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Hot Ticket: Actor Nunn in town for 'August Wilson Project'

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
'Plans Have Changed,' a “fictional photograph” by Andy Bloxham.
Bill Nunn founded 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.
Joy Ike performs at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on August 31, 2011. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Mike Hunter
“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. Mike Hunter
Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society

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


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


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

— Mark Kanny


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

— Bob Karlovits


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,

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:

— Kurt Shaw


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


Trumpeter Sean Jones is putting a new spin on duet concerts Thursday. The jazz star will be joiningDJ 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

— Bob Karlovits


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

— Alice T. Carter


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<

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