No Whining

Rosebud closed last week. Is the Strip dead? Wrong question. If it's dead, it may come back. Or not. But the music hasn't died. If Rosebud's fans want live music in Pittsburgh, they'll figure out a way to make it happen. Pittsburgh has a vibrant live music and theater scene featuring exceptional local artists. Why don't more people know about it? Why aren't out-of-towners making pilgrimages to see art and culture in Pittsburgh? The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has the high end nailed down (go see our fabulous Symphony!), but it's the middle and low-ends--everyday art--that needs promoting. (Kudos to the Trust for supporting Raul Malo's fabulous band The Mavericks on March 9.)

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance and ProArts can't run every venue or every show, but they can get out in front of the arts scene. Why doesn't Pittsburgh have a national reputation as a fabulous arts town? It should.


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