Make Art a Laughing Matter

Inject some humor into your art at the Society for Contemporary Craft.

S.P.I.T. (2005) by artist Nathan Dube


Funny thing, art doesn’t often have a sense of humor. It’s Serious stuff. That’s why a show like “Humor in Craft” is refreshing — especially during the summer. Guest curator Brigitte Martin, an artist and author of a new book, Humor in Craft, has assembled a fun group of 33 artists from around the globe to tackle this theme in a world-premiere exhibit at Society for Contemporary Craft. Of course, being funny requires talent and creativity — sometimes in greater abundance than when the goal is to create Serious art. The humor here can range from laugh-out-loud funny to more subtle wit, employing irony, sarcasm and political shadings. And let’s not forget that some of the most Serious things in life can be expressed in jest.

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—Mike May, PM Editor-at-Large


Somehow, I had never wandered into the Carson Street Deli. I knew it by reputation and the history of its East Carson Street building, but that hadn’t yet motivated me to actually, you know, open the door. When I finally made a point of it, I was pleased to discover a lot more than cold cuts and mustard. A laundry list of awesome sandwiches, a bottled beer collection to rival any in Pittsburgh and perhaps the most inviting back courtyard in the South Side makes this a nice place to change up your East Carson Street routine. Read more in this week’s edition of After Dark!


For most of us, summer isn’t complete until we’ve unfolded the lawn chairs, laid out a blanket and kicked back at an outdoor concert. But if you thought downtown and Burgettstown were your only outposts for music under the stars, think again, my friend. As part of its Summer Sounds 2012 series, Greensburg’s St. Clair Park is hosting 13 (free!) concerts this summer, including an appearance by the new-blues sextet Delta Rae. The North Carolina natives, who have been signed by legendary music mogul Seymour Stein (other clients include The Ramones and – seriously – Madonna), will be working the crowd tomorrow. Staying true to their southern roots, the band’s bluesy vibe falls somewhere between Americana, alternative and bluegrass. Click here to check out the video for their latest single, Bottom of the River — and get to Greensburg Friday tomorrow.

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—Caitlyn Kronket, PM Editorial Intern

In Theaters:
In Theater 1, you’ll find The Dark Knight Rises; Theaters 2 and 3, they’ve got The Dark Knight Rises. Down the hall in 4? The Dark Knight Rises. And be sure to stop at our satellite concession stand on the way to Theater 5 – stock up with plenty of popcorn for The Dark Knight Rises. Get your tickets now for Batman’s big finale, as some showings are already selling out! For a review of…wait for it…The Dark Knight Rises, PM Film Editor Sean Collier will be appearing on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 7:15 a.m. He knows that everyone and their mother will be going to a screening Thursday night at midnight, thus rendering his review sorely unnecessary, but he’s going for it anyway. Tune in to or 102.5-FM for Sean’s review!
The folks behind the inaugural Great American Water Balloon Fight expect 3,000 contestants and 100,000 balloons to make a splash at Point State Park on Saturday. The four teams, led by local radio celebs, will make a splash in the name of charity (Team Tassy, to be exact). More info here:
If you’ve never seen a vintage racecar, you should take the opportunity during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which ends this weekend. These antique vehicles parade through Schenley and Shadyside with a charm and dignity that no NASCAR racer will ever match. More info here:

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