Pop City's new editor, Erin Keane Scott introduces herself and talks about the state of Pop City.
History, politics, romance and rock music will converge in Point Park Conservatory Theatre Company's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, running through March 2 at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Don't miss this raucous chance to experience America's seventh president (aka Old Hickory) re-imagined as a contemporary rock star.
In part one of a series, Pop City points your browser to the city's top bloggers, tweeters, Instagram-ists and others, as we survey newcomers and veterans, the celebrated or those who should be, who are using social media to make Pittsburgh better – or just make us laugh.
Dance, the devil and a baroque breakdown will converge in Attack Theatre's latest production, Histoire du Soldat. Tapping into the talents of Chatham Baroque, the PSO and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, Attack's dancers bring a world premiere and an audience favorite together for four nights of creative collaboration.
From Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Puccini's La bohème, to a gala concert and new Second Stage Project, Pittsburgh Opera is continuing its 75th anniversary programming and unveiling plans for its 76th season.
From an immersive dome of synchronized light and sound to a first-of-its-kind retrospective of an acclaimed local artist, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is set to unveil seven new exhibitions. You're invited to the art party on Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Explore the intersection of human and nature, and discover what happens when a photographer subjects his entire photographic library to Google's "search by image" algorithm. Meet the winners of Silver Eye's 2014 Fellowship 14 international photography competition—who hail from San Francisco to Istanbul to right here in the Burgh—and help them celebrate on January 31st.
On Friday, January 24th, the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District goes late-night, marking 10 years of arts programming Downtown and launching CrawlAfterDark to promote the city's late-night cultural scene.
There are many ways to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Whether you prefer a personal experience or a public celebration, we suggest you try one of the many creative, meaningful and free events happening around town on Monday, January 20th--from East Liberty to Schenley Park to the North Side.
Escape the polar vortex at JazzLive, a weekly music series that is heating up stages throughout Downtown's Cultural District. Kicking off its 2014 season, JazzLive features free concerts by local and national musical luminaries at Backstage Bar, as well as special ticketed events, including a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras pre-party, at The Cabaret at Theater Square.
There are two milestones to mark on New Year's Eve--ringing in 2014 and celebrating 20 years of First Nights Downtown. With 150 arts-centric family-friendly events in 50 indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Cultural District, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh boasts everything from a massive ice labyrinth to a miniature city constructed from medicine cabinets, desk lamps, Victorian dollhouses and repurposed junk. Read on for your guide to the history-making revelry.
Local music luminaries, classic holiday tunes, the world's largest cookie table and pajamas for a cause will converge on Thursday, December 12th at WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny & Pajama Jam. Debuting a new venue, along with expanded programming, the annual merrymaking moves to Stage AE.
PICT's season culminates with the Pittsburgh premiere of Paul Giovanni’s The Crucifer of Blood, a Sherlock Holmes-style adventure featuring characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Matt Torney directs this mysterious, exotic and at times deadly encounter between a master detective, a young woman and an ingenious villain.
Be there when Light Up Night and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market switch on the lights downtown, unveiling new attractions and setting the festive spirit in motion at one of the country's largest holiday light celebrations.
Silver Eye Center for Photography turns its lens to the fine art of collecting, featuring 75 works culled from the collections of three influential local collectors. Pittsburgh Collects opens with a free reception this Thursday.
With nearly 80 films, 16 program packed days and a new venue added to the mix, the 32nd annual Three Rivers Film Festival is the best local place to explore and experience the cinematic arts. Read on for the reel highlights.
With 42 artists and 17 studios on its daylong itinerary–from iron workers to printmakers–the annual Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour is back with its biggest event to date.
Before you don those masks and do the Monster Mash, do The Brooklyn Brewery Mash! Running October 22nd through October 27th at venues around town, the nomadic food and drink tour pairs Brooklyn brews with local chefs and creatives.
Picture this: an original photograph, painting or print created by an internationally renowned artist such as James Turrell, Ann Hamilton or Kiki Smith hanging in that empty spot in your foyer, or above your bed, desk or couch. It's tme to raise that paddle and help support one of the city's top spots for contemporary art, at the MF art auction.
The 4th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival is popping up all around town, producing its most expansive event to date, including new collaborations with the Carnegie International and TechShop. Experience performances by top international musicians and visual artists, try out the latest in 3D scanning technologies and become avatars during live showcases.
Downtown is an arts mecca this week, with an outdoor photography exhibit popping up in Triangle Park, the launch of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a bridge bash, and 29 venues open for the Gallery Crawl. And it all kicks off with the much quacked about arrival of artist Florentijn Hofman's floating, four-story-high Rubber Duck.
A nationally touring exhibition opening at Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery is the first to examine the impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. Kicking off the gallery's fall season, Alien She explores Riot Grrrl culture via the work of artists, national archives, collaborative projects, and regional music scenes.
When the Art Train rolled into town last weekend, producers caught up with Pop City's own Jennifer Baron of The Garment District and talked about Pittsburgh's influence on her art.
The Carrie Furnace site is an iconic landmark of Pittsburgh's past, present and future. A new exhibition at Silver Eye Center for Photography features the work of 32 photographers who draw inspiration from the towering 92-foot blast furnaces, poised to play a new role along the Mon.
The first Thursday of the month is your cue to head to RAW Pittsburgh, a new showcase of up-and-coming artists of all ilks—from street fashion to fine art photography. Equal parts art showcase and networking party, RAW's August edition brings "En Masse" to Strip District-based Cavo.
Could you write, cast, shoot, and edit a film in a mere 48 hours? How about making a film that is only two minutes long? Find out who--and how--from Pittsburgh's burgeoning indie film scene did just that, and see their finished flicks at two local film festivals.
On Friday, July 12th, make The Cultural District your destination du jour, for a triple-header of programming featuring the Summer Gallery Crawl, Night Market V and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh. Ready to blast off?
Move over Mad Men, it's time for Motown. Celebrating the groove, glamour and creative vision of the Motor City, the Mattress Factory invites you to swing on over to its unique Northside digs for a soul and funk-infused Urban Garden Party. We've got 5 reasons why you should attend summer's best party.
Hundreds of world-renowned cartoonists are descending on Downtown, as Pittsburgh welcomes the National Cartoonists Society Conference for the first time. To celebrate, Toonseum is hosting its own first: Pittsburgh's inaugural Comic Arts Festival and Block Party, and you're invited.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is hosting a first-of-its-kind photo party. Showcasing square-shaped prints culled from the gallery's open call--372 images from 13 countries and 30 states--the 8 x 8 bash features an exhibition, sale, vintage photo booths, DJ Nate Da Phat Barber and more.
With 33 films over 10 days, the 8th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival also includes Q&As with visiting directors, actors and industry experts, sneak previews and an always festive opening night gala.
The Carnegie Museum of Art's Oh Snap! project wraps up this weekend after 1,500 photos were submitted by the public in response to works from the museum's renowned collection. Party festivities include a Lytro workshop, art & tech talk, photo party, and the debut of the Oh Snap! poster. Click on.
Spring into art this Friday at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, a free and festive night of immersive art and performance with 36 stops, not to mention pop-up shopping.
The acclaimed JFilm Festival kicks off its 20th anniversary this week, at five venues around the region for its showcase of award-winning documentaries, guest artists, special premieres and parties, and a short film competition. Opening night is already sold out so check it out now.
Geek out and go green at this weekend's fourth annual Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival (read: GA/GI) along the Penn Avenue arts district. Test out new video games designed right here in the Burgh, purchase eco-fashions from local designers and find out what exciting plans are in store for the roof of Downtown's USX Tower.
Setting up shop in Bakery Square, Quantum Theatre rewrites the book on the annual fundraiser with this weekend's Q Ball on Saturday, March 9th. Labyrinths, libations and lots of local musical talent--not to mention the chance to bid on an insider’s New York art weekend--make for one theatrical party.
Featuring 10 nationally recognized artists--four from Pittsburgh--Mean Girls is addressing head-on the impact of bullying on young women and using art to facilitate public discussions about this issue. Get involved now!
Picture this: your own photographs hanging on the walls of a world-class museum, right next to renowned work. Oh Snap, an innovative new project at Carnegie Museum of Art, takes the concept of crowd-sourcing one step further, by inviting the public to submit photographs for its gallery walls.
Opera, music, dance, and the age-old art of storytelling, converge in dramatic ways in the premiere of Attack Theatre's latest original production, Soap Opera.
Fight the winter blues with eight hours of live music by 10 local bands, a sculpted snow throne, and even the chance to get an "ice princess" makeover. Zombo will debut The SnowBall at Club Cattivo in Lawrenceville this Saturday.
With more than 55 films along with three opening night features, four live music scores and five foreign language Oscar entries, is it any wonder that 3RFF is one of the Burgh's most anticipated annual arts events? Here's why you shouldn't miss it.
The haunted season is thriving in some very creative corners of the city's cultural scene. Discover the artistic side of Halloween with Pop Filter's Top 10 ways to get possessed by the arts, from Bricolage to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
With 32 films and 20 screenings--from many different countries around the globe--the Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival is back with one of its most diverse cinema presentations to date. Read on for Pop Filter's preview of Reel Q at the Harris Theater.
There's nothing like VIA in Pittsburgh and there never has been, say those who program the cutting-edge audio and visual festival. What's new this year? Everything.
There's no better place to nurture your inner inventor--or yarn bomber--than at the Mini Maker Faire, setting up shop on September 22nd at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Could you make a movie in 48 hours? See who rose to the Scorcesean challenge, creating an entire film--from writing and casting to filming and editing--in a mere two days. This weekend, the world’s largest and oldest filmmaking competition hosts a screening of the 48 Hour Film Project's 35 at the Hollywood Theater.
This Friday the 13th head downtown for a double whammy of arts and culture. It all kicks off with the Cultural Trust’s free Summer Gallery Crawl from 5:30 to 9 then wraps up in style at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh at the former Bally's Building.
On April 27th, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Gallery Crawl will make Downtown a showcase of innovation and artistry from the Netherlands. From the world premiere of JacobTV's reality opera The News and a street battle between elders and yuppies to dining delights such as homemade pistachio pate, we'll get you culture crawling Dutch style.
The PGH Photo Fair debuts this weekend as the first locally produced presentation of photography within the contemporary fine art market. Transforming the ballroom of East Liberty's former YMCA, the unique fair will feature international exhibitors selling museum-quality prints and photo-based art, from 1940s-era images of Pittsburgh to limited-edition art books.
Pittsburgh has a legacy of innovation and invention and now local innovators have a place to geek out and go beta with like-minded techies and greenies. Teaming up with Unblurred, the annual GA/GI Festival is back with a bigger-than-ever showcase of homegrown eco, art and technology industries.
Sure, you spend countless hours on social media sites but have you ever imagined a website for the dead? Prepare to ponder the outlandish concept and be totally immersed in dazzling visuals and interactive multimedia, as Amsterdam-based PIPS:lab presents the US premiere of Diespace.
The mild temps aren't the only reason to be out on city streets this Friday. From the grand opening of the one-of-a-kind Center for PostNatural History (think taxidermy meets Sea Monkeys!) to an open art studio at Assemble, Unblurred is your passport to experiencing local arts talent.
Music has long been a catalyst for advancing world peace. Now, The Playing For Change band--an all-star lineup of musicians hailing from Northern Ghana to New Orleans--will bring a global multimedia peace movement to the Byham for one vibrant night on the 29th.
For the next three months, the cutting-edge culture of the Netherlands will converge on Downtown's Cultural District and arts venues around town. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is set to kick off its Distinctively Dutch Festival, packed with two dozen events, work by 75 artists, ambitious world premieres, and a festival buzz that can already be felt.
Ten new art exhibits will converge under one roof this Friday night, when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts an opening party for its latest round of solo shows. From trash-inspired sculpture made from taxidermy and body bags to mixed-media paintings that reference videos of the tsunami in Japan, the presentation showcases and impressive crop of regional talent.
There's the US debut of Norwegian artist HC Gilje's immersive light and video installation. And the toy theater parlor from the The Society for the Advancement of Miniature Curiosa. Not to mention burning poi, snakes and other pyro-props of Steel Town Fire. Get set for 34-plus venues forming a virtual arts hothouse Downtown.
One month after the US marked 10 years of war in Afghanistan--the longest war in our country’s history--a compelling new exhibition and publication is transforming Downtown's SPACE Gallery into a venue for thinking about the representation and the aftermath of deadly conflict--as well as the hope for survival and peace. And you are invited to make, think, act, and discuss.
Marking its 30th year, the Three Rivers Film Festival is back with 16 days of visiting filmmakers, top documentaries and international films, live music, and a not-to-be-missed opening bash. With more than 50 films lighting up three city theaters, we've got your hot ticket.
The first major retrospective by Charles “Teenie” Harris is opening at Carnegie Museum of Art, with unprecedented access to some 73,000 digitized images. The groundbreaking exhibition--which travels to several American cities after debuting in Pittsburgh--features large-scale photographic projections of 1,000 of Harris’s most significant images, along with an original jazz soundtrack. It's being called one of the most complete portraits anywhere of 20th-century African American experience.
This week, the gods of underground culture are smiling wide (and shining down on, we hope!) over Pittsburgh, with a slew of happenings showcasing some of the best of independent music, video, gaming, writing, and comics. At the center of it all is the return of VIA, which has transformed an entire city block into a living laboratory for cutting-edge artists from around the globe--and from our own talent-filled backyard. Grab tickets fast; some events are already sold out.
Only in its second year, VIA has been named one of the 10 best music festivals in the country. This wildly innovative and experimental music and new media fest gets underway next week. But catch a glimpse here with some photos from last year's event, "where art, technology and entertainment collide head-on."
Nothing signals the approach of Autumn like a rockin' block party. This Saturday, head to the South Side and into the streets, for WYEP's signature benefit bash, "Rock the Block Party." Throngs of 91.3 fm listeners will converge on the station's Bedford Square campus for a festive urban concert headlined by alt-rockers, Fountains of Wayne.
Zine Scene: Dig out those staplers, sharpies and xerox machines because The Pittsburgh Zine Fair is debuting this Thurs., Sept. 1st, at Northside printmaking mecca, Artists Image Resource. Championing a D.I.Y. publishing ethos, the first-of-its-kind Pittsburgh event features more than 30 vendors, lively readings, how-to workshops, and hands-on printmaking demos.