Gateway to the Diverse communities in Pittsburgh
Kelly Strayhorn Theater is proud to present the Freshworks showing, 40412 by Livefromthecity and Sheryland Neal, November 5-6, 2021 at KST’s Alloy Studios.
Jordan Howard, known as Livefromthecity, is a hip-hop songwriter, producer, studio engineer, and part-time arts educator located in Pittsburgh, PA. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sheryland Neal has a background in performance, theatre, and broadcast journalism. 40412 combines musical and audio-visual elements with unique stories about Pittsburgh from the varying perspectives of a native and a transplanted resident with a vested interest in the city.
According to recent census data comparing 2010 to 2020, Allegheny County has grown by 2.7%, a population increase that many are contributing to the new opportunities in the region. For the art community, this growth has created a newfound collaboration between native Pittsburghers and new faces.
“Coming to Pittsburgh from Atlanta, it felt at first like culture shock to experience the differences between the Northeast and South. Our piece 40412 explores what it means to actively create and choose your home and what it means to be from a place. 404 is the area code for Atlanta and 412, the code for Pittsburgh,” said co-creator Sheryland Neal. “As a born and raised Pittsburgher, I’m excited to share my city and stories, but also be honest with the realities of what Pittsburgh needs to continue to improve for their residents,” added Livefromthecity.
Freshworks is KST’s creative residency for Pittsburgh based artists and collaborators. The program provides artists with financial resources, studio space, production staff, lighting and sound design, professional development, and encouragement for creative risk taking. through interdisciplinary collaborations in contemporary dance, theater, music, and multimedia.
40412 will be presented as a work in progress at KST’s Alloy Studios, located at 5530 Penn Avenue, on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at 8:00pm.
Tickets for 40412 are now on sale at kelly-strayhorn.org or can be purchased in person at the event. Pricing is Pay What Makes You Happy!, a sliding scale of accessible price points in order to truly welcome all to enjoy the arts.
Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and dedication to the preservation of African-American traditions through dance, PHILADANCO! continues to shine as a beacon of perseverance!
PHILADANCO! will be performing signature pieces from the renowned company’s repertoire, including Super 8!, choreographed by Ray Mercer, and Enemy Behind the Gates, choreographed by Christopher Huggins with music by Steve Reich, the performance celebrates the dance company’s 50th anniversary season and 60th anniversary as a dance school.
AWAACC premiere: November 12 @ 7:00pm
Promo Code for 50% off tickets: PDANCO!
The City of Pittsburgh has announced trick-or-treating will be Sunday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. and urges all residents to follow safety protocols and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Residents are urged to:
As with each year, motorists are asked to be especially vigilant on Halloween night, decrease speeds and increase awareness of trick-or-treating children and families.
Last year’s virtual open house attracted over 3,000 people from around the world. Beginning Saturday, October 2nd, Touchstone presents the Second Virtual Open House - direct from the mountains of the Laurel Highlands. Online attendees can experience Touchstone’s creative community atmosphere through more than twenty, FREE on-demand video tours, talks, demonstrations, and more! Over 30 artists and organizations are participating, including Touchstone Instructors, Resident Artists, Summer Interns, Staff, and more. Nothing beats immersing yourself in your craft on Touchstone’s beautiful 150-acre campus, watching live hands-on demonstrations, or visiting our exquisite galleries but perhaps through the Virtual Open House, you will experience what it’s like to be involved in this creative community.
To enjoy Touchstone’s Virtual Open House, visit touchstoneopenhouse.orgon Saturday, Oct. 2nd or binge watch any time after.
Thank you to our 2021 Open House Sponsors: EQT Foundation (Lead Sponsor), Turkeyfoot Farms, First National Bank, Paul and Diane Kiproff, National Road Heritage Corridor, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Fairchance Construction Co., BoxHeart Gallery, Creative Business Accelerator/Bridgeway Capital, GO Laurel Highlands, Halstead Jewelry Supplies, Christian W. Klay Winery, DiceCo Technologies LLC, Enscoe Long Insurance Group LLC, FastSigns of Uniontown, Ohiopyle Prints, Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, Somerset Trust Company. Funded in part by the Fayette County Tourism Grant Program.
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ABOUT TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS Founded in 1972, Touchstone Center for Crafts’ mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. We achieve this through an array of media including blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, fine metals, drawing/painting, and other special topic areas. Touchstone’s 150 acre wooded campus is located in the Laurel Highlands, just 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Touchstone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering immersive learning experiences in 7 fully equipped studios, workshop scholarships for teens and adults, artist residencies, internships for artists, and professional gallery exhibitions.
To learn more about Touchstone Center for Crafts please visit www.touchstonecrafts.org.
Dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, 2021, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 28, 2022, 7:30-9:00 ET
[I]f I hear the sound of the genuine in me, and if you hear the sound of the genuine in you, it is possible for me to go down in me and come up in you. So that when I look at myself through your eyes having made that pilgrimage, I see in me what you see in me and the wall that separates and divides will disappear and we will become one because the sound of the genuine makes the same music. - Howard Thurman
Howard Thurman reminds us of a truth we learned deeply this past year – that we are all connected, that the well-being of one is integrally tied to the well-being of all. While last year’s Wise Women series focused on practices of “centering down,” the coming year will turn our gaze outward: How do we imagine and create the world we want as we emerge from these pandemics? As we move from what has felt like a very long night, how can we restore hope, joy, and flourishing?
Join us as we continue our conversations with courageous Wise Women, whose voices all help us find true north during these times. Spend six monthly evenings exploring an essential practice or quality crucial to the “new normal” we are invited to build – a world that supports the flourishing of all. Think of each session as a “micro-retreat,” a time set apart, including conversation, practices, community, and an experience of the gifts each of these women will bring. Registrants will be provided with materials to help connect the series together and will be encouraged to form cohorts of friends to experience the sessions with each other.
More Information: https://www.pts.edu/Wise-Women-2122
Questions: E-mail ConEd@pts.edu or call 412-924-1345.