A&E notebook: 'Cultural Gumbo' at Mr. Small's to offer bands, food
Though Mardi Gras in Pittsburgh is a bit low on parades — and it's probably going to be freezing anyway — it's going to feel like a parade or two stuffed inside Mr. Small's Theatre in Millvale on Feb. 13.
“New Sun Rising Presents: The Cultural Gumbo,” from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., features New York City's Raya Brass Band, which takes the riotous energy of Balkan brass traditions (Greek, Serbian, Gypsy) and adds a bit of jazz, funk and general New Orleans soul to the pot. They'll be supported by Colonel Eagleburger's High Stepping Good Time Band, the DTC Organ Trio and DJ Pandemic Pete.
The Staycee Pearl Dance Project also will perform, and there will be pop-up games to play with City of Play and interactive drum sets with Barrels to Beethoven. Food will be provided by Pittsburgh Po Boy, Plated Trade, Sprezzatura and Tupelo Honey Teas.
New Sun Rising is a nonprofit social enterprise incubator to “find and support fresh, creative solutions to social problems that are more efficient and sustainable than what currently exists.” Admission is $20, and $60 for VIP. Details: newsunrising.org
Public Enemy founder to give talk in Moon for Black History Month
Black History Month activities at Robert Morris University in Moon will include a talk by Public Enemy founding member Professor Griff and a visit from the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.
Rapper and lecturer Griff, who was known as the Minister of Information for the music group Public Enemy, will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Dining Room C of the Sewall Center.
The mobile museum, which includes African American memorabilia from slavery to hip-hop culture, will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Gus Krop Gym in the John Jay Center. Admission to the museum is $5.
The events are part of Robert Morris' Black History Month celebration, titled “Back to the Roots: Understanding the Past, to be Present in the Future.”
‘Jeopardy!' journey extends for Pitt senior
University of Pittsburgh senior Sarah Dubnik will compete in the semi-final round of the “Jeopardy!” College Championship on Feb. 10.
Dubnik, of Jamison in Bucks County, came in second during her quarterfinal-round appearance last week, but she was one the highest point-earners after the five winners, qualifying her to move on. There are nine contestants in the semi-final round.
Her semi-final competition will air at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 on WPXI. The contest, which includes a $100,000 grand prize, runs through Feb. 12.