11/15-16 WordPlay @ Bricolage Theater

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2019 by 6GPress

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, feat.

Charles Devany
Alan Olifson
Stephen Santa
Chenoa Shields
Sarah Wood

This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 6 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene.

Buy Tickets $25

The Breakdown

Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm-8:00pm (free drinks!)

Come for WordPlay’s free Happy Half-Hour! You never know what surprises we’ll have in store, but they’ll always be original and interactive (don’t worry, participation is optional). Will you get the chance to record your own story in our “mini-studio” or take part in an epic audience party game? You have to show up if you want to find out!

The Show: 8:00pm

With brazen honesty and creativity, actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own stories while [Tracksploitation] spins a real-time soundtrack using anything from Brahms to Beyoncé. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger.

What is WordPlay and why is it so special?

It’s simply real people, sharing real stories with a real live soundtrack.

Please Note: WordPlay presents stories about real people in real situations. We value all true stories and showcase a range of experiences and adventures in our programming. Due to the real nature of our stories, WordPlay is not always suitable for very young people and sensitive listeners. Please be advised when considering attendance.

Accessibility

Accessibility icons for wheelchair access, service animals, audio description, assisted listening, large print programs, ASL interpretation, and Braille programs.

The Friday performances of WordPlay feature ASL interpretation and audio description. Large print and Braille programs are available for all shows.

Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access, featuring accessible all-gender restrooms and wheelchair seating. Bricolage offers a menu of supports including reserved seating for guests and their companions, mobility aids, comfort items for guests with sensory sensitivities, and more; making requests in the comments section while purchasing tickets helps ensure the support you need is available at your performance. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We encourage you to identify anything that would make your experience more enjoyable by leaving a comment when purchasing tickets, calling our office at 412.471.0999, or emailing Fred at fred@bricolagepgh.org.

WordPlay Free For All!
UPDATE: All tickets have been claimed. Thank you for your interest.
Free for All days are part of our new 2019 initiative called Theater for All, which aims to reach our fans who just don’t have the extra money (or time to volunteer) to join us for a show they would otherwise love to attend.

Submit your story!

Here at Bricolage, we love stories. Funny stories, sad stories, dramatic stories, adventure stories, even stories about the everyday. Although all stories are valid, they might not be a WordPlay story. So what makes a good WordPlay story, you ask?

A good WordPlay story should:

  • Be honest, true and about you
  • Include some conflict or tension
  • Have scenes like a movie that move the action forward
  • Feature a little commentary and reflection (without going overboard)
  • Include a sense of humility and vulnerability
  • Have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Be 1,500 to 2,000 words long

A good WordPlay story should NOT:

  • Take itself too seriously – you need to be able to laugh at yourself!
  • Be the simple recounting of a memory or list of events
  • Be maudlin and overly sentimental
  • Be a work of fiction or a story about someone else
  • Be an essay or an opinion piece

To submit your story for consideration email it to submissions@wordplayshow.com. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in our downtown Pittsburgh theater in the Cultural District.

See What Everyone Else Is Saying

  • “WordPlay returns with an especially intriguing group of talents who’ll tell their personal stories while a DJ creates a real-time soundtrack”

    – CP Staff, Pittsburgh City Paper

  • “Get ready to experience an extremely intimate, imaginative, brazen, and frank glimpse into the lives of total strangers”

    – Jennifer Barron, NEXTpittsburgh

  • “The tradition of storytelling is on display in “WordPlay,” the Bricolage series that blends the sharing of personal true stories with a live music mash-up. Actors, comedy writers and others with a story to tell read their stories while a DJ spins a real-time soundtrack, using anything from Bruno Mars to Bach.”

    – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

11/8 Poetry Reading: Burroughs / Baldinger / Pavey @ Visible Voice Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , on November 4, 2019 by 6GPress

7:30 PM FRIDAY in Cleveland…

Shawn Pavey has delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, bagged groceries, cut meat, laid sewer pipe, bussed tables, washed dishes, roofed houses, crunched numbers, rented cars, worked in hotels, worn an apron at Kinko’s, and been paid to write everything from résumés to music reviews. Currently, he earns a living as an Executive Recruiter in Mission, KS where he lives with his wife and two worthless but adorable cats. He’s hosted poetry readings in bars, coffee shops, haunted houses, bookstores, libraries, front porches, seedy motel rooms, and abandoned warehouses. He is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press),Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse(Spartan Press, 2019). He is a Co-founder and former Associate Editor of The Main Street Rag Literary Journal, and a former board member and officer of The Writers Place, a Kansas City-based literary non-profit. His poems, essays, and journalism appear in a variety of national and regional publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single-barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.

Jason Baldinger is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A recent Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, he is co-founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). He has done collaboration work with the poets John Dorsey and Charles Cicirella – the latter can be heard on Bandcamp under the moniker Commissioner Gordon. His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp and on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

John Burroughs of Cleveland is the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio. He is a dynamic performer who has wowed audiences from Oakland to New York City and myriad points in between. His more than a dozen books include Rattle and Numb: Selected Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and Loss and Foundering (2018, NightBallet Press). He hosts the monthly Poetry+ reading series at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio, and has served since 2008 as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over one hundred books by esteemed writers from around the world. Find him on Facebook, Twitter (@jesuscrisis) or at www.crisischronicles.com.

This event is free.

11/9 Pavey, Lamb, Knickerbocker, Baldinger, Silsbe @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SATURDAY, November 9…

We’re looking forward to this early November reading with a ton of great local poets as well as SHAWN PAVEY, who’ll be visiting us from Kansas!

JASON BALDINGER is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was recently a Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, and is founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including the soon to be released The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and the split books The Ugly Side of the Lake with John Dorsey (Night Ballet Press) as well as Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

KARA KNICKERBOCKER is the author of the chapbooks The Shedding Before the Swell (Dancing Girl Press, 2018) and Next to Everything that is Breakable (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Knickerbocker is from Saegertown, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University and is earning her MFA at Carlow University. She is a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic and also co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series. You can find more of her at www.karaknickerbocker.com.

KARLA LAMB is a multidisciplinary Chicana poet. Her work has appeared in A Women’s Thing Magazine, The Shallow Ends, Coal Hill Review, Vox Populi, Word Riot, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Voices from the Attic, & is forthcoming in Always Crashing. Her work has also been recently nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology. Lamb is the program manager at City of Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to endangered writers. She has edited for After Happy Hour Review, & can usually be found collaborating with various artists & writers in Pittsburgh. Visit karlalamb.com for more info.

SHAWN PAVEY has delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, bagged groceries, cut meat, laid sewer pipe, bussed tables, washed dishes, roofed houses, crunched numbers, rented cars, worked in hotels, worn an apron at Kinko’s, and been paid to write everything from résumés to music reviews. Currently, he earns a living as an Executive Recruiter in Mission, KS where he lives with his wife and two worthless but adorable cats. He’s hosted poetry readings in bars, coffee shops, haunted houses, bookstores, libraries, front porches, seedy motel rooms, and abandoned warehouses. He is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press),Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse(Spartan Press, 2019). He is a Co-founder and former Associate Editor of The Main Street Rag Literary Journal, and a former board member and officer of The Writers Place, a Kansas City-based literary non-profit. His poems, essays, and journalism appear in a variety of national and regional publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single-barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.

SCOTT SILSBE was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have been collected in three books—Unattended Fire, The River Underneath the City, and Muskrat Friday Dinner. He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.

10/26-27 Karen Lillis @ Easton Book Festival

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2019 by 6GPress

Karen sez,

Eastern Pa/NJ/NYC friends: I’ll be at the Easton Book Festival (@easton_book) soon: reading, interviewing, & selling books! Come visit~~
*Sat. 10/26 1pm – Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz (@jblitz156), “Drawing Power,” in convo w/ Karen Lillis
*Sun. 10/27 1pm – Karen Lillis reads fiction
Saturday’s event is at the International Fusionism Museum, 107 North 4th St.
Sunday’s, at which she will read from Watch the Doors as They Close, is at Grand Eastonian Gold Room, 140 Northampton St.
Check out the full schedule here.

10/23 The Bridge Series w/ Craft, Gwin, Matesa, Sojourner House @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM WEDNESDAY, October 24…

For our October Season Finale we will be tackling the subject of addiction. Our featured organization will be Sojourner House and our featured readers will be Nique Craft, Ben Gwin and Jennifer Matesa.

$5 Suggested Donation

Thanks to all of our board members for working on this event and for their hard work throughout this season

Speakers:

Nique Craft. 34, they/them/her but never “miss,” “ma’am,” or “girl.” Professional cook, aspiring professional chef, recovering addict, attempted reformed criminal, fighter against the country club mentality. Life giver to the coolest dude on planet earth. Nique’s only goal in life is to make sure no one goes without love and compassion. Feed the world, heal the world, body positive, mental health awareness and unapologetic in literally every fucking thing she does.

Jennifer Matesa, LSW, MFA, is author of four nonfiction books about body, mind, and human well-being, including Sex in Recovery: A Meeting between the Covers, and The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober. She recently earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also taught writing for more than 15 years. Her long-running site about addiction and recovery, Guinevere Gets Sober, was one of the first blogs of its kind and is dedicated to giving the public reliable information without advertising or fees. She has spoken and written widely, and her commitment to removing the stigma from substance use disorders and recovery earned her a fellowship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Ben Gwin is the author of the novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton (Burrow Press, 2018). Ben’s fiction and essays have appeared in The Normal School, Gulf Stream, Belt Magazine, The Rumpus, and others. His work has been anthologized in Voices of the Rust Belt (Picador). He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt, 2020). He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Susan Orr will join us from Sojourner House to speak about their work. Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS (Mentoring, Opportunity, Motivation, Spirituality) provide compassionate, faith-based residential recovery services to mothers and children in the Pittsburgh area. We help addicted mothers learn to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse while rebuilding damaged relationships with their children. Sojourner House believes women can shatter the chains of addiction and hopelessness when surrounded by what means most to them: their children.

10/11 Glass City Reading Series @ You Are Here 406

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM FRIDAY in Jeannette…

Michelle Laura Boring
Angele Ellis
Brittany Hailer
Cedric Rudolph
Our fall continues with poetry readings organized by Pittsburgh area poet Scott Silsbe. Join us each month at 7:00 pm for readings by selected local poets, a little bit of music and a lot of relaxed comradery. Acoustic music provided! Donations welcome. BYOB.

9/25 PAGE 20 @ Borelli-Edwards Galleries

Posted in Events with tags , , , on September 24, 2019 by 6GPress

6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, join Angele Ellis, Anna Eidolon, & co. for the latest installment of the reading series that keeps it short.

9/22 Duncan & Porter Garden Party

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SUNDAY…

SUPPORT FOR PILGRIMAGE TO THE BORDER WALL

Menu: Fresh fruit pancakes, available in both gluten-free and gluten-full

Music: Chris Serra and the Go Go Dog Band, the famous Bobby Lane from Morgantown, and Evan and Mike of ATS fame

Art: for sale by Johnny Coe

Kid friendly! Free Admission!

Vincent Eirene & Petro the dog are heading to Mission, TX in October. Here’s what’s going on down there.

Butterflies vs. Borders

Also performing will be Phat Man Dee, Mad Nate, &, via Skype from Germany, Zoe Zephyr. Vincent (whose new collection of vignettes, a follow-up to The Day the Empire Fell, is currently in the works) says his “famous vegan pasta dinner” will also be there, presumably so you can eat it.

All proceeds go to gas & supplies.

9/14 Kemrer, Shaw, Walicki @ City Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , on September 3, 2019 by 6GPress

Come join us on Saturday, September 14th at 7pm at City Books on the North Side as we celebrate the poetry of Alexandra Kemrer, Fred Shaw and Robert Walicki!

10/2 Book Launch & Poetry Reading: Baldinger, Flynn, macross, Wright @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on September 1, 2019 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2…

Jason Baldinger will be launching his newest book at White Whale and reading alongside fabulous local poets April Flynn, miss macross, and visiting poet Daniel W. Wright!

JASON BALDINGER is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was recently a Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, and is founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including the soon to be released The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and the split books The Ugly Side of the Lake with John Dorsey (Night Ballet Press) as well as Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

APRIL FLYNN was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was promptly dressed in a bikini due to liver problems. Between then and now she has been a bunch of places and learned and forgotten many things. For instance, she knows how to make frozen spinach palatable and speaks a little bit of Russian. Only one cat has ever disliked her. She can’t draw. She isn’t good with mornings but she’s pretty good in a crisis. A man standing in the road outside a bar in Pittsburgh once mistook her for a demon, or maybe just a very severe angel, though in reality she prefers temperance and moderation. She has a lot of Pisces in her chart, but her sun is in Taurus. In this past year alone, she has shaken hands with the Pennsylvania governor, helped explain the history of country music to West Virginia police officers, and danced with raccoons.

miss macross is a multi-genre writer, workshop organizer for Girls Write Pittsburgh, and host of the Hell’s Lid Reading Series. She was selected by The Incline as part of their 2018 class for “Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Art.” Her work has been published in over 30 literary magazines and anthologies. She has published two chapbooks: MISS MACROSS VS. BATMAN (CWP Collective Press, 2018) and THE MIDNIGHT PRINCESS (2019).

DANIEL W. WRIGHT is a Midwestern son who loves and loathes the red brick town that surrounds him. A poet of the no-collar work force, Wright previously served on the board of independent literary magazine River Styx, and his work has appeared in Gasconade Review, Bad Jacket, Acid Kat, Crappy Hour, Eleven, The Dope Fiend Daily, Under the Bleachers, and The Rye Whiskey Review. His works include Rodeo of the Soul, The Death of the Ladies Man, Small Town Blues: Early Lyrics and Poems, Portrait, Murder City Special, and Working Bohemian’s Blues. Wright currently lives in St. Louis, MO, where you can usually find him in a bar or a bookstore.

9/1 Poetry: Baldinger, Drummond-Brown, Padolf, Schafer, Vorhees @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2019 by 6GPress

5 PM SUNDAY, September 1…

We’re kicking off the month of September with a line-up of local and visiting poets for this reading: Jason Baldinger, Renee Drummond-Brown, Nina Padolf, and Duane Vorhees.

JASON BALDINGER is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was recently a Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, and is founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including the soon to be released The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and the split books The Ugly Side of the Lake with John Dorsey (Night Ballet Press) as well as Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

NINA PADOLF, a feminist and left-handed rebel, earned her Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership from Argosy University, her Masters of Art in Teaching from Chatham University, and her Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Carlow University. She is co editor with Deena November, in the recently published: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres Poetry Anthology, Lascause Press. Her poetry is published in Duane’s Poe Tree Blogspot, Pittsburgh City Paper, Indolent Books, What Rough Beast, Dandelion Review, Ekphrasti Review, and short stories published in CMU’s Project Listen. She has worked in higher education for 13 years as Associate Faculty for The Art Insittute of Pittsburgh.

DUANE VORHEES grew up in southwestern Ohio but spent much of his adult life abroad, especially as a university professor in Korea and Japan. Now he divides his time between the US and Thailand, working as a high school substitute teacher and maintaining a daily creative arts magazine (duanesnewpoetree.blogspot.com). Hog Press is publishing his first American collection of poetry, THE MANY LOVES OF DUANE VORHEES.

JANETTE SCHAFER is a poet, nature photographer, part-time classic rock singer, and full-time banker living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her play Mad Virginia won the 2018 Pittsburgh Original Short Play Series. Her work has been published in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. She is chief editor of The Dreamers Anthology which was released by Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh in April 2019.

RENEE DRUMMOND-BROWN, is an accomplished poetess with experience in creative writing. She is a graduate of Geneva College of Western Pennsylvania. Renee is still in pursuit of excellence towards her mark for higher education at Chatham University. She is working on her eighth poetry book and has numerous works published globally which can be seen in cubm.org/news, Duane’s POE TREE Magazine, KWEE Magazine, Leaves of Ink, Raven Cage Poetry and Prose Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Publishing House, SickLit Magazine, The Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., Tuck, Wildfire Publications Magazine and Whispers Magazine just to name a few. Civil Rights Activist, Ms. Rutha Mae Harris, Original Freedom Singer of the Civil Rights Movement, was responsible for having Drummond-Brown’s very first poem published in the Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., in Albany, GA. Renee also has poetry published in several anthologies and honorable mentions to her credit in various writing outlets. Renee won and/or placed in several poetry contests globally and her books are eligible for nomination for a Black Book award in Southampton County Virginia. She was Poet of the Month 2017, Winner in the Our Poetry Archives and prestigious Potpourri Poets/Artists Writing Community in the past year. She has even graced the cover of KWEE Magazine in the month of May, 2016. Drummond-Brown’s love for creative writing is undoubtedly displayed through her very unique style and her work solidifies her as a force to be reckoned with in the literary world of poetry. Renee’ is inspired by non-other than Dr. Maya Angelou, because of her, Renee’ posits “Still I write, I write, and I’ll write!”