The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – Top 5 To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (12/12 – 12/15)

The ShakerMike Buzzelli

Here are five fun things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend, December 12 – 15.

Ebony and Ivory

The 10th Annual Theatre Festival in Black & White: Holiday Edition is underway. Catch plays written by black playwrights directed by white directors, while black directors directed white playwrights, ten one-acts in all at the event.  You can see them at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd Floor, Downtown Pittsburgh.

Well, Well, Well

Come to Carnegie for “Well,” Lisa Kron’s insightful 2006 Tony Award-nominated play.  The play is a serio-comedy about the collision of art and life, exploring the dynamics of health, family and community.

You can find the play at the Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main Street, Carnegie. The play runs through December 22.

Call 724-873-3576 or visit

Check back here for a review next week!

Nudey Show

You have one last chance to catch some naked men at the December 13 closing party for Ignudi: Drawings Based on the Nude Youths of Michelangelo.  See Richard Claraval’s imitable style in the charcoal drawings. You can find nude men on Friendship Avenue, at the Spinning Plate Gallery, 5720 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, to be more precise. The Closing party runs from 7 – 10 p.m. 12/13/13.

Check out his work here:

Nude Man to Iron Man

If Ignudi is too much for you and you want to put clothes on the man. Check out Future Tenant, where the man in the artwork wears a full suit of armor!  In a group exhibition of 23 works of art, each a desconstruction of a single page of a 1984 comic book issue of “The Invincible Iron Man,” is on display in “Shame of the City: Deconstructing & Reconstructing Comic Narratives.” The opening reception is December 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Future Tenant, 819 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.

See into the Future at

More Comic Books!

You can check out that very issue of Invincible Iron Man over at the ToonSeum, while catching their show, “All That and a Bag of Chips: The 90s Animation Renaissance.” The show features original production art, sketches, storyboards and more.  The show continues through December 15.

Find it all at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh, and tell Executive Director Joe Wos that Burgh Vivant sent you.


And now a Sixth Thing…

Sparkle, Princess!

On Monday, just when you thought it was safe to stop partying and go back to work… The Carnegie Screenwriters and the Carnegie Arts Initiative invites you to celebrate the holidays at the first ever 3rd on 3rd Sparkle Party.  Bring a covered dish to Third Street Gallery  and hear three holiday themed stories;  Stage 62’s revered wunderkind Stephen Santa will read from the David Sedaris book, “The Santaland Diaries,” ‘Burgh Vivant’s biggest bon vivant Brian Edward will read his story, “How the Binch Improved Christmas” and some guy named Michael Buzzelli (see picture above) will read “Bad Santa” from his book, “Below Average Genius.”

By the way, if you don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, bring booze.

Join the festivities at The Third Street Gallery, 220 Third Street, Carnegie.

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