amazing talent like Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Reuben Blades, and Frankie Valli to name a few. Broadway: The Capeman, Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet. Television: “General Hospital,” “Boston Legal.” Film: The Other Guys, American Dreamz. I love you Dani, Maxwell and Bennett! twitter/instagram/facebook- jasonartistlife.

CARLOS CARRERAS (Nayib, Young Emilio, Jeremy) is excited to begin his Broadway debut with the National Tour of On Your Feet! He’s been dancing since the age of six at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx and has training in Latin, Tap, African, Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern/Contemporary. Carlos is a proud Puerto Rican that feels fortunate and blessed to finally live out what was once a dream. He would like to thank his mom, dad, sister and family for their ongoing love and support. IG: ccarreras729

ANA-SOFIA RODRIGUEZ (Little Gloria) Born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican and Mexican parents, Ana-Sofia is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut with On Your Feet! Off-Broadway: Show & Tell, Annie Warbucks, Madeline’s Christmas. TV: “Sesame Street,” “La Voz Kids.” Film: Ceviche, Back to Alaska, La Sangre en Nuestras Venas. Thank you to Tamara Markowitz, Barry Kolker, Amelia, Gulia, Joseph, Roberta, Coty, BAA, KOTA, BYE, NCC, DMO, Telsey, TROIKA and the On Your Feet! Team. All my love to my parents, Natalia, Iverys, Mrs. Clark, my family and friends for supporting my dreams! IG: @anasofiany

CARMEN SANCHEZ (Little Gloria ) comes from a Cuban family that has dedicated themselves to show business. Having a choreographer for a mother and a musician for a father, Carmen has spent most of her life on the stage. Her first professional performance was during the last season of “The Voice Kids,” where she made it to the finals with her coach Daddy Yankee. In addition to the training she receives from her parents, Carmen takes classical ballet and jazz training in Las Vegas at Nevada School of Dance, while taking private singing lessons with her teacher Marien Aguilera. Instagram: @carmensancheztiti

JORDAN VERGARA (Nayib, Young Emilio, Jeremy ) has been dancing salsa since he was 4 years old, placing first in multiple dance competitions nationally. His love of music and dance has helped him travel and showcase his talent here and abroad. Jordan is happiest the most when he’s on stage dancing and the crowd is cheering and having a good time.  You’re in for a treat once you see his fast footwork on stage. Instagram: @jordanvergaraofficial

ANTHONY ALFARO (Ensemble, Swing) National Tour: Mamma Mia! Off Broadway: The View UpStairs (Original Cast). Regional: Sister Act (Fulton, Arvada, NSMT). Other credits include The Kennedy Center and The Public Theatre. The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, BFA. Frontman for “Tony & the Kiki”. Gratitude to my family, friends, TPG, Telsey and the creatives. Para mis abuelos. IG: @anthonyalfaro

MICHELLE ALVES (Ensemble) Thankful to join the On Your Feet! Tour. Broadway: On Your Feet! Tour: West Side Story (Anita), Motown. Regional: Carmen, Rent, Hairspray, Godspell, Hair, Chicago, Nine, Philadelphia Philharmonic WSS; Ricky Martin, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull; Grammy/Billboard Awards; LA BroadwayWorld Best Featured Actress Winner (Anita-2013). Gratitude and love to family, friends and God! www.michellemalves.com

JONATHAN ARANA (Ensemble) is an LA native proud to represent his Cuban heritage with On Your Feet! Favorite regional credits: In The Heights (TUTS/Cabrillo Music Theater), Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (VPAC), Sweeney Todd, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Para mis Abuelos. Twitter/IG: @JonAranaThan

SKIZZO ARNEDILLO (Dance Captain, Swing) Born in San Sebastian, Spain. Broadway: On Your Feet! Off-Broadway: Carmen (Dance Captain); Man of La Mancha (Assistant Choreographer to Maria Torres); Associate and Assistant to Jermaine Browne for Dragone in Macau. Spain: Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, The Wedding Singer, Peter Pan.

DANNY BURGOS (Ensemble, u/s Emilio) is honored to continue his journey with On Your Feet! Broadway: On Your Feet! Tour: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: In The Heights (Fulton, ZACH, Lyric OKC). Para mi Abuela America, mi familia, y pa Hialeah! Gratitude to the entire creative team and to Mr. Q! WEPA! www.dannyburgos.com Instagram/Twitter: @eldannyburgos

SARITA COLÓN (Ensemble) Theater: In the Heights (Carla u/s, at TUTS and WBT), Disney Tokyo’s Mystic Rhythms (Aerialist), La Rondine Opera. Tour: On Your Feet! Promo. TV/Film: “Vinyl” on HBO, “The Tick,” “SNL,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Dutch Musical Awards,” “Grease: Live!” upfronts. Concerts: Silento, Sofia Carson. WSU Graduate. Love and endless thanks to God and my amazing family, Sam, friends and CTG! @sariri15

SHADIA FAIRUZ (Ensemble, u/s Gloria Fajardo, Consuelo) was nominated for the Helen Hayes Best Supporting Actress and Broadway World Best Actress Awards for In the Heights (Camilla) and is thrilled to join the On Your Feet! family. Highlights: I Like It Like That; Aloha Boricua; Jazz Nativity at B.B. King’s; Dancing in My Cockroach Killers; and NYMF at the Signature Theatre. www.ShadiaFairuz.com

ADRIEL FLETE (Ensemble), originating within the NYC salsa club circuit, is making his Broadway debut in the First National Tour of On Your Feet! As a former Dance graduate of the “Fame School” LaGuardia Arts High School, he has played a prominent role in In the Heights and Beauty and the Beast. He’s grateful for the love from his family & friends. IG: adriel_flete

DEVON GOFFMAN (Phil, Ensemble) National Tours: Jersey Boys, Motown, Grease, Titanic, Buddy. Recent: Jersey Boys (Vegas), The Doo Wop Project (Concert tour). Co-wrote the musical Web Series: “Wisco Queens” with Katie Goffman. Devon teaches his own masterclass to theatre kids: www.OptimismInTheatre.com. Thanks to Justin Huff. @DevonGoffman. Favorite role: Katie’s hubby.

ILDA MASON (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing) is honored to join the On Your Feet! familia and to represent Panamá. Tours: Cinderella, Legally Blonde; Regional: West Side Story (Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre); Wedding Singer, Spring Awakening (NYFA); Panamá: Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast. TV: “Dancing with the Stars Panamá” (Winner). @ildamason

CLAUDIA MULET (Ensemble, u/s Gloria Fajardo, Consuelo) is very excited to be making her professional debut after having arrived from Cuba a little over a year ago. She graduated from the Superior Institute of Arts and soon after was honored to be part of the historic production of Rent in Havana, Cuba. She dedicates this performance to her Mom.

EDDIE NOEL (Ensemble, u/s Emilio) Thrilled, honored and grateful to be in his first national tour. Credits include: Godspell (Jeffrey), Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carrasco), La Cage Aux Folles (Hanna), Footloose (Willard), Rent (u/s Roger), Hair (Ensemble). Member of the National Folkloric Dance Company “Gíbaro de Puerto Rico.” Follow IG/Twitter/FB: @eddienoelr

MARINA PIRES (Ensemble, Swing, u/s Gloria) Born in Brazil and raised in South Florida, Marina is excited to conga across the country in her first national tour! Regional: Evita (Asolo Repertory), In The Heights (New Hazlett), Into the Woods (Adrienne Arsht), Hart Island (Village Theatre). All the love to her Sinclair/Carson Kolker team and her familia! @marinampires

JEREMEY ADAM REY (Ensemble) Broadway Debut! Dance: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Katherine Alexander, Marianne Ebert. Madison Square Garden, Barclay Center, Carnegie Hall, City Center, Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey. TV/Film: “Ultimate Beastmaster” (S2), “SYTYCD” (S10), “The Today Show,” White Road, Repentance. Dancer, Actor, Singer, Model, Stuntman.

GABRIEL REYES (Ensemble) from Hammonton, New Jersey is thrilled to be part of the cast of On Your Feet! His credits include “The Tony Awards,” a tour with Saturday Night Fever the Musical, and dancing along with Becky G for “Univision Upfront.” He dedicates this performance with gratitude and love to his family, friends and God! @gabriel_andrew1

JOSEPH RIVERA (Ensemble) is a native of Puerto Rico and relocated to America at age 17. He earned his Bachelor’s in Dance Performance from the University of the Arts and then relocated to Las Vegas. His career highlights include Zumanity, Disney’s The Lion King (Las Vegas and Australia), Le Rêve/The Dream, “Latin Grammy Awards,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

MARIA RODRIGUEZ (Ensemble) is thrilled and humbled to be joining the cast of On Your Feet! She is a proud alumna of Joffrey Ballet School. Credits include National Tour: Guys and Dolls. Regional Theatre: Cats (Victoria). TV Features: NBC, Univision. Much love to MSA, her family and Joe. @Mariaalexiiis

SHANI TALMOR (Ensemble) is thrilled to join the First National Tour. Broadway Debut: On Your Feet! Performed with: Pitbull, Marc Anthony, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Madonna, Kat De Luna, Madison Square Garden, MAC Cosmetics.  TV: “Mira Quien Baila,” NBC Morning Show, “Sabado Gigante,” “Don Francisco” and “America’s Got Talent.” Love and thanks to my family. @shanitalmor

CLAUDIA YANEZ (Rebecca, Ensemble, u/s Gloria) Off-Broadway: Spamilton. Regional: Mamma Mia! and A Chorus Line at The Weston Playhouse. Toured singing background vocals for Grammy Award winning artist Jon Secada. Special thanks to Justin, Andy, JWS and all of my teachers. For my family and my abuelos. ¡Que siga! Social media: @claudiayanez

GLORIA ESTEFAN (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) with seven Grammy Awards® and more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. In addition to her 38 #1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song “Music of My Heart” and has received numerous honors and awards over the course of her illustrious career. She has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, named BMI Songwriter of the Year, received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and won an MTV Video Music Award, two ACE Awards and multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits. Gloria has also been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The Kennedy Center Honors, the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor and the Hispanic Heritage Award.

EMILIO ESTEFAN ( Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada, among many others. With a resume that includes 19 Grammy Awards®, Emilio is one of the most successful producers in the music business, blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating his own unique style and world-wide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors, including becoming the first Cuban-born minority stakeholder in an NFL franchise, the Miami Dolphins.  Emilio & Gloria were the 2015 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first time the honor has been bestowed on a married couple.

JERRY MITCHELL (Director) received the Tony Award® in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which he was also nominated as director. He was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed and co-produced in the West End. In the 35 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions, starting as a dancer for Agnes de Mille in Brigadoon and thereafter assisting Michael Bennett and Jerome Robbins. His Broadway debut as choreographer, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination); The Rocky Horror Show; Hairspray (Tony nomination); Gypsy; Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination); La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award); Imaginary Friends; Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed; Catch Me If You Can; and Kinky Boots (also running in London, Korea, Germany, Australia and on National Tour). He also choreographed both the Off-Broadway productions and films of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jeffrey. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers, the latter being especially meaningful to him in that he was directed by the 96-year-old Mr. Abbott in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes. His most recent Broadway experience is as Director of On Your Feet! Twenty-five years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as executive producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which recently concluded its five-year run of continuous performances) and London (West End Bares). Next up is the musical based on the iconic film, Pretty Woman, which Jerry has directed and choreographed and opens this summer on Broadway.

SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) his Broadway credits include On Your Feet! (Tony Award® Nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Drama Desk, OCC/Greenroom/Dora Award nomination), A Bronx Tale (Chita Award Nomination), The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), All Shook Up. He also directed/choreographed Arrabal (ART), Gloria Estefan On Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (National Tour), White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Other theatre credits include Invisible Thread (Second Stage-Astaire Award Nomination), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Olney Theatre-Helen Hayes Award Nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). His international theatre credits include Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival). Current: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway).

The creative team also includes Tony Award® winners David Rockwell (set design) and Kenneth Posner (lighting design); Drama Desk Award winner SCK Sound Design (sound design), Emilio Sosa (costume design), Darrel Maloney (video/projection design), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design), Jorge Casas/Clay Ostwald (additional orchestrations), Lon Hoyt (arrangements), Oscar Hernández (arrangements/ orchestrations), Clay Ostwald (music director), Anthony CeFala (stage manager), and Telsey + Company (casting).

The producing team includes James L. Nederlander, Bernie Yuman, and Estefan Enterprises, Inc.

After a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago through the summer of 2015, the production opened on November 5, 2015 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The US National tour opened October 6, 2017 in Gloria Estefan’s hometown of Miami, Florida. The production won an Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Sergio Trujillo’s choreography. Anna Villafane, who originated the role of Gloria, won a Theatre World Award. For more information, please visit https://onyourfeetmusical.com

Performance Schedule for On Your Feet!
Tuesday,June 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 2 & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 at 2. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to all Pittsburgh CLO shows are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Box Office at Theatre Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Carnegie Science Center to Host Submarine Memorial on USS Requin

USS Requin

Submarine Memorial

Sunday, May 27, 10–11 am

USS Requin (SS 481) moored along the Ohio River at Carnegie Science Center

Veterans of USS VI Requin Base will host a special memorial ceremony aboard the Cold War-era submarine. They will toll a bell once in memory of each submarine on “Eternal Patrol” and will cast flower petals on the water so that they may “travel down the rivers of this great nation to the oceans” where fellow submarines are at rest. The Marine Color Guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310 and the VFW Post 9199 Honor Guard will perform a 21-gun salute.

After the service, visitors are invited to tour Requin. The event is free and open to the public. Admission to the submarine is free all day.

USS Requin was inducted into the Submarine Hall of Fame on May 21, 2017. The Hall of Fame recognizes post-WWII submarines that made significant contributions to submarine tactics and technology. Requin was nominated for her use as the first Radar Picket submarine and service protecting the East Coast during the Cold War. 

Marc Masterson Returns to City Theatre as New Artistic Director

City Theatre's New Artistic Director Marc Masterson

Under the leadership of Board President Beth Newbold and Managing Director James McNeel, the City Theatre Board of Directors has concluded an extensive national search, naming Marc Masterson the new Artistic Director of the region’s largest theater dedicated solely to new plays. Masterson brings decades of experience and an award-winning national presence as a champion of new works, having served as the artistic director of South Coast Repertory Theatre (2011-2018) and Actors Theatre of Louisville, home of the internationally acclaimed Humana Festival of New American Plays (2000-2011), two of the most distinguished arts institutions in the nation. He was City Theatre’s producing artistic director from 1981-2000.

Masterson’s field-wide contributions to the contemporary theater landscape reflect City Theatre’s core values: his body of work exemplifies a career-long commitment to diverse programming, robust community engagement and education initiatives, and gender parity across production teams. He will begin his new role at City Theatre on July 1, 2018.

“For decades City Theatre has built a reputation as one of the finest mid-sized theatres in America. I love the audiences in Pittsburgh, the friends and colleagues I have there, as well as the strong sense of community in the city itself,” said Masterson. “I couldn't be more thrilled about the future.

“Coming into a season that has already been planned by the excellent City Theatre staff, my first task will be to get to know the current organization, the changes that have occurred in Pittsburgh since I left, and to work with James McNeel and the Board on planning for the future. We will continue to build on City's engagement in the community, working with local artists as well as some of the finest theatre-makers in the country for a vibrantly diverse repertoire,” he concluded. 

“Marc has an exemplary track record of artistic excellence, fundraising, community engagement and commitment to new plays,” said City Theatre Board President, Beth Newbold. “We are fortunate that he has chosen to bring his experience and expertise to City Theatre, to lead our organization into a new era. On behalf of the board, I am very excited to welcome Marc to the team, and cannot wait to see the work that emerges from the company with James and him at the helm. It will propel us forward to increased local and national recognition as a leader in new play development.”

“The appointment of Marc Masterson at City Theatre is tremendous news for the arts and for the city as a whole. It’s partly a homecoming to celebrate: during Marc’s first stint at City, he was an artistic force—not only a champion of the theatre, but an important leader in our cultural community,” said Janet Sarbaugh, Vice President, Creativity Programs, The Heinz Endowments. “But this is more than a homecoming; given the breadth of Marc’s career since Pittsburgh, his national profile, and his knowledge of American theatre, we are lucky indeed to have attracted him back to Pittsburgh.”

“I think City Theatre has made an inspired choice to have Marc back to the organization. He has consistently been an adventurous artistic leader, programming successful seasons at some of our nation’s most high profile theatres; seasons that have been truly diverse and exciting in the rich array of artists represented in making groundbreaking, important work,” said Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of LA’s Cornerstone Theater Company and Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

“When I say diverse, I mean it in every sense of the word: aesthetically diverse work that challenges audiences to see a wide range of plays that bridge disciplines and subvert expectations, and that represents the work of all Americans, reflecting the true richness of our nation,” continued Garcés. “And he's a terrific artist himself, willing to take real risks, and succeeding in those risks far more often than not.  I count him as a mentor and a friend, and look forward to seeing what City does in this new chapter!”

As artistic director at South Coast Repertory, Masterson has produced dozens of world premieres, including A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, and Office Hour by Julia Cho. As artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he produced the world premieres of Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler, Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison, and Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo, and many others. Masterson has developed hundreds of new works, many of which have transferred to some of the leading theatres in the country, including the Public Theater (New York), Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The Goodman, as well as Off-Broadway and Broadway. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Zealot, Death of a Salesman, Eurydice, and Elemeno Pea at South Coast Rep; Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre; Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder at the Contemporary American Theater Festival; As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cleveland Play House.

Marc’s community-focused new play development initiatives include the creation of the DIALOGUE/DIÁLOGOS project at South Coast Rep, a two-year bilingual theatre project to gather and tell the stories of the Santa Ana Latino community, as well as the ongoing CrossRoads Commissioning Project, which brings playwrights to Orange County to engage with the area’s diverse communities through exploratory residencies. City Theatre’s current world premiere production of Nomad Motel by Carla Ching was originally a CrossRoads Commission issued by Masterson.
In 2017, Masterson was honored with the 2017 Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater Outstanding Leadership Award, for his commitment to creating a programming stream that reflected the diverse populations of Southern California.

He served as producing artistic director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh for 20 years and was co-founder of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance (now known as the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, or GPAC).
City Theatre’s search for a new artistic director was conducted over six months, with a seven member committee comprised of board members, community leaders, McNeel, and led by Newbold. Stephen Richard of Management Consultants for the Arts provided counsel.

Prime Stage Theatre Establishes New Ambassador Program

Adults 18 and older who would like to expand their social horizons while playing an important role—pun intended—as volunteers with one of Pittsburgh’s longstanding theater companies now have an opportunity to do both, as part of Prime Stage Theatre’s new Ambassadors program.

The program, created and administered by Prime Stage board member Sueanne Zoratto, has already signed up several members.

“If you're passionate about theater and would like to play a key role supporting Prime Stage's mission to entertain, inspire and enrich the lives of our fellow Pittsburghers—including our area's children—through professional theater, we would love for you to join our new Ambassadors program,” said Zoratto.

Prime Stage is now commencing its 21st consecutive successful season with The Diary of Anne Frank, which closed Sunday, May 13. All plays are professionally produced and based on, or adapted from, works of classic and contemporary literature. 

In addition, Prime Stage also presents a wide variety of public and educational programs and events. In March, the grandchildren of author and poet Maya Angelou participated in several Prime Stage events.

Zoratto said that Prime Stage Ambassadors will join with other like-minded theater advocates in promoting and supporting Prime Stage. 

“They’ll enjoy a rare, behind-the-scenes opportunity to see how a production goes from the page to the stage, while taking part in a number of special events throughout the year,” she said.

Specifically, Ambassadors support Prime Stage throughout the year in a number of ways, including:
Promoting and attending Prime Stage Theatre's productions
Participating in such special events as the annual 15 Minutes of Fame competition/showcase
Attending the final student recognition day for the Champions of Life Building program.
Organizing an annual Ambassador benefit event to support Prime Stage and its mission.
Recruiting new ambassadors to be a part of the Ambassador program.
Those interested in joining the Ambassadors program are asked to contact Zoratto at sueanne.zoratto@gmail.com.

12 Peers Theater opens "Building the Wall"

12 Peers Theater will start its  2018 Main Stage Season with Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan.  

The Pittsburgh Premiere is directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger and features Tom Kolos and Lauren A. Bethea. 
Building the Wall examines hatred, fear, and institutional racism in an imagined 2019 in a post-Trump America and runs May 24 – June 10, 2018. 

 “Building the Wall is a cautionary tale, not a history play,” artistic director Vince Ventura says. “We want to start discussions around the fairness of our systems, the balance of security and freedom, and the sometimes uncomfortable topic of institutional racism.”  


On January 20, 2017, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Over the next sixteen months, events would unravel that test every American’s strength of character: executive actions, an immigration round-up of unprecedented scale, and a declaration of martial law. Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the new administration’s edicts and loses his humanity. 
Tom Kolos and Lauren A. Bethea in "Building the Wall"

In a play that recalls George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win  Building the Wall is directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger and features Tom Kolos as Rick and Lauren A. Bethea as Gloria, with scenic design by Hank Bullington, prop and costume design by Madison Hack, lighting design by Paige Borak, and sound design by Shannon Knapp.  


Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-winning, Writer's Guild Award-winning, three-time Emmy-nominated writer of stage, television, and film. He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, HACKSAW RIDGE (six Academy Award nominations) and THE QUIET AMERICAN, and his television credits include: ALL THE WAY, THE PACIFIC, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, and SPARTACUS.  

 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  Industry Night: Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.  For a complete listing of performance times, please visit 12peers.org or call 412-626-6784 

  BOX OFFICE INFORMATION 412-626-6784 or www.12peers.org.  

Single Tickets range from Name Your Own Price to $20 and are on sale now  DISCOUNTS Artist: $15 Student: Name Your Own Price Senior: Name Your Own Price Dramatist Guild Members: Free through the Playwrights Welcome Program  All Sunday and Monday performances in the 2018 Main Stage season are Name Your Own Price.    

WHERE 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Oakland) Port Authority bus routes: 54, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D  

Parking is available on Bigelow Blvd., Forbes Ave., Fifth Ave, or at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Parking Garage on Bigelow Blvd.  

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rostraver Winery Bringing the California Experience to Southwestern Pennsylvania in Regal Surroundings

Outside on the Patio at the Vinoski Winery Credit: Bill Rockwell

Even before you hear the first pop of a cork, you get to experience the wow factor the moment you enter the impressive gates at aptly named Castle Drive in Rostraver. You’re treated to a sight rarely found in the countryside of rural Pennsylvania - a gorgeously large 32-room blue-gray castle-like building with contrasting white trim.

What was once the home of Jay Lustig, former minority partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and developer of the Willowbrook Shopping Plaza, is now the home of the Vinoski Winery. Built in 1996 at a cost of $7.8 million, the 33-acre estate was purchased by Walter and Roxanne Vinoski of Ruffsdale for $1.95 million on April 6 of last year.

An engineering consultant, Vinoski has traveled the world on business and tries to sample the local wines every chance he gets. (He said the only places he hasn’t been to yet are Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole). He’s also a certified sommelier whose been making wine since the age of 4 when he helped his grandfather ferment fruit on the family farm.

For 11 years he served as winemaker for the Greendance Winery at Sand Hill Berry Farms in Mount Pleasant. For the past five years, he’s also been making quality red and white wines in a leased facility in Lodi, California. The operation uses reserve-quality grapes from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, using the natural yeasts found on the harvested grapes.

After he sold his shares in Greendance, Vinoski opened the doors to his Rostraver winery on June 30 but not before sinking another $800,000 in improvements to the castle-like edifice, which included an upgrade to the building’s 200 windows and doors. He also shipped in from Lodi 5,400 cases of his premium product (think Cabernet, Petite Syrah, Old Vine Zin and Chardonnay) which he now sells in Rostraver along with bottles of East Coast wines like Concord, Diamond and Isabella.

Visitors to the upscale ground level tasting room can look out over the patio dotted with black wrought iron tables and chairs shaded by colorful red umbrellas. One nice touch is the markers on each of the tables with the name of a particular grape varietal. Eventually, the plan is to have visitors order food via an app linked to the kitchen and have a server deliver the order to the designated table identified by varietals like Mourvedre and Montepulciano.

Among his many talents, Vinoski is a food aficionado (and knowledgeable cook) who insists that when his bistro kitchen is fully operational, (he eventually hopes it’ll grow into a full fledged restaurant), it will serve as much natural and organic product as possible.

With such gorgeous surroundings that include a pond with a large fountain spurting fleur-de-lis in the middle people have started inquiring about holding their weddings and showers on site. Just recently, he’s started to host a few of these special events.
The winery also holds private tastings for groups and has a full summer calendar of live weekend entertainment. For a full, detailed schedule, go to vinoskiwinery.com.

"What I’m trying to do is bring the California experience here to Southwestern Pennsylvania," Vinoski said.
Walt Vinoski at the Bar in the tasting Room Credit: Bill Rockwell

Vinoski Winery wines start at $15 for French Colombard, Diamond and Concord, move up to $22 for a 2014 Merlot, $24 for a 2014 Cabernet and a 2016 Chardonnay, $28 for a 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel and a 2014 red blend called Symphonia and top off at $88 for the 2014 Reserve, a blend of Cab Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. The winery also has a 2016 Sparkling Brut ($20) and a 2016 Sparkling Rose ($20).

The Vinoski Winery is at 333 Castle Drive in Rostraver. The winery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Phone 724-872-3333. For more information, go to www.vinoskiwinery.com.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Hazlitt Theatre Hotlist

Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity
Part of the CSA Performance Series
May 31  |  8:00PM

Imagine a circus shaped entirely by the audience and one very unique deck of tarot cards. Escape Velocity tells the story of a soul trapped in limbo, revealed one draw at a time. What scripts have we been handed? What prisons do we construct for ourselves?  What is our capacity for resistance, rebellion, and rebirth?


A New Brain
Front Porch Theatricals
May 18-27

A New Brain is a joyful and touching musical about making the most out of life. When a neurotic, frustrated composer is confronted with a life-threatening medical challenge, he finds comfort and healing in his craft, friends, and strangers.


The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. 
On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Paid parking is available in the Allegheny Health Network garage for evening events and weekend matinees.

The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Online Lottery Offers Chance to Buy $35 Cinderella Tickets

Enter the Online Lottery for a chance to buy tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA!

A limited number of tickets for all performances of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA will be sold to winners of a random lottery drawing. Winning tickets are $35 and limited to 4 per winner. You can only win the lottery once, so choose only the performances you can attend. Entries for each requested performance will be accepted until 2:00 pm ET on May 21, 2018. 

It’s easy as one click! 

In less than a minute, you can enter and choose which performances fit your schedule. All entrants will be notified of lottery results by e-mail, and winners will be given a link with a special code to complete their purchase. 

The best part? There’s no need to come to the theater to enter! You can enter from anywhere and winners can print their purchased tickets at home.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

KayaFest 2018 Set for May 27

KayaFest 2018
May 27, noon-11 pm, 2000 Smallman Street

Join Kaya as they kick off summer with their annual blowout celebration of live music, street food and dancing!

This year's KayaFest will be the largest yet, stretching even further towards 21st Street and giving  more room to groove on the Smallman Street dance floor. It's over eight hours of infectious funk, driving Latin rhythms and trippy jams. As always, the festival is free to all ages.

DJ Logic & Friends ft. MonoNeon and more

D J Logic
Headlining the show is a turntablist widely credited for bringing contemporary jazz into hip-hop. His past collaborators include Medeski Martin and Wood, Ben Harper and John Mayer. DJ Logic will be joined by MonoNeon on bass. And more!

Timbeleza: A KayaFest tradition! The pulsing Brazilian drumline is brought to life by the fantastic dancers of the Pittsburgh Samba Group.

Truth and Rites: Jamaican rhythms of Reggae, Dub, Ska and Soul.

Shaq Nicholson: Funk-filled, blues-blasting, soul-singing sound.

Brahctopus: Rock outfit playing originals from several genres spanning reggae, jam rock, psychedelic and funk.

The Clock Reads: Space-Jazz / Jam-Fusion with roots in funk, Latin music and classic rock.

Starship Mantis: Six piece band fusing energetic dance music with new school pop-funk.

Kaya street food

BBQ Ribs
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Pork Belly or Chicken Skewers
Corn on the Cob
All-beef Hot Dogs and Kaya Dogs
Carrot Dog and Kaya Carrot Dogs


Rum Runner
Kaya Sangria

On Draft

Fat Head’s Head Hunter
Full Pint White Lightning
Miller Lite
Dos XX Amber
16oz cans
Miller Lite
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Founders All Day IPA (19.2 oz)

Free Admission to WMAA on Friday, May 18

Outside the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Art Museum Day
221 N. Main Street, Greensburg
Friday, May 18
11am-5 pm

In celebration of the 9th annual Art Museum Day, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will be FREE on Friday, May 18, 2018! 

Stop in to participate in a special scavenger hunt that will guide you on an exploration of each of our galleries. This is also a perfect opportunity to check out our latest exhibition, The Art of Giving: Selections from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest.

Don't forget to share your Art Museum Day experience via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay (and tag us, too!).

An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities. 

Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock

Charles “Teenie” Harris, 'Barbers at work in the Crystal Barber Shop with view of Crawford Grill No. 1 through front door,' c. 1949, black and white: Agfa safety film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock
June 2–September 3
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue

Charles “Teenie” Harris worked around the clock. As a photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, as a freelancer at nightclubs, at his portrait studio, as an artist, he was seemingly everywhere. CMOA’s Teenie Harris Archive contains nearly 80,000 examples of Harris’s tireless practice. Teenie Harris Photographs: Around The Clock collects 25 images that reveal how one individual managed to document the experiences of an entire community.

Charles “Teenie” Harris, 'Barbers at work in the Crystal Barber Shop with view of Crawford Grill No. 1 through front door,' c. 1949, black and white: Agfa safety film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

At the Courier, one of the nation’s most important black newspapers, he was out on the beat, covering the day’s news—from civil rights struggles to local politics, from celebrations to tragedies. He was an insider, heading backstage to shoot jazz musicians and sharing candid moments with sports legends. Harris also ran his own portrait studio on The Hill, catering to weddings, social clubs, and churches. On his daily travels around Pittsburgh, Harris captured the vibrant landscape he knew so well. Closer to home, he recorded tender, funny moments with his kids and family. Inevitably, even after covering scenes of nightlife or an after-hours emergency, he returned to his basement studio in Homewood to develop the day's photos.

Organized by Charlene Foggie-Barnett, archive specialist, Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock offers a glimpse into the breadth of this hardworking photographer's activities.

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community circa 1935–1975. With nearly 80,000 images by Harris, the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.

Phone 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial Speaker Series Begins May 19

Flight 93 National Memorial Credit: Courtesy Photo

Shanksville, PA:  The popular Flight 93 Speaker Series is back for a second year starting this month. Free of charge to the public, the programs will focus on first-person stories and accounts of the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001.

The National Park Service and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are pleased to welcome Somerset County Coroner Wally Miller and Dennis Dirkmaat, chair of Applied Forensic Services at Mercyhurst University, in kicking off the summer-long Speaker Series on May 19-20 at Flight 93 National Memorial.

Dennis Dirkmaat is a forensic anthropologist who worked on site at Flight 93 National Memorial in September 2001. Wally Miller worked as the local coroner who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the “Families of Flight 93.” In 2001, Dennis Dirkmaat served as the primary scientific advisor to Wally Miller during the recovery and identification of victims of United Flight 93.

Additional Speaker Series events will feature a variety of speakers and topics on specific weekends June, July and August:

June 16 & 17 - Family member Lorne Lyles, husband of Flight Attendant CeeCee Lyles, will relay personal stories.

July 21 & 22 - Tim Lambert, former landowner/local media and Dennis Roddy, writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who covered the events of September 11, 2001, and the Flight 93 story, will share the point of view from local residents.

August 18 & 19 - Air traffic controllers Mal Fuller and John Werth. Mal Fuller (Pittsburgh) and John Werth (Cleveland), will tell stories of being in their cities’ air traffic control towers on September 11, 2001.  

The Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort between the National Park Service and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. The summer-long series is presented by Somerset Trust Company and will run one weekend a month from May to August. The presentations will take place on Saturdays at 12 pm and 2 pm, and Sundays at 1 pm in the Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center.

For more information on the Speaker Series or other events at Flight 93 National Memorial visit http://www.flight93friends. org/programs-events/overview.

Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official nonprofit partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends’ aim is to inform, honor and pay tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 by supporting the Memorial with volunteers and resources. The Friends’ mission is to focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit www.Flight93Friends.org.

On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act.
The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93
who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack
on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93
crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information on Flight 93
National Memorial visit www.nps.gov/flni.