Jesus Fever is Falling All Over You

April 23rd, 2011 geekstar Posted in Music, Pittsburgh 2 Comments »

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I recently had the pleasure of seeing Kurt Vile perform live at the Warhol Museum in downtown Pittsburgh. The Warhol Museum is my absolute favorite museum…anywhere. I’m a huge fan of modern art and I love using my museum pass to see each new exhibit that comes to the museum from Shephard Fairey to Marcel Duchamp (!!!!).

I had been wanting to catch a concert at the museum ever since I became familiar with the museum’s Sound Series. I couldn’t believe that Kurt Vile and the Violators were going to play a show at the Warhol, so I bought tix immediately. I’m a huge fan of Kurt’s low-fi indie folk rock. Vile is currently opening for J Mascis on tour (yes, the J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.).

Anyways, I fortunately lucked out with second row seats at the show and also happened to have my flip-mino video recorder with me. Here is Kurt Vile performing “Jesus Fever” at the Warhol Museum on March 29, 2011.

Random factoid: Kurt Vile is actually Kurt Vile’s legit birth name. That is so rockstar.

View the entire Kurt Vile and the Violators’ show at the Warhol Museum here.

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The Black Angels Performing Bad Vibrations

March 26th, 2011 geekstar Posted in Events, Music, Pittsburgh No Comments »

Who: The Black Angels and SUUN
Where: Mr. Smalls
When: Wednesday, April 8; 8 PM

These guys are so great. I’m excited they are coming to Pittsburgh. The Black Angels are cool in their own right, but the one thing that gives them an even higher rad factor…they collaborated with UNKLE.

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Liquid Sundays: April 10

March 24th, 2011 geekstar Posted in Art, Events, Friends & Fun Times, Music, Pittsburgh, SHOUT OUT! No Comments »

What: Liquid Sundays featuring Wise Blood, Wreckids, and Huck Finn
When: Sunday April 10; 6-10 p.m. (21+ event)
Where: J. Verno Studios, 3030 Jane Street, 15203 (South Side)
Price: $12 advance; $15 door, Order tix at www.showclix.com
Facebook Event: Click here
Past Photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/liquidsundays/pool/

www.LiquidSundays.com

Ticket price includes light appetizers and 3 drink tickets at the bar.

There will be a variety of local artists including:

  • David Calfo (Wood, Resin, Steel)
  • Kevin Rupert (Painting)
  • Andrew Oh Ellis (Visual Art and Design)
  • Rebecca Chiappelli
  • Laura Mustio (Photography)
  • Marcia Furman (Acrylic Paintings)
  • Adalgisa Bosonetto (Contemporary Glass Mosaics)
  • Live pottery showing by Marko Biddle

Some of the art for the event will be available for purchase from the individual artists.

“Liquid Sundays are a way for us to recognize the exceptional talent we have here in Pittsburgh, and to build connection and community around that reality” Ethan Harrington, an organizer for the event commented. “We are really excited to be hosting such a great lineup to launch this Spring event.”

Liquid Sundays is an art and music event that seeks to promote, engage and connect Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and music scene. It’s a quarterly event held at J. Verno Studios in the South Side.

This is one of Geekstar’s FAVORITE Pittsburgh events. Come support Pittsburgh’s music and art scene!

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Robin Vote: This Saturday Night at The Shop

February 14th, 2011 geekstar Posted in Events, Music, Pittsburgh, SHOUT OUT! 4 Comments »

Robin Vote CD Release Party

Venue: The Shop at 4314 Main Street, Bloomfield 15224
Date: Saturday, February 19
Time: Doors open at 8 PM; Show starts at 8:30 PM
Price: $5 (All Ages and BYOB)

Who:
Robin Vote
Short film by Julie Sokolow
Accordion performance by Rick Kolling of Lungs, Face, Feet

Experience a Saturday evening filled with music, film and art highlighted by atmospheric lighting from one of Pittsburgh’s most unique photographers, Jae Roberto.

Flight School Fellow, Julie Sokolow, will open the evening with a daring and psychological mini-documentary video of local character, Christopher Ammons.

Robin Vote will play an extended set featuring many songs from their new thirteen song CD, invest in loss. Robin Vote has rocked Pittsburgh for the past three years in various configurations such as Dead Bird and Colin and the Shots. They have settled into a charmingly kinetic folk rock arrangement with classical adornments of the violin and piano. The band is fronted by Colin Baxter who is also known for playing with Anita Fix and performing as David Bowie at Brillobox.

Local video artists will be documenting this dynamic and theatrical performance which will later be transformed into a music video. Set design to be created by Robin Vote and various local Pittsburgh artists.

Rick Kolling will perform Cepillin’ on his accordion between acts. Anticipate a few spontaneous performances by local celebrities! There may possibly be a third act as well.

Rustling Autumn Leaves by robin vote

telephones by robin vote

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Video: Steeler Fans Superbowl Victory East Carson Street Pittsburgh

February 1st, 2011 geekstar Posted in Friends & Fun Times, Giggles, Pittsburgh 2 Comments »

So, after two years…I finally edited together a compilation of all things yinzer, South Side, and Superbowl Steelers from 2009! My friends and I watched the Superbowl at the Double Wide Grill and then joined thousands of Steeler fans on East Carson Street. Fortunately, I was armed with my Flip video camera to capture all the craziness. The following video is a compilation of the best clips from over 80 videos I took that night. I have to say, this was some of the best people watching I have ever experienced anywhere. It’s up there with the annual “Furry Convention” we crashed last summer. Speaking of which, I still need to get those photos posted…

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EVALINE’s HALLUCINOGENIC HALLOWEEN HEAD-TRIP HAPPENING

October 31st, 2010 geekstar Posted in Events, Friends & Fun Times, Giggles, photography, Pittsburgh 7 Comments »

The theme was Andy Warhol, the Factory, the 60’s, psychedelic…you get the picture. The verdict is that Evaline’s annual Halloween Party was a blast! Here are some photos of some of my favorite costumes from the evening. Enjoy!

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Pittsburgh’s History Center to Host Vatican Splendors Exhibit

October 1st, 2010 geekstar Posted in Art, Pittsburgh No Comments »

On Oct. 2, the Senator John Heinz History Center will host Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art, a 10,000 square-foot exhibition presenting unique objects illustrating 2,000 years of art, history, and culture. The History Center is one of only three venues in North America to host this extraordinary exhibition.

“As the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh, the History Center is honored to bring this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition to Western Pennsylvania,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center. “Visitors will experience one of the world’s greatest collections, including some pieces that have never been seen outside of the Vatican walls.”

The Vatican Splendors exhibition presents nearly 200 unique items from the Vatican, including:

  • Original works by Michelangelo, as well as a first generation cast of the Pietà from St. Peter’s Basilica, alongside signed documents and personal objects used in work on the Sistine Chapel;
  • Guercino’s c. 1622 “Portrait of Christ with Crown of Thorns” painting, the first modern representation of Jesus, that has never been on display at the Vatican;
  • 17th century works by Bernini, including carved, gilded angels and a baroque urn depicting the Last Supper from the Basilica of Saint Mary Major;
  • A reliquary containing the remains of Saint Peter and Saint Paul that has never been outside of the Vatican;
  • Original frescoes of saints created between 1277-1280 at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls;
  • Objects discovered at the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul;
  • A bronze Cast of the Hand of Pope John Paul II, which visitors are encouraged to touch during their visit, alongside a handwritten poem from John Paul II; and
  • Historical objects from the modern and ancient basilicas of Saint Peter’s in Rome.
  • WHEN:
    Vatican Splendors will be featured at the History Center from Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, through Jan. 9, 2011. Throughout the run of the exhibition, the History Center will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours during the holiday season.

    WHERE:
    The History Center: 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District

    TICKETS:
    Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students (with college ID), and $13 for children (ages 6-12). Children under age 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and at Giant Eagles. Tickets allow you to schedule a time for your specific visit so as to prevent the center from being overcrowded. People from all over the country are ordering tickets and planning their visit.

    WEBSITES:
    http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org
    http://vaticansplendors.com

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