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East of the River- Daphna Mor - Apr 27, 2022

This Saturday, in Hicks Memorial Chapel, Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque present East of the River who will give two performances - 5pm and 8pm.  East of the River performs music from Jewish and Ottoman traditions of the 13th through 18th centuries. Listeners will hear Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino (Medieval Judaeo-Spanish) in this program consisting of songs and dances from liturgical and folk traditions, and will hear examples of classical instrumental music from the Ottoman court as well. 

East of the River member Daphna Mor spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the concert.  

Tony Buba and Edith Abeyta - Apr 25, 2022

The Carnegie Museum of Art film series, presented in connection to the "Working Thought" exhibition, brings Braddock native Tony Buba to the Museum theater May 21st at 1:30pm in a free screening of "Lightning over Braddock" - his groundbreaking documentary which has been released on DVD with his short films and proven influential for Michael Moore and the Daily Show and countless documentarians. He will be introduced by Edith Abeyta, installation artist and Carnegie Museum regular who has worked with Tony to stop fracking environmental destruction and bring art to library users in Hazelwood and elsewhere.  Tony talks about his film, his brother Pat, his association with German film legend Werner Herzog, working with George Romero, the movie Martin which starred Lorin Maazel’s Dad Lincoln, the Zombie phenomenon, his WQED start and the state of Braddock today in this wide ranging discussion with Jim Cunningham. 

After the screening, there will be a reception to celebrate Tony's 50th year as a filmmaker in the museum's outdoor Sculpture Court.  All are welcome.  More information is available here - https://cmoa.org/event/lightning-over-braddock

 

 

 

 

Lucy Stewart - "Mindful Museum" at Carnegie Museum of Art - Apr 21, 2022

Lucy Stewart, the Associate Curator of Education for Carnegie Museum of Art, discusses the Mindful Museum effort at the CMOA with Jim Cunningham involving early Wednesday morning admission designed for art lovers 55 and up encouraging fitness in the museum among the masterpieces. You can speak with docents and listen on your phone to learn more about art while adding some steps to your daily goal with no one to hurry you along. There is chair and wheelchair yoga and the Cafe opens early with a discount. 

Glenn Lewis - Pittsburgh Opera's "Blue" - Apr 20, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera concludes it's 2021-2022 Season with the powerful opera "Blue" at the August Wilson African-America Cultural Center April 23rd through May 1st.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with conductor Glenn Lewis about the opera, it's orchestration, performing at the August Wilson Center and more.  

Kenneth Kellogg - Pittsburgh Opera's "Blue" - Apr 20, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera concludes it's 2021-2022 Season with the powerful opera "Blue" at the August Wilson African-America Cultural Center April 23rd through May 1st.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Kenneth Kellogg, who sings the role of the Father, about the opera, his character, getting insights on his role by talking to an actual police officer and more.

Briana Elyse Hunter - Pittsburgh Opera's "Blue" - Apr 20, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera concludes it's 2021-2022 Season with the powerful opera "Blue" at the August Wilson African-America Cultural Center April 23rd through May 1st.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Briana Elyse Hunter, who sings the role of The Mother, about the opera, the opening scene she has with her girlfriends, how the opera has affected her and more.

Tazewell Thompson - Pittsburgh Opera's "Blue" - Apr 20, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera concludes it's 2021-2022 Season with the powerful opera "Blue" at the August Wilson African-America Cultural Center April 23rd through May 1st.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the librettist and Stage Director Tazewell Thompson about background of the opera, his eagerness to return to Pittsburgh after having great success with one of his plays at City Theater, working with Glimmerglass Opera to write the opera and more.  

Sarah Hallet and Sinead Bligh - Mattress Factory - Apr 19, 2022

Jim Cunningham spoke with Mattress Factory Senior Archivist Sarah Hallet and Digitization Archivist Sinéad Bligh.  Over the last two years, the Mattress Factory has worked to digitize the Greer Lankton Archive in a project funded through the Council on Library and Information Resources and in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. The online finding aid is the culmination of this work and will make publicly accessible Lankton’s artistic development, artwork and exhibitions, along with her relationships to her friends and contemporaries, including Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz and Peter Hujar.

The Greer Lankton Archive is an assemblage of over 15,000 materials collected from the work of artist Greer Lankton, a significant and underrecognized artist in the radical art scene of New York City’s East Village during the 1980s. Lankton’s exhibitions and performances included those at PS1, Club 57, Pyramid Club, Franklyn Furnace, Civilian Warfare Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery and the Whitney Biennial NYC. She also exhibited across the US and Europe, including in the UK, Austria and the Venice Biennale.

This April, the Mattress Factory presents “It's All About Greer Lankton,” a FREE event series leading up to the launch of an online finding aid to celebrate the famed artist Greer Lankton. The series will culminate in Greer’s Birthday Bash on April 21st - what would have been Greer's 64th birthday. This free community day will mark the official launch of the Greer Lankton Collection Finding Aid. Admission to the Museum is free all day, with events and programming taking place from 3-7 PM.

They also spoke about the latest exhibits at the archive, the café and shop and new  coffee and restaurant additions to the cultural scene on the North Side.

Dawn Brean & Kilolo Luckett - Frick Art and Historical Center - Apr 8, 2022

Dawn Brean, the Chief Curator and Director of Collections at the Frick Art and Historical Center, joins Kilolo Luckett - Guest Curator - to discuss the exhibit "Slay: Artemisia Gentileschi and Kehinde Wiley" - bringing together the two artists painting the same subject of Judith decapitating Holofernes with a sword and in the painting becoming a world wide feminist icon and inspiring numerous other artists to create work on the topic. 

Elizabeth Barker - Frick Art & Historical Center - Apr 8, 2022

Elizabeth Barker, the Executive Director of the Frick Art and Historical Center, discusses the excitement over bringing the two paintings together in the exhibit "Slay: Artemisia Gentileschi and Kehinde Wiley." Elizabeth Barker shares with Jim Cunningham her excitement over the plans for music in the outdoors this summer, including a Juneteenth concert and much more.

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