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May 06, 2004 - Penn Ave Arts - A-List

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Welcome to the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative a-list for May 6, 2004.

Check what’s going on any day of the week at  <>

Two big events this week in Friendship this week. On Friday and Saturday experience Unblurred on Penn Avenue.
On Saturday check out f4: the Friendship Flower and Folk Festival. Details below.

And don’t forget to mark you calendar for June 5, 2004 and join us for the Penn Avenue Community Arts Festival, Noon-6PM on Penn Avenue in front of the Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Avenue). At the Festival we will unveil major projects including: New Commercial Storefronts and Senior Housing at the Penn Fairmont Site, 3 New Artists Lofts, 4 renovated Buildings for Artists, 8 renovated houses, and PCTV relocating to Penn Avenue. For more information or to volunteer on the day call 412-441-6147.

Also thanks to you, our readers, we added 16 new people to the a-list last week! Please help us continue to get the word out about the Penn Avenue Corridor and grow our a-list. Our goal is 200 new readers by the end of the 2004.  176 new readers to go! Just have them send an email to  and we’ll add them to the list.

Now here’s what’s new for this week. Remember that ongoing news items will remain posted on our website under marketing and promotions / a-list so you can go there any time. This a-list emailer only updates you to what is new this week.

Jeffrey Dorsey
Arts District Manager, Penn Avenue Arts Initiative


artists wanted
May 15, 2004 Deadline - Call for Artist Vendors, Performers and Buskers for our Penn Avenue Community Arts festival.
May 15 & 29, 2004 - Call for Artists for Garfield J.A.M. Event
May 2, 2004 -  Deadline Call for Artists for "Energy" Installation Arts Competition @ HOTHOUSE 04

Starting tonight May 6, 2004 - Shows @ Shadow Lounge
Starting tonight May 6, 2004 - Shows at the Quiet Storm,
5430 Penn Avenue.
Friday and Saturday, May 7 & 8, 2004 - Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn
Saturday May 8, 2004 - Friendship Flower & Folk Festival in Frinedship

Saturday, May 8, 2004 - an evening of ambient world drones and electronic space music
                   & Wednesday May 12, 2004 - soul-funk and free-jazz at the Garfield Artworks
Starting Saturday may 8, 2004 – Learn to sing Sevillanas (Flamenco Cante) at Schoolhouse Yoga
Ongoing exhibition of international street art; "The Street Changes Forever Everywhere" at the Skinny Building

for sale /
No new listings this week

job listings
No new listings this week

miscellaneous / news
Union Project Recognized for Preservation Work
Abay- Ethopian Restaurant Coming to East Liberty ... Soon
Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Mural has Begun
Public Art coming to Penn Avenue - Delayed


artists wanted

May 15, 2004 Deadline - Call for Artist Vendors, Performers and Buskers for our Penn Avenue Community Arts festival.
Contact Lynn at < >


May 15 & 29 – Call for Artists for Garfield J.A.M. Event
We are have J.A.M.(Jesus and me) affairs on the May 15 and 29, which we are closing the street off, an are looking for volunteer artists, who would like to do face painting, and chalk walk, and etc. bascially street block off will be the 29, along with a fish fry that day. I know time is vailable to you at the present, but if you could share with some of the others artist who are interest, please have them give me a call at (412)432-5436 work number during the day.

Thank you
Darlene Summers


May 21- Deadline. Call for Artists for "Energy" Installation Arts Competition @ HOTHOUSE 04

Red Bull North America and The Sprout Fund are making a call for proposals for a temporary installation that exemplifies the theme "Energy" at HOTHOUSE 04 on Saturday, June 26, 2004.

The Sprout Fund supports innovative, cutting-edge projects that are creating tremendous change in how young people are living, working, and playing in Pittsburgh. HOTHOUSE 04, an evening of exhibitions, performance art, and music, is a celebration of Pittsburgh's young people and their community initiatives. Set in the Liberty Bank Building, a redeveloped live/work space in the heart of East Liberty, the event will attract an eclectic mix of the always seen and young leaders of Pittsburgh's unscene. In its first year, Hothouse attracted more than 1,200 people and was named 2003's best local party in the City Paper readers' poll.

"Energy" Installation Arts Competition @ HOTHOUSE 04 is open to artists residing in the 13-county Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania region.  Individuals, independent artistic teams, and small companies of two or more artists working across disciplines to creatively develop an "Energy" installation are encouraged to apply.

One winning entry will be chosen from proposals received by 5:00pm on Friday, May 21, 2004, to create an installation at HOTHOUSE 04. The winning entrant(s) will receive:

Technical budget of up to$3,000 to execute the installation

Artist honorarium of $1,000 foran entrant that is one (1) artist or $1,500 for an entrant that is acollaborative artist team (to be distributed at the discretion of theentrant, with no one artist receiving more than $1,000)

Recognition in the HOTHOUSE 04program book, website, and event signage

Check it out  <>

The Sprout Fund | Penn Avenue Arts Initiative | 4920 Penn Avenue | Pittsburgh PA 15224 -1609
phone 412.325.0646 | fax 412.325.0647 |  |  <>



Starting tonight, Wednesday, May 6, 2004- Shows @ Shadow Lounge

Shadow Lounge ::: Urban Kontent Brand ::: Other Pittsburgh-Metro Interests  <>   ::: 5972 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 :: 412.363.8277 ::: <>

What makes an attractive nightlife scene?  Flashy lights, red carpets, and spinners?  Or off the beaten path venues, independent arts, and late night eats?  I’m pretty sure this city has strong supporters of both entertainment visions.  For anyone that hasn’t noticed, over the past five years or so, Pittsburgh has been growing… maybe not at the rate that some may like, but compared to the 90’s, Pittsburgh is like a throw-back Milk Commercial.  As it continues to grow, which nightlife vision will the Metro reflect?  Hopefully a healthy balance of both; Consumers need options. ! ; It’s important to support, or at least respect, all forms of entertainment.  From the neon-lit-national-chains to the back-alley-I-gotta-know-where-your-mama-lives-to-get-in-events, options are what make consumers happy.  So don’t hate on the big-Lego-developments; they make you look cooler.  And don’t hate on the obscure art venues; they let you know you’re not weird.  – 7th Movement Development

Date Time Event Cost Ages Genre

5.06 6p-9p Art Show Opening:  Deconstruction Exposure No Cover All Art
5.06 10p-1a Black Ireland:  Alex Peck, Chris McDonald, + Christian Dillingham $6 All Jazz Fusion
5.07 10p-12a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Vanessa German $8 18+ Spoken Word
5.07 12a-2a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Open Mic with The Rain.  Hosted by Hutch $8 18+ Hip-Hop/Soul Collective
5.07 2a-4a Deep:  Soulful House Music No Cover 18+ Deep House/Soul
5.08 10p-5a Private Party    
5.09 9p-12a Soul Soothing Sundays No Cover 18+ House, Breaks, Latin House
5.13 10p-1a Bop Fu $6 All Modern Jazz
5.14 10p-2a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Open Mic with The Rain.  Hosted by Hutch $8 18+ Hip-Hop/Soul Collective
5.14 2a-4a Deep:  Soulful House Music No Cover 18+ Deep House/Soul
5.15 10p-2a Blackrutz Inc. presents: CD Release Party!!!!! A Hip-Hop Show You Don't Want to Miss Out On. Feat. Blackwell, Costello, Gretchen Bluemle, and Kaptain Morgan plus special guests.
1st 25 Ladies get a FREE CD Sampler  a gift! $8 b4 11pm; $10 After 21+ Hip-Hop
5.15 2a-4a Blue Room:  Guest DJ's No Cover 21+ Various
5.16 9p-12a Soul Soothing Sundays No Cover 18+ House, Breaks, Latin House


Starting tonight – Shows at the Quiet Storm, 5430 Penn Avenue.

May 6 9:00 $5 (rock)
(Musicians from all over the country
jammin' together)

May 7 9:00 $8 (rock)
Drums and Tuba
Vale and Year

May 8 6:30 free (Lit)
"Love, Sex and Desire"
Readings from local writers

May 8 9:00 $5 (rock)
The Carnies
Bess Rogers
Daryl Flemming w/ Vince Camut

May 11 8:00 $7 (rock)
Jen Foster
Kill Henrey Sugar
Ricardo (from Jackies Platoon)

May 12 8:00 $5 (rock)
Michael Nace
CJ Boyd
Jon Check

May 13 9:00 $5 (rock)
Jam night hosted by
members of

Friday and Saturday, May 7 & 8, 2004 - Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn

Location: Penn Avenue Corridor – 4800-6000 Penn Avenue in Friendship, Garfield, and East Liberty
Contact: Jeffrey Dorsey- Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, District Manager
Phone: 412-441-6147                          Fax: 412-441-6149
Email:  <mailto: >
Website:  <>
Click on the First Fridays sign for complete schedule that you can print directly or pick up a schedule in any of the participating locations on Penn.

This Unblurred get your first look at Penn Avenue’s newest Dance Studio,  plenty of photo exhibits, and you can finally see what the community did with CUD and all of those glass bottles at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Bring the whole family and experience Unblurred: spoken word, music, exhibits, and this month there’s art for sale– all within walking distance along the Penn Avenue Corridor.

Friday, May 7:

Paintings by Glenn Wonsettler.

HANG OUT AND KNIT EVENT: Experienced knitters will be available to teach first timers as well as assist individuals who want to learn more advanced techniques. Tours of the school will be done at 4 pm and 6 pm. Refreshments, musical entertainment and supplies will be provided. Free. 412-441-5792 or  <>

PAINTINGS by LAURA CAMERON (the in-house Artist AT WFM) with
Digital Organics performing in the café.

Youth and Family Art Activities. Join neighborhood artist, Jill Flynn as she provides guidance for this "pick-up art on the floor" activity. We're rolling up the carpet and rolling out the paper! From a variety of art materials children will be able to choose, create, and make art together. It just might be a masterpiece!

NOW & THEN: CUD 2004 15 YEARS OF COLLABORATION EXHIBITION OPENING; See the faces that Pittsburgh painted for Cud’s 15-year retrospective exhibition. Hundreds of recycled bottles were painted by community members and will be on display at PGC. View new work inspired by John Drury and Robbie Miller aka Cud’s stay in Pittsburgh in addition to past works created in collaboration with students and friends from throughout the world. Free. 412-365-2145 or .

FOUR GALLERIES, FOUR ARTISTS + photographs  by Todd Hido, Ghost Ships by John Taylor, paintings by David Crismon and new prints by Hung Liu. Slide presention by Todd Hido on April 3 at 4:30PM. Hido's work is on view concurrently at the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie as part of their "Vague Terrain"
exhibition.  Call 412-441-4282  or  go to

PHOTOS by DANA LEIGH DOLNEY. Call for more information. (412) 361-2540.

RE-ENCOUNTERING MODERNISM: SITING THE WORK OF AIRES MATEUS IN THE NEW LANDSCAPES OF PORTUGAL (With introductory remarks by Ray Ryan, Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center) The Aires Mateus brothers have been instrumental in the formation of a new architecture program at the Universidad Autonoma in Lisbon and are currently teaching at Mendrisio in Switzerland.  Having completed a series of significant buildings, they have been invited to participate in a number of national and international competitions and are currently working on the design of several major projects.  Featured in this exhibition are a number of the Aires Mateus' important recently completed buildings. Call 412-345-5005 for more information.

GET A SNEAK PEAK of our new studio through space tours and check Out Attack Theatre’s large video screen projections by watching past performances and repertoire.  

OPENING RECEPTION: THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE a new epoch installation by Namiko Ogawa and Brian Holderman. Nami and Brian will be constructing a new installation in the Garfield Artworks that will parallel their work and lives together with that of an epic, brutish romance. Combing their collaborative and solo work through animated video, elegantly fashioned clothing, and more primitive paintings, with similarly contrasting sounds of Adolphe Adam's ballet piece 'Le Corsaire' and music by the Fantomas and Mr. Bungle. This will be the perfect opportunity to view a new age in installation art by two of Pittsburgh's own. Exhibit runs through the month of May. Hours are by appointment at 412-361-2262 or

OPENING RECEPTION FOR IMPLICIT featuring: Aaron McGregor - showing a mix of paintings and photography. Blaine Siegel - showing mixed media work. Polaroid photos covered in parafin wax, and mounted to wooden tiles. Jay Del Greco - showing a mix of old sculptural paintings and mixed-media pieces that were never shown in Pittsburgh. Also with special electronic/techno band performances after 9pm. 412-362-0274.

Music by DRUMS & TUBA/VALE & YEAR. Jordan Monahan exhibit continues through May 31.

HIP-HOP CAFÉ SERIES featuring VANESSA GERMAN (Spoken Word) followed by Live Open Mic for Poets, MC's, Vocalist, + More. Music by The Rain.  Hosted by Hutch. $8 Cover | $5 Online RSVP | 18+ Over | BYOB $2 Fee/Person

Saturday, May 8:

DEEP. Guest DJ's spinning Soulful House Music. No Cover | 18+ Over | BYOB $2 Fee/Person

UNIQUE GLASS ART & JEWELRY SALE. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Graduations, Spring/Summer Weddings. Spring Clearance Sale – 30% off everything


Saturday May 8, 2004 - Friendship Flower & Folk Festival Coming
Friendship Development Associates and Friendship Preservation Group’s annual Friendship Flower and Folk Festival is Saturday, May 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at Baum Grove, the parklet at the intersection of Fairmount, Roup and Harriet in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Admission is free and the festival occurs rain or shine!

The event features:
FLOWER SALE - with everything from perennials and herbs to flat of annuals and hanging baskets that are perfect Mother’s Day gifts.
FOLK MUSIC - provided by favorite Pittsburgh bands. (see schedule below)
FOOD FOR THE BODY – available for purchase and prepared under the direction of Whole Foods, the festival sponsor.
FOOD FOR THE MIND - browse the popular used book sale
FUN FOR KIDS - Mike the Balloon Guy will dazzle and delight youngsters with his latex creations. There will also be a moonwalk, a climbing wall, a chalk mural, and other kid-friendly activities.
FANTASTIC WORKSHOPS - Brad and Tom of Food Glorious Food, a Highland Park cooking school and shop, will teach a class on cooking with fresh herbs.  
Master Gardener and Friendship president Diana MacQuarrie will demonstrate ways to create those stunning window boxes and container gardens you’ve always wanted.
Doug Oster, the Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener, will discuss techniques for achieving success in your vegetable garden.
Performance Schedule
10:50 to 11:20: The Folk Orchestra (traditional folk)
11:35 to noon: David Graham (singer-songwriter)
Noon to 12:435: Sue Powers and Dark Hollow (avant folk)
1 to 1:30: Monongahela Sheiks (country blues)
1:45 to 2:15: Rank Strangers (bluegrass)

Workshop Schedule
12:30 to 1:00 p.m.: Cooking With Fresh Herbs  
1:30 to 2:00 p.m.: Creating Lush Window Boxes and Container Gardens
2:30 to 3:00 p.m.: Achieving Success in Your Vegetable Garden


Saturday, May 8, 2004 - an evening of ambient world drones and electronic space music
Wednesday May 12, 2004 - soul-funk and free-jazz

@ Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Avenue

Saturday May 8 - an evening of ambient world drones and electronic space music

8 pm   $6

Somewhere between new age healing mantras and the classic space ambience of 1970 legends such as Tangerine Dream lies this double bill of homegrown
musicians on the edge. The debut of CENTRALE ELECTRIQUE - the duo of Mark Gaudio and David Rullo (aka Digital Buddha) - will be up first with
their electronic explorations. Closing the evening will be the well-known LIFE IN BALANCE, featuring Steve Sciulli on shakuhachi flute and backing
electronics, and his wife Ami on Tibetan quartz crystal bowls. Come on a spiritual journey with them that you won't soon forget!

Wed May 12 - soul-funk and free-jazz

8 pm  $6

Two out-of-town touring groups join forces for an eclectic mix of musical styles. First up is New York City's EASTERN SEABOARD TRIO, who
play a frenetic brand of avant-garde jazz improvisation, but laden with deep grooves and textures. They have the honor of being the only young
American group to be recently signed to Italy's legendary Black Saint label, which has released the best-known players in the world's avant-jazz
scene for nearly three decades. Also on the bill are A.M. SUNDAY, a group from Louisville featuring the drummer from indie-rock legends King Kong.
Their blend of soul, funk and post-rock grooves will get your knees moving after your brain's been fully stimulated by the jazz.


Starting Saturday may 8, 2004 – Learn to sing Sevillanas (Flamenco Cante)

Dear Flamenco friends,

I am going to be teaching a short course on how to sing Sevillanas.  This course will be on four consecutive Saturdays, and will begin this coming weekend. Even though only a few of you might be interested in, and/or able to sign up for the class, I would encourage you all to consider the benefits of learning flamenco cante. As I said, in this class we will be focusing on Sevillanas, which as many of you know as dancers, is a very festive palo. So it is a fun way to be introduced to flamenco cante, and can be performed individually or as a group. Additionally, learning to sing sevillanas will give you more confidence as a dancer, and will allow you to understand this flamenco form in a deeper way.

The details of the course are as follows:

Flamenco Cante Course (4 classes)
Saturday May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 12:00 pm

Sliding scale fee for class:
$10 per class (full fee) - "It's OK, I can afford it"
$5 per class - "I'm truly on a budget"
free - "I'm totally broke but really want to learn how to sing Sevillanas"

Classes will be held at School House Yoga in Lawrenceville

I would love to hear from those of you who are going to come to the class, so I have some of idea of how many people to expect. Please let me know by sending me an e-email:

See you next Saturday!


Ongoing Exhibition of international street art; "The Street Changes Forever Everywhere"

in the SkinnyBuilding and on Wood St. and Fifth Ave.   Installation 2 May thru 27 Jun 04.   Reception Sat 8 May at SPACE gallery on Liberty Ave., Downtown.

The SkinnyBuilding is located at the corner of Forbes/Wood, Downtown.  Along most bus routes thru Downtown.   For more information:  contact; 412-606-5621   or  visit;  <>


for sale / for rent

No new listings this week


job listings

No new listings this week


miscellaneous / news

Union Project Recognized for Preservation Work

The Union Project has been recognized by the Young Preservationists of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Northside Leadership Conference as one of the “Top Ten Historic Preservation Opportunities of 2004”. Come join YPA and others on Monday, May 3 from 6 to 8 pm at True Café and Bartini, 900 Western Ave., on Pittsburgh’s Northside as they celebrate National Historic Preservation Week 2004 and announce the top ten preservation opportunities.

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Abay- Ethopian Restaurant coming to East liberty ... Soon

We are indeed quite close to opening.  If you have peeked in the front window at any period during the past month, you are aware that it has looked finished for quite some time. Since some of the episodes are humorous, I considered posting the top 100 reasons for the delay on our website, but I just do not have the time.  

In any event, I will send out an e-mail next week announcing a firm grand opening date.  


James W. Wallace, Esq.
130 S. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Ph: 412.661.9736
Fx: 412.661.8739  <>

Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Mural has Begun

Pittsburgh Glass Center is thrilled to announce that work on its mural will begin next week.  The cool & colorful design was created by Friendship native and artist Chris St. Pierre.  He and Jordan Monahan will begin painting on May 7.  The Scaffolding is up and re-pointing the brick is underway. Thanks to PAAI for its façade grant to complete the project! Stop by and check it out!


Public Art coming to Penn Avenue – Delayed

Due to the fact that a crew had to be hired to move the public art we mentioned in last week’s a-list, the project move date had to be moved. We anticipate it coming to Penn Avenue sometime in the next two weeks. Keep your eyes open on the Avenue.

about the a list

The PAAI A-list was created for the purposes of promoting the Penn Avenue Corridor, changing the perception of its adjacent neighborhoods to a positive one, making you aware of its revitalization opportunity and accomplishments, and helping the creative community here on Penn Avenue grow. The PAAI reserves the right to promote whatever it sees as a healthy connection towards meeting this goal. Priority for editing and posting the A-list is always reserved for the promotion of Penn Avenue Corridor artists, people and groups who partner with us, as well as friends who do things for us in return. If you sent us something and didn’t see it included in our A-list, it is either because we didn’t receive it, received it late, it was just way too long to read and edit, or because it was not news in some way shape or form related to the Penn Avenue Corridor. If we miss a week, it’s because we are too busy serving the customers mentioned above to send out the events list.  So please be patient.

If you really would like to be on our A-list, you may want to consider moving to our community and getting involved. Help us continue doing great work, and we will be happy to promote you with a smile! Otherwise, there are numerous other weekly email lists you can be part of. Don’t get us wrong . . . our intent is in no way to create a closed community, a club, or an “in-crowd.” In fact, the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative was created to do the opposite – to bring together all our neighbors and to build on the diversity of the corridor.  We also want to do you a service by not replicating information you get on others lists.  That way, you don’t get tired or frustrated of reading the same stuff over and over and stop reading the A-list all together. Our hope is that you find the A-list a service and, in fact, help us promote our little special arts-related niche in Pittsburgh, so that when you think of Penn Avenue and the arts, you will choose the A-list to get the latest news.

To post information that is arts-related and relates to the Penn Avenue corridor on the A-list, please email it to by Tuesday - 9AM of the week you would like to see it posted. Please include the following information in this order: the Date, Event Title, Event Location, Contact Info, and Brief Description of Event.

the end:                “Put down your cell phone and talk to your neighbor.”       Artnonymous