Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fierce Fire Acts; Mini Bots, 80+ Artists Against Fracking Parks, Hot Fashion --sss...and U 2 May Become a Pgh Firefighter @ GA/GI @ Unblurred

Heather White w/CAPA students print fabric @ AIR
All Team GA/GI can say is "WHOA!" We're so happy with our festival line-up we could bungee jump off the Andy Warhol Bridge! A huge section along the Penn Avenue Arts corridor in Friendship/Bloomfield/Garfield/East Lib is brimming with art, tech and entertainment! Almost anywhere you are, there will be a fire performance at dusk. Pick your choice of locations: The Pittsburgh Glass Center @ 5472 Penn has Steel Town Fire; GBBN/EDGE Studios @ 5441 Penn has Pyrotopia, or outdoors at Carl's TV @ Penn and Winebiddle you'll see Sirkus Dayz.

Steel Town Fire
In addition, we can't tell you how much you'll enjoy the multitude of other performances, displays, art exhibits and eco/tech talks happening GA/GI weekend. Here's a partial line-up of venues that are all on board on Penn Avenue: Commonplace/Voluto (5467), Modern Formations (4919), Artisan Tattoo and Cafe (5001), Image Box (4933), Irma Freeman Center (5006), Attorney, J Walter's Tango Dance Hall (5005), Most Wanted Fine Art (5015), International Children's Gallery (5020), Roboto Project/ Bunker Project (5106), The Kincaid Community Garden Project (Penn & Pacific), Clay Penn (5111), Mostly Mod & ARTica (5110), Assemble (5125), Artists In Mission (5159), BFG Cafe (5335), Edge Studio (5441), Kelly Strayhorn (5530) and Future Tenants (5807)come from downtown to our side of town! Going Viral at GA/GI: Artists Against Fracking @ Garfield Artworks (4931) an exhibition with over 80 Pittsburgh Artists showing; many nationally and internationally known. Buy art and 1/3 of the proceeds going to the cause. Our ever popular fashion show at the Pgh Glass Center from 8:30-9pm features looks by: Crazy Hot Clothes, Streetheart, Sew Addicted, Casa de Bolas, Katy Dement, Jess Chernovet, and Elaine Healy. Hair and Make-up by Salon Christine. Special guests: CAPA High School's Design Department instructed by Karien Paige and Heather White. 

Ziller curates Artists Against Fracking
Don Jones' Minibots
Don't miss hot spots like Verde @5491 Penn where you can eat ultra fino Mexican food and down an "El Bombero," flaming cocktail.. You'll meet members of your city fire department at the Fire Safety/Family Circle and PGH Glass Center.

Bands performing during GA/GI Unblurred include; Pet Clinic, When the Planets, Grand Sanfu and others.

After GA/GI Fest @ Unblurred party like its 1999! The Billobox's Pandemic dance party--Global Dance
Hall! Balkan beat, gypsy brass, Afro rhythms, Tropical bass and more 9:30 pm to 2 am. Cover charge $6

Check out the 4/4 unblurred events tab for more details details. Also see the X-tra Events tab for Saturday 4/5 and Sunday, 4/6.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meet Your Future Pet: Tee Rex Has Cats 'n' Dogs 'Nat @ GA/GI

Cotton Factory @ past GA/GI Tee Rex Syndicate
Tee Rex knows how to throw a GA/GI party. Since our inaugural event, they've been pulling out the stops to create the coolness factor at every April Unblurred since 2010.  This year they're reigning cats and dogs--that's making them a high priority--and helping to find them homes. Come to their space at 5440 Penn from 6-10 pm on April 4th, and meet your future pet. Kopy Kat Sanctuary will be there, A special group who cares for their animals for a lifetime or until they are adopted into loving homes. You'll also meet the folks from "The Proper Pitt Bull," a new education, advocacy and rescue organization for the breed. If you donate $10 to either organization, you get a free $5 Tee from Tee Rex. In fact, while your there, check out all their "irrationally affordable" hand-printed Tees. That's just what's inside....outdoors, enjoy Mexican fare from Brassero Grill's Food truck. They make it all from deceptively simple-looking tacos and burritos to high south-of-the-border cuisine. Chase it all down with cold beverages from another Tee Rex guest--East End Brewing. Join the event on Facebook

GA/GI Fashion Show Hotter Than H--E double Hockey Sticks!

GA/GI brings back a Fashion Runway Favorite! For our 5th Anniversary--as in our inaugural year--we're doing a full, glitzy, music-funked, glamtastic runway show that will have you on your feet cheering. The show is from 8-9:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avene, where you'll also see "Half Way To Somewhere," a collaborative art glass exhibition.

The fashion line-up is amazing and includes recycled look from students at CAPA school for the performing arts and up-cycled styles from other emerging Pittsburgh fashionistas...more to come, but in the meantime a 2014 tease: Paper dresses by Katy Dement! and a few GA/GI fashion flashbacks. MORE TO COME....

2014 Teaser: Katy Dement's paper dresses in the 2014 "Hotter Than Hell," fashion show line-up

 GA/GI Fashion Flashbacks 2010-2013!
+ See fashion in our videos. Click our "Flashback" Tab

The jaw-dropping glass bikini

Neighborhood Academy
Styled by Angie Fec In the PGC hot Shop

Friday, March 14, 2014

News Flash! Tech Shop's Burning Piano Tours To GA/GI Fest!

Fire Piano from Tech Shop
We got it on loan from Tech Shop, Pittsburgh, whose mission is democratize the tools of innovation and make technology come true.
See what this hot property does at the Pittsburgh glass Center, Friday April 4, GA/GI Festival @ Unblurred. Below: Another great piano burning moment in history with Jerry Lee Lewis (Movie adaptation 1989 with Dennis Quaid/Directed by Jim McBride/Orion Pictures)

Highmark gives GA/GI Fest High Marks, and Lights Festival Torch!

"We're supporting your Fire Safety/Family Circle," announced Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. GA/GI couldn't have found a more perfect sponsor for this "event within an event" which will host a series of family-friendly programs and activities. Sirkus Dayz, that astonishing fire performance troupe of all theatrical disciplines and ages, will thrill the crowd, by spinning, twirling, dancing, skipping, undulating and setting themselves ablaze for your enjoyment. (see a sampling in our left column) Also on  hand will be the American Red Cross with a well-spring of information for families. You'll also get up-close with Pittsburgh fire fighters, who will bring their truck and and a lot of goodwill. The FS/FC is also where you'll meet Becky Keck, a resident Artist from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Keck is really an art scientist who has created a new kind of kiln. She'll demo and cook up some pottery!

Make a Difference One Step At A Time...
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announces their event "Walk for a Healthy Community." This annual fundraiser helps support the missions of  69 health and human service agencies. Pittsburgh will host the event on May 17, 2014 at Stage AE on the North Shore. Fun includes food, prizes and kids' activities. For info and other locations click here.

Sirkus Dayz

The American Red Cross trains Lifeguards and more. visit
Steps to Becky Keck's Portable Kiln Conversion

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Future Tenants Gets GA/GI!

Named one of Pittsburgh's 10 Best Contemporary gallery spaces by Cultural Trip, Future Tenant, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, is expanding beyond downtown to showcase emerging art talents in communities across the city. GA/GI is glad to welcome Future Tenant to the growing list of events happening the night of April 4th during Unblurred on Penn Avenue. "Vacancy"  is FT's annual fundraiser; so purchase tickets for this one. A VIP happy hour (6-7 pm) kicks off  the event; then (7-11 pm) highlights include an art raffle of work by emerging artists, who have donated their items to the worthy cause; Tequila samplings from Garfield's Verde; a champagne tasting by Bar Marco, and beverage sponsors Straub, Johnny Ryan soda, and Jack's Hard Cider will provide complementary drinks all evening. And appetizer (Yum!) samplings will be provided by local restaurants. Performers include Jakeisrain, C Street Brass, and My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure. Cost: VIP Tickets $50 or 2/$90. Advance tickets/ General Admission $25; Students $20. At the Door/ $30, Students, $25. Location: East Liberty Place North, 5807 Penn Avenue. For advance tickets and information Contact Claire McCandless @  or 814-657-3877

How Does a Community Garden Grow? Learn @ GA/GI

Growing food and Community @ 100 N. Pacific Ave is a collaborative effort of the Garfield Community Action Team (GCAT) and PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience). The two organizations with help from East Field Garden are expanding Garfield's newest community garden located on abandoned land in the 5400 block of Kincaid Street. What started as back yard garden in 2011 had grown to include more than a dozen area households. And just this past fall, work was started to more than double the size of the Kincaid Street Garden, creating space for another 20 families with programs and features for children. Come and learn the whole story....stop by during GA/GI on Friday, April 4th from 6-10 pm for information on urban agriculture and environmental projects in Garfield.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

L G Realty Advisors Gears up GA/GI

LEED Certified--CMU's Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center
"We're glad to be partners in this growing community, "Brian Gumberg of LG Realty Advisors, Inc. told GA/GI. LG Realty will be changing the face of the Penn Avenue corridor forever with their purchase of the iconic "Babyland" property at the corner of Penn and Negley Avenue. And in fact, they've been changing the face of Pittsburgh and its surrounding counties since 1923.

The company began in real estate with a focus on brokerage and third party management; then expanded through the mall building boom in the 60's. By 2005, Lawrence Gumberg had launched LG Realty Advisors, which has successfully completed a staggering  number of high profile projects including the Mercy Professional Building, Cranberry Mall, 300 Penn Center Blvd., and the LEED Certified--Collaborative Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks LG Realty Advisors for joining Team GA/GI!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HOT Topics to Dance For @ Bunker Hill Projects @ GA/GI

Moriah Ella Mason
Just twelve months ago, GA/GI weekend was used as the launch for  Bunker Projects Artist Residency Program. Before that the space @ 5106 Penn Avenue was a burned out apartment. In short order, the space was lovingly restored to a bright open environment. Currently, the airy loft has hosted and supported over 30 + young adults experimenting in all disciplines of the arts. For GA/GI 2014, The Bunker will present Moriah Ella Mason, an East Liberty business owner and massage specialist who is also the principal of Yes Brain Dance Theater. Referencing a ritual of prayerful empathy from the Passover Seder, artist Moriah Ella Mason focuses her attention on the impact Zionism has had on the Palestinian people.  Identifying Ten Plagues of Palestine the artist strives to mark each home destroyed, refugee exiled, and olive tree uprooted with a drop of red wine on a white paper plate.
Read more on her Indiegogo Page 
Opening: Friday April 4th at 5 pm., guest performances and reception at 10 pm.
Closing Panel Discussion with the artist, activists, and scholars Thursday April 10th at 7 pmHere a sampling of Yes Brain Dance Theater:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Verde's Flaming Support for GA/GI--Bottoms UP with El Bombero!

Verde @ 5491 Penn Avene, is giving our 2014 event the thumbs up with a fund-raising, flaming new drink. Buy this $8 special at Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina, during the GA/GI weekend and $2 will go toward GA/GI's festival fund. It's called "El Bombero," Spainish for firefighters, and we'll be gifting a percentage of  the Verde contribution to our awesome first responders who will be out with big boot, fundraising on GA/GI eve.

"The cocktail is made with Cruzan light rum, passion fruit, Aperol Angostura bitters and lime, said Jeff Catalina owner of Verde. "And 151 proof rum--set on fire, of course."

The drink will be on sale Friday and Saturday during dinner hours from 5 pm to 11 pm and Sunday Brunch.Flame on!

The Geometic Gyre

So our usual, incredible GA/GI performance DJ, James Gyre, IM'd us:

"instead of deejaying ga gi this year 
I was wondering about showing some of my naked geometry work.
 It's lasercutting and I use all natural materials
 like wood, some of it reclaimed pittsburgh wood.... "

So GA/GI replied:

"Are you freakinl kiddin' us? YES!"

James has been a supporting force of GA/GI Fest since its inception in 2010. We couldn't be happier to see him flex his other artistic muscles at our 2014 event. 

Sez Gyre of his art," Naked Geometry produces lasercut art, jewelry & beautiful objects for the home with a focus on geometric design, recycled materials, natural forms & woodworking and we've been building inlaid illustrations, furniture & even all wooden drums!"

He'll be stationed with our other mathematical protege, Louis Boston aka "The Pi Master", at Edge Studios. 5411 Penn Avenue. Here are some examples of his work that will be both displayed and up for sale @ GA/GI!



Wednesday, March 5, 2014


One the gems of Penn Avenue, The Center for Post Natural History @ 4913 Penn Avenue, always has sights to behold and it's open Friday, April 4 from 5-8pm, and again on Sunday, April 6 from noon to 4 pm. From atomic age rodent samples taken from the Smithsonian to deliberately altered organisms that include a red canary, this small but wondrous site will keep the curious with their noses to glass for hours. Free to the public, fun for the family! Click here.