Free Events This Week for Pitt Undergraduates Only!


1. Arts Fest
2. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
3. Emerson String Quartet
4. The Diary of Anne Frank - This program is FULL
5. Poets on Tour: Gerald Stern
6. Blogging the Self: PITT ARTS in London

1. Arts Fest
Saturday, October 3
William Pitt Union
11 AM – 4:15 PM

Join us for this outstanding arts-based event during Family Weekend 2015! There will be live entertainment and hands-on activities with over 25 vendors!

Please note that this hugely popular event-the PITT ARTS Art Fest-will be moved inside the William Pitt Union due to a forecast of heavy rain and chilly weather.

Over 25 vendors will be in the WPU Lower Lounge with art-making activities, including free t-shirt screening, a prop-filled photo booth, origami, henna tattoos, caricatures, button making, cookie decorating, sand art, dorm room doortag decorating, and much, much more!

The following performers will take to the stage in the WPU Assembly Room:

11-11:45 AM Fuste Vartej Fusion Belly Dance
12-12:15 PM Panther Tango Club
12:15-12:30 PM National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Performance
1-2 PM Cello Fury
2-2:30 PM Wandering Minstrels: The Songburgh's a cappella group; James Misner, Jazz Saxophone
3-4 PM Frenchy & The Punk
4-4:15 PM Color Blast on the William Pitt Union Lawn - weather permitting

Noon in the Kurtzman Room: Free barbeque lunch--while supples last--for Pitt students and their families who have received a Family Weekend wristband. Free popcorn in the atrium between the Assembly Room and Ballroom from 2-4 PM.

No need to sign up, just show up with family and friends ready for art-filled fun!

2. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Pittsburgh Dance Council
Saturday, October 3
Meeting Time: 5:35 PM
Estimated End Time: 10 PM

At once sensual and lyrical, Nrityagram dancers Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy masterfully pay homage to Odissi, a sacred, traditional Indian dance form.

Samyoga, meaning “union” and “synthesis”, explores the differences between the female and male approach to love. Joined by a live ensemble of four Indian musicians, Sen and Satpathy create a dance of mesmerizing sensuality.

Dinner at Tonic before the show.

3. Emerson String Quartet
Chamber Music Pittsburgh
Monday, October 5
Estimated Meeting Time: 5:10 PM
Estimated End Time: 10 PM

Haydn Quartet in B flat major "Sunrise"
Shostakovich Quartet No. 10
Brahms Quartet in A minor No. 2

Don't miss the finest string quartet in the country and abroad playing right here in Pittsburgh! 9 Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”, and more than 30 acclaimed recordings…this is The Emerson Quartet.

The Emerson Quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. What a namesake!

Join us for a delicious dinner at The Porch before the concert.

4. The Diary of Anne Frank
Pittsburgh Public Theatre
Thursday, October 8
Estimated Meeting Time: 6:10 PM
Estimated End Time: 10:15 PM
Co-sponsored by PITT ARTS, Hillel Jewish Student Union, and Pitt's Department of Jewish Studies

This program is FULL.

5. Poets on Tour: Gerald Stern
Carnegie Library and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Carnegie Lecture Hall
Tuesday, October 13
Estimated Meeting Time: 5:25 PM
Estimated End Time: 8 PM*

Love poetry? Join us for a reading by Pittsburgh’s own Gerald Stern, nationally-renowned American poet, essayist and educator for a reading from his collection of poetry. He is the author of 16 books of poetry, including most recently, Divine Nothingness (Norton, 2014). Stern has been the recipient of the National Book Award, the Frost Medal, and many, many more significant awards for his brilliant poetry.

Dinner at The Porch before the reading.

*Optional reception in the International Poetry Room and book signing after the reading.

6. Blogging the Self: PITT ARTS in London
Spring Break
March 5 – 13, 2016
Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 6

Looking for an atypical spring break? Spend your week off in London exploring the city and learning how to use blogging as a way to process the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions that you will experience in one of the world’s most diverse and global cities! An exciting neighborhood in London serves as your home base for meaningful exploration and travel throughout England’s capital.

Visit www.abroad.pitt.edu/PITTARTSlondon for more information.