February 15, 2013

Unseam'd Shakespeare Company - 20th Anniversary Celebration

90.5 WESA is supported by The Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, presenting “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” February 15th through March 2nd as part of the 20th Anniversary Season.  Three actors present 37 plays in 97 minutes.  More information is available at www.unseamd.com.

March 6, 2013

Inaugural Just Jazz Benefit Concert

Join Familylinks and Honorary Chair Chuck Sanders for the inaugural Just Jazz concert presented by BNY Mellon Jazz on March 6, 2013.
Renowned vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro, a native Pittsburgher, with Mike Tomaro and the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, will bring back the swing of the Big Band era. Opening for Lisa will be local rising star, Benny Benack, III.
In addition to the performance, guests will enjoy a pre-show cocktail party complete with surprise entertainment and an exclusive VIP meet and greet. VIP tickets are $150 while general admission tickets at $75. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the opening act at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.familylinks.org.
Familylinks provides vital support services to the most vulnerable members of our community. During program year 2010-2011, we helped 5,158 individuals directly through our service areas: Behavioral Health Services, Education and Community Services; and Youth and Family Services. In addition, Familylinks reached approximately 10,000 residents of Allegheny County through school/community education programs. Many clients live in lower socioeconomic areas of southwestern Pennsylvania, and struggle with a myriad of physical and mental disabilities, are unemployed, have no or limited health insurance and have nowhere else to turn.

March 13, 2013

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. 

March Speakers: 

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. He has helped move generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx. 

Alice Juller, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at Chatham University. She writes about material life, social movements, domestic life, labor, consumption, and inequality in food systems. 

March 16, 2013

Sound Series: Valgeir Sigurðsson

On March 16th at 8pm, Valgeir Sigurosson will be performing live at The Andy Warhol Museum. General admission tickets are available for $15, or for $12 to students and members of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

March 20, 2013

Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Day

The United Way of Allegheny County will honor the life and work of Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers with their 3rd annual Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Day. On March 20th, (what would have been Mister Rogers' 85th birthday!) his legacy will be celebrated with sweater drives, community art projects, and and a special evening of awards at the Children's Museum. 

Join WYEP in Market Square on Wednesday, March 20 from 11:30am - 1pm for a live performance by Neighbours, along with fun and surprises.

For more information, please visit the United Way's Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Day page. 

April 13, 2013

Dreaming Ant DVDs 10-Year Ant-iversary & Farewell Party

Dreaming Ant Pittsburgh opened its doors for business on March 24, 2003. Please join us in celebrating the past 10 years at the ANT-iversary party! 

Want to participate? Submit a video/picture/story describing a favorite DA memory or anecdote. Come dressed as your favorite movie character (and win something!) There will also be a raffle, DVD Screenings, and a photo op with Victor*. Enjoy a night of prizes, smiley cookies, coffee, beer, pizza and kombucha as well. 

April 17, 2013

To Hell and High Water: What You Need to Know About Climate Change

University of Pittsburgh Honors College presents "To Hell and High Water: What You Need to Know About Climate Change," a lecture focusing on global warming, and it's potential impact on public and private sectors in the following years.  This lecture will be delivered by celebrated author, blogger, physicist, and climate expert, Dr. Joseph Romm. 

Where: Alumni Hall Connolly Ballroom, 4227 5th Ave
Parking: Soldiers and Sailors and O’Hara Garages

April 20, 2013

Good Taste! Pittsburgh

This fun, food-filled day boasts cooking demonstrations, food sampling wine tasting, children's food activities, the latest and greatest for your kitchen and so much more! 

Watch as Caroline Wright, national cookbook author, shows us how to make "Twenty Dollar, Twenty Minute Meals" from her new book, hot off the presses! 

Chef Keith Fuller, executive chef - Root 174 and Chef Kevin Watson, Savoy Restaurant -- two of Pittsburgh's top chefs -- will show-off their culinary creativity and offer a taste of their creations. 

April 23, 2013

Inspire Speaker Series:Taking Action and Making Changes for Sustainable Communities

Join Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Phipps Conservatory for the INSPIRE SPEAKER SERIES! Each event welcomes motivational local and national guest speakers on the second Thursday of each month. These experienced and inspiring speakers will present on a variety of topics that we can all apply to our schools, businesses and communities.

April's event features Majora Carter (MacArthur 'genius' Fellow, Award-Winning Advocate, Known for "Greening the Ghetto")

To register for the event, visit the Green Building Alliance site.

May 3, 2013

Great Plant Auction

This lively event, featuring both a silent and live auction, is a plant lover's dream! Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park transforms into an auction house for rare, unique and newly introduced trees, shrubs and tropical plants, as well as garden accessories. 

Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org. 
Pre-registration is required: call (412) 441-4442, ext. 3925 

May 4, 2013

Re(imagiNATION): The Sound of Pittsburgh's Future

Check out the future of Pittsburgh's music and arts scene at Re(imagiNATION) on Saturday, May 4 at Schenley Plaza.

Teens from WYEP's Re(imagine) Media, our youth-led media and advocacy program, are organizing the music and arts festival showcasing high school talent. The free concert starts at 4 p.m.



The Options: Shannon Drew, Jake Leya, Matt Bauman and Zack Leya.  

Dustin Carpenter: Dustin Carpenter, Darius Hays, Griffin Epps and Brandon Agguire.

Lawrence White 

The Actions: Neil McGuire, Marty Slovonic, Gavin Carnahan and Luke Padezan.

Basement Party: Billy Simmons, Derek Kalanish, Ethan Gottschall, Jake Krepley, and Cal Tarasi. 



Alisa Pugacheva

Dennis Doyle

Dan Winter

Shelby Huebner

Alicia Mastroianni

Kayla Jade Keefer

Gianna Caparelli

Sarah Trobee

Katherine Mills

Hannah Shoemaker


Music judges: 

Carrie Battle

Brian McLeod

Luqmon Abdus-Salaam

Art judges: 

Diego Byrnes

Pierce Marratto

Jody Shell


Re(imagine) Media brings together high school students interested in media creation to work on the projects they care most about. Students have worked on videos, concert and album reviews and podcasts. Re(imagiNATION) started as a way to give high schoolers a platform to showcase their art and music and to give the Re(imagine) Media students practice with event planning.



May 10, 2013 to May 11, 2013

May Market & National Public Gardens Day

Celebrating spring and National Public Gardens Day, May Market features a wide selection of plants, including organic seedlings, specimens from the Conservatory’s greenhouses and more. This event is free and open to the public, and admission to Phipps is half price during market hours.

Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org. 

May 11, 2013

Sound Series: Colin Stetson

On May 11th, Colin Stetson will be performing live at The Andy Warhol Museum. General admission tickets are available for $15, or for $12 to students and members of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

May 13, 2013

Art for Change - the 25th year of Art for AIDS

Persad's signature event is both a verbal and silent auction featuring over 200 works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture and jewelry. Over the past 24 years this event has raised over $3.75 million to support Persad's Center's Free Care Fund; allowing us to offer free or subsidized care to all eligible clients regardless of their ability to pay. 

May 14, 2013

Garden Groove

Get your groove on in the gardens Cinco de Mayo-style on this festive night featuring music, margaritas and fiesta-inspired food tasting stations. This special 21+ event is open to Phipps members only.

To sign up for a membership and join the fun, please call 412/622-6915, ext. 6500. Find more details at phipps.conservatory.org.


May 16, 2013

John Prine

Also Playing: Sarah Jarosz 

May 16, 2013

Game Night and Seven-Minute Dance Series

This informal performance event features some good old-fashioned schoolyard fun and games: Four-Square, backgammon, 3-D tic-tac-toe, vintage Atari games, darts and Connect Four and a whole host of new school games, too. Between games, enjoy seven minute performances of something.

May 25, 2013

Clairton Chamber of Commerce 5K Run/Walk

Come out and support The Clairton Chamber of Commerce at their 5K Run/Walk event. Registration begins at 8am and ends 8:45am. Run/Walk begins promptly at 9am at the City of Clairton Pool Parking lot. 

May 25, 2013

Discovery Garden Day

Bring the whole family to the Children's Discovery Garden for a day of hands-on, sensory fun. Dig and plant seeds together as you learn about gardens and the critters who call them home. Activities include games, hands-on crafts, storytelling and more — all free with admission.

Find more details at phipps.conservatory.org.

This event is included in the price of Phipps admission, which costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages two-18). Members and children under two enter for free. 

May 31, 2013

The Sprout Fund Summer Social

All are welcome to the Sprout Fund offices (next to EDGE studio and across the street from the Quiet Storm) for this free, all-ages event. 

Join us for crafting, screen-printing, beach scope assembling, and plenty of merriment! Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while listening to the rollicking surf-rock tones of The Vertigo-go and feel the heat of time-traveling super DJ duo, Tracksploitation (who recently represented Pittsburgh at SXSW 2013).

Mingle with Sprout Fund board members and staff to learn about Sprout’s programs, services, and mission. Engage in hands-on project stations recently funded by Sprout’s Seed Award and Social Innovation eXchange, including:

Art Lending Collection
Busk PGH
CSA PGH (Community Supported Arts)
Dia de los Muertos
The Drift
Knit the Bridge

Thanks to Love Water, Penn Brewery, and Whole Foods Market Pittsburgh for supporting The Summer Social!

We hope to see you on the 31st! Please contact us at 412.325.0646 with any questions.

June 4, 2013

Art of Listening: Creating Oral Histories

Discover the craft of story-telling and use your skills to produce an oral history.

Brian Siewiorek, WYEP's Production Director, and Erika Beras, WESA's Behavioral Health Reporter, will offer an hour-long workshop on how to create an oral history. You'll learn about effectively interviewing a subject and how to draw out their stories.

As part of the class you'll get a chance to create an oral history in the WYEP studio in a one-on-one session with Brian or Erika. Come to "The Art of Listening: Creating Oral Histories" on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

June 11, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Grupo Fantasma

“One of the sickest live bands ever” – Philadelphia Weekly

“The ten members of Grupo Fantasma represent a new generation in Latin music.” – Washington Post

“Latin funk masters.” – USA Today

“A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group.” – Huffington Post

Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.” In 2012 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates and spring/summer 2013 will bring their next studio release produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos as well as a live DVD / album package recorded in their hometown of Austin, Texas.

“Grupo Fantasma is in their own unique place in modern musical culture so I was overwhelmed when asked to produce their upcoming release” says Berlin. “No band around is as authentic and at the same time utterly groundbreaking in so many idioms, not to mention deadly on stage with some of the best arrangements and players around. I think this album will have a solid chance to redefine the entire genre yet again for the current and next generation.”


June 12, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Glen Hansard

“Glen Hansard is a gifted, emotive frontman who sings as if he must, with a heart on his sleeve that is constantly throbbing.” —The New York Times

Over twenty years in the making, Rhythm and Repose, Hansard’s first ever solo album, garners attention from Billboard calling the album Hansard at his most engaging,” while The Wall Street Journal proclaims the new songs “throb with a sense of searching and sadness that sinks in deep.” To celebrate the record, Hansard performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Tavis Smiley.”

The highly lauded play Once, The Musical won eight Tony Awards including best direction of a musical, best lead actor in a musical and the top musical prize itself. Once, The Musical is based on the feature film Once, with original songs written by Hansard including “Falling Slowly” for which he won an Academy Award. The play successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews including the New York Times who explains, “what was always wonderful about ‘Once,’ its songs and its staging, has been magnified.”

Hansard is celebrated as the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, who have established themselves as one of the most influential bands in Ireland. Hansard garnered a reputation as not only an unparalleled front man, but also for his dedicated following and his grounded, real-life songs. Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. Hansard and Irglová continued the success of Once with the 2009 release Strict Joy under the namesake of The Swell Season.

June 12, 2013 to June 29, 2013

Unseam'd Shakespeare Company - The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle

This is not Shakespeare's play.  Our production of The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle will take Scott Palmer’s rich and strange adaptation of John Dryden and William D’Avenant’s version of Shakespeare’s classic as a starting point, fully exploring it in setting, costume, and style.  We may not threaten to overtake Shakespeare's poetic reputation, but will almost certainly do it no harm.  Dryden and Davenant’s adaptation of the play held the stage for nearly two hundred years, and we hope that our production may cast a light not only the morals and manners of the time, (and perhaps some resonances for our own) but on the play's long-standing popularity. This is not Shakespeare's play.  Come and see why Dryden and D'Avenant's re-telling of Shakespeare's classic held the stage for over 200 years. 

**WESA/WYEP members, email subscribers, or listeners can receive a $2 discount per ticket by using the coupon code “WESA” or “WYEP” when purchasing tickets online. (Discounts are not good for groups of 6 or more, who automatically get a 10% group discount automatically.)**


June 13, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Lucius

“Catchy, distinctive indie-pop tunes…” – Rolling Stone

“Goosebump-inducing harmonies…” – Philadelphia City Paper

When they wrote their self-titled EP, Lucius was living in an old victorian house in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park. They found the place on Craigslist, not knowing it was a recording studio and music school for 60 years prior. There were so many treasures that had been left behind – like the 100 year old Steinway piano that would nurture their writing habits. The four-story musical fortress also housed 8 other musician friends and would soon open their doors to bandmates, Danny Molad and Peter Lalish and later, Andrew Burri.

Holly and Jess have had a relationship filled with coincidences. Their lives are uniquely in sync. “When we were ready to make our record we felt it was imperative that the recording reflect that synergy. None of us were concerned with trying to sound like ‘a band’, we just wanted to create a unique environment for each song to sit in.” Much of their record is about these unique experiences, told from the same perspective, at the same time, with the same sentiment. Two voices as one.

Lucius has been described by the New York Times as having “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies”, by Seventeen Magazine as “alluring and magnetic” and their song “Don’t Just Sit There” is currently being played on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Their self-titled debut EP was recorded and produced in the Ditmas Park house where the band was formed. Their full length album is due for release Autumn 2013.