“Enough Violence” Exhibit at Society for Contemporary Crafts (CPs Mon., 2/24/14)

1) The Society for Contemporary Crafts is hosting the world-premier exhibition Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out. The show displays 40 works from 14 contemporary artists from around the world as they confront the problem of gun violence in modern society. Claudia Alvarez’s Pero Pendiente installation involves ceramic figurines of four toddlers. One, clothed only in a diaper, is pointing a gun at the other three, two of whom are naked. With hands raised in the air, the toddlers are kneeling with their backs to the gun-baby.

Two other awe-inspiring exhibits are from Pittsburgh-native Boris Bally (now living in Providence, R.I.), who learned the metalworking craft as an art student at Carnegie Mellon University. One piece, called Loaded Menorah, is a menorah made with guns bought in a Pittsburgh gun buy-back program; a gun with an especially long barrel serves as the menorah’s lighting candle. Bally also created Brave 4: Breast Plate. He relates that in many aboriginal native cultures, warriors wear a breast plate made of  animal parts important to their culture; the plate serves as a talisman to protect them from harm. In our culture, Bally’s urban talisman creation is crafted from various gun parts. Free. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through March 22. 2100 Smallman St., Strip District.

"Brave 4: Breast Plate"  by Boris Bally, photo courtesy of Boris Bally and Aaron Usher III, Model: Yoni

“Brave 4: Breast Plate”
by Boris Bally, photo courtesy of Boris Bally and Aaron Usher III, Model: Yoni

2) Savoy Restaurant’s Savoy Jazz Mondays continues tonight with vocalist Tania Grubbs accompanied by Daniel May, Jeff Grubbs, and Tom Wendt. 5 – 10 p.m. No cover. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District.

3) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

4) Inspired by the Winter Olympics? Enjoy ice skating at the Citiparks’ Schenley Skating Rink. Set among beautiful pine trees, the rink also offers a picturesque view of Downtown Pittsburgh. 4 – 6:30 p.m. Skate rentals and lessons available. Overlook Drive, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill.

5)  Seven Springs Mountain Resort is taking a cue from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ all-you-can-eat seats and is offering a Munchy Mondays special. For $45, you get a night skiing/snowboarding pass (4 p.m. – close) and an all-you-can-eat voucher (5 – 8 p.m.)  at the First Tracks café for hot dogs, French fries, mac and cheese, popcorn, cheese pizza slices, and fountain drinks. 777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs.



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