Quick Q&A Maker Edition with 1Fly Chicken Creations #imi4holidays2018

1 Fly Chicken Creations

One of our favorite holiday traditions is the I Made It! for the Holidays market events between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. We love this nomadic indie craft marketplace! This year, they have two holiday events set up and the possibility of more. We always find something magnificent at these markets. I’m really glad that they […]

Post-Gazette Profiles LGBTQ Poets and Performers Kierra Darshell, Thea Trix, and Rachel Bovier

Kierra Darshell Thea Trix Rachel Bovier AMPLIFY

On Sunday, the Post-Gazette published three articles that should interest you. First, there is a front page below-the-fold story profiling local poet Rachel Bovier who rose to local infamy by self-publishing her poetry in the Post-Gazette Celebration section and on a billboard on Baum Boulevard. Her journey has been documented through the public interest in […]

Pipeline: A Review (Yes, On Closing Day Because It Matters That Much)

Pipeline Pittsburgh

Yesterday, Ledcat and I went to the final performance of Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau at City Theatre. Earlier this month, I published a Q&A with local performer Brittney Chantelle about her work with 1 Hood Media Academy composing the soundtrack for this show. But circumstances kept us from actually seeing the production until today. To my pleasure, […]

Four Reasons We Use a Q&A Format to Interview Artists & The Exception We Made for Emily Saliers

  We like Q&A’s. Read our archive here (and the AMPLIFY archive here.) Recently, more than a few of our potential interviewees just didn’t return their Q&A so we were not able to promote their event/performance/activity. They also didn’t benefit from the SEO and outgoing links and all that lovely Interwebs magic. And there’s a […]

Q&A with Brittney Chantele About Working on the Score for City Theatre’s ‘Pipeline’

Pipeline Pittsburgh

This is a slightly different version of our artist Q&A. We wanted to learn more about the production of Pipeline currently on-stage at City Theatre. This play by Dominique Morisseau is a breathtaking endeavor, exploring the school-to-prison pipeline through the story on one young man and his mother. When I learned that 1Hood Media Academy […]

The Capitol Steps Return to Pittsburgh: Q&A with Piano Accompanist Howard Breitbart

Election Eve in Pittsburgh has a special guest this year – the Capitol Steps, Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 7:30pm at The Byham.  I’ve never seen a performance but I have listened many, many times to their NPR holiday shows. If you love satire and political humor, this might be the show for you. More than 30 […]

Review: Pride and Prejudice at Pittsburgh Public Theater

The Pittsburgh Public is staging Kate Hammill’s adaptation of one of the most beloved works of fiction Pride and Prejudice. In a rather madcap take on the games of love, eight actors whirl across the stage tackling at least 14 roles, costume changes, set changes, and more. I enjoyed Pride & Prejudice, but I didn’t love […]

Celebrating Ten Years of Queer Burlesque with the Velvet Hearts

I was thrilled to see another local Velvet Hearts performance scheduled. We’ve been supporters of them over the years. Queer burlesque is special. I like the variety in the performances as well as the body positive messaging. You should check out this show Friday evening and take a few moments to read what the founder, […]

ReelQ Returns Oct 11-14 for Pittsburgh’s 33rd LGBTQ Film Festival

LGBTQ Film Festival Pittsburgh

Gear up for the 33rd annual ReelQ LGBTQ Film Festival which will be held once again at The Harris Theater downtown, from October 11 through the 14.  This year, the festival includes eight films and three sets of shorts.  Tickets start at $7 and you can save money with a festival pass.  You can also […]

Q&A: Actor Shamika Cotton on the ‘Female Gaze’ of Her African-Carribbean Feminist Spy Character, Marianne Angelle

Shamika Collage Marianne Angelle

“I think the thing that resonates with me the most about Marianne is her willingness to jump in the fight for “freedom, justice, humanity” in spite of the inherent sacrifice that comes with that. Such bravery. A human bravery, which comes with a nagging fear which can only be dealt with by finding allies that can help you along the way.”