June 19, 2014

Chamber Music Pittsburgh Presents: Ethel's "Grace"

Ethel will perform "Grace" Thursday, June 19th at 7:30p.m.

The Just Summer series opens with ETHEL (a string quartet) presenting an introspective program, “Grace”. In every sense of the word, "Grace" provides effortless beauty and charm, goodwill, a favor, and a reprieve. This program is a journey to redemption through music. In complex, stressful times and in a world overwhelmed by seemingly irreconcilable differences and unsustainable challenges, music provides both an immediate tonic of relief and a medium for real long-term healing and understanding. ETHEL has pursued this aspect of their art in many ways over the years, both in their own creative output, and in opening their hearts and skills to close collaboration with master artists from diverse cultures across the globe.

The centerpiece of this astonishing program is ETHEL's own adaptation of Ennio Morricone's moving score to the 1986 film, The Mission. Morricone’s score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. The film deals with cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America. Also featured on the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley's Grace – his glorious, and tragically, only, completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL composers and collaborators Mary Ellen Childs (USA), Marcelo Zarvos (Brazil), and Carlo Mombelli (South Africa) along with original music by members of ETHEL, fill out the program with works both searching and deeply joyful.

Following the concert, ETHEL will do a question and answer session with the audience.

June 19, 2014 to June 22, 2014

Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More

From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wicked, and 9 to 5 on Broadway to NBC's Smashand Sean Saves the World on television, America's newest star is the multi-talented Megan Hilty! For the PNC Pops finale, Luck Be a Lady features Megan Hilty singing the songs of Frank Sinatra and more. 

Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time Magazine, Megan Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes—including "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Moon River," and "I've Got You Under My Skin"—as well as Broadway classics such as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Two Sleepy People," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and many others. 

June 20, 2014 to June 26, 2014

Northside Sandwich Week & Sandwich Sampler

From June 20 - 26, participating restaurants in Pittsburgh's North Side will compete in the annual North Side Sandwich Sampler event to see which 'wich gets crowned king! 

On June 26th at the Grand Hall at the Priory, restaurants will go head-to-head in a sandwich sampling event, complete with live music and celebrity sandwich judges!

Last year's participating restaurants included:
Atria's PNC Park, Monterey Pub, Bistro To Go, El Burro, James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, Modern Cafe, Penn Brewery, Peppi's, Max's Allegheny Tavern, Deli on North Avenue, Benjamin's, Rumerz Sports Bar & Grill, and Allegheny Elks Lodge #339 

June 20, 2014

2014 Urban Garden Party

Each year the Urban Garden Party attracts a sold-out crowd of 1,400 revelers to the Mattress Factory to support "art you can get into! Live entertainment, food + drink from over 40 of Pittsburgh's hottest restaurants and caterers, a silent auction and general mirth and merriment make this bash what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Marylynn Urrichio calls, "the envy of every nonprofit in town." So polish your spurs and untangle your fringe and get on down to the hottest saloon in town.

VIP tickets open the doors to the exclusive VIP Pre-Party from 6 - 7:30PM, hosted by Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions and featuring signature cocktails and delectable eats. Your VIP pass also gets you access to the VIP Lounge -- including exclusive entertainment, a private bar, restroom and courtyard for VIPs only -- throughout the night.

General Admission tickets get you into the hottest party of the year beginning at 7pm, with live entertainment, open bar, fare from over 40 food vendors and hobnobbing with Pittsburgh's art elite!

June 23, 2014 to August 9, 2014

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh is an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities and backgrounds. Girls Rock! Pittsburgh utilizes the process of making music to instill tools for amplifying self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect and cooperation, while cultivating a supportive and inclusive community of peers and mentors. Girls Rock! Pittsburgh is committed to community awareness and social agency, fostering a network of role models for the endeavors of girls and women that promote social change amongst its diverse participants. 


Girls can play any kind of music they want. Creative voices of girls and women need to be amplified to create social change. Girls need positive role models and support for their creative endeavors. We can build a community where girls support each other rather than tear each other down. We can empower girls to recognize, understand, and respond to discrimination. “Girls Rock” is more than just a slogan.

June 28, 2014

Dave Matthews Band

A special performance with 2 sets, one electric and acoustic.

June 30, 2014

June Friendraiser benefiting City Music Center Start

Join us on Monday, June 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. for a midsummer Friendraiser!

Wigle Whiskey has donated their space and a percentage of the evening’s profits to support scholarships for CMC students. The event features complimentary BBQ catered by The Flame BBQ, a cash bar and raffle auction prizes.

Bring your friends for this fun, casual evening supporting CMC.


Contact Name: Lisa Hoak
Email Address: hoakl@duq.edu
Phone Number: 412-396-5872

July 10, 2014 to July 12, 2014

NSA Security Forces Present:Whiskey Rebellion Festival 2014

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion. The history of the rebellion is unique to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County. Community focused entertainment and family activities create a festival that pays tribute to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future.


July 10, 2014 to August 2, 2014

PICT Classic Theatre Presents:Woman and Scarecrow

Directed by Alan Stanford
July 10- August 2, 2014
The Henry Heymann Theatre

Nike Doukas as Woman
Karen Baum as Scarecrow
Sharon Brady as Auntie Ah
James FitzGerald as Him

Woman is dying. With quintessentially Irish wit, she and her mysterious companion Scarecrow consider what she leaves behind and what might have been as she faces the mystery of what is to come. Is that Death lurking in the wardrobe?

If you liked Margaret Edson’s Wit, try Marina Carr’s lyrical play. Appropriate for ages 18+.

July 11, 2014 to September 7, 2014

La Cour des Miracles

The robots in this interactive installation act as “fake” humans, displaying symptoms of “abnormal” psychological behaviors and uttering expressions of discomfort. They moan in response to the audience’s physical engagement and interactions with them. The event is free.

July 11, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Cataloguing Pattern

While patterns adorn our homes, our belongings and ourselves, they are more than ornamentation. Patterns appeal to our fundamental desire for predictability.

July 11, 2014 to August 24, 2014

Some Begins

The exhibition evaluates the lives of objects, exploring what it is they radiate through their beings, their material evidence of history, and the miracle of their discovery.

July 11, 2014 to August 1, 2014

The Takeaway: Made With Love

This artist-curator project by Robert Raczka features nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift-store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show.

July 11, 2014

Gallery Crawl

The Gallery Crawl is a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and are FREE and open to the public. The event is ongoing between 5:30 and 9:00 pm, and patrons may start at any location.

The crawl showcases a wide variety of thought-provoking art exhibitions in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Live bands, DJs, dance, comedy, film, and participatory activities are also part of the complimentary crawl events. The event is free.

July 11, 2014 to July 12, 2014

Trundle Manor Presents: Properly Filthy

Art appreciation for the dirty minded with Mia Donna and Sam Thorp

FINALLY! A display of shocking, salacious, wicked, wanton and blasphemous artwork in the Steel City! There is no holding back. Artwork that would have been censored in the more “respectable” galleries will now be available for the discerning and consenting adult. Fetish photographer Mia Donna and figure specialist Sam Thorp go “all out” in applying their craft to the darker and more intimate & carnal areas of the human psyche. 
And before the timid and judgmental of you cry “Pornography!” please keep in mind that true porn does not take the time and effort to apply the universal principles design and composition. This is art. Art of a more challenging and adult nature. There is a difference. But feel free to protest outside anyway. It's a free country. 

Opening night is Friday July 11th 6pm to 10pm. Refreshments will include Absinthe and candy sushi. Additional entertainment will be provided by a rope suspension demo and burlesque by Shrimp Scanty. Obviously, this event is 21+ up only. Be prepared to show ID. 

Mia Donna is a professional freelance photographer in Pittsburgh. Mia has had many eclectic showings of her work at a variety of galleries, and was awarded the first place Attendee's Choice winner for the Spring 2011 Naked in Pittsburgh Show.

Sam Thorp is traditionally trained in drawing and anatomy. Sam's studio is located near Pittsburgh, and has had numerous exhibitions in Pittsburgh and has sold artwork the world over. 

Trundle Manor is Pittsburgh's favorite tourist trap based on the eternal need to show off the weird and unusual. As one Yelp reviewer eloquently put it, “This place is MIND BLOWING!” Located in the hilly region of Swissvale, Trundle manor is open for tours by appointment.

July 11, 2014

Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partner's Board will host the 8th annual Consol Energy Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh fundraiser on Friday, July 11, presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.  Following the Gallery Crawl around the Cultural District, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh becomes the Crawl After Darkhotspot to engage in decadence and exuberance.  Gather for an evening of interactive entertainment, art, music, inventive performances, and dancing at the discotheque.

  • 7:00pm – VIP Party including delicious bites, beverages and exclusive entertainment (select VIP Admission when purchasing online)
  • 9:00pm – Dance Party  featuring a delectable dessert buffet and sensational unlimited cocktails. Take in musical and interactive performances or perhaps dance the night away until the clock strikes midnight! (select General Admission when purchasing online)

    Use the discount code COSMOSWANK to get $5.00 off of a full-price ticket!


July 12, 2014

2nd Annual Deutschtown Music Festival

The 2nd Annual Deutschtown Music Festival is a free music and arts festival taking place on Saturday, July 12th on the NorthSide of Pittsburgh – located within the East Ohio Street business district. This non-profit event is hosted by the East Allegheny Community Council and supported by bordering neighborhood groups The Spring Hill Civic League, Community Alliance of Spring Garden East Deutschtown and the Troy Hill Citizens, Inc.

Family-friendly daytime activities include a flea market, artists’ market, Citiparks Roving Art Cart, multiple food vendors and trucks. Numerous musical acts are spread over three outdoor stages, a singer-songwriter showcase in Bistro To Go and a gospel stage at Damascus Church of God in Christ. James Street Speakeasy will play host to over 15 different jazz performers starting at 1pm and continuing late into the night.

Beginning at 8pm – 13 different walkable venues (with 15 stages) host over 60 bands, one per hour.

A free shuttle bus will transport attendees around the neighborhood – including a stop at the North Shore T station close to PNC Park.

The purpose of this event is to promote the vibrant Deutschtown neighborhood while also showcasing the amazing local talent in the Pittsburgh region. All bands and performers donate their time and efforts. It is due to the generosity of each and every performer, as well as this year’s sponsors, that make this festival possible and free to the public.

Participating venues include James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, Artists Image Resource, Bistro & Company, Park House, Penn Brewery, Verdetto’s, Allegheny Elks Lodge #339, Peanutz, Key West, and 2 outdoor stages, one on Foreland Street and one in Allegheny Commons Park along Cedar and North Avenues.

This year’s performers include Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Meeting of Important People, Grand Piano, Shelf Life String Band, The Flow Band, The Red Western, Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, Coastal Remedy, The Harlan Twins, André Costello and the Cool Minors, The Hawkeyes, 28 North, Big Gypsy, Brewer's Row, Neighbours, City Steps, Sleep Experiments, Household Stories, The Pressure, Sun Ray Shining Light, Weird Paul Rock Band, Triggers, Shade, The Wreckids, Faithful Sinners, Working Breed, The Chad Sipes Sterio, Dan Getkin and the Masters of American Music, Willis Tree, The FED (Washington, DC), Josh Hill Band (Akron, OH), Adadsdad, Ishtar Bellydance Band, Nox Boys, Apostles of Cool (Nick Lowe/Rockpile cover band), Satin Gum, Slim Forsythe & his New Payday Loners, Street Pigeons, The Turbosonics, Paul Luc, D. o. B., Dan Pritchard and the Mrs., Paddy the Wanderer, Olympus, Mons, Sneaky Mike, Fourth River Revival, 3 Talented Girls, City Dwelling Nature, Seekers, We Came From Space, Roger Harvey and the Wild Life, The Mobros (SC), Locks and Dams, Charm & Chain, The Grim Game, Nameless in August, Apostles of Cool, and Sirkus Dayz Fire Performers.

July 13, 2014

Old Man Markley and Miner

July 17, 2014

Rodef Shalom Congregation Summer Parties: Jimmy Adler Band

Rendezvous in our garden with friends and neighbors for FREE happy hour performances. Hors d’oeuvres and live music will be provided, and Wigle Whiskey will be on site with a cash bar featuring specialty drinks based on the garden’s theme: “Dining with Queen Esther."

Playing original blues music that is steeped in the traditions of Chicago Blues, West-Coast Jazzy Jump and other Americana traditions is at the roots of Jimmy Adler Band.

July 17, 2014

Chamber Music Pittsburgh Presents: David Cutler with Project Pinata

About “Swinging with a Blindfold”:
Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, Nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, Schumann tunes, progressive rock, Radiohead, and boogie…How might you experience this incredible feast of styles? Well, you could tour the world with a pocket musicologist. Or join pianist, composer, and “weekend traveler” David Cutler with Project Piñata for a virtuosic, genre-hopping, wild ride across the musical globe. 

“Swinging with a Blindfold”:
Shooting Stars I (selections): arr. David Cutler
The Eraser: Thom Yorke, arr. Craig Butterfield
Nine Patch: David Cutler
Shooting Stars II (selections): arr. David Cutler
Foreign Party Crasher: David Cutler
Can’t Stop Running: Adam Ben Ezra
Vango Tan Gogh: David Cutler

About David Cutler:
David Cutler is a pianist and composer equally comfortable with classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world musics. As a frequent performer with artists like Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and Indian kathak dancer Cynthia Ling Lee, he stretches what it means to be a musical collaborator: interacting with audiences, incorporating choreography, playing secondary instruments. His eclectic compositional output has been commissioned by artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

One of the world’s leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, Dr. Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician helps musicians build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About Project Piñata:
Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums).  As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.”   For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler. 

July 17, 2014

David Cutler with Project Piñata – “Swinging with a Blindfold”

Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, and Schumann tunes together as one.

Co-presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh

Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield(bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums). As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.” For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler.

July 17, 2014

Chamber Music Pittsburgh Presents: David Cutler with Project Pinata and "Swinging With a Blindfold"

Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, Nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, Schumann tunes, progressive rock, Radiohead, and boogie…How might you experience this incredible feast of styles? Well, you could tour the world with a pocket musicologist. Or join pianist, composer, and “weekend traveler” David Cutler with Project Piñata for a virtuosic, genre-hopping, wild ride across the musical globe in "Swinging with a Blindfold."

July 18, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Throughline Theatre Presents:A New Death

Death is a mystery. Not simply is there an after-life? Or where do we go? But why?   Why do people die when and how they do?  Is it predestined?  Is there a plan?  There can't really be a plan, can there?  Due in large part to the arbitrary, chaotic, and often downright ridiculous nature in which it is handled (by whoever's running this circus!), Death makes about as much sense as the conference call you had to sit on about the power-point presentation you slept through half of at that manager's meeting you showed up late to last week.  Envisioning the transition to the after-life as a mismanaged monopoly, A New Death lifts the curtain on an industry rife with corporate waste and bureaucratic cover-ups, revealing a system riddled with red tape, office politics, and incompetence... lots and lots of incompetence.


July 18, 2014

Bricolage Presents: WordPlay

Live Storytelling set to a DJ Soundtrack
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.
The show begins at 8pm and tickets are just $20. 

July 19, 2014

Dog Daze of Summer

Love your dog?

Love summer?

You'll gonna love this then.

We're throwing a dog park and pool party!

Boring people not invited. 

Bring your favorite pup along and enjoy special access to this amazing indoor and outdoor pet park, and the best part.. watching your dog cool off as they dive into an amazing 3,000 sq ft dog pool!!

We've teamed up with the Western PA Humane Society to collect donations for animals in need!

Only 10 bucks and simple donation (food, treats, toys, money, etc.) - and you and 1 dog get access to the above PLUS we'll be tipping back some beers and kicking it with the rwntwn crowd.

Come out, meet new people and give your dog the exercise and fun time they deserve. 

Even if you don't have a dog this is still an experience you don't want to miss and it's for a good cause! Just 5 bucks and a donation to come out and chill.  

** VERY IMPORTANT ** Your dog must be well-tempered and you MUST bring proof of vaccinations to gain admitance to the park. We don't need any crazy Cujo scenerios going down (we'll save those for our Halloween Experience).  NO vaccines - NO admittance! Vaccinations needed to attend:  Rabies, Distemper (DHPP or DHLPP) and Bordatella