Culture Archive

Went to Podcamp Pittsburgh 11 and Made History

Ah, Podcamp. Each year, I try to put together a panel on different topics based on my current interest. 2010 – I was on a panel about political blogging organized by Bram Reichbaum of The Pittsburgh Comet 2011 – I was on a panel about using social media to good deeds organized by Chris Whitlatch
Category: Activism

An Open Letter to the Senator Heinz @HistoryCenter Regarding Donald Trump

Dear History Center, Frankly, I’m disgusted that you took money from the Trump Campaign to host an event last night with Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence. Your institution is predicated upon the idea that we can learn from history. Trump’s campaign is predicated on the idea that facts, historical truths and alternative narratives are subject to
Category: Culture

‘Venus in Fur’ at the Public Theater

  Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Venus in Fur Set during a theatrical audition, this eerie and erotic dark comedy by David Ives gives dominance and submission a few rousing twists. PITTSBURGH (May 10, 2016) Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the Pittsburgh premiere of David Ives’ Broadway hit, Venus in Fur. Directed by Jesse Berger, Artistic Director
Category: Culture

Queer folk rocker Jennifer Knapp Plays Club Cafe

Queer folk rocker Jennifer Lynn Knapp is playing Club Cafe tonight and she took a few moment to chat with us. The show is 21+, doors at 6, show at 7 pm. Tickets are $18 and available for online purchase or you can buy them at the door. For more on Jennifer’s story, check out
Category: The Arts

Review: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

I grew up watching the glorious musicals of my mother’s choosing – Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Mame, Hello Dolly, Showboat, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Gypsy, etc. She watched them over and over and over to the point that they’ve fused together in my mind in sort of psychedelic haze, a frosted
Category: The Arts

Musical Satire Opens This Weekend in Carnegie

Note – opening night has already sold out so don’t delay to get your tickets! off the WALL productions closes their 2015-16 season with the hilarious satire, The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!  One story becomes five mini-musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form: Rodgers and Hammerstein (complete
Category: The Arts

Creating the #CatCar: Pgh’s Latest Art Car Hits the Road #AMPLIFY

Converting my 2000 Honda CRV into an art car seemed like a solid idea. It only has 130,000 miles and is in pretty good shape mechanically speaking. It was technically our second car that I used for my day-to-day errands and the occasional big or ‘messy’ transport. Since I work from home, my day-to-day errands
Category: Activism

With friends like these …

So, last week, in the “Modern Love” section of The New York Times, there was an opinion piece by one Delacey Skinner, who says she “writes and directs ads for progressive causes and candidates in Washington.” Right away, my guard went up, because if someone has to point out that she’s “progressive,” chances are, she’s
Category: Culture

Burlesque Or Bust! Queer Burlesque Show at James St. Speakeasy 4/29

AMPLIFY is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming queer burlesque show at the James St Gastropub and Speakeasy.  A few reserved tables are still left; General Admission is $7 at the door. Plenty of parking both on the street and in nearby surface lots. The show will start at 10 PM so don’t
Category: Queer

WIN Tickets to See ‘Word Play’ at Bricolage on April 15

Our friends at Bricolage Theater have asked us to give away 2 tickets to the Friday, April 15 performance of ‘Word Play’ – a live storytelling event. Here’s the deets: WordPlay: A New Spin on Storyteling April 15 & 16 Happy Half-hour at 7:30pm • Show at 8pm Tickets: $25 Part This American Life, part stand-up comedy,
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways