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All the fun that’s fit to print

To help you plan your week, here are the key events on my schedule. Please join me when you can:

Wednesday, December 5: The 74th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. I’ll post recommended beverages on Wednesday. For now, if you are the sort of person who enjoys an intoxicating beverage, plan to be somewhere where you can drink one by 5:32 EST on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 6: Pittsburgh Geek Night the 56th at the Church Brew Works. 5pm to 9pm. Details at the Pittsburgh Geeks website.

Friday, December 7: Butler County Chamber of Commerce holiday event. I realize that many of you will not be interested in this, but I plan to attend. Which will create a challenge when I then rush off to…

Friday, December 7: Gist Street Reading Series, 7:30pm. The final reading of 2007, and the last before the series takes a six month hiatus. Should be a great one. Details at the Gist Street website.

Saturday, December 8: Portraits for Toys at the Creative Treehouse, 10am – 8pm. A terrific idea:

On Saturday, December 8th, the members of the Creative TreeHouse in Bellevue will put their talents to good use and hold a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Professional holiday portraits will be taken at the Creative Treehouse, located at 517 Lincoln Ave (2nd Floor) Bellevue, PA 15202 from 10:00AM to 8:00PM for those who bring a toy donation for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Suggested donations are toys for boys and girls up to age thirteen and around the price range of $10. Family portraits are available for a donation of two gifts, one for a boy and one for a girl. Single portraits will be available for a donation of one gift. A holiday backdrop designed by Creative TreeHouse members will be available as will a normal studio backdrop for single and family portraits.

The whole family is invited to spend time at the Creative TreeHouse while portraits are being taken. Portraits will be available to download online with a special code provided to each guest at the event. Details here.

Sunday, December 9: Closkey family goes to the theater! Actually, this will most likely be my sister Katy, my mother, and me going to the theater, as the play we’re eyeballing is Pride and Prejudice at PICT. The men of the family are guaranteed to whine and gripe, so we need not even ask them. For myself, I look forward to seeing David Whalen as a charming, blond Mr. Darcy. (Sigh.)

Sunday, December 9: There will be some kind of football game at 4:15pm. I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch it — I hope my heart is strong enough.

Finding your inner artist

drawing of tree and sky by Elizabeth PerryToday, Elizabeth Perry is throwing a virtual drawing party to celebrate 1000 consecutive days of her drawing something every day. You should participate:

I am inviting you to a distributed drawing party: sometime during the day Monday, please find a comfortable place, get a piece of paper and a pen and make a small drawing of something you see. Nobody needs to see it – the important thing is to have fun! O.k.? Maybe you can think of it as a party game, and then leave a comment on my 1000th drawing post to let me know you did that.

There’s a small chance you’ll win a lovely drawing, but more importantly there’s a large chance you’ll experience the special thrill of making something. Even if you believe in your heart that you can’t draw, the truth is you can. Have at it.

And if this party whets your appetite for creating art, please join us at the 24 Hour Creative Marathon in Bellevue, starting at 8pm this Friday:

The 24 Hour Creative Marathon is a two-part event, beginning with a 24-hour artistic marathon and culminating in a gallery show and sale the following day.

Beginning Friday, September 28th, at 8pm, artists will gather at the Creative Treehouse to create a piece of work in 24 hours that pertains to the theme “Lost and Found”. Artists of all media and levels — from professional to amateur to the curious and motivated — are invited. Size restraints are 18×18 inches, and canvas or masonite will be provided to those that do not have their own.

Registration is FREE for marathon participation. Although registrations will be accepted at the door, there is a 150 participant maximum, so pre-registration is recommended.

At 8pm the next evening, September 29th, the Creative Treehouse will feature these newly created works of art in a gallery show. Food will be provided and beverages are BYOB; music will include Paul Luc, Jim Dandies, Buddy Nutt, and Some Other Band. The gallery show costs only $2 at the door. Artwork will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Creative Treehouse. Both events are open to the public.

Sponsors: Affogato Coffee, Aldo Coffee, Big Big Design, Burn Energy Drink, Mr. Baconpants, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Unicorn Mountain.

If you don’t want to make any art, come and see people creating great and small things. Or come to the gallery show on Saturday and buy something fine, support the Creative Treehouse, and have fun.

To do: Open House at City Theatre

City Theatre logoNext Friday will be a busy one in Pittsburgh. In addition to the Gist Street Readings and the Pirates playing Chicago Cubs at home (Vintage Cap Night!), there’s this very fun event at City Theatre on the South Side:

Fun-Festive-FREE-Fifth Annual
Open House at City Theatre

Friday, September 7 from 5 to 10 pm

Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Go back stage, see the costume and paint shops, visit the rehearsal room, hear a set design presentation, meet the artistic staff, and learn how City Theatre’s original plays are made.

Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Season – 2007/08 includes the startling drama Mother Teresa Is Dead, Jeffrey Hatcher’s kooky comedy Murderers, a world premiere of The 13th of Paris, the magical play with music Flight, and much more.

Taste of the South Side – Sample complimentary food from some of our exciting neighborhood restaurants including 17th Street Café, Café Allegro, Gypsy, Folino’s Ristorante, and Mantini’s Woodfired. A cash bar will also be available.

*City at Your Service: Bring a donation of canned food for the Brashear Association and have a beer or soda on us!

Box Office Bonanza – Discover new season packages like the Sipping Sundays Wine Tasting series and Girls Nights Out. Buy tickets for Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Learn about special savings for seniors, students and groups. Make a Date for 07/08!

1300 Bingham Street on the South Side

For more details about any of City Theatre’s programming call 412.431.CITY (2489) or visit CityTheatreCompany.org

City Theatre invited me to cover their 2006-2007 season, which included the American Trio series of new plays along with other innovative fare. What I like most about them is that they take seriously their mission to develop and produce contemporary plays for a diverse audience. They don’t shirk from a challenge — consider the risks of producing a comic-tragic mystery about sea creatures off the coast of Newfoundland (The Muckleman) — and they cover a range of styles from broad comedy (The Underpants) to modern drama (Intimate Apparel). They encourage and support new playwrights and contribute to the richness of Pittsburgh’s theater scene. And everyone I’ve met there has been friendly, open to ideas, and just downright nice.

I most enjoy their comedies, so I’m particularly looking forward to the upcoming production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderes in November. In the meantime though, this open house will be a fine opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a terrific regional theater. I hope you’ll stop in.

Creative Cafe of Elisco Advertising

Duane Rieder photo exhibitNew creative/social venue opening in Lawrenceville:

Elisco Advertising will open up its Creative Cafe located in Lawrenceville to bring together artists, musicians, poets and chefs for regular happenings, just to get the creative juices flowing. And the public will be invited to many of them. Elisco has a reputation for alternative advertising. But they also love cooking and fine wine. The Creative Cafe is an opportunity to bring creatives together from all corners of Pittsburgh to feed off each other, if you will. The caveat – the theme will always be food. And, it’s FREE.

The first happening will be Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with a wine and cheese reception to launch the food-inspired photo exhibit of Pittsburgh photographer Duane Rieder. Come meet the photographer, mingle with fascinating people. and enjoy the Elisco touch.

Here come the pod people

This is a great week for geeks in Pittsburgh.

On Thursday evening we have Pittsburgh BlogFest 8 — meaning the second anniversary of our little shindigs. Our blogging directory has grown from a few dozen blogs to around 500. Huzzah! It will be great fun, as always … but it will be especially great fun if YOU are there.

WHAT: Pittsburgh BlogFest 8
WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 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 bloggers and blog readers
AND: Creating Text(iles), Inner Bitch, Grabass, and My Brilliant Mistakes

As always, if you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mailing blogfest AT closkey.com.

And then the very next night begins PodCampPittsburgh, wherein people who create video for the web explain to those of us who don’t create video on the web how to do it, so that we too can join in the fun.

PodCamp is a FREE UN-CONFERENCE for people who create, enjoy or are interested in learning more about blogs, vlogs, audio podcasts, web video, content networks and new media monetization. Show up, meet people, make connections.

Friday, Nov 10, 2006: Evening Meet-n-Greet, 6-8 PM @ The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Saturday, Nov 11, 2006: 9 AM – 5 PM @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Saturday Night Dinner: @ Bossa Nova (Time TBA)
Sunday, Nov 12, 2006: 9 AM – 5 PM @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is located at 477 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

More information and registration are available at the PodCampPittsburgh wiki.

I’ll be hosting a panel discussion the morning of November 12, talking about using various media on the web, choosing video or audio or text or photos or drawings, how the content dictates or affects the choice, etc. Jump over to the PodCampPittsburgh wiki and find out more about all the terrific sessions.


It’s the third day of NaNoWriMo: I wrote 1,037 words the first day (well under the 1,667 words/day target), and none yesterday. So that project is well behind.

It’s also the third day of DrawMo! I sketched a red onion the first day. It came out much more squished-looking than the round and firm original. Yesterday started sketching a salt shaker but my fajita arrived before I could finish. Later at night I sketched my cellphone, which is recognizable as a cellphone but not necessarily mine.

So these do-an-impossible-amount-of-work-in-a-month projects are not off to the best starts. On Saturday I will get to make up for it…and not just because i’ll have more time to get in several thousand words of novelling and to try erasing as part of the sketching process (innovation!).

Saturday night is NaDruWriNi — National Drunken Writing Night.

Hemingway would be so proud

If you are unfamiliar with the rules, here are the top two:

  1. The goal is to drink while you write and write while you

Pat Patterson at the Carnegie Museum

Patricia L. Patterson, Butler artist, was named the Floyd F. Chaney Award designee in the upcoming 2006 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibit to be held at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh from October 27, 2006 to January 14, 2007.

Patterson, whose primary medium is oil paint, studied visual arts at Chatham College and recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Art Institute of Boston through Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her works include portraiture resulting from an ongoing exploration of appropriated identity and the cultural assignment of gender-specific characteristics.

The Carnegie Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and Patterson will be present at an opening reception, to which the public is invited, on Thursday, November 26, 2006 at 6:30 PM and will also be at the Museum to speak about her work on Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 1:00.

Patterson is currently represented by LaFond Gallery, 1711 E. Carson Street in Pittsburgh.

Whenever you’re near me I hear a symphony

What: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra “Blogfest Bonus” Concert — Shostakovich’s Centennial (“heroic, patriotic and blazing”)
Where: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave.
When: October 8 — THIS SUNDAY — at 2:30 PM
How Much: FREE for up to 30 Pittsburgh Bloggers!!

The catch: Only bloggers listed with Pittsburgh Bloggers are eligible for complimentary tickets. Additional tickets are $19 per person and up.

To get your tickets, e-mail blogmanagers (AT) pittsburghsymphony [dot] org and insert the word BlogFest in the subject. Please provide your name, zipcode, and blog name as listed on PghBloggers.org.

In addition to the FREE entry, blogger delights include a pre-concert hosted by music writer and former Wall Street journalist Greg Sandow, a backstage tour before the concert, and a post concert blogging party, making the most of the available WiFi access and enjoying the company of the Symphony bloggers and other fine fellows.

There’s a limit of 30 tickets to be given out. Tickets are first come, first serve. The deadline for registering is Friday (TODAY!!) at 2 P.M.

Special thanks to Jonathan Mayes and the Pittsburgh Symphony for hosting this event.

Official details on the concert are available at the Pittsburgh Symphony website. Enjoy this article in the Post-Gazette previewing the concert.

The greatest rock and roll band in the world

Today in “I know people who are connected with the movie industry” news, my buddy Peter K sends a link to the trailer for The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black, the other Tenacious D guy, and a weird green guitar pick that rules the rock world. Also Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller, whose presence in the film is almost enough to keep me from watching it. But then I notice Meat Loaf and that guy from “Numb3rs” in the cast list also, and I realize I can’t miss this one.

Peter’s sister Georgia is one of the executive producers for the film. Her credits also include “Syriana,” “Blow,” and “Gattaca.” I’m struggling to think of any other connection between “The Pick of Destiny” and “Syriana.” How about this: Jack Black and Matt Damon have both been stunt cast on “Will & Grace” at one time or other.

But then again, who hasn’t been stunt cast on “Will & Grace”?

Angels with an attitude: Ditty Bops in Pittsburgh TONIGHT

Ditty Bops in ClevelandTonight, 8pm, at the Garfield Artworks, catch the Ditty Bops live. WYEP listeners will remember “Sister Kate” from the previous record; I’m not sure what the single is from the current CD but I can say it’s all good stuff and well worth a listen or three. My personal fave today is “Angel With an Attitude.”

See videos, hear song clips, and check out their tour blog at their official website.