Courtesy SIX x ATE.

City of Asylum Tent (318 Sampsonia Way)
August 6
7 — 10 p.m.

SIX x ATE: Wood artists.
SIX x ATE: Wood artists.

With the launch of its newest season, SIX x ATE returns to stage its fifth adventurous pairing of Pittsburgh-based artists, chefs and venues. Created by artist and cultural producer Casey Droege, the nomadic dinner and lecture series is designed to promote local artists, strengthen arts networking and spark a more diverse conversation around creativity throughout Pittsburgh.

Founded in 2012, SIX x ATE is a laid-back affair with a goal to provide a welcoming space for the general public to connect and engage with some of Pittsburgh’s top artistic talents.

At each event, six Pittsburgh artists present or perform for just five minutes in response to a theme chosen by Droege. New themes for 2016 are inspired by a variety of materials, such as glitter, wood, concrete, and pulp. Attendees are treated to a meal from “one or several cuisiniers,” and much of the night is open to informal and relaxed conversations, mingling and networking. Since its inception, SIX x ATE has featured 90 different artists or art collectives at 15 events.

From young emerging artists to MacArthur Genius award winners, SIX x ATE carefully curates each event, taking inspiration from a thought-provoking theme, a locally crafted menu and a specific Pittsburgh site.

Photo by Johanna Lasner.
Photo by Johanna Lasner.

If you missed the sold-out kick-off event on July 13 at new Troy Hill eatery, Scratch Food & Beverage, you won’t want to miss SIX x ATE’s upcoming summer and fall events.

The summer soiree continues on Saturday, August 6, when SIX x ATE sets up shop in the cozy City of Asylum Tent, located at 318 Sampsonia Way. Amidst the historic Mexican War Streets, SIX x ATE attendees will be treated to a sumptuous meal crafted by Leena’s Food Truck. The night will feature lively five-minute presentations and performances by six local artists, including Melissa CataneseCharlotte KaDarrell Kinsel,  Hannah du PlessisErrol “Mobutu” Reynolds, and Anqwenique Wingfield.

During the fall season, SIX x ATE will move on to hold events at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center on the Northside, Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rock, and at the inaugural Re: NEW Festival.

Want to attend all of the dinners? This year, SIX x ATE is offering a brand new Insider Membership, which grants discounted tickets, guaranteed seating, and first notice of all events.

Buy tickets soon, because the events are likely to sell out.

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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.