Renee Piatt Jewelry Party: From left, Joyce Oesterling, Renee Piatt and Cindy Engler
Bricolage BUS Fundraiser: From left: Bricolage Founder and artistic director, Jeffrey Carpenter with Richard Parsakian and Mr. Carpenter's wife, Bricolage producing artistic director, Tami Dixon.
Bricolage BUS Fundraiser: Award winning illustrator, David Pohl poses with a fan.
Bricolage BUS Fundraiser: From left: A fan poses for a photo with BUS performer, TaeAjah Cannon and BUS director, Dave Harris.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Renee Piatt Jewelry Party
When and where: Cindy Engler’s private residence in Sewickley on Thursday night.
#QuotableMoment: “I design with the idea of empowering discerning women to look and feel their best. I am so inspired by the idea of making women feel as special and amazing as they are, with great, easy-to-wear accessories and creative, chic styling,” said designer Renee Piatt
The Place: The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in the Pittsburgh Cultural District Saturday night.
The Event: Bricolage Urban Scrawl’s 12th annual version of March Madness: a fundraiser for Bricolage Productions that’s a party and the culmination of creating art in 24 hours. On Friday, six writers (Gab Cody, Kim El, Gayle Pazerski, Dave Harris, Sloan MacRae, Mark Clayton Southers) took bus rides in Pittsburgh, and in 24 hours, six short plays were created and produced onstage with local actors and directors.
The News: The company known for theatrical immersive experiences announced that its next large-scale project will be in partnership with Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History Oct. 12-Nov. 19 — “at the nexus of art and science ... within the museum and its interstitial spaces.” Also, “Immersive Encounters,” more intimate experiences, start April 21.
The Party: Pre-show, at intermission and post-show, there was a silent auction, nibbles provided by Bistro-to-Go and music spun by DJ Naeem Martinez.
The Performances: Bricolage husband-and-wife leaders Jeffrey Carpenter and Tami Dixon, with Deana Muro on keyboards, got the performance part of the evening started with a musical theater routine featuring their own lyrics to music from “Oklahoma!,” “Rent,” “Les Mis” and “Hairspray,” with Mr. Carpenter finishing full Edna Turnblad mode. The six live shorts included comedy and drama, poignancy and politics, understanding and violence, plus a quick, um, shall we say full moon.
#LuckOTheIrish: A leprechaun in head-to-toe shamrock green roamed the AWC, and there was one onstage, in the short play “Mystical Creatures.”
#SEEN: Illustrator David Pohl, vocalist/composer Anqwenique Wingfield, Cafe Con Leche’s Tara Sherry Torres, Casbah executive chef Dustin Gardner, 91.3 WYEP GM and Bricolage board president Abby Goldstein, Bryan DeCecco of Campos and the Bricolage board VP, Big Burrito Restaurant’s Jen Fisher, FedEx Ground’s Michelle Hoang, Rod Schwartz and wife Donna, proprietor of All-American Events and Enter the Imaginarium. — Sharon Eberson
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