This week has provided us with a taste of what’s to come this summer, but with rain in the forecast for the weekend, I wanted to share with all of you some cultural alternatives, so you don’t have to stay boxed in.
On Friday, the highly anticipated echo Art Fair (Friday May 13 – Sunday May 15) will open its doors from 6-9pm with a Preview Party (tickets $50) that allows ticket goers first dibs on purchasing the exhibited artwork from over a 120+ artists and galleries. The fair will also include site-specific installations, some interactive and performances. This special event will feature a guided tour of the building that was designed by the famous industrial architect, Albert Kahn. There will also be an array of local food and drink available at this event. If $50 is too much, stop by on Saturday (11am-7pm) or Sunday (11am-6pm) its only $5 to enter.
Starting today and running through Sunday the Burchfield Penney in partnership with Squeaky Wheel and Hallwalls will be presenting a 4- day media arts festival that marks the end of a year (plus) long 30th Anniversary celebration of Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center. With a cocktail party, performances and panel discussions, for those interested in the history and future of media arts will have their visual and oratory senses on overload this weekend. OH, and don’t forget it’s M&T’s Second Friday at the Burchfield, so the galleries are open late with special musical performances, including A Musical Feast at 8pm.
If you find yourself out and about on Friday, don’t forget to stop by Hallwalls (8-11pm) to catch the opening reception of their new exhibit that features works by OGRE (Cincinnati, OH) and John Peña (Pittsburgh, PA). Their openings never seem to disappoint, with a great crowd, good art, a cheap cash bar and usually some snacks. Going to church on a Friday night never sounded like more fun.
Last but definitely not least, at Hi-Temp (79 Perry) Thursday and Friday night (7pm doors, 730pm performance) only for a mere $5 (suggested donation) you can experience a one of a kind site-specific immersive performance by Stanzi Vaubel. By weaving together an ensemble of musicians, dancers, light, sound and set designers, Excursions into Unknowable Worlds, will have you soaring through an outer-body experience.