Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pict Believes There's Nothing Like an Irish Happy Hour

PICT Happy Hour at Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub

Friday, November 2nd    5pm-7pm
Join the cast and crew of PICT's upcoming production of Charles Dickens' THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP for happy hour and enjoy complimentary wings and small bites, drink special: bucket of 5 domestic beers for $10, and live acoustic entertainment by Tim & John.
Join the Facebook Event HERE!


PICT Classic Theatre's 2018-2019 Season Subscription Packages offer pleasant pricing and entertainment of classic proportions.  It all begins on November 23rd, 2018 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio in Oakland.  But don't delay - subscribe today


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

November 23rd through December 15th, 2018

A Dickens classic and a US premiere

Run the Rabbit Path
by Ray Werner

January 31st through February 16th, 2019

A World Premiere

The Heiress
by Ruth and Augustus Goetz

April 4th through April 27th, 2019

A timeless tale

PICT Classic Theatre    412-561-6000

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mozart in Motion Opens Next Week at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

OCT. 26 - 28, 2018
Benedum Center 
Tickets start at $28. 
Groups of 10+ save up to 50%! Buy tickets online, at 412-454-9101 or via email.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theare's season begins next week with Mozart in Motion, three distinct ballets set to the magnificent music of Mozart played live by the PBT Orchestra. Choreography from dance icons George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián brings classical music to life, beginning with Balanchine's crystaline Divertimento No. 15. Kylián’s Sechs Tänze is a comedic clash of the classical and contemporary, peppered with powdered wigs and dry wit and, by contrast, Petite Mort juxtaposes the slow movements of two Mozart piano concertos with powerful dancing that integrates baroque dresses, fencing foils and black silks to striking effect.

Just announced: Check out the cast list here!

 View the YouTube video here!


All programs are free and open to Mozart in Motion ticket holders.

Afterthoughts | Following the Fri., Oct. 26, performance
Join us right after the performance for an opening night Q & A! We’ll talk about the ballets and the process of rehearsing with PBT’s dancers. Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr is joined by répétiteurs Judith Fugate and Shirley Esseboom. In the theater, no reservations necessary. 

Insights | 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27
Dive into Mozart’s expressive music and its inspiration for ballet choreography. With Maestro Charles Barker and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Mezzanine level. Reservations requested: sign up here. 

Talks with Terry | 1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28
Start your afternoon at the ballet with this exclusive opportunity to watch the last part of the company’s onstage warm-up class; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr joins the audience for a preview of the performance. In the theater, no reservations necessary.

Audio-described Performance | 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28
PBT presents a live narration of the performance for patrons with visual impairments. Devices are available at the Guest Services Center with a photo ID.

New! Submit a question in advance for the program you're attending: Click here to ask your question!

PBT is proud to provide wheelchair accessibility, braille and large-print programs, assistive listening devices, online audio notes and live audio description for select performances. Learn more here. 

Explore more background, history and context for the ballets on the blog or in our Mozart in Motion Audience Production Guide!

Pick three or more ballets and save 20% over single tickets!

Support your Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by joining our donor family and enjoying an array of VIP perks.

Box Office: 412-456-6666
Subscriptions: 412-454-9107 
Group Sales: 412-454-9101

General inquiries:
2900 Liberty Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Get Ready to Hack the Museum

Hack the Museum
Saturday, November 3
7-10 pm

Do you want to be Instagram famous? Ready to make your friends "oh" and "ah" over your Facebook photos? At Hack the Museum, you'll go viral by getting creative with the works in our collection through selfies, face swaps, filters and more.

Charge up your phone and come out for a night of fun activities, art projects, a hashtag contest, light bites and drinks. You don't need to be tech savvy to participate; all abilities welcome!

$10 for members and students, $15 for non-members (includes two drink tickets)

Tickets are available online or by calling 1-888-71TICKETS.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On Sale Now: Ayikodans | Cri des Nago

October 26-28, 2018
August Wilson Center



Ayikodans is considered to be the premier professional dance company of Haiti. Haitian- born choreographer, dancer, and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity that would surprise many who associate the country with disaster, poverty, and helplessness. This dance, Cri des Nago, is an invocation to the gods who symbolize strength and power and is dedicated to the loas (spirits) who accompany us in difficult moments.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
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Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Meet the Ladies of On the Town!

We all know On the Town as a story about our 3 favorite sailors having the adventure of their lives in New York, but those 24 hours would have been a bust if it weren't for our three favorite gals in the city!

See ON THE TOWN this weekend!

Hildy & Chip
First up is Hildy (Gillian Hassert), who’s just trying to take a quick cat nap in her cab when she’s rudely awakened by her boss.  With time enough for one last fare before she has to hang up her medallion for good, she comes across Chip and it’s love at first sight… for one of them, anyway.

Claire, Ozzie, and Pitkin

Next we stumble across Claire de Loone (Rebecca Shorstein) at the Museum of Natural History.  She’s a brilliant, young anthropologist studying prehistoric man.  Though she is engaged to Judge Pitkin W. Bridgework, she thinks Ozzie might be useful to her...studies.

Madame Dilly & Ivy Smith

Finally the three sailors find Miss Turnstiles herself, Ivy Smith (Lauren Corcoran Emrich).  While she may not be quite what they expect from her portrayal on the poster, she’s got big dreams and a bigger heart.  Here she is with voice teacher Madame Dilly (Anna Singer) who warns her about mixing romance with her career aspirations.

Friday October 19, 8 pm
Sunday October 21, 3 pm

New Hazlett Theater
6 Allegheny Square East, Northside

Christopher Scott, Benjamin Robinson, Patrick McNally, Rebecca Shorstein, Gillian Hassert, Lauren Corcoran Emrich, Jonathan Stuckey, & Anna Singer

Demareus Cooper, narrator

Valerie Rachelle, stage director
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra

In partnership with The Brass Roots


We'll be popping up this Thursday!

Our first pop-up performance at the Carnegie Science Center was tons of fun!  Catch Hildy, Claire, and Ozzie, who will "pop-up" again this Thursday at 12:30 pm in the main lobby. And remember that you can get 20% off your tickets to On the Town when you visit the Carnegie Science Center and the USS Requin this week!

Check Out Saturday's Orionid Meteor Shower at the Carnegie Science Center

A brilliant waxing gibbous moon and the Orionid meteor shower will light up the night sky as Carnegie Science Center welcomes stargazers to another installment of SkyWatch, presented by PPG, at 7 and 9 pm, Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Buhl Planetarium and Observatory.

At SkyWatch, visitors learn about the dazzling constellations that dot the sky through presentations by the Science Center’s astronomy experts. A virtual tour of the night sky offers a road map of how the evening ahead will appear above Pittsburgh. If skies permit, visitors may head up to the observatory deck to gaze at celestial wonders through research-grade telescopes, including a 16-inch Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

This month’s SkyWatch aligns with the Orionid meteor shower, nearing its peak. The Orionids appear to originate in the constellation Orion, but actually originate from Halley's Comet. As the Sun heats the comet's ice, rock particles break away from the comet, but continue in the comet's trajectory. When Earth's orbit crosses the debris path, these particles then appear as meteors, or "shooting stars," as they streak through Earth's upper atmosphere. The meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye across a large area of the sky.

Visitors can also expect to see Mars, Saturn, and Uranus using the Science Center’s telescopes.

In addition to serving as a spectacular spot for stargazing, the observatory offers a breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh. Come for the science and stay for the skyline!

The SkyWatch program is offered at 7 and 9 pm. Tickets are $4 for non-members, and $2 for members and as an add-on to general admission. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera Presents Hansel & Gretel

ansel and Gretel encounter the devious Witch. From Washington National Opera's rendition of Hansel & Gretel.

Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel & Gretel is a fantastical story of a young brother and sister who must navigate an enchanted forest full of twists, turns, and one wicked witch.

Siblings Hansel and Gretel are poor peasants whose mother sends them to forage for strawberries in a haunted forest. They get lost and spend the night in the woods. The next morning, they stumble upon a gingerbread house inhabited by a witch, played by Pittsburgh favorite Marianne Cornetti, who imprisons them. It will take all their wits to escape before she eats them!

Since its premiere in 1893, this beloved opera has delighted millions. With Humperdinck’s sweeping score, this whimsical operatic confection is sure to please both adults and children. 

Originally written in German, Pittsburgh Opera will be performing it in English.

Antony Walker conducts and Mt. Lebanon native Crystal Manich directs.

On stage November 3, 6, 9, & 11, Hansel & Gretel makes an equally good date night, girls’ night out, and family outing.

Adult tickets start at just $14 – children’s tickets for those ages 6-18 are half-price, and start at just $7. Season, group, and single tickets are now on sale and available online.  

In addition, Pittsburgh Opera’s annual Student Matinee will introduce 2,500+ school children grades 3-12 to this lively, colorful opera on Thursday, Nov. 8th at the Benedum Center. Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists take lead roles in the Student Matinee, and are accompanied by the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. Tickets are $10, and are reserved through Pittsburgh Opera’s Education Department. For more information, please contact Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., Director of Education, at 412-281-0912, ext. 242.

Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh
Saturday, November 3 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 6 - 7:00 PM
Student Matinee- Thursday, November 8 - 10:30 AM
Friday, November 9 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 11 - 2:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour and 54 minutes, including one intermission
Language: Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 - 11:00 AM 
Location: Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Parents and children 6 years and older, experience the fun and magic of Hansel & Gretel by participating in a free Gingerbread House Decorating Contest courtesy of Pittsburgh Opera and Eleven Contemporary Kitchen!

The contest will be held from 10:00-11:00am before our October Brown Bag Concert. You'll be able to take home your child's masterpiece, or enjoy it during the concert at 12pm. Check-in time for the contest starts at 9:45am.

Each participant will be given a delicious, pre-made edible gingerbread house courtesy of Eleven Contemporary Kitchen to decorate with icing and candies.

After, we will have a photographer take pictures of each house. The houses will be posted on Pittsburgh Opera's Facebook page for friends, family, and the Pittsburgh community to vote on their favorite! A winner will be determined via social media votes and will receive four free tickets to Hansel & Gretel and a backstage tour of the Benedum. Isn't that sweet?

Space is limited, so please make your reservation today. Reservations can be made online or by calling 412-281-0912 ext. 215.
A 2018 Opera Up Close event at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Opera Up Close- Hansel & Gretel
Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
Location: Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Join Robert Boldin, Artistic Administrator, and special guests from the production, for an in-depth look at Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel.

Admission is $5; the event is free to members of FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera and donors at $50+.    

Please note that the Pittsburgh Opera garage is available only for handicapped parking, by reservation. RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 PM FRIDAY, October 19th. Reserve a handicapped parking spot for Opera Up Close.

WQED Preview- Hansel & Gretel
Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:30-1:00pm 
Location: 89.3 on your FM dial or

Make time for this half-hour preview of Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel, with candid commentary from singers and directors. Listen at 89.3 on your FM dial or at 

If you miss the Saturday broadcast, listen on Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM for a repeat!

Michael Mayes takes the "stage" at Pittsburgh Opera's Meet the Artists reception for Puccini's Madama Butterfly, October 2018
Meet The Artists- Hansel & Gretel
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 10:00 PM 
Location: Benedum Center Lower Lobby

Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn interviews the stars of Hansel & Gretel after the Tuesday evening performance, in the Benedum Center Lower Lobby.

You can ask your own questions and mingle with the artists too!

Free to all Tuesday ticketholders. 

'Meet the Artists' is generously sponsored by Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center.
ACT I. In the house of a broom-maker deep in a German forest, Hansel and Gretel have been left by their parents, who are off in town. The children are supposed to be at work, making socks and brooms; instead, Gretel recites a nursery rhyme, which Hansel interrupts with complaints of hunger. Gretel teases her brother, calling him a complaining grump. She shows him a pitcher of milk hidden in the cupboard that their mother is saving for supper. 

To entertain her brother, Gretel teaches Hansel a folk dance. Suddenly Gertrude, their mother, comes home and angrily reproves them for playing when they should have been working. In her anger, the mother knocks over the pitcher of milk. When Hansel is caught grinning at this misfortune, his mother chases him out of the house and sends Gretel after him into the woods to find wild strawberries. The mother falls asleep just as the voice of her husband Peter is heard singing in the distance. Slightly tipsy when he arrives, he surprises Gertrude with all the food he has bought and tells her that he sold his brooms to a wedding party for the best price he has ever received. They celebrate their good fortune with a toast and he then asks where the children are. When Gertrude tells him that they have gone to the woods, he is horrified. He tells her about the Witch who lives there and who bakes children into bread. The two rush off to find Hansel and Gretel.

ACT II. In a forest glade, Gretel sings another nursery rhyme and then begins making a wreath of wild flowers. Hansel picks the last of the wild strawberries. He offers his basket to Gretel, who eats one; as they start to leave, a cuckoo calls, and the children parrot the bird’s call, eating strawberries all the while. As darkness falls, they realize they cannot refill the basket, and worse, that they are lost. Their fears multiply as they see visions of wild animals behind every tree. An old man appears, scattering gold sand and promising restful sleep. When the Sandman leaves, the two children kneel to say their prayers and quickly fall asleep. In their dream, Hansel and Gretel are surrounded by a host of children, who seem to have a message for them.

ACT III. The Dew Fairy brings morning to the world of the forest. The children awake and find themselves still in the forest. They happen upon a magical house, filled with cakes and sweets. When Hansel breaks a piece off from the gingerbread house, they hear a voice from somewhere inside the dwelling. An old lady comes out and offers the children desserts of all kinds; when the children refuse her temptations, she puts a spell on them and locks Hansel in a cage. Gretel is released from the spell to help set the Witch’s table. 
Gretel has overheard the Witch’s plan to bake her, and while the Witch feeds Hansel to fatten him up, Gretel whispers the Witch’s magic words, which break the spell on Hansel. Hungry for Gretel, the Witch calls her to the oven. Gretel cleverly asks the Witch to show her how to make the oven work. As the Witch leans in, Hansel and Gretel push her in and slam the door. The oven gets hotter and hotter until it explodes. Suddenly, the room is filled with other children. Hansel recites the Witch’s spell and the children spring to life. As Peter and Gertrude rush in and embrace their children, a gingerbread cake of the Witch is found in the oven. Before eating, all join in giving thanks for their deliverance.

-Adapted from Opera News

Fun facts about Hansel & Gretel

In a proud endorsement of our superb artist training program, the entire cast is comprised of current or former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists. Current Resident Artists Ashley Fabian (Gretel) and Caitlyn Gotimer (Dew Fairy/Sandman) join distinguished alums Marianne Cornetti (the Witch), Corrie Stallings (Hansel), Leah Heater (Mother), and Craig Verm (Father). In the Student Matinee performance, first-year Resident Artist Antonia Botti-Lodovico will sing the role of Hansel.
The composer Englebert Humperdinck probably never foresaw that, decades after his death, a struggling English lounge singer named Arnold George Dorsey would energize his career by changing his name to Englebert Humperdinck. As “Humperdinck”, Dorsey broke through with his 1967 hit “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)", which sold more than a million copies.
Pittsburgh legend Marianne Cornetti has sung the role of the Witch numerous times to great acclaim. However, this will be the first time she is singing the role in English instead of German.
Hansel & Gretel, an opera about a brother and sister, was written by a brother and sister duo.

Stimulating Events at the Westmoreland County Historical Society

Program:  Westmoreland County Historical Society Annual Meeting and The Spanish Lady Visits Westmoreland County: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Presenter: Thomas Soltis, Ph.D.
 Location: The Westmoreland County Historical Society, Calvin E. Pollins Library
 Date: October 23, 2018
 Time: Annual Meeting – 6:30 p.m. and Program - 7:00 p.m.

Fee: Free
 Reservations: Recommended, 724-532-1935 x 210

Westmoreland County did not escape the ravages of the ‘Spanish Influenza’ epidemic.  Dr. Thomas Soltis will present The Spanish Lady Visits Westmoreland County: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic, one of several talks that have been presented commemorating the 100th anniversary of this devastating event.

 As the Great War in Europe ended on November 11, 1918, another deadly enemy still threatened.  The ‘Spanish Lady’ made her presence known in this region that fall.  Although the historic record is filled with accounts of influenza epidemics, this outbreak struck with an unprecedented virulence. In America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918, historian Alfred W. Crosby states, “It killed more humans than any other disease in a period of similar duration in the history of the world.”

 Thomas Soltis, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of Sociology at the Westmoreland County Community College.  He leads a group that is gathering family stories about the pandemic’s affect in Westmoreland County.  Dr. Soltis may be contacted at   Articles by Dr. Soltis  about the Spanish Influenza have been published in Westmoreland History, a publication of the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

 The Westmoreland County Historical Society will hold a brief annual business meeting prior to the program.  The public is welcome to attend.

 Programs: Fall Tea and Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages in America –Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate

Location: Historic Hanna’s Town
 Address:  809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601
 Dates:  Fall Tea Saturday, November 10, 2018

                Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages in America, Saturday, November 17, 2018
 Time:   11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
 Program fee: Members - $20/person, Non-members - $25/person
 Reservation: Required, 724-532-1935 ext. 210

 Escape the inevitable hustle and bustle that comes with preparing for the holiday season by indulging with a friend or two in the ambiance of Historic Hanna’s Town.  Sample delicious fare and learn about the popularity and social role tea, coffee, and chocolate played in early America.

 The annual Fall Tea will be served in the Klingensmith House on Saturday, November 10th.   The traditional ‘full tea’ includes savories, scones, sweets, and pastries, and of course, tea.

 Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages in America –Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate will be presented on Saturday, November 17th.  These “stimulating beverages” were considered conducive to clear thinking while beer, wine, and liquor “muddled” the brain.  Guests will meet in the Klingensmith House to learn about the social and economic history of these tasty and invigorating beverages in early America.  Guests will sample hot beverages and enjoy a hearty variety of finger foods and desserts that are paired to bring out the unique flavors of each.

Hot, ‘stimulating’ beverages like tea, coffee and chocolate were first introduced to Europeans in the early 1600s.  These drinks were exotic and prohibitively expensive for everyone but the elite.     It was primarily the aristocracy who could afford the ingredients, refined sugar, special equipment, as well as the leisure time needed to enjoy these beverages. By the 18th century these hot drinks were enjoyed by the broad spectrum of society.  In America, the popularity of coffee and chocolate increased during the Revolutionary War when many boycotted English products like tea. Today, Americans still love their tea, coffee, and chocolate beverages.

 The Hanna’s Town Shop will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Many regularly stocked items will be on sale and special stocking stuffers and holiday gifts will be available.  Visit our web site at and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory. 

Please visit and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory.  Call for information about Historic Hanna’s Town and the Westmoreland County Historical Society at 724-532-1935.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Old Fashioned Radio Play - Part of Pittsburgh's International Festival of Firsts

October 25-27, 2018                                       GET TICKETS
937 Liberty
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World Premiere - part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

Fictional worlds collide when larger-than-life stories of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Karate Man Patrick Kim are told in old-fashioned radio play style by leaders in adventurous theater--Pittsburgh's own Bricolage Production Company and Tel-Aviv's Hanut31. The two-act limited-run engagement features Foley sound effects, vintage spoofs, and vocal acrobatics with YOU in the "live" studio audience.

In one act, Hanut31 tells the immortal story of secret agent Patrick Kim and his thrilling adventures. Patrick Kim was the fictional secret-agent star of more than 300 books, published by eight different writers, in Israel from 1960s through the 1980s. The pulp fiction work, Inspired by James Bond and Bros Li films, combines Cold War drama, Karate fighting, and sex. 

In another act, Bricolage Production Company reanimates Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein, like you've never seen or heard it before, 200 years after it was first brought to life. Go back in time as the company spins the horrific tale of a tenacious young scientist hell-bent on recreating human life—a creature born so hideous, he was forsaken by his maker and shunned by society.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Thursday, October 11, 2018

RSVP Deadline - October 12

Friday, October 12th
for the first Festival Fans event of the 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Festival Opera Season!

October 19, Longue Vue Club
Be among the first to hear what Pittsburgh Festival Opera has in store for its 2019 Season as we gather around the fire at the Shooting Lodge at Longue Vue Club, for an evening of Pimms Cups and beautiful music.

Don't forget to put these upcoming Festival Fans events on your calendar:

SALON SERIES - November 16
An intimate evening of songs and arias, hosted at the home of one of our Festival Fan members.

December 20, The Mansions on Fifth
Pittsburgh Festival Opera's annual Holiday Celebration is open to all, and will include special perks for Festival Fans. Save the Date!

More to come in the new year for Festival Fans!
If you've been a member of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Fans club, it's time to renew your annual membership. If you've never been a member, now is a great time to join!
Festival Fans enjoy special, exclusive events all throughout the year - for a membership fee of only $40! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Special Sci-Fi Themed Star Party at Mingo County Park

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh
Invites you to a Star Party at
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10
in Washington County, PA.
Phone #: 724-348-6150

Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2018

Times: Safe solar observing: 4:30 PM till 6:00 PM

Special Sci-Fi Event:  6:30 PM till 8:30 PM

This special event themed Star Party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory will have some visitors dressed a bit out of this world! Some members of the Galactic Rebel Forces, Star Fleet International’s USS VENTURE, Rebel Legion’s GhostBase and the 501st Starkiller Garrison will be in attendance from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM that evening dressed as various characters from Star Wars and Star Trek. 

There may even be a few droids around. So, gather up the kids of all ages from 4 to 94, bring your camera and check out this gathering in the planetarium!  And, don’t forget the wonders of the night sky including several planets will also be on display for your observing enjoyment. This is a regularly scheduled star party with some added fun.  Come check it out!

Night sky observing: approximately 6:30 PM till 11:00 PM

Weather Permitting for Observing.
Sci-Fi Planetarium event will occur rain or shine.

Star Party events in September will consist of the following:
·         Safe observing of the Sun beginning approximately two hours before sunset.
·         After dusk observe the wonders of the October night sky.  Come see Venus, Jupiter and its moons, Mars and the rings of Saturn and possibly Mars.  Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars.
·         This is a special themed Star Party event to be held in the Richard Y Haddad Planetarium.  Members of local Star Wars and Star Trek groups will be dressed as various characters and there may be a droid or two.

The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible.  There is no charge for your visit, but we gladly accept donations to cover operating expenses.  There is no reservation needed and there is no limit on group sizes.

Visit our website to get more information at

NOTE:  Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Art on Tap This Friday at WMAA

Art on Tap
Friday, October 12

Experience happy hour at The Westmoreland on the second Friday of every month! Enjoy music by Take Two-Margie Bendzsuk & Joe Forcucci, live pumpkin carving by Brendan Conaway, an art scavenger hunt, light bites from Elegant Catering and drinks, including beer on tap from All Saints Brewing Company. 

Sponsored this month by Regina M. Beatty, Mosaic Wealth Consulting. The featured organization is Greensburg Hempfield Area Library.

Tickets are available ONLINE or by calling 1-888-71TICKETS. Purchase your tickets in advance to save!

$9 members, $12 non-members - in advance
$10 members, $15 non-members - at the door

Buy Now and Save!

Monday, October 8, 2018

An Immersive Experience Like No Other!

U.S. Premiere - part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

Indians throw crazy parties. Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. Heard of Holi? An explosion of color and joy and massive dry cleaning bills. How about Onam? No? It’s the harvest festival, and this one could be the craziest of them all!

Mrs. Krishnan is renting an apartment to the overzealous wannabe DJ, James. James has invited a few friends into the back room of Mrs. Krishnan's dairy farm to celebrate Onam and the special surprise that her son has returned home for the holiday. But when 100 strangers turn up (you, the audience) and settle in, Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life! Join the party with music, dancing and vegetarian dal prepared live each performance. Come as you are or break out that festive sari.

October 17-21, 2018
Trust Arts Education Center GET TICKETS

How do you like to party? Choose your experience! 

VIP: A premium seat location directly at the dining table. 
Inner Circle: A premium seat location on stage level. 
Wall Flower: A seat on a raised platform at the edge of the room; great view, but not as involved in the action.* 
Cheeky Seat: A seat at stage level, behind the inner circle. 
Party Animal:  No seat, standing room only in a designated location. 

*Due to the platform seating, no wheelchair accommodations will be available for the Wall Flower ticket option.

Recommended for ages 10+.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

"Pride and Prejudice" - Giddy, Garrulous and Gay (in the earlier sense of the word)

(left to right) Simone Recasner, Emma Mercier, Ashley Bufkin, Andrew William Smith, and Elena Alexandratos. Credit" Michael Henninger

The opening minutes of "Pride and Prejudice" is full of promise. The cast, dressed in white and off-white gowns and garments, flit gracefully across the stage of the O’Reilly Theater like sylphs across a meadow in May. Lovely Baroque music give them the inspiration they need as they revel in their dance.

Dance over, they don more appropriate costumes created in lush Regency-era style  by Christine Tschirigi and get going at a fast pace to tell the story of a quartet of daughters and their mother perched on the edge of possible destitution. Enmeshed in the era of the English entail laws, which mandate that one’s estate be inherited by a masculine heir, they can be cast out on the street after the passing of the family patriarch (Ashton Heyl).

Anxious to the point of distress, Mrs. Bennett (Elena Alexandratos) plots their escape from penury by having at least one daughter marry a man of means, allowing them to maintain, at the minimum, their comfortable but lesser status of minor gentry. And so ensues the hunt with the gait of a thoroughbred and the passion of a hound.

Now playing at Pittsburgh Public Theater, the adaptation of English writer Jane Austen’s novel by Kate Hamill gets a comic treatment some might find astonishing, given the prim and proper milieu in which it unfolds. Stage director Desdemona Chiang animates the action, at times, almost to the point of bedlam, which doesn’t seem to dampen the humor, judging by the audience response the evening of my viewing. At times, two women in close proximity to my seat giggled so much I lost some of the dialogue, which probably contributed to the fact that I laughed at the goings on a whole lot less than most.

It’s not long before a parade of eligible suitors come calling, some genuine, one improbable, one inappropriate and another insincere. Let the nuptial games begin.

Eldest daughter, Jane (Ashley Bufkin) is the most desirable of the lot, at least as far as character, demeanor and looks go. Vulnerable Jane meets up with a Mr. Bingley (Andrew William Smith), a young, playful and affable gent with more money than brains. A mutual romance starts to flicker.
Bufkin, by the way, while an excellent casting choice for Jane, is also the production’s dance captain, and I especially enjoyed watching her glide across the stage with terpsichorean adeptness several times during the evening.

Choreographer Erika Chong Shuch inserts some formidable dance snippets into the performance, and it is her design that ends the play on an ecstatic note when the entire cast explodes into a joyous romp set the tune of "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston.

Note: Smith plays a dual role, as do several other actors, and one of the production’s delights is seeing them portray such contrasting characters. It’s a tribute to their acting skills that you hardly know they are the same actor guised in a different costume. 

Smith, for instance take on the role of Mary, the third, unfortunately unattractive and bookish sister. If you’d like to enhance your theater experience, I’d suggest not looking at the program before the show starts and try to guess which actor plays which alternate role.

The focal romance is a off again, on-again series of tete-a-tetes between the intractable Lizzy (Simone Recasner), who disavows any intention of ever marrying and the somewhat haughty and overly class conscious Mr. Darcy (Ryan Garbayo), one of the wealthiest men in the realm.

Considering the family’s circumstances, you’d think Lizzy would put aside her abhorrence of marrying for the sake of living the English upper class dream. But she remains fixed in her notions, especially when courted by her obnoxious cousin, Mr. Collins (Chris Richards), a curmudgeon who’s in line to inherit the estate but has the decorum of a Komodo dragon on the hunt.

The youngest daughter, Lydia (Emma Mercier), a 14-year-old with the energy of a thermonuclear reactor and the tact of a drunken sailor on shore leave, is seduced by the ingenuous Mr. Wickham (played by one of the actors in a double role whose name I won’t reveal so as not to spoil the fun).

Lydia is unaware of the repercussions her elopement has on the family’s social status and with impish glee brings her newly married spouse back home for a visit that sets everything in an uproar.

I found Mercier annoyingly antic as the young waif, but she does a complete turnabout in her alternate role, which I won’t mention here for the sake of surprise.

At the end of Act One, the knot of the plot is so tangled, the characters’ distress so seemingly hopeless, I wondered how the novelist could ever find her way out of the morass she created. But Austen is up to the challenge, which is one of the reasons why the work has such universal appeal and prolific incarnations as film adaptations and now a staged comedy meant for a contemporary audience.

"Pride and Prejudice" is at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, through October 28. Phone 412-316-1600 or visit website

North American Premiere - Part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts "In the Tunnel" Country of Origin: Israel

We are taught to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but in this tunnel, if there’s light at the end – you'll need a gun to find it. Direct from Israel, the acclaimed Gesher Theater brings their stunning new production In The Tunnel to Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Hailed by the Israeli press as, "An extraordinary production. Stunning for right and left, Arabs and Jews, natives and immigrants, soldiers and civilians, religious and secular."

This gripping dark comedy finds two Israeli soldiers face to face with two Palestinians trapped in an underground tunnel. Enemies in a mousetrap they must confront their greatest fears in order to escape; will they kill or save each other? While life and death are at stake underground, on the streets above them a TV morning show is running live, playing out the customary political carnival. Featuring make-up segments and smoothie recipes plays like a farce in this war torn city. What is the media's role when a country is constantly in conflict? Should they create an absurdly lighthearted background to help us escape our violent reality? And what happens when one newsreader decides to become a hard-hitting journalist on Live TV? In The Tunnel asks us to consider how the ongoing conflict in Israel reflects our deepest sense of right and wrong. We must answer for ourselves, "Is there light at the end of the tunnel?"

In The Tunnel is performed in Hebrew with English supertitles projected above the stage.

IN CONJUNCTION, FOR TICKET HOLDERS: October 11 & 13 only - Post Show Talks in partnership with Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh

A note from the Festival Programming Team:
Polarizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first to identify the danger inherent in the tunnels being dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory. Playwright Roee Chen, director Irad Rubinstein, and the artists at the Gesher Theater are the first to exploit the tunnel on stage as a powerful theatrical image for Israeli lives, as well as the basis for a theatrical happening that is masterful, absurd, infuriating, and (very) funny.

In The Tunnel is a stunning production that, once we saw it in Tel Aviv, we knew we had to bring to the Festival of Firsts. Not only is the story truly timely, but this is also a beautiful production that will look amazing on the stage of the August Wilson Center. The set features two levels- the lower level a recreation of one of the real tunnels running under the Israeli border; The upper level a high tech morning television studio.

The company's name "Gesher" means "Bridge" and has come to be reflective of the work of this incredible group of theater artists who have been recognized for excellence around the world. The actors in this production are some of the best actors in the Middle East, and we are proud to be able to host them in our city.

Play by: Roee Chen
Inspired by: Danis Tanovic No Man's Land
Directed by: Irad Rubinstein

Artistic Director: Yevgeny Arye
CEO: Lena Kreindlin

Set design: Michael Kramenko
Costumes: Oren Dar
Music: Roi Yarkoni
Light: Avi-Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Sound: Michael Vaysburd
Choreography: Amit Zamir
Assistant director (stage speech): Yonny Lucas
Assistant director: Yana Adamovski