Kelly Srayhorn Theater

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

October 16
5 – 7 p.m.

The community is invited to East Liberty for two special celebrations in honor of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and its past, present and future.

Help mark 100 years of the Regent Theatre—the historic building that the Kelly Strayhorn calls home—with a free Centennial Community Day, along with a special evening reception and celebratory toast.

On Saturday, October 11th, everyone, including kids of all ages, is welcome to join in the centennial festivities, taking place from 10 a.m. to noon at the theater. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment by the Soundwaves Steelband and the YWCA Lighthouse Project, tour the theater’s historic building and add personal items and memories to Capsule 15206, the Kelly Strayhorn’s special time capsule project helping to mark the auspicious occasion.

What is your favorite East Liberty memory? Share a special memory, personal item, your favorite neighborhood experience or a part of your family’s history as you participate in the history-making Capsule 15206 effort. During Saturday’s Community Day (or at a later date), all visitors are invited to donate one item that best represents them and East Liberty. Attendees can also join artists from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse to decorate photos, write letters and craft personal hopes and dreams for the future of the neighborhood and the theater. All items donated and created will be placed in am East Liberty time capsule.

The Capsule 15206 project will run for 100 days until January 16th, which coincides with East Liberty Celebrates MLK Day at the Kelly Strayhorn. During MLK Day, the capsule will be lowered beneath the theater where it will remain for the next 100 years.

Be one of the first 100 members to attend on Saturday, October 11th, and receive complimentary vouchers to upcoming KST Presents performances.

Continue the centennial festivities on Thursday, October 16th, from 5 to 7 p.m., when the Kelly Strayhorn invites the community to attend a special reception honoring the patrons, leaders and supporters who have helped to advance the theater’s neighborhood-based mission.

Party-goers will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a celebratory toast and the opportunity to mingle with KST’s friends.

The reception is free but RSVP is required.

Photo by Mark Simpson.

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.