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Carnegie Museum of Art presents puppet programs for adults and children

Joshua Franzos
Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver performs at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Carnegie Museum of Art will present “Culture Club: These Aren't Your Kids' Puppets!” as part of a series of artist talks, screenings, workshops and events coinciding with second half of the 2013 Carnegie International.

Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver, who participated in Polish artist Paulina Olowska's puppetry performance “Museum Piece (For Margo Lovelace)” for the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International in October, will lead a fun-filled evening of puppetry for adults from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 at the museum's Carnegie Cafe.

Attendees will join Sarver and original cast members Kristen Barca and Joann Kielar for a reprise of “Museum Piece” and preview Sarver's new performance with fellow puppeteer Mike Cuccaro.

Those participating can chat with others about why puppets are so fascinating and create an original puppet of their own for the stage. Cost is $10 and includes one drink ticket. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and the event at the Oakland museum begins at 6 p.m.

Sarver and Cuccaro will be at the museum Jan. 20 for ARTventures: 2013 Carnegie International Family Day. The two puppeteers will chat, using puppets, about works of art featured in the exhibit. Their performances are at 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

The family day also will feature storyteller Alison Babusci, performing “Peace Tales” and other stories in the museum galleries at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., along with creative artmaking and a self-guided gallery search.

The Jan. 20 activities are included with general admission of $17.95; $14.95 for age 65 and older; and $11.95 for ages 3 to 18. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Carnegie International, the museum's signature exhibit of new international art, is on display through March 16.


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