Stage AE dropped four new shows on us Monday, including a sensitive folk singer, an insensitive rapper, a serious classic rock band and an insincere metal band.
You may notice in the Ray LaMontagne info the words "seated lawn ticket." Yes, chairs on the lawn. This will be a first for the venue, which started its outdoor series in 2011.
May 28: Steel Panther: Over-the-top hair-metal band from -- where else? -- the Sunset Strip. $25 advance; $27 door. On sale Friday.
June 4: Tyler, The Creator. Rapper/producer and main man in hip-hop crew Odd Future. $25; on sale March 12.
June 6: Ray LaMontagne: Impressively bearded singer-songwriter from New Hampshire best known for the single "Trouble." With The Belle Brigade. $45-$55 seated pit ticket; $35.00 seated lawn ticket. On sale March 14.
July 15: Boston: Tom Scholz-led '70s rock band with Brad Delp-sound-alike Tommy DeCarlo on vocals. $35 advance/$38 day of show. On sale March 14.
When I first heard that Heather Arnet, the CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) of Southwestern Pa., had produced, written and directed a documentary called “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?” about why the U.S. has yet to elect a female president, I was intrigued. But, when I realized she had traveled to Brazil to seek answers to this question, I was confused. What could we, the people of the United States, possibly learn from Brazil?
Well, as it turns out, a lot.
Ms. Arnet’s quest for answers began after her grandmother and activist, Vivan Goldstein, asked a burning question a propos Brazil electing their first female president Dilma Vana Rousseff in 2011: “How the hell did they do it?” Ms. Arnet together with WGF partners ELAS: Women’s Social Investment Fund in Rio de Janeiro committed to find the answers and make the film about it. Ms. Arnet would go on to interview politicians, activists, business owners and mothers both here at home and abroad, using translators and coming back with 36 hours of footage.
The film premiere of her incredible journey to Brazil and back took place so fittingly on Saturday, March 8, the International Women’s Day, at the Carnegie Museum of Art to a sold-out crowd. The audience’s reactions were much like my own after witnessing the eye-opening film: anger, excitement, frustration and inspiration were only a few of the emotions experienced in the theatre.
After the film, Ms. Arnet sat on stage for a Q&A with Elizabeth Mulenga, an 18-year-old member of WGF, who is interested in running for political office later on after gaining experience and skills at the workshops that the WGF offers. The audience asked a wide variety of questions ranging from “Why is the United States backtracking as a political community?” “How does the film connect to people in Southwestern Pa?” “Where do you think women’s rights will be in the future?” “Why Brazil?”
But my favorite question came from Ms. Arnet’s young son, Travis, a self-proclaimed feminist who asked, “But mom, what do you REALLY think is the reason we haven’t elected a woman president yet?”
Ms. Arnet eloquently responded:
“I think it’s our system. We’ve paid too little attention to the important things. And while some would say, ‘The media sexualizes women,’ I saw plenty of pictures of bikini-clad women in Brazil! It’s deeper than that. As shown in the film, Brazilians treat voting as a mandatory obligation, not a privilege. Change is happening in America, though. It happens when we decide that it’s time.”
During the dessert reception following the film, I was able to sit down and talk with Ms. Arnet (in between filmgoers asking for photos and applauding her work) about what this film means to her and to all of us.
Check out my Q & A with Ms. Arnet in tomorrow’s blog!
The Pittsburgh Symphony is looking for dogs to bark, heel, etc. during its Point State Park Park concert on June 9. Handlers can submit videos of their dogs at the link below. More from the PSO:
Does your dog have what it takes to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? The Pittsburgh Symphony is looking for four canine "musicians" and their handlers to participate in its annual free Point State Park concert on June 9.
As part of the concert, the symphony will perform Leopold Mozart's "Jadg-Sinfonie," a piece that calls for barking dogs to collaborate with the horn soloists.
Please visit pittsburghsymphony.org/dogauditions to fill out an online application form and submit a link to a Youtube video demonstrating that your furry friend can sit, stay, bark and be silent on command.
Deadline for submission is April 16. Notification of those chosen for the final audition will be made via email on April 30. Final live auditions will occur on May 13 at Heinz Hall.
Following the final audition, four dogs will be selected to perform with the symphony on June 9.
My first first thought for today's presentation at the Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show was, "Don't Start Gardening Too Early."
But after looking at the 10 day forecast, I decided, I'm going to plant some things tomorrow. If you happen to be going to the show today, stop by at 5 p.m. for my talk.
If not, I'll be filming the planting on Tuesday and you can see the results in the next Digging with Doug video on Saturday, it posts here. You can also see past episodes there too.
I might be crazy putting cool weather crops in the garden now, but I don't care. Usually things like spinach, lettuce and other greens survive all winter. I didn't get quite as much to overwinter as in past years, but there's still onions, spinach and other greens still out in the garden. I've got a lot of tricks to get things planted early. One thing I won't be doing is turning over the garden. It's way too wet and the soil structure will be ruined if I got in there with a shovel.
I've never started this early, but I'm throwing caution to the wind. I've got a good feeling though, regardless of the weather, I'm going to be successful.
Wish me luck!