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The Cosmo Effect: August Wilson Center fills up for Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

| Sunday, July 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

With a rumor swirling that Hollywood starlet Rachel McAdams had requested entree, a slew of pinball machines provoking a nostalgic swoon and a crowd that ran the gamut from ball gown to blue jeans, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh began running full tilt at an hour when most parties are just starting to settle down.

“I hate to say it's cosmopolitan, but it is!” said Katherine Leech Vollen, who co-chaired Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's annual Gallery Crawl after-party with Michael McAllister. “It's young, it's fun, it's the future of Pittsburgh,”

After word got out that registration was being best described as “chaotic,” any lines that had been gingerly toed were now being sprinted over. Among the highlights were some impromptu dance moves on display nowhere near the dance floor that one onlooker dubbed as: “Something akin to what I always imagined you'd see at Studio 54 that you never would have told your mother about.”

Future looking bright, the party began spreading out in distinct pockets around the August Wilson Center. With diehards loitering well past their designated VIP hour and general ticket holders swarming in, the atmosphere managed to go from claustrophobic to wide open spaces in the blink of an eye. People scattered to perch in the lounge area, in and around the dance floor or outside on the patio.

For curious outsiders looking in, the evening allowed for some prime people watching for the likes of Cultural Trust prez Kevin McMahon and his wife,Kristen, Abby Krizner and Joe Madia, Sam Badger, Marc Giosi, Cathy Schodde, and Tracy Weigand and Ken Kucera. Among the host committee were Christy Brodbeck, Shona Byrne, Mark Cibulka, Jeanine Fallon, and Rebecca Rickard.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at, 412-380-8515 or viat Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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