Sunday, March 31, 2019

Duquesne University Red Masquers Perform Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music



A Little Night Music, directed by John E. Lane Jr, with Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by Hugh Wheeler is the final production of the 2018-2019 Red Masquers’ Mainstage Season at Duquesne University’s Genesius Theater. 

Mr. Lane, Duquesne University’s Director of Theater Arts, played the role of Martin Dysart in Equus, directed by Justin Sines, during the 2017-2018 Season and has most recently directed Dames at Sea in the Fall of 2018. He has previously directed The Busy Body (starring: Jay Keenan and Nancy Bach Love) and Death of a Salesman (starring: Mark Yochum, Nancy Bach Love, Jay Keenan, and Curt Wootton – The Pittsburgh Dad) at the Genesius Theater.



A Little Night Music depicts Madame Armfeldt who tells the child that the summer night "smiles" three times: first on the young, second on fools, and third on the old. Fredrika vows to watch the smiles occur. Middle-aged Fredrik Egerman is a successful lawyer. He has recently married an 18-year-old trophy wife, Anne, a naive girl who loves Fredrik but is too immature to grasp the concept of marriage. The two have been married for eleven months, but Anne still protects her virginity. Fredrik plots how he might seduce his wife. Meanwhile, his son Henrik, a seminary student a year older than his stepmother, is frustrated and ignored. Anne promises her husband that shortly she will consent to have sex, which leads into all three of them lamenting at once. Anne's maidservant Petra, an experienced and forthright girl, slightly older than the teen herself, offers her worldly but crass advice.

A Little Night Music runs April 4 through April 13 . Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 PM, Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM.

All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Ticket prices online are $16.50 for general admission, $11.50 for senior citizens, and $6.50 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.duqredmasquers.com.


Hope In A Surreal World


Dolina
Part of the New Hazlett's Community Supported Art Series
April 11-12 / 8PM
Hope propels four characters through a surreal and hostile world. In this immersive multi-disciplinary dance performance, the players of Dolina are brought together by fate, transform, and rely on one another as they find the inner strength to keep pushing forward.

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Throughout the season, web magazine Recital will meet with CSA artists and bring you a brief profile of their work. 
Go behind the scenes of Dolina

The Rube Goldberg Variations
Presented by Attack Theatre
April 25-28
As two neighbors face off over their apparent differences, notions of identity clash until a whimsical chain of events reminds them that getting along is easier than it seems. 
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Twelfth Night
Presented by Prime Stage Theatre
May 3-12
Match wits with one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic heroines in this hilarious tale of love, music and courage. Set in the colorful world of Portugal, Twelfth Night tickles the imagination as Viola disguises herself as a page boy to find her twin brother but finds herself at the center of a crazy love triangle. 

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The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Detailed driving and transit directions on our website.
GARAGE PARKING - $7 Cash Only
Thanks to a generous partnership with Allegheny Health Network, our patrons have access to a garage right in front of the theater for evening events and weekend matinees! The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances

STREET PARKING
On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday, but can be difficult to find.

FEATURED MUSIC LINEUP: 2019 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival



Free and open to everyone, these concerts in Point State Park celebrate the Festival's 60th anniversary. 



From funk to folk, classical to country, and many points between, the sounds of some of today's top touring musicians will echo through downtown Pittsburgh, June 7 - 16 as neighbors and visitors from around the world celebrate ten days of free art + music. 

The Festival's complete lineup of dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, creative activities and much more music is still to come. Stay connected - #TRAF19 - for our April 16 announcement and full schedule. 

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Tickets for "Cruel Intentions" Go on Sale April 20



Tickets for CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE 90S MUSICAL are on sale for the spectacular Pittsburgh debut which will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222.

Tickets (starting at $49) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales.

Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Gellar, CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE 90S MUSICAL tells the story of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil, two diabolically charming step-siblings who place a bet on whether Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. With a soundtrack that features music by popular 90’s artists including Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical has been described as the “the ultimate night out” by Entertainment Weekly.


Presented by Red Tail Live! and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, CRUEL INTENTIONS faces its first national tour and includes a cast of young and talented emerging and experienced performers. The tour is directed by Kenneth Ferrone and produced by Eva Price. The musical includes choreography created by Lucille Lortel and Bessie Award nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber and musical arrangements from music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator Zach Spound. The original production of the musical was directed and co-created by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross.

“CRUEL INTENTIONS IS 110 MINUTES OF PURE ’90S NOSTALGIA BLISS.” - InStyle

“FUNNY AND NOSTALGIA-FUELED. THE CHOICE LINES AND INSPIRED SOUNDTRACK HITS ARE ALL THERE…THE BEST OF THE ’90S!” - The New York Times

“A JUKEBOX SCORE OF ’90S POP HITS… FOR AUDIENCES IN SEARCH OF GUILTY PLEASURES!” -TimeOut 

“FUN, SEXY, AND SEDUCTIVE. IT’S A GREAT TIME!” -HuffPost 

“IT’S PERFECT NOSTALGIA — SWEET, SILLY, SINCERE AND GENUINELY JOYOUS!” -Richard Laswson, Vanity Fair  

“THE ULTIMATE NIGHT OUT for those looking for a ’90s throwback!”-Entertainment Weekly

Red Tail Live! is a live entertainment promotion company, and a subdivision of Red Tail Entertainment which is based in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fogo de Chao Introduces New Menu Items



Fogo de Chao Pittsburgh

Popular for both the unique gaucho way it serves its guests an array of meats on a skewer and its loaded Marketplace salad bar, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in Pittsburgh has added several new food items to its menu. 

Every season, the restaurant that opened nearly a year ago at the former site of the Saks Fifth Avenue department story on Smithfield Street, changes several items on its menu. Gearing up for spring, the new additions include two salads, a tasty soup, a creative cocktail, a superior wine from Chile, two new meat items and a new dessert. 



Blood Orange Manhattan  Credit: Bill Rockwell
Getting a heads up invite to come and try some of the new additions ready for spring, I started off with a Blood Orange Manhattan that bartender, Sage Ziviello, mixed  behind the spacious bar with large plate glass windows that look out on Oliver Avenue. Stirred, not shaken, .the cocktail starts with a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon and an ounce of blood orange puree, its red color adding brilliance to the half ounce of sweet vermouth, and four dashes of Agostura bitters that came next.  Deftly spearing a piece of orange peel on a toothpick, Sage finished the garnish with a delicious Luxardo cherry, the ultimate in maraschino cherries that commands high prices these days. (If you don't believe me, check out the prices on amazon.com).




Watch Bartender Sage Ziviello make a Blood orange Manhattan. Click here for video



Moving on to a table, I began my dinner with a trip to the Marketplace, a copious salad bar with more than 60 different items, some of which verge on the luxe strata like smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, charcuterie and hearts of palm. 


Roasted Cauliflower Salad Credit Bill Rockwell
Two new items just added to the selections include a roasted cauliflower salad (you just can't get enough healthy cauliflower) and a Brazilian kale and orange salad. The cauliflower is chilled after the florets are caramelized with olive oil, garlic and black pepper by the high roasting temperature, which brings with it a sweetness and soft texture without being mushy. The roasted vegetable is then topped with scallions and sesame seeds. 

The healthy offerings continue with the nicely chilled kale and orange salad The kale cut finely to avoid the hard ribs you sometimes get with prepackaged mixes, and the citrus-honey vinaigrette dressing was subtle enough to let the flavor of the green leafy vegetable and orange sections (perhaps a little to underrepresented the evening of my visit) come through.

The nearby soup station was stocked with the ingredients to create a personal and customized version of feijoada, Brazil’s national dish. Grab a cup, spoon in some rice, ladle onto some black bean/ beef/sausage soup and finish it with a dusting of yucca flour (farofa) and hot sauce made with the malagueta chile. I'd enjoyed the feijoada experience on previous Fogo visits so this time I opted for the newcomer -  a tasty, gluten-free carrot and ginger soup that nearly perfectly balances two of the soup's main ingredients, not counting the coconut cream that formed the base of the soup.

Watch video HERE

Back at the table, I decided to try a Fogo staple, a chilled half dozen of large prawns served on a bed of crushed ice on top of a silver bowl. The shrimp is definitely something I'd recommend to seafood lovers who don't usually eat red meat.


Knowing I'd soon be feasting on the parade of skewered meats as soon as I turned my coaster from red to green, I ordered the new wine on the menu, a bottle of “Eulila,” a red wine blend from Chile created exclusively for Fogo by the award-winning winemakers at Viña Vik.A blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes from the Cachapoal Valley in Chile, the wine pays tribute to Eulila “Selma” Oliveira, chief culture officer of Fogo de Chão.


Born and raised in Brazil, Oliveira moved to the United States in 1985, determined to achieve the American dream. Following a chance encounter with the founders of Fogo de Chão while in Dallas, she joined Fogo as the brand’s first female manager and, ultimately, executive. The heart and soul of the organization, Oliveira is affectionately known as the Fogo matriarch and exudes an unwavering affection, passion and appreciation for every guest and team member at Fogo.


Nibbling my way through the Churrasco Experience, I got to try the new Pork Picanha, which of course comes on a sword-like skewer. The cut, said to be the tip of the sirloin, now joins its Beef Picanha cousin, both prime stars of the meat world. While the gaucho (read waiter) slices off morsels from the roast at table the diner is supposed to gasp the sliver with a pair of silver tongs, then place it on his or her plate.

Unfortunately, the linguica, a Portuguese sausage akin to chorizo, hadn't yet been delivered to the restaurant, but I was assured it would be on the menu by the first of April.

Creme de Coconut Credit: Bill Rockwell

I finished off my meal with a Creme de  Coconut, a rich and creamy, tropical pudding served along with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Luxurious is the best word to describe it!

Fogo de Chao (pronounced shown), located on the corner of Smithfield and Oliver in Downtown Pittsburgh, is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Brunch on weekends.. Phone 412-312-5001 or visit website www.fogodechao.com/location/pittsburgh.

The Numbers Keep Changing: Poems and Paintings by Judith R. Robinson


Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
(826 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

As a Jew born during World War II, Judy Robinson has always been conscious of how easily her life might have been different if she had not been born in the United States. For that reason, the Holocaust became a subject of study and identity for her. Anti-Semitism and the enormity of loss it created and continues to create led Judy to address these themes in multiple media. Poetry and painting weave together to interpret a shared history.

The largest piece in the exhibit is a tribute to the victims of the Tree of Life shooting.

At this opening, Judy will read her poetry alongside corresponding paintings that will be on display at the Center until June 2019. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pittsburgh Opera unveils new mobile app functionality at La bohème

(left to right) - Marcello (Craig Verm), Musetta (Sari Gruber), Rodolfo (Sean Panikkar), and Mimì (Nicole Cabell) toast at the Café Momus Credit: David Bachman Photography


Pittsburgh Opera will unveil industry-first functionality in their mobile app at their performances of La bohème, March 30 – April 7, at the Benedum Center.

This new functionality will allow patrons to receive exclusive visual and audio content through their smartphone in real time while they’re at the Benedum, including during the performance. Specifically, audience members can:


·         Listen to interviews with cast members, the director, and the conductor before the show

·         Learn more about La bohème’s musical themes and motifs

·         Get historical context for specific scenes in the opera

·         Enjoy interesting trivia about Puccini, La bohème, and Pittsburgh Opera’s production

·         Listen to supplemental audio commentary in real time


“We are delighted to offer this exclusive content to audience members who want more information about what they are seeing and hearing,” says Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn. “We are always looking for new ways to enhance the audience experience. We know people bring their smartphones with them everywhere, including to the theater, so we are embracing them. This is an innovative way to apply modern technology to a centuries-old art form.”

While Pittsburgh Opera reminds people using the app to please be courteous of those around them, “our extensive testing has shown that the impact on other audience members is minimal to non-existent,” Hahn continues. “The audio component only works if you are using earbuds or Bluetooth headsets, so there is no noise spilling over to other patrons. The visual content is delivered on dark backgrounds with dim screen settings, to minimize potential light seepage.”

The Pittsburgh Opera mobile app is free and available for download on both iOS and Android devices. Full details are available at pittsburghopera.org/app, and a user guide is available online as well.

Background

Pittsburgh Opera launched their mobile app in 2016, to provide patrons with easy access to information about the company’s productions, artists, and events. The app is powered by InstantEncore, the leading provider of mobile solutions to performing arts organizations around the globe.

In the fall of 2018, Instant Encore began offering its customers a premium feature within its platform called Live Note®. Created in partnership with the Philadelphia Orchestra, LiveNote® initially delivered visual content (e.g. text and photographs) to patrons during orchestra performances. Pittsburgh Opera began carefully testing this functionality during its fall 2018 performances of Madama Butterfly and Hansel & Gretel. Pre-selected audience members served as beta testers and provided positive feedback on their experiences.

Thanks to an Innovation Grant from OPERA America funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Pittsburgh Opera partnered with Instant Encore to add real-time audio capabilities to LiveNote®. Pittsburgh Opera began testing these capabilities in January at its performances of afterWARds – Mozart’s Idomeneo Reimagined, and continued testing during its performances of Glory Denied in February and March. Those tests proved successful, and the company is publicly rolling out the functionality on La bohème’s opening night, Saturday, March 30th.


About OPERA America’s Innovation Grants

OPERA America is the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion of American opera. Launched in fall 2016, Innovation Grants support exceptional projects that have the capacity to strengthen the field’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness, and community connections.

Innovation Grants leverage OPERA America’s role as the leading national advocate for opera, and harness the opportunity for field-wide advancement through expanded investment in innovation. The grants are generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

About InstantEncore

InstantEncore is the leading provider of mobile solutions to performing arts organizations around the globe. Our partners use the InstantEncore platform to power their mobile apps, enhance live experiences, and create deeper relationships with their audiences.

Pittsburgh Opera Presents Puccini’s Masterpiece La Bohème

(left to right) - Marcello (Craig Verm), Musetta (Sari Gruber), Rodolfo (Sean Panikkar), and Mimì (Nicole Cabell) toast at the Café Momus Credit: David Bachman Photography
When a candle flickers, love sparks

 Pittsburgh Opera returns to the Benedum Center with Puccini’s La bohème, opera’s biggest tear-jerker, March 30  -April 7.

Set against the backdrop of 1830s Paris, La bohème follows four impoverished artists surviving with little more than friendship, passion, and love for their art. When Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimì, a young seamstress, meet, the two are drawn into a tumultuous and passionate affair with a love that can only be broken by death.

Emotional and dramatic, it’s no wonder Puccini’s most celebrated opera has transcended the genre, inspiring both a ballet and the Broadway hit musical RENT.

La bohème will make you laugh, and bring you to tears, with its timeless story and captivating music.

Nicole Cabell, winner of the BBC Singer of the WorldCompetition, makes her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Mimì. Jean-Luc Tingaud conducts. Stephanie Havey directs.


Rodolfo (Sean Panikkar), and Mimì (Nicole Cabell) at the Café Momus Credit: David Bachman Photography


As always, English supertitles will be projected above the stage. Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Pittsburgh

When:

Sat., March 30, 2019 * 8:00 PM
Tues., April 2, 2019  * 7:00 PM
Fri., April 5, 2019 * 7:30 PM
Sun., April 7, 2019  * 2:00 PM
Run Time:

2 hours, 27 minutes, with two intermissions

Language:

Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage

Single tickets for adults start at $14; tickets for kids and teens ages 6-18 are half-price. Student discounts available. Call 412-456-6666 or visit pittsburghopera.org/tickets.

Group Discounts available for groups of six or more.

La bohème was based on the 1851 book “Scenes ofBohemian Life” by Henri Murger, based on his own impoverished bohemian Parisian life. The book was a collection of stories, not a novel with a standard plot. Most of the stories had been previously published individually in a Parisian magazine between 1845 and 1849, before Murger and Théodore Barrière co-wrote a play based on them in 1849. The play’s success created demand for a book containing all the stories, which was published in 1851.



Puccini’s opera La bohème premiered in 1896. In 1897, a second opera with the same name and storyline debuted, written by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Leoncavallo’s is rarely performed today



The two lead singers in Pittsburgh Opera’s production are both veterans of TV singing competitions. Sean Panikkar (Rodolfo), a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alum, was a star on America’s GotTalent in 2013 as a member of the vocal group Forte. Nicole Cabell (Mimì) won the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales. 


Ticketing Information

Single tickets for adults start at $14; tickets for kids and teens ages 6-18 are half-price. Call (412) 456-6666 or visit pittsburghopera.org/tickets.


Group discounts, including student discounts, are available. For more information about group ticket services and discounts, contact Regina Connolly at (412) 281-0912, ext. 213 or groups@pittsburghopera.org

See the La bohème show page for complete synopsis.

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COMING UP NEXT for Pittsburgh Opera:

Don Pasquale, Donizetti’s ultimate comedy, April 27 - May 5, 2019




New Exhibition at CMOA Celebrates Forty Years of Architecture Innovation





Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a new exhibition to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, opening May 4.

Founded in 1979 by the Pritzker family, the international prize is awarded annually to a living architect or architects for significant contribution to the art of architecture. This exhibition contains the work of more than half of the architects who have won this prize, including the 2019 recipient, Arata Isozaki.

Influencers: The Prizker Architecture Prize presents works spanning decades of architectural innovation and creativity, offering visitors the compelling opportunity to trace changing architecture trends over the past half-century. The exhibition features models, drawings, and photographs from the museum’s substantial architecture collection, in addition to other works from the Decorative Arts and Design and Photography collections.

The exhibition coincides with the museum’s summer camp program, which makes use of the Heinz Architectural Center as a place for learning and inspiration. Campers can take architecture classes and work closely with the objects on view as they use the museum as a classroom. CMOA partners with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture to bring architecture graduate students to lead these camps.

On March 30, hear Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, co-founders of the Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, China, give the Gold Medal Keynote lecture for the Association of Collegiate School of Architecture at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Wang Shu’s work will be represented in Influencers when it opens in May.

Influencers: The Pritzker Architecture Prize is organized by Raymund Ryan, curator, Heinz Architectural Center.

April Events at the Carnegie in Carnegie



ANDREW CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY & MUSIC HALL
A Library & So Much More...
April 2019
This monthly communiqué is about looking forward; however, we are still walking on air after an impromptu visit from Governor Tom Wolf!  He came to talk about his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.  The Governor left quite impressed by the ACFL&MH and by Carnegie.   He also showed himself to be a history buff with the astute questions he asked about our rare Civil War room.

Here are some photos from the Governor's visit. 

Maggie Forbes, Executive Director

Women of the World War II Home Front is a fashion-focused program on the role of women in both the US and the UK during the war.
Saturday March 30
2:00 to 4:00 pm

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National Library Week - April 7-13 ... State rep. Anita Kulik will be here on Thursday April 11 to celebrate not only National Library Week but also the 125th anniversary of the founding of Carnegie Borough.     
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Abandoned Pittsburgh   Meet with local Photography expert Chuck Beard as he discusses his photography project on rediscovering Pittsburgh.
April 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
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Poetry Slam   April is National Poetry Month. Bring in your favorite poem(s) or even better write one or two yourself to share.
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Vilaya 2019 - Tradition meets Contemporary
presented by Nandanik Dance Troupe

Featuring two unique acts: YATRA and CARD COUNTRY with local and international guest artists.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 6:30 PM
$20 adults;  $15 senior; $10 students

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Listen Locally Downstairs with Kenia…hot Brazilian forró and cool jazz
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Also on stage in April…Carnegie Performing Arts Center presents: Heidi 
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Jimmy Adler Band is bringing back the blues for our birthday Friday, May 3
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Civil War Symposium
April 27, 2019

Join us for a day of Civil War scholarship! Limited seating, REGISTER NOW!

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2nd Saturday Civil War Series...upcoming in May 
Muskets & Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers & the Civil War
                       
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Click here to learn more about the Espy Post: A true national treasure

Volunteer with us! 
Our mission to serve as an outstanding library, theater, and historic site that welcomes, informs, entertains and engages its community and the region – and we can’t do it alone!
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Celebrate Great Times! 
Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a business affair, or the next Broadway hit – we’ve got you covered. Our historic site houses three unique rental spaces to suit your next special event.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nancy Drew Film out Today on Digital



The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end! 

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase is out on Digital TODAY - March 26, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019.

Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and “Alice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case! 

Check out this never-before-seen clip from the bonus features here:
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Monday, March 25, 2019

$10 Stuffed Chicken, One Day Only.



RESERVE TABLE HERE

Houlihan's 1500 Washington Rd 
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
412-379-4811

Plant a Tree Program Continues at the Flight 93 National Memorial

The Friends of Flight 93 are proud to announce that Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will continue this year on April 26-27 at Flight 93 National Memorial. New this year, the National Park Service is partnering with the Pennsylvania WoodMobile during the annual reforestation event as we near the goal of 150,000 seedlings planted over 10 years.

An outreach tool of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, the WoodMobile educates the public about Pennsylvania’s forests and sustainable forest management – securing the wood products we need today while protecting the trees of tomorrow. The mobile classroom uses interactive activities and displays to promote the responsible use of forest resources and an understanding of the forest industry to the public. The WoodMobile helps showcase the importance of reforestation mining landscapes, and how integral trees are as a part of the original architect’s design for Flight 93 National Memorial.

The eighth annual Plant a Tree event is a massive reforestation effort that will see approximately 13,600 seedlings and native shrubs planted over 20 acres. In addition to the tree planting, the reforestation area will be seeded with a native pollinator seed mix to increase the diversity of native plants and improve the wildlife habitat. By restoring natural habitats, increasing the floral resources, and creating nesting sites, we can help to conserve and attract more of the 400 pollinator species native to Pennsylvania. These plantings assists with re-establishing woodland wildlife habitats on the former surface coal mine land, now the final resting place of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

No planting expertise is needed, however, no walk-on volunteers are accepted. Those interested must pre-register online at http://flight93friends.org. Registration opens March 27 and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration last year sold out within two days. Participants must wear boots and be at least 14 years of age to participate in this rain-or-shine event. Tree planting is physically demanding and this year’s terrain is the most challenging with steep slopes and rocky, hard ground. There will not be water bottles provided at this year’s event, and participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to the memorial, which is a trash-free site. To learn more about what to know before registration, visit the Friends’ website.

Many event sponsors and conservation partners donate financial gifts and in-kind services to ensure this event remains free for all participants, including the American Chestnut Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Law Enforcement, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, International Paper Company and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available and should be directed to Brooke Neel at brooke_neel@partner.nps.gov.

The reforestation efforts are expected to be completed over the next 2-3 years. The Friends of Flight 93 and National Park Service look to utilize volunteers in the future to assist with the ongoing care and maintenance of the plantings that have occurred since 2012. To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 116,318 native tree seedlings over 167 acres at Flight 93 National Memorial.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WOODMOBILE
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Hardwoods Development Council, with the support of the state’s hardwoods industry. For more information on the WoodMobile, including a schedule and request form, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “WoodMobile.”

ABOUT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Flight 93 National Memorial is a National Park Service site that commemorates the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. For more information on Flight 93 National Memorial visit www.nps.gov/flni.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. The National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
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.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring Into Action & Make an Impact


A sure sign of spring is the emergence of daffodils and tulips reaching for the sun. At Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the Narcissus ‘Kendron’ and ‘Mt. Hood’ will soon be a breathtaking display of yellows, oranges, and creams in the River of Bulbs. 

As you walk through the new Hillside Pollinator Garden toward Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, you will see this collection of bulbs cascading down a gentle slope. Behind you is the Bayer Welcome Center, a restored mid-1800s barn. You are standing on the ground where livestock and farm equipment traveled from the barn to field each day. With patience, the soil, compacted and degraded by heavy use, is once again supporting new growth, feeding pollinators, and hosting a family of rabbits. 

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden honors this land's heritage as it transforms the region's industrial and agricultural past into a cultural asset for the future.


Your donation today supports the Garden as it educates the next generation of gardeners, cleans acid mine drainage before entering the Ohio River, and showcases native Allegheny Plateau plants in a world-class, outdoor botanic garden. Thank you for your generous gift.

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Upcoming Public Programs at the Warhol

Three men and one woman stand in a gallery with black walls as silver balloons float around them.
Steve Gunn, Bill Nance, Kim Gordon and John Truscinski in the Silver Clouds gallery of The Andy Warhol Museum
Exhibitions

Youth Art Exhibition
April 5 – April 20, 2019
This exhibition, presented by The Warhol’s Youth Arts Council, is a visual exploration of identity and representation. Like Warhol, today’s youth are no stranger to the conscious act of curating the private and public self on a daily basis. Pittsburgh area youth were encouraged to challenge the definition of self and identity and submit artwork that falls into the genre of portraiture in any medium of their choosing. Presented in conjunction with Youth Invasion 2019.

Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour
May 17 – September 1, 2019
Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour, the artist’s first North American museum solo-exhibition, features painting, sculpture, a new series of figure drawings, and a commissioned score for Andy Warhol’s 1963–64 silent film Kiss. Celebrated for her work as a founding member of the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon is a multi-disciplinary artist and thinker who has worked in fashion, publishing, film and music. In the 1980s, it was through art that she found music, coming to Sonic Youth from an early interest in art, aesthetics, and performance. She went to art school at the Otis College of Art and Design. In 1980, just a year after moving to New York, Gordon staged her first exhibition, Design Office, and a year later co-curated an exhibition of musicians for Noise Fest both at the artist led, White Columns. In the early 2000s, she returned to her artistic pursuits with new gusto, developing a series of canvases she refers to as Noise Name paintings, which are inspired by her musical roots. Her sculpture of silver glitter takes inspiration from the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s Silver Factory and her paintings echo the raw, graffiti-aesthetic of noise bands of the 1980s. The exhibition will also feature figure drawings and erotic sculptures, paring intimate works that compliment the elegance and intimacy of Warhol’s Kiss. Gordon sites Warhol as one of her artistic influences, particularly the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s studio, as well as his involvement with the Velvet Underground, and his multi-disciplinary practice in fashion, painting, music, publishing, and performance. The exhibition and commissioned score, Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss honors Gordon’s early interests in Warhol while also spotlighting the development of her artistic voice. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is curated by Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art and Ben Harrison, curator of performing arts & special projects at The Warhol. A limited-edition vinyl record of Gordon’s commissioned score, performed with fellow musicians Bill Nace, Steve Gunn, and John Truscinski, and a booklet of essays that contextualize her artistic practice accompany the exhibition. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is generously supported by Alexa and Adam Wolman.


Programs

Sound Series: A Night of Deep Listening, featuring Joe McPhee, Claire Chase, and Peter Evans
Saturday, March 23, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 
Organized in collaboration with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, this evening program is a musical synthesis of the exhibition-within-the-International-exhibition Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond. Working in collaboration, John Corbett, Jim Dempsey, and artist Josiah McElheny have presented a gallery of artifacts anchored by sculptural portraits of four maverick musicians of the twentieth century: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Harry Partch, and Sun Ra, plus an homage to the “cosmic explorations” of the twenty-first century musical visionary, Joe McPhee. The performance brings together Joe McPhee himself, with Claire Chase, and Peter Evans, three giants of contemporary of music, in turn inspired by these four historical figures, and a revival of composer Lucia Dlugoszewski’s “Space is a Diamond”, performed for the first time in over 40 years. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Mdou Moctar with special guest Pandemic Pete
Thursday, March 28, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
Co-presented with PANDEMIC
The Warhol welcomes Tuareg guitarist, Mdou Moctar, and his band who are originally from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger. Similar to past Sound Series Toureg bands such as Tinariwen and Imarhan, Mdou's music has been an underground success with an international following, focused on blending Western blues and rock guitar sensibility with traditional West African polyrhythms. Mdou also wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It, a Saharan remake of Prince's Purple Rain, released in 2015. Opening DJ set by Pandemic Pete. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: Instruments of Happiness Guitar Quartet
Saturday, March 30, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Co-presented with Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music
Instruments of Happiness is an electric guitar ensemble created by composer/guitarist Tim Brady. This ambitious project is dedicated to the performance of new music and includes a quartet, a professional orchestra of twenty guitarists and a 100-strong community-focused ensemble. “Electric guitarists Tim Brady, Gary Schwartz, Michel Héroux and Antoine Berthiaume give us tour de force performances, filled with precision, a flair for color, a total world of electric sounds that realize possibilities one might have dreamed about but rarely if ever experienced." - Grego Appelgate Edwards, Gappelgate Classical-Modern Reviews. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: advance $15/$10 students and seniors; door $20/$15 students and seniors; visit warhol.org or call the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 412-624-7529

Youth Invasion 2019: Picture Show
Friday, April 5, 2019
5–10 p.m.
The Warhol is excited to present Youth Invasion! This program features teens’ unique take on Andy Warhol’s artwork, with their points of view, ideas, and creative expressions energizing the entire museum. The event highlights youth performers in the museum’s entrance space, theater, and galleries, as well as presents an exhibition of youth artwork from April 5-20, 2019. Free with museum admission

Sensory Friendly Silent Disco
Saturday, April 6, 2019
6–10 p.m.
Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Self-Advocacy and Autism Connection of Pennsylvania
The Warhol is proud to present a sensory-friendly social gathering for Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. Join us for a silent disco experience at the museum designed specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities. DJ Naeem will spin a live set of dance classics and will accept musical requests. Rather than playing loud music through speakers, wireless headphones will allow attendees to opt in or out of the soundtrack and control their own volume levels. The Warhol theater will be transformed into an enclosed sensory room for the evening and quiet areas will be provided. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable, festive attire and to take portraits in the museum’s photo booth and do artmaking in the studio. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. This event is open to teens and their families from 6-8 p.m. and is 21+ after 8 p.m. Tickets: $12/$8 members, seniors & students/$5 access/EBT card-holder; Visit warhol.org

Screening of Making Montgomery Clift with Directors Robert A. Clift and Hillary Demmon
Friday, April 19, 2019
7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol presents the Pittsburgh premiere of the documentary, Making Montgomery Clift (2018), about the accomplished and influential Hollywood actor. Known for bucking traditions on and off screen, countless biographies have reduced Clift to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented” because of his queer sexuality. Now, directors Robert Clift—Montgomery’s nephew—and Hillary Demmon rigorously re-examine these flawed narratives through the eyes of those who knew him. Drawing on interviews with family and loved ones, as well as a rich collection of unreleased archival materials from both Montgomery and his brother, Brooks Clift, this fresh portrait of the actor’s passions, contributions, and commitment to living and working in his own way gives one of Hollywood’s underappreciated legends his due. Following the screening, filmmakers Clift and Demmon will participate in a Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 (includes museum admission); Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Deerhoof with special guest Palm
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back the highly original and innovative indie-noise/pop group, Deerhoof. The highly prolific ensemble has had quite a trajectory since emerging in 1994 in San Francisco. Uniquely able to embrace and deconstruct traditional “pop” conventions, the band has been consistently hailed by a variety of press, such as The New York Times declaring them "one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade", and Pitchfork simply refers to them as "the best band in the world". The Philadelphia-based experimental rock band, Palm, opens the show. Please note that this performance is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18/$15 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, April 27, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: Orville Peck with special guest Dominy
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes the enigmatic, masked country singer Orville Peck, who will release his debut album on Sub Pop Records in early 2019. Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. “Big Sky,” his first single, is a described as a “campfire lullaby of Orville’s past lovers”. He sings about his relationships with an aloof biker, an abusive boxer and an overly protective jailor in the Florida Keys, and the inevitable demise of each one, as Orville leaves them for the wide open big sky. The Philadelphia-based indie country/rock band, Dominy, opens the evening. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Valerie June with special guest Parker Gispert
Thursday, May 2, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with WYEP
The Warhol welcomes back Valerie June for an intimate solo performance at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. Deftly blending elements of folk, soul, blues, and Appalachian traditional sensibilities into a strikingly unique and timeless sound, Valerie June stands in a long and storied line of unique performers in Memphis, the city where she began to hone her craft. Her unique voice and vocal delivery have drawn comparisons to icons as varied as Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton, and the Carter Family. Parker Gispert opens the evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Jessica Pratt with special guest Joseph Shabason
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes the mesmerizing songwriter and vocalist, Jessica Pratt, on a tour supporting her second album Quiet Signs on the Mexican Summer label. Blending elements of lush chamber pop ala The Left Banke and more minimal and breezy guitar arrangements reminiscent of Caetano Veloso on the first single, “This Time Around,” Pratt’s haunting vocals hover in the arrangements throughout the record. The album was written in Los Angeles and recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, New York over 2017 and 2018. It features Al Carlson, who co-produced the album, on flute, organ and piano, and Matt McDermott on piano and string synthesizer. Ambient saxophonist, Joseph Shabason, opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Half-Pint Prints
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Factory
Families work with The Warhol’s artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old. Free with museum admission; Registration is required; Visit warhol.org

Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour Opening and Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss World Premiere/Album Release
Thursday, May 16, 2019
7–9:30 p.m.
Join The Warhol as we celebrate the opening of the Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour exhibition and present the world premiere and album release for Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss, a live performance/film commission. Accompanied by collaborators Bill Nace, Steve Gunn and John Truscinski, Kim Gordon will premiere a partially improvised continual soundtrack for Warhol’s hour-long film Kiss, 1963-64, that captures close-ups of fourteen couples kissing. The performance paired with the Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour exhibition of paintings, sculpture and drawings, provides a platform to engage with both the visual and sonic work of an artist who cites Warhol as a key influence, and whose own work with Sonic Youth has been highly influential to younger generations. Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is generously supported by Alexa and Adam Wolman. Free; Registration is required. Visit warhol.org

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, May 25, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

In Conversation with Artist Mickalene Thomas and Jose Diaz, Chief Curator
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7:30 p.m.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg)
Co-presented with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art 
The Warhol, in partnership with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, presents a conversation exploring the artistic practices and the thematic and stylistic similarities between the work of Mickalene Thomas and Andy Warhol. Join us to learn more about Thomas' Shug Kisses Celie, one of the newest works to enter The Westmoreland’s collection, as well as Thomas' and Warhol’s use of imagery appropriated from popular culture and art history. Free parking available in The Westmoreland lot. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $10; Visit warhol.org

LGBTQ+ Youth Prom 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
6–10 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
Join The Warhol for the sixth annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom, the largest LGBTQ+ Youth Prom in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This inclusive celebration ensures that every young person can make their prom night a treasured memory. Entry to Prom includes a sit-down dinner, dancing, silkscreen printing, and other activities. Prom is open to youth ages 13-20 years old. Free; Registration is required. Visit warhol.org The Warhol LGBTQ+ Youth Prom is generously supported by FedEx Ground and The Keith Haring Foundation.

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, June 29, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: An Evening with the Mekons
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back the Mekons, the highly influential and eclectic British punk band that rock critic Lester Bangs hailed as “the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll”. This genre-defying collective emerged from the 1977 punk scene, where the Mekons progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Revenge of the Mekons, a documentary about the band released nationwide in 2015 on Music Box Films. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Belle & Sebastian with special guest Men I Trust
Thursday, July 18, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with WYEP
The Warhol welcomes back Belle & Sebastian to the opulent Carnegie Music Hall, six years after co-presenting their Pittsburgh debut in 2013. Since emerging out of Glasgow, Scotland in ’96, the band has been hugely influential in the broad realm of indie-pop, with multiple albums in the UK top 20. Their most recent output, a trio of EPs titled How To Solve Our Human Problems, Parts 1-3 was a return to an earlier format, allowing the music to emerge organically on EP sessions. New music in the form of a soundtrack to Simon Bird’s upcoming film, Days of The Bagnold Summer, due for release later this year. Still regarded as “One of the most thoughtful and compelling bands out there” (The Times), Belle & Sebastian are soon to head to The Mediterranean to launch their four-day festival at sea, The Boaty Weekender. The Montreal-based trio, Men I Trust, open the show. Tickets: $35/$30 sightline obstructed; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300