Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts is a leading exponent of early jazz piano. He's played everywhere from New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show to the major jazz clubs in the French Quarter.


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Silent Pooches

  • The Hollywood Theater 1449 Potomac Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15216 United States (map)

With Dawn Posey

As part of our continuing Silents, Please! film series of silent films with live music, please join the Hollywood Theater and the Western PA Humane Society for an afternoon of short silent films featuring Pete the Pup and Luke the Dog, with live musical accompaniment by Tom Roberts and Dawn Posey.

Also meet animal friends from the Western PA Humane Society and get more information about adoption. 

Adults $10
Kids 12 and under $5

About Dawn

Dawn Posey has been a member of the violin faculty at the Sherwood Conservatory, the Merit School of Music, and at the University of Evansville, Indiana, and is Assistant Concertmaster with both the Youngstown Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony. She is also a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra first violin section. 

The Films

The Scarecrow (1920), starring Buster Keaton and Luke the Dog. Luke was an English Pitbull who appeared in many of the films of comedy legend Roscoe Arbuckle and his protégé Buster Keaton. Known for his agility, dexterity, and cleverness - many people feel that many times Luke stole the show from his human co-stars. Luke also eventually acquired a contract paying him $150 a week, all year long. 19 mins. 

Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), starring Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, and Luke the Dog. Arbuckle and his sweetheart Normand have their honeymoon with Fatty's dog Luke at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Al St. John (Fatty's rival) and his confederates set the cottage adrift. Fatty and Mabel awaken the next morning to find themselves surrounded by water in their bedroom, and the house afloat. 34 mins. 

Cat, Dog & Co. (1929), starring Our Gang and Pete the Pup. The gang races their dog-powered cars when they are stopped and reported to the President of the Be Kind to Animals Society. After promising to be kind to animals, the boys are made honorary society members. They soon convince other children to be kind to animals, and they release them from their cages to ensuing chaos. 21 mins.

More info

Earlier Event: December 6
The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show
Later Event: December 15
The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

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