Category Archives: Event

Pittsburgh event: Doing Good at the PPT

An interesting event Monday night (tomorrow) at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, complete with complimentary refreshments and interesting ideas:

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Town Hall Project Presents
Doing Good

Locals talk about causes that moved them to take action plus a non-profit showcase and refreshments sponsored by Yelp Helps. Continue reading Pittsburgh event: Doing Good at the PPT

If you like funny things, here is what you should do tonight

Promotional photo for Book of Liz
Photo credit: No Name Players

There is just one last showing of a very funny production of Book of Liz in Pittsburgh tonight. The production is by the No Name Players, and it’s at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater on Penn Ave — get tickets online here from Showclix.

I wrote about Book of Liz a few years back, when I was in the Butler Little Theatre production of it. Such a funny, weird, and weirdly sweet play it is, written by David and Amy Sedaris. Here’s how I explained it back then:

The story centers on Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, a member of a Squeamish community. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Cluster Haven. Sister Donderstock faces personal crises, loses her way, finds it, reconsiders, and confronts questions about her faith and place in the world. It sounds serious, but actually it’s outrageously comical.

I saw a preview of the No Name Players‘ production, and they make the most of every laugh and gag and moment. If you can’t see this show, sign up for their mailing list to hear what bright thing they’ll be presenting next.

The future of the book (take 2)

UPDATE: Find the liveblog of the event at this newer post.

The much-anticipated but sadly postponed discussion on The Future of the Book has been rescheduled for April 1.

Sven Birkerts


Sven Birkerts


Maud Newton


Maud Newton


Essayist Sven Birkerts and Blogger Maud Newton to Discuss the Impact Of Technology on the Publishing Industry, April 1 at Pitt

PITTSBURGH- Imagining the possibilities that future technologies might have on the publishing industry will be the focus of a discussion with essayist Sven Birkerts and blogger Maud Newton. Titled “The Future of the Book,” this rescheduled event will be held at 8:30 p.m. April 1 in G-24 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The event, part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series 2009-10 season, was postponed because of inclement weather.

The event will be moderated by Pitt creative writing professor Cathy Day, author of the short story collection The Circus In Winter (Harcourt, 2004) and the memoir Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love (Free Press, 2008).

The event is free and open to the public.

If you’re not able to attend — or if you do plan to attend and want to participate in a bit of backchannel discussion as it happens — I’m planning to liveblog this event here on this site. The liveblogging tech (from CoverItLive) lets everyone write in comments and questions, follow selected posts on Twitter, and generally participate in a variety of ways from any location. Nifty.


PodCamp Pittsburgh 3

It’s back! Pittsburgh’s social media conference returns for the third year running, with great sessions, awesome networking opportunities, and unexpected unexpectedness.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will take place on October 18 and 19, 2008, with a meet-and-greet the evening of October 17.

WHEN: October 18 and 19, 9am to 4pm each day
WHERE: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (map/directions)
COST: free!

Register today!  

See the PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 schedule. Add a session you’d like to give, or request one you’d like to attend.

Would you like to sponsor PodCamp Pittsburgh 3? Find out how.

Spread the word about PCPGH3 with badges, video bumpers, and more.

In addition to the two days of conference, there will be a meet-n-greet reception the night before, 6 to 9pm at AlphaLab on Pittsburgh South Side. Details for the reception here.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 15

"15"

"15", originally uploaded by Lincolnian.

Come one, come all!

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 15
WHEN: Friday, August 22, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

Quantum Theatre’s “Cymbeline” — Deus ex Machina with real machinas

Special announcement, with a deal for Pittsburgh-area bloggers:

Area bloggers are invited free of charge to Quantum Theatre’s performance of Shakepeare’s Cymbeline:

Preview Performance (they will be testing the techie workings of the production)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Mellon Park (Point Breeze/Shadyside neighborhood)
8PM (no late seating, gates lock at 8 sharp)

Quantum Theatre’s upcoming production is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, which runs in Mellon Park from July 31-Aug 24. It is truly innovative in that Karla Boos — the director and Quantum founder — is collaborating with Illah Nourbakhsh at the Robotics Institute at CMU to integrate interactive technology into the production.

We can’t spill any more secrets than that, except to say that this event is sure to be a wonder.

Find out about Quantum Theatre at their website: www.quantumtheatre.com.

RSVP required; cancellations appreciated. Please RSVP to Rene Conrad at rconrad@quantumtheatre.com or 412.697.2929.

DevHouse Pittsburgh #4 – BBQ House Party

DevHouse Pittsburgh logo

DevHouse Pittsburgh is an event patterned on SuperHappyDevHouse. We aim to become the premier Pittsburgh-area hackathon event that combines serious and not-so-serious productivity with a fun and exciting party atmosphere. Come to the DevHouse to have fun and get things done!

When: Saturday, June 14, 2008, 2pm – 8pm

Where: 4685 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 (Park across the street in the McAllister Farms development.)

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and soda will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, if you’re able. Also, bring a lawn chair if you’d like to sit outside.

See full details, and RSVP, at the DevHouse Pittsburgh website.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 14

Urban Flowers

Urban Flowers, originally uploaded by brunkfordbraun.

I received another poem from Carlos the Mack’rel:

Oh, Cindy-Red or Cindy-Black
(That Closkey hair, I can’t keep track)
Tell me, tell me, tell me true
Just when is our blogfest due?

I can not wait til when it’s time
As you can see this rhyme’s a crime
my meter’s off, tis no mere jest
I need to know the next blog fest.

Week the first in month of May?
Tell me Red, what time? what day?
Or week the next oh, Cindy black
My muse brings forth…I’m stumped, alack!

Happily, I’m able to answer the question that has kept Carlos awake these many nights — and that has surely had you wondering as well.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 14
WHEN: Friday, May 16, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

“Won’t You Wear a Sweater?” Day

YouTube – Mister Rogers: "Won’t You Wear a Sweater?" Day

Thursday, March 20 will be "Won’t You Wear a Sweater?" Day.

In honor of what would have been Mister Rogers’ 80th birthday on March 20, Mr. McFeely — aka David Newell, the public relations director for Family Communications, Inc. (the nonprofit company founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers) — has a special request.

"We’re asking everyone everywhere — from Pittsburgh to Paris — to wear their favorite sweater on that day," he asks in his best speedy delivery voice. "It doesn’t have to have a zipper down the front like the one Mister Rogers wore on the program, it just has to be special to you."

I haven’t decided which sweater to wear. How does one choose among favorites?

My brother Anthony claims he doesn’t have a cardigan, so he’s heading to the store tonight to buy one. It will be, he says, "part Mister Rogers and part Kurt Cobain." You can bet that I will post a photo.