Friday, June 28, 2013

Sendall Pilots Cooking Series




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:  Maria Pisano
June 19, 2013 412-622-1459 mpisano@wqed.org


PITTSBURGH CATERER AND TOFFEE CREATOR TO HOST PILOT COOKING SERIES ON WQED
Sendall Style Premieres Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV


PITTSBURGH—Chef-Host-Party Planner  Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions and Toffee Taboo will host a pilot cooking series called Sendall Style produced by WQED Multimedia .

Premiering Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV, the first of three episodes called Farm Fresh will take viewers to a small local farm for ingredients and show them how to prepare a sumptuous summer feast, offering helpful tips on planning, prep and recipes.

Additional episodes include:

Paella Party
Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV
This beloved Spanish rice dish becomes the centerpiece for a summer evening get- together. Learn how to select the perfect seafood, mingle seasoning and serve this delicious dish to guests.

Boneless Thanksgiving
Airdate TBD
The centerpiece to everyone’s favorite all-American feast gets a makeover. Join Bob as he shows viewers how to “deconstruct” a turkey from wing to wishbone. Learn how to prepare delicious sides, create special decorations and mix tasty cocktails to round-out your holiday celebration.

A member of the first National Apprenticeship Program where he graduated as Valedictorian
(sponsored by the American Culinary Federation), Sendall studied as an apprentice at the School
for American Chefs in Beringer Vineyards, Napa Valley under Chef Madeleine Kanman recently. Sendall maintains a local and national clientele including the H.J. Heinz family, the Lerner family of Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh philanthropists Henry and Elsie Hillman among others. Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Mexican War Streets, All in Good Taste Productions prepared meals for the G-20 World Leaders and their spouses when the Summit was held in Pittsburgh in 2009.


Joining Sendall for all three episodes will be his Executive Chef,  Nick Krug. A native of St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, Krug has worked for the past 12 years as a chef. Krug started his career at St. Joseph’s Monastery working in the gardens and orchards at the age of 15 and credits this experience for fostering his appreciation and practice of using local and seasonal ingredients in his dishes.

WQED may produce additional episodes of Sendall Style for national distribution to public television stations around the country.


WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative
(www.wqed.org/edu).

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Pgh Opera Announces Paul's Case as Second Stage Project




PITTSBURGHOPERA
For Immediate Release June 18, 2013

Contact:
Debra L. Bell, Director of Marketing and Communications
Office: (412) 281-0912 ext 214 or dbell@pittsburghopera.org

Pittsburgh Opera announces Paul’s Case as Second Stage Project
Idealistic Pittsburgh boy escapes his oppressive world...for a New York minute

Pittsburgh, PA…Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn has announced that Gregory Spears’s opera Paul’s Case is the Second Stage Project for 2014. The Second Stage Project is an additional showcase for the company’s Resident Artists, some of whom have gone on to sing on the world’s most famous stages. The opera runs February 22 – March 2, 2014 in the George R. White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.

Paul’s Case, by 36-year-old Gregory Spears, with a libretto by Mr. Spears and Kathryn Walat, is based on Willa Cather’s 1905 short story. Paul is a high school “dandy” whose artistic and social aspirations drive him to escape from sooty turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. He defies his headmaster and his father, steals money, and goes to New York City to live the high life at the Waldorf Astoria. After a drunken night with a Yale student, reality comes crashing down, and Paul’s longings are crushed in a wrenching finale.

Scored for a nine-piece orchestra and seven singers,  Paul’s Case premiered in April 2013 at Arlington, Virginia-based Urban Arias, earning rave reviews from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  Gregory Spears’s compositional style blends romanticism, minimalism, and early music; his work has been called “astonishingly beautiful” (New York Times), and “some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory” (Boston Globe). His current projects include a new completion of Mozart’s Requiem, commissioned by Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra, to premiere in Fall 2013.

Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Stage Director George Cederquist directs Paul’s Case. Specific casting and other details will be announced in August 2013. All tickets are $40 in advance, available exclusively to Pittsburgh Opera season ticket buyers until August 26.

Pittsburgh Opera’s celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013-14 with OPERA FOR A NEW AGE, a mix of long-beloved operas and new favorites. Established by five intrepid women in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, an acclaimed artist training program, and a progressive outlook toward the future. Its green initiative culminated in LEED® Silver certification for its Strip District headquarters, and its capacity as a true community partner has increased significantly under General Director Christopher Hahn’s leadership. Tickets for the 2013-2014 season start at just $12.

2013-14 Season
AIDA •• October 12 – 20, 2013
THE MAGIC FLUTE •• November 9 – 17, 2013
DARK SISTERS •• January 25 – February 2, 2014
SECOND STAGE PROJECT: PAUL’S CASE •• February 22 – March 2, 2014
LA BOHÈME •• March 26 – April 6, 2014
ORPHÉE •• April 26 – May 4, 2014

For ticket information visit our website www.pittsburghopera.org or call (412) 281-0912
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Lady Windermere's Fan at PICT




More Modern Milieu for Lady Windermere’s Fan
**Alan Stanford adapts and directs Oscar Wilde’s comic gem **
***Featuring Leo Marks, Nike Doukas, Jodi Gage and John DeMita in 17-member cast ***

Pittsburgh, PA – UPDATE July 3, 2013. Renowned Oscar Wilde expert Alan Stanford, PICT’s interim Producing Artistic Director, will direct his adaptation of the great Irish playwright’s comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan. Wilde’s play, first produced in 1892 in London, satirizes the morality of Victorian society. Stanford has moved the setting forward in time to 1947; in post-World-War II London, Wilde’s language and ridicule of high-society still resonate. Oscar Wilde was not so much a writer of polite English comedy, but rather a biting Irish satirist who lampooned the social absurdities and prejudices of the English upper classes, prejudices that lasted well into the Twentieth Century. This production, which runs July 11 through July 27, is PICT’s third show of the season, and features a cast of 17 actors.

Stanford continues to build his reputation as a skilled interpreter of the plays of Oscar Wilde. He has been the principal interpreter of Wilde at the renowned Gate Theatre of Dublin as both an actor and director. He has, at various times, directed and appeared in all of the major plays of Wilde, including the role of Lady Bracknell at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and here at PICT.  Stanford just finished directing PICT’s second show of the season, The Kreutzer Sonata. His previous directing credits include works by Shakespeare, Molière, Noel Coward, Shaw, and Brecht. He directed PICT’s record-breaking production of the Sherlock Holmes’s mystery The Mask of Moriarty in 2011. Following Lady Windermere’s Fan, he will direct Don Juan Comes Back from the Warwhich PICT will present in August.

Nike Doukas returns to PICT to play Mrs. Erlynne, a mysterious woman whom Lady Windermere believes is seducing her husband. Doukas most recently appeared on the PICT stage in David Ives’ The School for Lies in December 2012. She played Anna inIvanov as well as directing and acting in the short plays of Funny Chekhov during PICT’s Chekhov Celebration last summer.

Also returning from the Chekhov Celebration is Leo Marks, who is playing Lord Windermere in his fourth season at PICT. His past PICT credits include Betrayal, The Hothouse, The Importance of Being Earnest, House and Garden and Three Sisters. His 2012 PICT performances in The Bear, Ivanov and The School for Lies were recognized with a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year award.

John DeMita returns to PICT to play Lord Darlington after his 2011 performance in Race.  Other theatre credits include the Andak Stage Company, The Hollywood Bowl, Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Intiman Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Pacific Resident Theatre, where he is a founding member. DeMita is a graduate of Yale University and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Jodi Gage will begin her first season with PICT playing the suspicious Lady Windermere, who believes her husband is having an affair. Other Pittsburgh credits include The REP, Pittsburgh CLO and the Theatre Factory.  Gage is a Performing Artistic Affiliate, as well as Managing Director of Mozawa, an international company that creates original works of interdisciplinary art.

PICT welcomes back Martin Giles, Helena Ruoti, James FitzGerald and David Whalen.

Martin Giles is in his 12th season with PICT, with credits including The School for Lies, Ivanov, The Mask of Moriarty, House & Garden, The Importance of Being Earnest, The History Boys, What the Butler Saw and The Gigli Concert, which helped earned him a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year award. Most recently he wowed audiences with his one-man tour de force performance in PICT’s The Kreutzer Sonata. Giles will direct A Skull in Connemara for PICT in September, and in December, he’ll reprise his role as Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood.

Helena Ruoti is in her seventh season with PICT.  Previous PICT credits include Ivanov, School for Lies, Afterplay, House and Garden, Antony & Cleopatra, The Seagull, Hamlet, Heartbreak House, King Lear, Rock N Roll and What the Butler Saw.

James FitzGerald is in his 6th season with PICT. Other Pittsburgh credits include the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Quantum Theater and Bricolage. He was acknowledged by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his work in the Best of Pittsburgh 2011 and 2012. With many credits in Chicago, FitzGerald is also the recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, a Jeff Citation and an After Dark Award.

David Whalen is in his 8th season with PICT. He has performed in more than twenty productions for PICT, including the Chekhov Celebration, Pinter Festival, Julius Caesar, Stuff Happens, Doubt, Salome, King Lear, Pride & Prejudice and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a role he reprised at The Repertory of St Louis, winning the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor.  His Pittsburgh credits include Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Quantum, The REP and Barebones Productions. In 2012, he was named the MVP Performer by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well as being recognized as Performer of the Year for 2007.  Whalen will be appearing in PICT’s productions of Don Juan Comes Back from the War in August, and he will reprise his role as Sherlock Homes in Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood in December.

Returning after her PICT debut last year, Colette Freiwald performed in Three Sisters and Ivanov. A graduate of Point Park University, she performed in Room Service and The Hostage, and she recently performed with Prime Stage in Walk Two Moons.

Lisa Ann Goldsmith was last seen on the PICT stage in Jane Eyre, and other PICT credits include The Shaughraun and Pride & Prejudice. Pittsburgh credits include Unseam’d Shakespeare, Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum Theatre and The REP.

Dylan Marquis Meyers is returning to PICT after his performance in The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011. He is in his junior year in the drama department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Six actors will be making their PICT debuts: Lily Davis, Jordan Ross Weinhold, Heidi Friese, Casey Jordan, Hannah Morris, Luke Halferty.

Lily Davis is a recent graduate of Point Park University this May, where she performed in The School for Scandal and TheCrucible. Her performance as Jane in 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick with Caravan Theatre Group earned her a mention in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2012.

Jordan Ross Weinhold is recently graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University, where he performed in The Producers and played opposite Lily Davis in The School for Scandal. Lily and Weinhold play opposite each other again in Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Heidi Friese is also a recent graduate of Point Park University, where her credits include Evita, Peter and the Wolf, A Chorus Line, M33 and The Producers.
A recent graduate of Wright State University, Casey Jordan’s university credits include The Merchant of Venice, Anything Goes,and The Phantom of the Opera.

Hannah Morris is in her junior year at Point Park University.
Also in his junior year at Point Park University, Luke Halferty appeared there in The School for Scandal, and he just completed his debut performance with the St. Vincent Theatre in Latrobe.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
Lady Windermere’s Fan
The play, the first of Wilde’s quartet of social satires, was first presented in 1893. It proved an instant success and established Wilde as a major playwright. Although greeted as a delightful comedy by the West End society of late Victorian London, it is in fact a thinly-veiled attack on the hypocrisy of what was called Good Society.

In this play, as in others from his pen, Wilde took the relatively unusual step of centering the plot around two female characters and proved himself every bit as adept at this as his contemporaries, Shaw and Ibsen.
The plot is simple enough. A young wife, married to an aristocrat of previously blameless character finds that he has been financially supporting a woman of dubious reputation. His refusal to explain drives her to take desperate steps. And yet, the safety of her own reputation in this world of privilege and prejudice and the avoidance of a scandal that could ruin her life hangs on the behavior of the very woman she suspects.
PICT Theatre (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre)  was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production.  PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh and PICT productions at The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

FACT SHEET -  Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Alan Stanford

Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial
4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Cast: John DeMita, Nike Doukas, Jodi Gage, James FitzGerald, Martin Giles, Leo Marks, Helena Ruoti, Lily Davis, Colette Freiwald, Heidi Friese, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Luke Halferty, Casey Jordan, Dylan Marquis Meyers, Hannah Morris, Jordan Ross Weinhold, David Whalen


Design Team: Michael Essad (scenic design); Joan Markert (costume design); Cat Wilson (lighting design); Steve Shapiro (sound design); Johnmichael Bohach (properties)

Performance Schedule:
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm
Saturday, July 27 at 2pm and 8pm

First Week:         Thursday and Friday, July 11 & 12, 8:00 pm – Previews
                                Saturday, July 13, 8:00 pm – Opening Night
                                Sunday, July 14, 2:00 pm – Talkback following performance
Second Week:    Wednesday* – Saturday, July 17-20, 8:00 pm
                                Sunday, July 21, 2:00 pm
Third Week:       Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. (Early Tuesday** performance)
                                Wednesday-Friday, June 24-26, 8:00 p.m.
                                Saturday, July 27, 2:00 pm - Matinee performance
Saturday, July 27, 8:00 pm – Final performance
*Pre-show lecture begins at 7:00 pm in The Charity Randall Theatre.
**Early Tuesday includes 6:00 pm happy hour – free food buffet + drink specials -- hosted at Joe Mama’s Restaurant, 3716 Forbes Ave. 15213)


PICT Special Events   (Free of Charge)

Talkback
Sunday, July 14, following the 2:00 p.m. performance includes director Alan Stanford and the cast of Lady Windermere’s Fan

Pre-Show Lecture
Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.


Subscription Packages:                            $222 - $258 (Standard prices; flex plans available)
Single Tickets:                                               $25-$48 ($20 under age 26 with valid ID)
                                                                                Prices do not include Handling Fees      

Pick, purchase and print your tickets online at www.picttheatre.org,
or call 412-561-6000

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NATAS Elects New Leaders

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Announces Election of New Leaders for 2013-2015
Area television executives will promote creative leadership and education in their positions

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Announces Election of New Leaders for 2013-2015
Area television executives will promote creative leadership and education in their positions

PITTSBURGH – The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the election of new leaders to its Executive Committee and Board of Governors. David Solomon, WQED-TV Executive Producer of local production in Pittsburgh, has been elected to serve as the chapter’s president. Solomon is recognized for writing and producing some of WQED’s most compelling documentaries including nationally-distributed “Long Road Home” in 2011. Before joining WQED in 2000, Solomon spent 13 years as a news and programming producer at KDKA-TV. He served as NATAS Awards Chair for four years and a Governor-At-Large for two years. Solomon is the chapter’s first president from Pittsburgh.

Along with Solomon, the following officers have also been elected to serve a one-year term.

Serving on the Executive Committee for NATAS Mid-Atlantic Chapter for 2013-14 will be:

Vice President – Michelle Bradsher, Director of Marketing and Communications, Melmark
Bradsher has more than a decade of television news experience. Her previous experience includes Variety Club, executive producer at NBC10, and producing positions at CBS3 and WGHP in Greensboro, N.C. Bradsher lives in Havertown.

Treasurer – John Mussoni, Managing Editor of Delaware, WHYY-TV and Newsworks.org
Mussoni has served tours of duty for the Comcast Network (CN8) as news director and WTXF-TV (Fox 29) as executive producer and news director. He began working in Philadelphia television as assignment manager of WCAU-TV, and is proud of the fact that he used to send Brian Williams around the state of New Jersey looking for news in the Garden State.

Secretary – Courtney Brinkerhoff, CBR Productions
Brinkerhoff began her career working in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau. After coming to Philadelphia and working with the Philadelphia Inquirer, she became executive producer of “The Ten O’clock News” at Fox 29. Her specialty has evolved into producing fundraising videos for non-profits and independent schools through her own production business, CBR Productions. Brinkerhoff lives in West Chester.

In addition to the new officers, the new Board of Governors that will serve a two-year term (2013-2015) will be:

Dave Bohman, WNEP
Anne Linaberger, KDKA
Mike Oliveira, WPXI
Drew Speier, WBRE
Karen Thomas, Neumann University
Andrew Wheeler, CBS3
Jeff Baxter, Noir Worldwide
Chris Papst, WHP CBS21
Matt Roth, WFMZ
Wanda Swanson, NJEA

About NATAS Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic NATAS is a non-profit, professional association with 650 members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware representing more than 32 television stations, numerous cable companies and programmers, as well as independent producers, production facilities and educational institutions. Please visit the website, www.natasmid-atlantic.org, for information about membership benefits and programs.

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Young Entrepreneurs Present Business Plans in Regional Competition

For Media Stories/Interest
June 8, 2013


2013 George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan Competition

After several rounds of pitching business ideas to a variety of volunteer judges, the 28 competitors in this year event narrowed down to the top three (3) finalists in two divisions:

The Up-Start Division ---for young people in the early stage of developing and forming their business concept (generally in our introduction level program).  Products and services are in “prototype” development, relying greatly upon preliminary feedback from potential consumers regarding quality, value and pricing.

The Start-Up Division—for young owners who have actually started their enterprise and have a year or more of direct experience with consumer sales, revenue generation and management.

The three finalists presented their business plans and pitched judges in their respective division’s final round on June 6, 2013 at the Rivers Club

The outcome is as follows:


Up-Start Division
First place finalist:    Derica Sanchez, Founder of DERI.
The business creates custom designed dog collars.  Derica is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program at Urban Pathways Charter School where she is  completing 10th grade.

Start Up Division
First place finalists is Megan Boboige,  Founder of Meg’s Photo Booth
The business sells Meg’s photographs printed in high resolution on canvas.  Meg is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program in Beaver County delivered through a partnership with the Franklin Center and the Community College of Beaver County.  Meg is completing the 11th grade at Moon Area High School.

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Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust,
412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org

Diana Roth – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust,
412-471-1578 / Roth@TrustArts.org


COSMOPOLITAN PITTSBURGH 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Midnight

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partner Board and Cosmo Host Committee, announced the 7th annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh presented by Consol Energy will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013. Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, the Cultural District’s biggest summer celebration, celebrates The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s leadership in the ongoing development of Pittsburgh’s award-winning Cultural District.

Co-chaired by Katherine Leech Vollen and Laura Seifert, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh has something fun for everyone.  “Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh is the best night of the year.   I look forward to this exciting event every summer.  The event is truly a celebration of Pittsburgh.  There will be delicious food prepared by talented Pittsburgh chefs, amazing artwork created exclusively for the event by local artists, captivating live performances, and the most energetic dance party in the city.  I can’t wait to see what our creative event architect, Thommy Conroy, has planned for this year,” shared Katherine Leech Vollen. Laura Seifert added that Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh is “sure to be the Best Dinner and Dance Party of the summer.”

Immediately following the Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl, guests are invited to attend the Cosmo VIP Dinner and a Dance Party to be held on the Byham Theater stage at 101 Sixth Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s cosmic theme invites attendees to voyage beyond the Earth’s atmosphere to a lunar party in the Pittsburgh Cultural District via a journey to the moon at an all-inclusive evening that is out of this world.
Tickets for Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh are: $95 for the 7:00 p.m. VIP Dinner (at a secret location to be revealed at check-in) and $45 for the 9:00 p.m.  Dance Party at the Byham Theater.  The VIP Dinner features a dinner and cocktails spread curated by Pittsburgh’s finest chefs, music performed by the sensational Boilermaker Jazz Band and a dazzling private art show. The Dance Party offers sinful desserts, cocktails, interactive amusements and dancing until midnight on the Byham Theater stage to the sounds of DJ Adam Salter.

Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh is presented by Consol Energy with additional support from UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Alpha Graphics, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Jackson Lewis, ParenteBeard, Southwest Airlines and Yelp! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit TrustArts.org/cosmo or call the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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CLO Holds Auditions for Judge Jackie Justice


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Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 x224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org



Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for the Staged Reading of
Judge Jackie Justice, The Trials of Love

What                        
Auditions for a staged reading of the new musical Judge Jackie Justice, The Trials of Love, directed by Van Kaplan.  Principals must be available September 30, 2013 – October 5, 2013.

Who          
Five actors who can sing well for a staged reading of a new musical.

JACKIE (Female - 50s):                  
Mezzo, Belt.  Sharp witted, cynical television judge.

HENRY (40s):
Tenor.  Jackie’s mild-mannered, insecure bailiff.                  

SHANE (40s):                      
Baritone. Smarmy television executive. Also plays several small roles, Including Jackie’s pompous ex-husband, a government agent, a ventriloquist and a zombie .

WOMAN #1 (20’S-30’S):  
Versatile Singer, mix and belt abilities. Plays a variety of roles.

MAN # 1 (20’S-30’S):        
Versatile Tenor.  Plays a variety of roles.    
         
When
By appointment – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 27 at the CLO Academy.
Callbacks will be Sunday, July 28
Please call or email to schedule an audition time.

Where
Pittsburgh CLO Academy
130 Academy Avenue, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
                                 
Requirements
•         Auditioners should prepare two songs of their best material; one uptempo and one ballad.  Bring legible sheet music in the correct key.
•         Applications can be downloaded from our website, www.pittsburghclo.org/pages/clo_auditions or picked up at the audition.
•         Requests for an audition appointment should be e-mailed to CabaretAuditions@pittsburghclo.org, and include a preferred time range, which will be honored as sign-ups permit.  If e-mail is not available, please call 412-281-3973 x 234. E-mail is highly preferred.


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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars,the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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YWCA Addresses Violence Against Women


YWCA Addresses Violence Against Women


Violence against women, in its many forms, has no demographic boundaries.  It is known to all age groups, all races, all religions, and all socioeconomic backgrounds.  A woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States, and 700,000 women are raped every year.  No community is immune, and violence against women is a serious problem around the globe.  According to the World Bank, at least one out of every five women in the world has been physically abused or sexually assaulted.  (Source: YWCA USA Week Without Violence.)

On August 29, 2013, from 12:00-1:00pm, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Pirates will create emergency kits for greater Pittsburgh domestic violence shelters and organizations.  These kits will contain new/unopened personal hygiene and toiletry items, sorted and stored in individual Ziploc bags, for safe and easy distribution to women and children at the residential facilities and shelters.  Staff/volunteers from the shelters will also be on hand to accept larger household items that will allow women and children to create their own living spaces free from violence and abuse.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh asks for your donations during the months of June, July and August for the new/unopened items listed below. Donations will be shared with the following organizations: Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center, Inc.; Crisis Center North; Womansplace, Inc.; Women’s Center and Shelter; and YWCA Women’s Resource Center.

Please deliver all donations to the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh (305 Wood St, downtown Pittsburgh) through 11:00 AM on August 29, 2013:

New bed sheets (single and double)
New underwear (boys) and robes (ladies)
Diapers & pull-ups (all sizes)
New bath &  hand towels (all colors/sizes)
Bathroom mats and rugs
Kitchen towels and utensils
Silverware, can openers, dishes

Gas and grocery gift cards
Educational toys and books (T-5 yrs)
Travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner
Deodorant and wash cloths
Other small personal care hygiene items
Gently used small appliances (alarm clocks,  hair dryers, coffee makers)
New child and adult sized PJs

Domestic violence impacts countless women and children in southwestern Pennsylvania; educating the public and providing community resources are critical steps in eliminating abuse.  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race and Gender Equity is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to raise awareness about domestic violence in our own region. We invite you to join us in ending all forms of violence against women.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is located in downtown Pittsburgh (412.391.5100) and Homewood-Brushton (412.361.6433).
 

 
Ms. Mell Steven-Cosnek
Program Manager
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Center for Race and Gender Equity
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1466 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)
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Pt Park Announces Playhouse Jr Season


For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013

Family favorite ‘Wind in the Willows,’ award-winning ‘Hush,’ hit musical ‘Spelling Bee’ highlight Playhouse Jr.’s 65th season

PITTSBURGH – Playhouse Jr., Point Park University’s family and children’s theatre company and the nation’s second oldest continuously running children’s theatre company, will celebrate its 65th season with three engaging productions that can be enjoyed by all ages.

The 2013-2014 season features two musicals – The Wind in the Willows and the ever-popular Tony Award-winning 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – and an allegorical drama, Hush: An Interview with America.

Playhouse Jr. will offer performances for school and community groups on weekday mornings, May 7 – June 6, 2014, and public performances on weekends May 10 – June 8, 2014.

Playhouse Jr. field trip tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, and cost $6. Subscriptions and single tickets will go on sale Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Subscription packages are $15, single tickets $7 each. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. To order a season subscription, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office by phone 412.392.8000, or online atwww.pittsburghplayhouse.com.

The season:

The Wind in the Willows
Adaptation, Music and Lyrics by Douglas Post
Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame
Appropriate for K-4th grade

Field Trip Performances: May 7-30, 2014
Public Performances: Weekends, May 10-25, 2014
Rockwell Theatre

A beloved children’s tale, The Wind and the Willows tells the story of four animal friends exploring the English countryside. The friends, with Mr. Toad at the helm, set off on an adventure that teaches them great lessons about morality and friendship. This classic tale has been adapted for the stage in a delightful musical format by Douglas Post.

Hush: An Interview with America
By James Still
Appropriate for 5th-7th grade

Field Trip Performances: May 8-30, 2014
Public Performances: Weekends, May 10-25, 2014
Studio Theatre

What can Maggie Parks see that the rest of the world cannot? When a national news reporter thinks she’s found a great feel-good story about the young girl with mystical visions from Hush, Kansas, the attention has uncomfortable consequences. Using rich symbolism and surreal imagery, Hush is an allegory about growing up, individuality and the perils of celebrity.

James Still is a nationally recognized writer of theatre for family audiences. He has received the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award for Distinguished Body of Work and Hush was selected as an ASSITEJ Outstanding International Play for Young Audiences. He also was a finalist for a Humanitas Prize for his work as a writer for the Nickelodeon television series, Little Bear.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Appropriate for 8th grade and older

Field trip performances: May 22-June 6, 2014
Public performances: Weekends, May 24-June 8, 2014
Rauh Theatre

Spelling Bee creates a world of pedantic teens and sophomoric humor that The New York Times called “irresistible and entirely lovable.” The squeaky clean tradition of the county spelling bee gets a fresh treatment when the gawky contestants - including four selected audience members - compete for local glory, their parents’ affection and, of course, cash. Along the way, they learn the value of doing the best they can and enjoying what they do. Oh, and how to spell C-A-P-Y-B-A-R-A.

In 2005, Spelling Bee racked up two Tony Awards (Original Broadway Production: Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical), three Drama Desk Awards (Original Off-Broadway Production: Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and Outstanding Director of a Musical), and two Lucille Lortel Awards (Original Off-Broadway Production: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actor). Spelling Bee contains some adult content and is recommended for audiences ages 13 and older.

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Contact:
Ramesh Santanam | Director of Marketing & Public Relations
rsantanam@pointpark.edu | 412.392.8106

Laura Greenawalt | Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
lgreenawalt@pointpark.edu | 412.392.3175

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Kopit & Yeston's Phantom Mesmerizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aja Jones
ajones@pittsburghclo.org
412-281-3973 x224

Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom
Brings the Paris Opera House to Pittsburgh CLO June 21

Pittsburgh, PA • June 13, 2013 – Audiences will be mesmerized by the classic score in Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom June 21- 30 at the Benedum Center.  Phantom is back by popular demand and will feature an incredible cast comprised of Broadway stars and Pittsburgh CLO veterans.

From the Tony Award®-winning team of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit comes the exquisite masterpiece, Phantom. Based on Gaston Leroux’s timeless love story, Phantom delves into the star-crossed story of the disfigured musical genius known as the Phantom Erik, and his muse, Christine Daaé, the exciting and beautiful ingénue of the Paris Opera. Their musical affair unfolds deep in the catacombs of the Opera house, where Erik finds salvation in Christine’s breathtaking voice. The incredible score features “Home,” “You Are My Own,” and “My True Love.”

ABOUT THE CAST
Ron Bohmer as Phantom

Ron Bohmer (Phantom/Erik) has numerous Broadway/Tour credits including: The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (NBTA nom.), Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Jefferson Award nom.), Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, Alex in Aspects Of Love (Robby award), Enjolras in Les Misérables, Fyedka inFiddler on the Roof, Father in the Tony®-nominated revival of Ragtime, Fred in A Little Night Music, Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical. Recent Regional - Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, El Gallo in The Fantasticks for the Cincinnati Playhouse (Acclaim Award – Best Actor), and George inSunday in the Park With George for the Rep of St. Louis (Theatre Critics Circle Award, Best Actor). Recordings - two solo CD’s, Everyman and Another Life and numerous cast recordings. Ron is a frequent soloist with symphony orchestras across the country.  www.ronbohmer.com

Donna Lynne Champlin as La Carlotta

Donna Lynne Champlin (La Carlotta) is returning to Pittsburgh CLO.  Her previous CLO credits include: Mame (Gooch), Full Monty (Georgie), Jolson (Ruby), A Christmas Carol (Belle), Fame(Serena), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Evita (Mistress). Broadway: Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves, James Joyce’s The Dead. Off Broadway: Dark at the Top of the Stairs (OBIE Award), Working (Drama Desk Award), Master Class at the MET, See Rock City, Pride and Prejudice (NYMF award), City Center Encores! Bloomer Girl, Carnegie Hall’s Very Warm For May.  Various TV/Film/recordings. CMU Drama (BFA). www.donnalynnechamplin.com

Jeff Howell (Inspector LeDoux) was recently seen as the Captain in The Sound of Music (PMT): CLO shows include Sunset Boulevard (DeMille), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Jekyll and Hyde (Poole), A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth),Bells are Ringing (Dr. Kitchell), Pajama Game (Prez); other credits include Candide (Dr. Pangloss), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.

Ken Land (Alaine Cholet) has appeared in the Broadway/Off-Broadway/Tour casts of numerous shows including: Promises, Promises, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Victor/Victoria, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Legally Blonde, The Gig, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, The SecretGarden and Evita.  Regional: MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Indiana Rep, Maine State, etc. Television: “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under,” “Law and Order(s),” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Judging Amy,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Star Trek Voyager” and “Strong Medicine.”

Erin Mackey and Ron Bohmer
Erin Mackey (Christine Daaé) was last seen on Broadway in Chaplin: The Musical as Oona O’Neill. She has also appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes as Hope Harcourt and in Sondheim on Sondheim.  Her Broadway debut was as Glinda in Wicked after having performed the role in the Chicago and Los Angeles companies. Off Broadway, she appeared in I Remember Mama as Katrin at the York Theatre. Film and television credits include The Parent Trap, “Gossip Girl” and “Blue Bloods.” She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Long Beach Symphony and Florida Orchestra.

Bryant Martin as Count Phillipe de Chandon and Erin Mackey as Christine

Bryant Martin (Count Phillipe de Chandon) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. His New York credits include: Tom in The Other Man at Theatre Row, Brad in Victor Victorious at The Flea.  Regional:  Curly in Oklahoma! at Lyric Stage in Irving and Musical Theatre West, Thomas Jefferson in 1776 at Lyric Stage in Irving, John Paul Jones in Frank Loesser’s Pleasures and Palaces, Tellig in Sedition and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol both at the Westport Country Playhouse. www.bryant-martin.com.

Paul Palmer (Minister of Culture) appears in his 58th Pittsburgh CLO musical, reprising the role he performed in the 1998 CLO Phantom production. A veteran of 34 CLO summer seasons, Mr. Palmer was the Preacher in last week's production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Abner Dillon in this season's first production, 42nd Street.

Jamie Ross (Gerard Carriére) joins Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. His Broadway credits include: Beauty and the Beast, The Tale of the Allergists’ Wife, 1776, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles, Woman of the Year; 42nd Street; Oh, Coward in NY and London.  National Tours: Beauty and the Beast; Jekyll and Hyde, Phantom of the Opera, Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees in the US and London. He was in the Paris production of Hello, Dolly and recently appeared in the Pre-Broadway production of The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis.

Peter Matthew Smith (Jean-Claude) just closed the first National Tour of Memphis the Musicaland now returns home to Pittsburgh. Broadway: Rent, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Cry Baby. Other Pittsburgh CLO credits include Joseph… (Pharaoh), The Student Prince (Tarnitz) and A Musical Christmas Carol (Fred).

Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom is complete with a talented ensemble, including Keely Beirne, Sarah Blodgett, Erick Buckley, Margaret Carr, Jesse Carrey-Beaver, Max Clayton, Lucas Fedele, Michael Greer, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Zanny Laird, Isabelle McCalla, Trevor McQueen, Connor McRory, Laura Melchiorre, Casi Riegle, Jonalyn Saxer, Gavin Stewart and Paul Victor.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Barry Ivan (Director/Choreographer) has a wide range of national and international credits from directing at the German State Opera to guest directing at Yale. Mr. Ivan’s  productions of The Full Monty andHairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical, and Mr. Ivan has been IRNE nominated as Best Director for Les Misérables and Nine. His Pittsburgh CLO directing highlights include Sunset Boulevardstarring Liz Callaway, Company starring Malcolm Gets, Anything Goes starring Carolee Carmello, A Little Night Music co-starring Dee Hoty and Beth Leavel, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, West Side Storyand Les Misérables.  Actively involved in new works, Mr. Ivan had the pleasure of directing the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical, starring this evening's Phantom, Ron Bohmer, and working alongside Phantom's composer, Maury Yeston, when he staged In the Beginning.

Tom Helm (Music Director) is returning for his 18th season with Pittsburgh CLO. On Broadway, he has conducted the revival of Brigadoon, Cats, Me and My Girl, Les Misérables and Souvenir. Tom was musical director of the First National Tour of Cats, Radio City’s 5-6-7-8 Dance!, and television programs such as “Crazy for You” and the “Today Show.” Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national productions.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom is based off of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.  Actor/Director Geoffery Holder approached the duo about the project after their musical Nine won the Tony Award® for Best Musical in 1982.

Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston had just completed writing their musical when they read an article in Variety announcing a new musical production, The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. After The Phantom of the Opera became a huge hit in London, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced plans to take the show to Broadway. Webber’s announcement caused Kopit and Yeston’s Broadway investors to back out.  In the early 1990’s Arthur Kopit was hired to adapt Phantom as a miniseries for NBC, which was a success.

Phantom was finally produced by Theater Under the Stars in 1991. Although the musical has never been to Broadway, it has been produced over 1,000 times worldwide.  

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Arthur Kopit (Book) is a three time Tony Award® nominee for Best Play, Indians,1970; Best Play,Wings, 1979 and Best Book of a Musical, Nine, 1982.  He is a two time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his plays Wings and Indians.  Mr. Kopit won the Drama Desk Award in 1962 for his play Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad and was nominated for another Drama Desk Award for his play Wings in 1979.

Maury Yeston (Music and Lyrics) has worked as a composer, lyricist, author and teacher. He has won two Tony Awards®, for Best Original Score for Nine in 1982 and Best Original Musical Score for Titanic in 1997.  He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for Nine in 1982.  Mr. Yeston’s score for Grand Hotel was nominated for a Tony Award® and two Drama Desk Awards. In 2012 he was named an Honorary Ambassador of The Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Performance schedule for Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom

Friday June 21 8:00 p.m.
Saturday June 22 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday June 23 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 25 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 26 8:00 p.m.
Thursday June 27 8:00 p.m.
Friday June 28 8:00 p.m.
Saturday June 29 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday June 30 2:00 p.m.


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

Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity PNC Spotlight Series for its sponsorship of Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom, and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV.

Media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting the Press Room atpittsburghCLO.org. When prompted, simply enter “pressroom” as the username and “pittstadium” as the password.

Photos by Matt Polk

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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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Summer Gallery Crawl Schedule Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:

Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
(412) 471-1578, Miles@TrustArts.org

Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
(412) 471-8717, Roth@TrustArts.org



SUMMER GALLERY CRAWL ANNOUNCED FOR
THE CULTURAL DISTRICT WITH EXTENDED HOURS

Friday, July 12, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the date and time for its July Gallery Crawl today.  On Friday, July 12, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the crawl will showcase a wide variety of thought provoking art exhibitions in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  Live bands, DJs, dance, comedy, and participatory activities are also part of the complimentary happenings during the crawl.

 “Visitors can enjoy spending their summer evening in the Cultural District with over 30 event stops during the Gallery Crawl. Catch a free ride around the District on a Green Gears Pedicab!  A few highlights include new exhibit openings at Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 707 and 709 Penn Galleries.  Music is a big part of the evening as well,” comments Darcy Kucenic, Director of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh & Manager of Education and Operations with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Performing at Katz Plaza, The Amigos Band, hailing from New York City, blends unique harmonies from bluegrass to jazz to create their collaborative American music.  In 2013, the Amigos were chosen to serve as American Cultural Ambassadors for the American Music Abroad program by the U.S. Department of State.  Touring the U.S. for the first time, Muzička will perform traditional Czech folk music, outdoors at 8th Street and Penn Avenue.  Flo Wilson and the Old School Band will have gallery crawl patrons dancing at the August Wilson Center.

After the Crawl, participants can attend one of these two ticketed events being produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on that same evening, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh at the Byham and Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern-live set at the Trust Arts Education Center.


Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public.  For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit,www.TrustArts.org or call (412) 456-6666.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is a production of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Education and Community Engagement Department.  Sponsors for the July 2013 Gallery Crawl include lead sponsor First Commonwealth, Pittsburgh City Paper, WYEP 91.3FM and Kreider Printing.

Photo by Joey Kennedy

The following is a line-up of Gallery Crawl events happening on Friday, July 12, 2013:

WOOD STREET GALLERIES
601 Wood Street
2nd floor:
Ryoji Ikeda: data.tron | An audiovisual installation where each single pixel of visual image is calculated by mathematical principles, and composed from a combination of mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. Images are projected onto a large screen, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and immersion.
3rd floor:
Title Town Soul & Funk Party | TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party's resident DJ Gordy G. spinning rare and underground soul, boogie, electro-funk and disco grooves.

SPACE
812 Liberty Avenue
Crowdsourced | Guest curator: Robert Raczka
Participating artists: Renee Ickes, Tom Sarver, Barbara Weissberger, Gabe Felice, William Kofmehl III, Lori Hepner, Shaun Slifer, Maritza Mosquera, Corey Escoto, Casey Droege, Paul Zelevansky, and Kim Beck.  Artists each create a large drawing directly on the walls of the gallery, which will be open to the public to both observe and suggest input into the artistic process. Music by DJ hi-top wrangler
WYEP Music Station | Live Remote Broadcast outside of SPACE

TITO WAY
Between Liberty Avenue & Penn Avenue | Perpendicular to Exchange Way
Mary Mazziotti: Memento Mori | A set of billboards reminding the viewer that life can be short and its end unpredictable. The four “obituary” pieces show that the banalities of life continue after death, and poor Bobo is caught in an endless loop from which there is no escape from Mr. Death.
Cell Phone Disco | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to go behind-the-scenes with this free, self-guided, cell phone audio tour of the Cultural District.  Learn historical and fun facts about theaters, galleries, and properties throughout these 14 blocks that now serve as a national model for urban revitalization utilizing the arts as a catalyst.
InformationLab | A surface that visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone. Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or receive a phone call in the vicinity of the installation.

SHAW GALLERIES
805 Liberty Avenue
Buffon: Argonaut of Our Natural World | An exhibition exploring the widespread influence of French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopedic author, Georges Louis Leclerc (1707-88), otherwise known as Count de Buffon. On display will be several selections from his magnum opus, Histoire Naturelle.

HARRIS THEATER
809 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents regionally made short films on a loop.
Tiny Harris Gallery | Tryps | A group photography show focusing on triptychs.

ARCADE COMEDY THEATER
811 Liberty Avenue Pop in for some laughs at the Arcade Comedy Theater in the Cultural District, featuring Pittsburgh’s best sketch, improvisational and alternative comedy year-round. Time to play!

CATHOLIC CHARITIES SUSAN ZUBNIK WELCOME CENTER
212 Ninth Street
Inspirations – an exhibition of cell phone images  | Students of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild curated and managed the entire process of this exhibition from developing a theme, creating a Call for Artists, managing submissions and designing an online exhibition of the submitted images.

AMAZING BOOKS
929 Liberty Avenue An independent bookstore with an amazing selection of awesome new and used books. Open until 7pm.

937 LIBERTY AVENUE

2nd floor:
Gold Standard presents: 15 Minutes of Shame
Artists Mary Smull from Philadelphia, Lizzy De Vita from Pittsburgh, and Brette Gabel from Toronto will present participatory and performative karaoke works throughout the night with the help of you, the viewer. Come show off your pipes or just watch.  Curated by Gold Standard (Casey Droege and Corey Escoto).

AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
980 Liberty Avenue        
Live Music by Flo Wilson & the Old School Band
Handmade Arcade | Join Handmade Arcade in celebrating a Decade of DIY. Grab a postcard with a "crafty" image outlined and color it in. Keep -- or send to a pal! Also, color and make a button!
The Art of Elizabeth Catlett from the Collection of Samella Lewis | Features more than 30 works: sculptures, drawings abd graphics by Catlett; three works by her husband, artist Francisco Mora, and artwork by her former student and friend, Dr. Samella Lewis.

Still Feel Like Goin’ On | Thirty photographs by students, depicting African American community heroes.
Call & Response | Paintings celebrating visual and performing arts by August Wilson Fellow Mariana Adele Vassar.

Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix | Flagship exhibition dedicated to honoring and preserving Black culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This modular exhibit uses imagery, film and oral history narratives to explore communities, cultures, and innovations.

TONIC
971 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor Gallery.  NOT UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE
Live Music by Brittany Morganrose
Breathe, Fly, and Think | A collection of new and favorite works by Photographer Crystal Marie Acker designed to stimulate your sense of freedom, relief, adventure, and nostalgia.

AUGUST HENRY'S CITY SALOON
946 Penn Avenue
Magic by Peter Corbett | Be prepared to be wowed!

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION
928 Penn Avenue
So You Think THAT’S Fair? | We all think we know what’s fair—but is your idea the same as hers?  Explore the symbols, the characters and the legal cases that have defined and changed American ideas about fairness and equality. Plus cookies!!

Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

URBAN PATHWAYS 6-12 GALLERY
914 Penn Avenue
Live Music by: Sounds of Steel Junior
Middle School Regional Art Exhibition | Featuring middle school students’ artwork from Urban Pathways Charter Schools, St. Edmund’s Academy, Propel East, Falk Laboratory School and Manchester Academic Charter School.

FUTURE TENANT
819 Penn Avenue
I N V E N T O R Y: The Orgone Archive, Pittsburgh 13 (2002-2013) | Showcasing a decade’s worth of promotion and propaganda in the form of posters, stickers and bits of paper created by The Orgone Archive for its cinema outings. Orgone is a motion picture archive and screening outfit based in Pittsburgh.

GREATER PITTSBURGH ARTS COUNCIL
810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200
carbon first, then light
Ivette Spradlin | A photography survey of three projects, from Habana, Cuba to Philadelphia, aptly binds this exploration of the artist’s past, alongside an attempt to illuminate the invisible inhabitants and mysterious everyday objects that surround us.

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WQED-FM Media Sponsor for WVU Keyboard Festival

WQED-FM TO BE THE MEDIA SPONSOR FOR WVU KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 24, 2013

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org


Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org


WQED-FM TO BE THE MEDIA SPONSOR FOR WVU KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

PITTSBURGH—WQED-FM 89.3 is the official media sponsor for West Virginia University’s Keyboard Festival to be held June 24–28 at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. With the desire to gather together outstanding pianists, piano teachers and keyboard artists throughout the nation, the event will feature a variety of concerts, both classical and jazz.

On Friday June 28th, Jim Cunningham, host of the QED Morning Show, will broadcast live from WVU Keyboard Festival. From 6-9am, Jim will be live from Bloch Hall in the Creative Arts Center on the WVU Campus with guest interviews and live performances. At 2pm, Jim Cunningham will host a live broadcast of the Keyboard Festival’s Classic Competition Winner’s Concert in Bloch Hall.

Aside from competitions and concerts, the festival is also including clinics, workshops, master classes and piano teacher panel discussions. For more information about the WVU Keyboard Festival, visit the event’s website at http://music.wvu.edu/keyboardfestival. WQED-FM 89.3’s broadcasts are made possible by WVU School of Music.


WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

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