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April 5, 2014

Sixth Annual BACHday Bash

The sixth Annual BACHday Bash will be held on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the fabulous Mansions on Fifth.  This evening includes great food, a terrific silent and live auction, much fun and frolic, including the chance for VIPs to mix and mingle with our good friend and special guest Joe Negri. 

April 5, 2014

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

Direct from Australia, the award-winning performance company Erth will take you on a paleontologist-guided voyage through history. Kids and adults alike will be enthralled as life-like puppets, from cute baby dinosaurs to a giant teeth-gnashing tyrannosaurs, come to life in an eye-popping interactive performance. Travel back to prehistoric times with Erth performers and even feed, water and care for the marvelous creatures. The meganuera, dwarf allosaur and leallynasaura can't wait for you to pet and feed them.

April 7, 2014 to April 8, 2014

The Beatles: Behind the Scenes

"The Beatles: Behind the Scenes" is back again in April! WYEP Midday Mix Host and Music Director Mike Sauter will guide you on a journey to a greater understanding of the creative process of this legendary band. Once again, we'll delve into the writing and recording of three Beatles songs, including "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Let it Be."

Whether you're a die-hard Beatles fan or a casual listener, join us either Monday, April 7 OR Tuesday, April 8 from 7:30-9pm at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members.

All ages are allowed at all sessions, but due to the subject matter, please note that there will necessarily be occasional mature language and references to drug use.

 

Here are a few comments from past attendees:

•    "Having listened to the Beatles since before they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, I've been a student of their music and their recording sessions since I was twelve years old.  I've read a number of books on the subject and your presentation was not only informative (and accurate) but very entertaining as well.  Thanks for all the research and time you put into these presentations.  Look forward to many more - keep up the great work!"

•    "My daughter Katie and I attended the final segment of "Beatles: Behind the Scenes" last Tuesday night. A sincere thanks to you for what was a truly enjoyable and informative evening for both of us.... I wasn’t sure how well the 90-minute session would go over with a 15-year-old, but for a few days after the fact, she talked about how much she enjoyed the evening and referred back to it several times."

•    "My middle-school son's assessment of your Beatles' session the other night? 'That was AWESOME.' He made me play Sgt Pepper's at full blast in the car all the way home as we sang at the tops of our lungs."

•    "I attended the workshop with three 9th grade students.  As I'm sure you know, teenagers are sometimes hard to entertain.  However, my students sat enrapt throughout the entire workshop and had nothing but good things to say about what they heard last night!  They continued to talk about it the whole way back to the school!  Additionally, I was very pleased with what I learned."

 

April 7, 2014

Neil Diamond

April 10, 2014

Inspire Speaker Series

MarGreen Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are hosting an all-star line-up of motivational local and national guest speakers who will plant the seeds of inspiration to create healthy and high-performing places where we live, work, learn, and play.  

April Speakers: 

In this edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, audience members will feel fortunate to have the opportunity to hear ONE WORD from Dr. John Francis, not to mention an entire lecture!  That’s because he once went 17 years without speaking.  That’s right – 17 years!  When John was 26-years-old, he witnessed an oil tanker collision on San Francisco Bay.  He felt so disturbed (and partially responsible for his use of oil), that he decided to give up motorized vehicles – a decision which spurred so many arguments with friends and family members that he decided to stop talking.  This was the beginning of a 17-year journey that led him to be known as the Planetwalker.  During the nearly two decades that followed, John received a Master’s degree, a PhD, and founded the Planetwalk Foundation (a nonprofit environmental awareness organization) – all while spreading a silent message of sustainable living. 

April 11, 2014

Calliope Folk Music Society Presents Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.

Any world-class musician born with the names Béla (for Bartok), Anton (for Dvorak) and Leos (for Janacek) would seem destined to play classical music. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Béla at last made the classical connection with “Perpetual Motion”, his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album, in the 44th annual Grammy Awards. Collaborating with Fleck on “Perpetual Motion” was his long time friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, a bassist whose virtuosity defies labels and also an acclaimed composer. Béla and Edgar co-wrote and performed a double concerto for banjo, bass and the Nashville Symphony, which debuted in November 2003. They also co-wrote a triple concerto for banjo, bass and tabla, with world renown tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain entitled The Melody of Rhythm.

In 2011, Béla wrote his first stand alone banjo concerto, on commission with the Nashville Symphony. This work, entitled “The Impostor”, along with his new quintet for banjo and string quartet will be released in August on the Deutche Gramaphone label.

These days he bounces between various intriguing touring situations, such as performing his concerto with symphonies, in a duo with Chick Corea, a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, concerts with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, duos with Abigail Washburn, with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in a jazz collaboration with The Marcus Roberts Trio, doing bluegrass with his old friends, and rare solo concerts. And Béla Fleck and the Flecktones still perform together, 25 years after the band’s inception.

The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.

Abigail Washburn

If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one’s model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She—a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player—is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before. To put it another way, she changes what seems possible.

Believe it or not, you won’t find any songs in Chinese on City of Refuge. What you will find, tucked in among picked and sung modal melodies, are some songs with catchy hooks and grooves. “Burn Through” is one of them; Washburn even punctuates a line of the chorus with a playful pop nonsense phrase: “Hey, hey, hey.” The song’s sentiment is as uplifting as its sound: “It’s really supposed to be a song that makes a person feel powerful listening to it, that there’s a lot of possibilities…

April 11, 2014 to April 27, 2014

Quantum Theater: Pantagleize

Pantagleize is a wild rumination on revolution.  Quantum’s Jay Ball freely adapts Michel de Ghelderode's 1931 avant garde play. Our Pantagleize is a take on beat poet Allen Ginsberg, off to be King of the May in Prague, but he’s taken up in alternating turns by a quirky guide, a sexy spy, and a nasty dictator.  As in the original, our hero unwittingly starts a revolution by saying the secret password, producing a darkly humorous attack on militarism.

April 11, 2014

Pantagleize

Quantum Theatre presents Pantagleize by Michel de Ghelderode; a new adaptation by Jay Ball and directed by Jed Allen Harris. Pantagleize darkly and humorously attacks militarism as the revolutions begun by the Arab spring continue, and as nations remain between a rock and a hard place 

April 11 - April 27, 2014 

April 12, 2014

Vintage Pittsburgh

Celebrate Pittsburgh history in style at the History Center’s second annual Vintage Pittsburgh event, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, on Sat., April 12.

Shop ‘til you drop with 30 local vendors selling genuine vintage fashion, accessories, housewares, vinyl, home décor, artwork, books, toys, small furniture, and collectibles. Then, check out the History Center’s six floors of exhibition space to explore how the past influences the present.

Vendors (as of 3/31/2014)

 

304 Vintage
Alicks and Raflin
The Ardent Forager
Bess Dunlevy Vintage
Calf Paths of the Mind: Vintage Curiosities
Daffodil Vintage
Denny’s Vintage Market
DoNotDestroy
East End Book Exchange
Epitome Clothier
Highway Robbery Vintage
J Malls and Mindcure Records (Pgh Vinyl Con)
Kermit Tuesday
Kicky Feet Vintage
Lagelle
LeMix
Pop Up Vintage
Red Pop Shop
Retro on 8th
Royal Establishment
Sub Rosa by Eye Rachel
Swank Kat's Psychedelic Relics
Velouria Vintage
Vintage by Kristy
The Yards

The Vintage Pittsburgh event will feature music throughout the day and a cash bar with cocktails for the early risers (10 a.m. to noon).

April 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents: Candida

Candida was a smash when it premiered in 1903 and is still a triumph of sophistication. In this sparkling comedy, Candida is in the middle of a romantic tug of war between husband John Morell, the practical parson, and Eugene Marchbanks, the passionate poet. They are surrounded by her uproarious provincial father and Morell's eccentric staff, but it is love and marriage that are the targets of Shaw's celebrated wit. Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind of As You Like It will return to The Public to dazzle audiences in the role of Candida.

April 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Candida

Candida was a smash when it premiered in 1903 and is still a triumph of sophistication. In this sparkling comedy, Candida is in the middle of a romantic tug of war between husband John Morell, the practical parson, and Eugene Marchbanks, the passionate poet. They are surrounded by her uproarious provincial father and Morell's eccentric staff, but it is love and marriage that are the targets of Shaw's celebrated wit. Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind of As You Like It will return to The Public to dazzle audiences in the role of Candida.

April 18, 2014

WordPlay

WordPlay is an exciting event that blends hilarious true stories with a live music mash-up. Actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own funny, and often poignant, true stories with a live DJ score. Using anything from Bach to Britney Spears, the DJ works with each performer to develop the perfect soundtrack, creating a rich storytelling experience unlike anything out there today. The result will be something distinct, collaborative, lively, and most importantly...totally funny.
 
Creator and producer Alan Olifson, host of the Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAM series, transplanted WordPlay to the Steel City from Los Angeles where it ran successfully for five years. Now Pittsburghers can share their stories n’at in this unique and dynamic platform.

April 19, 2014

Festival of Colors

The Festival of Colors is an exuberant event, full of excitement and many bright colors. The theme of the festival is “Color your life and throw your worries to the wind!” This festival brings people together from all cultural backgrounds, united in their desire to celebrate life and to promote love and friendship.

During the all-day party, every hour there will be a group color throwing, where brightly colored organic powders are tossed into the air. Five bands will be playing live music all day long. Everyone will get to taste delicious vegetarian food, and to learn some yoga. The festival package includes a set of five-color bags and an attractive t-shirt.

April 19, 2014 to June 14, 2014

New Hazlett CSA Performance Series

New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receive six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.  What will your share include?  Only the best new work our local creative community has to offer, from dance and music, to theater and performance art.  Plus, shareholders have the unique opportunity to interact with the artists directly.

The New Hazlett Theater CSA 2013-14 season lineup includes projects by:

 

April 19, 2014

Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra

Pittsburgh-based ELCO transcends the boundaries of genre with their grassroots interpretations of pop rock, and classical music. In April, ELCO performs new works by composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, written specifically for a rare and exotic instrument - the ondes Martenot. 

April 25, 2014

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Gallery Crawl

The crawl showcases a wide variety of thought provoking art exhibitions in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Live music, DJs, dance, comedy, film, and participatory activities are also part of the complimentary crawl events. CrawlAfterDark highlights the transformation of the Cultural District, promoting numerous options for late night entertainment, from comedy, music, theater, clubs, dining, and more.

April 25, 2014

Spectrum Charter School 15th Anniversary

Annual Fundraiser event for the Pittsburgh Spectrum Charter School, details TBA 

April 26, 2014 to May 4, 2014

Silk Screen Film Festival

The Silk Screen Festival is a showcase of Asian culture and films throughout the Pittsburgh area. For a complete listing of shows, check out their website here!

Silk Screen was created in June 2005 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit media arts organization. Silk Screen’s goals include educating communities about Asian and Asian American history, culture, experiences and issues, fostering understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region, and sustaining growth and encouraging excellence in Asian American culture.

April 26, 2014

The Steel Wheels

Calliope, The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society presents the 2013 and 2014 concert series with The Steel Wheels: Four-piece string band from Virginia mixes blues, old-time music, bluegrass. 

April 26, 2014 to May 4, 2014

Pittsburgh Opera: Orphee

THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST, BETWEEN THE WORLDS OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a "lyrical, almost seductive" (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphee becomes obsessed with mysterious messages that lead to a mysterious Princess, who is Death in disguise. Love eventually triumphs...but not without a price.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD! Sung in French with English texts projected above the stage.
Choose ORPHEE for mythological touchstones, an ultra-chic production, and sensational singing.

April 26, 2014

Wayne McGregor|Random Dance

Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. It will make you think differently about dance.

April 26, 2014 to May 4, 2014

Orphee

Based on Jean Cocteau's 1950 retelling of the Orpheus myth, Orphee is a parable on the life of an artist in which the poets Orphee and Cegeste, Eurydice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead. Love eventually triumphs, but the Princess has violated the laws of life and death, and is banished into oblivion. 

May 2, 2014

Farm to Community Conference

Join community members, farmers, government officials and school personnel on May 2, 2014 at the Double Tree in Green Tree, Pittsburgh to discuss how we can make fresh food available to everyone in western Pennsylvania—by connecting schools with local farms, providing access to fresh food in underserved rural and urban communities, and supporting local farmers. We're excited to annouce our keynote speakers:

Doug Davis, Director of Food Service for the Burlington School Food Project in the city of Burlington, Vermont, has been involved with the Farm 2 School movement for over ten years and is considered a "national celebrity" in this arena. He has grown one of the most successful Farm to School programs in the country.

Ron Finley, co-founder of LA Green Grunds, is igniting a (horti)cultural revolution! Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food.

May 3, 2014

PATOS Presents Clark Wilson

Enjoy the hilarious Harold Lloyd silent comedy “Girl Shy”, accompanied live by world renowned Clark Wilson on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

 

 

May 7, 2014

Below The Surface: Diego Garcia

Below the Surface captures insightful moments from exclusive artist interviews and live performances in the WYEP Studios. 

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