Hot Ticket: Actor Nunn in town for 'August Wilson Project'
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Alumni Theater Company and the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project are collaborating to present “The August Wilson Project.”
The performance will feature selections from August Wilson's plays, delivered by Alumni Theater Company artists, and will be highlighted by music, vocal performances and choreography based on the themes of the selections.
Bill Nunn, a Pittsburgh native and actor, is familiar for his performances in many films and television shows, most notably Spike Lee's “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing.”
He created the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project as a way for underserved public school students in the Pittsburgh region to gain access to theater arts and to work with seasoned professional theater artists.
“The August Wilson Project” will have a single performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville.
Admission: $20; $10 for students
— Alice T. Carter
MUSIC — ALBUM-RELEASE PARTY
Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Joy Ike is aptly named — you can hear the joy jumping from every note she sings. Not that she's perpetually bursting with manic glee, or anything. She can sing a sad song with conviction, like the soulful singers she's most often compared to: Norah Jones and Regina Spektor. It's just that she always seems fully in control of her gifts as a singer, and grateful for it.
Ike has a new album, “All or Nothing,” that just came out, the product of an online Kickstarter campaign that raised $12,760 from fans to record. She worked with Brooklyn producer/multi-instrumentalist Saul Simon MacWilliams, who tours with Ingrid Michaelson and was a sound engineer on the acclaimed film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Ike's album release party is Sunday night at the New Hazlett Theater, starting at 7:30 p.m., and will feature a full band and string quartet backing her up. Tickets are $12 to $30. Details: 412-320-4610
— Michael Machosky
MUSIC — SPECIAL GUESTS
Variety will fill the bill on Tuesday evening when six musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City will be presented by Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society.
The program features wind instruments, including masterpieces (even if miniatures) by Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud and Gyorgy Ligeti. The program will be completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds.
The performers all have successful careers apart from their prestigious Lincoln Center posts. They are flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, oboist Stephen Taylor, clarinetist David Shifrin, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, hornist William Purvis and pianist Gilles Vansettel.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Admission is $35; $15 for students.
Details: 412-624-4129 or www.pittsburghchambermusic.org
— Mark Kanny
FILM — BIKE ADVENTURES
A film on the four-continent adventures of two mountain bikers will be shown at the Southside Works Cinema on Thursday evening to benefit BikePGH.
“Reveal the Path” is a follow-up to “Ride the Divide,” another mountain-bike adventure, and is a look at a 36-day vagabond trip to some of the world's most dramatic mountain-bike trails.
Biking veterans Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider are the stars of the film, which includes stops in Scotland, Alaska, Nepal and Morocco.
BikePGH is a bicycle-advocacy group that sponsors events and workshops along with working to advance efforts to establish bike lanes and increase awareness to biking as a means of transportation.
The screening is at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Details: 412-381-7335 or www.imathlete.com/events/revealthepath
— Bob Karlovits
ART — PHOTO TALK
Every picture tells a story, but for photographic storyteller Andy Bloxham, making pictures is a way of creating stories.
In Bloxham's photographs, his vivid imagination takes flight. In one of his images, he's a paintball Rambo, in another he's a mad scientist bringing a robot girl to life; then there's the one in which his own head bursts like a water balloon! All allegorical photographs that are anything but records of what happened, they are, rather, what Bloxham makes happen thanks to his vivid imagination.
An assistant professor of photography at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bloxham teaches a course there he created called “Fictional Photography.”
“It's an odd hybrid course on storytelling for the still image,” he writes on his website, www.andybloxham.com.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Bloxham will talk about his work in a photographic lecture titled “Fictional Photography,” in Point Park University's JVH Auditorium in Thayer Hall. Part of Point Park University's Speaking Light Series, the event is free and open to the public.
Point Park University is located at 201 Wood St., Downtown.
Details: 412-391-4100 or Point Park's School of Communication news page: staging.pointpark.edu/NewsCommunication.aspx
— Kurt Shaw
MUSIC — HOT ROCK 'N' ROLL
Another contender for most aptly named band this week is Hot Water Music. Vocalists Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard always sing like they brush their teeth with napalm in the morning.
The leather-lunged punk rockers have always been surprisingly subtle songwriters, though, a fact that tends to get drowned out a bit at maximum volume. They're currently touring hard on the strength of their first album since 2004, “Exister,” and will hit the Altar Bar this Wednesday. Tickets are $23 to $25, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Details: 412-263-2877
— Michael Machosky
MUSIC — TWO TURNTABLES AND A ... TRUMPET
Trumpeter Sean Jones is putting a new spin on duet concerts Thursday. The jazz star will be joining DJ Nate Da Phat Barber at the August Wilson Center, Downtown, to blend his genre with hip-hop from the turntable.
“We've been talking about this for two or three years now,” Jones says. “But it's tough finding the time.”
He says the two staged a purely improvised show last summer when Da Phat Barber — also known as Nate Mitchelle — was doing a turntable gig at Katz Plaza, Downtown. Jones was passing by and sat in with him on some recorded loops.
This gig is a little more planned, with Da Phat Barber putting together some looks at Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. Jones also says there is a possibility of some jazz material such as Hugh Masekela's classic, “Grazin' in the Grass.”
The trumpeter says the gig should be able to draw listeners from both sides of the music, blending listeners from genres that have many of the same roots.
Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $25. Details: 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org
— Bob Karlovits
THEATER — TAKING FLIGHT
Mark Conway Thompson's movement-theater piece “Flight from Himself” has two final performances this weekend.
Thompson, an actor and movement-theater artist, created and performs this one-man show about an old man troubled by memories. The metaphors he creates to explain himself to himself cannot redeem him, until he dreams a dream in which he discovers that with his dying breath he can make a new beginning.
Performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Off the Wall Theater, 25 West Main St., Carnegie. Admission: $5-$35. Details: 1-888-718-4253 or www.showclix.com
— Alice T. Carter
ART — NOT TOO COLD TO CRAWL
The temperatures may be cold on Friday but the activities will be hot during the first Gallery Crawl of the year in the Cultural District, Downtown.
Galleries throughout the area will be open late for arts patrons to peruse. Check out “Romper Room” at the SPACE gallery at 812 Liberty Ave., and “Power Pixels 2013” at Wood Street Galleries. The Shaw Galleries at 805 Liberty Ave. will have its second annual Bad Art Sale, and the Harris Theater at 809 Liberty Ave. will be playing short films throughout the evening.
Steeltown Fire will be performing on Katz Plaza and there will be pop-up games, performances and mini-workshops at the new Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave.
These are just a few of the activities during the free Gallery Crawl from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. For a complete list, go to www.trustarts.org<
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
- MLB notebook: Dodgers ace Kershaw pitches simulated game
- Penguins notebook: Gibbons day-to-day after Game 2 injury
- Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding
- Cole’s strong outing wasted in 14-inning loss
- Pirates notebook: Hurdle standing behind Grilli
- Chicago defenseman Seabrook suspended for hit on St. Louis captain Backes
- Three ejected after Pirates, Brewers brawl
- Egg decorating turns to fight, charges in Brookline, police say
- Abdullah widens lead in Afghan vote tally
- I-279 crash injures motorcyclist