Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Unblurred is Reblurred Nov 4, 2011 Friday

The first Friday of every month, various galleries in the Penn Avenue Arts District open their doors and showcase a variety of artwork and performances. Guests will experience new art and meet the most eclectic array of art makers, old and young, modern and classical, famous and amateur, emerging and veteran, all within walking distance of each other.

This month we are blurring the borders of the event a little, including some ...Lawrenceville and East Liberty venues. This list is in geographic sequence, from east to west.

At Waffle Shop (124 S Highland), Scheibe Zeig ("Crap Show") is Sam Perry's experimental platform that explores the collation of citizen opinion and reporting in a talk show format. In conjunction with Unblurred, Perry will be featuring issues of freedom of speech starting at 12:00 A.M. on Nov 5--coinciding with the release of "Paper News," a literary magazine that will be illustrated by customers and digitally uploaded for mass readership.

At Ava Lounge (126 S Highland), a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Promise, 5-9pm.

Beauty Shoppe (6014 Penn), hosts an open house party with music, food and drink from 6-10pm.

Opening at Spinning Plate (5720 Friendship): new work by Toni Gigante.

Open rehearsal with Staycee Pearl Dance Project, 7-9pm at Dance Alloy (5530 Penn).

Hot Jam and open house. Plus “10 More Years on Penn” continues at Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn). The installation by Gwylene Gallimard and Jean Marie Mauclet illustrates how artistic intervention has changed the Penn Ave corridor and what the future might look like.

Join TeeRex (5440 Penn) at the retail HQ for November Craft-O-Tron_tacular! Get started on that holiday shopping early at our place during Unblurred. Our faithful guests will be supplying local food, local apparel and local beer. Not to mention while-you-wait-tees and the Craft-O-Tron with 4 of its artists will be vending, in the flesh, to supply all your gift giving needs. It doesn’t get more handmade than that!

All are welcome so bring some friends to BFG Café (5335 Penn) where the food is delicious as are new oil paintings by Tate Hudson. His work involves a subtle interaction between paint and paper which yields compelling loose narratives. More at

At the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (5321 Penn), “Stacks,” based on Romare Bearden’s reflections on the influence the smokestacks of Pittsburgh had on his work. Work by Vanessa German, Christiane Leach, Ayanah Moor, Staycee Pearl, Blaine Siegel, Brett Wormsley, and Sarah Zeffiro. Curated by Alisha Wormsley.

At DojoYoga (5118 Penn), HappyHourYoga at 6:30pm w/ $n€åK¥ (a Hatha-based, vinyasa power-flow hybrid); a guided visualization/meditation at 7:30pm w/ James Gyre; roundtable discussion/social hour: topic TBD from 9pm-? For more info and to help to determine the discussion topic:

At Assemble (5125 Penn), visit “Lizzy De Vita: So_lo.” De Vita is an artist living and working in Pittsburgh who works in a constellation of media, including video, installation, performance, sculpture and printmaking. Her show at assemble will be comprised of multiple new works that consider presence. The exhibition will include an array of site-specific works in a wide range of media, including live performance. Free and Fun! The work will be up until November 26th.. 412-432-9127 or

Check out Pittsburgh’s newest bookstore, Awesome Books (5111 Penn), with thousands of titles in all subjects: Art, History, Poetry, Fiction, Biographies, Sciences, Local, Lit Crit, Pop Culture, Women’s Studies, GLBT, African-American, Architecture, Anthropology, Philosophy, Archeology, Psychology, Gardening, VHS movies … lots of bargains, too.

Open late! ARTica Gallery (5110 Penn). Featured Artists: LaVerne Kemp and Daviea Davis. Be prepared to be dazzled: Davis's glass designs on recycled windows will radiate with brilliant, bold color in our shop windows. Kemp amazes with her trunk show--a ship load of tempting treats: hand-loomed wearable art and glamorous jewelry! Plus enjoy our annual ARTica Holiday Sale. (412) 596-6521

Unblurred Reblurred is part of the grand opening weekend for the Mr. Roboto Project (5106 Penn). It'll feature art by Mike Budai, Music by Frizz and 1 more performer TBA.

Large-format paintings of women by Richard Rappaport at the International Childrens' Art Gallery (5020 Penn).

Most Wanted Fine Art (5015 Penn) presents new works from Ryan Dunmeyer and Cory Bonnet from 6-11pm. Dunmeyer will be showcasing his newest wild life photographs while Bonnet unveils recent painted landscapes. Wilhelm Winery provides free wine tastings from 7-10pm. Grand Snafu performs at 9pm with special guitar performances by the artists themselves. 412-328-4737

Studio 5013 (5013 Penn) presents, “Vote: Gabe Felice Now.” Acrylic on wood, balloons and lights. gabrielfelice@gmail

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination (5006 Penn) from 7-10pm. Closing reception for "Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists": caustic layering, film, drawings, mixed media, mosaic, installations, music, painting, photography, sculpture, & video by 30+ plus Pittsburgh artists, featuring the work of Annie Bendle Ladley. Open Mic starting at 7pm!. 412-924-0634

At the law office of Richard Walters (5005 Penn), starting 9:30pm. Join us as we dance Classic "Golden Age" Argentine Tango music in the Office, and Nuevo/Alternative Tango downstairs to groups like Bajofondo, Gotan Project, Otros Aries and whatever fits into the Nuevo/Alternative Argentine Tango musical lexicon. For info, 412-721-7771.

Step inside the World’s Smallest Art Gallery (5005 Penn)! Sketches by Dylan Ocheltree. Paintings and drawings by Jason Cordova. Drawings by Chris Rue, and complimentary wine.

Conservatory of Oil Painting (5001 Penn) is new to the neighborhood. Work by faculty and students.

“Making the Scene” at Garfield Artworks (4931 Penn). Documentary photographs of the Pittsburgh local music scene, as well as additional photographic works, by David Burtt Harris. Donation requested. 412-361-2262.

“Butterfly Kingdom” is at Modern Formations (4919 Penn) thru Nov 25, artwork of Christian Breitkreutz and Steph Neary. 412-362-0274.

At the Pittsburgh Beautification Project Studios (4810 Penn), work by resident studio artists Katy DeMent, Dean Cercone, James Shipman, Sigh Meltingstar, and Bob Ziller.

Pandemic @ Brillobox (4104 Penn) w/ guest dj JORO BORO and pandemic pete and juddy, as well as a performance by Unção Capoeira Pittsburgh. 9:30pm - 2 am.

Arsenal Cider House (300 39th Street) will be featuring live music with wine and cider tastings. Arsenal Cider House is a Civil War Thematic Winery located in Lawrenceville, PA. We specialize in small batch, hand crafted, Hard Apple Cider, "Cider Style" Fruit/Grape Wines and Mead. Located across the street from Allegheny Arsenal.

Fridays are family nights at Kiln-n-Time(3801 Penn)! From 6-9pm, parent admission ($9.00 plus pottery) and kid admission ($6.00 plus pottery) will be discounted, voupons and/or other discount offers do not apply to this special!
(412) 687-0383 Reservations are required.
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