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Pyscho Go Go (Bloomfield Cabaret)

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Pyscho Go Go (Bloomfield Cabaret)

Time: November 7, 2009 from 9pm to 11pm
Location: Old Plaza theater (Under WG Grinders)
Street: 4766 Liberty Ave.
City/Town: Bloomfield PA 15224
Phone: (412)-513-8760
Event Type: cabaret
Organized By: Michael McGovern
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2009

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11/07/2009 09:00 PM - Old Plaza Theater(BLOOMFIELD CABARET)(PYSCHO GO GO)
4765 Liberty Ave
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania 15224
Description:**PRESS RELEASE** "PSYCHO GO GO CABARET" FIRST OUTING FOR NEW CABARET SERIES FOR RELEASE: OCTOBER 2009 CONTACT: MICHAEL McGOVERN 412-513-8760 Bloomfield may never be the same as Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts(PDTA)begins its monthly cabaret series in its studio space at 4765 Liberty Avenue (lower level). The series starts off November 7 with PSYCHO GO GO CABARET hosted by Dr. Mirakle and Scumbelina. It will be campy fun mixed with lots of good music and dance. Featured are: B movie comedy/horror by Stage Fright, blues and rockabilly music by Gypsy Piano Blues, belly dancer Sadira, hip-hop artists Lucid Music, and the Psycho Go Go Dancers Squeaky and Krawla (and watch out for The Caretaker). The fun begins at 9:00 pm and runs approximately 90 minutes. Admission is $5.00 at the door The brain child of Laura Hodge, artistic/education director and owner of PDTA, the cabaret series is an outlet for local talent as well as a late night spot for those looking for entertainment in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Playwright/director Michael McGovern has been handling the talent coordination and producing of PSYCHO GO GO. Production design will be by Shawn Karabinos and Richard Carl Nelson For more information contact Laura Hodge at, or Michael McGovern at THE PSYCHO GO GO CABARET. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7th. SHOWTIME: 9:00PM ADMISSION: $5.00 AT THE DOOR SCHEDULED ACTS: GYPSY PIANO BLUES / STAGE FRIGHT / SADIRA / LUCID MUSIC GO GO DANCERS and more!!! PITTSBURGH DANCE AND THEATER ARTS 4765 LIBERTY AVENUE (LOWER LEVEL)

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