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

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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.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Day 326-Pittsburgh Public Theater -A Doll’s House Part 2-A Period Comedy that Burst Open the Complexities of Marriage



A Doll's House Part 2 is an imagined sequel to Henrick Isben’s classic 1879 play, A Doll's House.  Isben ended his play (140 years ago) with Nora slamming the door as she left Torvald, her overbearing husband and three children. This was a gutsy and groundbreaking move for a character in the 1800’s. Many wondered what became of  Nora who was navigating
solo two centuries ago.

In  A Doll's  House Part 2 playwright Lucas Hnath picks up the story 15 years later. Nora not only survived on her own,but in many ways flourished. Her return stirs up the lives of those that she left behind in this comedic drama that contemplates the complex nature of marriage. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Day 325-Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra-Hector Berlioz's Damnation of Faust- Musical Powerhouse of Good and Evil



I have experienced the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in the past but never such a larger than life  production as  Hector Berlioz's  Damnation of Faust.   Manfred Honceck conducted 4 opera soloists, 170 choir members and the 98 piece Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  It was a  musical powerhouse performance of good and evil.  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March/April Preview


Midnight Radio-Wizard of Oz-Bricolage Theater-March 28-April 14, 2019


Midnight Radio recreates  The Wizard of Oz  in a 1940 radio show broadcast format complete with commercials and sound effects. You are part of the studio audience with a behind the scene view of  the inventive ways in which objects and voices are used to create a mental image of the story. It’s a window into the age of story telling radio of  the 1940’s.

There also is a free happy hour 30 minute before every show with  pre-show activities. 

(Join me for Midnight Radio’s The Wizard of Oz at Bricolage Theater and be part of the 1940’s radio studio audience on March 28-April 14, 2019.  Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for students. Opening night, March 28, 2019,  is Pay What You Like Night! and  you can reserve your seat for $5.00. For tickets go to  bricolagepgh.org or call 412 471-0999.)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Day 324- North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera --Enjoy the Music of the Night



The Phantom of  the Opera is a breathtaking visual and musical love story. It is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I saw the show in the 90’s and recall that is was “pure perfection” with a larger than life set that mirrored the spectacular musical score.  The North American Tour  with new set designs, choreography and special effects  brings back the drama of the  “Music of the Night ."

Reflection
Many of  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s compositions from this show have been revisited by symphonies and numerous accomplished voices (Think of Me,  The Phantom of the Opera, All I Ask of You ). When this music is combined with the dramatic story, it’s an explosive musical evening like no other.  

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Day 323 Magician Eric Jones at the New Liberty Magic- Now You See It Now You Don’t-It’s Impossible!




 Eric Jones kicks off the opening of Liberty Magic, a new space dedicated to the art of magic. Jones  was a top 12 semi-finalist on the television show America’s Got Talent where his sleight of hand illusions repeatedly mesmerized viewers and the judges earning the descriptions: “Brilliant” (Simon Cowell), a “Superhero” (Mel B.) and “Mindblowing” (Heidi Klum). I was excited to experience the Impossible “now you see it now you don’t” tricks of Eric Jones up close in this new intimate theater.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Day 322 Pittsburgh Public Theater- Shakespeare’s The Tempest- The Modern and Fantasy Worlds Collide

  
The Tempest, thought to be one of Shakespeare’s last plays, is the tapestry for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new Artistic Director, Marya Sea Kaminski’s  directorial debut. With an all-female cast and injecting a modern battle with breast cancer, Kaminski gives this 1600’s tale of  Prospero’s journey on a magical island  a new facelift.  Although I subscribe to the group that is not “Shakespeare savvy”, I was excited to experience Kaminski’s inventive collision of the modern world with the magical world in Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Day 321 The Great Gatsby-Pittsburgh Ballet -A Cinematic Drama Through Dance


The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite love stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald that takes place during the roaring 1920’s. The book was the  subject of two grand movies. In 1973 Robert Redford  portrayed Gatsby and Mia Farrow was Daisy, his love obsession. In 2013 it was remade with  Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a tale about a tragic love affair between married Daisy and the wealthy and mysterious Gatsby. The  Pittsburgh Ballet kicked off  it’s 50th Year Anniversary with this revised production of The Great Gatsby performed to a newly commissioned original score played by the PBT Orchestra.  I was excited to see the dance interpretation of this cinematic drama of passion, betrayal and obsessive love.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Day 320-A Concert at the Hard Rock Cafe-The Prince Project- Party Like it’s “1999”




When we hear music that was popular during our youth, we are transported back to that time remembering our past antics and the fun.  In the 80’s, I along with most of my girlfriends, had a crush on Prince after the release of the album (yes I said album) and the movie “Purple Rain”.  I never had the chance to see this pop rock virtuoso live. That is why I was excited to experience the Prince and the Revolution tribute band,  The Prince Project, recently at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Prince Project, transported the Hard Rock Cafe back to the 1980’s where this  sold out dancing crowd  seemed to be partying like it was “1999”. 
  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

February Events


Magician Eric Jones in Impossible at Liberty Magic-February 6 through March 17, 2019




The magician, Eric Jones with the show Impossible kicks off the opening of Liberty Magic, a new space dedicated to the art of magic. Eric Jones was a semi-finalist on the television show, America's Got’s Talent. He brings his sleight of hand illusions to this intimate 70 seat venue.  

Join me for an intimate night of magic from February 6 to March 17, 2019 at Liberty Magic (811 Liberty Ave). For tickets go to Trustarts.org.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Day 319- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The New Musical- The Golden Ticket to Pure Imagination




My blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Little Golden Book reminds us to “use your imagination”. That is just what Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The New Musical  reminds you to do. The story takes you to a world of imagination when Charlie Bucket and his grandfather find the golden ticket to tour the eccentric Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The musical captures the essence of this iconic story about the innocents of having the child-like ability to dream, imagine and create.   

Monday, January 21, 2019

Day 318 You’re the Next Contestant, Come on Down to the CLO Cabaret's Game On - an Interactive Game Show Musical Comedy


Growing up my family were game show enthusiasts. The daytime TV of my childhood was riddled with shows, Password, Match Game, Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right and more.  We played along dreaming of winning the big prize. The CLO premier show, Game On captures the spirit of the game in a musical comedy where you are the studio audience and maybe the next contestant.  

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Day 317-Heinz History Center Lecture-" Hamilton-Remix:History Meets Show Biz"- What's the Buzz


Pittsburgh is going Hamilton crazy with the Broadway musical playing for almost the entire month of  January at the Benedum Center. I don’t have a golden ticket to Hamilton and frankly the mania surrounding it  has peaked my curiosity about this hip-hop musical. My hope was that the Heinz History Center lecture, by historian Dr. Richard Bell,  Hamilton-Remix:History Meets Show Biz,  might not only refresh my knowledge of  American history  but  also explain the buzz about this show.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January Preview of Events


Happy New Year.  I hope that you will start the new year off  by joining  me in person or vicariously as I explore these January events and more. 


 Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -January 29 through February 3, 2019 -Benedum Center



The 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my all time favorite childhood movies. My son loved the Tim Burton 2009 remake with Johnny Depp. Whichever version you prefer, the story takes you to a world of imagination when Charlie Bucket and his grandfather find the golden ticket to tour the eccentric Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will bring those Oompa-Loompas, inventions and featured songs from the original film “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” to the stage. 

Join me for a night of pure imagination at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from January 29, 2019 to February 3, 2019 at the Benedum Center.  For your golden ticket go to trustarts.org.

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