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Going Dutch and So Much More at Pittsburgh’s Downtown Gallery Crawl

Still from 'Girl 'N' Guns' bu Rachel Nieborg and Ine MulderFour times a year, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hosts a free Gallery Crawl where the public can view shows at the many galleries and art spaces in the downtown Cultural District. On April 27, 31 venues will open their doors, enticing patrons with the promise of cutting-edge visual and performing arts and live entertainment.

Among the attractions offered this month is the world premiere of THE NEWS, a 90-minute “reality opera” by avant-pop Dutch composer JacobTV. Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival, in conjunction with The Andy Warhol Museum’s Off the Wall performance series, the selection is a remix of musical composition, video production and social commentary through live performances designed for two vocalists, nine musicians, soundtracks and videos. The drama is constructed using broadcasts, sampled speeches and sound bites from newscasters, politicians, scientists, televangelists, athletes, movie stars and celebrities discussing a vast array of socio-political issues. From global warming to the credit crunch, as well as matters of war and peace to mundane trivialities, THE NEWS exposes western society’s obsession with public image, fame, catastrophe and morality. The event will take place at 9 p.m.  at the Byham Theater.

For those in the mood for a new twist on an old master, the Distinctively Dutch Festival continues at 709 Penn Gallery with Girls ‘N’ Guns. Executed by artists Rachel Nieborg and Ine Mulder, the show reinterprets still lifes from the Dutch masters using stop-action photography. Other events of interest include Degas: The Monotypes at Shaw Galleries, a collection of rare heliogravure prints printed in 1948, and the grand opening of the Sprout Fund Comics Courtyard at The Toonseum, where visitors can enjoy free comics and entertainment.

The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will take place on April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those interested can visit the event page for a schedule of events and list of locations.