KST Blog

Welcome to the KST Blog!

The KST Blog serves as an alternative view of the 2020 Global Stream programming, showcasing our artist talk series’, KST curated weekly playlists, and more!

  1. We Are Proud to Announce the KST Eats Restaurant Loyalty Program!

    Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is excited to announce our KST Eats Restaurant Loyalty Program! This initiative aims to create a promotional partnership with restaurants, bars and hotels that cater to KST’s Community in East Liberty and surrounding neighborhoods.

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants have seen an 82% plunge in sales and 81% of Pennsylvania’s bar and restaurant employees have been laid off.

    As one of the key long-time anchor institutions in East Liberty, KST is in a unique position to assist in the recovery efforts of businesses in our community that we shared a close relationship with over the years.

    With your support, we can support our local businesses!


    ·       Follow @KSTheater on Instagram, Facebook, and be sure to check our emails.
    ·       Every two weeks you will receive a promotional special from one or all of the
    participating restaurants in the Loyalty Program.
    ·       Take advantage of the specials by purchasing a menu item.
    ·       Let the restaurant know you are participating in the KST Eats Loyalty Program.
    ·       Enjoy your meal with a delicious beverage and relax!


    Welcome Our Partners!

    ·      Everyday’s A Sunday
    ·      Tana’s Ethiopian Restaurant
    ·      Casa Brasil

    Thank you in advance for your support!


    4919 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224           5929 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206                 5904 Bryant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  2. Perfect Sun Days!

    Get lost in the vibes of this eclectic playlist full of sweet beats, melodies and soft whimsical moments by some of the brightest Pittsburgh artists. Clara Kent digs into your feelings with her Neo-jazzed track “Souled”. The folky sounds of The Commonheart transports you to the mountains in Spain, sipping on coffee that has a splash of introspection and with “Heart Dance” by Mars Jackson, it does simply that, makes your heart and body dance. Stream this playlist to turn any day into Perfect Sun Days! (18 songs, 58 min)

  3. Little Plastic Castles


    Here’s your ultimate LQBTQIA+ driven playlist. These hits highlight Queer Pittsburgh artist and their real good music! This eclectic roster is full of Bops, unforgettable melodies, dance club beats, heart gutting tunes, folky guitars, Hip-Hop and more. #JustSayin’ (13 songs, 39 min)

  4. Pop N’ Soft Drinks

    Poppy tunes, driving fun beats and dope lyrics. This playlist is ready for your next road trip, backyard chill, or ambitious venture from your living-room to your kitchen. Let the jams of Samurai Velvet, LoRen, BBGuns, Mars Jackson, The Childlike Empress and so many more rock with you while you sit back Pop N’ Soft Drinks.



    “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free.” – Frannie Lou Hamer
    This playlist is all about (A)BLM. Track one, ” Enter the Blackness” by Jasiri X holds nothing back and lets you know exactly where you are. Be ready for the many dimensions and of Blackness and the multifaceted creativity of the Black community. Magic, Joy, Excellence, Pride, Power…Mattering in 17 tracks for 54 minutes.

  6. Rusted Root, KST Playlist

    American worldbeat rock band and Pittsburgh Native’s Rusted Root are the focus of this week’s playlist.

  7. Wiz Khalifa, KST Playlist

    Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and Pittsburgh Native Wiz Khalifa is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  8. KST Playlist, Mac Miller

    Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and Pittsburgh Native Mac Miller is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  9. KST Global Stream: 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall featuring Noemí Segarra Ramírez

    KST Executive Director Joseph Hall takes to Instagram Live for conversations with arts leaders in Pittsburgh, across the USA, and internationally. Tune in, get to know Joseph, and find out how he and fellow arts leaders around the world are adapting to the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

    Tuesday, July 14 features a conversation with activist, movement artist, healer, educator and cultural organizer, Noemí Segarra Ramírez. 

    19 Minutes with Joseph Hall is a part of KST Global Stream, KST’s COVID-19 responsive online programming initiative.

    Noemí Segarra Ramírez (Guest – Tuesday, July 14) is an activist, movement artist, healer, educator and cultural organizer in the field of somatic and social justice practices and experimental dance in Puerto Rico. After traveling and studying abroad, Segarra returned home to manifest a space for new forms in dance and expand the reach of these practices beyond art.  to mobilization and organization. PISO proyecto is a container to approach structured movement improvisation and instant composition as Afro Caribbean and Afro boricua practices of affirmation, embodied sovereignty and agency, and community building. Mutual aid, interdependence, redistribution, collaboration, co creation centering and embodiment of the uses of the erotic redefining power are at the core of our work. 

  10. Christina Aguilera

    Singer, songwriter, actress, television personalityand Pittsburgh Native Christina Aguilera is the focus of this week’s playlist.