Hila Plitmann - May 5, 2011

Soprano Hila Plitmann talks about the unusual soprano part in David del Tredici's "Final Alice," based on "Alice in Wonderland," which reflects some aspects of the composer's personality. She talks about her work with film composer Hans Zimmer on "The DaVinci Code" and the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And her husband, choral composer Eric Whitacre comes up for discussion.

Gift To America - May 4, 2011

Geoffrey Hitch, director of "Gift to America," talks about the play that literally illuminates Maxo Vanka's celebrated murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale that blend religious and political themes. Performances May 4th-7th will benefit the restoration and lighting of the work of the "Diego Rivera of Pittsburgh," as musician and artist David Byrne has called him.

Ruzich Recaps Rove & Dean - Apr 28, 2011

Robert Morris University's Connie Ruzich summarizes the personal histories recounted by Karl Rove and Howard Dean as well as their opposing responses to audience questions at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.

Karl Rove - Apr 25, 2011

Former Bush White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Republican political advisor Karl Rove will face off with former DNC chairman Howard Dean at Heinz Hall on April 27, 2011. Rove talks about his early political career, meeting George W. Bush, the key to Bush's 2004 reelection, the outlook for the 2012 campaigns, and his own interest in art museums.

The Alice Project - Marianne Weems - Apr 19, 2011

CMU's Marianne Weems directs The Alice Project at the Chosky Theater through April 23rd. She's best known as Artistic Director of Brooklyn's world-renowned performance and media company, The Builders Association. Her works combine media, text, sound, architecture and stage performance and have been staged at major venues in London, Rome, Melbourne and Singapore.

Howard Dean - Apr 13, 2011

Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman, Dean ran for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. At Heinz Hall on April 27th, he'll face off against Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush. Rove and Dean will respond to each other's commentaries and engage in Q & A with the audience.