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

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AfterWARds-Mozart’s Idomeneo Reimagined-Pittsburgh Opera- January 26, 29, and February 1, 3, 2019- CAPA Theater

AfterWARds-Mozart's Idomeneo Reimagined is an opera sung  in Italian to the words and music of Mozart. It is set on the island of Crete following the Trojan War. This 80 minute opera  collides the words of  four strong characters; the King of Crete, his son, the Princess of Troy and Princess of Argo.  The Princess of Troy is rescued from a shipwreck by the King’s son and love, betrayal, and eventually forgiveness results.  
 Join me for AfterWARds and enjoy Mozart’s music sung by Pittsburgh’s resident artist  in the intimate setting of the CAPA Theater. For tickets go to  

Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center-3D films and a Free Movie Day on Jan 21, 2019

Rangos Gieant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center is a great way to beat the Pittsburgh winter gray sky blues. This larger than life cinema gives you a burst of color that uplifts the spirits. The theater shows Hollywood movies but I enjoy the 3D experience of the educational films. The enormous screen size, explosive surround sound technology and 3D visuals, takes you on an excursion without leaving your seat. 
There are two new 3D educational films. American Musical Journey, narrated by Morgan Freeman,  covers the history of jazz, blues, country, soul and rock as you travel from Nashville to New York and more. Backyard Wilderness  focuses on the hidden world of  nature in your own surroundings.

On Martian Luther King Day, Jan 21, 2019, Duquesne Light is partnering with the Science Center to offer a  free movie day of Tiny Giants. This 3D educational film explores the miniature world of nature.

Join me and fill your day with color by enjoying a 3D immersive film experience at the Science Center. For tickets  go

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Heinz History Center-Hamilton Remix: History Meets Show Biz-Lecture 
January 10, 2019

Pittsburgh is going Hamilton crazy with the Broadway musical playing for almost the entire month of  January at the Benedum Center. Even if you don’t have a golden ticket to the musical, Hamilton-Remix:History Meets Show Biz  should be an interesting night to learn the real historical facts and discover where Broadway hits the target or falls short. I really don’t remember much from my high school history classes so I am looking forward to Dr. Bell’s presentation on Alexander Hamilton’s American story. I am also quite curious to understand what is behind the mania surrounding this show. 

Join me on Jan 10, 2019 for a fun history lesson on Alexander Hamilton  or for a little historical preparation if you have one of those golden tickets to the Broadway show. For tickets go to     

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We Shall OvercomeA Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed-January 15, 2019-August Wilson Center

We Shall Overcome is a musical and poetic production. A repertoire of  music that ignited civil rights activist and defenders will be performed with excerpts from Dr. Martian Luther King’s recorded speeches. This should be a night of music and inspiration with  Damien Sneed. Damien Sneed has  collaborated with jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and has toured with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters.    

Join me for We Shall Overcome  and enjoy an inspirational night of music on Jan 15, 2019 at the August Wilson Center. For tickets go to

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