Quat'z Arts Q Ball

Energy Innovation Center

March 7
7 p.m. – midnight

Since we can’t all hop on a plane to Paris and travel in a time machine back to 1929, we suggest the next best thing: The Quat’z Arts Q Ball.

For 20 years and counting, Quantum Theatre has been redefining the live theater experience (and rebooting the concept of the annual fundraiser) staging provocative spite-specific plays in some of the city’s most enchanted and storied settings—from cemeteries and empty pools to a former porn theater. So it’s only natural that they are hosting a party that upholds these same fearless and fantastical standards.

Lifting its moniker from the Bal des Quat’z’Arts (“Four Arts Ball”), an annual Parisian ball held from 1892 to 1966 and organized by the École des Beaux-Arts, this year’s edition of the buzzworthy Q Ball will showcase Quantum’s innovative work in theater alongside the breadth and diversity of Pittsburgh’s creative talents.

Locating its night of Dadaist debauchery at the cool new space of the Energy Innovation Center (with its stunning views), the fête magnifique promises to “riff on the famous surrealist parties of 20th-century Paris celebrating the arts of painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking.”

VIPers will be treated to a 7 p.m. reception catered by E2, entertainment by C Street Brass/Beauty Slap, and collaborative work by a team of visual and theater artists. Dance party-goers will arrive fashionably late at 9 p.m. for merrymaking with DJ Nate da Phat Barber, drinks and desserts starting at 9 p.m.

At Q Ball’s signature auction, guests can vie for everything from getaways to Napa Valley and NYC getaway to dinner for 12 in Fred Steinberg’s Peter Berndtson’s Modernist masterpiece in Ligonier.

Now go get started on that la mode surréaliste. Purchase tickets.

The Quat’z Arts Q Ball is one of our top 8 events for March. See them all here.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.