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May 12, 2004 - Penn Avenue Arts - A-list

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Welcome to the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative a-list for May 12, 2004.

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

Were you at Unblurred?
Thanks to all of you who attended last Friday’s Unblurred. The skies cleared and it was perfect weather for walking around Penn Avenue. Lots of great shows this month too, so if you missed Unblurred, be sure to check out the galleries that participated and their hours and make time to see the shows. All contact info and hours are on our website on the Penn Avenue Corriodor Map and you can view the Schedule from last week by clicking on the Unblurred Street sign on the home page of our website.

Don’t miss this year’s Arts Festival
We are less then a month away from the Penn Avenue Community Arts Festival, Noon-6PM on Penn Avenue in front of the Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Avenue), June 5, 2004. 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.

Welcome new A-list recipients!
Once again, with your help, we added 10 new people to the a-list in one 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.  Just have them send an email to and we’ll add them to the list. Only 165 to go!

This week.
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.



Starting tonight, May 12 – Shows at the Garfield Artworks


Thursday, May 13 - Student Art Show at the Neighborhood Academy


Starting Thursday, May 13 – Shows @ Shadow Lounge

Friday, May 14th – Soma Mestizo w. Lexis Jumps @ Modern Formations


Saturday, May 15 - Take a Hike on the Art Side w/ Venture Outdoors & Penn Avenue Art Initiative


Saturday, May 15 - Friendship Photographer exhibits her photos

Ongoing – Exhibits at Boxheart Gallery and Crazy _Mocha

May 22 - Attack Theatre’s Grand Opening Soiree - Benefit and Performance


for sale / for rent

ARSENAL BANK BUILDING - Artist Spaces Available


job listings

No new postings this week.


miscellaneous / news

Press on Princess and the Pirate now showing at Garfield Artworks



artists wanted

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

Contact Lynn at
Artist Vendors contact Jeffrey Dorsey @
Other vendors contact Dana Smith @
Volunteers to assist with Youth Acitvities or to register your basketball team call Jennifer @ 412-441-9833.






Starting tonight, May 12 – Shows at the Garfield Artworks

4931 Penn Ave

Wed May 12 - AM Sunday, Eastern Seaboard Trio  8 pm
Thu May 13 - Transgressors, Curses!, Emily Rodgers  8 pm
Fri May 14 - Okkervil River, Rocky Votolato, Roy, Shearwater  7 pm
Sat May 15 - This Moment in Black History  8 pm



Thursday, May 13 - Student Art Show at the Neighborhood Academy

7PM. Spinning Plate Community gallery, 5720 Friendship Avenue




Starting Thursday, May 13 – Shows @ Shadow Lounge

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

Date Time Event Cost Ages Genre

5.13 10p-1a Bop Fu: Justin Bechak- Guitar, Darnel Anderson- Saxs, Steve Palko- Bass $6 All Modern Jazz
5.14 10p-2a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Open Mic with The Rain.  Hosted by Hutch. Special Ladies Night Ladies Free. Guys $8 Cover 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!!!!! The Usual Suspectz feturing Gretchen
1st 25 Ladies get a FREE CD Sampler  a gift! $8 b4 11pm; $10 After 18+ Hip-Hop
5.15 2a-5a Element 5 After-After Party $5 21+ Dance/Soul
5.16  CLOSED    
5.18 9p-11p Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Nikki Allen + DJ Brewer $3 All Spoken Word, Open Stage
5.20 7p-9p Adams Township (Atlanta) $6 All Jazz-Fusion, Jam Band
5.20 7p-9p Sexon Ming (United Kingdom) $6 All Crazy Shit
5.20 10p-1a Cross Current $6 All Jazz
5.21 10p-12a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Sol $8 18+ R/Soul
5.21 12a-2a Hip-Hop Café Series:  Open Mic with The Rain.  Hosted by Hutch $8 18+ Hip-Hop/Soul Collective
5.21 2a-4a Deep: Soulful House Music No Cover 21+ Deep House/Soul
5.22 10p-2a Family Affair Showcase TBA 18+ Hip-Hop
5.22 2a-4a Blue Room: Guest DJ's No Cover 21+ Hip-Hop/Soul Collective



Friday, May 14th - SOMA MESTIZO W. LEXIS JUMPS @ Modern Formations

9:30pm, ALL AGES
4919 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412-362-0274

INTERIM II CD RELEASE PARTY - spread the word!!!!!

When:          Friday, May 28th
Where:          Club Café, 56-58th 12th Street, Southside
Time:          10:00pm
Cost:          $ 7
Contact:         Soy Sos, 412-371-4878
Christiane D, 412-487-4032.
Members: Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl, Christiane D, Eric
“Boo Boo” Mason, Richard “Skilah” Gartner and new
member Greg Galbreath

Interim II - Remixes, Dubb and B-sides.

One of the many eggs Soma Mestizo has been sitting on,is hatching. Interim II, features remixes by Pfaffomas and Mark Pfaff, guest musicians such as Mike Speranzo (of mr. smalls funhouse), drummers Ping Ting and Andrew Pearl; and the comic stylings of Kristophe Smith of Vortex Komix.

This great evening of long awaited delight will showcase a new line up, featuring new member on the keys, Greg Galbreath, truly fusing our signature sound of electro-organic musings.  

Greg Galbreath is a life-long musician who now lives in Pittsburgh after spending the past 10 years in San Francisco, CA . He is an independent musician and producer who created music using keyboards, turntables, samplers, drums, and bass. As a keyboardist, he has shared stages with members of Fishbone, Spearhead, Black Fish, Dubtronic Science, MC Radioactive, Tommy Guererro, and many others. He was

also a creator of the San Francisco group Fuzebox, which was an early fusion of live music, video art, and dj's in an immersive visual and sonic space. Of the group's 1999 performances the San Francisco Bay Guardian said, "the advent of 21st century psychadelic jazz is already on its way", and "imagine Sun Rajamming with Grooverider, or Frank Zappa banging out tunes with Herbie Hancock". His recent live work includes playing in Pittsburgh with the group Black Fish, and creating improvisational sonic montage as DJ Translator and w/percussionist Matt Montgomery in Alphabeta .

There will also be Special Guests, the debut of our Pink Lemur of Death drink and T-shirts. IR # 2 release to be spread freely.

IR2 - Indigenous Revolutions # 2 featuring Asian Dub Foundation, Chuck D, Producer Adrian Sherwood, and members of Soma Mestizo. This Trans-Atlantic, cyber space, magical collaboration will be dropping soon; free Cds at upcoming shows. Check it @

Soma Mestizo, spreads it creative wings and throws some jazzy, surfer mad cap sounds on the NEW Glanz Productions website.

Life of a TOY and Interim I to be reissued on Tunekey..




Saturday, May 15 - Take a Hike on the Art Side

Join us for a dazzling integration of the arts and the outdoors in a single day. This urban hike will take us from Lawrenceville's Design
Zone to the Penn Avenue Arts District. Along the way, we'll tour the
300-acre Allegheny Cemetery, created in 1844. Our route will include
walking tours of galleries, studios and public art, a stop for lunch at
the Quiet Storm Coffeehouse (average entrée $5), and glass blowing demos at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. We'll cover about 4 miles total. Sponsors for this outing include the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Location: Lawrenceville and Garfield (Penn Avenue Arts District)

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Cost: $25; Members $20; Kids $10

For those of you interested in getting outside while being creative on the inside/outside, here are some enjoyable Arts & the Outdoors treats happening this spring & summer put together by Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance.

Arts & the Outdoors Programs with Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance.

*To sign up for an activity, please call Venture Outdoors at
412-255-0564 or go to  <>

Other tours include:
Wednesday, May 19
Wednesday, June 23
Yoga Outdoors
Location: Schenley Park Visitor Center
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: $15 (Members $12)

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Sunday, May 23
Art, Bike & Brunch Tour
Location: Shadyside
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Cost: $25 (Members $20)

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Wednesday, June 9
Downtown Walkabout: Three Rivers Arts Festival
Location: Market Square, Clock
Time: Noon - 12:45 PM
Cost: Free!

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Sunday, June 13
Take a Bike on the Art Side
Location: Oakland / Nothside
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Cost: $20 (Members $15)

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Thursday, June 17
The Poetry of Birdwatching
Location: Frick Park
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost: $40 (Members $30)

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Saturday, June 19
Artbike Creations
Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2-D Studio
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
Cost: $35 (Members $25)

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Sean Brady
Program Director
Venture Outdoors
304 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh PA 15222
phone: 412.255.0564
fax: 412.255.0635

Try kayaking, climbing, biking, fishing, in-line skating and much more
at our FREE Venture Outdoors Festival on Saturday May 22, 2004 on the

North Shore -- see or call 412-255-0564 for more information!




Saturday, May 15 - Friendship Photographer exhibits her photos

7 women erotic dancers
2 women photographers
2 different views...

you are invited to experiencestripped”photography by mara rago & venus
saturday may 15
7-10 pm
blue ruin gallery
southside of pittsburgh
1019 East Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

please pass this on to the open minded!!

412 853 7950 questions
or www. website will be updated soon with info.


Ongoing –Exhibits at Boxheart Gallery and Crazy _Mocha

When painting, Wodarek experiences an internal balance and harmony.  The process of creating art is much like a process of self-discovery.  All of his influences, every defining moment in his life becomes part of that process.  The work Wodarek creates is a record of that time, that perfect moment of balance in which he is the closest to the essence of who he truly is in this life.  External characteristics and stereotypes are replaced by ideals and passion.  The process of creating art is the purest form of communication because it comes directly from the soul.  For Wodarek, this is something that transcends geography, social classes, finances or other earthly boundaries.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 15th
6M - 9PM
Free and Open to the Public!

Box Heart Gallery Hours:
Sunday: 1PM - 5PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11AM - 6PM
Wednesday - Saturday:  10AM - 6PM

Crazy _Mocha Coffee Company
4525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(Next to Box Heart)

May 11 - May 25, 2004

Senior Exhibition
Recent Work by Artist:

Artist and graphic designer, Anna Pandolfo, is a graduating senior from Carlow College. Pandolfo was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and plans on staying.  An art lover since kindergarten, Pandolfo pursued art any time she could.  her senior show brings together many different types of media, from oil paint to Photoshop, into visual splendor.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 15th
6M - 9PM
Free and Open to the Public!
In conjunction with "Images from Within" work by James Wodarek

Crazy _Mocha Hours of Operation:
Sunday:  10AM - 10PM
Monday - Thursday: 7AM - 11PM
Friday:  7AM - 12AM
Saturday:  8AM - 12AM



May 22 - Attack Theatre’s Grand Opening Soiree - Benefit and Performance
Tickets on Sale Now

Attack Theatre Announces its Grand Opening Soiree - Benefit and Performance Party. Saturday, May 22, 7-11 PM @ 4805 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield-Garfield).  Tickets are $25, contact ProArts 412-394-3353 or For more information call 412.441.8444 or

Enjoy dance, live music, theatre and video performances by local and national performers in their new studio space.

“Hi, I’ve got three minutes” will include performances by dancers Michele de la Reza, Peter Kope and Jil Stifel and NYC cellist Dave Eggar (Attack Theatre), Karla Boos (Quantum Theater), Dina Finai (NYC singer/songwriter), Rob Rogers (Political Cartoonist from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette), Joe Haughton (Opera Singer from Philadelphia), Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company, Buzz Miller (video artist), dancers Nicole Sasala and Mollie McClelland, and a surprise ambassador from the Pittsburgh Symphony.  The evening will also include tours of Attack Theatre’s new space, a slide show, food, drink and lots of Attack Theatre Antics.




for sale / for rent

For a full listings of Buildings available along the Penn Avenue Corridor go to then go to marketing and promotions / a-list / for sale for rent.


4300 Butler Street – Central Lawrenceville

Artist community with neighborhood retail stores
3 miles from City Center and Major Universities
Convenient bus service
5 Blocks from Allegheny River Walk

City parking lot and street parking.

Guest Room                                                                         $200.00 a week

Co-op style shared facilities for visiting artists, lecturers, researchers.

Available for short stay visitors

1st flr. Studio 1,500 sqft.                                                        $650.00 includes all Utilities

Large open room 16'X 34' ceilings 11'
Second half of space divided into three 13'x10 rooms
            utility sink, bathroom combination.
Basement work / storage space 500'sqft.

Potential live work.
Available June 1st

Corner Storefront – 2,500 sq ft                                           $1,600 includes all Utilities     

                                                                                                                  Except electric
1,500 sq ft open retail space with 14ft ceilings.
500 sq ft Office and storage room
500sq ft. Additional finished basement

Marble floors and bank rail

Available January 1, 2005
Contact: Sandra Budd               412.621.2602 home




job listings

No new postings this week.




miscellaneous / news


Press on Princess and the Pirate now showing at Garfield Artworks

click on “moods for moderns”  and/or “the princess and the pirate”  at




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. So please when you send us something, if it isn’t obvious, tell us how it connects to Penn Avenue. 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

“Resist the urge to separate everything in your life. Instead assume you are in the right place, on the right path, that you are whole,  temporarily experiencing sensations that you can chose to act on or not, separate or not. Observe. Try living in the whole of yourself and you might learn to like it. Love it. Hang a mobile over your head..”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

- Artnonymous