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.

STEPHANIE ARMBRUSTER – Artist


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Tonight’s guest is Pittsburgh artist Stephanie Armbruster, who introduces host Brian Edward to the wild wild world of encaustic painting – that’s painting with wax. And once you hear about the depth of craft that goes into the process, you may think twice about rushing to repurpose your Yankee Candle remains. Stephanie also discusses her… Read more »

PAM MURCHISON – Executive Director, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble


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What’s NEW in Pittsburgh this summer? Music – and plenty of it, as the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble warms up for its 2014 season! PNME’s Executive Director Pam Murchison is tonight’s cocktail hour guest on ‘Burgh Vivant, enjoying a signature martini in the Ensemble’s performance space at the City Theatre. Explore the arena of contemporary… Read more »

KAHMEELA ADAMS – Producer, 48 Hour Film Project, Pittsburgh


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Live from the Hollywood Theater in beautiful downtown Dormont, it’s Kahmeela Adams! Learn about this unique Pittsburgh event, some insider tips from the Producer, and where you can see this year’s mini-movies! Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast, to hear more on Kahmeela’s artistic contributions to the city,… Read more »

KATI AND BLAKE LIGHTHOLDER – Producers, Jack & Emma web series


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JACK & EMMA is an original Pittsburgh web series, and this week, ‘Burgh Vivant attends cocktail hour with Jack and Emma themselves – producers Kati and Blake Lightholder, PLUS: guest appearances abound as host Brian Edward chats with characters from the show, Krish (Krish Mohan), Kirsten (Klase Danko), and Maddy (Julie Beroes). Listen to “The… Read more »

SHAUN ROLLY – Resident Pirate, Gateway Clipper Fleet


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Ahoy, mateys! ‘Burgh Vivant sets sail upon the Gateway Clipper with one of Pittsburgh’s most notorious pirates – and we’re not talkin’ baseball. Shaun Rolly, Fight Director and “Resident Pirate” of The Gateway Clipper Fleet swaps rum for martinis and discusses the premiere of his new musical A PIRATE’S TALE performing aboard the Fleet’s own… Read more »

ALAN STANFORD – Artistic and Executive Director, PICT Classic Theatre


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From Oscar Wilde to Harold Pinter and back to Pittsburgh’s own PICT Classic Theatre, Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford spares no philosophy (or whisker) in delighting his patrons in the art and appeal of theatrical classics. As a promise to PICT donors, Alan agreed to shave his legendary beard if the company raised over… Read more »

JUDY KNAIZ – Actress, “Hello, Dolly!” (1969)


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‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward sits down for cocktails in front of a live audience at Point Park University’s George R. White Theatre with stage and screen actress Judy Knaiz. Attendees were treated to a lively conversation with the delightful Ms. Knaiz, followed by a screening of the film she is perhaps best known for,… Read more »

ELISA-MARIE ALAIO – Choreographer, fireWALL Dance Theater


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‘Burgh Vivant is on FIRE this week with Elisa-Marie Alaio, choreographer and Artistic Director of Off The Wall Performing Arts Center’s fireWALL Dance Theater. The dance company has its official debut May 23rd with the premiere of ON THE ROX – and Elisa-Marie has the details. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited… Read more »

KARIN POWELL, “Pittsburgh Mom”


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In celebration of Mother’s Day, our guest this week is a true “Pittsburgh Mom.” Karin Powell is one of the most beloved motherly figures of Pittsburgh’s cultural district. Through her son Christopher’s work with the Pittsburgh Opera, many of the city’s performing artists have come to know her as “Ma.” This week on ‘Burgh Vivant… Read more »

JACKIE COLLINS – Novelist


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Twenty nine-time New York Times best selling novelist Jackie Collins calls in for cocktail hour to dish on her latest venture, The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook. The woman who Louis Malle described as a “raunchy moralist” shares how to make a Jackie Collins Cocktail, her fond memories of Pittsburgh, and more!  Listen to “The Full Martini”… Read more »