PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
MULTIPLE CHOICE EVENTS
VARIETY HOUR: MULTIPLE CHOICE LOCALLY SOURCED
HOSTED BY RICK SEBAK
FEATURES 6 LOCAL PERFORMING ARTISTS
SPEED PAINTING COMPETITION FEATURES
LOCAL VISUAL ARTISTS +
ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT EACH ARTIST
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
AUGUST WILSON CENTER | CULTURAL DISTRICT | PITTSBURGH, PA
Pittsburgh ̶ The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the next happening for the 2017 Multiple Choice Events is Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced, to be held at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the Variety Hour featuring six local performing artists, at 8:00 p.m.; then at 9:00 p.m. everyone can join us for a speed painting competition featuring local visual artists, an art auction to benefit each artist and after party.
Now in its second season, the 2017 Multiple Choice Events, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, seeks to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds and has featured Hip Hop revolutionaries, a groundbreaking guitarist, a live monster fighting spectacle and more. A unique key programming component to the series offers guests optional event choices: “Your Night, You Decide. Select one, select them all.”
You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:
[A] Attend a show
[B] Go to a party featuring a speed painting competition
[C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or
ALL OF THE ABOVE
Ticket ($25) includes the 8:00 p.m. Variety Hour and 9:00 p.m. speed painting competition and after party. Ticket ($5 in advance; $10 at the door) includes 9:00 p.m. entry to the speed painting competition, art auction and after party. Food trucks will be on site offering attendees a variety of food and beverage options to purchase throughout the evening.
Multiple Choice: Locally Sourced features a Variety Hour, showcasing the best Pittsburgh has to offer. Hosted by documentarian and local celebrity Rick Sebak, the Variety Hour will showcase performers who live or work within fifty miles of the city; each performer has up to 10 minutes to show off their skills and creativity. This past summer, Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust curated the on-line call for the artist event submissions. The open call winner chosen from the submissions, Spoken Word Artist Karla “Spirit-Lead” Payne, receives a $250 cash award, tickets to the Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced and the opportunity to perform during the event.
“An important aspect of the Cultural Trust’s mission is to create a Cultural District that is welcoming to everyone. Locally Sourced provides us an opportunity to connect directly with Pittsburgh’s performing and visual artists and provide them with a platform in a major downtown venue,” shares Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects, with the Cultural Trust.
The Variety Hour at 8:00 p.m. will feature Pittsburgh artists Alt. R&B Musician Amir Miles, Dancer Teena Custer, Physical Comedian Bill Shannon, Playwright Brian Pope, Spoken Word Artist Karla “Spirit-Lead” Payne (open call artist winner) and Texture Contemporary Ballet.
At 9:00 p.m., Locally Sourced continues with more multiple choice happenings for guests of all ages to enjoy and be a participant as an art judge following the speed painting competition during the after party. The speed painting competition features 12 Pittsburgh visual artists who will be given 30 minutes and a blank canvas to create works that will then be judged by the audience. The top four artists from the preliminary rounds will face off in a second round of painting to determine the winner. At the end of the evening, all art pieces will be auctioned off with proceeds going directly to the artists.
An exciting, eclectic and diverse line-up for Multiple Choice Events 2018 will be announced at a later date and information will be available on TrustArts.org.
About Rick Sebak
Emmy® Award-winning Rick Sebak is a producer, film director, writer and narrator of unique documentaries for public television. His documentaries have featured interesting people, places and history – locally and across the country.
August Wilson Center
The sleek and modern August Wilson Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events. The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. For rental inquiries, visit the African American Cultural Center pages on CulturalDistrict.org. For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org,www.trustarts.org/visit/facilities/august_wilson.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.