6119's final days
• The VIA music and new media collective recently announced that it is closing 6119, the multi-purpose event space it opened last June at 6119 Penn Ave. in East Liberty.
According to VIA, the property has been purchased by Alphabet City Co. and is slated for demolition in the fall.
The venue has a few final events, including an edgy one Friday with Cold Cave, the moniker for Philadelphia-based darkwave/noise artist Wes Eisold, who recently released the new EP "Black Boots." Opening will be collaborator and controversial noise artist Boyd Rice, touring with "Back to Mono," his first album since 2002. Also on the bill are Pittsburgh bands The Garment District and Fogged Out.
The closing party is June 28 with Berlin-based club producer Cosmin TRG. Live visuals and set design will be provided by new media artists Ben Tabas, Kevin Ramser and Timothy Sherman.
VIA will spend the remainder of the year producing its annual VIA Music + New Media Festival (Oct. 1-6) and will then work toward raising finances and support for a new a permanent venue.
Since opening, VIA has presented more than 200 local, national and international artists including Iceage and Mykki Blanco.
"6119 proved there is a very apparent need for a venue like this in Pittsburgh," VIA co-director Lauren Goshinski said in a statement. "We really want to continue to provide that."
AVA on the move
• Ava Bar and Lounge, the sister club to the recently shuttered Shadow Lounge, is also vacating East Liberty, where it has been since 2007, and moving to North Oakland.
Ava, which caters to hip-hop/jazz/soul/world music fans, plans to relocate to 304 N. Craig St., a two-level space formerly occupied by Luna. Owner Justin Strong has launched a campaign at indiegogo.com to raise $35,000 in 35 days through donations from patrons and supporters.
In a press release, Mr. Strong stated, "With all the new development in the area, and new opportunity arising outside of the neighborhood, we made the decision to leave."
Rock 'n' roll 'Devival'
• Reverend Ivan Stang, founder of the mock religious cult Church of the SubGenius, will make his first trip here for a "Devival" (or gathering) since the '90s, as part of Tommy Amoeba's Rock N' Roll Birthday Gala Extravaganza Saturday at Howlers in Bloomfield.
Rev. Stang will be joined by Amoeba Knievel, Phat Man Dee & the Cultural District (led by Amoeba's wife of 12 years), sAINT tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, Eric Singer and Andrew the Impaled.
It begins at 9 p.m. at 4509 Liberty Ave. for ages 21 and over. $10 admission at door. Go to www.SubGenius.com.
• Six local bands will gather at The Club at Stage AE Friday to raise money for Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization focused on healing smiles and changing the lives of children born with facial deformities.
Presented by The Pittsburgh Scene, it features Red Hands, Patron Saint, August Ruins, a prior i, Nevada Mountains and Echo Jade. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 advance through ticketmaster.com.