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Publish Date: 04-14-2014 03:30:00
 




Magical Inspiration
Review of the PSO's Bolero and the Sorcerer's Apprentice March 14th 2014 Performance
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: Josh Kurnot  |  March 15, 2014

Walking down the aisle to row k, right in the middle of the orchestra, I notice the grand piano on the forefront of the stage. I wonder what celebrity the orchestra would entertain on their stage that night. Little did I know, some of the world's most powerful fingers were waiting just off stage left. I cannot place the feeling at first while taking my seat, but there is a kind of quiet anticipation lingering in the theater. My only precedence to this performance is the childhood memory of the Disney movie Fantasia. In my ignorant bliss, I sit with my date grinning from ear to ear waiting to reminisce on fond innocent memories from my younger years, but little did I know¦

With due respect, the audience graciously welcomes Maestro Leonard Slatkin to the stage. Prodigy to his parents, the founders of the famed Hollywood String Quartet, Slatkin was born to conduct this very show. The show opened with French composer Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. This is the familiar tune from Disney's movie Fantasia, and its sounds coming from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's stage are just as whimsical and magical as I remember it as a kid. The simplest theme of the entire show was perfectly and playfully portrayed in this first piece, repetition. The Lucian tale of a sorcerer and his apprentice tell the story of how an apprentice's eavesdropping on the master's incantation to turn a common household broom into a drone for filling the water basin from the well leads the novice to an almost certain demise. The repetition in the orchestra starts low and mysterious as the sorcerer's stern words work in private. It then grows in volume and multiplies seemingly uncontrollably as the apprentice attempts to stop the drone from overflowing the water basin by chopping it in half; only creating yet another. The magnitude of the impending doom on the apprentice is magnificently displayed by the alternating unison of the violin section's two explicit parts. While the bows of one violin part are thrust into the air, the bows of the other part are pulled swiftly back down the opposite direction creating a magnificent but furious dancing effect atop the heads of the entire violin section. Towards the end of the piece, this effect is sustained for so long that I think it would last forever, leaving no refuge for the poor apprentice. Although I don't particularly care for all of the antics of Mr. First Violinist, I found quite a bit of entertainment in the fly away hairs of his bow flailing frantically about during this ferocious first piece. And at the end of it, Mr. First Violinist proudly grasped those few retired hairs from his bow and most triumphantly ripped them right out of their roots.

Michel Camilo
Photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The next appearance on stage is Michel Camilo. The audience welcomes him with kindly as he takes his seat on the front of the stage at the keys of the grand piano. As Camilo's fingers began to strike the first few notes of his Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Tenerife , his Latin heritage and Jazzy style are instantly apparent. Camilo's inspiration for this piece is Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. In his own words, My intention was to compose about its great majesty, reflect on the warmth of its people, and portray the vibrant light so full of contrasting texture and color I have always perceived there. The first movement is inspired by a visit to the island's volcano and does an excellent job of personifying this wondrous place giving it absolute strength, a mind of its own, and a heart beat. Matching the strength of this volcano is Camilo's left hand pounding away at the repetitious rhythm that is the heart beat of this beautiful place. The community and warmth of the island's people is found in the echoing rhythms of the symphony orchestra. As the power of the volcano has a rhythm, so do the people who live who live in its shadow. This appearance marks the debut of Michel Camilo's performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. At the end of the first act finishing the third movement of Tenerife the crowd exploded with applause and cheers, especially from the balcony. So long did we applaud and cheer, not accepting no for an answer, that Camilo had to feel obligated to end his performance with a little extra personal flair. Not only did he flair, but his fingers fumed as Slatkin, the Symphony Orchestra, and entire crowd listened in awe.

Additional Performances:
Saturday, March 15th | 8 PM | Heinz Hall
Sunday, March 16th | 2:30 PM | Heinz Hall


Written By: Josh Kurnot
 Josh Kurnot is a student of engineering at West Virginia University in his senior year. He loves to visit relatives in Pittsburgh and attends as many cultural events as he can. He is an award winning photographer whose photograpy was featured on PositivelyPittsburghTV in a video, Roving Pittsburgher and Mountaineer Cheerleader, Josh Kurnot Tour the Strip.


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Publish Date: 04-14-2014 02:46:00
 


A Superlative Combination
Review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Evening with Many Patinkin Performance April 5th 2014
From: Roving Pittsburgher and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Host of Empress of Biz  |  April 6, 2014

On Saturday evening April 5 downtown Pittsburgh was filled with two types of fans, baseball and music. Both type of fans excited and looking for their team to deliver a winning performance. And my team, starring the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mandy Patinkin delivered a superb win. Our star player, Mr. Mandy Patinkin , singer, actor, performer well known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony delivered an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway Classics.

Mandy Patinkin musical range from baritone to tenor is incredible. His choice of songs demonstrated his amazing range of voice. His charismatic performance had all of us in the palm of his hand. Opening the show slow, easy and whimsical with It's not Easy being Green, he proceeded to deliver 90 minutes of pure Broadway delight with the following On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," Mr. Arthur's Place," Bohemian Rhapsody - dedicated to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Sunday in the Park With George" medley, "Rock Island"/"Ya Got Trouble, The Band Played On"/"Marie"/"Once Upon a Time," "Soliloquy," "Sorry/Grateful" and "Being Alive."

Mandy's performance was infused with wonderful personal stories with an easy interplay with the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra. He brings everyone along on his musical journey and personal memories on his career. It was fascinating for me to hear how he started as a teenager, with his first role as Billy Bigelow in "Carousel" and how he evolved and eventually performed with many of the great stars of Broadway.

The evening started with the Pittsburgh symphony led by conductor Fawzi Haimor. They played three selections with Broadway and movie themes: the "West Side Story" overture, selections from "My Fair Lady" and a medley from "Pirates of the Caribbean." I thoroughly enjoyed the symphony and their Fawzi Haimor exuberant and enthusiastic leadership of the symphony.

Hey Pittsburghers! Isn't it great that we have so many fantastic winning choices here in town? And if you wanted to make sure you had a winning outing then it's to the Pittsburgh Symphony you would be going.

JoAnn R. Forrester
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester
Host of Empress of Biz
Anchor Internet Radio Show on PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com

JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate and Share. She is an entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT„c cost management system for small business, and has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients.
For more information visit Empress of Biz on PPLmag.com

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Publish Date: 04-13-2014 20:28:00
 

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-31-2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! LoveYourBlock Recipients & Bugs Bunny at PSO
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PPL Co-Host
Dawn Pomaybo
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WIN-Pittsburgh, a NA-WIN Affiliate
Women's Interactive Network (WIN) offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs. Every meeting and event allows ample opportunity to hone networking skills while enjoying the company of business-minded women. WIN-Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the National Association of the Women's Interactive Network (NA-WIN). Visit www.winpitt.org and www.na-win.com to learn more.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
De Bella's Old Fashioned Subs
Pittsburgh Symphony, America Fanfare

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  Pa Lit Fest

CULTURAL CLUES
Sharon Jones and the Dap  |  10 days of Free Music and Art  |  Bugs Bunny at the PSO  |  The Playboy of the Western World  |  Martha Redbone  |  Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman's Rule  |  Electrified an Homage to Tesla  |  Shakespeare's Villains

KIDZ KORNER:  Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT
Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Sold-Out  |  Sarah's Bill SB681 Was Passed  |  Women's History and National Poetry Month  |  Super Charged PowerUp Lunch  |  Prevention and Intervention for Teen Dating Violence

BUSINESS BUZZ
Transit's New Era  |  Calling Local Fashion Designers



HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  Stem-Based Engineering Competition

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  1960 World Series Artifacts

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
4th Annual CLOE Award   |  Fundraiser for Homeless Children's Fund

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  Love Your Block

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Kimberly Adams

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve   |  Once the Musical   |  Bolero and The Sorcerer's Apprentice   |  PSO American Fanfare

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS
Westmoreland County Scholar/Athletes  |  PNC Park Named Top American Ballpark

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  Your Dream for Pittsburgh


STEELTOWN HERO:  Carnegie Mellon University Student Taylor Canady

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POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

Pa Lit Fest 1st Annual Pennsylvania Literary Festival
Friday, May 30 2014 Sunday, June 1 2014  |  Uniontown Mall
PA LitFest aims to engage and inform attendees concerning literary achievements, opportunities, and educational programs within the state and surrounding areas by assembling publishers, authors, libraries, schools, literary agencies, reading associations, book clubs, and the general public.

The event features industry exhibitors, author appearances, signings, readings, live music, a charity auction, cooking demos, free writing and publishing workshops, storytellers, writing contests, activities for kids, live tapings and interviews with FCTV and GoingLIVE, and a variety of food and beverages spread throughout multiple locations within the Uniontown Mall.

PA LitFest welcomes John Dixon as its Keynote Speaker. John's debut novel, Phoenix Island, inspired the CBS TV series Intelligence, starring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger.

PA LitFest would like to feature participating vendors, universities, publishers, authors, and sponsors on our site. Please attach a photo of your members or a logo and provide a description of your organization up to 100 words.

For more information about PA LitFest, visit http://palitfest.com.


CULTURAL CLUES

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to Perform WYEP 40th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, April 13 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will perform on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This concert is presented by WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in celebration of 91.3FM WYEP's 40th Anniversary. Tickets ($32.25-$42.25) are on sale now. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, located at 655 Penn Avenue.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are back¦with a new record, a new video, and a monumental show! For over a decade, the band has traveled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. The standout American funk/soul band has led the funk/soul music revivalist movement to capture the essence of this genre in its heyday from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces 10 days of Free Music and Art, June 6-15, 2014!
It's time to start thinking summer in Pittsburgh! Learn more about the artists included in today's music line-up announcement, which features world-renowned Grammy Award-winners and a range of critically-acclaimed performers, including some debut performances in Pittsburgh. A full complement of other visual and performing arts attractions will be announced in early May! Stay connected we look forward to celebrating with you!

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival strives to deliver top-notch performing and visual art from the Pittsburgh region's thriving arts community and from around the globe including music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a renowned visual Artist Market presented by Peoples Gas, creative activities, food, and more. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury processemphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentationin a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. Each day of the 10-day Festival includes a performance by distinguished music headliners.


Bugs Bunny and Friends are Back for Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Apr. 10, 7:30 PM  |  Apr. 11, 8:00 PM  |  Apr. 12, 2:30 and 8:00 PM  |  Apr. 13, 2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Join Bugs Bunny, that rascally rabbit, and his famous friends for an evening of your favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, combined with their original scores played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on April 10-13.

Conducted and created by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty, this concert is a fun fusion of classical music and classic animation, celebrating the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world, and their equally famous scores! Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters ” including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and many others ” on-screen in their most memorable moments, all with live orchestral accompaniment. There will also be special on-screen guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, as well as two spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts. The concert showcases the most beloved and iconic cartoon shorts in animation history, including What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, Rhapsody Rabbit, Zoom and Bored, Duck Amuck and many others, as well as their original scores by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.


Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company Closes 2013-2014 Season with Classic Irish Comedy, ˜The Playboy of the Western World'
April 11-19, 2014  |  Rauh Theatre
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company closes its 2013-2014 season with a production of John Millington Synge's classic Irish comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, April 11-19 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Directed by Kim Martin, The Playboy of the Western World is set in the early 1900s in a country tavern, where Christy Mahon hilariously enjoys his celebrity amongst townsfolk while, unbeknownst to him, the truth will soon be revealed. When this play first appeared on stage in 1907, it started the Playboy Riots in Dublin and, years later, more controversy in its 1911 New York appearance.

The Conservatory Theatre Company's production features scenic design by Gianni Downs, costumes by Joan Markert, lighting by Scott Nelson, and sound by Steve Shapiro.


Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society Presents Martha Redbone
Saturday, April 26 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, which was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky. THE NEW YORKER

Martha Redbone's music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn's Dodge City-esque mean streets. Indeed, her new collection, Garden Of Love seamlessly evokes the mid-20th century old timey gold rush when such artists as her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infused their downhome blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabinessence before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone's twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock & roll arena in the 1970s.

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: www.calliopehouse.org. $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).


Cohen and Grigsby Trust Presents Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman's Rule
Tuesday, May 13  |  Benedum Center
Two acts. One ticket. One night only!
Under the Streetlamp
Under the Streetlamp, America's hottest new vocal group with a top PBS special, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet ” recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys ” deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You'll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ˜n' Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and many others. And thanks to the permission of Frankie Valli and Bob Guido, the guys perform a medley from the Seasons catalog of outstanding hits.
Genleman's Rule
The next generation of a cappella entertainment! Blending their youthful contemporary style with timeless a cappella harmonies, Gentleman's Rule charms audiences of all ages. Their eclectic concerts feature something for everyone classic 70s & 80s, country, Top 40 hits, and even classical music. Recent concerts have featured music made popular by Hall & Oats, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Gavin DeGraw, Peter Gabriel, and Rascal Flatts, among others. This diverse catalog of music exemplifies Gentleman's Rule ability to bridge both genres and generations.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Electrified an Homage to Nikola Tesla's Inventions and Experiments
April 25 June 22, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street
Exhibition Opening | April 25, 5:30 9 p.m. | During Gallery Crawl
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Electrified, an exhibition by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton. Two North American premiere installations”Burton's Impacts and van der Heide's Evolving Spark Network”pay homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, x-rays, and wireless communication.

Alexandre Burton's Impacts is an audiovisual installation using tesla coils”induction coils used to produce high-frequency alternating current invented by Nikola Tesla. Each tesla coil is fitted with a glass pane and suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space. This sculptural installation is visitor-activated, as each sculptural device generates an audio and visual experience based on the visitor's proximity to it. Arcs of electricity of variable intensities as well as rhythmic articulations are generated by the impact of the electrical arc on the glass pane.  The tesla coil's ability to throw electric arcs has been employed by many artists, and Burton's use of the coil in Impacts serves as a reminder of the danger of this marvel while capturing its sublime beauty and rhythmic potential.

Edwin van der Heide's installation Evolving Spark Network consists of a grid of electric spark bridges that traverses the entire exhibition space forming a plane approximately nine feet above the floor. Visitors' movements in the installation are detected by radio frequent movement detection sensors and are used to activate the network of spark bridges to produce both light and sound. The behavior of the spark bridges acts as a form of artificial life with the physical world as input, representing a form of interaction with artificial life.  The sparks are akin to the electrical impulses by which our nerves communicate information. Just like neurons that form networks in our body, the spark bridges also form an interconnected network.


Bring Your Own Bard "Shakespeare's Villains
Monday March 31st 2014  |  7:30  |  Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill
Spend an evening with some of the wickedest classical villains you'll ever meet. Whether plotting a murder, scheming to bring down a rival, or refusing to beg for mercy, Shakespeare's villains are a deliciously nasty lot. We'll listen to their schemes, witness their fiendish deeds, and rejoice in their downfalls. Come and read your favorite piece of turpitude or enjoy listening to others perform theirs.

BYOB "Bring Your Own Bard" is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' informal, no pressure "scene night" in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece ready to read, jump into a scene already prepared, or just listen and drink tea. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. All ages welcome. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support free Shakespeare in the Steel City. Those interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com or 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city's only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP's Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 10th season this year, PSIP serves up As You Like It, reprising our inaugural 2005 production, featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind and playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks.


KIDZ KORNER


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch
Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the area premiere of a musical for younger audiences, presented as part the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater's Family Series, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch, will be performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, from Canada.  Four performances will be held only at the Byham Theater on Friday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. (students only matinee) and 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater 2013-2014 Family Series.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings three of Leo Lionni's exquisitely crafted and award-winning Coldecott Honor books to life with Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch.  Swimmy is a tiny fish that uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience.  Inch by Inch, a lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything.  These stories provide a gentle storytelling style, innovative puppetry and charming original music, which have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.  This production features the direction and design of Jim Morrow, original soundscape composed by Stephen Naylor, and narration by Richard Donat.  This live performance is 60 minutes in length and recommended for youth ages 3 and up.

Single tickets (in advance) are $9 for subscribers and $9.50 for non-subscribers.  Single tickets purchased at the door are $11. Tickets can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930.


WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT EVENTS

Film Premiere Of Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Drew A Sold-Out Crowd To The Carnegie Museum Of Art
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's new fabulous SEEN columnist, Ms. Natalie Bencivenga, was so enthusiastic about the film she wrote a two-part story on it. Part 1 is about the premiere, and Part 2 is a Q&A with Heather Arnet.  And the incredible Chaton Turner made it the focus of her Working Mom Blog this week as well.

If you were not able to attend the premiere do not despair, you can watch the film this Saturday March 29th at 10pm on WQED TV. Watch it live with a group of friends or set your DVR. But what if you still want to see the film on the big screen? Upcoming Pittsburghscreenings include April 2nd at 7:00pm at McConomy Auditorium, at Carnegie MellonUniversity; Thursday April 10th 7:30pm in 3911 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh. And for WGF supporters outside of the Burgh, we now have scheduled screenings in Washington, D.C.May 22nd, in NYC June 10th, and at the Chautauqua Institute on July 29th. Details on all of these screenings can be found online at www.madamepresidenta.comWant to bring the film to your community, university or alma mater?  Email outteach@wgfpa.orgfor screening fees and details.

Legislative Update: Extra! Extra! Read All About It Sarah's Bill SB681 Was Passed Unanimously Through Both Chambers
SB681 sponsored by Senator Greenleaf and supported by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, extends restraining order protection to victims of sexual assault. This bill includes Sarah's Amendment, sponsored by Representative Ellis, which extends these protections to minors who are victims of stalking. The bill is now on its way to the Governor's office for signing. We are so grateful to Representative Ellis, Representative Turzai, Representative Marsico, and Representative Pam DeLissio for their support in stewarding this bill through the legislature. Stay tuned for more details as we cross the finish line together.


Honoring Women's History Month and National Poetry Month
Friday, April 11  |  8pm  |  Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
Being a woman¦ being a warrior, being a change agent, being a lover, being afraid, being alive¦being you in spite of¦  Heather Arnet, Dr. Tameka Cage-Conley, Veronica Corpuz, Christiane D, Vanessa German Barbara Dalhberg and Shaunda Miles. From the Young Writers Institute: Carlee Benhart, Kate Bour and Amanda Tybi.
Tickets: $10.75 in advance, $12.75 at the door.


Super Charged PowerUp Lunch
April 2, 2014  |  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  |  Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Speaker:
Ilana Diamond, Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear at Innovation Works and PowerLink Co-Founder

Roundtable Discussions:
The region's most successful women entrepreneurs will lead roundtable discussions and share their insight on how they PoweredUp their business. Learn from the best, and walk away with strategies you can use to power the growth of your company.

Choose from these roundtable discussion topics:
  • Overcoming Sales Challenges
  • Succession Planning and Exit Strategy
  • Evaluating Health Insurance Options
  • Financing Business Growth  
  • Leveraging WBE Certification
  • Conquering Social Media
  • Growing a Multi-Million Dollar Business
  • Cultivating Top-Notch Customer Service 

Half Day Session on Prevention and Intervention for Teen Dating Violence
Tuesday April 15, 2014  |  8:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Center for Victims
1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and young women between 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence--nearly triple the national average.

The Girls Coalition is honored to partner with Center for Victims to offer a half-day session on April 15, 2014 for professionals who work with young people. This session will include successful programs around dating violence, including:
  • Expect Respect
  • Project Connect
  • Coaching Boys Into Men
  • Parent Engagement Groups
The event also will share the work of student leaders to prevent dating violence and become advocates for healthy relationships.
Presenters will include:
  • Diane Dahm, Director of Prevention Education and Outreach
  • David Wingerson, Community Educator
  • Brittany Elms, Community Educator
The event will kick off with Akirah Robinson, healthy relationship advocate, social worker, and co-leader of the Pittsburgh chapter of Hollaback. She will share her pesonal experience in an abusive relationship, her road to healing, and she will reflect on what might have helped her. 

For more information click HERE


BUSINESS BUZZ

Transit's New Era: State Plan Improves Outlook for Urban Counties and Commuters
From:  PittsburghToday
Written by:  Jeffery Fraser  |  25 March 2014
The Port Authority of Allegheny County's chronic fiscal crisis was lifted with the stroke of the governor's pen in November to the relief of downtown businesses, seniors, regional developers, people with disabilities and” although they might not realize it”suburban commuters who prefer their cars over a Port Authority bus or light rail transit.
An estimated $2.3 billion a year in additional state money for roads, bridges and public transit was secured with the long-awaited transportation-funding bill signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. The Port Authority's share had not been precisely determined by the end of the year. But it is estimated to be enough to end the annual operating deficits that led to deep service cuts in recent years, and allow the Port Authority to tackle maintenance and capital projects, service improvements, and modernization strategies neglected during the rolling fiscal crisis.
For two years, a disparate group of Allegheny Countystakeholders ranging from corporate executives to advocates of the poor and disabled had campaigned to restore public transit. They painted a convincing picture of the vital role it plays in urban counties like Allegheny, where Port Authority buses and trains carry nearly 65 million passengers a year.

Read the entire article at PittsburghToday.org


Calling Local Fashion Designers
This is the moment you've been waiting for...Pittsburgh Fashion Week welcomes retailers and local designers to register with us and start the exciting process to be a part of this fashion filled event this fall.
Pittsburgh Fashion Week is proud to announce its fifth year running as the most sought out and largest running fashion event in Pittsburgh. We thank YOU for making this event possible.
In our efforts to continually give back, Pittsburgh Fashion Week graciously calls all designers for the chance to participate during the week long event, Sept. 22 through 28, 2014 for FREE! Yes, a FREE entry fee.
Pittsburgh, you have so graciously supported Pittsburgh Fashion Week through the past four years and we will continue to give back with this fabulous opportunity.
Please submit ONLY two photos of your best looks to: contact@pittsburghfashionweek.com, along with phone number and best email contact information. We are looking for genres of menswear, petites, women's, ready-to-wear, formal and eco-friendly looks. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.
This will give ALL, the opportunity to produce their own fashion show, be seen by the public and so much more.

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HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

Stem-Based Engineering Program for Local Students Culminates with Competition this April
This year, the spring session of Design Lives Here includes two returning schools from the fall session, and one new school with 209 students in grades 6-8.

Over the last four years WQED has engaged several hundred middle school students through its Design Lives Here program aimed at encouraging area kids to learn more about and consider a profession in engineering. Participating educators and students utilize activities and content from Design Squad Nation episodes and interactive resources, with support from local engineers, to learn about the engineering design process and complete a number of engineering challenges throughout the spring semester. Traditionally held from January through April, Fall 2013 marked the first time that Design Lives Here expanded to include two sessions for the program Fall and Spring. Made possible by MSA Safety Incorporated (MSA) and LANXESS, Design Lives Here is presented by WQED in partnership with the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and Inventionland.


PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Enjoy Artifacts from the 1960 World Series
Items on View Through May 1
Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series beat the heavily favored New York Yankees and clinched the Pittsburgh Pirates' first championship since 1925.

Now, as the Pirates prepare to open their most anticipated season in more than 20 years, the WesternPennsylvania SportsMuseum at the Heinz History Center will showcase artifacts from one of the greatest moments in sports history.

On loan from the Tull Family Collection, Mazeroski's Game 7 uniform and bat, which have never been on display locally with the exception of a short stint at PNC Park last September, are on view at the Sports Museum through Thurs., May 1.

Fans will enjoy Mazeroski's Pirates uniform and bronzed 35-inch Louisville Slugger bataccompanied by additional items from 1960, including the pitching rubber and first base from Game 7, shortstop Dick Groat's jersey from his 1960 Most Valuable Player season, and a life-like museum figure of Mazeroski hitting the legendary home run.  Don't miss this special opportunity to relive this iconic moment in sports history!


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
4th Annual CLOE Award to be Presented at the PittsburghCLO Guild Ball
The Pittsburgh CLO Guild is proud to announce that the late Violet Gallo and her husband, Hon. Robert C. Gallo will be honored with the 4th Annual CLOE Award for Community Service at the 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball on June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The CLOE award was established in 2011 to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to our community.

The 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, co-chaired by the three-generation team of Moira Davison, her son George Davison and her granddaughter Morgan Davison, will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh. This year's theme, A Night to Remember, is a celebration of Pittsburgh CLO's rich tradition of exceptional live musical productions over the past 68 years.  The evening will include the annual sale of Pink Boxes, an exciting new raffle for three prizes of $2,000, $3,000 and $5,000 respectively (2-3-5K Raffle) and a silent auction featuring several luxury items.  Guests will enjoy dynamic live performances topped off with dinner and dancing.

Proceeds from the Ball support Pittsburgh CLO's Education and Outreach Programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars. The Guild also offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing performing arts training.


4th Anniversary Atlas Dreams and Fundraiser for Homeless Children's Fund
Wednesday April 30th, 2014  |  6:30 PM  |  Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
You are cordially invited to attend Atlas Dreams Languages' 4th Anniversary and 2nd Fundraiser! Join us at Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, the hottest restaurant in the Strip, for a festive evening of great food, drink specials, music, prizes and business networking.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres
Drink specials
Live entertainment provided by Darryl and Kim of Platinum Band

Don't miss the opportunity to party, network, and support a great cause!  Did you know that there over 3000 homeless children in Pennsylvania, and that over 1700 of them are right here in Allegheny County?!

When I think about the harsh winter that we just experienced, my heart can't help but ache for these kids who are suffering for reasons completely out of their control.

We invite you to support Atlas Dreams Languages' efforts to alleviate the gravity of this problem by attending a fundraiser that supports the Homeless Children's Education Fund. HCEF is an outstanding organization dedicated to proactively confront homelessness and ensure that the needs of children and teens without permanent homes are effectively met.  Please come, eat, drink, dance, network, and be an angel to a homeless kid.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Mayor William Peduto Announces 18 New Love Your Block Grant Recipients
From Our Friends at UrbanMediaToday.com
Mayor William Peduto announced the 18 organizations that will receive funding for the sixth round of the Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative. Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the City awards $2,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $3,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Spring project implementation will take place from April 15 to June 30, 2014.

SPRING 2014 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Amizade Global Service-Learning & The Global Switchboard: Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot by planting flowers and creating a community gathering space.
Beechview Area Concerned Citizens: Volunteers will landscape and plant shrubs, perennials, and groundcover around a Veterans' memorial.
Brighton Heights Citizen Federation: Volunteers will improve the appearance of a highly visible lot.
Brightwood Civic Group:Volunteers will transform vacant lots into an active community space by erecting an outdoor structure and planting flowers.
Carrick Community Council: Volunteers will beautify Leolyn Park.
Carrick Regency Tenant Council: Volunteers will beautify a Housing Authority property by creating a raised planter bed and dedicating a memorial stone to Veterans.
East End Cooperative Ministry: Volunteers will create a raised planter bed garden.
Hermitage Hope: Volunteers will create a community garden.
Hill District Consensus Group: Volunteers will beautify school grounds by having a community clean-up day and flower planting.
Larimer Green Team: Volunteers will clean and beautify vacant lots.
Lawrenceville United: Volunteers will beautify Arsenal Park.
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation: Volunteers will improve the appearance of Frazier Street Playground.
Oakwood Civic Group: Volunteers will clean and enhance Oakwood Park.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall: Volunteers will beautify the veteran monuments around the museum in Oakland.
Southside Community Council of Pittsburgh, Inc: Volunteers will create a community garden and beautify a World War I Honor Roll Memorial.
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Gateway Committee: Volunteers will plant flowers and create a community mural on Murray Avenue.
Uptown Partners: Volunteers will green and enhance a highly visible parklet in Bluff.
YMCA Homewood-Brushton - Public Allies: Volunteers will beautify and enhance a vacant lot in Homewood South.

Read the entire article at UrbanMediaToday.com


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ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

"Once" Not Enough, Must See Again!
Review of the Once the Musical's March 11th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  March 12th 2014

From the get-go, Once the Musical had the audience of the Benedum Center captivated and it remained that way the entire performance. Lacking jazz hands, kicklines, hammy acting and spontaneous group song and dance numbers, Once the Musical felt more like an episode of tv sit-com How I Met your Mother peppered with organic radio-worthy music that was somewhere between the style of the Lumineers and Lady Antebellum. It was awesome. I loved it. And you should totally go see it!

Once the Musical
(Photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
The typical romantic story unfolds. Stricken by woes of the heart, Boy swears off playing music; classically trained pianist, Girl has Boy fix her Hoover vacuum, Girl helps Boy piece his life back together; annoyed humoring begets a tentative friendship; friendship begets romantic hopes; but there's always something that complicates things¦ life, commitment, bad timing. I won't give away the ending, but will say true love is powerful.  Equally relatable themes are the importance of family and community:  small family business, loss of a parent, the new life as a widow, struggling to advance professionally.

The whole experience was a fresh take on "going to a Broadway musical" and it was great.  I loved it so much I came home and downloaded the music on itunes and looked up when the show would be in the cities of my parents and siblings and told them that they had to go.  So I'll say to you too, take a break from kicklines and showtunes, not that I don't love me some traditional musicals, this is a show that you don't want to miss!

Read the entire review Roving Pittsburgher Report


Magical Inspiration
Review of the PSO's Bolero and the Sorcerer's Apprentice March 14th 2014 Performance
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Josh Kurnot  |  March 15, 2014
Walking down the aisle to row k, right in the middle of the orchestra, I notice the grand piano on the forefront of the stage. I wonder what celebrity the orchestra would entertain on their stage that night. Little did I know, some of the world's most powerful fingers were waiting just off stage left. I cannot place the feeling at first while taking my seat, but there is a kind of quiet anticipation lingering in the theater. My only precedence to this performance is the childhood memory of the Disney movie Fantasia. In my ignorant bliss, I sit with my date grinning from ear to ear waiting to reminisce on fond innocent memories from my younger years, but little did I know¦

Michel Camilo
(Photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
With due respect, the audience graciously welcomes Maestro Leonard Slatkin to the stage. Prodigy to his parents, the founders of the famed Hollywood String Quartet, Slatkin was born to conduct this very show. The show opened with French composer Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. This is the familiar tune from Disney's movie Fantasia, and its sounds coming from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's stage are just as whimsical and magical as I remember it as a kid. . .

The next appearance on stage is Michel Camilo. The audience welcomes him with kindly as he takes his seat on the front of the stage at the keys of the grand piano. As Camilo's fingers began to strike the first few notes of his Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Tenerife , his Latin heritage and Jazzy style are instantly apparent. . .  At the end of the first act finishing the third movement of Tenerife the crowd exploded with applause and cheers, especially from the balcony. So long did we applaud and cheer, not accepting no for an answer, that Camilo had to feel obligated to end his performance with a little extra personal flair. Not only did he flair, but his fingers fumed as Slatkin, the Symphony Orchestra, and entire crowd listened in awe.

Read the entire review Roving Pittsburgher Report


A Superlative Combination
Review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Evening with Many Patinkin Performance April 5th 2014

From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Host of Empress of Biz  |  April 6, 2014
Mandy Patinkin
(Photo courtesy: Brigitte LaCombe)
On Saturday evening April 5 downtown Pittsburgh was filled with two types of fans, baseball and music. Both type of fans excited and looking for their team to deliver a winning performance. And my team, starring the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mandy Patinkin delivered a superb win. Our star player, Mr. Mandy Patinkin, singer, actor, performer well known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony delivered an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway Classics.

Mandy Patinkin musical range from baritone to tenor is incredible. His choice of songs demonstrated his amazing range of voice. His charismatic performance had all of us in the palm of his hand. Opening the show slow, easy and whimsical with It's not Easy being Green, he proceeded to deliver 90 minutes of pure Broadway delight with the following On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," Mr. Arthur's Place," Bohemian Rhapsody - dedicated to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Sunday in the Park With George" medley, "Rock Island"/"Ya Got Trouble, The Band Played On"/"Marie"/"Once Upon a Time," "Soliloquy," "Sorry/Grateful" and "Being Alive."
Read the entire review Roving Pittsburgher Report


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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Westmoreland County Scholar/Athletes
From:  Tribune-Review
Written by:  Paul Schofield  |  Friday, March 28 2014
Banquet honors top prep players in Westmoreland County.  Some of the top student-athletes in Westmoreland Countywill be honored at the 58th annual awards banquet sponsored by county JudgeJohn J. Driscoll on April 29 at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield.
The county's 18 athletic directors, along with the Driscoll committee, reviewed this year's candidates Thursday and voted on the 12 finalists, as well as the male and female winners, which will be announced at the banquet.
We had a lot of excellent candidates, Driscoll said. Many were pretty even. But it was pretty cut and dried who the winners are after looking at the vote. We have two great winners of the Excellence Award.
The 12 finalists, all seniors, were Belle Vernon's Jake Sweitzer, Franklin Regional's Charan Singh and Alyssa Ruffing, Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse, Hempfield's Bridget Guy and Amanda Kedzierski, Greensburg Salem's Kenneth Clark, Kiski Area's Brent Kennedy, Mt. Pleasant's Luke Liprando and Jordan Toohey, Southmoreland's Paige Weaver, and Valley's Cody Schrecongost.

Read the entire article HERE


TripAdvisor Names PNC Park Top American Ballpark
From:  KDKA  |  March 27, 2014
Opening Day is just around the corner.  With the new season about to begin, PNC Parkhas been bestowed a new honor.  TripAdvisor has named the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates the top ballpark in the country.

Noted for its amazing views, food options and short bathroom lines, PNC Parkcame in ahead of stadiums like Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimoreand AT&T Parkin San Francisco, which round out the top three.

Fenway Park in Boston and Busch Stadium in St. Louiscome in on the list at No. 4 and No. 5.
Of PNC Park, TripAdvisor says: Located on Pittsburgh's NorthShore, this ballpark offers stunning views of the Steel City skyline, the Allegheny River, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans can chow down on local fare including potato pierogies and Primanti Brothers sandwiches stuffed with French fries and coleslaw.

Read the entire article HERE


PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM

What Is Your Dream or Great Positive Idea for Pittsburgh, Please Respond
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STEELTOWN HERO

In His Genes: Carnegie Mellon Doctoral Student Creates Model to Bring Science to Kids
From:  Carnegie Mellon University

Taylor Canady is not someone who can sit idly by while kids struggle to learn science.  The Carnegie Mellon Universitydoctoral student in chemistry, who thinks learning science should be fun, created a kit for teaching K-12 students about DNA.

"In the community I grew up in, I saw so many students not just uninterested in studying science, technology, engineering and math but uncomfortable even walking into those environments," Canady said. "I want to change that. I want to give kids opportunities like the ones I have been given."

Canady's work at CMU is centered on developing solutions to problems in molecular biology. He offers science demonstrations to K-12 students through DNAZone, the outreach program of the university's Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology at CMU.

"Science isn't just for people with high IQs. Science is about thinking and asking questions," Canady said. "How can I improve agriculture? How can I help people who are hard of hearing or who have Alzheimer's disease? Any number of situations have the potential to put a fire in somebody to want to learn more for the purpose of making an impact."

He added, "I want kids to know that no matter what their circumstances are, they can become scientists.

DNA, the molecule that encodes the genetic information in all living organisms, can store and transmit information through its nucleobases. Teaching school-age children how DNA works is challenging because DNA cannot be seen directly.

"Taylorhas found a way to translate the DNA molecule into a physical model that the children can handle and play with," said chemistry professor Catalina Achim, a DNAZone coordinator.

Read the entire article HERE

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VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE

Operation Troop Appreciation Donation Program by AmazonSmile
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Operation Troop Appreciation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping atsmile.amazon.com.

You shop.  Amazon gives.  It's a new program from Amazon.  It's called AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile allows Amazon shoppers to direct 0.5% of their eligible purchase totals to their favorite charity.

And what charity would be grateful for your designation?  Why, OTA of course!
And....from now through March 31, AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of Operation Troop Appreciation.  There is no cap on donation amount, so there is no limit to how much OTA can receive.  Just go to this link or click on this image.  Start shopping. And Amazon will start giving!  (or if you have wiggly fingers and prefer to type it in yourself, it's http://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0651982)

On behalf of our volunteers and the troops we serve, THANK YOU for the contributions and support you have given to OTA over the years.  Because it's YOU who have enabled OTA to reach these exciting heights.

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Publish Date: 04-13-2014 17:15:00
 


Prime Stage Theatre Brings Shakespeare Unleashed to the Stage
A Night of Filled with Sword Fights and Monologues
                                                                              
PITTSBURGH Prime Stage Theatre is honoring Shakespeare's 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom heard Shakespearean monologues and scenes.

Shakespeare Unleashed, part of the continuing season of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage, will be held on Friday, April 18.



Directed by Dek Ingraham, Shakespeare Unleashed celebrates Shakespeare's artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up close but safe action of swordplay. Fight Choreography by Tonya Lynn is sure to impress.

Come out and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Join us at Max's Allegheny Tavern, located at 537 Suismon Street on the North Side, beginning at 7:00 pm with the performance running from 7:30-8:30pm.

Limited seating is available.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance only. 

For more information on the show or to buy tickets, visit www.primestage.com.


                                                                                                               
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Our mission is to entertain, educate and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and literature.

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Publish Date: 04-13-2014 17:11:00
 


PITTSBURGH, PA The 17th installment of Art All Night: Lawrenceville will be held beginning 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014. Art All Night is an annual non- juried, uncensored 24-hour art show in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Art All Night admission and artist participation is free and open to the public. Art All Night merchandise is available for purchase and a live art auction features the collaborative work of on-site artists. All the proceeds from the evening directly support Art All Night.
The 17th annual Art All Night will feature original artwork, activities for children and adults, an art auction and live entertainment. Throughout the night, guests can participate in collaborative art activities, including chalk art, group improv sessions, and memory drawing. On-site artists will collaborate to create a work of art, and the live art auction gives guests a chance to bid on the pieces created during the 24-hour period.



Art All Night for Children
Children's activities will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and again 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The children's area will be adjacent to a youth-friendly section of art; the rest of the show is uncensored. Children and families will have the chance to build their own cardboard city, weave using recycled materials, and create silkscreen prints, among other fun activities.

Call for Artists
Art All Night is a community event that gives everyone an opportunity to exhibit art. Artists are encouraged to participate by submitting one work to the show, regardless of age or skill level. All mediums are accepted and participation is always free. Registration will be available online in early April at artallnight.org.
To participate in the show, artists must drop off their work between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, April 26, at Willow Street Development, 40th and Willow Street in Lawrenceville. All artwork must arrive ready to hang or otherwise be displayed. Artists submitting work will need to show a photo ID during both registration and pickup; art pickup is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

Call for Donations and Volunteers
Donations can also be made to the event in all forms from local businesses and friends of Art All Night. All donors will be listed on the acknowledgement board during the event. Art All Night is an event organized and staffed entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the 24 hour period and volunteers can assist with various tasks during the event. Visit artallnight.org to learn more about volunteering and donation opportunities.
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Art All Night Online
Connect with the Art All Night team via social media. Join the event on Facebook at facebook.com/artallnight and follow @ArtAllNight on Twitter for event updates, behind-the- scenes pictures and more. Find inspiration, photos and other information for this year's Art All Night: Lawrenceville by searching the hashtag #AAN17. Use #ImAnArtAllNighter to be a part of the conversation with the Art All Night volunteer team and other Art All Night participants.

Event Address:
40th and Willow Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Hours: 4 p.m. April 26, 2014, to 2 p.m. April 27, 2014
Admission: Free
General Contact: (412) 235-1950Press: press@artallnight.orgAddress: Lawrenceville Corporation, 100 43rd Street, Suite 106, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Lawrenceville Corporation
The Ice House Studios
100 43rd Street, Suite 106
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

maya@lawrencevillecorp.com
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Visit http://www.lvpgh.com/membership and become a member today!

 

Publish Date: 04-13-2014 16:56:00
 

NCJW Spring Designer Days event to be held April 24-27, 2014
NCJW showcases home furnishings store, offers shoppers two exciting opportunities in 2014 to shop discount designer labels and support NCJW initiatives

Pittsburgh, PA (April 9, 2014) ” This spring, National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) will kick off an exciting new sale for Designer Days shoppers. The first-ever Spring Designer Days shopping event will be held April 24-27 at the NCJW Home Consignment Store, located at 1913 Monongahela Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 in Swissvale.

Additionally, NCJW's annual fall Designer Days event will be held November 6-9, also at the Home Consignment Store. 

We're thrilled to offer our loyal customers an opportunity to shop Designer Days fashions twice a


year for a great cause, said Andrea Kline Glickman, NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director. This will be a wonderful way for our shoppers to incorporate shopping for eclectic, high-end home furnishings, as well as designer clothing and accessoriesadding to the excitement of the Designer Days weekend.

NCJW's Designer Days events support extensive programming and initiatives that benefit women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region. Proceeds from this year's Spring Designer Days event and the fall sale will directly support NCJW initiatives and community service projects, including The Center for Women, a joint initiative of NCJW and The Jewish Women's Foundation. Launched in 2013, The Center for Women works to ensure women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Center for Women provides programs and initiatives dedicated to helping women increase financial literacy, build career-related skills, connect with mentorship and internship opportunities and provide referrals to additional support services.
  
All year long, NCJW collects designer labels as well as name brands and sells them at the Designer Days shopping extravaganza, including: Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. Some of the fashion world's best names are offered at a fraction of the original cost at Designer Days. Shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children.

In addition to gently-used and new designer labels, NCJW's Home Consignment Store location offers a unique opportunity to shop eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW's Thriftique store. Shoppers will receive coupons to all of NCJW's stores.

The shopping weekend will kick off on Thursday, April 24 with the Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party. Along with an opportunity to shop prior to the weekend public sale, guests will enjoy food and desserts from many of Pittsburgh's food trucks.

Admission to the Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party is $20 per person and can be paid at the door. Shoppers who attend the Preview Party obtain first access to the best merchandise.

Designer Days continues on Friday the 25th with a preview sale from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. ($10 admission at the door, open to the public) and then a two-day free admission public sale on April 26 and 27. Free parking is available throughout the entire weekend.

Each year, more than 5,000 people ”many of whom come year after year, and from out-of-state”are invited to visit the annual Designer Days sale for great finds and great buys.

Spring Designer Days Chair: Carolyn Jensen. NCJW Social Enterprise Committee Chair: Bear Brandegee. Spring Designer Days Event Committee: Jeff Herzog, Henry Krakovsky, Kitty Olisky, Barbara Shafran.   

For more information about the Spring Designer Days event, please visit the event Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DesignerDays), the NCJW website (www.ncjwpgh.org) or contact NCJW at 412.421.6118.


2014 Designer Days Spring Fling Schedule
Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party
Thursday, April 24;
6-9 p.m.
$20 admission at door

Spring Designer Days
Early Bird Sale
Friday, April 25;
10 a.m. 6 p.m.

$10 admission at door during Early Bird hours (10 a.m. 1 p.m.)
Spring Designer Days
Sale
Saturday, April 26; 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Free admission
Spring Designer Days Sale
Sunday, April 27;
Noon 4 p.m.
Free admission


About NCJW Pittsburgh Section

NCJW PITTSBURGH SECTION MILESTONES: 1894: FIRST FREE KINDERGARTEN 1904: IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY 1911: PENNY LUNCH PROGRAM 1925: STUDENT AID PROJECT 1927: THRIFTIQUE 1929: LEAGUE FOR HANDICAPPED 1942: USO RECREATION ROOM 1957: ANATHAN HOUSE 1963: HEADSTART 1964: WOMEN'S JOB CORE 1968: JEWISH ORAL HISTORY PROJECT 1970: DESIGNER DAYS 1975: FRIENDS INDEED 1980: CHILDREN'S ROOMS IN THE COURTS 1983: COUNCIL CARE SENIOR ADULT DAY CENTER 1987: HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS 1989: SOVIET RESETTLEMENT MENTOR FAMILY PROGRAM 1993: KOMEN PITTSBURGH RACE FOR THE CURE 1995: SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY 1997: SILENT WITNESS 1998: SUIT YOURSELF 1999: PIC-A-BAG 2000: CHILDREN'S LITERACY PROJECT 2002: HERITAGE SOCIETY 2007: DESIGNER DAYS BOUTIQUE 2011: NCJW HOME CONSIGNMENTS  2012: PERSONAL CARE CLOSET 2013: CENTER FOR WOMEN

The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Since our founding in 1894, NCJW Pittsburgh Section has provided a safety net for women, children and families in need, establishing pioneering programs to meet unmet needs: the first free kindergartens and penny lunch program, resettlement support for newly arriving refugees, the program that would eventually become Headstart and so much more. We have rallied and continue to rally -- for reproductive choice the protection of women and children from all forms of abuse and for laws, policies and practices that improve the economic independence of women. Today, NCJW's nonsectarian community service projects include programs like the Center for Women that supports economic independence of women in transition; Suit Yourself Voucher Program which provides free business clothes to low-income individuals re-entering the workforce, Children's Rooms in the Courts which are a safe, fun environment for young children while their parents/caregivers tend to family court matters and Silent Witness Initiative that raises awareness of domestic violence.


For more information on NCJW Pittsburgh Section, please visit www.ncjwpgh.org or call 412-421-6118.

 

Publish Date: 04-13-2014 11:30:00
 

"Once" Not Enough, Must See Again!
Review of the Once the Musical's March 11th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  March 12th 2014


From the get-go, Once the Musical had the audience of the Benedum Center captivated and it remained that way the entire performance. Lacking jazz hands, kicklines, hammy acting and spontaneous group song and dance numbers, Once the Musical felt more like an episode of tv sit-com How I Met your Mother peppered with organic radio-worthy music that was somewhere between the style of the Lumineers and Lady Antebellum. It was awesome. I loved it. And you should totally go see it!

Apparently the show is based off of the 2006 movie also called Once, which didn't fair so well at silver screen box offices. Obviously I didn't see it. But I'm telling you the musical is terrific. It is a romantic comedy and romantic tragedy in one. Fresh and set present day;  Witty and tender;  If you've ever loved, been heartbroken, felt loss, or felt giddy anticipation, you'll see yourself in the story and music of Once the Musical. Laughter and tears included.

The very organic and intimate feel of the entire production is initiated 15 minutes before the show begins when audience members can join the cast on stage of the Dublin pub set for drinks and music. As audience members are privately asked to take their seats, the cast continues to play another couple of songs and seamlessly transition into the show. The house lights finally go down a solid 10 minutes into the show as the unnamed Czech Girl enters the pub after hearing the moving voice and guitar playing of unnamed Irish Boy.

The typical romantic story unfolds. Stricken by woes of the heart, Boy swears off playing music; classically trained pianist, Girl has Boy fix her Hoover vacuum, Girl helps Boy piece his life back together; annoyed humoring begets a tentative friendship; friendship begets romantic hopes; but there's always something that complicates things¦ life, commitment, bad timing. I won't give away the ending, but will say true love is powerful.  Equally relatable themes are the importance of family and community:  small family business, loss of a parent, the new life as a widow, struggling to advance professionally.

The content of the show was touching, but how it was delivered was unique as well.  Every character plays an instrument.  Not only are they the cast, but the orchestra too.  And to prove it the pub set is lined with framed mirrors, which showcased the piano playing skills of Girl and brought a dimension to the set that pulled you in more.  To create different scenes great lighting was used and encouraged the imagination of the audience, including when they were on top of the set looking out into the ocean.

The whole experience was a fresh take on "going to a Broadway musical" and it was great.  I loved it so much I came home and downloaded the music on itunes and looked up when the show would be in the cities of my parents and siblings and told them that they had to go.  So I'll say to you too, take a break from kicklines and showtunes, not that I don't love me some traditional musicals, this is a show that you don't want to miss!

Additional Performances at the Benedum Center:
Wednesday, March 12th  |  7:30 PM
Thursday, March 13th  |  7:30 PM
Friday, March 14th  |  8 PM
Saturday, March 15th  |  2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, March 16th  |  1 PM and 6:30 PM


By: Stephanie Curtice
Good News and Cultural Reporter
PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
RovingPittsburgher.blogspot.com
TheNewGirlintheBurgh.blogspot.com
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Publish Date: 04-12-2014 20:30:00
 


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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS CELEBRATE LIFE AND WORKS OF MOZART
Festival, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, opens April 25 and closes May 4

PITTSBURGH ” Each of Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart's vast number of compositions is considered a musical gem. Join Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate Mozart's extensive catalog of masterpieces during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics Mozart Festival, a two-week exploration of the five pillars of Mozart's music ” symphony, concerto, chamber music, opera and sacred music.
 
The opening weekend of the festival, April 25-27, features celebrated Mozart scholar and pianist Robert Levin, who will join the Pittsburgh Symphony in performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, a favorite concerto of Beethoven's. 
Opening weekend concert times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Music of Mozart at the Carnegie Music Hall is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. The Mozart Festival finale weekend features concerts at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Tickets for the opening and closing weekends, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org. Tickets, $15-$35, for Music of Mozart can be purchased at pittsburghchambermusic.org or 412-624-4129.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Noah Bendix-Bagley
Noah Bendix-Balgley is a laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and also won third prize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Bendix-Balgley won the first prize at the 2011 Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris and was awarded first Prize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the 14th International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in Fermo, Italy. As a soloist, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, I Pomeriggi Musicale of Milan, Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony (USA). In 2011, Bendix-Balgley was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His Pittsburgh debut recital in January 2012 was named the Best Classical Concert of 2012 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bendix-Balgley has also performed his own version of The Star-Spangled Banner for solo violin in front of 39,000 fans at the Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day at PNC Park. He is a passionate and experienced chamber musician and has performed on North American tour with the Miro String Quartet. From 2008 to 2011, he was the 1st violinist of the Munich-based Athlos String Quartet, which won a special prize at the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin, and performed throughout Europe. Bendix-Balgley has appeared at numerous festivals in Europe and North America, including the Verbier Festival, Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Brevard Music Center, and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, Germany. Bendix-Balgley graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. He is a part of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music as an artist lecturer and coaches several student string quartets.

William Caballero
William Caballero has been principal horn for the Pittsburgh Symphony for 25 years. Before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony in May 1989, Caballero previously held principal horn positions with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Hartford Symphony. He held third horn positions with the Montreal Symphony, Montreal Opera and acting third horn with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. He has also performed as guest principal horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony. Born in New Mexico and reared in Wisconsin, Caballero's early horn studies included working under Larry Simons, Barry Benjamin and Basil Tyler, as well as studying the piano and pipe organ. Caballero graduated from New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Richard Mackey and Thomas Newell, both former members of the Boston Symphony. Currently, Caballero is the associate teaching professor of horn at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Previously, he held teaching positions at Indiana University Bloomington, Rice University in Houston, Texas and Duquesne University. He has been invited and presented master classes throughout the world including Northwestern University, Colburn School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Indiana Bloomington, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories. The past two summers he joined the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival as performer and teacher. For the previous seven summers, Caballero was on the faculty and performed at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
In January 2012, Caballero began collaboration with the Internet music teaching company ArtistWorks.com based in Napa, California. He holds the Pittsburgh Symphony's Anonymous Foundation Principal Horn Chair.

Manfred Honeck 
Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than 10 years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.  He began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 2010, Honeck was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Apart from his numerous tasks as conductor, he has been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 15 years. Honeck served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, a position he has resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic and in the United States with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Manfred Honeck's successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is now captured by Reference Recordings. The first SACD ” of Strauss tone poems ” was released in fall 2013 and received rave reviews. Several additional recordings are completed and it is expected that two releases will be issued per year.

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, soprano Sunhae Im was seen as Dorinda in a new staging of Handel's
 Sunhae Im 
Orlando in Rennes, Brest, Versailles and at the ThГ©Гctre du Capitole de Toulouse. Further engagements took her to Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Brahms: Requiem ); to France (Mozart: Requiem under Laurence Equilbey); to Paris, Brussels, Madrid and Crakow (Handel: La Resurrezione ); to the KГ¶lner Philharmonie and the Salle Pleyel in Paris (Handel: Orlando ); and to the Wiener Musikverein and the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels (Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium ). In Berlin, she did a Christmas program with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra. Since her European stage debut in 2000, South Korean Im”who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann”has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Oper Frankfurt, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the OpГ©ra National de Paris (Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo under Thomas Hengelbrock), the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des CarmГ©lites under Manfred Honeck), the Korean National Opera (Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), the Budapest Palace of Arts (Zerlina in Don Giovanni under IvГ¡n Fischer), and the Theater an der Wien (La Finta Giardiniera and L'Orfeo ). Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Festival and Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans BrГ¼ggen, Giovanni Antonini, IvГ¡n Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski and RenГ© Jacobs. She also has close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie fГ¼r Alte Musik Berlin (AKAMUS), as well as the Freiburger Barockorchester. Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.

 Sunhae Im 
Pianist and conductor Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway with such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. On period pianos, he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, Handel & Haydn Society, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre RГ©volutionnaire et Romantique. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Levin has recorded a Mozart concerto cycle for Decca; a Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv (including the world premiere recording of Beethoven's arrangement of the Fourth Concerto for piano and string quintet); and the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Helmuth Rilling. A passionate advocate of new music, Levin has commissioned and premiered a large number of works.  He is a renowned chamber musician and a noted theorist and musicologist. His completions of Mozart fragments are published by BГ¤renreiter, Breitkopf & HГ¤rtel, Carus, Peters and Wiener Urtext Edition, and recorded and performed throughout the world.

Donald Marinelli picture courtesy Carnegie Mellon
Donald Marinelli retired from Carnegie Mellon University in April 2012, concluding 31 years of service to the university in a variety of capacities. Together with the late computer science professor Randy Pausch, Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center. Marinelli also was a tenured professor of drama and arts management at CMU. Marinelli was integral in the creation of the Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management program, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and the Master of Entertainment Technology degree program within the ETC. He is currently executive vice president of Vissman Management, a merger, acquisition and venture capital firm based in Pittsburgh. He is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Marinelli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He received a M.A. in clinical psychology, specializing in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University. Marinelli subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism in 1987.


Michael Rusinek
Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in fall 1998 as principal clarinet. Born in Toronto, Canada, his early studies were with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He later attended The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, he was appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich to the post of assistant principal clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition to his position in the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has performed as guest principal clarinet with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, the St. Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and as a recitalist across Canada, on CBC Radio, and throughout the United States and Israel, including appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music. Dedicated to teaching, he has led master classes at some of the leading institutions around the country, including The Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music and the New World Symphony. He served on the faculty of the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Canton, China, for its inaugural season, and returns often to play and teach in Tianjin and Beijing. He also has served on the faculty of Instrumenta Verano in Mexico. He is currently on faculty at the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University.


Anne Martindale Williams
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, AndrГ© Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. She made her London debut performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, and solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe and the Far East. 
Editors Please Note:

MOZART FESTIVAL OPENS
Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
WILLIAM CABALLERO, horn
ROBERT LEVIN, piano
Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart            Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
                                                           I. Allegro
II. Romance: Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegro

                                                Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466
                                                            I. Allegro
II. Romanza
III. Rondo: Allegro assai

Solo Improvisation  Г¡ lГ  Mozart

Concerto No. 1 in D major for Horn and Orchestra, K. 386b [412] (completed and edited by Robert. D. Levin)
                                                            I. Allegro
                                                            II. Allegro

                                                Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
IV. Molto allegro

MUSIC OF MOZART
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
CHAMBER MUSIC PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MICHAEL RUSINEK, clarinet
NOAH BENDIX-BALGLEY, violin
CHRISTOPHER WU, violin
MENG WANG, viola
ANNE MARTINDALE WILLIAMS, cello
ROBERT LEVIN, piano

Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart            First movement of a Violin Sonata in G major KV Anh. 47/546a*
Fantasy in C minor KV 396 (385f)*
First movement from a Violin Sonata in B-flat major KV372/KV Anh. 49*
*
Mozart fragments completed by Harvard scholar and Classical period keyboard expert Robert Levin

                                                Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478

                                                Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
MAD ABOUT MOZART
Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
SUNHAE IM, soprano
LUCAS MEACHEM, baritone
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Betsy Burleigh, director)
DON MARINELLI, host

Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart                        Mass in c minor, K. 417a  
I. Kyrie
Laudamus te

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 
Laudate Dominum

Alleluia from Exsultate, jubilate, K. 158a (165)

Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618

Requiem in d minor, K. 626  
Dies Irae
Confutatis
Lacrimosa

Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527

Finch' han dal vino (Champagne Aria) from Don Giovanni

Deh vieni alla finestra, Canzonetta from Don Giovanni

Giovinette, che fate alla amore, Duet and Chorus from Don Giovanni

LГ  ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

Non piГ¹ andrai from The Marriage of Figaro

Porgi, amor Cavatina from The Marriage of Figaro

Hai giГ  vinto¦VedrГ² mentr'io sospiro from The Marriage of Figaro

Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from The Magic Flute

O Isis und Osiris, Chorus of the Priests from The Magic Flute

Papageno's Suicide Scene and Duet, Papageno! Papagena!
from The Magic Flute

Final Chorus from The Magic Flute

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email:
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email:
jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra


 

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EmilHeintzinger

For 35 years Emil was a Sheet Metal Worker member of Local 12 as a Foreman/Superintendent/Estimator/Project Manager.
9 years ago Emil was introduced to the LegalShield product and opportunity and finally saw what he wanted to be when he grew up.
He is an expert in helping small business owners grow and protect their business with premium identity theft and legal protection plans.
Emil has written articles for First Commonwealth Bank, Breaking Ground Magazine and SMC H.R. Update helping to clarify some misconceptions on Identity Theft.

He is presenting a seminar called What Me Worry?  The Mad, Mad World of Identity Theft at the monthly meeting of the North 
Suburban Builders Association on April 17th


To schedule an identity theft workshop for your business organization contact Emil @ 412-860-5540 or Emil@EmilHeintzinger.com
To learn more about how LegalSheild works go to www.EmilHeintzinger.com for information

This is not an offer but a tip.  We have a huge misconception about the legal system.  Most corporate entities that we deal with have a legal team, why?  Because every decision that is made is checked for legalities to protect the corporation.  Who protects the average citizen; who looks out for you and me?  At LegalShield our mission is to make the legal system available to everyone, not just the rich and famous!

Presentation offer:
Identity theft educational presentation to groups that want to learn more about the Fastest Growing Crime in America.
412-860-5540
emil@emilheintzinger.com



Daryle Crew Roboch Image-Thinking


Image-Thinking is the Business of Visual Literacy. IT takes Art and kicks it up a notch so that Art becomes a language. This
Right-Brain, Left-Brain, Whole-Brain approach to Information Processing has educational, social and technological benefits. Resources are becoming available on-line.


LEARNING ROADMAP FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS and
Adult LEARNERS
ART, WELLNESS AND LEARNING ABILITIES
     This is a 3-dimentional motivational and language development
approach to thinking and learning.  The three dimensions include:
1.    visual and other stimulus
2.    body-mind relaxation
3.    speech-writing-language development
 
which in turn creates a mind-body methodology
The program involves mentoringfor relaxation and communication, motivation using imagery for thinking and learning, and methods to enhance language development.

Through her 40+ years of teaching and research, Dr. Crew mastered the power of alternative learning skills. This was done by mainstreaming unique learning talents and visual and mental asset discovery.


Dr. Crew has turned the love of beautiful imagery that comes from the heart of every learner, into the beauty of expression in the form of drawing, writing, poetry and other art forms.  She is able to increase a student's learning ability through better in-put and out-put experiences¦..and she shares this with you in this easy to understand learning road-map.

Many of the products were designed with the help of her grand-daughter's needs:
  •  to relax
  •  to learn to read
  •  to love and respect Art.


Amusement parks, dancing, Gymboree, balloons, just jumping on the bed can all be learning experiences. What you need as the parent or teacher is the ability to extract the lesson learned!   Image-thinking reflection sheets and happy cards do exactly that.

This program helps:

1. toddlers/young children learning to write the words that they are experiencing
2. older children experiencing a learning lag
3. visual-thinking learners in an academic world that  primarily rewards verbal acuity
4. people with learning problems and/or disabilitites
5. any age visual-thinking learners in an academic world that primarily rewards verbal acuity
6. brain injury patients
7. trauma victims

Pictured learning is as old as hieroglyphics.  Today it can help the writing process, eliminating the stigma that visual thinkers feel. Everybody did it , starting with the caveman.

Dr. Crew gets it!    Despite her disability (as described in her book  entitled Image-Thinking ) , Dr.  Crew a.k.a. Grand-Ma Rainbow, was able to earn a Doctorate of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her work has, in addition, achieved various publications and the prestigious National Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for Pennsylvania from the US Department of Education.  This financial award enabled the expansion of her program of Visual Literacy into a legitimate and respected entity.

As her personal journey illustrates, this approach can give visual-thinking students the power of possibility as much, or more than anyone else.

Her Tip:

The A B C's for improving concentration, memory and writing through this Visual Litracy Program are;

        A. Draw a picture of a feeling or idea
        B. Add color to the picture
        C. Ad words on it somewhere

Image-Thinking
4304 Venango Ave
Munhall, PA 15120-3061
Business Website Address:www.image-thinking.com
Business Phone Number:(412) 983-7189

JoAnn R Forrester

JoAnn R. Forrester is founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975. Over 75,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, financing, human relations, speaking, writing and business development classes, writing and public relations, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Pennsylvania.
As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, JoAnn has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She has raised over 40 million dollars in business capital for her business and not-profit-clients.

A number of her clients have won local, regional and national recognition for their achievements as small business owners.
In 1998 she co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECT(TM) Cost Management and Analysis program for small business. Through the use of the cost analysis and projections of the Price It Perfect. Jo Ann Forrester has been able to secure loan proposal approvals of over 40 million dollars in capital for small business owners. 
In recognition of her contributions and advocacy of small and woman owned business JoAnn is a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Greater Pittsburgh YWCA Tribute to Women in the Entrepreneur category.

JoAnn has been twice recognized by the SBA as a Women Business Champion in 1989 and 2000.....Concentrating on small businesses, Jo Ann's experience includes developing over four hundred business plans and being the on-site consultant for the Women's Entrepreneurial Training Program for the City of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania. From 1991 to 1995 she served on a Pennsylvania Governor's Task Force for the development of a strategic growth plan for women business owners. A member of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Advisory Council for the Western Pennsylvania District, JoAnn was appointed the first woman in Chair of the Council in May of 1993. Co-author of STEPS TO OWNING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS and the DAVID Vs GOLIATH MARKETING WORKBOOK.
JoAnn has also been a guest columinist for the Pittsburgh Business Time writing on growth issues for small business

JoAnn has led thousands of men and women into an understanding of the often confusing world of business. Jo Ann is a nationally certified trainer for the National Foundation of Women Business Owners and on site reviewer for the National Business Women Owners Corporation. She has shared her expertise with many organizations and institutions, including Carlow College, Chatham University, Robert Morris University, and Community College of Allegheny County. JoAnn has served as 5 times as regional President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and has served on the 2008-09 National Nominating Committee for NAWBO.y.
In 1999, JoAnn received recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Business Owners in Pennsylvania and in 2000 she was awarded the SBA Women in Business Advocate Award for the state of Pennsylvania. In March of 1996, Jo Ann was elected to the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Fame and in 2000 JoAnn was installed in the National Women Hall of Fame. ...JoAnn is co-founder of Celebrate & Share, an organization, which supports and highlights the achievement of women business owners. JoAnn's advocacy and support of small business has led her to be appointed to a number of board positions, including the Business Loan Review Committee of the URA of the City of Pittsburgh, and Program Manager for the Allegheny County Working Capital Loan Fund.

Tip for the show:   Keep your word.  Your reputation is built on your actions...not just your  words.

JoAnn R. Forrester
"Empress of Biz" TalkCast Host
Price it Perfect
www.priceitperfect.blogspot.com
Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement
2010 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree
SBA PA Woman Business Champion 2000/1989
Office: 412-440-6969  
Cell: 412-670-4322

Sid Pandit


Sid Pandit is a young entrepreneur who specializes in marketing any product or service via the Internet.
He is a leader at the ASF Movement (Abundance Success and Freedom) where he coaches and consults other entrepreneurs and business owners on their web presence anything from generating leads, sales, building relationships with customers and much more.
He also works in a tight nit entrepreneurial mentorship society comprised of young aspiring entrepreneurs and those who want to be the absolute best in whatever field they are already in.



Sid also just launched a coffee business!

1. Sid started his own business at 20 because h saw that he did not want to enter the corporate world.
2. He is a Leader at the ASF Movement (Abundance Success Freedom) with his partner Fraser and the two specialize in helping promote small businesses via the Internet
3. Every business is different.  So they utilize Entrepreneurial training for mindset and wisdom, along with online marketing training for specific online marketing activities
4.They work closely with their clients and make sure they are doing the right steps towards executing the right strategies to achieve the results they want to achieve
5. Their specialties lie in Attraction Marketing via Facebook, Youtube, and Blogging.
Tip: Think in your customers shoes when it comes to anything and everything.  Most business owners DO NOT think in their customers shoes when they approach their online marketing efforts.  But when they do, they see their sales/conversions/opt-ins skyrocket
Offer: Send  an email at sidpandit.com@gmail.com with the subject line: I Love Coffee!  And receive a free 5 day supply of the coffee of your choice!
In the body, include the following information:
Name
Email Address
Phone Number
Choice of coffee: Black, Latte, Mocha

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2014 All rights reserved.



 

Publish Date: 04-09-2014 19:10:00
 




COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES CONTINUES WITH "THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI"
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Noon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 9, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org
COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES CONTINUES WITH
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.


PITTSBURGH”WQED's popular Pittsburgh Community Cinema series will continue Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Noon with a FREE screening of Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali. The event will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Earth Theater in conjunction with the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. Attendance is free, but requires registration at https://communitycinematrials.eventbrite.com/. Additionally, the first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary pass to visit the museum.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an award-winning film covering the explosive crossroads of Ali's life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali's choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today. Tim Stevens, community activist and Founder/CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project, will lead the post-screening discussion.


Community Cinema is a free documentary screening series on topics important to our community, region, and world. Pittsburgh's Community Cinema provides an opportunity to view films from the award-winning PBS seriesIndependent Lens, prior to their release on television.

WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS), the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The senior series producer is Lois Vossen. More information atwww.pbs.org/independentlens. Join Independent Lens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/independentlens.

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 21:39:00
 

Prime Stage Theatre Brings Shakespeare Unleashed to the Stage
A Night of Filled with Sword Fights and Monologues
                                                                              
PITTSBURGH Prime Stage Theatre is honoring Shakespeare's 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom heard Shakespearean monologues and scenes.

Shakespeare Unleashed, part of the continuing season of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage, will be held on Friday, April 18.



Directed by Dek Ingraham, Shakespeare Unleashed celebrates Shakespeare's artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up close but safe action of swordplay. Fight Choreography by Tonya Lynn is sure to impress.

Come out and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Join us at Max's Allegheny Tavern, located at 537 Suismon Street on the North Side, beginning at 7:00 pm with the performance running from 7:30-8:30pm.

Limited seating is available.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance only. 

For more information on the show or to buy tickets, visit www.primestage.com.


                                                                                                               
Like us on Facebook (Prime Stage Theatre) and follow us on Twitter @prime_stage.
Our mission is to entertain, educate and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and literature.

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--

Samantha Stonebraker
Marketing Director
Prime Stage Theatre - "Bringing Literature to Life"

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 21:24:00
 


MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST
Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids Aprill 11 - 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                         

April 8, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN
FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST

Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids April 11 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH”Over 40 entries were received from young musicians around the region who play the piano, violin, cello, and classical guitar or sing for Classical WQED-FM 89.3's Musical Kids competition for middle school students. Twelve finalists in grades six to eight have been chosen, and half of the students hail from North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh. In addition, two are from Monongalia County schools in West Virginia, with the remaining students attending private and charter schools, or being home schooled.

Finalists include:

· Issac Che, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Home School

· Elizabeth Edwards, 13, Seventh Grade, Cello, Home School

· Christopher Fedor, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Enoch Hsiao, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Benjamin Kiehl, 13, Seventh Grade, Classical Guitar, Westwood Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

· Devin Lai, 12, Seventh Grade, Violin, Suncrest Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

· Amanda Lu, 13, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Stephanie Petinaux, 11, Sixth Grade, Piano, St. Kilian Parish School

· Rebeka Rest, 12, Sixth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Celeste Shannon, 13, Seventh Grade, Vocalist, Environmental Charter School at Frick Park

· William Wang, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Andrew Zhang, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Carson Middle School, North Allegheny School District

The public is invited to cast their online vote for their favorite finalist from April 11 through 30 atwww.wqed.org/musicalkids. One of six winners will be chosen by the public through the online voting portal. The remaining five winners will be selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including:

· Donna Amato, Piano, Carnegie Mellon University

· Devin Arrington, Violin, Musicians With A Mission

· Mary Lynne Bennett, Piano, Duquesne University

· Jim Cunningham, Artistic Director, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

· Amanda Iannuzzi, Flute, East Winds Symphonic band

· Joanna Marie, Singer

· Julie Mutmansky, Trumpet, East Winds Symphonic band

· Patty Neeper, Piano, Steinway Piano Gallery, Pittsburgh

· Jim Rodgers, Contrabassoon, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

· Anna Singer, Singer, Weekday Host and Music Coordinator, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

· Jordan Winkler, Trumpet, River City Brass

· Roger Zahab, Violin, University of Pittsburgh

Winners will be announced Monday, May 5 on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 by Anna Singer at noon and recognized publicly at Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 9. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with interviews and LIVE performances with the winners will air on Performance in Pittsburgh Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. In addition, presentations will be held at each winner's school where prizes including a plaque will be awarded.

Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by grants from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation and The Fine Foundation.

WQED 
changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 11:49:00
 


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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
A PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL
PRESENTATION OF
WAYNE MCGREGOR | RANDOM DANCE
FAR
GROUND-BREAKING CHOREOGRAPHY BY
AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater


Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings you Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor has crafted a stunning piece for the ten dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance that will present the evening length work, FAR.
McGregor's choreography FAR was inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th century French philosopher Diderot's very first set of encyclopedia. His groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, performed by 10 dancers, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. Since the premiere of FAR in 2010, the work has been performed around the world, receiving accolades for its ever-insightful vision. Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work on the planet. The New York Times


The performance includes a superb score by Brian Eno and collaborator Ben Frost, visuals including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights designed by rAndom International and Lucy Carter,  and costumes by Moritz Junge.
Wayne McGregor is renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1, Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Mariinsky Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and has choreographed music videos including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower video for Radiohead, and Ingenue for Atoms for Peace. He has also directed opera for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, London, and choreographed for plays, musicals, fashion shows and art galleries including site specific installations at the Hayward Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Canary Wharf, Glastonbury, the Pompidou Centre and for Secret Cinema. In July 2012 he created a large-scale public dance work with 1000 performers, Big Dance Trafalgar Square, part of London 2012 Festival in celebration of the London Olympic Games


Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is a Resident Company of Sadler's Wells and winner of the South Bank Show Award for Dance, The International Theatre Institute's Award for Excellence in International Dance, The Movimentos Award and the Critics' Circle Award. McGregor's Random Dance was the first dance company to release a film on iTunes: the award-winning Entity.  In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
FAR is co-produced by Sadler's Wells, London, UK and by Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Montclair, USA and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
FAR is co-commissioned by Maison de la Danse, Lyon, FR; Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia, IT; Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade, SE; Belfast Festival, Belfast, UK; Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, Brighton, UK; Laban Theatre, London, UK and DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.

TICKETS
Tickets ($19-$55) may be purchased online at www.TrustArts.org, in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, or by calling 412-456-6666. Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Dance Council season by calling (412) 456-1390 or online at www.TrustArts.org/Dance.


ABOUT PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL
Each year the Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, showcases a world-class season of dance. As the largest presenter of international performances in the city, the Dance Council, now celebrating its 44th season, continues to help make our Cultural District one of the country's leading arts and entertainment centers.



ABOUT PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News, 3-17-14

 La Boheme, Jillian Michaels, Pa Lit Fest

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
 Papagallo's in Collier Plaza, Kirwan Heights, Jillian Michaels, Pa Lit Fest

PPL Co-Host

Co-Host Sid Pandit


Sid Pandit is a young entrepreneur who specializes in marketing any product or service via the Internet.
He is a leader at the ASF Movement (Abundance Success and Freedom) where he coaches and consults other entrepreneurs and business owners on their web presence anything from generating leads, sales, building relationships with customers and much more.

He also works in a tight nit entrepreneurial mentorship society comprised of young aspiring entrepreneurs and those who want to be the absolute best in whatever field they are already in.

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS: Pennsylvania Literary Festival

Pa Lit Fest
The Pennsylvania Literary Festival would like to invite authors and publishers to participate in this first annual event the weekend of Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 at the Uniontown Mall.
PA LitFest aims to engage and inform attendees concerning literary achievements, opportunities, and educational programs within the state and surrounding areas by assembling publishers, authors, libraries, schools, literary agencies, reading associations, book clubs, and the general public.
The event features industry exhibitors, author appearances, signings, readings, live music, a charity auction, cooking demos, free writing and publishing workshops, storytellers, writing contests, activities for kids, live tapings and interviews with FCTV and GoingLIVE, and a variety of food and beverages spread throughout multiple locations within the Uniontown Mall.
PA LitFest welcomes John Dixon as its Keynote Speaker. John's debut novel, Phoenix Island, inspired the CBS TV series Intelligencestarring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger.
To join John and other participants, please consult the author/vendor registration page at http://palitfest.com/registration.

For sponsorship opportunities, visit http://palitfest.com/sponsorship.
PA LitFest would like to feature participating vendors, universities, publishers, authors, and sponsors on our site. Please attach a photo of your members or a logo and provide a description of your organization up to 100 words.  

For more information about PA LitFest, visit http://palitfest.com.

For more information about John Dixon, visit http://www.johndixonbooks.com.


CULTURAL CLUES
 PICT Theatre opens 2014 season with Blithe Spirit  | Dixie's Tupperware Party |  Calliope presents Del Rey |  Puccini's opera LA BOHEME. |  2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh season  |  Authors Zone Presents the 1st Annual Awards Ceremony for Southwestern Pennsylvania Authors |Mandy Patinkin to perform with Pittsburgh Symphony|  National Jazz Appreciation Month Line Up |  REP presents hilarious Hollywood satire, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"

KIDZ KORNER
Studio Printmaking at Children's Museum  |  

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT
Carlow University - Jane Stapleton - My Sisters' and Brothers' Keepers: Building a Safer Campus and Community  | Women for a Healthy Environment, Toxic Hot Seat Screening |  Girls' Leadership Worldwide Program.Women in Business Networking Night  |  

BUSINESS BUZZ
Pittsburgh's unemployment rate declined to 6 percent in January 2014  |  Pittsburgh region attracted over $338 million in investmentd  |   Pittsburgh Sportsline & Jessica Lee Jazz Networkiing  |  



PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF
History of America in 101 Objects  | 

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
The Midwife Center ninth annual "Let Them Eat Cake Fundraiser" | Celebrate Caregivers TLC Events  | 

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Ten new signs about Pittsburgh's and Mount Washington's history

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Pittsburghers Kept on Trucking Even though Frigid, Snowy and Gray

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT:  Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve Jillian Michael's Maximizing Your Life  |  

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS
New Castle High School boys basketball team-new State Champs|  

STEELTOWN HERO: Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough is from Pittsburgh


POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

Title
Date  |  Time  |  Location
Pennsylvania Literary Festival 
Pa Lit Fest
The Pennsylvania Literary Festival would like to invite authors and publishers to participate in this first annual event the weekend of Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 at the Uniontown Mall.
PA LitFest aims to engage and inform attendees concerning literary achievements, opportunities, and educational programs within the state and surrounding areas by assembling publishers, authors, libraries, schools, literary agencies, reading associations, book clubs, and the general public.
The event features industry exhibitors, author appearances, signings, readings, live music, a charity auction, cooking demos, free writing and publishing workshops, storytellers, writing contests, activities for kids, live tapings and interviews with FCTV and GoingLIVE, and a variety of food and beverages spread throughout multiple locations within the Uniontown Mall.
PA LitFest welcomes John Dixon as its Keynote Speaker. John's debut novel, Phoenix Island, inspired the CBS TV series Intelligencestarring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger.

To join John and other participants, please consult the author/vendor registration page at http://palitfest.com/registration.


CULTURAL CLUES

Title  PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford to direct ghostly comedy

PICT Theatre opens 2014 season with Blithe Spirit 
First professional production of Blithe Spirit in Pittsburgh since 1971

Pittsburgh, PA March 11, 2014. PICT Theatre's Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford has selected a bold assortment of classic plays for PICT's 18th season, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Each play contains its own version of wickedness, with the Noel Coward classic Blithe Spirit opening the season May 3rd (May 1 and 2 previews.)
Alan selected Blithe Spirit to launch the season with humor and broad appeal. Noel Coward's humor and wit is as engaging today as ever, and a comedy from this era might help relieve the withdrawal symptoms for the fans of Downton Abbey.



About the Play
Blithe Spirit: Not since 1971, when Helen Wayne Rauh played Madame Arcati for The Playhouse has Pittsburgh seen a professional production of Noel Coward's classic comedy Blithe Spirit. Perhaps more remarkably, Mrs. Rauh played the very same role in 1945! Written to entertain London's beleaguered audiences during World War II, this comedy tells the story of Charles Condomine, a novelist who hosts a sГ©ance with the quirky clairvoyant Madame Arcati in order to gather material for a book. Much to Charles' surprise, Madame Arcati not only successfully makes contact with his first wife, Elvira, but now Elvira won't leave him alone and his second wife, Ruth, is none too pleased!



Dixie's Tupperware Party

Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the return of the off-Broadway sensation, Dixie's Tupperware Party, to the CLO Cabaret September 4 October 12, 2014

Not Your Grandmother's Tupperware Party!
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Pittsburgh by storm in 2012! Now, join Dixie as she returns to Pittsburgh to throw a good ol' fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became the #1 Tupperware seller in the U.S. & Canada as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic 


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA-PITTSBURGH

20142015 SEASON


Tony® Award-winning productions including 2013 TONY AWARD®-WINNER for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! (PIPPIN) and 2012 TONY AWARD®-WINNER for BEST SCORE & BEST CHOREOGRAPHY! (NEWSIES) will take to Cultural District stages for the 20142015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh season, along with critically-acclaimed audience favorites and the triumphant return of THE BOOK OF MORMON as part of the season specials.
The PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series features new touring Broadway shows and revivals direct from New York City stages.





2014-2015 SEASON EVENTS
ANNIE Benedum Center

October 28, 2014 November 2, 2014. 
Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS The Musical Benedum Center
November 18, 2014 November 23, 2014
NEWSIES Benedum Center
November 25, 2014 November 30, 2014 
MOTOWN The Musical Heinz Hall

December 30, 2014 January 4, 2015. 
PIPPIN Benedum Center

January 20, 2015 January 25, 2015
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Benedum Center

February 18, 2015 March 1, 2015 
DIRTY DANCING Benedum Center
April 7, 2015 April 12, 2015
THE BOOK OF MORMONHeinz Hall
September 23, 2014 October 5, 2014. 
DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Heinz Hall
March 31, 2015 April 5, 2015


The Authors' Zone (TAZ) announces the 1st annual awards ceremony for Pittsburgh authors.

 October 16, 2014 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh with a keynote address from Dave Crawley. This event will include a special program and dinner.
TAZ is an event that showcases independent authors in Southwestern PA. The mission is to create a platform that celebrates and honors local authors to the general public - and connects them to national and international organizations and readers.
There has never been an awards ceremony in this area. Our goal is to showcase Southwestern PA.'s talented authors to the general public, says Anna Marie Petrarca Gire, Publisher of Women's Independent Press
Submissions are now being accepted for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found on the web site.The awards ceremony is presented by:
Anna Marie Petrarca Gire                                                            Yvonne Phillips, President
                                        

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT EVENTS


Girls' Leadership Worldwide Program
Do you know promising young women who have the potential to become strong leaders? Encourage them to apply to the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center's 2014 GIRLS' LEADERSHIP WORLDWIDE program. Now in its 18th year, GLW is an interactive, diverse, transformational summer program for young women that unlocks their potential to become great leaders in their communities and beyond.

Girls Leadership Worldwide prepares girls to be principled and socially conscious global leaders, just like Eleanor Roosevelt.  During the 9-day program they have the opportunity to...
  • Find their voices and learn how to speak up
  • Connect with other like-minded girls in a supportive, judgment-free zone
  • Build self-confidence and develop a more positive self image
  • Participate in a program that enables them to address issues and concerns important to them
  • Learn the skills that will help them reach their personal goals
  • Develop strong relationship with girls and women from around the world, and
  • Be one of the recipients of the Meera Gandhi Women & Girls' Leadership Award, which comes with a $500.00 honorarium.
Session 1: July 12-20, 2014
Session 2: July 26-August 3, 2014


BUSINESS BUZZ


Pittsburgh Today Announces Pittsburgh's unemployment rate declined to 6 percent in January 2014 -- a total of 1.6 percent lower than January 2013.
Data source(s):

In 2013, the Pittsburgh region attracted over $338 million from venture, angel, strategic partnership and other sources of capital, which was used to finance 148 deals;


Once again, Innovation Works and Ernst & Young have joined forces to produce an assessment of the region's technology investment landscape. The collective findings for the period from 2009 2013 tell the story of a region not just recovering from a recession, but outpacing national averages and comparing favorably with many benchmark regions. Here are just a few of the exciting highlights in this report that shine a light on the momentum building in the region's start-up ecosystem: 

     ·
     ·   Between 2009 and 2013, Pittsburgh technology companies achieved 34 exits, the value of which totals more than $3 billion;
     ·   Pittsburgh ranks 3rd in the number of venture deals per capita compared to similar regions and those that are more active technology hubs; and
     ·   The growing roster of recent investors in our local companies is a Who's Who of top investment firms from across the country.



PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Smithsonian Names Pittsburgh Among Historical Objects

The Smithsonian Institution has been referred to as "America's attic." It is home to many iconic objects that have shaped the history of our nation, from industry to culture. In his book, "History of America in 101 Objects,"  author and Smithsonian curator Dr. Richard Kurin chronicles and pinpoints these national treasures by focusing on key objects in the vast collection. 
Here are some of Kurin's favorite objects related to the Pittsburgh region:
Salk Vaccine
·        The Trials began here in the Pittsburgh area and the vaccine was discovered at the University of Pittsburgh
Conestoga Wagon
·        They were used as transportation on the early trails in Western Pennsylvania.
George Washington's sword
·        Used to review the troops in Bedford, PA after the Whiskey Rebellion
Andy Warhol's Painting of Marilyn Monroe

·        Warhol's most famous painting was the silkscreen image of Monroe. Kurin notes that this image helped define Pop Culture.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Pittsburghers Kept on Trucking Even though Frigid, Snowy and Gray
PittsburghTODAY // 03/19/2014


It's been a remarkably long, hard winter in Pittsburgh and the numbers tell the story. Counting the clear days requires only a few fingers. In the 70 days from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, only two were clear, according to the National Weather Service, which defines a clear day as one with less than 1/4 average cloud cover.
It's been much more frigid than usual, too. January had 6 days with an average low temperature below 0 degrees, compared with the 30-year average of only 1.4 days. January's average high of 31.7 was 4 degrees colder than the monthly norm. Its average low was 12.5, considerably below the 21.1-degree norm. In February, the average high of 34.1 degrees was 5.2 degrees colder than normal, and the average low of 17.3 degrees was 5.7 degrees below normal.
Higher than average snow started early and kept coming. December's 15 inches was 81 percent more than the 8.3-inch norm. January's 17.9 inches beat the 30-year January average of 11.5 inches by 56 percent. And February's 16.1 inches was 58 percent more than the 10.2-inch average.
Take heart, though. Spring may not have sprung, but there's already been a clear day in March half the total of the previous three months.


STEELTOWN HERO

Did you know Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough is from Pittsburgh
David Gaub McCullough  

is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written eight more on such topics as Harry S Truman, John Adams, and the Brooklyn Bridge. McCullough has also narrated multiple documentaries, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years.

McCullough's two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, are Truman and John Adams,  McCullough's most recent history, The Greater Journey (2011), is about Americans in Paris from the 1830s to the 1900s.

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Rock's Bell receives PSAC-West Player of the Week honor

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. Slippery Rock University junior catcher/designated hitter Alex Bell was named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division baseball Player of the Week for the week ending March 16, 2014.

Bell batted .625 and had a .688 slugging percentage with 10 hits, including a double, in 16 at bats in four games played last week.

A Pittsburgh native and Upper St. Clair High School graduate, Bell also walked five times to record a .727 on base average, collected nine RBIs and scored seven runs.

Bell currently leads The Rock's everyday players in hitting with a .442 average as well as in runs batted in with 20.

A first-year member of The Rock program after playing two seasons at Division I St. Bonaventure University, Bell is one of two SRU players who have hit a home run this spring and ranks fourth on the team in doubles with three.

Bell was the second Rock player to earn a PSAC-West Player of the Week honor this spring. Junior outfielder Adam Urbania earned the honor March 3.

The Rock take a 10-4 win-loss record into a pair of games scheduled for Tuesday at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Fla.


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1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
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Office: 724.738.2777
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Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu
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A ROCK SOLID Education

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:52:00
 
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2014


ACTOR, SINGER MANDY PATINKIN TO PERFORM WITH PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL

PITTSBURGH”Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. The acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller will appear on the Heinz Hall stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in his most electrifying role ” concert performer.

Known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer joins your Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway classics.

The first part of the evening will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor, only. Patinkin will join the orchestra in the second half, under the direction of veteran Broadway conductor and arranger Eric Stern.

Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $115, are on sale now and can be purchased from the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

Mandy Patinkin (Brigitte LaCombe)
In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden and, in 1997, played a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Patinkin's other solo concerts ” Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen ” have been presented both on- and off-Broadway.

In 2009, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York's Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Patinkin continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London's West End at the Duke of York's Theatre. His feature film credits include Wish I Was Here (upcoming), The Wind Rises (upcoming), Everybody's Hero, The Choking Man, Pinero, The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe nomination), The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie and Squanto: Indian Warrior. Patinkin won a 1995 Emmy Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope and starred in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and in the Showtime Original Series Dead Like Me as the reaper Rube Sofer. Patinkin returned to TV in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime Original Series Homeland as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson. In 1989, Patinkin began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album, entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the United States, Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. Patinkin resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.

Fawzi Haimor is in his second season in the position of assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Pittsburgh, he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education and outreach. Haimor also has worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Amman Symphony in the Middle East and, in Europe, Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto. He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael FrГ¼hbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In the current season, his guest engagements include the Erie Chamber Orchestra and a return to Alabama and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, as a guest artist. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama. He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. He has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. He is also a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He has earned bachelor's degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, and a master's degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master's in instrumental conducting from Indiana University.

Eric Stern is a veteran Broadway conductor and arranger with more than 15 Broadway musicals and 30 albums to his credit. He has worked with a fascinating list of people including Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Elaine Stritch, Tyne Daly, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jule Styne, Mickey Rooney, Marla Maples, Cy Coleman and countless others. Outside the theatre, Stern has built a reputation as a concert and broadcast conductor. He has led many of the country's major orchestras including The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra. He conducted a long list of ground-breaking recordings for the Nonesuch label, including a string of albums with Dawn Upshaw, Mandy Patinkin and Audra MacDonald. His albums include the highly successful Leonard Bernstein's New York and three complete Gershwin musicals: Lady Be Good, Pardon My English and Oh, Kay! Stern has concertized and recorded with such varied artists as Thomas Hampson, Betty Buckley, Jessye Norman, Debra Voigt, Fred Hersh, Dianne Reeves and Richard Stoltzman. Stern has been a frequent guest conductor for the BBC's national Orchestra of Wales. He has established himself as an authentic interpreter of American concert music, specializing in the works of Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland. In Europe, he has conducted gala performances of Porgy and Bess and Bernstein's Mass as well as many programs of American film music.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, April 5
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor
ERIC STERN, conductor
MANDY PATINKIN, vocalist
First half orchestra only:

Leonard Bernstein (adpt. Peress)               Overture to West Side Story

Frederick Loewe (arr. Bennett)                 Selections for Orchestra from My Fair Lady
Klaus Badelt (arr. Ricketts)                       Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean
Second half featuring Mandy Patinkin:
Tateh's Theme
It's Not Easy Bein' Green
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
Mr. Arthur's Place
           Bohemian Rhapsody
Doodle Doo Doo Medley
           Somewhere Over the Rainbow
           Rock-a-Bye Your Baby
Anyone Can Whistle
           Children and Art (piano)
Sunday
Rock Island
Ya Got Trouble
           The Band Played on Medley
           Soliloquy
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:36:00
 
CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE BRINGS TO THE STAGE
CLYBOURNE PARK
ONLY PLAY TO WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE, OLIVIER, AND TONY AWARD
MARCH 21 APRIL 13
Press Opening: Wednesday, March 26


CLEVELAND, OH (Mar. 10, 2014) - Only one play in history has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway's Tony Award for Best Play, and London's Olivier Award for Best New Play. Securing the Triple Crown of theatre has made Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park one of the most acclaimed American plays in recent memory, earning accolades from such diverse critics as Entertainment Weekly (indisputably, uproariously funny ) to The New Yorker (superb, elegantly written and hilarious ). Cleveland Play House is proud to present this wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play from March 21 April 13 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.

Tackling the timely issues of race and real estate with biting humor, Clybourne Park covers subjects particularly relevant and important to Cleveland today. The play is Norris' modern answer to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and takes place in the same fictional neighborhood the Younger family moves at the end of that classic play.

The first act of Clybourne Park is set in 1959 where a white couple has unknowingly sold their home to a black family, causing an uproar in their all-white neighborhood. Act Two fast forwards 50 years to 2009 when a young white couple buys the same house with plans to rebuild and gentrify their piece of the predominantly black, but changing, neighborhood. Although taking place 50 years apart, both acts devolve from conversations rooted in political correctness to emotion-fueled debates hilariously highlighting the way we talk or don't talk about hot-button subjects.

The award-winning Clybourne Park is a dangerous and thrilling play that will have audiences gasping and laughing in equal measure, states CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley. As thoughtful as it is challenging, we believe the play will inspire invigorating discussions about change, opportunity and the future of our local and global neighborhoods.  CPH will host post-show discussions after every performance, moderated by CPH artistic staff and a member of the cast.

Clybourne Park contains strong language and mature themes.

Clybourne Park Cast
Kristen Adele (Francine/Lena), Bernard Bygott (Kenneth), Jessica Kitchens(Betsey/Lindsay), Christian Pedersen (Karl/Steve), Jim Poulos (Jim/Tom), Remi Sandri (Russ/Dan), Roya Shanks (Bev/Kathy), Daniel Morgan Shelley (Albert/Kevin)

Clybourne Park Creative Team
Bruce Norris (Playwright), Mark Cuddy (Director), G.W. Mercier (Scenic and Costume Designer), Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Jones (Sound Designer),John Godbout (Stage Manager) and Tom Humes (Assistant Stage Manager).

This production of Clybourne Park is a co-production with Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.
Clybourne Park Special Events  

Tech Tuesday: Clybourne Park                                                                                    
March 17, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This is a special presentation, taking place on a Monday. Hear from the director, then sit in on a technical rehearsal ("tech") to see how set, lights, sound, costumes and actors all come together as opening night nears! RSVP required.

Behind-the-Scenes: Creating a World                                                                                
March 15, 2014 @ 12:30pm 2:00pm                                                                                          
To put 50 years of one home's history on stage, the creative team of Clybourne Park - and every CPH show - must perform theatrical alchemy: turn words on a page into a complete and seamless world on the stage. We'll take a deep dive into the research and resources required for a director and designers to make this magic happen.

 Season Extra: Beneatha's Place
April 7, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Noted writer-director Kwame Kwei-Armah's play responds to his perception that Clybourne Park perpetuates the connotation¦ that whites build and blacks destroy. Join theClybourne cast for a special reading of this play and TalkBack.

TalkBack: Breath and Imagination
Audiences will want to talk about what they've seen in Clybourne Park and CPH will host a TalkBack in the theatre immediately following every performance.

 Ticket Information
 Clybourne Park will take place March 21 April 13, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.  Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each.  Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price.  Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine.  To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.  Groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

 Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

 The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:25:00
 
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2014

AMERICAN COMPOSERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT DURING PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS PERFORMANCE

PITTSBURGH”Salute the red, white and blue with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics American Fanfare weekend on March 28-30 at Heinz Hall.

With conductor Michael Stern, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be the centerpiece of a program featuring some of the most beloved works of American composers, including Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin's An American in Paris, among others.

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.


Conductor Michael Stern is in his eighth season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth and development since his tenure began. Stern and the orchestra, joined by an amazing collection of guest artists, have performed to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences in their new world-class performance home, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stern also is the founding artistic director and principal conductor of IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. This unique group, now in its second decade, has been widely praised for its virtuosity and programming, and has produced a string of recordings and acclaimed commissioned new works by American composers. Other positions include a tenure as the chief conductor of Germany's SaarbrГ¼cken Radio Symphony Orchestra (the first American chief conductor in the orchestra's history) and as permanent guest conductor of the orchestre National de Lyon in France, a position which he held for five years, and a stint as the principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille, France. Stern received his music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his major teacher was the noted conductor and scholar Max Rudolf. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a degree in American history.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:19:00
 
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PICT Theatre opens 2014 season with Blithe Spirit
 PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford to direct ghostly comedy
First professional production of Blithe Spirit in Pittsburgh since 1971


Pittsburgh, PA March 11, 2014. PICT Theatre's Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford has selected a bold assortment of classic plays for PICT's 18th season, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Each play contains its own version of wickedness, with the Noel Coward classic Blithe Spirit opening the season May 3rd (May 1 and 2 previews.)

Alan selected Blithe Spirit to launch the season with humor and broad appeal. Noel Coward's humor and wit is as engaging today as ever, and a comedy from this era might help relieve the withdrawal symptoms for the fans of Downton Abbey.

About the Plays
Blithe Spirit: Not since 1971, when Helen Wayne Rauh played Madame Arcati for The Playhouse has Pittsburgh seen a professional production of Noel Coward's classic comedy Blithe Spirit. Perhaps more remarkably, Mrs. Rauh played the very same role in 1945! Written to entertain London's beleaguered audiences during World War II, this comedy tells the story of Charles Condomine, a novelist who hosts a sГ©ance with the quirky clairvoyant Madame Arcati in order to gather material for a book. Much to Charles' surprise, Madame Arcati not only successfully makes contact with his first wife, Elvira, but now Elvira won't leave him alone and his second wife, Ruth, is none too pleased!

Mary Rawson has been cast to play the quirky Madame Arcati, the clairvoyant who unwittingly brings back the dead in Blithe Spirit. Mary earned a Performer of the Year nod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her portrayal of Violet Watson in August: Osage County. In addition to her many acting credits, she teaches at Point Park University, and is perhaps most famous for playing Cousin Mary Owl on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Mary will return to the PICT stage to play Miss Havisham in December's Great Expectations.

Dan Rodden, sometimes described as Don Knotts meets Cary Grant, will make his Pittsburgh premiere as Charles Condomine, a role he played for the New American Theatre (Rockford) under the direction of Richard Raether. Other selected credits include Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (Nebraska Repertory Theatre); Felix Unger inThe Odd Couple (Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre), and Benedick inMuch Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Project of Chicago).

Daina Michelle Griffith will play second wife Ruth Condomine. She was one of Pittsburgh's busiest actresses in 2013, starring in 7 mainstage productions for Quantum, The REP, No Name Players, barebones and Off the Wall, and earning a nod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as Performer of the Year for her efforts. Most recently she appeared inCompany for Pittsburgh Public Theater. She was last seen on the PICT stage in the world premiere of Martin Giles' Beautiful Dreamers in 2010.

Vera Varlamov returns to PICT to play the ghostly Elvira, having played Rachelka/Marianna in the Pittsburgh premiere of Our Class in April of 2013. Vera earned a nod as a breakout performer by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her performances in Chekhov's Three Sisters, as well as playing two roles in two short plays for Funny Chekhov during PICT's Chekhov Celebration in 2012.

James FitzGerald, who is one of two featured artists for the PICT 2014 season, will play Dr. Bradman, an invited guest to the sГ©ance. James most recently appeared on the PICT stage as Mr. Dumby in Lady Windermere's Fan. James is a stalwart member of the PICT team, having appeared with the company since 2008. He has performed 16 seasons with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as well as other Chicago-area theatres, and is the recipient of two of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards. He will be appearing in all but one play during the PICT 2014 season.

 Karen Baum will play Edith, the hapless maid in the Condomine household. Karen is also a featured artist for PICT during the 2014 season. She will appear in all but two plays in the PICT season and only because those two plays have no female roles. Two of her best-remembered performances would be Cordelia in King Lear and the maid in Boston Marriage. Last season with PICT, she played Woman 4, Nurse 1 and Young Girl in the Pittsburgh premiere of Don Juan Comes Back from the War.

 Lissa Brennan will play Mrs. Bradman. She returns to PICT after strongly featuring in Don Juan Comes Back from the War in 2013 as Woman 1, Nurse 2, Nun 1 and Prostitute 1. Previous PICT performances include Annie in In the Next Room or the vibrator play(2012) and as a member of the chorus in Salome. Lissa has also performed with barebones, Quantum and Bricolage as well as her own company Dog & Pony Show.

Johnmichael Bohach, who also designed The Crucifer of Blood set in 2013, is the scenic designer for Blithe Spirit. Joan Markert, who designed costumes for The Crucifer of Blood andLady Windermere's Fan. will design the costumes. Christopher Popowich will design lighting and Angela Baughman will design sound.

NEW AT PICT THEATRE IN 2014
PICT has introduced a 2:00 pm Wednesday matinee in the final week of the run of each show to help accommodate people with alternate work schedules, retirees, college students and student groups. PICT has often provided ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation at one performance in each production. Beginning this season, the Saturday 2PM matinee for each show will include ASL interpretation to accommodate the hearing impaired. Subscriptions and single tickets are available for both.

THE REST OF THE SEASON

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Aoife Spillane-Hinks will return to PICT to direct Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in June, with Martin Giles as Vladimir/Didi and James FitzGerald as Lucky. Although PICT produced BeckettFest in 2006, the company offered only a staged reading of Waiting for Godot. In October of that same year, Alan Stanford starred as Pozzo in the Gate Theatre Dublin's touring production at the Byham. Waiting for Godot is considered by many to be one of most influential plays ever written.
 Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Alan Stanford will direct this beautiful dramatic comedy by one of Ireland's most notable female playwrights. The woman of the title, played by Nike Doukas, is surrounded by colorful characters including her husband (James FitzGerald), her Auntie (Sharon Brady), and her strange companion, Scarecrow (Karen Baum).

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
The Great War is imminent when a group of boys from Ulster begin training in the British army, preparing for the Battle of the Somme. Frank McGuinness' lyrical play captures the fierce friendship and loyalty among men who must face the wickedness and wastefulness of war. Matt Torney, who previously directed The Crucifer of Blood for PICT in 2013, returns to direct.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Double, double toil and trouble: the witches of Macbeth are just in time for Halloween in PICT's October production directed by Alan Stanford. Stay tuned for our casting release in April.
 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, adapted by Hugh Leonard
Hugh Leonard wrote this adaptation specifically for Alan Stanford to produce at the Gate Theatre Dublin, where it met with critical and commercial success. Mary Rawson will play Miss Havisham, and further exciting casting news will be available shortly.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEASON IS AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING FACT SHEET OR AT THE WEBSITE, picttheatre.org

 TO ORDER TICKETS:
Subscriptions available now. Single tickets on sale April 1, 2014.
By phone at 412-561-6000.  Online at picttheatre.org. Email to tickethelp@picttheatre.org
 PICT Theatre (also known as Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre) was founded in 1996 to diversify the region's theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors' Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, and performs in The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres from April through December in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts.


PICT THEATRE'S 2014 SEASON QUICK FACT SHEET

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
May 1 May 17, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- May 14, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, May 13)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 17 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks
The Charity Randall Theatre
June 4 June 21, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- June 18, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Wednesday, June 4)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, June 21 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
 Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Henry Heymann Theatre
July 10 August 2, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- July 30, 2014
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, August 2 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Matt Torney
The Charity Randall Theatre
September 4 September 20, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- September 17, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, September 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, September 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
October 8 25, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- October 22, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 21)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 25 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Adapted for the stage by Hugh Leonard)
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
December 3-20, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- December 17, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
           
Subscriptions- full and flex plans available $288-$188*
Single Tickets
Senior Tickets (60+)
(Limited grab bag seating at $25; not available at all shows) $48-$38*
$44*
$25*
Military and Youth Tickets:
Military Adult
Military Children (ages 18 and under)
Patrons ages 19-30
Children ages 18 and under
$24*
$5*
$20*
$10*
* Prices do not include handling fees.
Email tickethelp@picttheatre.org to become an E-Subscriber or for online purchasing options, or contact PICT at 412-561-6000 x.207.
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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:02:00
 
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CONTACT:    
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412-255-1279

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Names 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Award Recipients
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29






PITTSBURGH, PA (March 12, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has named the recipients of the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards. They include:

· Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Executive Director, The Janetta Foundation
· Business & Professional Services: Lisa Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
· Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women's Empowerment Institute
· Education: MJ Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University
· Health & Human Services: Kimberlee S. Evert, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
· Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, Project Manager, FedEx Ground
· Young Leader: La'Tasha Mayes, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh

Awards will be presented at the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 29, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown. Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others.

Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women or to purchase advance tickets, go to www.ywcapgh.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency.  For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 13:56:00
 
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After a long winter, this cast is sure to
heat up the CLO Cabaret this spring!


Meet the cast of Ring of Fire
Pittsburgh, PA · March 12, 2014 Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast for the rousing musical hit Ring of Fire, which will run May 22 through August 17 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

Cast (In Alphabetical Order)

Jay Hitt is a gifted singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist who last appeared at the CLO Cabaret in Always¦Patsy Cline.  He was voted Best Acoustic Musician by the readers of Pittsburgh City Papertwice.  His song, Tracy Loves Ray was named Best Song in the Canadian Narrative Music Contest, where he also received an Honorable Mention for Through The Window.  Mr. Hitt is the recipient of Best Song awards on Broadjam.com, Songwriter Universe and Songoftheyear.com. With the release of his seventh CD, Greetings from the Wilderness, Mr. Hitt continues to honor his gifts, work at his craft, respect his audience and achieve excellence, as one reviewer put it.

Paul Koudouris is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Program making his Pittsburgh CLO debut.  Regional Theatre: RENT (Roger), All Shook Up (Chad), Chess (Anatoly),Oklahoma! (Curly) and A Night with Janis Joplin (Guitarist/Singer).  Mr. Koudouris has also released an original pop/folk music album which can be found at www.paulkmusic.com.

Mitch Marois just completed his BFA in Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University.  As a member of Theatre Plastique he appeared in Saints!, winning Best Musical at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival.  A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Marois has appeared in productions of 4 Saints in 3 Acts, Romeo and Juliet, You Can't Take it With You and The Wild Party (Lippa) while at CMU.  He also choreographed and assisted on productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown! The Musical, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Once on This Island, The Wild Party and various dance concerts.

Jon Rohlf is a Musical Theatre graduate from Point Park University where he last performed as "Band Leader" in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  Other Point Park credits include Huck in Huck Finn and Floyd in Dark of the Moon. Other roles include "Antony" in Sweeney Todd and Kyle" in Legally Blonde The Musical among others.

Nicole Stefonek is a Wisconsin native who holds a BFA in musical theater performance from St. Mary's University of Winona, MN.  After graduating and performing extensively throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she moved to New York City where she wrote and performed for numerous Off-Broadway and cabaret venues.  Favorite productions include: The Jamal Lullabies (P.S.122 NYC), What the Folk?!(The Duplex Cabaret), Tony n' Tina's Wedding (Minneapolis), The Rocky Horror Show (Minneapolis) andSide Show (St.Paul).

Erika Strasburg is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate making her Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret debut. Other Pittsburgh credits include A Musical Christmas Carol and Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroesprogram, Quantum Theatre and City Theatre Company.

Santino Tomasetti is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  Credits include Holiday Songbook at Lincoln Center (writer) and Vietnam at 50 for the New York Historical Society.  Mr. Tomasetti is joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time.

The Creative Team

Guy Stroman (Director & Choreographer) directed and choreographed Forever Plaid for the inaugural production of the CLO Cabaret.  He also directed and choreographed that show for the fifth anniversary of the theater, as well as Plaid Tidings in 2007 and 2013.  He has directed numerous productions of plays and musicals around the country and in New York, including: Driving Miss Daisy andThe Glass Menagerie, both starring Sandy Duncan, The King and I, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (Best Director Award), Twelfth Night, Loot (Best Production Award), 1776 (Best Director Award), Man of La Mancha (Audience Favorite Award), and Shakespeare's R&J, to name a few.  Mr. Stroman originated the role of Frankie in the original Forever Plaid in New York, London's West End, and Los Angeles, where he won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Actor.

Chris Red Blisset (Music Director) is joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Other credits include:Stand By Your Man (two national tours Actor, MD), Ring of Fire (Director, MD, Actor, all over the country), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Director, MD, Actor, all over), Cotton Patch Gospel, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Keep on the Sunny Side, Smoke on the Mountain, Plaid Tidings, Honky-Tonk Highwayand Civil War (Actor/Musical Director/Director in various projects). He can be seen coast-to-coast and on YouTube doing stand-up comedy.  He comes from New York City where he is developing the new musicalBasquiat.
The Story

WALK THE LINE" IN AN EXPERIENCE SURE TO LIFT YOUR HEART & STIR YOUR SOUL!
Ring of Fire is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets--Johnny Cash. In Ring of Fire, a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. Ring of Fire features over 30 of the music legend's songs such as Country Boy, A Thing Called Love, Five Feet High and Rising, Daddy Sang Bass, I Walk the Line, I've Been Everywhere, The Man in Black and his final hit, Hurt.

Performance Schedule for Ring of Fire
Wednesdays   7:30pm
Thursdays      1:00pm* & 7:30pm * Thursday matinees 6/26, 7/31, 8/14
Fridays           7:30pm
Saturdays       2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays          2:00pm

Tickets
Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts. VisitpittsburghCLO.org for more information.

2014 CLO Cabaret Series
Ring of Fire will join the world premiere of Judge Jackie Justice and the hilarious return of Dixie's Tupperware Party to complete the 2014 Cabaret Series.  Three-Show Cabaret Series Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased for $100 (a 25% savings!) by calling 412-281-2822.  Individual tickets for Dixie's Tupperware Party will be on sale at a later date.

Pittsburgh CLO media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting the Press Room at pittsburghCLO.org. When prompted, simply enter pressroom as the username and pittstadium as the password.
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 13:43:00
 
Computer and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Event
for
Spectrum Charter School



Spectrum Charter School is a Non-Profit Organization

Founding Member of Green Building Alliance Pittsburgh
Green Schools Academy

 Where: Spectrum Charter School, Inc.
                              4369 Northern Pike
                              Monroeville, PA 15146

                 When:  Saturday, April, 12, 2014

                 Time:    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Will Accept:
· Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Servers, Hard Drives
· Keyboards, Mice, Power Supplies, Motherboards/Circuit Boards, Cables, Speakers, CD, DVD, Tape and Floppy Drivers, Backup Systems, Memory Drives, Computer Fans, and Tape Backups
· Routers, Switches, Wireless Routers, Access Points, Bridges, Firewalls, Cabling, Modems, and KVM Switches
· Phones, Ink, Toner, AC Adapters, Projectors, Overhead Displays
· Consumer electronics (Gaming Systems, Wire, Christmas Lights, Cable Boxes, Radios, VCR and DVD Players, Typewriters, MP3 Players, iPods, iPads, Desktop Printers, and Dot Max Printers)
· Monitors (LCD and CRT)

Onsite Data Destruction for hard drives will be provided upon request for a $10 fee

Televisions will NOT be accepted

If your donation will be more than 30 items you may schedule a pick-up with Commonwealth Computer Recycling prior to the event at 724-858-1087.

Cannot make it on April 12th?
Spectrum Charter School will accept donations BEFORE the event during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Questions? Call 412-374-8130

Sponsored by
TeamLogicIT of Monroeville and Commonwealth Computer Recycling

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 13:19:00
 
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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S STRAUSS RECORDING NAMED A GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE FOR MARCH

PITTSBURGH”Gramophone magazine picked Strauss, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's recent recording of Strauss tone poems on Reference Recordings Fresh! label, as one of its Editor's Choice recordings for March 2014.

Reviewer Ivan March said of the recording, This is one of the outstanding Strauss CDs of the year; the quality of playing and recording makes it very recommendable indeed. He also credited Music Director Manfred Honeck for his interpretations, which vividly bring out the music's emotional and pictorial detail.

The CD was released in November 2013 and has received numerous positive reviews. A second release in the collaboration with Reference Recordings will be released in July and features work by DvoГ¸Г¡k and JanГ¡Г¨ek.  Strauss was recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 70 Grammy nominations and awards. FRESH! is part of Reference Recordings' mission to encourage artists and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recordings are made possible by a generous grant from BNY Mellon.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony is critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. They have made more than 35 international tours, and recently returned from their 2013 European Festivals Tour, where enthralled audiences filled the PSO's concerts in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, DГ¼sseldorf,Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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