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exhibit celebrates partnership
Partners in life and art for more than three decades, the late Jerry Caplan (1923-2004) and Donna Hollen Bolmgren (1935-2013) were fixtures on the Pittsburgh arts scene for decades.
On display in the Chatham University Art Gallery, the exhibit “Jerry Caplan and Donna Hollen Bolmgren: Partners in Art” explores the intersection between their lives and their art through self-portraits by both artists and other subjects in oil, drawings in charcoal and pastel, handmade paper, and sculpture in ceramic and plaster.
The exhibit is on display in conjunction with a collection of photographs, documents and artifacts from the life of Caplan, who was an art professor at Chatham for nearly 30 years, on the first floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library.
Both exhibits can be seen through Aug. 22. The Chatham University Art Gallery is in Woodland Hall, next to Cafe Rachel on the large quad of Chatham University, Shadyside. The library, located opposite, is open from 7:45 a.m. to midnight daily, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission to each is free.
— Kurt Shaw
Backstreet Boys, with Avril Lavigne
The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne are teaming up for a joint concert June 14 at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown.
The boy-band Backstreet Boys, which formed in the early ‘90s in Orlando, Fla., has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide. The band's biggest hits include “Larger than Life,” “I Want It That Way,” “The One” and “Crawling Back to You.” “In a World Like This,” the band's eighth studio album, came out in 2013 to celebrate Backstreet's 20th anniversary.
Lavigne, a Canadian/French singer and songwriter, has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide since her 2002 debut with “Let Go.” Lavigne has scored a half-dozen No. 1 singles, including “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “I'm With You,” “My Happy Ending,” “Nobody's Home” and “Girlfriend.” Her self-titled fifth studio album came out last year.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 to $156.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com
— Kellie B. Gormly
Embrace the blues
The Carnegie Science Center this weekend is kicking off its Big Blue Summer, with the debut of the “Blue!” exhibit and a Deep Blue Sea Weekend on June 14 and 15.
The center will have three blue-themed weekends throughout the summer. During the first weekend, visitors can see the IMAX movie “Great White Shark,” sift for shark teeth, craft jellyfish puppets, befriend a seahorse mascot and tour the USS Requin submarine.
“Blue!” is an immersive, interactive exhibit designed to bring out the designers and engineers in kids and adults. Molded, blue-foam blocks of all shapes and sizes will fill the exhibit, and visitors can engineer anything from a room to a mini-city with the blocks.
An African penguin from the National Aviary and a shark mascot from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will be on site from 1 to 2 p.m. June 14. On June 15 only, visitors can meet ocean scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution deep-sea research vessel. Deep Blue Sea Weekend activities, other than the IMAX movie, are included with general admission of $18.95, and $11.95 for ages 3 to 12.
Details: 412-237-3400 or www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
— Kellie B. Gormly
art inspires musicians
An event at the Carnegie Museum of Art will mix music and master prints.
”Culture Club: Old Masters, New Music” is an evening of contemporary music June 12 inspired by the upcoming exhibit “Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque.”
Six musicians and composers will perform a range of musical styles in front of large projections of the masterworks that have inspired them. The performers also will share their thoughts about these works of art and how they were inspired to create new music.
Performers include Matt Aelmore, with music inspired by Rembrandt's “The Three Trees”; Jonghee Kang, with a performance inspired by the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi; George Sabol, with a performance inspired by Albrecht Durer's “Knight, Death, and the Devil”; Jeff Weston with a performance inspired by Rembrandt's “The Flight into Egypt: A Night Piece” and Roger Zahab, with a performance inspired by multiple pieces.
Admission is $10. The Carnegie Cafe bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and the performances in Heinz Galleries are from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Details: www.cmoa.org or 412-622-3131
— Rachel Weaver
the bonds of friendship
The Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown will kick off its 75th anniversary season with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a show chronicling the lives of four 1950s high-school girls with dreams of stardom. The show, written and created by Roger Bean, will feature ‘50s and ‘60s chart toppers like “Mr. Sandman,” “It's My Party,” “Leader of the Pack” and “Respect.”
The cast was chosen from pools of professional actors in New York City and Pittsburgh. In the first act, Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean and Suzy perform at the 1958 Springfield High School prom despite a few friendly squabbles. The second act fast-forwards to their 10-year reunion, where the girls catch up and confirm their lifelong bond to one another.
The public is encouraged to send in prom photos from the 1950s or ‘60s that will be on display in the Playhouse during the run of the show. Photos can be uploaded to the Playhouse Facebook page or submitted via mail.
The play runs from June 17 to 20 with an opening-night performance at 7 p.m. June 18, followed by a complimentary Marvelous Sock Hop for ticketholders with the cast and musicians in attendance.
Evening performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15 to $35.
Details: 814-629-9201 or www.mountainplayhouse.org
— Emma Deihle