The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's spring Gallery Crawl will enlighten visitors on "The Secret Life of Robots," the electricity of Tesla, the brilliance of Teenie Harris, the power- popness of Meeting of Important People and the overall coolness of spending an evening walking the streets of the Cultural District.
It runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, but once again, in marking the 10th anniversary of Gallery Crawl, it will continue past the 9 o'clock hour with CrawlAfterDark events at several locations.
All told, there will be art exhibitions, live music, DJs, dance, comedy, film and participatory activities.
The marquee attraction is the opening of "Electrified," a U.S. premiere exhibition by Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton that pays homage to Nikola Tesla's experiments in electricity, X-rays and wireless communication.
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will present the first outdoor Night Market of 2014 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the parking lot at Eighth Street and Penn Avenue. In addition to vendors, The Airmasters aerial dance team will perform a half-hour aerial show at the top of every hour (7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.), and there will be free games of cornhole and DJ Soy Sos spinning American pop, soul, funk, Latin and reggae.
Gallery Crawl events are free. For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit TrustArts.org/Crawl or call 412-456-6666.
Here is the lineup:
* Select venues remain open until 10 p.m.
Wood Street Galleries*, 601 Wood St.: "Electrified": Artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton pay homage to Nikola Tesla in U.S. premiere.
SPACE*, 812 Liberty Ave.: "The Secret Life of Robots": Toby Fraley presents an unpolished look into the unseen, and often mundane, lives of robots. Music by DJ Gordy, and treats are available for purchase from Sweet Peaches and The Pittsburgh Pie Guy.
Urban League, 610 Wood St.: Artist Leslie Ansley presents paintings and murals depicting the Urban League in Pittsburgh's 96 years of service.
Social Status*, 717 Liberty Ave.: "Impe'kyoonees," contemporary photography from New York City-based artist Applecubed.
Tito Way: memento mori by Mary Mazziotti and Cell Phone Disco by InformationLab.
Shaw Galleries*, 805 Liberty Ave.: "Historic Pittsburgh, 1900-1920," an exhibition featuring nearly three dozen old photographs of Pittsburgh, re-produced as digital prints by Mark Muse.
Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave.: Peirce Studio: Pittsburgh Public School performers of all ages are showcased, including The 2014 All-City Hip Hop 3D Academy and Dreams of Hope. Third and fourth floors: The All-City Visual Art Exhibition features more than 300 works by Pittsburgh Public School students.
Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave.: Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents regionally made short films on a loop: "Arms and the Man" by John Jaquish, "Licht Ex" by Chris Mason and "Meeting the Parents" by Sean Darby; Tiny Harris Gallery has "The Way Photographs" by Sarah VanTassel.
Arcade Comedy Theater* (Open until 9:30 p.m.), 811 Liberty Ave.: sketch, improvisational and alternative comedy.
Catholic Charities Susan Zubik Welcome Center, 212 Ninth St.: "Process Masters," high school students from the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild exhibit art from various mediums, and several students will give artist talks.
937 Liberty Ave.
First floor: Bricolage Production Company presents "Echoloco," an immersive experience for one, 6-8:30 p.m. Sign up begins at 5:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited.
Second floor: "The Orange Experience: Sound Elevator" explores the psychological effects of color through music.
Third floor: Pittsburgh Playwrights Gallery: "Therapy and The Muse: An exhibition by Ernest McCarty" includes acrylic paintings on wood and canvas, assemblage paintings and wire sculptures.
August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave.: "Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix," an exhibition dedicated to honoring and preserving black culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania using imagery, film and oral history; Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery has "Teenie 'One Shot' Harris: The August Wilson Center Collection."
Tonic, 971 Liberty Ave., second-floor gallery: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Alumni & Student Show and music by The Willful Souls.
Urban Pathways 6-12 Gallery, 914 Penn Ave.: "symbols of self," an exhibition of Urban Pathways student artwork and music by the Sounds of Steel band.
CAPA Gallery, 111 Ninth St.: "Print Power," an exhibition of prints by Pittsburgh CAPA art students featuring a variety of printmaking techniques.
Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave.: "Scene and Song Revue," in partnership with Pinnacle Productions, Point Park University.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council*, 810 Penn Ave., seventh floor: "Reflective Locations" exhibit, curated by D.S. Kinsel, features the work of artists capturing a place that reflects their personal identity. All of the artists chosen are black males, giving the audience the opportunity to experience varied reflections of modern black masculinity.
Bend Yoga, 808 Penn Ave, second floor: local handmade crafts and products.
Penn Avenue and Eighth Street: Complain and karaoke with artist Christiane Leach and the Office of Public Art as they collect complaints about Pittsburgh for the Complaints Choir, a public art program of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
131 Seventh St.: Night Market VII open until 11 p.m.
709 Penn Gallery*: "Digital Hand" Penn State University School of Visual Arts, Digital fabrication processes open an imaginative space where the actual and the virtual meet.
707 Penn Gallery*: "The Occasional Market," local artist Tom Sarver playing with the idea of a traditional art gallery show by blending it with the experience of shopping.
Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue: Live music by Formula 412 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Carnegie Library button-making and books.
WYEP Music Station, Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Ave.: "People Who Live in Tin Houses Shouldn't Throw Can Openers": Robert Villamagna presents assemblage and metal collage. Also, live music by Jevon Rushton from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
PNC Legacy Project, 600 Liberty Ave.: The PNC Legacy Project celebrates Black History Month with oral histories including Tony Award winner Billy Porter, New Pittsburgh Courier publisher Rod Doss, Olympic champion Swin Cash, civil rights advocate Alma Speed Fox and trumpet player Sean Jones.
Dream Cream Ice Cream, 539 Liberty Ave.: The Dream flavor of ice cream for April is banana cream pie, benefitting G3 Entertainment USA, the company of Eugene D. Williams III, an up-and-coming DJ and saxophonist.
Boutique 208*, 208 Sixth St.: Meet several artists. Music by Jonathan Dull.
Verve Wellness, 142 Sixth St., third floor: New contemporary dance works in progress feature six dancers exploring the themes of repetition, transition, and idiosyncrasy. Shows at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 136 Sixth St. (above Melange Bistro): Free dance lessons and demos: Swing at 7:30 p.m., Bachata at 8 p.m., and Salsa at 8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel, 107 Sixth St.: Music by James Graf from 6 to 8 p.m.
Crawl After Dark:
Fairmont Hotel, Jazz at Andys, 510 Market St.: live music by Dane Vannatter, 8 p.m.-midnight, no cover.
August Henry's Saloon, 946 Penn Ave.: whiskey tasting, the history of local whiskeys, gins and rums, with Eric Meyer, co-owner of Wigle Whiskey. 9 p.m., no cover, ages 21+
937 Liberty Ave., second floor: reading and book signing of "The Bend of the World" by Jacob Bacharach, 9:30 p.m., no cover.
Trust Arts Education Center, Peirce Studio, 805-807 Liberty Ave.: Keep It Moving: Official After-Crawl Dance Party with J. Malls. 10 p.m., $5, cash bar.
Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.: Salsa Fridays, 10 p.m. free lesson; 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., dancing with DJ Paul Mitchell. No cover, cash bar.
SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave.: Music by Meeting of Important People and The Telephone Line, 10 p.m., $5.
Wood Street Galleries, second floor, 601 Wood St.: Interioractive, party inside a live exhibition with interactive artworks. Featured artists include Gianna Paniagua, JMYJAM, Jay Grassel, Patrick T. Schmidt, John Geiger, Kyle Milne and LinShuttr. Desserts by Bluebird Kitchen and music by DJ Pete Butta. 10 p.m., $5.
Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave.: "Electric Slidez: PowerPoint Throwdown," six comic performers present the most ridiculous PowerPoint slideshows imaginable. Presented by ActClassy.com. 10 p.m., $10 or $5 student rush, BYOB.