Pittsburgh Cultural Trust http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Jazz Festival Puts Steel City On International Stage http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-jazz-festival-puts-steel-city-international-stage <p>One Pittsburgh summer tradition, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, is behind us and another one is ahead – the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.</p><p>The fourth annual celebration of jazz has grown since it started and has attracted a wide audience that benefits the region.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30892 at http://wesa.fm The Smithereens Rock the Arts Festival http://wesa.fm/post/smithereens-rock-arts-festival <p><a href="http://officialsmithereens.com/">The Smithereens</a> perform tonight as part of the <a href="http://www.3riversartsfest.org/">Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival</a>. In the 80s and 90s, the group was churning out hit songs like “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHYkYYikewU">Only a Memory</a>,” “Blood and Roses” and a “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LwjD8z2mOg">Girl Like You</a>.” Pat DiNizio is the lead singer of the rock group, and joined us in studio to talk about the history of the group, and what he’s been up to since the group’s heyday.</p><p>DiNizio&nbsp;describes fame as “anticlimactic.” He says he finally realized the band had “made it” when he heard “Girl Like You," broadcasted on a radio station in New York, after six years. DiNizio says it was emotionally for him, because the band never expected to sell more than 3,000 records. They sold millions. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:36:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30789 at http://wesa.fm The Smithereens Rock the Arts Festival Three Rivers Arts Festival Goes Green http://wesa.fm/post/three-rivers-arts-festival-goes-green <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Three Rivers Arts Festival got underway over the weekend. This year, the annual celebration made up of concerts, art exhibits and food has a decidedly green component.</span></p><p>Three River Arts Festival director Veronica Corpuz explained the importance of this component.</p><p>“It’s one of the few green arts festivals of its kind in the country. We say it’s a green festival, it means that our operations, everything from how we sort our waste and try to divert as much waste from landfills by recycling and composting materials… to create a zero waste event at the Arts Festival. Given that behind the scenes operations, we’ve tried to bring that more to the forefront, through the art.”&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:20:02 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30607 at http://wesa.fm Three Rivers Arts Festival Goes Green Three Rivers Arts Festival Kicks Off Today http://wesa.fm/post/three-rivers-arts-festival-kicks-today <p>Those attending the 55<sup>th</sup> annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will find portraits of air, a 4 story figure named Lady Pneumatica and a tribute to the Fort Pitt Block House.</p><p>The festival that runs today through June 15 has a theme of aesthetic creativity and environmental sustainability.</p><p>“Many of our art installations explore either the built environment and architecture or the natural environment and how our actions can impact and affect the natural world around us,” Veronica Corpuz, Director of Festival Management, said.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:56:12 +0000 Jessica Nath 30368 at http://wesa.fm From East Liberty to Hollywood, Gene Kelly Brought His Pittsburgh Roots to Dance http://wesa.fm/post/east-liberty-hollywood-gene-kelly-brought-his-pittsburgh-roots-dance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The life of Gene Kelly, legendary dancer, director, choreographer and Pittsburgh native, will be celebrated Wednesday evening in a show presented at the </span>Byham<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Theater called <a href="http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/41970/gene-kelly-the-legacy">Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly</a>. As his widow and biographer, Ward Kelly discusses both Gene Kelly’s career and personal life.</span></p><p>She explained that no matter which direction her husband took his career, where he came from was always a huge influence.</p><p>“Gene was very distinct among the Hollywood elite. He was kind of the outcast. He wasn’t in the upper crust, and in fact, he used to say he wasn’t even invited to the Basil Rathbone house. He was the lower, middle income guy. It started, obviously, with the Pittsburgh roots, which were very important for him. But, very distinct from [Fred]&nbsp;Astaire who hung out with the Vanderbilts and the Whitneys. That was not Gene Kelly.”</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:28:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29621 at http://wesa.fm From East Liberty to Hollywood, Gene Kelly Brought His Pittsburgh Roots to Dance It's Spring! Here Are Some Ideas For Getting Outdoors This Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/its-spring-here-are-some-ideas-getting-outdoors-weekend <p>With high temperatures in the 90s this week, it’s hard to believe Pittsburgh saw snow less than two months ago.</p><p>Thankfully, the Steel City has finally shrugged off winter just in time for a slew of outdoor events in and around downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p><strong>Venture Outdoors Festival</strong></p><p>Point State Park is the location for the 14<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/vofest.aspx">Venture Outdoors Festival</a>, which takes place at Point State Park and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:44:32 +0000 Liz Reid 29201 at http://wesa.fm It's Spring! Here Are Some Ideas For Getting Outdoors This Weekend Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams Among the Performers at Three Rivers Arts Fest http://wesa.fm/post/amos-lee-lucinda-williams-among-performers-three-rivers-arts-fest <p></p><p>The 55<sup>th</sup> annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off in Pittsburgh the first weekend in June. This year’s event will feature the signature Artist Market, live musical performances, and numerous art installations and performances throughout the cultural district. Festival organizers said this event, along with next week’s International Children’s Festival, the Jazz Live International Festival, and New Year’s First Night are huge economic drivers in the region.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:35:50 +0000 Deanna Garcia 28958 at http://wesa.fm Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams Among the Performers at Three Rivers Arts Fest Pittsburgh’s Children’s Festival Returns for 28th Year http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-s-children-s-festival-returns-28th-year <p>The Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival is making a “leap” from Oakland to Downtown May 14-18.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>28<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual frog-themed festival is moving to help fulfill the Trust’s mission to make Downtown a “vibrant and inviting place.”</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:44:06 +0000 Jessica Nath 25807 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh’s Children’s Festival Returns for 28th Year 90.5 WESA Giveaway-Experience Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/905-wesa-giveaway-experience-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you give now you will be automatically entered to win our </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Experience Pittsburgh Package</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> - a night for two on the town including a $50 gift certificate for dinner at Braddock’s American Brasserie, a weekend night’s stay at The Renaissance Hotel, and a $150 gift certificate for the tickets purchased through Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:08:45 +0000 Tammy Terwelp 23975 at http://wesa.fm 90.5 WESA Giveaway-Experience Pittsburgh Ice Sculptors Carve 300-Block Ice Labyrinth for First Night Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/ice-sculptors-carve-300-block-ice-labyrinth-first-night-pittsburgh <p></p><p>The Cultural Trust is inviting Pittsburghers to spend the last few hours of 2013 getting lost in a 90,000-pound ice labyrinth.</p><p>“In honor of the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary, we are building this fantastic ice labyrinth,” Darcy Kucenic, Director of First Night Pittsburgh, said.&nbsp; “It is a 30 by 40 maze made of blocks of ice, it is five feet tall and the walls will eventually be lit up with LED lights.”</p><p>Rich Bubin of Ice Creations in Churchill and his 12-person team are carving and assembling the labyrinth’s 300 blocks.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:46:39 +0000 Jessica Nath 22111 at http://wesa.fm Ice Sculptors Carve 300-Block Ice Labyrinth for First Night Pittsburgh After More Than 1 Million Visitors, Pittsburgh Duck To Leave Its Nest Sunday http://wesa.fm/post/after-more-1-million-visitors-pittsburgh-duck-leave-its-nest-sunday <p></p><p>Despite an online petition with more than 4,636 signatures (as of this story being published), the Rubber Duck Project will leave Pittsburgh on Sunday night.</p><p>“From the beginning we always said October 20<sup>th</sup> is its date,” said Paul Organisak, vice president for programming at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The work of art has always been, was meant to be, a temporary installation. The power of it is the concentrated period of time to bring people together knowing that they must get down to see it.”</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:42:07 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18368 at http://wesa.fm After More Than 1 Million Visitors, Pittsburgh Duck To Leave Its Nest Sunday Just How Big is that Giant Floating Rubber Duck? http://wesa.fm/post/just-how-big-giant-floating-rubber-duck <p>Artist Florentijn Hofman&#39;s <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/four-story-duck-headed-pittsburgh">Rubber Duck Project</a> will float down the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers Friday, kicking off Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Festival of Firsts.</p><p>The duck has been on display all over the world, with stops in Amsterdam, Lommel (Belgium), Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong. It&#39;s also spawned some <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/rubber-ducky-youre-not-one-hong-kong-quacker-spawns-others">counterfeit quackers</a>.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:31:18 +0000 Reid Carter 16993 at http://wesa.fm Just How Big is that Giant Floating Rubber Duck? Giant Rubber Duck Poised to 'Change Pittsburgh for a Bit' http://wesa.fm/post/giant-rubber-duck-poised-change-pittsburgh-bit <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:25:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17140 at http://wesa.fm Giant Rubber Duck Poised to 'Change Pittsburgh for a Bit' A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall http://wesa.fm/post/wide-world-art-coming-pittsburgh-fall <p>There are many exciting arts events coming to Pittsburgh this fall. From the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory to feminist punk rock and of course, a big ‘ol rubber ducky.</p><p>Bill O'Driscoll, Arts &amp; Entertainment Editor for the Pittsburgh City Paper says installations from the Mattress Factory's <a href="http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowEvent&amp;id=357">Detroit in Residence</a> exhibit use found objects to their advantage.</p><p>"It was opportunity rather than devastation."</p><p>He found the basement exhibit from <a href="http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowArtist&amp;eid=116&amp;id=578&amp;c=Current">Scott Hocking </a>especially notable. It utilizes the imagery of the Carrie Furnace in Rankin and salvaged figures from a bible theme park for "a mediation on post-industrial society." Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:40:25 +0000 Heather McClain 16778 at http://wesa.fm A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall Autism-Friendly Production of 'The Lion King' Comes to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/autism-friendly-production-lion-king-comes-pittsburgh <p>Adults and children on the autism spectrum will soon be able to enjoy a special performance of the musical version of Disney’s "The Lion King." It’s is the highest grossing Broadway show in history, but with bright lights and loud noises, the performance is not ideal for theater-lovers with autism.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:45:42 +0000 Liz Reid 15911 at http://wesa.fm The Moth Mainstage: How to Tell a Compelling Story http://wesa.fm/post/moth-mainstage-how-tell-compelling-story <p><a href="http://pittsburghlectures.culturaldistrict.org/production/38206/the-moth-mainstage">The Moth Mainstage</a> returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow at the Byham Theater. Participants share a ten-minute story onstage centered on the theme “balancing acts.”</p><p>Producer Kate Tellers says The Moth StorySlams, <a href="http://themoth.org/">Radio Hour</a> and Mainstage have experienced huge success in Pittsburgh over the past few years.</p><p>She coaches storytellers before they perform and worked with <a href="http://www.sproutfund.org/2013/03/28/the-shadow-lounge-legacy-igniting-a-cultural-scene/">Justin Strong</a>, owner of Shadow Lounge and AVA, in crafting a story. Tellers says truly effective stories are able to reach to the lowest point in someone’s life and illustrate a turning point that defines them. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:52:29 +0000 Katie Blackley 15224 at http://wesa.fm The Moth Mainstage: How to Tell a Compelling Story Four-Story Duck Headed to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/four-story-duck-headed-pittsburgh <p>The task of making Pittsburgh stand out as an international city has fallen on the shoulders of a floating rubber duck.</p><p>The four-story duck is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cultural Trust CEO and President Kevin McMahon said the purpose of this festival is not solely to bring money to Pittsburgh.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:12:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 10688 at http://wesa.fm Four-Story Duck Headed to Pittsburgh 2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival Marks Return of Point State Park Fountain http://wesa.fm/post/2013-three-rivers-arts-festival-marks-return-point-state-park-fountain <p>The 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off in early June with a splash.</p><p>On June 7, after years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on permanently.</p><p>“Point State Park has been rebuilt from top to bottom over the last five years thanks to the efforts of one of the most extensive public-private partnerships in our history,” said Riverlife President and CEO Lisa Schroeder. “Planning for this massive project began in 2001 and is the largest park project ever undertaken in the commonwealth.”</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:16:08 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8686 at http://wesa.fm Gallery Crawl, Night Market to Feature Arts and More in Pittsburgh Tonight http://wesa.fm/post/gallery-crawl-night-market-feature-arts-and-more-pittsburgh-tonight <p>Pittsburghers venturing downtown on Friday night have at least two opportunities to experience the arts.<br><br>The <a href="http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/event/2522/gallery-crawl-in-the-cultural-district">Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Spring Gallery Crawl</a> takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., while the <a href="http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/">Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Night Market IV </a>runs from 6 to 11 p.m.<br> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:01:13 +0000 Charlee Song 8530 at http://wesa.fm