The Vivant Vault

Interviews

Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

“Sit down, have a drink, let’s talk.” The heart of ‘Burgh Vivant is its candid and off-beat interviews with the people who contribute to make this city truly unique. Artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, and news-makers let their hair down over cocktails with host Brian Edward for an entertaining and informative look into what’s happening in Pittsburgh. No subject is sacred, no secret is safe! See the video highlights here, or follow the links to “The Full Martini;” unedited and uncensored podcasts of each interview in its glorious entirety.

MICHAEL BUZZELLI – Author, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli is on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about his new book ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, just in time for the holidays. Find it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2WOoBuz

ALEC SILBERBLATT – actor, playwright


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Actor and playwright Alec Silberblatt returns to Pittsburgh for cocktail conversation on ‘Burgh Vivant and for his new show THE MON VALLEY MEDIUM, a darkly comedic murder mystery set in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. THE MON VALLEY MEDIUM will have two performances only, November 8 and 9 at Carnegie Stage. For tickets and more… Read more »

ANNA ELDER – Soprano, Director of Development, Kamraton


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Tonight’s guest is dynamic soprano Anna Elder discussing Kamraton and the group’s latest endeavor, HER HOLINESS: THE WINTERDOG, a new opera by Curtis Rumrill and Zachary Webber, premiering May 30 and 31, 2019 as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA series. For tickets and more information, visit www.kamraton.org.

JACOB EPSTEIN & CAROLINE LUCAS – PICT Classic Theatre


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TONIGHT: perspectives from two young actors at the beginning of their careers – Jacob Epstein and Caroline Lucas performing in PICT Classic Theatre’s production of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, directed and adapted for the stage from the writings of Charles Dickens by Alan Stanford, performing at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio through December 15th, 2018.  For… Read more »

BRADEN CHAPMAN – Drag persona Mimi Imfurst, theatrical artist


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You may know him as Mimi Imfurst, appearing on the acclaimed RuPaul’s Drag Race, but this month, theatrical artist Braden Chapman is the title role in Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH! Learn about Braden’s touching early attachment to the musical, how RuPaul’s Drag Race changed his life, and if you… Read more »

MARIANNE CORNETTI – Mezzo-soprano, Pittsburgh Opera


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The witch is back! Super-star mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti is back on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about her role as The Witch in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. But which witch is which? Which Humperdink is which? And how have you never heard Marianne sing in English?? Find out here tonight! Pittsburgh Opera’s… Read more »

LAUREL SEMERDJIAN – Mezzo-soprano, Pittsburgh Opera


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TONIGHT: Cocktails with mezzo-soprano Laurel Semerdjian as she prepares for her role as Suzuki in Puccini’s classic opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY, performing October 6th through 14th at Pittsburgh Opera. For tickets and more information, visit www.pittsburghopera.org. Photos by David Bachman Photography.

Preview: Chatham Baroque, 2018/2019 Season

Take a look inside what Chatham Baroque has in store for its 2018/2019 Season with Andrew Fouts, violinist and Artistic Director. The season kicks off with Vivaldi’s FOUR SEASONS on September 21st, 2018, and reaches its finale in 2019 with Battles and Ballets – with a Spanish Christmas and Cupid’s Harp in between! PULS –… Read more »

QUINTIN KITTLE – Architect, AIA


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Tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant, get a glimpse inside the profession that’s making Pittsburgh beautiful through good design with architect Quintin Kittle. Learn more and stay informed at www.aiapgh.org