Pittsburgh: RELEASE at the Shadow Lounge

Thursday nights in East Liberty, there’s an open mic night at The Shadow Lounge. Named “Release,” the weekly event is hosted by Billy Pilgrim and backed by hip-jazz ensemble Hambone Jenkins, who accompanies the poets, musicians and storytellers who hop on stage. Running from 8pm through late, a casual range of talent is featured, with slam poet moms as well as local artists. Last thursday, Alaina Dopico brought work sampled from a Women’s HERStory Month event. The final line brought applause: “Bombs do not know hesitation.”

The Shadow Lounge is at 5972 Baum Blvd. It’s a short ride on the 71B in from Oakland.

Peter Webb