Friday, March 5, 2021

The Hatch Arts Collective Presents "Amm(i)gone - Digital Work-in-Progress March 20


created and performed by Adil Mansoor
for a Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2pm(EDT)
digital work-in-progress, produced in association
with The Theater Offensive in Boston and Hatch Arts Collective.

Reserve Your Place!

Co-Director—Lyam B. Gabel 
Video / Media Designer—Bleue Liverpool
Media Systems Designer—Joseph Amodei
Sound Design—Aaron Landgraf 
Creative Consultant—Sharlene Bamboat

Amm(i)gone is an apology to and from a mother as an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Through this solo performance lecture, Adil maps his queerness against this canonical text, threading his mother’s dramaturgical insights and teachings from the Quran with the infinite weight of the afterlife. Amm(i)gone invites you to join Adil and his mother, as they take a step towards healing. Together they mine Greek tragedy, Islamic traditions, and their own memories to find love across faith.

After initial work-in-progress showings presented at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in August 2019 and Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance in June 2019, Adil will use this digital sharing to continue work towards a premiere, planned for 2022.

Amm(i)gone is supported by the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier; the Point Foundation’s Andrew A. Isen Internship; The Heinz Endowments' Small Arts Initiative; Opportunity Fund; PNC Charitable Trust; A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation; Arts, Equity, Reimagined Fund; and Dreams of Hope. Amm(i)gone is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater in partnership with The Theater Offensive and NPN/VAN. For more information, visit

Somewhere Else is a documentary play by Paul Kruse about discovering a gay relative lost during the AIDS crisis. This audio story chases phone calls and old family stories to  ask what it means to be gay in a rural place—to inherit a legacy of silence.
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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Join the Frick for Frida Kahlo-inspired family fun!


Frida Family Fun Day
Saturday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Join us on Saturday, March 13 for Frida Family Fun Day, a morning of artmaking and insight in celebration of Frida Kahlo, the iconic artist featured in two new exhibitions opening at The Frick Art Museum on Saturday, March 6. Participants will learn about the artist and explore self-expression through color and portraits. Most appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

#notwhite Collective Cooking Series
Kitchens, Photos, and Stories
Saturdays, March 6 - May 19 at noon
Join local female artists for a new live weekly cooking series on the Frick's Instagram! Each hour-long session in this 13-week series features a different member of the multicultural women's artist group #notwhite Collective sharing family stories, photos, and a recipe from her culture, live and direct from her own kitchen. Learn more about the collective here and follow us at @frickpgh to take part in this exciting new series!

In Conversation: Murderous Millinery
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
During the height of the "plume boom" in the late 19th century, many birds species were brought to the brink of extinction by the fashion industry for the sake of trimming women's hats. This phenomenon sparked a variety of conservation efforts, including the formation of the Audubon Society. Join the Frick's Dawn Reid Brean, and experts from the University of Rhode Island and Newport Historical Society, for a lively discussion of this deadly era in style.
Image: Women's hat, c.1890s

Frick Stories
Partying with the Presidents Podcast: Inauguration Day, March 4, 1897
The 1897 inauguration of President William McKinley was the first to be captured by moving pictures, but the Frick family and other prominent Pittsburghers journeyed by luxury rail to partake in the festivities themselves. Clayton Docent Sue Morris recounts the spectacle with archival writings and recordings.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

It's March! It's Lent! Come get your fish!!


Have a Hankering for a Fish Sammie?

Did you know that we hand cut and bread every single piece of fish that leaves our kitchen?! DAILY!!! There's no frostbitten, tasteless fish at the Original Oyster House!

So stop by on a Lenten Friday or any other day, Tuesday - Saturday and you'll get delicious, fresh fish that we've been serving up for over 150 years!

Our regular hours are:
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 7pm
Saturday: noon - 8pm

We've edited our menu just a bit, but we are confident that your legendary favorites made the cut. To take a peek, click here.

We are open for dine-in, continuing to follow all state and local health and safety guidelines. We have seating at 50% capacity, will have QR Code menu options, and will provide single-use hand sanitizers.

We are also open for take-out and curbside pick-up. To place your to-go order, give us a call at 412-566-7925.
Easter Baskets are Back!

It's an Original Oyster House tradition - the Easter Basket contest! Stop by for your chance to win a much loved, much-coveted Original Oyster House Easter Basket! Filled with Original Oyster House Swag (t-shirts, gift certificate, sauces, and more) and plenty of other goodies including Iron City Swag, and candy, it's better than anything Peter Cottontail could have dreamed up!

No purchase necessary.

If you can't pop in, keep your eye on Instagram - we'll have a chance for you to win there!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Evil Spirits and Hidden Treasure


Watch Episode 6 Now

Show Me the Gold

The sixth episode of Mythburgh: Yinzer Scared Online is now available, and our intrepid ghost hunters' epic journey has just begun! Wali Jamal's play Dooker's Hollow is the next installment in our site-specific series of short plays depicting the myths of Pittsburgh:

Still on their quest for Braddock's gold, the Yinzer Scared Team enlists the help of famous (or infamous) psychic medium Mystic Matt for a spirit-channeling session. When a new creepy video shows up online, it gives our ragtag team a new lead, but are the restless spirits surrounding the treasure more dangerous than they seem?
About Mythburgh:
Join Geena, Allison, Clara, and the entire Yinzer Scared team each month as Mythburgh brings site-specific stories to you at home, exploring the myths and legends that unite us as a city and investigating what makes us “Pittsburgh.” 

Mythburgh finds inspiration in creepy, epic, weird, and uniquely Pittsburgh stories. Featuring a recurring cast of characters looking for ghosts, ghouls, and connection in a time of social distancing, Mythburgh is one monthly web conference you will actually look forward to.
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About Episode 6:

Dooker's Hollow
by Wali Jamal
with an intro and outro by Matt Henderson
Directed by Hope Anthony
Jahir Christian, Christopher Collier, Patrick Conner, John Feightner, Matt Henderson, Darrin Mosley, Franklin Mosley, and Brittany Tague

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The Modern Myths Podcast is back!

We've recently relaunched our Modern Myths Podcast series, and the next installment of our new season is Modern Houses in the Lush Green Savannah that Lies in the Shadow of the Volcano by Paul Hufker:

The edge of everything. Four western 20-somethings have come to this wild, unfettered place to “live life as it was meant to be lived.” They’d like to open a yoga studio for the women of the village. To help them. But there’s a chained elephant that desperately needs its own help, and are we sure the villagers are peaceful? Suddenly the earth is very dry, their money has run out, and their baby is missing. They are forced to hunt. Things here have quickly become dark and desperate.

Can man outrun himself?

Directed by Brett Sullivan Santry
Featuring Cassidy Adkins, Ron Black, Larissa Jantonio, DeVaughn Robinson, and John Teresi
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Rachel Nicholson's Latest Film Review - "Wander Darkly"


Wander Darkly, directed by Tara Miele, is a creative and original look at the mystery romance genre. Without a doubt ambitious, it carries itself with surprising clarity and direction for such an outgoing film. This film definitely has the potential to change the mystery romance genre with it´s groundbreaking use of time-play and unreliable narration, something I found rather Jacob´s Ladder-esque. 

This film is definitely one I could see being a silent influencer for other similar films in the future, as well as an underground cult classic. In this film, we follow Matteo and Adrienne, a quarrelling couple with a newborn baby, as they challenge the accuracy of their memories, the ups and downs of their relationship, and their life together so far, after a traumatic car accident. 

This film tackles issues like these in a fanciful and thought intriguing way that allows the movie to work as a mirror, as the characters go through their own unreliable memories and life experiences so does the audience. In this way, this film is beyond groundbreaking in not only the mystery romance genre but a refreshing pioneer in the immersion of the audience in film in general. 

One way this film disorients the audience is the storytelling tool of the characters reliving their memories in a scattered order, rather than a linear sequence of events. This also allows for a back and forth event placement where the character will go from present time to the past sometimes subtly. The heart of this film is definitely the acting. 

With breathtaking performances from all of the actors and actresses involved. Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) especially had some of the best performances of the movie. I feel both of them came prepared for the emotional substance and weight of the film and were able to portray that in a surprisingly good manner, taking into account previous roles. 

The cinematography is also an element in this film done particularly well. With beautiful drone and nighttime shots this film is competent to say the least in regards to the beautiful camera work it has to offer. Slow motion and fast camera pans add to the movement of the film and allow the audience to feel each scene´s contrasting and unique mood it wishes to set for the viewer.

 The only real downside to this film is at times, it´s predictability. However, for every predictable moment in this film there is one that takes you off guard and completely changes how you see the film. This film is one of the most emotional ones I have seen recently and honestly a pretty unforgettable watch. The emotion in this film is incredible as well as the storytelling which allowed this film to come together and become one I can definitely see getting the attention it deserves in the future.

 I one hundred percent recommend this film for anyone who wishes to experience an emotional journey which is breathtaking and unique. This film is one that sadly I feel fell behind in the whirlwind of twenty twenty but I also feel has great potential to make a comeback and a favorite among the mystery romance genre. I would say give this film a watch, it is definitely worth it.

Lionsgate released WANDER DARKLY on DVD & Blu-Ray February 9, 2021. Click here to see the trailer.

Friday, February 26, 2021

MCP Singers Talk Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Their latest CD release


“This work cannot be done without outstanding voices, so we are delighted to have fantastic partners on this endeavor—our superb Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh…” ~Maestro Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on the 2021 release of Beethoven Symphony No. 9

This month the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in announcing the release of the recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The performance was recorded LIVE at Heinz Hall in June 2019, and featured the MCP, as well as singers from the Junior Mendelssohn Choir. The recording is part of the Pittsburgh Live! series of multi-channel hybrid SACD released on the FRESH! imprint from Reference Recordings.

In the last 50 years of partnership with the PSO, the MCP has performed this iconic work almost 50 times! We asked MCP singers to tell us about their experiences over the years, and the responses were varied and intense:

"I have sung the Beethoven 9 in concert I would think somewhere around 20 times. It is my favorite piece to perform. There is something extremely special sitting onstage for the first 3 movements and drinking in the sound." ~Timothy Ore, tenor

"Manfred never does anything the same way twice and the energy he brought out of the symphony and the chorus for this series of performances was unlike any I have ever performed. It was memorable." ~MaryColleen Seip, soprano and MCP Chorus Manager

Our singers are truly the heart of the MCP. Their passion shines once again on this brilliant new recording release. As we remain physically distanced and unable to sing in person together through this pandemic, it becomes a reminder and celebration of the power of live music.

Check out the conversation below with MCP Holly Furman and Maggie Richardson, MCP's marketing director. To hear more from our singers about their experiences singing Beethoven, watch additional videos at our website.
What's it like to perform Beethoven's 9th for the first time with the PSO?
Holly Furman, "The Newbie" talks Beethoven's 9th
The 2021 release of Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh can be purchased directly from Reference RecordingsAmazon, or your favorite classical music retailer.
Global Choral Traditions continues with the music of Bulgaria!
Bulgarian Folk Singing
Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev is a seven-time gold medalist in traditional folk singing from Bulgaria. As a child she grew up surrounded with the beauty of Bulgarian traditional music. Join Elitsa and fellow music enthusiasts online on Wednesday, March 3 to experience the joy of learning about this gorgeous music! Free and open to the public, but you must register in advance.

Mary Ann Lapinski, Executive Director    Matthew Mehaffey, Music Director