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May 05, 2004 - PITTARTS: Art with a Splash!
1. PIN UP artists to talk about pinhole imagery
3. Things of Dry Hours
4. Prophets and Gain: New Russian
5. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
6. Chesapeake, City Theatre
David Sedaris, cheap seats
8. Symphony with a Splash
9. Dead Man Walking
at the Opera
1. PIN UP artists to talk about pinhole imagery
Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District
Saturday, May 8 from 1-
Photographers Lorraine Vullo, Michael Picarsic
III, and Lauren Elmer
will host a free gallery talk and discuss their
photography as made from homemade pinhole cameras, on view now as part of the
SPACE Gallery exhibition entitled PIN UP. See examples of their pinhole
cameras, and experience the camera obscura, a life-size version of a pinhole
camera. Light refreshments will be served. PIN UP is on view now through
2. Yo' Mama!
April 29 - May 15
Creative Play, 1400 Braddock Ave.
Tickets are $15 through www.proartstickets.org or call ProArts at
A provocative new comedy about modern motherhood. Six women
in a post-natal yoga class take you on a one-hour roller coaster ride through
sleepless nights, first words --that no mother, son, or daughter should miss.
For more info visit: www.yomamatheplay.com
Written and Directed by Heather Arnet
Choreography by Mary
Miller.Featuring: Janis Burley Wilson, Carla Delaney, Vanessa German, Melissa
Martin, Tonia Steed, and Adrienne Wehr.
3. Things of Dry Hours
Pittsburgh Public Theater
April 15 - May 16
Staff and Faculty through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU
(Fri and Sat night performances
By Naomi Wallace, Directed by Israel Hicks
miss this highly anticipated world premiere by one of today's most celebrated
and compelling writers, Naomi Wallace. In this powerful new drama set in
Depression-era Alabama, you'll experience the spiritual awakenings of three
different people and witness the transforming power of hope. *adult
4. Prophets and Gain: New Russian Cinema
All morning and day screenings take place at 106 David Lawrence Hall. All night screenings take place at the Melwood Screening Room.
Schedule listed at www.rusfilm.pitt.edu/2004/schedule.html
first time, the annual Russian Film Symposium cosponsored by the University of
Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will concentrate on new and unknown
filmmakers, including young directors who have just completed a first feature
film. Titled Prophets and Gain: New Russian Cinema, the symposium will take
place May 3-8 on Pitt’s Oakland campus and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood
Ave., North Oakland location.
The symposium, supported by Pitt,
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund
of The Pittsburgh Foundation, will feature screenings of 15 films, four of them
American premieres and the other 11 productions by STW Film Company, NTV-Profit
Film Company, and Pygmalion Productions, private Russian production studios. The
symposium also will include daytime discussions and commentaries.
filmmakers are Petr Buslov, Aleksei German Jr., Gennadii Sidorov, and Andrei
Zviagintsev. Their films, depicting today’s Russian cinema, will be shown at 8
p.m. May 5-8 respectively, beginning with Buslov’s Bimmer (2003), introduced by
Sergei Chlyants, general producer at Pygmalion; German’s The Last Train (2003),
introduced by Vladimir Padunov, associate professor in Pitt’s Department of
Slavic Languages and Literatures and associate director of the Film Studies
Program; Sidorov’s Little Old Ladies (2003), introduced by Mikhail Iampol’skii,
associate professor of Comparative Literature and Russian Studies at New York
University; and Zviagintsev’s The Return (2003), introduced by Vlad Strukov,
visiting assistant professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pitt. These
films will be screened at the Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s Melwood Screening Room;
admission is $5.
The four films were all released in the second half of
2003. Each film has received several prestigious awards at major film festivals
both domestically and abroad.
The transformation of the Russian film
industry over the last decade has given rise to independent producers and the
emergence of privately owned film companies. The three production companies,
whose films will be shown during the symposium, have dominated the independent
market in Russia.
Former film director Sergei Sel’ianov established STW
Film Company in
St. Petersburg in 1992; NTV-Profit Film Company, a company
created in 1995 in Moscow, joins Igor’ Tolstunov’s production studio Profit with
Vladimir Gusinskii’s NTV Television Company; and in 2001, Chlyants formed
Pygmalion Productions in Moscow.
In addition to screening the three
company’s films, presentations about the companies will be given throughout the
symposium at 2 p.m. in Pitt’s David Lawrence Hall, Room 106, 3942 Forbes Ave.
Maksim Ukhanov, chief financial officer at STW, will speak about the company May
3; Chlyants will discuss Pygmalion May 5; and Yevgeny Gindilis, NTV’s director
of international projects, will talk about the company May 7.
have English subtitles. For a full schedule of screenings and information on the
event, visit the symposium Web site at www.rusfilm.pitt.edu.
5. The Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band
Calliope Folk Music Society
May 21 7:30 PM
student, $30-85 staff/faculty through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU
artists are the bluegrass/country-rock pioneers Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who have
been bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary music for over 30
years with their own blend of bluegrass, folk, and other American roots
music.The concert will begin with a special appearance by Jeff Austin,
mandolinist and frontman for Yonder Mountain String Band and Chris Castino, from
the jam band The Big Wu who have just released "Songs from the Tin Shed" on Frog
Pad Records. This talented duo creates a raw, roots mix of folk, country, and
bluegrass with a distinctive contemporary edge.
April 22 - May 30
$10 student, $20-$30 faculty/staff through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU.
performance artist, a right-wing senator, and a retriever named Lucky collide in
Lee Blessing’s comic satire
David Wilson Barnes makes his City Theatre
debut in this one-man-show about arts, politics, and dogs
presents Lee Blessing’s fantastic take on America’s culture wars,
Chesapeake. This one-man-show in the Lester Hamburg Studio features the
Pittsburgh debut of New York-based actor David Wilson Barnes. Chesapeake
is directed by Lou Jacob, who last worked with City Theatre as the director of
In Chesapeake, a performance artist, Kerr,
becomes the target of Therm Pooley, a conservative Southern candidate for the
Senate. In his campaign Pooley uses his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Lucky, as his
mascot. When the politician succeeds in stripping Kerr of a NEA grant, the
artist concocts a plan of revenge involving Pooley’s dog. What happens next
comes as a big surprise to Kerr, and the audience as well.
describes Chesapeake as “…Rich with inspiration and mockery on both sides
of the culture wars. Blessing is fearlessly out there, with hints of Kafka and
comic books, the Old Testament and Lassie.”
7. David Sedaris
June 6, 2004, at 7 p.m.
through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU
With Dress Your Family in Corduroy and
Denim, David Sedaris returns to his deliriously twisted domain: hilarious
childhood dramas infused with melancholy; the gulf of misunderstanding that
exists between people of different nations or members of the same family; and
the poignant divide between one's best hopes and most common deeds. The family
characters his readers love are all here, as well as the unique terrain they
inhabit, strewn with comic landmines.
Recounting his strange-but-true
experiences of his job as a Macy's elf, clad in green tights, David Sedaris made
his comic debut reading his "Santaland Diaries" on National Public Radio's
Morning Edition. Sedaris' sardonic humor and incisive critiques of society have
since made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators. But Sedaris
isn't "just a working Joe who happens to put out these perfectly constructed
pieces of prose," as This American Life's Ira Glass puts it; the great skill
with which Sedaris slices through euphemisms and political correctness proves
that he is a master of satire.
David Sedaris is the author of the
bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on
Ice, as well as collections of
personal essays, Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, which immediately became
national bestsellers. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated
under the name "The Talent Family" and have written several plays, which have
been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York
City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which
received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, and The Book of Liz, which
was published in book form by Dramatist's Play Service. His essays appear
regularly in Esquire, GQ, and The New Yorker.
Sedaris' original radio
pieces can often be heard on The American Life, distributed nationally by Public
Radio International and produced by WBEZ in
Chicago. In 2001, David Sedaris
became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was Time
magazine's "Humorist of the Year" in 2001. Recently Entertainment Weekly named
him one of the "25 Funniest People in America."
8. Symphony with a
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Thursday May 13
Happy Hour -
5:00 PM, Concert - 6:45 PM
Tickets $10 for students and $13 for
faculty/staff through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU.
Classical music isn't all
European -- American Classical music has a vibe of its own, styled after our
culture, history and unique influences. Enjoy the sound and spirit of
America's classics, from brass bands, Broadway, jazz and yes, Liberace (!) at
this concert of our own composers.
The coolest networking happy hour,
mixes with one of the world's best orchestras at the Pittsburgh Symphony's brand
new Symphony with a Splash Concert Series.
At Symphony With A
Splash Concerts, Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall becomes the
Pittsburgh Symphony Lounge, where you can chill out after work (and miss out on
rush hour traffic), enjoy cocktails, live jazz music and a light bite, while
meeting and mingling with other young professionals!
Then, sit back,
relax, and enjoy short shots of popular and innovative classical music, in a
behind-the-scenes style concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Hosted by Greg Sandow, composer, professor of Classical Music in a
Pop Music World at Julliard and music critic for the Wall Street Journal,
you'll discover inside angles, and new insights about the music you'll hear and
even walk away with new ways to listen to any music!
Man Walking, by Jake Heggie - Libretto by Terrence McNally
June 5, 8, 11, 13
$15 Student tickets through PITT ARTS, 929
A remorseless man on death row. A woman of God who seeks his
spiritual liberation. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean that inspired
the award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, this critically
acclaimed, musically lush and socially relevant co-production is a powerful
testament to the coming of age of American opera.
Dead Man Walking is the
centerpiece production for the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention in
Pittsburgh, June 2004.
929 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
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