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* Opening ReceptionOpening Reception

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FAKE: Artwork by Gabe Felice 7 to 10pm

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* POETRY READINGPOETRY READING

Time: 7:00 pm

VECTOR PRESS + HYACINTH GIRL PRESS [RELEASE READING]. Pittsburgh, PA – Local presses Hyacinth Girl Press (http://hyacinthgirlpress.com) and Vector Press (http://www.vectorpress.org/) are joining forces for a poetry reading and arts event at Modern Formations (4919 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA) to celebrate the release of Vector’s third issue. Join us from 7-11pm on Saturday, July 12th for poetry by Cassandra De Alba, Rachael Deacon, Melissa Dias-Mandoly, Sally Rosen Kindred, Amanda McCoy, Deena November, Dan Nowak, and Emily O’Neill. The event is free and will also include wine and hors d'oeuvres. Copies of Vector and chapbooks from Hyacinth Girl Press will be available for purchase.

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* MUSICMUSIC

Time: 7:00 pm

~~~~All ages~ cover/ artists~Under 12, Free~~~~ A double bill of South American Fusion with Emily's trio and saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou from New York. _____________________________ Stephanie Chou's compositions combine classical and Chinese music with jazz harmonies, and feature her earthy voice and warm alto saxophone sound. Growing up in Irvington, New York, Chou studied mathematics at Columbia University. In 2011, she released her first album, Prime Knot, which features Marcus Printup (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) on trumpet. In 2012, she premiered her first commission for ballet, entitled "C for G", at Goucher College, Maryland. The piece was choreographed by American Ballet Theater principle ballerina Susan Jaffe, and features Kenny Wollesen on percussion and vibraphone. She is currently working on a second album of original music, which features Kenny Wollesen, John Escreet, Andy Lin, Zack Lober, and David Binney. Born in Córdoba, Argentina and relocated to New York with a scholarship to pursue higher musical studies, guitarist, composer and singer Octavia Romano has already explored and actively participated in the vibrant New York music scene, working as a side-woman and performing in several renowned venues, from Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall, Museo del Barrio to Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall. Her compositions have recently been awarded by the ASCAP Foundation. With roots in Argentine folklore, Brazilian music, Latin American rhythms and songs, the sound of the blues, jazz and avant-garde, Octavia brings all this eclectic background to her music and performances. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emily Pinkerton builds bridges between North and South America through music. She has performed in Chile, Peru, and Panama, and collaborates with folk, jazz and classical musicians from these countries to bring South American roots fusion to audiences in the U.S. Her next release will be with The Early Mays (October 2014), followed by Appalachian chamber arrangements for NOW Ensemble later this year. Along with Layo Puentes (bass) and Daniel Marcus (guitar), she'll play songs from "Ends of the Earth" (#10, Folk DJ Charts, Marh 2012), and new covers of folk classics of the 1960s.

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* Movie ScreeningsMovie Screenings

Time: 7:00 pm

“MUCHO GUSTO” MICRO-FILM FESTIVAL SCREENS AT MODERNFORMATIONS. Films by Robert Isenburg. PITTSBURGH, PA: After his first year working as a reporter in Costa Rica, writer Robert Isenberg returns to Pittsburgh for a one-night micro-film festival at ModernFormations Gallery in Garfield. Isenberg will introduce a series of short documentaries he has produced for The Tico Times, Central America. The short videos chronicle Isenberg’s encounters in Latin America, including a [humane] bullfight, a tour of a vegetable oil bus, a German woman who has swum Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast seven times, a cigar factory in Nicaragua, a “dog hotel,” a first attempt at scuba diving, and “Pura Vía,” his epic bike ride from Caribbean to Pacific. The “Mucho Gusto Tour” is a follow-up to Isenberg’s farewell performance, “The Robert Isenberg See-You-Soon Tour,” a one-night comedy show at the Arcade in July 2013. Isenberg spent 14 years living and working in Pittsburgh, where he helped create the Pittsburgh Monologue Project, The Hodgepodge Society comedy lecture series, and saw 16 of his plays produced. A veteran writer for City Paper and contributing editor to Pittsburgh Magazine, Isenberg published books with Autumn House and Six Gallery Press before seeking warmer weather in San José, Costa Rica. He still considers Pittsburgh “the greatest place on Earth.” The screenings take place July 25 at ModernFormations Gallery, 7 p.m. Admission is .

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