Local artist collective Redfishbowl has curated performances in a bus and at local music and art festivals. But, with Art in the Alley, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of its kick- off gallery crawl for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, they’re bringing art to a more concrete place — literally.
“Art in the Alley is inspired by the artistic spirit and talent Pittsburgh has to offer, and by the desire to bring Downtown alleyways to life in an interactive way,” says Julie Walsh, public relations director of Redfishbowl.
Art in the Alley. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Penn and Liberty Ave from 7th Street through 10th Street, Downtown. www.redfishbowl.com
Encompassing alleyways from Penn and Liberty Ave. from 7th Street through 10th Street, the outdoor rain-or-shine event features art performances, live music, installations and food trucks from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.
Local musicians Jack Stauber, Spish, Mr. B, Late Hit and drum ensemble Timbeleza provide the music for the night. Dance groups Level Up Studios, Get Down Gang and Track Meet perform variations of hip hop and break dance, and slowdanger combine movement and sound.
And, with Spectacle: Create and Capture’s light installation in Exchange Way, passersby can immerse themselves in an atmospheric design that combines light projections and audio design.
Performances aren’t limited to music, dance and visual arts, with firebreather Tricia Dignon, contortionist Visions of Zaza performing in a fish tank and O’Ryan the Omazing juggling on stilts.
Food trucks Blue Sparrow, Burrito Bus, La Palapa and the Pub Chip Shop provide global fare, and the Mobile Mystery Lab, a pint-sized party bus featuring local art and music by Crafted Sounds, a local independent record label, also makes an appearance.
For those looking to keep the fun going after the event ends, Redfishbowl is hosting an after party at the Peirce Studio at 807 Liberty Ave. from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring music from Jonny Goood, JunkFoods, My Favorite Color and DJ Coleblooded.
According to Walsh, the event allows Redfishbowl to introduce the public to new music and art on a larger scale, thanks to its partnership with the Cultural Trust.
“We try not to limit ourselves to traditional venue spaces, so working with the Trust in the Cultural District is a good opportunity to utilize unique outdoor spaces as we forge new collaborations,” she says.
Amanda Reed is a Pittsburgh Current Staff Writer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org