Monday, December 17, 2018



Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (January 1) in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, December 30 for tickets to the Tuesday, January 1 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.

Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
You can also visit to register.

The lottery will open at 11:00 a.m. ET two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 a.m. ET the day prior to the performance.
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 a.m. ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets. 

Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 p.m. ET the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 p.m. ET the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.


Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final - no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical. 

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Launching April 2019 in Chicago, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton through the immersive exhibit featuring a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda. For more information and to sign up to be the first to receive news and ticket sales alerts about HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION, please visit

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit,, and


The summer may be months away, but most parents are already thinking about ways to ensure that their child’s summer is fun, active, and enriching. Experiences are the perfect gift to give any child this holiday season. Give the gift of video game science, robotics or space exploration, discovering the biology of Pittsburgh, or the chemistry of cooking. Carnegie Science Center summer camp registration is now open, and reservations are being accepted for dozens of programs for children and teens ages 4–18. If you can’t register for your favorite camper yet, purchase a Gift Certificate, good for camps, classes, membership, and admission to the Science Center.

Little Einstein’s will love specifically programmed half-day adventures, and other kids and teens will enjoy full-day science experiences.

Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, one of Pittsburgh’s coolest digital makerspaces, offers cutting-edge experiences in digital fabrication, while the brand-new Colcom Foundation Wet Lab in the FedEx STEM Learning Labs allows kids to conduct authentic science experiments. Along with Kennywood Camp and Explore Pittsburgh, there are 20+ new themes to choose from that will keep kids active all summer long! Some camps will be held inside the new PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™.

In addition to the new themes, Two-Day Scout Mini-Camps will provide troops with the ability to carry out authentic science experiments. Scouts will venture out into the field to conduct water and soil sampling while measuring their data with Vernier sensors. Scouts attending complete all requirements for the Scouts BSA Chemistry, Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Science, and Weather Merit badges, respectively.

Camp programs include: 

Half-Day Camps for Ages 4-5:
Things That Go
My Place in Space
Science of Me
Creepy, Crawly Bugs
Wee Bots
Splish, Splash, Science
Little Builders
Science Explorers
Science in Motion
Messy Science
Flight School
In the Garden (NEW!)
Big and Small (NEW!)
Sensory Science (NEW!)
Neighborhood Science (NEW!)
Invisible Forces (NEW!)

Full-Day Camps for Ages 6-7:
Be a Roboticist
Camp Odd Squad
Far Out Space
Code Builders
Junior Wizard
I’m Biology
Camp Magic School Bus
Motors and Mechanisms
Around the World
Test It!
Just Add Water (NEW!)
Novel Science (NEW!)
Energy is Everywhere (NEW!)
Coasters to Carousels (NEW!)
Superhuman Science (NEW!)
Mix It Up (NEW!)
Fantastic Floating and Flying Machines (NEW!)

Full-Day Camps for Ages 8-9:
Culinary Chemistry
Kennywood Camp
River Camp
Ready, Set, Code!
Space Exploration
Brain Games
Robot Roundup
Weird Science
Inventor’s Workshop
Machine Mania
Great Outdoors (NEW!)
Engineering Through the Ages (NEW!)
Spy School (NEW!)
Robotics 101: Robots of the Round Table (NEW!)
Robotics 101: Robot Rescue (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade
Fab Lab: Toy Works

Full-Day Camps for Ages 10-11:
Robotics Space Challenge
River Camp
Kennywood Camp
Short Circuit
CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators
Video Game Design
Expedition Earth
Da Vinci’s Designs (NEW!)
Apocalyptic Architecture (NEW!)
Studio Scratch (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp
Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Toy Works

Full-Day Camps for Ages 12-14:
Science Escape
Digital Storytelling and Game Design
Robot Engineers
Art + Tech
Alchemy Academy (NEW!)
Science Beats (NEW!)
Figure It Out (NEW!)
Adventures in Exploration (NEW!)
Fab Lab: Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World
Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge
Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

Mini-Workshops for Ages 14-18:
Fab Lab: Teen Making Workshop
STEM Girls Entrepreneur Camp
Fab Lab: Girls Teen Maker Camp
Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge Workshop

For more information and to register, visit If you would like to purchase a gift certificate that can be used toward Carnegie Science Center camps, classes, a membership, or general admission, call 412.237.3400.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Discover Your Inner Elf

Scene from Elf, The Musical Credit: Joan Marcus

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce that NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are bringing the Broadway musical ELF to Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Tickets are available now for performances Wednesday, December 26 to Sunday, December 30, 2018.  This touring production is a season special, part of the 2018-19 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.

Performance dates and times for ELF The Musical at Heinz Hall are Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 30 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets (starting at $31) are available at these official ticketing sources:, by calling the Heinz Hall Box Office at 412-392-4900, or in person at either Heinz Hall Box Office (600 Penn Avenue), or Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at, or by email:

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Buddy and Santa Credit: Joan Marcus

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

Leading the cast is Eric Williams as “Buddy,” John Adkison as “Walter Hobbs”, Galyana Castillo as “Deb”, Paloma D’Auria as “Jovie”, Mark Fishback as “Santa”, Liam Vincent Hunt and Grady Miranda as “Michael Hobbs”, Caitlin Lester-Sams as “Emily Hobbs”, Torrey Linder as “Store Manager”, and Jake McCready as “Mr. Greenway”.

The tour will also feature Bernie Baldassaro, Chaz Alexander Coffin, Holly Lauren Dayton, Michael Dewar, Michael Doliner, Danny Hammond, Kelsey Jenison, Lacey Kim Kriston, Matthew Marvin, Jennifer Oehlwein, Caitlin Ort, Jenna Rifkind, Cary Segal, and Oz Shoshan.

The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Additional information about ELF is available at

Friday, December 14, 2018

WSO Seeking Applicants for Young Artist Competition

The Washington Symphony Orchestra is once again seeking applicants for ts Young Artist Completion.

The Young Artist Competition (YAC) is open to student classical vocalists or instrumentalists who play brass, harp, percussion, piano, strings, or woodwinds and are residents of Washington County. 

Students who audition must be prepared to play/sing one movement of a standard 
repertoire piece for solo and orchestra. An accompanist is required for the audition.

The winner of the YAC receives a $1,000 prize and will have the opportunity to rehearse for and play with the WSO during its “Back to Broadway” concert on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

“The WSO is our local orchestra, supported by wonderful musicians who  are willing to share their skills and expertise,” said WSO Board President Maryann Weinstein. “I urge all parents and teachers of serious 
student musicians and performers to take advantage of these opportunities.”

The deadline for YAC applications is February 13, with auditions held at Trinity High School after that date.
Applications can be found at, or copies can be requested by calling 724-223-9796 and leaving a message or emailing

And, as always, the WSO offers free admission to students under the age 
of 18 who participate in musical activities in school (chorus, band,  orchestra), or who are attending private musical lessons for voice or instrument. Interested students should ask about the program at the 
front desk when attending a concert and a volunteer will register them.

For more information about any WSO program, visit, or 
call 724-223-9796 and leave a message or email

Monday, December 10, 2018

Liberty Magic Opening February 6 with Eric Jones

Opening Liberty Magic for six weeks, February 6 - March 17, 2019, Eric Jones in IMPOSSIBLE will leave audiences in wonder as reality transforms into the unreal, coins multiply and cards fly. By the show's conclusion, guests will have been left in amazement by Jones' canny ability to blur the lines between reality and illusion.
In addition to serving as Artistic Advisor for Liberty Magic, Lee Terbosic is currently in the process of creating a brand new show, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT that will premiere in March. A 60-minute performance of incredible magic, comedy, sleight of hand, illusion, mind reading, escape, and storytelling, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the performance with several opportunities to become part of the routines themselves and bringing an added dimension to the world of parlor magic. IN PLAIN SLEIGHT runs for eight weeks at Liberty Magic, from March 20 - May 12, 2019.

Liberty Magic seating is general admission, priced at $40 per ticket. Performances are: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
There is a special Skeleton Key VIP Experience for $65 reserved for the truly adventurous. The Skeleton Key VIP Experience unlocks the first two rows in our intimate theater, a chance to become part of the performance (if you wish) and an exclusive meet and greet with the artist after the show, which includes private, close-up mysteries. Members of the Skeleton Key VIP Experience also have the opportunity to purchase merchandise not available for sale to the general public.

The Liberty Magic experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted. Liberty Magic also offers a special space for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. Student, corporate, and group sales discounts are available for select performances. Visit to learn more.

While there is no dress code, we encourage guests to dress in cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special night out.

Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee.

About Eric Jones
For more than 10 years, Eric Jones has made a name for himself in the world of magic. He has showcased at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and Monday Night Magic, NYC's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, wowing A-list celebrities including Tobey Maguire ("I'd never play cards with you!"), John Mayer ("Incredible! I've never seen anything like that before!"), and the judges on Season 12 of NBC's America's Got Talent, where he was named a top 12 semi-finalist ("You are a SUPERHERO! – Mel B.; "You are BRILLIANT! – Simon Cowell; "MINDBLOWING!" – Heidi Klum).

About Lee Terbosic
Lee Terbosic is a nationally-touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil, and entertainer who makes Pittsburgh his home and base of operations. His newest project Houdini’s Last Secrets, a four-part television series, premieres Sunday, January 6 on Discovery's Science Channel. With the help of skilled engineers and one of Houdini's actual descendants, Lee looks to uncover the methods to Houdini’s magic and the science behind the madness. Lee has wowed some of Hollywood's biggest stars like Aaron Paul, Jack Black, Wiz Khalifa, and Johnny Depp. He has appeared on America's Got Talent on NBC, Four Weddings on TLC, and Now You See It on the BBC. On November 6, 2016, Lee performed his biggest stunt to date with Houdini100 in the Cultural District – a tribute to Harry Houdini's death-defying, upside-down straightjacket escape. His one-man show 52 Up Close at Hotel Monaco has established Lee as one of the most influential magicians in Pittsburgh. Lee joins the Liberty Magic team as an Artistic Advisor.

About Liberty Magic
In short, Liberty Magic is a space dedicated to elevating the art of magic. Located at 811 Liberty, on the same block where Harry Houdini mesmerized Pittsburgh crowds in 1916, Liberty Magic is an intimate, speakeasy performance space dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and prestidigitation. With less than 70 seats in four rows, the magicians and performers who appear at Liberty Magic offer you a one-of-a-kind experience that is easy to access and hard to forget. The Liberty Magic experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted.

Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee. We offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. We also offer group sales discounts on select performances. While there is no dress code, we encourage our guests to get into the spirit with cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special evening out.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

First Night Pittsburgh - Check out this Band That's Playing

Talk about mellow!!!!!!

First Night Pittsburgh - Family Fun on New Year's Eve

Pittsburgh's arts-focused New Year's Eve celebration in the Cultural District is turning 25. Admission Buttons are on sale now for the Silver Jubilee of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh!

$10 | Kids 5 and Under Free
$40 | First Night Friends VIP Experience

Buy Buttons

Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale
Count down to midnight and watch the Future of Pittsburgh Ball rise high above the Cultural District with Zambelli Fireworks!

Durand Jones & The Indications

The soul music quintet from Bloomington, Indiana will help Pittsburgh to ring in the new year on the Highmark Stage, 10:45 pm - midnight.

New Year's Eve Parade
"Black and Gold turns Silver" for the 25th anniversary of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh's signature parade, also the 20th anniversary of Studio Capezzuti's creative leadership with the parade's giant puppets and art cars.

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