Welcome to the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative A-List – 2/18/04

Check out last week’s City paper for a Penn Avenue Corridor Artist – Todd Scalise featured in the Sprout Fund’s (Also located in the Penn Avenue Corridor) AMP. See below.
…If you haven't seen the show already, it is a show you don't want to miss.  The show is up until the end of February. My painting of Andrea was featured in The Pittsburgh City Paper this week for the release of AMP.  At the link below is the article about the show: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/visual_arts/story.cfm?type=Art%20Preview

-Todd Scalise
MFA, Boston University
Member, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators <http://www.pittsburghillustrators.org/Scalise.htm>

Web Sites
Paintings and Drawings -- www.toddscalise.com <http://www.toddscalise.com>
Commercial Illustration -- www.whiskeyman.com <http://www.whiskeyman.com>

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1. Call for Artists for Penn Avenue Community Festival – June 5, 2004.

2. Looking for Mural Artist at PGC

3. Kingsley Association Quilting Class – This week for eight weeks

4. The Quiet Storm – Starting tonight

5. Dilworth Traditional Academy Art Auction – Friday.

6. Attack Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony - Saturday

7. Los Tarantos - Film screening at Shadow Lounge - Sunday

8. Afro-Punk at the Roboto Project - Sunday

9. Want to be a share holder of the Quiet Storm? – Next Week

10. Looking for an artist to work on designing doghouses

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1.       
Call for Artist for Penn Avenue Community Festival – June 5, 2004.

Thanks to all of you who have been a part of the Penn Avenue Festival in any and all of the Penn Avenue Festivals that have been held since the inception of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative in 1999.

During the last 5 year’s the Penn Avenue Festival, typically held in August, has transformed to respond to the efforts of those involved in coordinating the festival, as well as, responded to changes taking place on Penn Avenue.  We’ve partnered with other organizations on the Avenue, we’ve had a parade, we’ve even changed the name several times. This year, the Penn Avenue Community Arts Festival will change again.  

First, the festival will be held at the beginning of the summer to capitalize on engaging schools via the Youth Arts Program running during the Winter and Spring. As well, we are planning the festival to coincide with the June 4th Unblurred, First Fridays on Penn. Similar to the Winter Unblurred – this will be our Unblurred, Summer Festival

As with year’s passed, the festival will include:
A Stage featuring  local performers,
a Market consisting of local artists and vendors selling their wares,
and arts activities and a  third annual Basketball Tournament for youth.  

And as always we welcome your input and involvement to make new great things become a reality. We can’t do it without you.

Reserve your space with a $25 donation. Volunteers wanted and appreciated!

Artists and Volunteers call 412-441-6147.

To help with Youth Activities or register a basketball team, call 412-441-9833.


Help us continue to make the Penn Avenue Community a grass roots festival that  reflects the amazing things happening on and along the Penn Avenue Corridor.

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2. Looking for Mural Artist at PGC, 5472 Penn Avenue

NEWS RELEASE

Contact:                                                                                           Date:
Paige Pertz    paige@pittsburghglasscenter.org                             February 18, 2004
412-365-2145 x 202

PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER SEEKS MURAL ARTIST

A $5,000 grant from PAAI launches façade work at PGC

PITTSBURGH, PA  - Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) announces a mural project at its facility located at 5472 Penn Avenue. The nonprofit organization received a $5,000 matching grant from Penn Avenue Arts Initiative:  a joint project of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the Friendship Development Associates for façade renovations. The façade renovations will include three components a mural, signage and neon accents for the building.

“The mural will be a great way to show people on Penn Avenue some of the exciting things that happen inside our studio.  PGC is one of a few open access glass art studios in the country.  We hope the mural will entice more people to come in the door to see what’s happening here.  Plus, we are excited to help beautify the community that welcomed us so warmly in 2001,” said PGC Executive Director Karen Johnese.

PGC is looking for an artist to paint the mural with the following specifications:

Contains thewords "Pittsburgh Glass Center" prominently in the mural

Conveys in anexciting manner a sense of what happens inside the building to thoseoutside the building Utilizesbright colors and originality. The selected artist will receive $1,500.  The deadline for proposals is March 22. For further information on Pittsburgh Glass Center and the mural project, please visit www.pittsburghglasscenter.org <http://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/> or call Paige Pertz at 412-365-2145 ext. 202 or paige@pittsburghglasscenter.org <mailto:paige@pittsburghglasscenter.org> .

About Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, open and comprehensive glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. We invite you to explore our 16,000+ square foot facility housing state-of-the-art studios in hot glass, flameworking, coldworking and soon, casting and kilnworking! Our staff of skilled technicians, highly qualified instructors and dedicated administrators work together to create an open environment where students of all skill levels can explore and achieve their creative vision in glass. Our goal is to provide instruction and resources to expand the skills and knowledge of our students, while fostering a new generation of glass artists and enthusiasts here in the Pittsburgh region, and in our Friendship/Garfield home. Facility tours, which must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance, are available for a small charge to groups of 10 or more. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Glass Center by visiting our Web site at www.pittsburghglasscenter.org <http://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/> or by calling 412-365-2145.

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3. Kingsley Association Quilting Class – This week for eight weeks

Instructor: Ruth Ward
8 weeks - February 17th –April 12th, 2004

A quilting class for beginning, intermediate and advanced quilters. Class members will make several traditional patterns and use some contemporary techniques during this 8 week session. Participants will be able to complete a piece during the 8 weeks. We are continuing the quilting tradition started so many years ago, sending messages, telling our stories and creating works of art through our quilts.  Supply list provided at 1st class.  For information contact Bonnie Young Laing at Kingsley Association (412)661-8751.

Contact:                Bonnie Young Laing or Ruth Ward
                                Phone (412)661-8751
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4. The Quiet Storm – Starting tonight

The Quiet Storm: Now Serving Breakfast! Monday-Friday 8-11AM

Wed Feb 4
Local indie rock by MIROSLAV <http://www.miroslavtheband.com/> and AN
OFFHAND WAY <http://www.anoffhandway.com/>, plus TAR BEACH
<http://www.tarbeachband.com/>. 8PM.
Plus: Wednesday pasta dinner special, 6-9PM.

Thurs Feb 19
Local music by HANDFACE <http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~yds/handface.htm> and
LESLIE ADDIS. 9PM.

Fri Feb 20
More local music by MOFONES <http://www.mamarama.net/mofones.htm> and VALE
AND YEAR <http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/music/story.cfm?type=Music
Previews#1548>. 9PM.

Sat Feb 21
Olde Weird Americana Night with CURTIS ELLER, CHUCK KINDER, THE DELIBERATE
STRANGERS, ADAM BRODSKY. 9PM.
Plus: YouthWorks BluePrint screens a pair of documentaries created by
at-risk youth. Subjects include the redevelopment of the Hill District and

African American homicides in Pittsburgh. 3:30PM. Free.

Sun Feb 22
SINGER-SONGWRITER open mic, hosted by Jenna Nichols. 8PM, with sign-ups at
7PM. $4.

Mon Feb 23
University of Pittsburgh professor of military history DONALD M. GOLDSTEIN
discusses Errol Morris's new documentary The Fog of War
<http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar/> (opening at the Harris Theater Feb
20), which centers on Robert McNamara and US military policies. 6PM. Free.
Plus: Monday vegan dinner special, 6-9PM.

Tues Feb 24
SUPPER CLUB: Gourmet vegetarian & vegan ethnic cuisine, $10 per person,
includes seconds. Seating from 5:30PM. BYOB.
Email <mailto:jilly@quietstormcoffee.com> to reserve a table.

Wed Feb 25

QUIET STORM OPEN HOUSE. Join us for a presentation and Q&A session about our
business history and plans, and learn how you can become a shareholder. Wine
& finger foods. 6-7:30PM.
Plus:
Music by EXTRA SENSORY KARATE, STYLES FOR MODERN LIVING. 9PM.
And: Wednesday pasta dinner special, 6-9PM.
(see number 8 below for more info.)

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BREAKFAST!
Now serving breakfast Monday-Friday, 8-11AM. Chef Sheryl's breakfast
specialties include Scrambled Egg or Tofu Breakfast Panini, Waffles with
Fruit or Soysage and Housemade Granola. Eat-in or take-out.

NEW DINNER SPECIALS!
In addition to our expanded daily dinner menu, we're serving weekly specials
on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-9PM. On Monday, Chef Amy prepares a vegan
specialty each week. And on Wednesday, Chef Leslie serves up pasta with a
variety of sauces and toppings.
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Tell your friends to get on our weekly mailing list:
http://mailman.quietstormcoffee.com/mailman/listinfo/quietstorm

All quoted material from artists' websites

The Quiet Storm
5430 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206
412-661-9355
www.quietstormcoffee.com
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5. DILWORTH TRADITIONAL ACADEMY HOSTS - FEBRUARY 20 “REFLECTIONS OF CHILDHOOD” ART AUCTION

More than two dozen local artists have used a variety of media – ranging from collage and decoupage to acrylic paint and woodcarving – to create a collection of unique mirrors as well as original art pieces that will serve as the centerpiece of “Reflections of Childhood” A Celebration and Art Auction.

On Friday, February 20, art lovers will have an opportunity to bid on these one-of-a-kind mirrors and art pieces when The Dilworth Traditional Academy for the Arts & Humanities, a Pittsburgh Public School, hosts a fund-raising event in the school’s auditorium at 6200 Stanton Avenue, East Liberty/Highland Park. KDKA’s own Jon Burnett will host as auctioneer for the event.  Admission to the adult-only event, which will feature musical entertainment and refreshments, is $5 per couple.   

This unique event was conceived by neighborhood activists, teachers, and parents and has the full support from the schools principal. According to Dilworth Principal Robert F. O’Keefe.  “The art auction is designed to promote interest in the arts and humanities, create broader awareness of Dilworth within the community and demonstrates to educational funders that the school community is taking an active role.”

Construction Junction – a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Point Breeze that sells new and used building materials -- donated the supplies needed to assemble the 30 mirrors, which range in size from large floor mirrors to small wall mirrors.

The February 20 festivities, beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m., will include:

LIVE AUCTION – bid on mirrors and original art works created by 30 prominent artists including; Cheryl Capezzuti, Marybeth Steisslinger, Joann Kieler, Barbara Mingus & students of Dilworth, Gary Pletsch, Joann Pratt, Davia Davis, Justin Rothshank & Union Project artists, Mary Lois Verrilla, Rogers students;Natalie Blake, Courtney Moore & Julia Cahill, Diane DeNardo, Nikki Kalcevic, Stephanie Flom, Tim Stavenger, Mario Rossero, Barbara Kalin, Valda Cox, Denise McPherson, Maritza Mosquero, Emily Maleson, Howard Booth, Adam Shreckhise, Tom Begandy, Charlotte Ambrass, Mara Linaberger, Madelyn Roehrig, Roger Laib, Brigespotters collective.

SILENT AUCTION –Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Dance Alloy, Pittsburgh Film Makers, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Andy Warhol Museum, Mary Miller Dance, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Carnegie Science Center, Color Me Mine, Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Point Park College, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Frick Art Museum, City Theatre, Squonk Opera, Silver Eye Photography Center, WQED, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Zoo, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, East End Food Co-Op, Breadworks, Manchester, Bidwell Corporation, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, East End Food C-o-Op, National Aviary, Hambones, Arsenal Bowling Lanes, Build a Bear, Duquesne Athletics, Music Together First Notes.

RAFFLE – take a chance on winning one of many gift baskets donated by each grade level with contributions from their families.

The public is invited to attend “Reflections of Childhood” A Celebration and Art Auction.
 Adults Only Please.
Tickets will be available at the door and for additional information contact Mrs. Merrihew at  (412)-665-5000.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Tania Grubbs
February 1, 2004           (412)-661-4054
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6. Attack Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony - Saturday

Hello all!
Looking for something fun and artistic to do with your child, niece, nephew, neighborhood kid, grandkid?...
Come check out Attack Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony!

Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza will perform a sizzling and, of course, unconventional tango in Pittsburgh Symphony’s upcoming Fiddlesticks concert - “Dancing in the Streets”.

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: Concert at 11:15am
          Discovery Time (pre-concert activities) starts at 10am
Tickets and More Info: Call Heinz Hall 412.392.4900

Hope to see you this weekend!
Michele and Peter

Attack Theatre ….now with their business at 4805 Penn Avenue

Michele de la Reza & Peter Kope
417 Rebecca Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Ph: (412) 371-1624 Fax: (412) 371-0608
michele@attacktheatre.com
www.attacktheatre.com
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7. Los Tarantos - Film screening at Shadow Lounge

This 1969 Oscar nominated movie features Carmen Amaya, the legendary female flamenco dancer. The story, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and The West Side Story, follows the tale of two star-crossed lovers from rivaling flamenco gipsy families living in Barcelona Spain. The movie features spectacular flamenco dancing set amidst the reality of gipsy poverty. The movie is in Spanish with no English subtitles. The visually easy- to-follow plot and richness of the music and dance makes it digestible for non-Spanish speakers.

Sunday February 22nd 2004 | 7:00 PM
The Shadow Lounge | 5729 Baum Blvd.
$2 suggested donation
BYOB - $2 cork fee
For questions about this film screening, contact veronica@telerama.com
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8. Afro-Punk at the Roboto Project - Sunday

Greetings Lovely People,
As a former, black wearing, skull studded neck collar wearing, blonde, floppy mohawk, mosh pit dancing punk chick, I highly recommend not only marking this on your calendar, but also help us spread the word.

Thanks.

Ciao
Christiane D

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AFRO-PUNK

the rock n roll nigger experience

Afro-Punk,is a 75 minute documentary, which exploresrace identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or typical "Black History

Month" documentary, this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the Punk Rock lifestyle. They find themselves in situations that could only happen to someone who had to experience the duality of a person of color in a mostly white community.

The style of the documentary inter-cuts interviews from scores of black punk rockers from all over the nation with scenes from our four protagonists' lives.
They come from different regions, generations, genders, and sexual preferences, but their stories are the same. The Rock N roll Nigger experience is the same.

Afro-Punk features performances by the BAD BRAINS, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. It also contains exclusive intervies by members of Fishbone, D.H.
Peligor of Dead Kennedy's, Carley of Candiria, and Chaka Malik of Orange 9mm fame to name a few.

http://www.afropunk.com/

At the Roboto Project in Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh, PA
February 22, showings at 4 and 7
$5/$4 for members of Roboto
roboto info=www.therobotoproject.org
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9. Want to be a shareholder of the Quiet Storm? – Next Week

We invite our supporters to the Quiet Storm on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 6pm so that we may present an opportunity to invest in a community-owned resource.

Since October 2001 the Quiet Storm has reinvented the corner of Penn and Graham, a once forbidding intersection, as a lively coffeehouse and vegetarian café, a music and art venue, and, perhaps most importantly, a community gathering place. In so doing, the Storm has helped to provoke interest in a valuable and neglected commercial corridor. Innovative enterprises have emerged up and down the avenue, forming one of the more exciting creative districts of the city. The Quiet Storm has been a foothold in this transformation.

Pittsburgh has come to know the Quiet Storm as a vital institution whose resources support the needs of residents, professionals, artists and outcasts. The Storm hosts scheduled meetings of numerous local organizations and is often reserved or rented for private parties, fundraisers, art classes and training sessions; its walls and windows display the works of local artists and its small stage the performances of local and touring musicians, poets, dancers and speakers.

With the invaluable institutional support of the Friendship Development Associates and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, the Quiet Storm has in its two years become a source of pride among its diverse clientele, attracting new residents and businesses, and confirming our commitment to this city of vast resources and unrealized potential. The Storm asserts Pittsburgh's membership in a broad national culture not dominated by chain restaurants, mall stores, television and pop music.

On January 1, 2004, the Quiet Storm was converted from a sole proprietorship (Ian Lipsky) to a limited liability company. The reason is two-fold: to formally introduce three working partners (Sheryl Johnston, Jill MacDowell and Robert Park), and to permit and encourage the investment by members of our community.

In conjunction with this incorporation, the Quiet Storm is merging with Herbs & Spices, a prominent local catering business, to integrate and increase production, sales and visibility as a combined force. With expansion to breakfast service and nightly dinner specials, renovations to the building's facade and signage finally complete, the Quiet Storm is ready to begin operating in its fully matured state.

Now we ask the members of our community to invest in the Quiet Storm's future. Your investment will serve to relieve the business of the modest debt incurred in construction and the first year of operation, and permit the working ownership to contemplate a salary. Your shares will be legally registered, with benefits of ownership to include annual shareholder parties, discounts and access to business records.

To present the full extent of this proposal, you are invited to the Quiet Storm on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 6pm for a full disclosure of its operating history, plans for business expansion, and the details of shareholding. If this time is not convenient, please contact Ian at the Quiet Storm for a personal meeting. We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you and your neighbors on the 25th.
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10. Looking for an artist to work on designing doghouses

Interested artists please contact Cherrie’ @ Cherrie.russell@mindspring.com _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The A list is a product of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative helping to serve artist and residents revitalize the Penn Avenue Corridor – 4800-6000 Penn Avenue.

Send Penn Avenue Information/Updates (your brief description including name, date, time, address, etc. by Tuesday, 5PM for the week you would like the information to appear) or to join the A-list, email me at Jeffrey@friendship-pgh.org <mailto:Jeffrey@friendship-pgh.org>. Thanks to all of you who help us spread the word about the changes taking place on Penn Avenue. Please note all listings not specifically related to the Penn Avenue Corridor will appear space permitting.

If you are an artist looking for a live work space, please contact us at 412-441-6147 or jeffrey@friendship-pgh.org <mailto:jeffrey@friendship-pgh.org>

The End:          “All of us are always watching for a reaction. Something to go on. Something to carry on and learn from. Maybe no one really knows how to describe what they are feeling inside. Instead, they try their best to describe it with their actions.”                                        -Artnonymous