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.

BECKI TOTH – Actor, Vocalist, Educator


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TONIGHT: the dynamic and hilarious Becki Toth talks about her upcoming role in Front Porch Theatricals’ A NEW BRAIN, accordion lessons, and growing up farm-style. See A NEW BRAIN May 18 through 27 at the New Hazlett theater. For tickets and more information, visit www.frontporchpgh.com  

SHANNON JENNINGS – Soprano, Pittsburgh Opera


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TONIGHT: Soprano, Shannon Jennings on her role as Giannetta in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s ELIXIR OF LOVE. Just what is this intriguing elixir? What’s in it? And what would you put in yours? This and more tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant! See Pittsburgh Opera’s ELIXIR OF LOVE, April 21, 24, 27 and 29, 2018… Read more »

SEAN PANIKKAR – Tenor, Pittsburgh Opera


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Ahoy! Tonight, ‘Burgh Vivant is with Tenor Sean Panikkar on the set of Pittsburgh Opera’s production of MOBY DICK, by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, performing March 17, 20, 23 & 25, 2018. For tickets and more information, visit www.pittsburghopera.org 

DAVID WHALEN – Actor, HOLMES AND WATSON, Kinetic Theatre


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David Whalen, one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved stage performers, returns to the Steel City to portray a character he’s come to know very well: Sherlock Holmes. See David play the great detective once again in HOLMES AND WATSON, by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Andrew Paul, performing at the New Hazlett Theater through March 3rd, 2018…. Read more »

ERIC FERRING – Tenor, ASHES & SNOW, Pittsburgh Opera


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TONIGHT: Tenor Eric Ferring talks about his role in the world premiere of the daring new opera ASHES & SNOW, by Douglas J. Cuomo, directed by Jonathan Moore, at Pittsburgh Opera for four performances only: February 17th, 20th, 23rd, and 25th. For tickets and more information, visit www.pittsburghopera.org. 

KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH – Actor


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TONIGHT: Actor Keith Randolph Smith, currently starring in THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY by James Lecesne, extended through February 25th, 2018 at the City Theatre! For tickets and more information, visit www.citytheatrecompany.org 

KRISTIN BAIR and KEVIN HAMMONDS – UP AND AWAY, the new musical


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What’s it take to mount a world premiere musical? Kristin Bair and Kevin Hammonds know. Get the scoop here! UP AND AWAY premieres January 25th, 2018 and runs through April 15th at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets and more information available at www.clocabaret.com. 

LIZ BERLIN – Co-Owner, Mr. Smalls Theatre


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TONIGHT: get to know Liz Berlin, co-owner of Mr. Smalls Theatre, and member of the band Rusted Root! All topics are on the table, including Snoop Dogg, how the theatre got its name, and the upcoming Social Justice Disco on December 14th, 2017. Also, how do you desanctify a church? All this and more tonight… Read more »

Liz Berlin: Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performs at Mr. Smalls


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This January, two Pittsburgh musical giants collide: Mr. Smalls Theatre and The Mendelssohn Choir! Liz Berlin, Co-Owner of Mr. Smalls (which typically hosts the likes of Snoop Dogg and Pittsburgh’s own cosmic Jazz Chanteuse, Phat Man Dee), chats about the Choir’s upcoming venture into the words and music of legendary folksinger, Bob Dylan. It’s a… Read more »

Tonight’s guest: SANTA CLAUS


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We’re honored that Santa Claus took time out of his busy yuletide schedule to pay a visit to ‘Burgh Vivant. But are we on his naughty or nice list? All your queries on Cringle will be answered here! AND if you should like to schedule a visit from “the Claus” you can hit him up… Read more »