Thursday, July 11, 2019

July Preview of Events

Summer Safari- Pittsburgh Zoo- July 26, 2019
Photo by Paul Selvaggio
Strolling past lions, elephants and giraffes in the African Savanna to the coral reefs in the PPG Aquarium and ending at Water’s Edge with cocktails, food and music, sounds like a perfect adventure. The Zoo’s annual fundraiser Summer Safari is an adult exploration of wildlife from around the world with animal encounters and even an opportunity to meet and greet giraffes Lewis and Sox.

So grab some safari attire and join me on July 26,2019 and “play” while you support the Zoo at Summer Safari. For tickets go to pittsburghzoo.org.

The Ara of Cool: The Art of John Van Hamersveld -Westmoreland Museum of American Art- July 20 - October 20, 2019

 The Era of Cool: The Art of John Van Hamersveld  is a celebration of pop art at the The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.  As the art director for Capitol Records, Van Hamersveld designed the iconic album covers for the Beatle’s “Magical Mystery Tour", The Greatful Dead’s “Skeleton in the Closet” and  concert posters for Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and many others. The Era of Cool will include  selections of Van Hamersveld’s album covers, poster designs, drawings, mural designs, photography and paintings.

 Join me for some “cool” at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art which  opens on July 20 and runs through October 20, 2019.The Museum admission is free. For museum hours and more information go to thewestmoreland.org.


Spamilton: An American Parody- Greer Cabaret Theater-runs until August 24, 2019


The January “ticket” in Pittsburgh was Hamilton and this summer "the  ticket" is CLO’s Spamilton: An American Parody at the intimate Greer Cabaret Theater.  This show "runneth over" with wit and a mashup of Broadway shows. The talented cast fills the stage with dance and rhythms of  rap, reggae, jazz and classic melodies. Spamilton is more like an atomic bomb of action that plays homage to the birth of  Hamilton and other Broadway shows. It is a cocktail of fun and laughs. 

Join me for a night of supersonic motion, wit and fun at Spamilton at the Greer Cabaret Theater. For tickets go to pittsburghclo.org

See Blog Post  here

WordPlay-Bricolage Theater-July 19-20, 2019

The Bricolage Theater  is synonymous  with “adventurous theater.” It is a forum were art can be pushed to new limits.   In WordPlay; actors, writers, and ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music.  This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin, as a  DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. This should be an intimate experience as  these strangers  share their  lives.



Join me for the creativity and intimacy of  WordPlay at the Bricolage Theater.  For tickets go to bricolagepgh.org.

Pittsburgh Symphony-Windborne’s Music of the Rolling Stones- Heinz Hall -
July 13, 2019

Windborne's Music of the Rolling Stones” is a classic rock symphonic show paying tribute to The Rolling Stones in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of albums Beggar’s Banquet and Let It Bleed The Symphony combines with a full rock band and vocalist, Brody Doyniuk, to perform tracks from  these albums (Sympathy For the Devil, Street Fighting Man) other classics (Let’s Spend the Night Together, Brown Sugar) and more.


Join me on July 13, 2019 for this symphonic rock experience and Rock n’ Roll with the Pittsburgh Symphony. For tickets go to pittsburghsymphony.org

The Free Summer Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District and Crawl After Dark  – July 12, 2019

The free summer  Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) features over 20 Crawl stops at various indoor and outdoor locations and public art places.  The Flow Band will be playing in the Agnes R. Katz Plaza (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm).  You can stroll through the Cultural District and explore  various exhibits: MYTHOLOGIES  (Wood Street Gallery) What We Don't Talk  (937 Gallery) Darkest Dark with live music by SPEED PLAN (707 Penn Gallery) and more.

Crawl After Dark begins at 10:00 p.m. with Salsa Friday at the Greer Cabaret Theater. FOOTWORK After Dark in the Trust Arts Education Center (805 Liberty Avenue) is an over 21 immersive dance party from 9:00 pm to midnight. (Tickets to this event are $25 and includes a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust one year Partners Membership, 1 drink + bites, cash bar). 

 Join me on July 12, 2019  for a celebration of art as you stroll the streets of the Cultural District and dance after dark.  For more information on the Gallery Crawl go to  https://crawl.trustarts.org/ and for all events go to  https://crawl.trustarts.org/events.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Day 336-Heightened Movie Experience with Rangos Giant Cinema (Carnegie Science Center) and Comfy Cinemark (North Hills)



These days thanks to streaming, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more (not to mention the improvements in television size and technology) movie theaters have to step it up to get our attention.  More often than not I burrow at home into my favorite chair, rest my legs on the ottoman under my grandma's knitted blanket, sip my favorite beverage and peruse the smorgasbord of movies on line. The heightened movie experiences of  Rangos Giant Cinema with its larger than life screen, and Cinemark (North Hills) with its comfy recliners, dissolves my desire to stay home on movie night.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Day 335- Spamilton: An American Parody- An Atomic Toast to Broadway-CLO




The January “ticket” in Pittsburgh was Hamilton and now we have a summer of CLO’s Spamilton: An American Parody at the intimate Greer Cabaret Theater.  This city, like others, was a bit crazed during the run of Hamilton and I wondered if this parody would just be a show riding on the coattails of a hit. Spamilton was more like an atomic bomb of action, song, wit, and dance that played homage to the birth of this musical and other Broadway shows. It was a cocktail of fun and laughter.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Day 333 Mingled Visions-Photographic Exploration of Native Americans past and present-Westmoreland Museum of American Art


Edward Curtis dedicated his life to making a record of Native North Americans 
 As a lover of art, I am always looking for new venues to explore my passion. I recently discovered  the Westmoreland Museum of American Art  in Greensburg (Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated  to American Art).  Admission is free in an effort to promote its mission to “share compelling and meaningful cultural experiences that open the door to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities.”  The exhibit, Mingled Visions, did just that by sharing the  Native American culture from both a historical and contemporary angle through the lenses of Edward Curtis  and Will Wilson.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Day 332 Billy Kidd "Bridging the Gap"-Liberty Magic Brings a Rainbow of Magical Experiences


Since February, Liberty Magic has  attracted distinguished slight of hand performers  to its intimate venue of 70 seats.  Entering a lobby that pays homage to Harry Houdini with a replica of his famous Chinese Water Torture Illusion, you are reminded that  your experience will take flight in the same block  where Houdini  captivated Pittsburgh crowds in 1916.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Day 331- Second Annual Cultured Cocktails at Benedum -A Toast to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  recently hosted their second annual cocktail party, Cultured Cocktails.  This was Pittsburgh’s biggest cocktail party with entertainment, signature drinks paired with food samples from over 15 trendy restaurants, and more.  I was excited to raise a glass and  toast  the Trust that has enriched this city with inventive and diverse programming in music, dance, theater, art, jazz and even magic. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Day 330-“Plunge In” at Lauderdale By the Sea- A Convenient way to Relax or Find an Adventure Anytime of the Year


 Lauderdale By The Sea (LBTS) is a gem of a place where you can get away from Pittsburgh and not break the piggy bank. Since my discovery, I have repeated my excursions in every season because it’s a place with the perfect cocktail of small town and adventure. The Plunge Beach Hotel with its artistic flair, location and amenities, makes it convenient to  “plunge into” some relaxation and fun at this destination

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Day 329 -Pittsburgh Opera- Don Pasquale-Season Ends with a Party



I have become a new fan of  opera in this empty nest period and have added the Pittsburgh Opera to my list of repeated theatrical experiences.  I have learned that in most operas  the bold melodies accompany dramatic scenes and tragic endings. The Pittsburgh Opera  switches it up by ending the 2018-19 season with  the Italian opera, Don Pasquale -a show that replaces a tragic ending with a party.  


Saturday, May 4, 2019

May Preview


Indecent-Pittsburgh Public Theater-April 18-May 19, 2019- O-Reilly Theater


Indecent is a play with traditional Jewish music that introduces the history of Yiddish Theater. It is based on a true story and tells the chronological highlights of a young Jewish writer’s 1906 play God of Vengeance written about the love between two women.  This play was wildly popular throughout  Europe but its edited  Broadway version caused controversy and jail time for the cast.

Join me for Indecent -a play with music- that introduces the Yiddish Theater experience. For tickets go to ppt.org.          .

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Day 328- Easter Sunrise Service at Lauderdale By the Sea- Peaceful Reflection and Renewal




Spring and Easter are reminders that something new is happening. Spring revitalizes our northern surroundings with sprouts  of green and the season’s first  daffodils and hyacinths, as Easter for many is a holiday that brings  personal revitalization.  


A few years ago, I stumbled upon Lauderdale by the Sea,  a beach town sandwiched between Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. It  is a  place that welcomes you and invites you to relax. I joined about 500 others at the town’s  annual  sunrise service on the beach for a few moments of peaceful refection and personal renewal.