The Vivant Vault


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.

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s (3/30 – 4/2)

Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, “’Burgh Vivant Talk about it “WordPlay” returns.  It’s like the Moth with music. Storytellers reveal honest tales about themselves while a DJ spins music, using anything from Brahms to Beyonce.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger. It’s Friday and Saturday… Read more »

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s (3/23 – 3/26)

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Nicer Things Heidi Nagle is returns with her (mostly) one woman show, “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” Nagle, founding member of the sketch comedy troupe, “The Harvey Wallbangers,” explores the human psyche, discusses familial embarrassments and her intense love of Pittsburgh in the show. It’s sure… Read more »

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s (3/9 – 3/12)

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Read Light District Thursday, March 9, is the Mad Muse presents “The Literary Brothel: A Grand Guignol.”  Lilith DeVille will guide you through the brothel where  you will enticed by The Sacred Literary Whores to come to their rooms for their Grand Guignol Stories. The Literary Brothel is at 449 Jefferson… Read more »

Quantum Theatre’s QBall 2017 – So here’s what happened

Host Brian Edward and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli get together for a martini and recall Quantum Theatre’s annual Q Ball event which took place February 25th, 2017 at the Union Trust building, downtown Pittsburgh. In case you missed it, here’s what happened! ‘Burgh Vivant films weekly at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation in beautiful… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – Teaching Artist, University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Teaching Artist Ricardo Vila-Roger discusses the difficult conversations presented in his upcoming production of BALTIMORE. Catch the performance March 29th through April 9th, 2017 and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER March 30th through April 9th at the University of Pittsburgh Stages. For tickets and more information, visit, and listen to “The Full… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – On Equitable Casting in Pittsburgh

In December 2016, The University of Pittsburgh hosted a town hall to discuss the matter of equitable casting across Pittsburgh’s vibrant theatrical landscape. Teaching Artist and town hall organizer Ricardo Vila-Roger discusses the challenges and possible solutions for improving racial equality on stage and screen. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – Super Hero Obsessions (“I love Joss Whedon”)

University of Pittsburgh Teaching Artist Ricardo Vila-Roger and host Brian Edward weigh in on super hero films (the good, the bad, and the Ryan Reynolds GREEN LANTERN), the rationality of BATMAN, and irrationality of GOTHAM. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast, and watch ‘Burgh Vivant, filming weekly at Point… Read more »

For ‘Burgh Vivants: special discount tickets to Quantum Theatre’s Q BALL Dance Party!

A special offer to attend one of the year’s hottest parties from our friends at Quantum Theatre! Get $10 off your Digital Dance Party ticket HERE. Regular priced Digital Dance Party tickets are $60.  Get your’s for only $50! Come lend your dazzling radiance and step inside the art of the Pre-Raphaelite era. The theatrical teams at Quantum… Read more »

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s (2/23 – 2/26)

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Wonderland Friday, February 24, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre holds a soiree, “Down the Rabbit Hole Dance Party.”  Dance with the Queen of Hearts, Vivian Von Brokenhymen and her Jacks. Wear your fashionable attire (costumes encouraged!). Don’t be late for this very important date.  It’s at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre,… Read more »