Archive for the ‘Past Events’ Category

January 27th, 2009
Scott Andrew

Open Thread’s fundraiser Variety Variety Variety! returns to the brillobox – Saturday, the 31st!

The event kicks off at 9pm with the comedic stylings of Hustlebot, Pittsburgh’s best improv troupe. Check out their website and videos - they’re not to be missed. Mariage Blanc, a top local music act, follows at 10pm. Check out their music here - and their killer reviews here and here.

At 11pm, the dance party kicks off with the world premiere of Therm & Soul’s new music video, directed by Michael McParlane and Michael Pisano, both of whom are featured in the first volume of Open Thread Regional Review, Vol. 1! DJ Thermos (of Therm&Soul) will provide the beats for the dance party, and Tom McConnell will supply the video, including footage from Michael Mallis.

The dance party also serves as an after-party for the release of Encyclopedia Destructica’s “Flying Destructicate,” featuring Jon Brodsky.

The Typewriter Girls will emcee the evening, and artist-vendors Curious Machine and Isn’t That Something? will sell their wares from 9-11.

All this for $5. ($4 if you just come for the dance party.) See you there (if you’re 21)!

December 10th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

POETSBURGH is back! Open Thread’s series of emerging poets in iconic spaces returns this Friday, December 12th, at the University of Pittsburgh’s English Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning. We’re also thrilled to announce that Weave Magazine is now partnering with us on this reading series, and that their first edition will be for sale at the event!

Four local readers - Tom Laskow, Molly Prosser, Dan Shapiro, and Michelle Stoner - will read selections from their work. There is just a suggested donation of $5 at the door that will benefit upcoming events and projects by both organizations, and did we mention that the Cathedral will be decked out for the holidays? So come share your yuletide spirit with OT and Weave, then join the poets at the Union Grill afterwards! Doors open at 7pm!

November 18th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

Upcoming Artists of the Week, Michael Mallis and Josh Tonies (both of Pittsburgh), will be featured at 8pm this Saturday in Pittsburgh Reframed (at 250), the final event of the 2008 Three Rivers Film Festival, to be held at Regent Square Theater. Tickets, which include a reception with the artists, are $15 and available at ProArts tickets Michael’s film is titled The Wing Ding Pittsburgh Miracle.

Other filmmakers include Mike Bonello, Tony Buba, Olivia Ciummo, Brian Cohen, Matthew R. Day, Patrick Francart, Carolina Loyola Garcia, Anna Hawkins, Ben Hernstrom, Charlie Humphrey, Thad Kellstadt, Brady Lewis, Jesse McLean, Gordon Nelson, Bob Rutkowski, Elizabeth Seamans, Minette Seate, Chris Smalley, and Lucian Wintrich.

October 20th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

About the Black Sheep Puppet Festival

Greatly expanding its offerings to celebrate its tenth year
of existence, the Black Sheep Puppet Festival kicked off in Pittsburgh on October 10th – but don’t fear! It
runs until October 26th! Most of the events are free, many are
interactive, and only a few require an RSVP.

You can purchase tickets to selected events at or by calling 412.394.3353.
Tickets also available at door. (Cash only.)

What the Black Sheep Puppet Festival Can Do for You

If you’re a puppeteer, you should visit the festival’s
to learn about
participating in next year’s festival. But if you’re just an intrigued
puppet-goer like us at Open Thread, the festival has quite a schedule remaining. Check it out!

October 15th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

Curious Machine

(Pictured: screenprinted potholders and pillows.)
About Handmade Arcade

Now entering its fifth year, the ever-growing Handmade Arcadeis the largest indie craft fair in Pittsburgh and one of the largest in this corner of the country. As you’ve probably guessed, everything sold at the fair is handmade, giving the event a kitschy, often silly, feel that more standard arts and crafts fairs lack. (We can pretty much guarantee you won’t find any landscape paintings here.)

Held on Saturday, November 8 AND Sunday, November 9 in the Hunt Armory (324 Emerson St.) in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, there’s no entry fee, and food and drink vendors will be there too!! With over 80 vendors and more than 8,000 in attendance last year, this is not an event to be missed.

What Handmade Arcade Can Do for You

First and foremost, Handmade Arcade will introduce you to dozens of local vendors who make (sometimes literally) one-of-a-kind items. As the event is held in Pittsburgh, this includes a lot of Burgh vendors, including Built In Pittsburgh, Garbella, Ray-Min Shoulderware, and Tugboat Printshop which features the work of accomplished printmakers Valerie Lueth and Paul Roden.

There are, however, plenty of vendors from other parts of the country, including two from Morgantown: Lemon Cadet and Curious Machine, a vendor at Open Thread’s Variety Variety Variety fundraiser.

If you’re an indie arts-and-craftsman (or woman), stay tuned to Handmade Arcade’s website insummer 2009, when they’ll open registration for next year’s fair. In the meantime, volunteer for a two hour shift or check out their nifty early birdie sale, which costs just $15 and gives you first dibs on the whole fair! (They’ll be mailing the passes outon October 29th, so order yours soon!)

Built In Pittsburgh

(Pictured: high-waisted heavy wool
twill shorts.)


(Pictured: bicycle chain ring clock.)

Ray-Min Shoulderware

(Pictured: messenger bag.)

Tugboat Printshop

(Pictured: “Battlecrabs in Love,” from
the duo’s “Deep Blue Sea Woodcuts.”)

Lemon Cadet

(Pictured: a ringer onesie.)

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