Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

African American Cultural Center

July 10
7 p.m.

Always dreamed about running off with the circus? Well this Friday you can right in the heart of downtown.

Photo courtesy The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Come one, come all, step right up and be transported to the Big Top for a night of thrills, chills and spectacle at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s signature annual fundraiser—and its biggest event of the summer—Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh will turn downtown’s African American Cultural Center into a circus-themed soirée for just one indulgent night.

What’s on tap for the 9th annual installment of CosmoPgh? Following Friday’s Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District, run away with the circus to revel in an evening packed with eye-popping performances, multimedia entertainment, participatory activities and a dreamy dance party.

The VIP portion kicks off at 7 p.m. with mouth-watering fare catered by a lineup of top Pittsburgh chefs, including David Bulman (Creative Culinary), Jason Dalling (Habitat), Curtis Gamble (Station), Clare Lise (Bill’s Bar & Burger) and Derek Stevens (Eleven Contemporary Kitchen). VIPers will join event co-chairs Michael McAllister, Laura Seifert and Dan Unkovic to be treated to exclusive performances by The Hills and the Rivers, The Miracle Elixir Sideshow, pianist Alec Chapman and more.

The after-dark circus kicks into high gear at 9 p.m. for a main event featuring desserts and cocktails galore, festive games, sideshow acts and thrilling carnivalesque feats.

Marti Gould Cummings.

Acts providing the sights and sounds under the Big Top will be DJ Pandemic, the Trundle Manor Creepshow, Steel Town Fire, Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, aerialists from the Bombyx Collective, Jody Perigo and others.

Sure to be an event highlight will be NYC-based comedian, singer and nightlife fixture Marti Gould Cummings who is performing during the VIP party and hosting karaoke during the main attraction.

Big top-goers will make the rounds playing arcade games, belting it out during karaoke and applying colorful body art. Be sure to dress in your most outrageous circus threads. Open to ages 21 and up.

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Jennifer Baron

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...