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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Summer Gallery Crawl & Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh


Ready to crawl into art downtown?

Toss aside those superstitious notions this Friday the 13th and instead head downtown for a doubleheader (move over McCutchen!) of arts and culture. Start your culture jamming at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl, with free activities, openings and events from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and then ring in the dog days during the annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh bash from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Port-of-Culture

Make Downtown your destination du jour, as two of The Cultural Trust's signature events animate the heart of the Burgh. Start your creative cruising at the free Gallery Crawl, featuring thought provoking art exhibitions, bands and DJs, dance, theater, hands-on activities, independent shopping and dining, and more.

Featuring all ilks of art--from the conventional to the cutting-edge, the quarterly urban showcase is free and open to the public. Look for the bright green Gallery Crawl sidewalk signs for participating locations and go here to download a full schedule of events.

At the always forward thinking Wood Street Galleries, step into immersive light installations that explore materiality and memory. Don't miss Jerry Irwin’s photography at SPACE, featuring images of everyone from bikers and mennonites, to skydivers and Pennsylvanians, that have been published in high profile magazines such as National Geographic, Life and Sports Illustrated.

Over at 943 Liberty Ave., experience a mesmerizing maze-like installation incorporating light and space created by artist Elin Hansdottir, and discover work by the first modern African American sculptor to garner substantial international critical success when you visit the new show, Richmond Barthé: His Life in Art, at the August Wilson Center.

At the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, digital and mixed media artist Gwyn Rohrer will present work exploring the feminine and female struggles through the use of the human body, landscapes, sewing, embroidery, and fabric patterns. Channel your inner Warhol at the Renaissance, where the hotel's lobby will be transformed into a painting studio right before your very eyes. Participate in a group painting class with the owners of Paint Monkey and watch Andy Warhol's Flowers come to life.

Move and groove

Enjoy live contemporary dance at the Trust Arts Education Center, with featured performances by Staycee Pearl and the Alumni Theater Company throughout the night.

Head to new spot Bend Yoga for a special Hoop-Dance Yoga Class where you can participate, watch and view work by local artists. Hang out with kNOT Dance--Pittsburgh's original aerial dance theatre company--for some high flying fun and dazzling live performances at Verve Wellness

Don't miss a headlining concert in Katz Plaza by the Chicago-based high-energy Afrobeat ensemble Occidental Brothers Dance Band International. Filling the streets with catchy grooves in between the band's sets will be DJ Nate da Phat Barber, along with special guest, acclaimed trumpeter Sean Jones.

If low-key folk music is more your style, head over to Backstage Bar for some soothing sounds by local duo, Broken Fences. Over at Braddock’s American Brasserie, enjoy live music by Carol Blaze.

Multimodal merrymaking

Still standing after the Crawl? Your final destination for the night of artsy revelry is to hop aboard the all-inclusive transporation themed soiree dubbed Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, complete with bands, DJs, a multi-level party site, and live entertainment in Downtown's former Bally’s building located at 119 Sixth St.

So whether you prefer planes, trains or automobiles, don your most festive airline, rail or car threads and head to the party's signature ubran discotheque headed up by dancehall DJ, Dad Time.

Co-chaired by Katherine Leech Vollen and Doug Kassab, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh features three levels of party programming, including cosmic readings, dance lessons, wine flight and beer school classes, a lower deck lounge, three bars, and tasty fare from local restaurants. This year's main stage performers include DJ Koko, K-Hun and TM Eye.

Designed by local artist Thommy Conroy, the venue's decor will feature themes related to multiple modes of transportation. The main level will serve as an airport concourse, while the basement will sport underground train station decor, and the upper level will be decked out as a car park.

Celebrating the city's world-class arts scene, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh highlights the ongoing and critical role that the arts have played over the past two decades in helping to transform formerly blighted sections of downtown, into a thriving Cultural District that today welcomes over a million visitors annually to thousands of performances, exhibitions and community events.

Proceeds raised from Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partners Membership program, will supports Trust programming, as well as the ongoing development of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Wanna be a VIP? Be treated to exclusive Gallery Crawl watering holes with a limited-edition Passport to the Crawl. Collect exclusive passport stamps designed by eight local artists that includes a suggested walking route and map and provides access to the bash before the doors open to the public.

Purchase tickets for Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh now.

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