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La Danse & Oscar season - Feb 10, 2010

Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.

Stephen Massicotte "The Clockmaker" - Feb 2, 2010

After last season's hit, "Mary's Wedding," City Theatre stages the US premiere of Stephen Massicotte's newest play, "The Clockmaker." The Canadian playwright talks about his inventive approach to narrative timelines and his intent to do the unexpected.

1934: A New Deal for Artists - Feb 1, 2010

The Frick's Sarah Hall gives a tour of "1934: A New Deal for Artists," an exhibition from the Smithsonian to mark the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program. The show features 52 works by 51 diverse artists who captured portraits, cityscapes, city life, landscapes and rural life in a unique visual record of America at a specific time.

Dance Alloy's Greer Reed-Jones - Dec 2, 2009

A Pittsburgh native and alumna of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Greer Reed-Jones became Artistic Director of Dance Alloy in summer '09. As she prepares her first main stage concert with the Alloy, she talks about her vision for the company, the program "Alloy Unlocked," and meeting her husband, jazz trumpet sensation Sean Jones.

Quantum Theatre's "Candide" - Oct 28, 2009

Artistic Director Karla Boos and conductor Andres Cladera talk about staging Bernstein's Candide at the former Don Allen Auto City, the work's interesting history, and unique mix of farce and beauty. The leads sing, "You Were Dead, You Know."

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Oct 24, 2009

City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," in which four actors play Hyde. Steubenville native Hatcher is a City Theater favorite [Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Muderers].

Pittsburgh Public Theater 2009-2010 - Oct 10, 2009

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas previews his company's season of eight productions, starting with "Ella" and including Pappas' own production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Chatham Baroque's Fresh Ayre - Oct 8, 2009

Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, tells Jim Cunningham about Chatham Baroque's current concerts of English and Italian sonatas with guest violinist Dana Maiben, Friday's "Wandering Minstrels" event, and the group's recording plans.

Quantum Theater: 36 Views - Aug 5, 2009

Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about staging Naomi Iizuka’s "36 Views" outdoors at Washington's Landing along the Allegheny River. The multifaceted play involves art forgery, intrigue, romance, and mystery. It starts with the discovery of an ancient Japanese pillow book whose existence could shake the field of Asian antiquities to its core -- If it's genuine.

Violinist Eugene Phillips - Jun 18, 2009

Retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips previews his upcoming concert of Haydn, Schoenberg, and Schubert with violinist Roger Zahab, violist Paul Silver, and cellists Lauren and Hampton Mallory on June 20. Free admission. See the QED Cultural Calendar for details.

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