Hotlist: June 22, 2022

Paul Gertner in Steel City Miracles
Liberty Magic/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
June 22 – July 3, 2022
Liberty Magic, Downtown
Cheap Seats start at $38.44

Steel City Miracles is Paul’s newest 75-minute program of innovative theatrical sleight-of-hand magic based on his sell-out residency at the historic Omni Park House in Boston. A love letter to growing up in Pittsburgh, every magical effect is original material, created and performed in the unique Paul Gertner style. Watch closely — you will not believe your eyes!

More Information and purchase Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cheap Seat Tickets HERE.

Dormont Spark/Pride
Dormont Community Development Corporation and Dormont Arts
Saturday, June 25, 2022, 2 – 8 PM
Potomac Avenue, Dormont
Open to the Public


Join Dormont Arts and the Dormont LGBTQ Community Committee, a project of the Dormont Community Development Corporation, for a one-of-a-kind FREE event that will provide an afternoon of visual arts, featured in local businesses, LGBT-friendly entertainment, music, vendors, food, and much more for the community.


More information HERE.

Ballet Under the Stars
Pittsburgh Ballet
Sunday, June 26, 2022, Pre-performance Activities, 5:30 PM, Performance, 8 PM
Hartwood Acres Concert Area, Allison Park
Free and Open to the Public


Your favorite end-of-summer tradition is back! Gather your friends and family, pack your picnic blankets and head on over to beautiful Hartwood Acres for some late afternoon family fun, followed by an evening of outdoor ballet – all free to the public! This year Ballet Under the Stars features the talents of rising stars who hail from 25 states around the U.S. and Canada and participate in PBT School’s Company Experience, a two-week summer intensive workshop. The evening will also include a performance by PBT Company dancers.


More information HERE.

The Illustrious Invalid
Kinetic Theatre Company
Through June 26, 2022
City Theatre Mainstage, South Side
Advance Tickets: $42, Age 25 and under: $20, Artist rate: $25

The Illustrious Invalid is set in 1673, when playwriting and acting was risky business. It imagines the final, fitful day in the life of the playwright Molière, as, knowing his death is near, he prepares to put on a performance of his play, The Imaginary Invalid. Molière’s wife tries to dissuade him from performing and asks him to sign a document renouncing the acting profession in hopes of saving his soul and affording him a Christian burial. A mad, humpbacked priest, quack doctors administering enemas, censorious musketeers, and the Sun King himself all conspire to keep him from the stage in this madcap romp.


Purchase tickets and more information HERE.

Drag Bingo w/ Alora Chateaux
Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Monday, June 27, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
WPU Ballroom, Oakland
Free with Registration


Hosted by Alora Chateaux (She/Her), one of Pittsburgh’s premier drag artists, Drag Bingo is just like regular bingo—but more fun! In addition to winning any one of our fabulous prizes, Alora will provide witty banter and drag performances for entertainment! Drag Bingo will be hosted in a hybrid format, so you can win prizes from campus or a place you feel most comfortable. Entry is free for participants; limit one bingo card per participant.


Learn more and register HERE.

Americana Concert
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, July 1, 2022, 7 PM
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Oakland
Free with registration


Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a concert of sing-alongs, marches, and tributes to our military personnel including Stars and Stripes Forever, the Armed Forces Salute and John Williams’ Music from The Patriot. John Stafford Smith’s The Star-Spangled Banner opens the program under the baton of PSO Assistant Conductor Jacob Joyce in the beautiful Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Featured artists include Katy Williams, vocalist; Mark Huggins, violin; and John McCabe, speaker. This concert is offered free of charge, but registration is required.


Tickets and more information HERE.

CLO Cabaret
Through July 31, 2022
CLO Cabaret, Downtown
Tickets start at $29


There once was a boy wizard who went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. The New York Times proclaims PUFFS, “A fast-paced romp through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’”


More information and purchase tickets HERE.

Extra Events

Inside Out
Carnegie Museum of Art
June 25 & 30, July 2, 2022
Sculpture Court, Oakland
Free Admission

Inside Out is back for a second year! A free summer outdoor event series celebrating Pittsburgh’s rich cultural landscape with performances, live music, art-making, food, and drinks. On Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m., Pittsburgh’s expansive nightlife scene takes over the Sculpture Court. A lineup of some of the city’s most dynamic DJs transforms the space into a can’t-miss destination for friends and dancing during the week. On Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy performances from regional arts organizations and performers, soak in summer sounds from bands and DJs, grab a bite from local food trucks, and get creative with artists and art-making.


More information and schedule HERE.

Community Dance Class with Flamenco Pittsburgh
Office of Public Art & Riverlife
Saturday, June 25, 2022, 2 – 3 PM
Allegheny Landing, North Shore
$5 per person


Join Flamenco Pittsburgh for this all-levels class at Allegheny Landing, where participants will learn the basics of Flamenco dance. No experience necessary.


More information and registration HERE.

Working Thought
Carnegie Museum of Art
Through June 26, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland
Adult: $19.95, Adults 65 and over: $14.95, Children 3 to 18: $11.95, Students with a valid Pitt campus ID: Free


Featuring works by 35 contemporary artists, Working Thought examines the role of contemporary artists to consider and question the many ways economic disparity and labor have shaped American life past and present.

Working Thought showcases artwork across media and generations, highlighting connections between diverse artistic practices. In this exhibition, a combination of new commissions and loans are presented alongside works from the museum’s collection, positioning the collection in a new light and within the context of the history of Pittsburgh as a center of industry.


More information HERE.

Paola Pivi: I Want It All
Andy Warhol Museum

Through August 15, 2022
Andy Warhol Museum, North Side
Timed ticket reservations recommended. Adults: $20.00, Child & Senior over 65: $10.00.
Free for Pitt students with a valid Pittsburgh campus ID, use promo code PITTSTUDENT


After abandoning her university studies in chemical nuclear engineering, Paola Pivi shifted her ambitions towards a career in contemporary art. Celebrated today for her provocative eccentricity, Pivi’s artistic production is full of odd encounters and whimsical moments. From animals in strange habitats, to an 18-wheeler truck positioned on its side, to gushing fountains of juice, ink, and espresso, the artist asks the public to reconsider the manipulation of the natural world around us. Pivi’s diverse practice, spanning documented performance, design, sculpture, video, photography, and installation, has, over the last two decades, often manifested itself through industrial materials or wildlife arranged in new incarnations and pop cultural representations.


More information and reserve timed tickets HERE

Virtual on Demand Performances
Chatham Baroque
Available Now
General $38, Senior (65+) $30, Student $15


The Glories of Venice

Resplendent 16th- and 17th-century music for sackbuts, strings, and organ. Revel in the rich sounds of strings, sackbuts (early trombones), and a continuo team of violone, theorbo, and organ. This celebratory concert of 16th- and 17th-century music features sumptuous canzonas and sonatas by Gabrielli, Fontana, Merulo, Rosenmüller and others. Chatham Baroque Andrew Fouts violin, viola Scott Pauley theorbo Patricia Halverson viola da gamba, violone Incantare Ben David Aronson, Liza Malamut tenor sackbut Garrett Lahr bass sackbut Alice Culin-Ellison violin Cynthia Black violin, viola Naomi Gregory chamber organ.


Bach Goldberg Variations

The Goldberg Variations, published in 1741 as “an Aria with diverse variations for the harpsichord with two manuals for the delight and entertainment of music lovers,” are the fourth and final volume of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Clavier-Übung (“keyboard practice”) collection. Bach’s last published word on keyboard playing, the Goldberg Variations are a brilliant display of compositional command and stylistic inventiveness, coupled with an unprecedented, acrobatic virtuosity and flat out humor.


More information HERE.