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Broughton's Rules album release party

November 21, 9:00 PM
Broughton’s Rules make music that’s terrifyingly elemental. After listening to the wordless, guitar shredding epics of their heralded 2010 debut album Bounty Hunter 1863, it’s hard not to feel like your personal world is collapsing in on itself like a black hole. The 13 track album plays like a soundtrack for W.B. Yeats’ Second Coming, leaving listeners with only one conclusion: the universe is tearing itself apart and we are not long for this world. Granted, those previous couple sentences make listening to Broughton’s Rules out to be something like a pretty daunting endeavor. Make no mistake, this stuff is intense post-rock, a genre that prides itself on being nigh impenetrable in terms of human empathy, but while Broughton’s Rules do try to level forests with their guitar work and melodies, they consistently unleash one doomy, hypnotic groove after another. It’s easy to get lost in the band’s world while listening to an album like Bounty Hunter, and for a group formed from the ashes of a trio of legendary Pittsburgh bands Blunderbuss, Don Caballero and Creta Bourzia, that usually means it’s hard to find your way out.

Four years on, and the quartet has finally released their sophomore album Anechoic Horizon on Relapse Records. It’s a record that builds and expands on the framework established by Bounty Hunter, allowing the group to sketch out even wider stretching compositions of wiry guitar figures and pummeling percussion work that seem to grow in mass with each repeated listen.

From the opening moments of track one “Reversers,” a song which features a heroically galloping drum beat and vaguely Ennio Morricone-esque guitar textures, Anechoic Horizon sounds and feels like a phalanx of post-apocalyptic marauders firing across the desert in armored vehicles at dusk. As the album barrels forward, there are changes in terrain and tempo, especially the impressionistically beautiful and explosive title track and the lurching madness of “The Fields of None,” but the impending atmosphere of menace never seems to dissipate. There are occasions when the thick, sludgy gloom almost slips into cartoon self-parody, as if the record was the best Heavy Metal soundtrack that never happened. Thankfully those moments are brief and fleeting, and doesn't really take away from the immense craftsmanship and intensity of a band working at the height of their powers. If you’re prepared for an unrelentingly serious and mountainous record, Anechoic Horizon will leave you disoriented and satisfied in its wake. The Anechoic Horizon album release show details are available over at Brillobox's website. (4104 Penn Avenue, Bloomfield, Brillobox)

Isabella Rossellini in "Green Porno"

November 21, 8:00 PM
As an award-winning and internationally renowned actress, Isabella Rossellini has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of her craft, appearing in a number of challenging, critically acclaimed films such as David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World. In 2008, she launched Green Porno, an ambitious television project with the help of the Sundance Channel that focused on Rossellini’s artistic interpretations of the mating rituals of various insects and other animals (including a dragonfly, spider, bee, and praying mantis) through live re-enactment. The show, which Rossellini wrote, directed, and starred in, received rave reviews for her uncompromising yet off-beat comedic approach to the material. Rossellini has since adapted the television show into a one-woman stage performance that’s part lecture, part stand-up routine, and part experimental art piece.

The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are collaborating to bring this one-of-a-kind performance that touches on science and art just as equally. And as Rossellini works her way through an assortment of reproductive endeavors from a whole hosts of organisms, it becomes increasingly clear that, as discussed by Jesse Green in his theater review from New York Magazine, “...the diversity of biosex, with its sequential hermaphrodites and detachable penises, shames our paltry human perspective, our invidious categorizations.” For more information on the event including ticket sales, visit the Carnegie Museum of Art’s event page here. (4400 Forbes Ave,Oakland, Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland.)

Startup Weekend offers guidance for emerging tech entrepreneurs

As Pittsburgh’s independent tech community continues to grow, and more and more startups find themselves settling in the city to begin pitching their first round of venture capitalist funding, the need for these nascent companies to understand the day-to-day realities of an entrepreneurial endeavor is increasingly important. A startup with a great idea and little business savvy is vulnerable to say the least. That’s why it’s exciting to see UP Pittsburgh embark on Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event that operates like a startup workshop, allowing anyone to pitch a business idea, have it reviewed by a team of peers and experts, and, if the idea is good enough, work toward developing a business plan, coding, designing, and determining a market valuation. At the end of the weekend, the competing ideas are presented to a panel of local tech experts and VCs who assess the viability and execution of each project.

The startup crash course is powered by Google Entrepreneur, which hosts close to 200 Startup Weekend events in over 100 countries around the world. The Pittsburgh iteration will be held at AlphaLab Gear & Thrill Mill on Broad Street in East Liberty, and features a panel comprised of Pittsburgh thought leaders including Tara Ronel, VP of Products and Engineering for Snap Retail, and Debra Lam, the City of Pittsburgh’s Chief of Innovation and Performance. For more information on the event including ticket sales and what you need to do to start pitching ideas, stop over to UP Pittsburgh’s event page. (6024 Broad Street, East Liberty, AlphaLab Gear & Thrill Mill)

The New Yinzer Presents Reading Series at Modern Formations

November 20, 8:00 PM
The New Yinzer is wrapping up its monthly reading series at Modern Formations on Penn Avenue with five local writers, a BYOB potluck, and a pre-party at Lou’s Corner Bar in Bloomfield. As the construction workers on the Bloomfield-Garfield stretch of Penn Avenue continue to make up lost time on the road repaving project that has decimated the business district, supporting events in the Penn Avenue Arts Corridor, especially those that do not fall on the first Friday of the month in coordination with Unblurred, is more important than ever. Luckily, the New Yinzer has been hosting its excellent reading series at Modern Formations on Penn Avenue for a good while now, continuing to cull the local literary ranks and providing a fascinating evening of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

This month’s reading series is poet-heavy, with Happy Hour Review editor Christina Ailor, Belleville Arts founder Caitlin Crawford, Pittsburgh-native-by-way-of-Detroit poet Scott Silsbe, poet and teacher Stefanie Wielkopolan, and Lovelorn Poets contributor Laura Zurowsk. As usual, admission is $5 or free with potluck contribution and the event is sponsored by Mellingers Beer Distributor. Don’t miss a chance to see some of Pittsburgh’s best young writers while supporting the Modern Formations gallery amid the upheaval of the Penn Avenue corridor. (4919 Penn Avenue, Garfield, Modern Formations)
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