Arts

Gods & Goddesses Theme Ignites Pittsburgh Public Theater Gala

The Pittsburgh Public Theater wowed patrons of its Gods and Goddesses-​themed gala on May 5 with a shimmering evening that began with producing artistic director Ted Pappas awaiting the arrival of his 400 guests while surrounded by strapping gladiators.

Phipps Celebrates Super. Natural. Exhibit with Opening Night Party

by PQ Staff
Behind the scenes technicalities of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ latest exhibit, Super. Natural. involved 500 pieces of hand-​blown glass that had been meticulously packed into 122 boxes for a cross-​country trip from Seattle to Pittsburgh on a 52-​foot-​long tractor trailer.

Haute Wired Gala Toasts Fashion Exhibit

by PQ Staff
“Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” the first exhibit of its kind to grace one of the main galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art, drew 210 guests for the Haute Wired Gala on April 28. The event toasted the final days of an exhibit co-​organized by the High Museum of…

Quantum Strikes Again with “Collaborators”

by Stuart Sheppard
Just as Colette could say, “There are no ordinary cats,” one could say that there are no ordinary productions from Quantum Theatre. “Collaborators,” the 2011 play by John Hodge (who also wrote the adaptation of the film, “Trainspotting”) is violently alive in a way so few new plays are these…

Warhol Brings Báez’s Powerful “Bloodlines” to Pittsburgh

by Vicky A. Clark
The Andy Warhol Museum’s first two exhibitions of the year are a great pairing. Jessica Beck’s excellent My Perfect Body brought together work from Warhol’s entire career that focused on body issues, from the nose picking and acne of his youth to the scars from being shot in 1968 to…

Renowned Poet and Artist Comes to the Maridon

by PQ Staff
On Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Maridon Museum will hold a gala opening of its exhibit and art sale “A Cosmic Contemporary Collaboration.” The exhibit, which runs April 8 through June 3, will feature paintings and a performance by internationally recognized poet Huang Xiang, one of China’s…

PICT Classic Theatre Triumphs with Fresh, Exhilarating Treatment of Oedipus Rex

by Stuart Sheppard
Although thirteen ancient Greek poets wrote Oedipus tragedies, only Sophocles’ play, “Oedipus Rex,” has survived. The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote a version, as did Julius Caesar. So did the 17th century poet John Dryden, as well as the 18th century philosopher Voltaire.

Kicking Off a Collaboration

by PQ Staff
More than 400 guests filled the August Wilson Center Thursday for the Private Performance and Premiere Party kicking off Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s two-​week collaboration celebrating the diversity of talent and styles in American ballet.

Reflections on “1984” in 2017

by Stuart Sheppard
Critics have argued that we cannot evade Shakespeare’s influence on our conception of human nature, nor Freud’s influence on our understanding of psychology, and I would suggest, as a corollary, that we cannot escape George Orwell’s influence on our notion of the political. The Orwellian ethos, manifested in works such…

Assisted Living

by Barbara Edelman
“Every simile’s an insurrection” (unknown) Her phone is like a cordless baby. Her children are a blur of programmed digits. Each week she learns new rituals to survive, from toothbrush

CMU Brings Vivid Life to Marlowe’s Great Work

by Stuart Sheppard
Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama manages to combine some of the strongest and rarest elements of great theatre in their production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Edward II”: rawness, mystery, risk and precision. This is the kind of performance of a classic play that eschews the pitfalls of tired masterpieces, and…

Local Artists: Struggling, But Not Starving

by Julia Fraser
Most Pittsburgh artists are getting by financially but find it difficult to make a living off of their art alone. And African American artists are much less likely than their white counterparts to rely on their art as their sole means of support, according to recent survey.

Aftermath of a Strike

by Douglas Heuck
When Melia Tourangeau joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as President and CEO in July 2015, she immediately faced a problem she hadn’t anticipated: massive debts from a nearly insolvent pension program. Last fall, the PSO endured a 55-​day strike that ended when two donors made one-​time gifts and musicians agreed…

Serious Threads

First the Frick announced a new programming initiative in fashion and brought “Killer Heels” to Pittsburgh. The impossibly impractical yet stunningly gorgeous shoes might have made more sense at the Warhol where Andy’s advertising and shoe portrait drawings would have cheekily made the connection between costume, eroticism, design, and identity…

Josh Gibson on Deck

Pittsburgh’s greatest but still relatively unknown sports hero is about to get a curtain call of a different kind. This spring, Pittsburgh Opera unveils “The Summer King,” the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg’s tale of the remarkable, short life of baseball legend Josh Gibson.
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