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 (2/16 – 2/19)

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Out of the Woods Three original one-act plays bring fairy tales to life in “Fractured Fairy Tales.” Take a wacky trip to Fantasyland, or, in this case, the Avenue Theater, 158 Brighton Road, Rochester, PA 15074. For more information, click here.   Let’s be honest Lesbian comedian Susan Westenhoefer… Read more »

Standing Up and Standing Out with Suzanne Westenhoefer

By Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Out comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer returns to her old stomping grounds when she hits Pittsburgh on Friday, February 17. Westenhoefer said, “My first time in Pittsburgh was during college. Back then I went quite often; because I attended Clarion University, and we would drive down to the gay bars.” The… Read more »

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s ( 2/9 – 2/12)

by Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Hornswoggled A widow’s 14 year old daughter forms a Gay/Straight Alliance in the high school of a small Texas town and it causes several upheavals in Elise Forier Edie’s play, “The Pink Unicorn.”  You can catch all the drama at the Carnegie Stage, 25 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA… Read more »

PURSUING HAPPINESS – with Pittsburgh’s Randy Gilson

Filmmakers Adam Shell (Director, Producer, Editor) and Nicholas Kraft (Producer, Editor) set out to find the happiest people in America for their newly released documentary PURSUING HAPPINESS – and it’s no surprise that their quest led them to Pittsburgh’s own Randy Gilson, proprietor of RANDYLAND; a beacon of joy that defies explanation and invites visitation…. Read more »

The Buzz from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To Do’s (1/ 26 – 1/29)

by Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Wrestle Mania January 26, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety” opens. It’s a drop-kicking, body-slamming, theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. “Chad Deity” is a kick-ass serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread. It’s at the Ace Hotel, 120 S. Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh,… Read more »