Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Arts & Entertainment

From waking the dead to a jazz conspiracy to an act of grand larceny –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in arts and entertainment.



(page 1 of 2)


photo by chris litherland
 

Chris Litherland grew up in Texas, but when a buddy invited him to visit — and consider moving to — Pittsburgh five years ago, his mind was made up within days. The history of western Pennsylvania intrigued the photographer, and since then, he’s filled his spare time with documenting the region: its amusement parks, its waterfalls, the skyscrapers Downtown, and, most of all, its churches. “I’ve been to pretty much every single church on this side of the state,” he says. “People don’t really realize how many beautiful churches are here.” With more and more churches closing, Litherland says he’s welcomed warmly into the sanctuaries to document the interiors, which often are not as widely photographed as the outside. He regularly chronicles his travels on his Facebook page and has plans for a book as well. (chrislitherlandphotography.zenfolio.com) —LD
 


photo courtesy beauty slap
 

The genre “Future-Brass-Thunder-Funk” may seem like a bit of a jumble, but for local band Beauty Slap, the label is a perfect fit. Known for its energetic, multi-faceted shows, Beauty Slap has made a name for itself as one of Pittsburgh’s freshest, funkiest dance bands. This year promises to be the biggest yet: in addition to their usual touring and local shows, they performed at the mainstage of the Indy 500 during Memorial Day weekend. (thebeautyslap.com) —CG
 


photo: shutterstock
 

WYEP Morning Mix Host Joey Spehar believes there are two camps of people: those who hate the Grateful Dead and those who love them. He’s in the latter group, which is why, a few minutes after 6 a.m. every morning, he plays something related to the band, whether from a live recording or a spin-off group. “It’s a nice way to ease into the morning, and there’s so much recorded material. I almost did the math — I felt like I could go seven years without repeating something,” he says. From those in the former camp, he’s heard fewer complaints than he expected since he started kicking off the mornings this way last July. “One guy said to me, ‘Look it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I don’t have 10 minutes to devote to a song in the morning’,” Spehar says. “I like the shorter ones. It’s a lot of fun.” (wyep.org/joey-spehar) —LD
 


photo by audrey gatewood
 

Fractured landscapes and fragmented memories stimulate slowdanger’s imagination, yielding enigmatic performance installations and music videos referenced with archetypal imagery and accompanied by atmospheric electronic scores. With extensive dance training evident in the quality of their movement, the multidisciplinary performance duo — Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight, Maryland and Texas transplants, respectively — reaches beyond choreography to experiment with improvisation. Since 2014, they have performed locally in galleries, museums and on a floating platform. Look for them at the Carnegie Museum of Art in August as part of a Third Thursday event within “Intimate Subjects,” an evening of performances, games and immersive experiences curated and performed by slowdanger and City of Play. (slowdangerslowdanger.com) —KD
 


photo courtesy kelly strayhorn theater
 

Tickets for cultural events can take a toll on your wallet. But they don’t have to. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty allows you to “Pay What Makes You Happy” for KST Presents performances. The subsidized tickets allow you to name your price — even nothing. Now anyone can afford to be a culture vulture without being dead broke. (Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/363-3000, kelly-strayhorn.org) —BH
 


photo courtesy the Jazz conspiracy
 

Swing is the thing for The Jazz Conspiracy. The band is not only concerned with putting on a good show, but the 16-piece ensemble is also the only group in Pittsburgh playing authentic Big Band swing dance music from the 1930s and beyond, and they’re doing it with flair. Every first and third Thursday at 8 p.m., the group takes the stage at the Elks Lodge on the North Side for an evening of danceable nostalgia. For those a little nervous about cutting a rug, a dance lesson with local instructor Mark Peters begins at 7:15. (thejazzconspiracy.com) —CG
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

2018 Best of the 'Burgh

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Readers' Choice Poll Results

Diners, food trucks, dive bars and more. Here's the most popular stuff in town.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Food and Drink

From a goat rodeo farm and dairy to a Spanish revival to a secret lunch –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in food and drink.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Fitness and Outdoor

From a way to be shady to a (literal) tailgate to letting the moon be your guide –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in fitness and the outdoors.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Arts & Entertainment

From waking the dead to a jazz conspiracy to an act of grand larceny –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in arts and entertainment.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Cultural Attractions

From a tiny history lesson to a secret garden to a hidden shrine –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in cultural attractions.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Business and Education

From a pierogi you can't eat to a hidden toy chest to the rehab of a dying mall –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in business and education.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Toppers That Take the Cake

Over the traditional bride and groom standing on top of your cake? Try some of these different ideas for cake toppers.

Renting in Pittsburgh? You're Getting a Great Deal

The Steel City ranks first in Zillow’s 10 Most Affordable Markets for Renters list.

Iconic Pittsburgh Meteorologist Joe DeNardo Dies at 87

DeNardo was well known in Pittsburgh long before a series of promotional TV spots cemented his place among the city's broadcasting icons.

Olczyk Embraces Awareness, Understanding to Fight Cancer

Olczyk found out last August, in the wake of a six-hour surgery that removed 14 inches of his colon and “a tumor the size of my fist,” the severity of what he was suddenly confronting.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Readers' Choice Poll Results

Diners, food trucks, dive bars and more. Here's the most popular stuff in town.

Conor Lamb Doesn't Want to Know How You Voted for President

The new congressman discusses his upset victory –– and his thoughts on the state of the Democratic Party in 2018.

Restaurant Review: The Twisted Frenchman is an Ambitious Endeavor

Andrew Garbarino moved his fine-dining restaurant into a multimillion-dollar new home. Does it live up to its new digs?

Vietnam Vets – The Warriors No One Wanted to Thank

When veterans returned from Vietnam, they didn't often hear the phrase “Thank you for your service.” But now, Pittsburgh veterans think people are learning to separate the war from the warrior.

Web Exclusive: Pittsburgh Vets Recount Their Time in Vietnam

From a medic who fainted when his blood was drawn during his physical to an Army nurse, area Vietnam veterans share stories about their time in country.

Sadie's Tree: A Plea for Kindness in Memory of a Bullied Teen

In an obituary read round the world, the family of Bedford, Pa., teen Sadie Riggs called out those who had bullied her and pleaded for people to be kind to one another. A year after Sadie’s death, lessons remain to be learned from her suicide.

What Anthony Bourdain Meant to Me

Reflecting on the loss of a person so many of us admired.

Man, There's a Lot Going on at Zone 28

The relaunched entertainment complex in Harmarville is casting a wide net, with some success.

Watch: Mrs. Rogers Charms Jimmy Fallon in Late Night Debut

The wife of the late Fred Rogers is in New York City to help promote the new documentary “Won't You Be My Neighbor.” During an appearance on the ”Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” she shared the lovely significance of Mister Rogers and the number 143.

The Carnegie Science Center is Becoming Even More Futuristic

The PPG Science Pavilion will include four floors of learning labs, exhibits and event space.

Burn Notice: Pittsburgh's Traffic Ticket Hot Spots

Traffic citations by Pittsburgh police are up 40 percent since last year.
Edit Module