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Hopes and Dreams A Review of REP's Of Mice and Men 

Sept. 5th 2014 

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It is no secret that we live in a ridiculously fast paced world these days.  And for opening night,
September 5th, 2014 of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Pittsburgh Playhouse,
there was a pause.  It was a beautiful pause and a challenging one.  Point Park University's The Rep
 Professional Theater Company has set the bar for the 2014-2015 season for ALL artistic
 performances in the Pittsburgh area.  And they set it high.

Roving Pittsburgher Report, Yanni Brings Agape, 

"Love" to Benedum

YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014 August 16, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Benedum Center
Yanni GRACED the Benedum Stage last night with his mesmerizing smile and
consummate rapport with the audience who were raucous and appreciative and never faltered in
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Analysis Paralysis

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Boy Scouts and Marketeers - Be Prepared

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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

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Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa Launches New
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Pittsburgh, PA September 16, 2014 Pittsburgh's leading cosmetic treatment center, Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, announces its newest service package. The Body Rejuvenation Program includes four new procedures for delicate body areas. The program was inspired by an increased amount of requests to repair earlobes, belly buttons and vaginal alteration, and also deep wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

We're extremely excited to offer relief, improve the quality of life and restore self-confidence with our new Body Rejuvenation Program, Senior Executive Mark Fleis said. We noticed a surge in scarring, stretch marks, earlobe, belly button and vaginal rejuvenation consultations over the past five years, so in order to best serve our patients, we created an innovative customized treatment package for both men and women.

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa begins the process with a confidential consultation where they determine the optimal corrective steps for each individual. From there, their team delivers safe and trusted treatments ensuring each patient's distinct cosmetic needs are met. All procedures are performed in state-of-the-art facilities by board-certified surgeons.

Damage to earlobes, such as stretching or tearing from earrings and gauges, can be repaired by a simple cosmetic procedure. The 30-minute process causes minimal discomfort and healing takes approximately one week.

Belly button piercings can cause infections, scarring and tearing of the skin more often than one may realize. Belly buttons can also develop an unsightly skin hood due to weight changes and pregnancies. Extreme issues can be fixed with cosmetic belly button surgery, or umbilicoplasty, which is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the belly button. Performed in less than one hour, patients are able to resume regular activities within 24 to 48 hours.
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Like all other body parts, the vagina and labia undergo changes during childbirth and aging, which can vary from slight to drastic depending on each woman's circumstance. Some women are born with elongated, uneven or irregularly shaped labium and in certain instances, it can interfere with physical activities. Libiaplasty and vaginoplasty strengthen, firm and reshape tissues for youthful appearance.

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POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS: Arts Day of Giving, Author Zone Awards, Professional Development Day-- CULTURAL CLUES: In the Burgh | Danny Schmidt and Darlingside at Carnegie Lecture Hall | Fury to Perform in Celebration of the Arts | Dance of the Three Enchanting Fairy-Tales by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre | PSO's Spanish Strings Concert | Auditions for CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol | John Mellencamp Coming to Pittsburg Spring 2015 | Pittsburgh Public Theater Season of Legends Begins with The Glass Menagerie | PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh: The Book of Mormon Ticket Lottery | Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music in Space Fall Concert Series | Pittsburgh Opera season Opens with a GRAND and GLORIOUS Concert | Celtic Woman Will Return to Pittsburgh During Their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour | Calliope Presents Spuyten Duyvil | PICT Classic Theatre Presents Macbeth | Mendelsohn Choir -- KIDZ KORNER: "READY, STEADY, WIGGLE! | Outdoor Classroom 10th Anniversary Celebration - WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT -- BUSINESS BUZZ: U Can B Education Program Grows | Job Prospects Drawing Workers to Western Pennsylvania -- HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS: The Street College Fair -- NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: CASE Awards! | Sparkle Pittsburgh -- ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Dixie's Tupperware Party | Resonance Work's Elixer of Love -- VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:Veteran's and Energy Jobs

 

Publish Date: 09-23-2014 14:26:00
 

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 09-15-14
Events in Cultural Trust & Jobs for Veterans
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PPL Co-Host
Megan Grabowski
Employed 6 + years as an office manager and service writer for a small automotive repair garage. I am a December 2013 Cum Laude Graduate from Carlow University, where I earned my bachelor's degree in Professional Writing, a minor in mass media communications and a certificate in grant writing. My free time is spent as a volunteer for numerous community ventures including the Carlynton Council of GSWPA. I am interested in opportunities that will allow me to explore the more creative side to my communication expertise, such as copy writing, advertising or public relations. I am comfortable speaking in front of groups, am enamored by the power and reach of social media and am a thorough researcher and fact checker. I possess impeccable customer service skills, whether it be face-to-face via the telephone or electronically. I work well independently and collaboratively and am excited to explore new opportunities.

Megan does the set up for the PositivelyPittsburgh Post Script which goes out every week and also has come on as the Marketing Director for Positive Pittsburghers which you can join for free at: http://positivepittsburghers.com.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Dean's Diner on Rte 22 Blairsville, Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy,
Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport, and Roman Bistro in Forest Hills

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
WIN Professional Development Day  |  The Authors' Zone 1st Annual Awards Ceremony

CULTURAL CLUES
Dirty Dancing and The Balancing Act Are Back Again  |  Fall Fun in September  |  Arts Day of Giving  |  Jackie Evancho Returns Return to Pittsburgh Next Spring  |  Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme  |  National Recognition for Bricolage Production Company  |  Ballet Hispano Classico Classes  |  Irving Berlin's White Christmas  |  20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season

KIDZ KORNER:  Kids Without Kicks Golf Fundraiser

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  Operation Jumpstart - A Business Feasibility Class

BUSINESS BUZZ
Pittsburgh Gains Another Top Accolade  |  Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District  |  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or its RIDC Park West Expansion  |  Burgh Biz Showcase - Consultants & Young Professionals

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
New App Helps College Students Pinpoint Their Career Qualities  |  LaunchCMU: Roboburgh, the Sequel

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  Hear Chamber Music at Historic Old St. Luke's

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
STAND UP for STANDING FIRM 2014 Awards Luncheon  |  World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh  |  3rd Annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  African-American Heritage Day Parade

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS
Steve Peck  |  Nicole  |  Jessica Schlie  |  Kelly Coleman  |  Gia Tatone  |  Tomlyn Ward

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Of Mice and Men  |  Dean's Diner, Rte 22 Blairsville  |  Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy  |  Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport  |  Roman Bistro, Forest Hills

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pitt Football Notebook: Three Panthers Honored

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  Getting Your Basic Needs Through Barter

VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:  Jobs for Pittsburgh Veterans: WeHireHeroes.US

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

WIN Professional Development Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd



To register or for more information, visit www.pittsburgh.na-win.com.


The Authors' Zone 1st Annual Awards Ceremony
October 16th, 2014  |  Rivers Club
***Calling for Submissions***
The Authors' Zone (TAZ) is accepting submissions from authors and publishers for the 1st annual awards ceremony. TAZ is an event that showcases independent authors in Southwestern PA.   Our mission is to create a platform that celebrates and honors local authors to the general public ~ and connects them to national and international audiences.

The following categories are eligible:
  • Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
  • Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
  • Biographies/autobiographies
  • Collected and selected poems by one author
  • Children's books
  • Self-published books
  • Business books
  • Ebooks
Submission forms and deadlines can be found at www.theauthorszone.com.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are only $49.00.  Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. The awards ceremony will consist of grazing stations, a cash bar, and a short program with featured speakers including KDKA's Dave Crawley.

For more information, please visit www.theauthorszone.com, email info@theauthorszone.com or call 412-563-6712 or 412-215-8247.


CULTURAL CLUES

Dirty Dancing and The Balancing Act Are Back Again
Tuesday, September 16  |  7:00 AM  |  Benedum Center
Jillian Mueller (Baby)
Samuel Pergande (Johnny)
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage, presented by Broadway Across America at the Benedum Center as part of the Pittsburgh 2014/2015 Broadway Series from April 7 to April 12, 2015 will take center stage on the award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® on the Lifetime® Channel on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT). Tune in as The Balancing Act® host Olga Villaverde gets up close and personal with star Samuel Pergande aka Johnny Castle and Associate Choreographer David Scotchford to learn some of the classic dance moves from the show and as the movie's author Eleanor Bergstein shares what inspired her to bring this beloved film to life on the stage.

This is the second of a special six-part series, Broadway Balances America.  The episode originally aired on September 9 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime.  The six-part special series Broadway Balances America will provide interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America's 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide - from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between.  Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

For more information visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, or www.TrustArts.org.


Fall Fun from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in September

Downtown Rooftop Shindig The Big Lebowski
Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014  |  Theater Square Garage Roof
Art Together  |  Sept 13, 2014  |  Trust Arts Education Center
Beatles: Relive the '64 Concert
Sept 13, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Willie Nelson and Family - Live in Concert
Sept 16, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Clemente: The Legend of 21
Sept 19-21, 2014  |  Byham Theater
Pittsburgh Biennial 2014
Sept 19 - Nov 9  |  Wood Street Galleries
The Book of Mormon  |  Sept 23 - Oct 5, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
Tommy Emmanuel  |  Sept 23, 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Wiggles  |  Sept 16, 2014  |  Benedum Center
10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Friday, Sept 26, 2014  |  Cultural District
Dixie's Tupperware Party
Sept - Oct 12, 2014  |  Cabaret at Theater Square

For more great event information, visit www.TrustArts.org.




Pittsburgh Sensation Jackie Evancho Returns to Heinz Hall to Perform with Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, February 13, 2015  |  8:00 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.   Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's America's Got Talent at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.  Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own, said Evancho of the new album. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me.

Tickets, ranging in price from $39 to $179, go on sale September 8 and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org. 


PICT Theatre Presents "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme"
September 4-20, 2014  |  Stephen Foster Memorial,4310 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Almost 60,000 British soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner the first day of fighting at the Somme. But, "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme" by Frank McGuinness is so much more than a story of a bloody WWI battle.  Whether you've faced war or not, this play demonstrates for all the true level of camaraderie, trust, love, and brotherhood that all soldiers know.  Witness the camaraderie in this tight-knit PICT cast directed by Matt Torney.

Reserve Tickets now with your special discount code ULSTER22798 at PICTTheatre.org/Sons or call 412-561-6000.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Celebrates National Recognition of Pittsburgh's Bricolage Production Company
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the national recognition of Bricolage Production Company as one of seven companies recently lauded as producing groundbreaking immersive theater throughout the world by Backstage.com.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud of the well-deserved national recognition Bricolage has received, shared J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Bricolage has enlivened Pittsburgh's Cultural District with first-rate arts offerings, and the company's creativity and energy have brought diversity and new audiences to the District.  The Trust will to continue to spearhead efforts to help develop, nurture and sustain vibrant, 'homegrown' arts activity, whenever it is feasible.

We are truly humbled and honored to be in the company of such inspiring artistic organizations, shared Jeffrey Carpenter, Artistic Director for Bricolage Production Company.  Bricolage would not even be near such a list without the full support of Kevin McMahon, Veronica Corpuz and the entire Cultural Trust team. This partnership has enabled us to bring our crazy ideas to life, and we owe a lot to their vision and willingness to share resources in support of our creative insanity. A big thanks too, to Paul Organisak! Working with Teatro de los Sentidos in the Trust's 2008 International Festival of Firsts galvanized and inspired a long-time dream for us, one that will ripple out for decades to come!

For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.  Established in December 1960 by Ira Eaker and Allen Zwerdling, Backstage is the trusted industry source where actors, singers and dancers can connect with the greater performing arts community. The article that recognizes Bricolage Production Company for its ground-breaking immersive work was written by K.C. Wright and posted on August 5, 2014.  The article provides the following mention of the Pittsburgh production company:

Bricolage is defined as making artful use of what is at hand. This Pittsburgh-based theater company embraces its name by devising works with location, current events, and audience engagement in mind. Housed in a former Turkish bathhouse, Bricolage recently produced Ojo, in which audience members receive their evening's itinerary from a mock travel agency at the start of the performance, and STRATA, an evocative and immersive journey through a refitnessing center.


Ballet Hispano Classico by Southwest Ballet
September 18-October 11, 2014  |  5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh
Southwest Ballet Dancers
Jessica Collazo-Lilja and
Enrique Bazaan
CafГ© Con Leche Pop-Up will be hosting a 4 week Hispanic Dance Program for children through adult at the former Quiet Storm Gallery on Penn Avenue from September 18-October 11.  Plena, Cumbia, Bomba, Cueca plus others will be learned with the fundamental training of classical ballet. Anyone is welcome to join.

This program will be taught by Virginia Nicoll-Hernandez, She has been Artistic Director of Southwest Ballet since 1992 and her former students are some of our nations top professional performers.   Dancers will need a full skirt that is at least knee length and it is preferred that the wear ballet slippers. Children ages 6-10 will have class 10:00 am- (1) hour and students 11-adult will be at 11:00 am, Saturday mornings beginning September 20 through October 11. 

Open registration will be held Saturday September 13, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm., at the Quiet Storm location at 5430 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh Pa.  The cost is $20 for the four classes. Please go the CafГ© Con Leche web site to register at www.CafeConLeche.com


Irving Berlin's White Christmas
November 18 23, 2014  |  Benedum Center 
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! The timeless movie White Christmas is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to put on your wish list. IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they're dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Enter promo code SNOW to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public on Friday, September 26.  To purchase tickets, visit TrustArts.org, call 412-456-4800, or go in person to the Box Office at Theater Square.


20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets go on sale, Friday, August 29, at 9AM, for the 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.  Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  The 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season includes the following six performances.  Also, two special dance events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host are additional recommendations to dance patrons.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet  -  Saturday, October 11, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Michael Clark Company  -  Saturday, November 1, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Ron K. Brown Evidence  -  Saturday, February 7, 2015  |  8PM  | Byham Theater
Union Tanguera  -  Saturday, March 28, 2015  |   8PM |  Byham Theater
Pontus Lidberg  -  Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Scottish Ballet  -  Tuesday, May 19, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES  -  Single tickets start at $25
Royal Ballet of Cambodia  -  Friday, November 7, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host  -  Saturday, February 28, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater

Single tickets start at $19 for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390.

For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.


KIDZ KORNER

Kids Without Kicks
October 4, 2014  |  10 AM  |  Cedarbrook Golf Course


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

Operation Jumpstart: Business Feasibility Planning 10 Week Class
Tuesdays, Sept 16 thru Nov 18th  |  6PM - 9PM  |  CCAC's Allegheny Campus, North Side 
Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is currently recruiting for the Operation Jump Start feasibility/business plan class beginning September 16, at CCAC.   In this 10 week class, entrepreneurs determine if their business concept has market feasibility before launching and investing money into the actual business venture.  This 36-hour noncredit certificate program leads participants through determining whether a business idea is a feasible business opportunity.

They examine their concepts or businesses from every angle and write a feasibility plan:
  • Evaluating a business idea to determine whether it can be viably launched into a business.
  • Looking for new, strategic focus and direction of the business they are currently leading.
  • Or, contemplating self-employment as a new career option.
Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation necessary in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.  Students who successfully complete the course requirements will gain access to business support groups, as well as micro-financing and business incubation.

For more information, visit weeemeanbusiness.org.


BUSINESS BUZZ

Pittsburgh Gains Another Top Accolade
From: Pittsburgh Post Gazette  Written By: Anya Sostek | June 02, 2014
What do Pittsburgh and the Everglades have in common? Both are top travel destinations.
Downtown Pittsburgh from Schenley Oval
(photo courtesy: Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)
Is this ranking the one for the thumb?  Pittsburgh has racked up yet another accolade, with the designation as the most livable city in the continental U.S., according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2014 livability survey.  Only Honolulu outperformed Pittsburgh among U.S. cities in the study, which measured which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Pittsburgh was tops in the country in the 2009 iteration of the study.

Pittsburgh was named America's Most Livable City by Forbes magazine in 2010 and was named one of the Best All-American Vacations earlier this year by The Travel Channel, among other positive rankings.
In the 2014 Economist study, Pittsburgh ranks 30th in the world among 140 cities in the study and Honolulu ranks 26th. The top-ranking city in the world is Melbourne, Australia, and the bottom-ranking city is Damascus, Syria. The other cities in the top five are Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; and Adelaide, Australia.

The report notes that ” like Pittsburgh ” cities performing well tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density. It noted that cities with a big city buzz, such as New York, London and Paris, can suffer from higher crime and overstretched infrastructure. Cities were given a score between 1 and 100 in five categories ” stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure ” with 100 considered ideal. Pittsburgh received 100s in education and infrastructure, an 85 in stability, a 92 in health care and a 91 in culture and environment. The factors that go into the stability category generally relate to the prevalence of crime and unrest.  It's great to celebrate the accolades that were made possible through the spirit of innovation here, fueled by the passion of Pittsburgh residents and decision makers, said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. There's been a conscious effort to invest in the arts, culture and the environment as an economic development strategy. And that has paid off nicely.


Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District
From our Friends: PittsburghUrbanMedia.com
Written By: Author | Jan. 00, 2014
City, County, State, Federal, Community and Penguins leaders announce agreement between community and team, investment fund and option agreement
Mayor William Peduto joined other officials today to announce historic agreements among the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hill District community and local government that will transform the entire neighborhood and provide tens of millions in financing for community improvements, jobs and housing.  This plan will build transformational wealth for the residents of the greater Hill District, Mayor Peduto said. It provides the financial resources to build the ladders of opportunity between the 28 acres and the rest of the Hill District.

The Mayor was joined at the announcement by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Urban Redevelopment Authority Chairman Kevin Acklin, Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, state Sen. Jay Costa, and Penguins Chief Operating Officer Travis Williams.  The announcement was the culmination of more than 50 meetings among city, county, state, federal, community and team officials on how to best leverage the redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill to provide for business development, jobs, housing, and infrastructure improvements to the entire area. Through a new tax increment financing district, property tax growth from the redevelopment of the Lower Hill will be used to pay for improvements in six other neighborhoods across the Hill: Bluff, Crawford Roberts, Terrace Village, Middle Hill, Bedford Dwellings and Upper Hill.

Announcements today included:
An Agreement between the Penguins and Hill District Community
  • Signing today the Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP)
  • Highest levels of MWBE commitments ever in the history of the City of Pittsburgh
  • Results of more than 50 meetings, and weekly sessions since January
  • Full collaboration of City, County, URA, SEA, Penguins and Community
  • Goal is to build transformational wealth for the residents of Greater Hill District
Greater Hill TIF District
  • Largest TIF district in the history of the City of Pittsburgh
  • At worst case, will generate $22M and as much as $50M for investment
  • Captures value from development on 28 acres and invests in middle and upper Hill
  • Provides financial resources to build ladders of opportunity
Option Agreement with the Penguins
  • Now that community plan is in place, Option Agreement will be voted on by URA and SEA on Thursday
  • Replaces short form option agreement executed in 2007
  • Provides for 1 year extension for first takedown
  • Parcels to be acquired by Penguins at market value
  • Good deal that will promote the final development of this 28 acres
A map and fact sheet on the proposed TIF district is here.
A development map for the Civic Arena site is here.
Read full article at pittsburghurbanmedia.com.


SDC Nutrition to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or its RIDC Park West Expansion
Tuesday, September 16th  |  10 AM  |  RIDC West Industrial Park
SDC Nutrition will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Press Conference at their new corporate headquarters, located in RIDC West Industrial Park on Tuesday, September 16th at 10 a.m.   Following the ceremony, guests and media are invited to tour this state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility.  SDC Nutrition, Inc. has grown at a CAGR of almost 200% since inception 5 years ago and currently employs more than 40 team members with a forecast of adding more jobs throughout 2015.  SDC is a Pittsburgh-based company with a primary focus to continue to create more jobs and positively impact the local economy as they provide products for those seeking a healthy lifestyle all over the world.  "We simply have outgrown our current facility and are thrilled to be moving into the facility in Findlay Township," says Director of Marketing, Devenee Schumacher.

In addition, Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) assisted SDC Nutrition Inc. with its recent expansion.  Through its Economic Development Administration (EDA) revolving loan fund, ACED provided a $220,000 loan to SDC Nutrition for the purchase of state of the art equipment.  This high-tech equipment will enable SDC to fully automate their manufacturing line and effectively double unit production per shift as well as to institute larger production runs for greater efficiency and economies of scale. It will also allow them to take advantage of larger volume discounts for primary product ingredients.  SDC Nutrition's decision to locate in RIDC Park West is another example of the investment and growth in the Airport Corridor, said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.  We look forward to the company's continued growth in the coming years and hope to see them expand even more in the future.


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On the newest episode of the Burgh Biz Showcase small business owners and entrepreneurs share their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche, and offer special deals for only PositivelyPittsburghLive listeners.

This weeks guests:
 Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR, Owner of HR Rescue Resources, LLC
John S. Oliverio, President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals
Stephanie Oliver, Owner and Lead Planner at Oliver Events
Jennifer Hain, Founder and Owner of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching

Check out this insightful episode at PositivelyPittsburghLive! Burgh Biz Showcase on PPLmag.com.


HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

New App Helps College Students Pinpoint Their Career Qualities
From: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Written By: Deborah M. Todd  |  Aug. 28, 2014
As a college freshman attempting to narrow a seemingly endless field of career options, Rachel Gogos never did find a straightforward, navigable trail toward her destiny.  Instead, the English major at the State University of New York at Buffalo followed a twisting path that shifted from earning a master's degree at New York University to taking a run at law school, then doing a United Nations internship and a stint at The Wall Street Journal before ending up in the realm of entrepreneurship.

Hoping to spare this generation of college students the frustration of her early years, Ms. Gogos, 33, created the MyPath101 app in 2012 to serve as the college and career planning road map she wishes she and her peers had.  I started this to help students find their path at that critical point when they're 18, 19, 20 years old in a more efficient way, to help them find their purpose, Ms. Gogos said. I really struggled with that and feel like I lost some time. If I look back on my life, there is a very windy road that leads me to today and that happens to most people.

Part personality assessment, image consultant and career counselor, MyPath101 is a website and app designed to steer students toward solid decisions during each phase of their pre-collegiate or post-graduate careers. Based in McMurray, the company has five employees.  Although MyPath101's identity and personal branding assessment features questions and activities designed to pinpoint an individual's most important career qualities, Ms. Gogos stresses that the product isn't an assessment tool.  The site uses three separate modules ” identity and personal branding, social media management, and career marketing ” to help students recognize their passions and strengths in choosing a major, to make social media accounts job ready, and to provide expert advice to seniors ready to dive into the job search.

After a three-month pilot at the University of Pittsburgh in March 2013, MyPath101 is up and serving around 1,000 students nationwide, including hundreds at the university, which uses the service in its office of career development and placement assistance.  In coming months, Ms. Gogos said universities will be able to use MyPath101's open-ended format to license the product and create a customized site directed specifically toward their students.  Cheryl Finlay, director of Pitt's office of career development and placement assistance, said some students use the program as more than simply a supplement to their services.

For Ms. Gogos, who is reaching out to schools and directly selling the product to parents and students across the country, the idea isn't to put the nation's career counselors out of jobs. Instead, her hope is that she can make their jobs easier by helping students decide what's ultimately important when it comes to the jobs they hope to hold in the future.  Our goal with MyPath is to support what's already going on on a campus or in a high school and help students prepare themselves before they go into those meetings. she said.

Read the entire article HERE


LaunchCMU: A Startup and Research Showcase - Roboburgh, the Sequel 
Friday, October 3, 2014  |  Carnegie Mellon University's Jared L. Cohon University Center
Carnegie Mellon's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship cordially invites you to LaunchCMU.  Join the investment experts who look to Carnegie Mellon University for technology breakthroughs. Come meet the creators of Red Rover, Anki Drive, mamaRoo, NavioPFS, and others...

11:30 am   Demo & Poster Session
1:00 pm     Showcase Talks
3:00 pm     Reception & Demo & Poster Session (cont'd)

RSVP by Monday, September 29, 2014. Space is limited.

For more information and to register visit cmu.qualtrics.com


PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Hear Chamber Music at Historic Old St. Luke's, 330 Old Washington Pike, Scott Township
The historic Old St. Luke's Church, Burial Ground, and Garden in Scott Township, will launch a FREE chamber music series starting this month.  Proprietors of the campus, which has not had an active congregation since 1930, say the music series is yet another way of keeping the site active all year round. PHLF has long played an active role in helping restore and maintain the iconic faГ§ade and interior of the church building, and has awarded several matching grants through its Historic Religious Properties program.

Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Academy Chamber Ensemble
Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Autumn Concert
Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Warren Davidson, Violin and Luke Mayernik, Organ
Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The Early Mays, Appalachian Carols and Folk Songs
Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Carnegie Brass
March 15 at 2 p.m. Freya String Quartet
April 19 at 2 p.m. Ferla/Marcinyzin Guitar Duo
May 17 at 2 p.m. Living Room Chamber Music Project

The series is free and open to the public. Performances will be 90 minutes long. Donations, which will benefit the musicians and the church, will be accepted.

To learn more about Old St. Luke's and the music series, visit OldSaintLukes.org.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH

STAND UP for STANDING FIRM 2014 Awards Luncheon 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Center
Standing Firm will award their Employer Award to Familylinks and Champion Award to Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to City Councilman Corey O'Connor.  The presentation will include keynote speaker Leslie Morgan Steiner, a TED Talk presenter and NY Times bestselling author of Crazy Love.

Register or sign up for a sponsorship by October 3rd here.


World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh
Sunday, Sept 21, 2014  |  3 PM  |  Undercroft Art Gallery, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
We're just 11 days away from World Gratitude Day! Why not register today? After hosting the first World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh in 2012 to mark the 10 year anniversary of Litzinger Career Consulting, many people asked about the program continuing. We are excited to bring the program back through the co-sponsorship of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh and underwriting  by Journeys of Life in Shadyside.

Be uplifted through a program of music, poetry, reflection and sharing.  Featuring Julie Ann Sullivan, National Speaker and Author of A Little Bit of Gratitude Goes a Long Way.

For details and to register, visit WorldGratitudeDay.wordpress.com.


3rd Annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon
Saturday, September 20, 2014  |  Westin Convention Center
Join us for the 3rd annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop and Comedy Luncheon.  Did you know the burden of stroke is greater among minorities than in any other group?  In fact, minorities have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with Causasians, and minorities, 35-54 years old, have four times the relative risk for stroke.  This event is part of the American Stroke Association's Power To End Stroke campaign - an education and awareness campaign embracing and celebrating the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African and Hispanic Americans.  It unites under-served communities to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke with the community.

This event will feature actress and comedian, Kim Coles and back by popular demand, Humble G, the hip hop violinist.  In addition to the luncheon and workshops, there will be entertainment, FREE health screenings, vendors, exhibitors, VIP reception, health workshops, a heart-healthy lunch and a host of laughter!  Join us and learn more about what you can do to help defeat the #1 disabler of Americans - stroke.

Registration will open at 10:30 am for your convenience.  The free health screenings will be hosted by UPMC Heart & Vascular Coach, a silent auction, exhibitors, vendors will be held from 11 am-11:45 am.  A heart healthy lunch, health workshop and a host of entertainment and laughter will follow!

For more information contact Cindy Shambley at 412.208.3606 or email at cindy.shambley@heart.org.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

African-American Heritage Day Parade
From our Friends: Soul Pitt
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014  |  Downtown Pittsburgh


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Steve Peck
8 Pecks Marketing
I love business, marketing, strategy and technology. Been fortunate with the opportunity to apply these loves to complex business problems for over 30 years. And grateful to have worked with businesses and business owners of both very large and very small organizations. When there is the opportunity to dump a business "out on the table" and see what's possible by putting it back together to create a better business - that's thrilling to me.

Nicole
Nicoles Nails
I've lived in the Burgh for 41 years.  I work in the salon business and am a nail tech.

Jessica Schlie
Spina Bifida of Western PA
I love raising awareness for issues and organizations like Spina Bifida of Western PA.

Kelly Coleman
WriterKAColeman
I write under K.A. Coleman because I have a very common name, but I love my name and what it means. I love my family and friends. With that said, I am definitely a dog person. I love reading and writing. I have super odd quirks. I can identify most songs within the first five seconds. Likewise, I always remember lyrics to songs. For some reason, I can do wall sits longer than anyone I know. I chalk that up to being super competitive rather than athleticism.

Gia Tatone
Red Engine Press
Educator, author, publisher and community leader

Tomlyn Ward
MAYA Organization
Tomi founded Maya (Me And You At-Last) Organization is 2009. Tomi was in the process of adopting her second child and realized the financial and emotional burden that adoptive families face during this sensitive time in their lives. Tomi began researching the adoptive family during her master's program and continues researching emotional support for the adoptive family. I am especially interested in making sure that birth parents receive the emotional support they deserve before, during and after the child is born .

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ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Hopes and Dreams a Review of REP's Of Mice and Men Sept. 5th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report  Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Sept. 08, 2014
Lennie (Leandro Cano) and George (Jarrod DiGiorgi)
Photo Courtesy: The REP
It is no secret that we live in a ridiculously fast paced world these days.  And for opening night, September 5th, 2014 of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, there was a pause.  It was a beautiful pause and a challenging one.  Point Park University's The Rep Professional Theater Company has set the bar for the 2014-2015 season for ALL artistic performances in the Pittsburgh area.  And they set it high.

I smiled with sincere pleasure in my heart, chuckled in humor, stirred in quiet disappointment, felt heartbreak, and was moved by a very deep yearning of hope.  One might think that could be sensory overload, but I think that was the genius of Steinbeck and the amazing artistry of this cast.

Set during the Depression in the rolling golden hills of California, we join roaming farmhands George (Jarrod DiGiorgi) and Lennie (Leandro Cano) leisurely camping under the stars on the eve of starting work at a new ranch.  They are an unlikely pair for the times; Lennie Small, a massively sized and strong man with but a wee child's intellect, and George Milton, a practical and witty man who tries to look after Lennie as they work hard to pursue the great American Dream.  As they report to the nearby ranch, the simple story of two men just lookin' for an honest day's work, quickly becomes complicated.

The story is great, as tragic as it is, and the fact that it was performed beautifully made for an encredibly moving performance.  The set was simple and perfectly so.  Every single cast member WAS their character - living the story.  The superb acting of especially Leandro Cano and Jarrod DiGiorgi gave this stage performance the robustness of a movie amidst the seaming simplicity.  They brought to life their characters and the bond between Lennie and George to show the simple and beautiful notion that hopes and dreams are worth smiling for, even amidst the turmoil of social injustices.  I have not been to a more deserving performance of multiple standing ovations yet in Pittsburgh.

Additional Performances:
Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rauh Theatre
For more information and tickets, please visit www.PittsburghPlayhouse.com

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Pitt Football Notebook: Three Panthers Honored
From: Pittsburgh Sporting News.com
Written By: Author | Jan. 00, 2014
For the second consecutive week, the Pitt Panthers football team turned in an impressive performance and for the second straight week they racked up some weekly ACC honors.
Sophomore running back James Conner was named the ACC's Offensive Back of the Week, senior tackle T.J. Clemmings was selected Offensive Lineman of the Week and sophomore placekicker Chris Blewitt was named Specialist of the Week following Pitt's 30-20 road victory over Boston College.
It's the second consecutive week Conner has earned the award. Against BC Conner rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He opened the season by rushing for 153 yards and four scores on 14 carries (10.9 avg.) vs. Delaware.
Conner leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 183.5 rushing yards per game.
Clemmings is also the second consecutive Panthers' linemen to be named the ACC's Offensive Lineman of the Week after Matt Rotheram got the honors after Week 1.
Pitt racked up 303 rushing yards on 51 carries (5.9 avg.) and did not give up a sack against BC. Clemmings has helped Pitt compile 712 rushing yards in its first two contests (356 avg.), the Panthers' most in consecutive games since 1988.
Blewitt played a big role in the win on Friday, tying his career high with 12 points (3-of-3 field goals and 3-of-3 PATs). He made field goals of 49, 42 and 41 yards. Blewitt's 49-yarder marked a career long. He also had four touchbacks on seven kickoffs.
- With starting center Artie Rowell out for the season, Gabe Roberts is listed as No. 1 on the 2-deep, with Alex Officer now listed as the backup. It is worth noting though that Chryst did not commit to naming Roberts the starter.
- Pitt got three votes this week in the Top 25 poll, up from one vote last week.
- Pitt's Sept. 20 game against Iowa will kick off at noon and be televised on ESPN or ESPNU.
- The Panthers (2-0, 1-0 ACC) play at FIU (1-1) this Saturday at noon. The game will be nationally televised by FOX Sports 1.

Read the entire article HERE


PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM

Getting Your Basic Needs Through Barter
Why I created Braddock Barter - The basic idea of the site is to connect folks that would like to trade goods and services to each other. It is not fancy but have as the functionality to keep track of the users, their wants/needs and their transactions.

The REAL exchange of goods and services can be setup through email (through the site) between the two parties without Braddock Barter getting involved, or the administrator of this site can setup the transaction. The goal in the future would be to have a brink and mortar building to help assist in the transactions/exchanges.

If you know of a situation that would assist in the temporary housing of Braddock Barter send me an email.
As this site gains traction many new ideas can be implemented to help the community acquire goods and services. If you have a need that is not being met send me the idea and we can see if we can get your need fulfilled by bringing the correct parties together.

For more information visit BraddockBarter.Com


VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE

Jobs for Pittsburgh Veterans: WeHireHeroes.US 
Rather than trying to be the world's biggest job board, WeHireHeroes.US is a network of local job boards that provides veteran-friendly employment leads, resources, and coaching for military veterans in their local communities.

Because we are veteran owned and operated, we understand veterans better than most. We understand and respect the incredible capabilities that veterans bring to the table - and we are in a unique position to help make those assets available to employers nationwide. We started building our social network of veterans and supporters a full year before we even launched the site.

The truth is, there are lots of jobs are out there looking for veterans, and lots of veterans out there looking for those jobs. Our mission is to provide a broadcast pipline that brings the two together.
Military members, male and femaleAt We Hire Heroes, our greatest passion is helping to solve the veteran unemployment problem. Government can help, but as veterans we know that problems always get solved faster once we're done just talking about solutions and start doing what we do best - working together.

Remember basic training? The biggest lesson we learned from Day 1 was how to win as a team.

Search jobs in Pittsburgh, PA and nearby locations at WeHireHeroes.us

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Publish Date: 09-23-2014 04:46:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 09-13-14
Consultants and Young Professionals
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
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Today's Guests:
Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR
Owner of HR Rescue Resources, LLC
John S. Oliverio
President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals
Stephanie Oliver
Lead Planner at Oliver Events
Jennifer Hain
Founder and Owner of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching


Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR
Owner, HR Rescue Resources, LLC
Lisa Kennis-Miller grew up in rural north-central PA, the second of four children with a very large extended family (we're talking hundreds).  She learned responsibility at a very early age as the daughter of a dairy farmer/Ag Science teacher and a Registered Nurse, Lisa spent the first half of her life working hard on the family dairy farm. Her days began before sunrise (squeezing school, basketball/volleyball practice, and evening farm chores in before dinner at 10PM) then homework before going to bed; get up REPEAT.

Growing up in rural PA, Lisa also became an avid hunter and although she doesn't get back very often these days for deer season; she has had 13 successful ˜buck' seasons  - which includes  a ˜trophy buck'.
For a refreshing change of scenery, Lisa escaped the daily grind to attend Penn State and study Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  With her hard work ethic, Lisa completed college in 4 years, graduating with a 3.5 GPA.  Why is that such a big deal?  Well, she was on schedule to graduate in just 3 years, but life happened. She gave birth to her daughter the summer before her junior year (taking that fall semester off) and a year later changed the focus of her major from science to business, resulting in two additional semesters of business classes. Most college stories don't include tales of 18 credit course loads (maintaining Dean's List status) while working 20 hours/week and raising a newborn with colic!

With over 15 years of progressive human resources experience, primarily in the manufacturing industry, Lisa has held positions as Generalist, Front line Manager, Senior Management, and now Consultant.
Lisa Kennis-Miller is the Owner and Founder of HR Rescue Resources, LLC in Moon Township, PA.
Lisa has her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification.  The SPHR certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Lisa has mastered the principles of human resources and that she is dedicated to staying current in the profession.

Lisa resides in Moon Township with her husband and 15 year old and 12 year old step-sons.  Her 18 year old daughter is a freshman at Kent State University majoring in Visual Communication Design.
Lisa is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA), Pittsburgh Consulting Community, Member Coordinator of No BS Marketing Group, Senior Project Judge for Moon Area School District, and Member of St. George Byzantine Catholic Church.

Talking Points:
  • The company I worked at for 7 years was acquired by a competitor in 2010, the redundant positions were eliminated, including mine.  After much consideration, my husband and I decided I would give independent consulting a shot, allowing for flexibility in my schedule to be home for our teenage children when needed.  I've been at in now 3 1/2 years.
  • Employment compliance should be given great attention by business owners.  Within the past 3 years government agencies have increased audits by nearly 243%, focusing primarily on small businesses because they know that is where they will find violations.  Many times, they will present under the guise of (for instance) a "Payroll Audit" when in reality they are really looking to see if your employees are classified properly (exempt vs. non-exempt or independent contractor) and a payroll audit will get them access to the files they need to determine that!
  • Fines for small business owners are serious business and can have a huge impact.  Under IRCA (Immigration, Reform and Control Act), the fines for failure to have Form I-9 completed upon within 3 days of hiring an employee begins at $110 and can go as high as $1100 per employee, this is also the case for having the form filled out incorrectly or having it filed improperly.  Now if an employer knowingly hires and continues to employ an illegal alien, those fines start at $395 and can go as high as $16,000 per employee plus jail time.  Think about this for a moment; does your business complete the NEW Form I-9 on EACH and EVERY new employee within 3 business days of them being hired?  Are you certain that the person who reviews the I-9 documentation and is responsible for the form's completion is filling it out correctly?  Do you know if you are filing the form in the correct place and keeping it for the recommended period of time?  My recommendation to you is to make sure you find the correct answers to these questions before the IRCA finds you....      
  • The most common area of compliance a small business finds problematic is typically in wage and hour law.  There are so many rules and regulations and that creates opportunities for business owners to be fined and sued.  In my consulting business, I highly caution business owners to take heed and make certain they do not take these laws lightly.  This can cover everything from keeping impeccable time records, to making certain your employees have well- written job descriptions (by a certified HR professional who is experienced in job analysis) so employees can be classified properly (exempt vs. non-exempt) and also making sure all employees get reimbursed for any business expenses incurred no matter how nominal.  Managers and supervisors need to be trained thoroughly to discourage non-exempt employees from performing work 'off the clock' as not doing so will certainly bring a lawsuit against the employer in the future!
  • If you are a business owner who is planning on hiring in the near future, I would highly recommend sticking to structured behavioral interview questions that have been vetted by a professional to make sure they are legal to ask.  Make sure your employment application doesn't have any illegal questions either.  Check at least 3 professional references asking a series of probing questions that would allow you to establish whether or not the applicant was competent in their job duties in their former role, why they left, if they would rehire them, etc. before making an offer. You would be surprised how much information you can attain from spending 15 minutes on the phone with a former supervisor! 
  • Another tip is to do state, federal, county, and nationwide criminal background checks on the applicant after making a 'contingent offer'; meaning, they are hired contingent upon meeting the standards of the background check.  There are FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) laws you MUST follow when performing background checks.  I also want to point out that it is illegal to not hire an applicant just because they have a criminal record.  You have to look at the results and make a business case for or against hiring them that would stand up in court (this is why you really should have a professional assist you in hiring situations).  If you do not hire them based on the background check, you have to send them a letter telling them that along with the results per FCRA.  Failure to do a background check though can also have negative consequences, such as a negligent hiring lawsuit brought against you later on should the person you hire harm someone else.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Do NOT try to be the master of all departments - Accounting, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.  A business owner has so much pressure to get customers in the door and to keep them happy.  Leave it up to the experts to handle the areas you aren't an expert in.  You will save so much valuable time and money in doing so!

Consumer Tip:
When determining if you should hire a Human Resource Consultant, ask yourself these questions:
  • Am I certain that my company is 100% compliant with all employment laws and feel confident that a disgruntled employee's lawsuit could be strongly defended? 
  • Do I have an employee handbook that has been written or revised within the past 18 months? 
  • Can my company survive a lawsuit ranging between $10,000 - $600,000 or a Department of Labor audit with potential fines and negative press that goes with it? 
  • Am I prepared to be held PERSONALLY LIABLE and SEPARATELY CHARGED in lawsuits in the workplace (for being involved in missed promotions to unjustified discipline, inflicting emotional distress, and other perceived wrong-doing) that could lead to the loss of your home, assets, and destroying personal relationships?  
  • If you answered 'NO' to any of these questions, CALL ME TODAY to get an HR Audit of your business to uncover vulnerabilities to avoid these devastating experiences. 724-777-2286
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Contact:
HR Rescue Resources, LLC
www.HRRescueResources.com
PO Box 602, Moon Township, PA  15108
724-777-2286  |  HRLady34@gmail.com
Facebook: HRRescueResources  |  LinkedIn: Lisa Miller, SPHR  |  Blogspot: Small Business Safety Net


John S. Oliverio, SPHR
President, Pittsburgh Young Professionals
John S. Oliverio, SPHR, is the Chief Human Resources Director for GAI Consultants where he leads Human Resources for over 900 national employees.  He has 19 years of HR experience, having worked previously at WESCO, EDMC, ADVO, Nicholson Construction and Ames.  John is currently President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP - member since 1999) and board member/HR Committee Chair for the Animal Rescue League.  He previously held the position of President for both Pittsburgh Cares (2006-2008) and Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (2005) and was a board member  for PUMP.  John is one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 winners and named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times' Fast Trackers.

He also spends his time volunteering for Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt Alumni Association, Pittsburgh's Promise, and Girls Hope. John has been asked to speak at seminars and has been interviewed by media sources on HR issues. He also provides resume preparation assistance to people in career transition. In his free time, he is the captain of an adult kickball team for the Pittsburgh Sports League and has traveled to six continents. John holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. From Pittsburgh, he grew up in South Park and resides in Crafton.

About PYP
In 1988, six friends who reunited in Pittsburgh formed a group to contribute to the community a movement that officially marks the beginning of PYP, a Pittsburgh non-profit organization.  Now with over 420 members and 26 years of experience, PYP has aided in the social, professional, and civic development of young professionals in the Pittsburgh region.

Talking Points:
  • I began as a PYP member in 1999 and have been a member ever since.  I joined the board of directors in 2012 and became President in 2014.
  • Now in our 26th year, Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) is forging ahead with a membership of more than 420 young professionals of diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
  • One of the oldest Young Professionals organization in the country, PYP was formed in 1988 by a group of six individuals who returned to the Pittsburgh region looking to give back to the local community. Through the years, PYP continues to be a strong not-for-profit and 100-percent volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to providing career-minded individuals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically.
  • PYP sponsors an annual Scholarship Program where we award a $1,000 scholarship to a professional going for their Bachelor's or Masters Degree based on certain criteria.  We will announce the 2014 winner at our Signature Event next Friday.
  • 2014 Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) Signature Event (A Black and White Affair) on September 19th, 6:30 - 11PM at Bill Chisnell Productions, Downtown Pittsburgh.  Details at:  http://members.pyp.org/event-1725013
Get Involved with PYP
Come out and spend some time with us
Join us for a PYP Social, Professional Development, or Community Involvement event. Socialize, network and meet people from a wide variety of professions located throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Participate on a Committee
Every year, PYP's committee chairs strive to offer a wide variety of networking opportunities to its entire membership.

Become a Committee Chair or Board Member
PYP is a volunteer-run organization. Each year, the organization looks for candidates to fill chair and board member positions. Click here to access the online application for board members. Committee chair applications can be found here.

Develop
Pittsburgh Young Professionals offers a variety of professional development events throughout the year, focused on providing our members with a diversified menu of opportunities. On any given night, you may find yourself immersed in a round table discussion with leaders of our region, listening to a prestigious speaker, or honing your presentation skills in front of a crowd of your peers. At PYP, we like to vary our programs monthly ensuring that there's always something for everyone! Our Professional Development Committee works diligently to ensure that all of our members are satisfied with the level of professional development we offer throughout the year.

Network
During all of PYP's professional development events, there will be time set aside to network with the speakers, panel members and other PYP members. However, PYP understands that most young professionals are looking to build their network of business contacts in the most efficient way possible. For this reason, a few times a year, PYP hosts professional networking events, such as speed networking, to afford our members the opportunity to expand their contact list. Remember, to advance your business or career, you first need to make and build those all-important relationships and PYP can provide you with the platform to make that happen.

Succeed
Educate your mind. Sharpen your skills. Strengthen your connections. PYP is an excellent catalyst for this development, but ultimately, it's up to you to make it happen!
Entrepreneur Tip:
I can't emphasize enough to network, network, network.  Even if an event looks to be more social than professional, you never know where your next client or business might come from.  At PYP, we have business connections happening at all of our events whether it is a happy hour, professional development series or dinner club.

Consumer Tip:
The same advice - network, network, network.  Whether you may be looking for a job, looking for a business opportunity, or just to meet new people, the best technique is to get out there and network with people.  PYP offers a "safe" environment for networking as all of our events present attendees with opportunities to network and meet other professionals.

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Annual Signature Event "A Black and White Affair" on September 19 at Bill Chisnell Productions.  $30 for Members, $40 for Non members.  Email me at john.oliverio@pyp.org for a coupon code for $5 off registration for the event.

Contact:
Pittsburgh Young Professionals
www.pyp.org
P.O. Box 23127, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-339-0797  |  info@pyp.org
Facebook: PghYP  |  Twitter: PghYoungProf
LinkedIn: Pittsburgh Young Professionals


Stephanie Oliver
Lead Planner, Oliver Events
Stephanie is Butler native, alumna of Mercyhurst University and an International Event and Wedding Planner Certified Professional.  She loves the Pittsburgh Penguins, singing, wine, reading, fashion, laughing uncontrollably, and is a self proclaimed Foodie.  She proudly opened Oliver Events in May of 2014, and is having a blast planning signature events throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Oliver Events is a full-service event planning company.  We plan corporate and private events throughout the Pittsburgh Region. "Be A Guest at Your Event, Leave OLIVE the Planning to Us!"

Talking Points:
  • I've been in the event industry since I took my first job as a banquet server at 15 years old, and have been in love ever since.  I opened Oliver Events in May 2014 after working in corporate event planning and marketing for many years.
  • My company works with companies and individuals on all types of events, large or small, like fundraisers, tradeshows, weddings, mitzvahs, bridal and baby showers, board meetings, etc.  Oliver Events plans any sort of event you can imagine: tradeshows, conferences, fundraisers, 5ks, awards shows, fashion shows, bridal showers, baby showers, mitzvahs, wakes, birthday parties, anniversary parties, retirement parties, weddings - you name it, we'll plan it.  Do you want to throw a softball tournament with you and your competitors?  We can do that too!  The sky is the limit!
  • As event planners we handle every aspect of your event so that you can enjoy it without the work.  Let's say we're planning a wedding:  we help the bride book the venue, decide on a menu, find a cake baker, a florist, the dress and bridal party fashion, invitations, entertainment, decoration.  Then, we're there for the entire event, setting up, tearing down, and overseeing every moment to ensure success and fun.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Don't be afraid to ask. Ask for advice from your mentors, and meetings with people you admire.  Ask your network to promote your endeavors. Ask questions about any and everything that can help you grow as an individual and business owner.

Consumer Tip:
When it comes to event planning many people assume they can handle it all themselves, but working with a professional saves you so much time and stress.  There are a lot of little details to keep in order, and if you're planning an event as one part of your job or life, it can be hard to keep everything in line.  Having a professional on hand, especially the day of the event, will be a life saver, and you'll actually get to enjoy the event you've created.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
15% off all event planning services for Positively Pittsburgh followers and listeners.

Contact:
Oliver Events
Be A Guest at Your Event, and
Leave OLIVE the Planning to Us!
www.OliverEventsOnline.com
724-496-1472  |  OliverEventsOnline@gmail.com
Instagram: OliverEvents  | LinkedIn: StephanieOliver
Jennifer Hain
Founder and Owner, Jennifer Lee Life Coaching
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from The Pennsylvania State University.  It took some time getting to know herself in the workforce before she decided to make a huge leap relocating from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, CA to explore her interest in TV hosting!  However; after one year in CA and accepting various hosting opportunities, she still felt¦empty.  She was missing a sense of purpose and knew she needed to switch gears in order to feel fulfilled.

After an epiphany she had in CA, she created an inspirational website which has quickly developed into a business where she can incorporate her love for all of the above!  Not only does she provide private coaching and workshop services, but she also brought back a piece of her California Dream and now interviews people who are making moves and chasing their dreams as an A Breath of Fresh Air feature!

Her specialty as a Motivational Life Coach is to help keep you motivated and on track while you strive to accomplish your personal and/or business goals.  She serves as your personal coach directing you {if needed}, holding you accountable, and cheering for you along the way! She offers private coaching and workshop services.

Talking Points:
  • I have had my inspirational website & blog for going on 2 years now.  It was time for some serious self-reflecting!  I eventually broke it down to this:  I have a passion for 1.) motivating others 2.) presenting and interacting with others 3.) and helping others recognize and achieve their full potential.  After an epiphany I had in CA, I created an inspirational website which has quickly developed into a business where I can incorporate my love for all of the above!
  • I've been asked many times, What exactly is a Life Coach?  Let me help clarify that for you!  A Life Coach is someone who helps you improve and achieve in the areas of your life for which you wish to and as the title says, they coach you!  Think of it in terms of sports.  A coach teaches you the game, supports you during your wins and losses, and helps you become the best player possible! 
  • Here are some examples of clients I am helping to achieve their goals:
  • Someone reach their goal of qualifying for a raise at work. A huge portfolio needs created proving their abilities and skills and I am working with this person to set up personal deadlines to complete their portfolio by January 2015. 
  • I am currently helping someone grow their social media connections and stay on track with their personal savings goals. 
  • I am also working with someone on strengthening their self-confidence so that they may advance in their workplace.
Entrepreneur Tip:
If you do not take action, it will NEVER happen. Even if you do take action, you may not get the results or immediate turn around that you desire¦but, just keep taking action. You absolutely have to live and learn to figure out exactly what it is that you want to do. Exploring leads to discovering. And, once you finally discover what you want, you'll appreciate the journey it took to get there and that the reward of happiness and success!

Consumer Tip:
In order to make a change in your life, you need to understand the importance of commitment and accountability. It's easy to say you're committed when things aren't tough.

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Contact:
Jennifer Lee Life Coaching
www.JenniferLeeLifeCoaching.com
105 Bellwood Drive
412-600-6411  |  jennifer.hain@yahoo.com
Instagram: Jennifer Hain



Hosted By:
Joanne Quinn-Smith
Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne's expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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This was reported as a reproduction of PositivelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith.
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Publish Date: 09-23-2014 04:45:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 08-23-14
Online Media, Biz Training, Authors
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show HERE

Today's Guests:
Ann Marie Gire
Owner of Women's Independent Press and Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages
Alice Williams
Executive Director of Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Steve Peck
Founder of 8Pecks Marketing
Jill Kummer
Partner at JJ Media Group and Co-Owner of Eventsburgh.com

Ann Marie Gire
Owner, Women's Independent Press and Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages
With a background of service and legal advocacy for serveral to women's shelters and support agencies, Ann Marie Gire continues to provide opportunities ensure that women have a platform from which to be heard.  In 2003 she launched her first women's interest newspaper.  Seeing the limitless opportunities ahead in the digital world she took her publications online in 2010.

Women's Independent Press publishes the Women's Yellow Pages of SWPa and an on line newsletter that comes out the 1st and 15th of every month.  Publishes an on line news magazine, twice monthly, and a print and on line Women's Yellow Pages, a yearly magazine of articles and ads and much more.

Talking Points:
  • The Women's Independent Press has many goals. We are an ambitious and diverse group of women who strongly believe that women need their own mainstream news and information venue, forgoing the same old, tired subjects of fad dieting, make-up and hair and beauty 'news,' how to get/please/keep a man, etc. There are enough forums for that 'information.' Our mission is to offer our readers a different newspaper experience. 'Informing Women About Our World.'
  • Women's Independent Press has articles on unexplored women-in-the-news, consumer stories/advice for women. Also, investigative pieces about your community, including why certain news is or isn't being reported; interesting pieces on women in your community who have shown bravery and courage against the odds, or women who are the 'unsung heroes' of your community. Anything quirky or creative that you would like to write about that inspires or encourages or gives pause for thought is welcome. Sports, education and articles that focus on women around the world are also welcome. 
  • Author Zone Presents the 1st Annual Awards Ceremony for Southwestern Pennsylvania Authors.

Join Us in Celebrating Local Authors and Connecting Them to the World!

The Authors' Zone (TAZ) announces the 1st annual awards ceremony for Pittsburgh authors. Join us on 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 website, www.thauthorszone.com.  The awards ceremony is presented by:  Anna Marie Petrarca Gire and Yvonne Phillips, President.

Contact:
Ann Marie Gire of the Author Zone
TheAuthorsZone.com  |  FengShuiPublications.com
WomensIndependentPress.com
P.O. Box 9687, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
412-563-6712  |  info@theauthorszone.com
Twitter: HotFlashMedia


Alice Williams
Executive Director, Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence

The dream of starting this organization became a vision that gave birth to a plan in September 2009 and WEEE was formed with seven women entrepreneurs as a reaction to the overwhelming need to assist urban, minority women in wealth building, through a focus on business knowledge, skills and growth. We secured a Self Development of People Grant of $5,200 from the Pittsburgh Presbytery (SDOP) in January 2010 to seed our vision and continue to operate from personal funds. We were awarded additional grants from the SDOP in 2011 and 2012, and a small grant from the POISE Foundation.

WEEE is the only organization with an incubator concept of this type in South Western Pennsylvania that supports the development and growth of microenterprise women-owned businesses. The concept is catching on to become a vibrant community of women entrepreneurs building economic progress, stimulating economic growth by creating self-employment opportunities. Microenterprise emerging firms have the potential to offer economic stability for families, a solid tax base, and a decrease in the burden on social services as the entrepreneurial leader of households, primarily headed by women, become self sufficient. 

Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence is a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organization and holds IRS 501(3) c status. All donations to our organization are tax deductible. WEEE is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and positioned to learn and implement best practices in our incubation developmental process. It is our stance that enhancing a community's entrepreneurial climate requires collaborative arrangements that increase the chances of success of our emerging companies, as well as the success of our organization. 

Talking Points:
  • WEEE's Mission is to stimulate and support sustainable economic growth and prosperity for a diverse population of women by providing microenterprise businesses with strategies, resources and business incubation, and a trusted source for information and guidance. 
  • Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is a group of entrepreneurs who have formed a community of women owned businesses. WEEE has as its goal to boost the economic status and development of women who have been ignored or underserved by traditional business development organizations and banking institutions by providing business incubation during the start-up phase when businesses are most vulnerable. Women are twice as likely than men to launch a business, while women of color are five times as likely to do so (Center of Women's Business research, 2007). This diverse community of women business owners are focused on moving talents and skills into income generating projects and businesses with the objective of closing the net worth disparity gap that plagues the Pittsburgh region, for themselves and their families with their own ingenuity. Research suggests that an investment in women entrepreneurs can have a significant multiplier effect that leads to not only increased revenues and more employees for business, but also to healthier, better-educated families and, ultimately, more prosperous communities. 
  • Maxine E. Jenkins,
    Synod SDOP Chairperson, 
    presents check to Alice Williams,
    Administrator of WEEE


  • The microenterprise incubator project has interest in attracting business women who are operating informal businesses, home based businesses and/or college educated women entrepreneurs who meet the criteria of low to moderate income and have sound business concepts or innovations.Our organization currently provides training in core business strategies, feasibility and business plan development, market and competitive analyses, access to markets and loan packaging. WEEE provides its client companies with business development services and resources tailored to young microenterprise firms, financial education, management assistance, and lifestyle and professional development coaching. Starting a new business isn't an easy task.
  • Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence is staffed with a group of dedicated volunteers and women including two volunteer professionals; an Executive Director, Alice Williams, who is the visionary of the incubation project, a Financial Coach, Kathleen Gary, who provides one-on-one financial coaching and credit repair guidance to the clients, Lyzona Marshall, ABD, a Professor of Business who functions primarily as a referral source and entrepreneurship consultant with the Seton Hill University, e-Magnify program, and Lisa Williams, JD, who provides legal training and guidance for our clients. In addition to volunteer staff, WEEE also has professional Board members who serve on community boards, charities, churches and other service organizations. Both the volunteer staff and many of our board members function in a multiplicity of roles and provide in- kind services for our projects and business growth activities. This network of professionals has provided clients access to high-level (and often at reduced rates) legal, accounting, financing and other assistance that might not be available to low and moderate income women. Their expertise has been readily available and able to resolve most business related problems and help clients conserve most needed capital. These professionals typically are not available to new nonprofits nor affordable for early-stage companies, and without them, the value of an incubation program diminishes significantly. 
  • Our Sustainability Plan moving forward hinges on the services provided by WEEE that are based on annual membership fees. The fees offset the cost of professional association memberships that afford the organization access to best practices in microenterprise business development. Once a business is housed in the WEEE incubator facility, client business growth and revenues will factor in the determined fees for services, office rental space, equipment usage and services provided by the incubator. Well defined outcomes will determine the graduation timelines from the incubator. 
  • Our immediate plans include a website, integration of social media into our marketing strategy and facilitating a series of fee based online entrepreneurial and marketing workshops to a larger audience of women in the small business community. However, our service interest target audience will remain low to moderate income women who may be in a public housing community and qualify for HUD Workforce Section 3 opportunities and /or industry specific entrepreneurship training to reduce female recidivism. We are currently developing relationships to provide contract services in these markets. 
  • Additional events with topics focused on business education, business financial literacy, and the success and celebration of microenterprise business women owners will be held throughout the year to garner public support and sponsorship. 
  • The WEEE incubator organization is an emerging nonprofit with tremendous growth potential. We are in the early stages of seeking financial support for full time paid staff, professional development and programming. We offer a well thought out plan, a pre-trialed client base and unique micro-business economic development concept to this region.
Operation Jumpstart: Business Feasibility Planning 10 Week Class
Tuesdays, Sept 16 thru Nov 18th  |  6PM - 9PM  |  CCAC's Allegheny Campus, North Side 
Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is currently recruiting for the Operation Jump Start feasibility/business plan class beginning September 16, at CCAC.   In this 10 week class, entrepreneurs determine if their business concept has market feasibility before launching and investing money into the actual business venture.  This 36-hour noncredit certificate program leads participants through determining whether a business idea is a feasible business opportunity. They examine their concepts or businesses from every angle and write a feasibility plan:
  • Evaluating a business idea to determine whether it can be viably launched into a business.
  • Looking for new, strategic focus and direction of the business they are currently leading.
  • Or, contemplating self-employment as a new career option.
Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation necessary in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.  Students who successfully complete the course requirements will gain access to business support groups, as well as micro-financing and business incubation.

For more information, visit weeemeanbusiness.org.
    Entreprenur Tip:
    Don't quit to soon.

    Consumer Tip:
    Get your information out there, don't leave any stone unturned. Don't be a ghost business person.

    Contact:
    Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence
    620 Island Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
    412 301-1831  |  412 728-3090 (cell)
    Weee.incubator@gmail.com


    Steve Peck
    8Pecks Marketing
    A graduate scholar from Syracuse University, he earned an MBA in Marketing building on a degree in Physics.  Steve has been a top 20% distributor for a billion dollar nutrition company, promoted beer in glass bottles and has had buyers fly over 2,000 miles to buy a car from him.   Arguably his greatest accomplishment may be raising  6 great, overachieving kids with his wife Julie.

    Steve has been solving complex business problems for 30 years, and continues to apply the latest technologies to create value for his clients.   He's been an innovator on the internet since it was all dial up where he combines his love for business, marketing and technology.

    Steve Peck is founder of 8Pecks Marketing, inc where he and his team help businesses breakthrough the marketing doldrums that impede their growth.  While instrumental in transforming a struggling 50 Million dollar manufacturer into an international 270 million dollar powerhouse, Steve built the infrastructure to support the growth with minimal increases in overhead.

    8Pecks Marketing helps successful business owners tap into the power of e-commerce and e-business to grow and expand their businesses.  They help them get and keep more customers and clients.  Many of their customers are looking for a non-traditional approach or holistic perspective.

    Talking Points:
    • I've been involved in business and technology since 1980.  Most of my focus has been on applying technology to solve the biggest business problems.   8Pecks Marketing was spun out of another technology company in 2012.
    • We really serve SMB business owners who know they want to tap into the internet, e-business and e-commerce but just aren't sure how to, or where to start.
    • Some of our recent projects include: 
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    • coaching a business owners to leverage LinkedIn to get more prospects & customers;
    • producing "explainer videos" to help owners more clearly articulate their message and engage prospects & customers
    • Providing accountability coaching
    • hosting an e-entrepreneurs mastermind group
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Find out what your customers really want and then deliver that if you can.   Focus on delivering value, value, value!

    Consumer Tip:
    Look for someone who knows not just about the technology but someone who also knows about marketing.  Ultimately this is not getting more sales, more business, and more profits.

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    Contact:
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    2777 Darlington Rd,  Beaver Falls, PA 15010
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    Jill Kummer
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    Jill is the President of Black Tie Pittsburgh which provides on line event organization for events, ticketing and event publication.  Black Tie, Pittsburgh is the definitive source for premier events and galas in the Western, Pennsylvania Region serving both the non-profit and for profit community.  Her clients include the Family House, American Heart Association, FROGGS(Friendly Rivalry Often Gets Great Success), Ladies Hospital Aid Society and POWER(Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery) and United Way.

    Jill became an expert on the organization, logistics and marketing of events in her 20 years in corporate America in the hospitality business as a Food and Beverage Manager.  Additionally Jill has become acosmopolitan expert on major city life and entertainment having worked in St. Louis, Missouri; Clearwater Beach, Florida:  Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana and Houston, Texas.  Jill is dedicated to the furtherance of cultural enterprises and gala events that bring people and profit to the city of Pittsburgh.

    Talking Points:
    • Its important to surround yourself with great people to achieve success together.  Here's a look at our EventsBurgh Team:
    Joanne Quinn-Smith, Partner JJ Media Group, Owners Eventsburgh.com
    • Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c.  Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans.  Her niche is creating internet based platforms using good relevant information to create expert status and organic search dominance.
    • Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster.  Joanne's flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month and 62,000 unique page views per week.  From July, 2011 to July, 2012, PPL Mag has had 2.25 million visitors and 662,000 unique page views.
    • She has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media.
    • Joanne has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. With over 800 talkcasts in her repertoire.  Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.
    Penny Haynes, Site Administrator... She is a very talented Word Press Expert
    • Eventsburgh helps event advertisers to find and connect with social media savvy people.  Whether it's a non-profit event, a small business event, a special sale event, or a new restaurant opening event, we can help you reach to audience beyond your imagination.
    • Eventsburgh welcomes all kinds of events from any industries. Do you want more people to show up at a certain place at a certain time? Then you are at the right place!!  A happy hour special from a restaurant?  A two days sale at a local florist?  You post it, we spread it !!
    • This is a big deal below, people can make money promoting events, they do it anyway on social media.
    • Monetize your online connection by sharing events posted on Eventsburgh.com
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Think of things from consumer perspective.  Dial in to what the customer wants.

    Consumer Tip:
    Make your list as complete as possible filling in every blank. If you can pay to add pictures, videos,etc.

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    Contact:
    Jill Kummer of JJ Media Group and Co-Owner of Eventsburgh.com
    EventsBurgh.com


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    Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne's expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

    Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

    Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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    Sally Power
    Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions
    Dawn Pomaybo
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    Owner of Baker Street Business Solutions
    Matt "The Effective Detective" Tomsho is probably the most unusual technical guy you will ever meet. Combining over 30 years of experience in the database and computer programming areas with experience in sales, marketing, customer service, and management, Matt has a unique view of how businesses run and what they need to do to succeed.

    Baker Street Business Solutions works with small established businesses who want to get more bang from their marketing bucks. More prospects, more repeat customers, without spending vast sums of money on marketing.

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    • After 30 years programming and analyzing data, as well as seeing what customers wanted and didn't want, I decided to combine that knowledge and show small businesses how to increase sales using technology and innovative marketing techniques.
    • Email is still one of the most effective ways to maintain contact with customers and prospects - if it is done right. If done wrong it is one of the most effective ways to alienate customers and prospects.
    • The list is the thing, but size is somewhat a matter of taste. The required size of a list depends on your market, your product, and the level of engagement needed to turn prospects into customers.
    • Most small businesses do customer and prospect follow up wrong. It isn't about continously selling, it is about engaging so they want to buy when the time is right.
    • Only 7% of your market is actively looking for you at any point in time. 60% may buy in the future. Most businesses focus solely on the 7% and ignore the 60% - or hope that advertising will catch them.
    • Matt also has internet TV channel on PPLMag with tips on how to get your lists ready to market to your clients and prospects.
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    Sally Power
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    Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions. Since 2000 this nonprofit resale shop has served over 10,000 women.   Sally enjoys networking with businesses, organizations and agencies to affirm women, particularly women in transition or crisis.  She has received numerous awards for her efforts, and her story was featured in Woman's Day Magazine.  More than any award or achievement, Sally is most proud of her three children: Nathan, Stephanie, and Chad. To watch them passionately pursue their dreams despite challenges is the best legacy.

    Treasure House Fashions is a nonprofit, quality women's resale clothing shop with a tender heart.  Our mission is promoting the dignity and self-esteem of women, particularly women in transition and/or crisis.  Outward appearance is not an accurate reflection of your worth, but it can affirm the treasure that you truly are.

    Treasure House Fashions is open to the public for shopping, and we offer HALF OFF to Single Moms, Sassy Seniors (55+) and Female Veterans through our S.M.A.R.T. Card Program.

    Treasure House Fashions is the closet for over 60 women's agencies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area that address various challenges:  homelessness, addiction, incarceration, poverty, divorce care, mental illness, natural disasters, indigenous reservation, domestic violence, health issues, unemployment and job training. The overarching need of all of these women is appropriate clothing for their specific situation; the underlying issue is a lack of self-worth.  Clothing is our means not our mission:  our heart is to affirm the worth of women on challenging journeys.

    Talking Points:
    • In 2000 I was navigating a divorce and inherited over $200,000 worth of debt!  Naively I bought a resale shop to augment my teaching income but women in my situation or worse frequented my shop and I began to literally give away the store.  An astute businessman, recognizing my ineffective business plan, advised me to become a nonprofit and walked me through the process that was 14 years ago.  Since then, we've grown from 850 square feet to over 6,000 from 2 volunteers to about 40 but always need more; and from serving 1 agency to serving over 60.
    • One of our biggest challenges has been our location!  We've been located in Andre Plaza which is an office building never intended to be retail space.  And it is a challenge for clients to get to us on public transportation and simply to locate us because we're not highly visible.  It's very tricky which is why we've been looking for another location.  And FOUND ONE!
    • Our soon to be location is at 7607 McKnight Road (the former SURROUNDINGS furniture store).  It has increased visibility, accessibility, and functionality.  It exceeds our expectations for our mission!  We covered the down payment a big deal for a small nonprofit and we can cover our mortgage, but we need to raise funds for the required renovations, transition costs and on-going programming during this transition.  So we're not moving yet.  We've got some work to do!
    • We have several up-coming fundraisers that will be fun and engaging.  The first is AUG 27 MASTERS OF MINI-GOLF INVITATIONAL INSIDE GlowGolf, a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course we'll have mini-golf foursomes and hole sponsors and food and beverages included in their registration fees; OUTSIDE we'll have corn hole games, food trucks, auction and raffle items, music and MORE.  It will be a playful time! Listeners can be golfers or hole sponsors, donate auction items, or come to eat & have fun! 
    • On Saturday, October 18th from 10 to 2, we'll have Sparkle Pittsburgh, which includes vendor shopping, luncheon, latest fashion tips from Jockey's senior designer, and Jockey Person to Person Fall Fashion Show. The fashion tips alone are worth attending. And an auction for over $1,000 in Jockey clothing raffle tickets $10 each and proceeds benefit THF. Tickets are $40 each and available at the shop. More information for each of these events is on our website.
    • And of course we're looking for friends to JOIN OUR CIRCLES in preparing our new HOME we have various levels of support and would love to have listeners link arms in our new adventure to establish a long-term resource for women in need.
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Follow your heart it will lead you to amazing places!  It might press you beyond your comfort zone but if your dreams don't make you squirm a bit, they're too small!

    Consumer Tip:
    Resale shopping is savvy on so many levels it's GREEN so it's great for the planet, it's great for your budget and it's great for your community.  Treasure House belongs to ANS Alliance of Nonprofit Stores all of which serve and reinvest in our community so if you're mindful about where you do your resale shopping, it's community service! That's SMART SHOPPING WITH A MISSION!

    Contact:
    Treasure House Fashions
    THfashions.org  |  Facebook: TreasureHouseFashions
    8035 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    412-364-3256  |  sally@thfashions.org
    Hours: T-W 11-6pm, Th 11-8pm, F-Sa 11-4pm


    Dawn Pomaybo
    President and CEO of Pomaybo, Inc. and
    Founder of the National Association of the Women's Interactive Network
    Pomaybo, Inc. is a human resource outsourcing firm dedicated to help businesses of all sizes to manage employees and the workplace.
    NA-WIN, National Association of the Women's Interactive Network, is a Professional women's networking organization dedicated to building a community of women who encourage and support each other both professionally and personally.  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).

    Talking Points:
    • Pomaybo, Inc. was founded in 2006 after I left corporate America.  I worked for a company that provided HR outsourcing services to businesses.  What I had found was that businesses wanted the option to pick and choose what services that wanted to manage employees and the workplace.  I found a niche market that was not being offered by any other company.  
    • I provide all the products tools and services that businesses, managers and supervisors need to manage employees and the workplace from hire to fire.
    • Creating job fit, policies and training for management and staff are just a few of the tools that I provide.
    • By putting the tools into place that business owners will actually use helps them to minimize the liability that they face thru federal and state labor laws.  
    • Some of the tools that I provide are job descriptions, employee handbooks, pre & post-hire assessments, background checks, Drug tests, drugfree workplace programs and much more.
    • The National Association of the Women's Interactive Network¦where professional women network with a purpose.
    • Mission Statement:To build a community of women who encourage and support each other both professionally and personally.
    • We accomplish our mission by hosting high quality events that provide for networking, mentoring and education.  Every event offers an opportunity for give back, as well.  A portion of our proceeds at every signature event goes to a non-profit charity that we or our members support.  
    • Upcoming events:  
    +  Pistols n Pink  (speaker Matt Shipley- on 2nd amendment rights, a retired navy seal, congressional speaker) August 15th
    +  Professional Development Day on Sept 12, a ˝ day workshop Be the Change a day filled with how-to's
    +  Launching a unique referral based category specific networking group, Sept 4th.
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        Regardless of how large or small your business is, don't be afraid to reach out to someone like me that can help you to put the protocols and practices into place to help you manage the employees and the workplace.  It is surprisely cost-effective and in the long run may help you to eliminate turnover, increase productivity and have an engaged workforce to help you succeed in your business.

        Individuals Tip:
        Keep your resume up to date, even when you are not looking for a new career. Why?  Because a resume is supposed to highlight the great things that you are and do.  It is difficult to create a resume when you are feeling down after having to leave a position for one reason or another.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        Any new member of WIN-Pittsburgh during the month of August will receive a $25 off coupon to become a member.  Use code pplmag2014
        Or if they choose to become a member and not use the coupon, we will donate $25 to a charity of their choice. Just enter it in the comments section when registering to become a member.

        Contact:
        Pomaybo, Inc.
        www.pomaybo.com  |  www.assessmentsbypomaybo.com
        412-963-6311  |  dawn@pomaybo.com

        National Association of the Women's Interactive Network
        www.na-win.com  |  www.pittsburgh.na-win.com
        412-963-6311  |  info@winpitt.org
        Launching a new chapter next month www.greensburg.na-win.com


        Alexander Vornoff
        Memory Expert
        As a young man, Alexander was diagnosed with ADHD and depression and has spent years studying the mind to overcome his disabilities.  Among his studies, he has learned techniques for dramatically improving memory and teaches people the same as a certified speaker in the Farrow Memory Program.
        We live in a time when technology is now practically thinking for us even as we receive more information daily than any generation before.  Improving your memory to take in all of this data without getting burned out or leaning on technology as a crutch is one of the most effective ways to improve your work and keep your mind active for years to come.

        Talking Points:
        • I've been coaching people on their memory since 2012 after I was introduced to Dave Farrow, who created the system I now teach.
        • I teach entrepreneurs and small businesses how increased memory can increase their bottom line.  In a service-based economy like this, many people have to keep track of volumes of client information as well as a large amount of technical information.  Using your own memory rather htan relying on software or gadgets to keep track of things for you makes it much easier to do your job because you waste less time and become more organized.  It also helps improve service as being able to remember a client's name without looking it up makes you look more likable, trustworthy and professional.
        • For clients with busy schedules who prefer to learn at their own pace, there are CDs and DVDs they can buy to learn at home.  For offices who would like multiple employees to get information and techniques they can start right away, I offer group coaching sessions that will triple your memory in 3 hours.  And for people who want to master this skill, I offer my 3-month Genius School for 1-to-1 personal memory coaching.
        Tip:
        If you keep losing your keys, try imaging them exploding when you set them down.  Take a moment to focus on that image in as much detail as you can.  That outrageous mental image makes it easier to remember the spot where you put your keys down.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        Sign up for a free PDF guide on how to read body language at networking events and also receive weekly videos, sent out every Tuesday, all about how you can use the power of your mind to improve your work and every day life.

        Contact:
        Alexander Vornoff, Memory Expert
        www.alexandervornoff.com
        412-600-4445  |  alexander@alexandervornoff.com


        Hosted By:
        Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne's expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

        Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

        Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

        Listen to the show HERE

        Thank you for your viewing and listening support. If you would like your business featured on the Small Biz Saturday Showcase please contact us HERE.

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

         

        Publish Date: 09-21-2014 14:16:00
         
        Positively Pittsburgh Live
        Small Biz Saturday Showcase 07-26-14
        Adoption, Publishing, Awards
        Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Listen to the show online HERE

        Today's Guests:
        Ebony Harris
        Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
        Tomilyn Ward
        Founding Executive Director of MAYA Organization
        Gia Tatone
        Educator, Author, Publisher at Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
        JoAnn Forrester
        First Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement

        Ebony Harris
        Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
        Having a niche for fashion, an eye for the latest trends and a heart to serve others by encouraging them to pursue their dreams; Ebony Harris owning her own Mary Kay business was a match made in heaven. Her desire to inspire and lead others was nurtured first by obtaining a BA in Speech Communications and a MA in Instructional Leadership. However, her flare for makeup and fashion was ever present during rehearsals for theatrical plays she was in while in college. You could often times find her in her dorm room with her girlfriends shaping their eyebrows before campus parties.

        While in graduate school, Ebony pursued one of her God given talents. It led to her serving for 10 years in the area of social services. During her time in the field she designed and implemented a curriculum focused on skin care and hair care specifically for children in pre adoptive homes.

        After becoming a mom to now two toddler aged children, Ebony and her husband were faced with the decision many working families are faced with - mounting day care costs or one parent being the primary caregiver. They opted for the latter. It was during her most prized career move as a SAHM (Stay at home mom) Ebony did alot of what she calls spiritual soul searching. From it she realized she could reclaim her dreams and add to her bouquet of talents. Mary Kay was added to her bouquet of gifts in the winter of 2012.

        Ebony proudly builds upon Mary Kay Ash's principles of God 1st, family 2nd, career 3rd. Owning her own business provides freedom and flexibility. However for Ebony it's more about what she's able to give her clients that is most rewarding. She's able to help women reclaim their God given confidence while looking and feeling good. "I serve women and men in a fun and relaxed way. Whether it be via a one-on-one consultation, party or assisting husband's in shopping for that perfect MK gift for their #1 girl." In mentioning men, there are some who may not know of the fabulous quality products for men in the MK Men Line. Great men products from skincare to fragrances. What Ebony had found is that men have a vested interest in their skincare needs too!

        During the year and a half Ebony has owned her business she's promoted herself to Senior Consultant. She is presently growing a bold and blessed team of women (whom she calls Power Partners) who want more, need more and dare to dream bigger!  All of this is achieved one face at a time while listening to her clients needs and designing customized skin care/color looks specifically with them in mind.

        Talking Points:
        • She helps male and female professionals as well as the traditional and millennial woman enhance their visibility and image in the workplace or home (i.e. home based businesses, SAHM)
        • She got started shortly after becoming a SAHM and did some spiritual soul searching and then decided to launch her MK business. She's been in business for a little over a year and a half.
        • Some of the things she does for clients: 
        FREE customized one on one service to meet my clients needs (this service anywhere else would cost someone roughly $300!)
        + Fun in a relaxed atmosphere
        + Awesome hostess perks
        + Sampling of products (try before you buy)
        + 24/7 shopping via my website
        + An opportunity to share in the fun of being a consultant. You may be seeking a career change or wanting to provide extras for your family with ease and flexibility. Owning her own MK business can be tailored around a full time work schedule
        + Corporate gifting
        + skin care for men
        + workplace employee image consultation
        + My MK business garners no territories...She can ship anywhere within the U.S.! She currently has customers in VA, MS and, MD.
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        Simple...God (or Faith whichever you choose, for me it's God) 1st, Family 2nd and Career 3rd in that order lol. I'm Ak so going to add to that BE VISIBLE!

        Consumer Tip:
        All of us need a facial tune up. What I mean buy that is simply the skin care regimen you follow in the winter months sometimes isn't the same for summer months. This applies to color cosmetics as well. Your consultant should be contacting you if not four times throughout the year when seasons change at least twice for your summer and winter tune ups.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        Book a skincare Tune-Up party with me to be held before October 1, 2014 with 5 of your friends/co-workers/neighbors/family and receive a $25 Gift Certificate to be redeemed the day of your party.
        AND
        Product: Satin Hands Pampering Set (available in unscented and peach) Great not just for hands but pampering your feet as well. An exfoliator and hydrator.  Coupon: $5 off your purchase. Only redeemable at your one-on-one skin care consultation.

        Contact:
        Ebony Harris
        Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
        www.marykay.com/emcqueenharris
        412-452-6642  |  emcqueenharris@marykay.com
        Facebook: EbonyCMHarris  |  Instagram: ladyharrismk
        Twitter: @ladyharrismk  |   Talkshoe: ladyharrismk


        Tomilyn Ward

        Founding Executive Director of MAYA Organization (ME AND YOU ALWAYS)
        Tomilyn Ward is a mother of two young daughters, Maya and Elaina Tomilyn.  She began researching the adoptive family during her master's program and continues researching emotional support for the adoptive family. I am especially interested in making sure that birth parents receive the emotional support they deserve before, during and after the child is born .

        Tomilyn received her M.S. in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.  Tomilyn has spent 5 years researching the adoptive families counseling needs. My counseling specialties are pregnancy and postpartum counseling, adoptive family issues, infertility, PTSD, depression, postpartum depression, and crisis counseling.

        Prior to working in the field of counseling and adoption Tomilyn worked in the legal field as Chief Case Administrator managing paralegals in 25 offices across the state of PA, worked as the assistance director of Cody Summer Camps, and taught English as a Second Language in Europe.  Tomilyn is currently enrolled in Walden University's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, has a MS in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and a BA in Psycho DONA Certifiedlogy, Carlow University.

        In 2009, she founded Maya (Me And You Always), a 503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis.  Maya organization provides counseling services to all members of the adoption triad including birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.

        Talking Points:
        • In 2009, I founded Maya (Me And You Always), a 503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis.  One of my long-term goals with the Maya Organization is to provide transitional housing for birth mothers. I would like to see them continue their education, participate in job training, receive mental health treatment, maintain recovery from addiction, and build a chance for a brighter future.
        • As an adoptive parent and adoption professional, I have seen firsthand the lack of emotional support that is available for birth mothers after placing their children for adoption.  Often, these women have struggled with socioeconomic barriers, mental illness, and addiction; these are the reasons they felt adoption was the best choice for them and their children. Sadly, at the one-year mark after placement, birth mothers are frequently doing as poorly as”if not worse than”they were doing at the time of placement.  The grief and guilt that is often associated with the placement of a child is compounded with any pre-existing barriers, and birth mothers are left without strong emotional support or post-placement counseling.
        • I have the opportunity of being with birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children from the time the moment they are born.  I serve as a doula, remaining with the birth mother continuously through labor, delivery, and early postpartum, to encourage and reassure her, to provide physical comfort measures, and to facilitate communication with the hospital staff.  More often than not, I have maintained contact with both birth parents and adoptive families. This allows me to monitor their progress and their and the adoptive parents and birth mothers bonds with the child.
        • Also for pregnant clients we  make sure that a client has a doula who continuously through labor, delivery, and early postpartum, to encourage and reassure her, to provide physical comfort measures, and to facilitate communication with the hospital staff.
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        You become what you believe .

        Consumer Tip:
        When you are looking for an adoption agency make sure that you feel in your heart that you have made the right decision.  Interview as many agencies as you need to to make sure you are comfortable with your decision.

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        Good for three months after the show date.  Coupon Code: PositivelyPittsburghLiveRocks

        Contact:
        MAYA Organization
        www.mayaorganization.org
        512 Foreland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
        412-589-3357  |  Tomilyn@MayaOrganization.org
        Facebook: The-MAYA-Organization


        Gia Tatone
        Educator, Author, Publisher at Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
        Gia has had over 20 years in the field of education. She left the classroom in 2011 when she began to serve on the Board of Education. She has also published two history books, the first one being a top seller for Arcadia Publishing. For the past several years Gia has been teaching continuing education for adults who are interested in writing and publishing at Community College of Beaver County. In addition, Gia has partnered with Red Engine Press and created her own branch of publishing, Onward Publications. Her newest book to empower authors, "The Business Behind the Book" will be out fall 2014.

        Talking Points:
        • I have been involved in writing and publishing for about ten years. I published my first book after being invited by the President of the Coraopolis Historical Society to write their Images of America, Coraopolis by Arcadia Publishing. The book was an effort to help raise proceeds to benefit the community. This was followed by a publication for Neville Island as well. After great success and helping the community, I approached CCBC and worked with them to create courses for adults in writing and publishing. From there, I partnered with Red Engine Press and created my own branch called, Onward Publications. 
        • Red Engine Press publishes Traditional, Subsidy, and Self publications. Onward helps educator the author on the three types of publishing and assists with subsidy publishing. The traditional books Red Engine Publishes are: literacy books, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, military, novels, young adult, inspirational, cookbooks, and children's.
        • Here's the list of who we are:
        Pat Avery - Children's Books, Photography, Mystery, History
        Connie and Eddie Beesley - Memoir, Inspirational
        Karen Biery - Mystery/Historical Fiction
        Joe Campolo, Jr - Historical Fiction
        Rebecca Evans - Children's Books, Inspirational, Gift
        JoAnn Forrester - Children's Books, Inspirational, Gift
        Evelyn Harless - Children's Books, Photography, Inspirational
        Anna Marie Aloe Testa - Cookbook/Journey/Inspirational
        Steve Hathcock - History
        Katherine Heart - Business
        Ric Hunter - Historical Fiction, Adventure
        Jan Hunter - Young Adult/Historical Fiction
        Louis Intres - History
        Joanne Quinn-Smith - Business
        Barry Kelly - Legal Thriller
        Anna Marie Gire - Gift Book, Children's
        Mike Mullins - History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry
        Ramona Roush - Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction
        Nancy Smith - Photography, History, Memoir
        Carmen Stenholm - Historical Fiction
        Linda Swink - Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Memoir
        Gia Tatone - Business, Inspirational
        Beth Underwood - History/Historical Fiction
        Hodge Wood - Memoir/Inspirational
        Joyce Faulkner - Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, History, Children's, Mystery/Thriller
        Dwight Zimmerman - everything! <smile>
        • We have some new books. Congratulations to JoAnn Forrester for her first book, "The Gift of Holiday Valley." It is a lovely gift book for just about all ages. Linda Swink's "Grave Secrets" is out now and it's a historical mystery...I know you all would enjoy it.
        • Also, we welcome Steve Hathcock. We are working with Steve to publish an updated version of his bestselling book, "Behind the Third Dune" which is about treasure hunting and the history of South Padre Island.  Also, new to the group is Katherine Heart who is working on a business book about careers in grant writing. Karen Biery isn't new to Red Engine Press, but I forgot to include her in the last email. Her new book, "Speakeasy," is her fourth novel with us and will be out in the fall. Her books are fun, artistic, clever, and moving...most set in Ohio near where she lives. Barry Kelly will soon have "Hammer of Justice" which is our first legal thriller. Dwight Zimmerman will have an informative and fun book about the writing and publishing industry this fall. In particular, his stories about the comic book industry are a hoot. Beth Underwood's first book is called "Gravity," and although we haven't set an exact date for it, I'm thinking it's a late fall, early 2015 release. Anna Marie Aloe Testa has a new cookbook/adventure, "Italian Gone Wild and Gluten Free." It should be out sometime in August. Gia Tatone is working on her book, "The Business Behind the Book." And finally, I'm particularly excited about Rebecca Evan's new book, called "Someday I'll Fly," which is a children's picture book (you should SEE her artwork) based on my historical novel, "Windshift."  
        • I'd like to also announce some good news. Ric Hunter's novel, "FIREHAMMER" is a finalist in the Historical Novel category for this year's Military Writers Society of America awards program. This category is traditionally crowded with lots of books, so this is a big deal in and of itself. Also, Pat and I did well with "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" and it is a finalist this year in the Children's Book Category. Congratulations to Ric ... and Yaaayyy for Pat and me. :)
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        Remember to have the attitude of being in service to the people who choose you as their choice of business.

        Consumer Tip:
        Always watch for hidden fees and expect your choice of business to be willing to give you all costs upfront.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        This fall we will be featuring our first Writer's Workshop in Hershey, Pa October 5th -7th. It is limited to only 40 seats. Cost is $325. The early bird special ends September 1st for $50 off.

        Contact:
        Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
        giartatone@gmail.com


        JoAnn Forrester
        First President of PA Women's Hall of Achievement
        Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement
        2010 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree
        SBA PA Woman Business Champion 2000/1989
        Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share, founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester  has worked to raise funds for organizations that focus on the needs of women and children, and to highlight the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania.

        Over 225 women have been recognized at the Celebrate & Share Dinner which is held the first week of Women's History Her Story month,  This particular event benefits Cribs for Kids and has raised over $400,000 dollars for the organization.

        We will celebrate the 10th Annual Celebrate & Share Event, benefiting Cribs for Kids on March 5, 2015 and are now accepting nominations.

        To continue this effort of recognizing what women contribute to our region, our state we formed the we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        Board president, JoAnn R. Forrester
        Vice Preisdent, Bonnie V. DiCarlo
        Secretary, Ann Truschel
        Treasurer, Ruth Byrd Smith
        Founding Board member, Grace Robinson

        6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast 
        Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  7:45 - 9:30 AM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown
        Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a special presentation by PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

        Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share has worked to raise funds for organizations that focus on the needs of women and children, and to highlight the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to this effort, we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        We would like you to join us in honoring one of the greatest achievements of women: The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. Please join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, as we Celebrate the passage of the 19th  Amendment with our special guest, Pennsylvania's FIRST woman Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, and Share in the founding of the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        Proceeds to Benefit the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
        Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
        Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

        MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW
        Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com   412.480.5247
        JoAnn Forrester: selfimagebz@aol.com 412.440.6969



        Hosted By:
        Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne's expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

        Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

        Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

        Listen to the show HERE

        Thank you for your viewing and listening support. If you would like your business featured on the Small Biz Saturday Showcase please contact us HERE.

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

         

        Publish Date: 09-16-2014 17:07:00
         

        PositivelyPittsburghLive's Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase -200 Downloads in the first six hours after the show and climbing.  

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        Publish Date: 09-11-2014 15:01:00
         

        Hopes and Dreams
        Review of REP's Of Mice and Men Sept. 5th 2014 Performance

        From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
        Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Sept. 08, 2014


        It is no secret that we live in a ridiculously fast paced world these days.  And for opening night, September 5th, 2014 of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, there was a pause.  It was a beautiful pause and a challenging one.  Point Park University's The Rep Professional Theater Company has set the bar for the 2014-2015 season for ALL artistic performances in the Pittsburgh area.  And they set it high.

        I smiled with sincere pleasure in my heart, chuckled in humor, stirred in quiet disappointment, felt heartbreak, and was moved by a very deep yearning of hope.  One might think that could be sensory overload, but I think that was the genius of Steinbeck and the amazing artistry of this cast.

        Set during the Depression in the rolling golden hills of California, we join roaming farmhands George (Jarrod DiGiorgi) and Lennie (Leandro Cano) leisurely camping under the stars on the eve of starting work at a new ranch.  They are an unlikely pair for the times; Lennie Small, a massively sized and strong man with but a wee child's intellect, and George Milton, a practical and witty man who tries to look after Lennie as they work hard to pursue the great American Dream.  As they report to the nearby ranch, the simple story of two men just lookin' for an honest day's work, quickly becomes complicated.

        Carlson, Candy, Whit, George and
        Copper the Bloodhound
        Photo Courtesy: The REP
        George and Lennie's brotherly bond and hope for the future of owning their own land someday becomes one of great intrigue, inspiration, and suspect to practically everyone on the ranch.  The ranch superintendant Slim (David Whalen) is accustom to, but still struggles with the lonely nature of the job, and notes the men's loyalty to each other.  Candy (John McManus) grapples with his increasing age and fate to greater degree when a fellow ranch hand shoots his aging hound dog to put it out of its misery.  Crooks (Tommy Lafitte), who lives in the barn where manure is stored because he is black, has such lack of hope for his own future that he thinks of Lennie as being even more stupid than he'd first thought, because of Lennie's wild story that he and George will someday own their own land and live from its plentiful bounty.  The Boss's son Curley (Luke Halferty, a PPU senior) is always looking for a fight, trying to prove his dominance, and looking for his wandering new bride (Erin Lindsey Krom).  And while Culey's Wife says she just wants someone to talk to because she's lonely, all the ranch hands know that she is not only pretty, but a pretty good way to loose their job if seen talking or anything else with her.

        The struggles of Lennie's fellow ranch hands are far beyond his understanding.  He, for the most part, is a gentle giant with a simple understanding of life and his surroundings.  What Lennie knows is that he loves to pet soft things like a dead mouse in his pocket, his new puppy, soft fabric, and someday big soft furry rabbits that he'll feed alfalfa, that is reaped from their own land, at their own place complete with a windmill.  He and George's dream will come true if he puts his overwhelming strength to good use and doesn't get in any trouble.  But even, he had a sense that things aren't going to end well when he said, Its mean here.

        Now before I get too carried away sounding like a stuffy literary elitist with some profound academic understanding about Steinbeck's work or specifically about his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, I have a confession.  To the astonishment of a gentleman I spoke with at intermission, I have never read the book.  It felt embarrassing to admit.  In high school the book was required reading for the English honors students, which I was not.  So as we were walking back to our truck, I asked my analytical chemistry professor boyfriend if the point of the work was to challenge the reader/audience member to think about all the very serious social issues the story raises.  During my little literature lesson he responded, Well,  Steinbeck just traveled and wrote what he observed, but because it does depict so many issues, that is why it's so frequently used in the classroom.  BUT because it so vividly depicts them that is why some people want it banned from schools completely.  Now I have some thoughts on that.

        Of Mice and Men shows how far we've thankfully come as a society in many ways, but it takes work to maintain progress and there is work still yet to be done.  The will to do that work is displayed best, but not solely by George, in the form of empathy and then a willingness to dutifully respond with action.   Empathy is what has given our society the inspiration to rise above the wrongness of slavery, segregation, and using the terms like nigger and retard.  So if you don't think that teaching empathy in a historically accurate context is a good idea, that's just sad.  We're not talking about 17th century history either.  This is our country's recent past, 50-80 years, as in there are still people around who lived it, and to some degree still do.  Gender inequality, racism, economic disparity, euthanasia, treatment of the aging or disabled, and mental healthcare are all contemporary global and local social issues.

        Lennie (Leandro Cano) and George (Jarrod DiGiorgi)
        Photo Courtesy: The REP
        I'm going to veer back on to course here¦ I got off course because the story is good, as tragic as it is, and the fact that it was performed beautifully.  The set was simple and perfectly so.  Every single cast member WAS their character - living the story.  The superb acting of especially Leandro Cano and Jarrod DiGiorgi gave this stage performance the robustness of a movie amidst the seaming simplicity.  They brought to life their characters and the bond between Lennie and George to show the simple and beautiful notion that hopes and dreams are worth smiling for, even amidst the turmoil of social injustices.  I have not been to a more deserving performance of multiple standing ovations yet in Pittsburgh.

        Additional Performances:
        Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rauh Theatre

        For more information and tickets, please visit www.PittsburghPlayhouse.com


        By:  Stephanie Curtice
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        Search: 2014 Skippyjon


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATER
        PRESENTS
        THEATREWORKS USA IN
        SKIPPYJON JONES

        OCTOBER 19 М¶ 26, 2014 | SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS IN PITTSBURGH!
        Pittsburgh, PA М¶   Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones from October 19 М¶ 26, 2014, at six performance locations throughout the area.  Tickets go on sale September 8th at 9:00am.

        A popular book brought to life on stage opens our season and we are excited to host this award-winning theater company so that children and families throughout the region can experience live professional performances in their neighborhood, commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children's Programming from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.


        Citizens Bank is the 2014-2015 season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.
        Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones, based on the book of same title by Judy Schachner, is an enchanting musical for younger audiences that tells a story about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.  Devanand Janki is the director and choreographer for this current tour.  The scenery is designed by Rob Odorisio, with costumes by Tracy Christensen and features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Drama Desk nominee for ALTAR BOYZ and Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo!).  Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones was nominated for a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Musical category.  This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up.

        Photo Credit:  Jeremy Daniel
        Skippyjon Jones tells the tale of a Siamese cat with big dreams and an even bigger will to be anything but a cat! Holy guacamole, Skippyjon exclaims. My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat I am a CHIHUAHUA! Take an adventurous ride as Skippyjon Jones struggles to find himself and is faced with one of the biggest decision of his life; will he help save his fellow Chihuahua's or will he soon realize that he may be the wimpy little Siamese cat that he's been hiding from.

        To view a sample of this stage production, visit: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1546

        Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) 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.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

        Illustration from Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachter.  ©Theatreworks USA.
        Performance Locations

        City: Byham Theater | Sunday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m.
        Students only matinee | Byham Theater | Monday, October 20 | 10:15 a.m.
        East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, October 22 | 7:00 p.m.
        North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, October 23 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
        West: Moon Area High School | Friday, October 24 | 7:00 p.m.
        South: Upper St. Clair High School | Saturday, October 25 | 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
        Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School | Sunday, October 26 | 2:00 p.m.

        Theatreworks USA
        Theatreworks USA is America's largest not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has engaged and educated over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually.  Theatreworks USA has a reputation providing young audiences with their first theater experiences as well as providing young actors, writers, directors, and designers with experience and training within this field.

        Read more about Theatreworks USA
        Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions, By Raven Snook | Publisher's Weekly, April 5, 2013

        http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/56695-page-to-stage-turning-children-s-books-into-theater-productions.html

        Pittsburgh International Children's Theater
        Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The Family Series, now in its 45th season, introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.

        The 2014 М¶ 2015 Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series also includes:
        Skink | November 16 М¶ 22, 2014 | Six locations
        Big Nate (Season Special) | November 23 М¶ 24, 2014 | Byham Theater only
        Click, Clack, Moo!  | January 11 М¶ 18, 2015 | Six locations
        Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse   | February 22 М¶ March 1, 2015 | Six locations
        The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | April 4 М¶ 10, 2015 | Byham Theater only
        In addition to the Family Series, the Children's Theater division presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.  Now in its 29th year, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival will take place May 13 М¶ 17, 2015.  For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/kids.

        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. www.TrustArts.org
        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:55:00
         
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        Search: 2014 Linda Eder


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        AWARD-WINNING VOCALIST AND BROADWAY PERFORMER
        LINDA EDER

        AS PART OF THE TRUST CABARET SERIES
        SERIES TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!
        MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE

        Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder, at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the TRUST Cabaret Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This series provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.

        Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. As the tragic character Lucy in the Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE, from composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off of New York's Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs Someone Like You and A New Life.  Ms. Eder was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination for her Broadway debut.

        Linda Eder, Photo Courtesy of the Artist
        Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Linda Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. Ms. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America's most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 15 solo albums and 12 musical recordings.

        Linda Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

        For tickets ($50.00-$60.00) and information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. To purchase ten (10) or more tickets at discounted rates, please call 412-471-6930. Season Tickets packages include tickets for all five shows for the price of four with table seating for $240 and theater seating for $200. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Tickets for the TRUST Cabaret Series go on sale this Friday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.

        The 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series will also include performances by Brain D'Arcy James on November 10, 2014; Norm Lewis on March 16, 2015; Ann Hampton Callaway on April 13, 2015; and a special Broadway Showstoppers performance featuring Telly Leung and Mandy Gonzalez on May 4, 2015.

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.  For more information about upcoming performing artists in the TRUST Cabaret Series, visit www.TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries.

        About The 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.

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:46:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        Sept. 2, 2014


        PITTSBURGH SENSATION JACKIE EVANCHO RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL TO PERFORM WITH MEMBERS OF THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

        PITTSBURGH Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.

        Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's America's Got Talent at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.

        Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own, said Evancho of the new album. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me.

        Tickets, ranging in price from $39 to $179, go on sale September 8 and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

        Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including O Holy Night, Dream With Me, Heavenly Christmas and Songs From the Silver Screen. She has since acted in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte, and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil's One Night for One Drop benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She also starred in the fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, and in June, she performed the classic film song Over the Rainbow at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Evancho has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama. She performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and has performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history. Her wide-ranging achievements caused Billboard to include her on its list of music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21 in 2011 and 2012.

        Editors Please Note:

        Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

        JACKIE EVANCHO WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
        Heinz Hall
        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
        JACKIE EVANCHO, vocalist

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Communications and External Relations
        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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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:39:00
         
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        Search: Book of Mormon 2014


        THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
        Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege
        of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.
        Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

        THE BOOK OF MORMON

        ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY

        PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 23 AT HEINZ HALL


        Pittsburgh, PA THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins Tuesday, September 23 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA and plays a limited two week engagement through Sunday, October 5, 2014.  In Pittsburgh, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 per ticket.

        The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

        Entries will be accepted at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

        THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award®-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, AVENUE Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's SPAMALOT, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
        Book of Mormon
        National Tour Company
        Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus

        THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

        THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

        The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

        For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

        Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

        In Pittsburgh, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play September 23 through October 5, 2014 at Heinz Hall. This tour is being offered as a ˜season special' from the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

        Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase through these official ticketing outlets, by calling (412) 315-3155, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org and www.CulturalDistrict.org. Single ticket sales are limited to 9 per customer.

        For more information about the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390 or email: subscriptions@TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930 or email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visitwww.TrustArts.org/groupsales.  
        PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

        BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
        Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers, Betrayal and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andBroadway.com

        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.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:26:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

        Media Contacts:
        Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations: 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
        Diana Roth, Communications Manager: 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available at: TrustArts.org/press
        Search name:  2014-2015 Dance


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

        TICKETS ON SALE
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

        20142015 PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL SEASON

        Pittsburgh, PA”  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets go on sale, Friday, August 29, at 9AM, for the 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.  Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

        The 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season includes the following six performances.  Also, two special dance events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host are additional recommendations to dance patrons.

        Photo Courtesy of the Artist
        Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
        Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        Simply breathtaking. Chicago Sun Times

        Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking work from the world's most exciting, emerging choreographers. Square None, the company's first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naivetГ©. The Aspen Times says, It felt like a thrill, like a discovery of something new.  Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering. The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company-favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. Influenced by love and compassion, this abstract piece illuminates the importance of touch.

        Michael Clark Company
        Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        A thunderous electrifying evening of attention-seeking sound, stimulating visuals, and impressive fine-tuned focused dancers. Don't expect to be transported; expect to be jolted out of your seats.
        British Theatre Guide

        Photo Credit:  Jake Walters

        The rebellious sensibilities of British dance iconoclast Michael Clark have catapulted him to the forefront of innovative contemporary dance. Fusing extreme elements of classical and punk, Michael Clark's technical rigor and unabashed experimentation consistently breaks new ground to provoke and electrify audiences. Michael Clark's critically-acclaimed work come, been and gone features the music of 1970s rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop. At once sensual and damaged, Clark's masterpiece Swamp is drenched in exquisitely textured patterns of movement. Program contains partial nudity. Presented in partnership with the British Council.

        Ron K. Brown Evidence
        Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Photo Credit:  Ayodele Casel

        If there is any company working today whose dancers pack a more sophisticated and vibrant kinetic punch than those of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, I can't think of it.
        The New York Times

        Ronald K. Brown masterfully threads elements of African, modern, ballet and social styles, elevating dance as a medium to communicate the human experience. The Brooklyn-based company Evidence poignantly executes Brown's signature vision of forging contemporary choreography rooted in the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. In the extraordinary work The Subtle One, set to the music of jazz musicians Jason Moran and Tarus Mateen, Brown transcends the human struggle and aspirations for connection between spiritual beings and mortals. In On Earth Together, Stevie Wonder's music deepens Brown's exploration of love and compassion and features dancers from the Pittsburgh community working alongside dancers from Evidence.

        Union Tanguera
        Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Photo Credit:  Guillermo Monteleone

        Extremely seductive and ravishing. The Oregonian

        French Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera brings the sensuality and art of tango to life with their original, stimulating interpretation of the social dance style reimagined for the stage. Featuring live music performed by one of Buenos Aires's finest quartets, the French Argentinean ensemble of seven dancers presents savory, stylized dance theater with dramatic flair.  Set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show, Nuit Blanche illuminates the wanderings, desires, and fears that surface during one sleepless night”unveiling a seductive, late night world where dancers express themselves through intimate, uninhibited dance.

        Pontus Lidberg
        Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        Pontus Lidberg is an exquisite dancer. Lidberg explores movement qualities and relations in a form that is easy to embrace. Something vulnerable, innocent and at the same time volatile¦
        Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
        Photo Credit:  Petrus Sjovik

        Movement-wise, the freely flowing combinations of recurrent falls, slides and lifts give a feeling of weightlessness. Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

        A rising star on the international dance scene, Swedish choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg has created more than 35 works for major dance companies such as Ballet du Grand ThГ©Гctre de GenГ¨ve, SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Morphoses, and his own company, Pontus Lidberg Dance. His brand-new work, Snow, is a turbulent choreographic composition set in a ceaseless snowfall. The choreography presents a poetic look at the fragile human reality of existence, in contrast to the relentless power of nature. Four world-class dancers, including Lidberg himself, will take the stage together with a lifelike, highly expressive Japanese-style Bunraku puppet to tell a dynamic and poetic story of human experience.

        Photo Credit:  Andrew Ross
        Scottish Ballet
        Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Crackles with Southern heat and sexual tension. The Independent

        The result is everything you could hope for” florid, poetic, poisonously beautiful.
        London Evening Standard

        Scotland's national dance company presents a bold interpretation of the Tennessee Williams's masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. Dance meets drama in this powerful collaboration between award-winning theater/film director Nancy Meckler and internationally-acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The iconic, heartbreaking tale of human frailty is set to a saucy, jazz-inspired score and aptly dressed in striking vintage-styled costumes. The retelling of Streetcar is exemplary of Scottish Ballet's niche for re-imagining classic stories with fresh relevance for contemporary audiences.

        SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

        Photo Credit:  Thommy Keat
        Recommended Performance: Royal Ballet of Cambodia
        Friday | November 7, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Single tickets start at $25.
        Sweet and seductive. The Dance Insider

        Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. The traditional style celebrates graceful, subtle movement that is absolutely spellbinding.

        *This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access and a $5 discount on tickets to this Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents presentation.

        Photo Credit:  David Bazemore
        Special Event: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
        Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Single tickets start at $25.
        Out of this unexpected union of dance and radio comes a show that, like the work of its collaborators, blends moments of delight and hilarity with glimpses of the soft underbelly of human experience. It's magic.     Santa Barbara Independent

        This, I'll be completely sincere, is one of my favorite things I have ever been a part of, says This American Life host Ira Glass of his collaboration with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. Don't miss this fun, quirky event where radio meets dance in an unlikely, wonderful evening that gives the feeling of an amazing dance performance and a heartfelt This American Life episode.

        *This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access for tickets to this special event.

        TICKETS
        Single tickets start at $19 for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390.  Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930.
        For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.
        About the Pittsburgh Dance Council
        The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.

        About the 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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 21:04:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 412-471-8712/Warchall@TrustArts.org
        Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org        
        Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available: TrustArts.org/press
        Search: Quilt 2014

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        FRAGMENTS, FRACTALS: WRITE IT, PRINT IT, SEW IT

        September 12 November 16, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
        Exhibition Opening & Reception | September 12, 5:30 9 p.m.

        Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It, an exhibition of story quilts by artist Tina Williams Brewer. The exhibition is on view September 12November 16, 2014, at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk take place September 12, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

        Brewer's ten quilts”with titles such as Natural Migration, Cosmic Endeavors, and Rosetta Stone”tell stories of the natural movement of migration, from a simple view of water migration to a more complicated visual approach to forced migration. The layered, overlapping, and decorative imagery is achieved through quilting fabrics that have been printed with Brewer's designs.

        Everything gets lost in the movement of migration, Brewer says. In order to simplify so that we may understand, there is a need to peel back the layers and explore the beginnings of the original water currents.

        As an artistic inspiration, Brewer used fragments of novelist John Edgar Wideman's Cry In from Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind and Rachel Goldstein's poetry to inform her work. The inspiration from both artists are in integral part of the exhibition.

        Tina Williams Brewer is known for her artistic exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it. She uses symbolism, textile, and fabrics to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. Her work has been displayed internationally at the United States Embassy in Ghana, and in more than 50 major venues across the United States, including Tampa Museum of Art and Science, Tampa, FL; Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, PA; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art in Baltimore, MD; and Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV. Brewer is a member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Women of Visions, Inc., and an emeritus board member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she earned a bachelor of arts from Columbus College of Art and Design.

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:38:00
         
        For Immediate Release                  
        Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope
        (412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org        

        CALLIOPE PRESENTS
        ELLIS PAUL



        (Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Ellis Paul to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.
        More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

        Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.
        The New York Times

        Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

        Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul's music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America's most talented songwriters.

        Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials,
        documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- Hall Pass (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), Me, Myself, & Irene (starring Jim Carrey) and Shallow Hal (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul's music by referring to him as a national treasure.

        Ellis Paul

        Not surprisingly, Paul's consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn't have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation, she commented. And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.
        Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He's an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he's learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

        With 16 CD's, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother's ˜Hall Pass', ˜Me, Myself & Irene', and ˜Shallow Hal'. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.

        Ellis has a voice that's so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again. -Kristian Bush / Sugerland

        Here's his website: http://www.ellispaul.com/
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        Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
        --
        Lisa Alexander, MFA
        PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope
        6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
        Pittsburgh, PA 15232
        412-361-1915
        www.calliopehouse.org
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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:32:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        Aug. 14, 2014

        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE THREE SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS


        PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

        The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

        Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.

        All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

        The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Communications and External Relations
        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

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:28:00
         
        Calliope Roots Cellar Series 2014-15

        For Immediate Release                  
        Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
        Calliope House Inc.
        (412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org    
         

        (Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope is proud to announce its 2014-15 Roots Cellar Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

        Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

        The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).

        Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.calliopehouse.org, or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.

        All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)

        THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15

        Ellis Paul

        September 25, 2014”Ellis Paul
        Award-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician. 

        October 9, 2014”Spuyten Duyvil
        This group's brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.

        October 23, 2014”Long Time Courting
        All-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.

         November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release
        This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.

         March 19, 2015”Harpeth Rising
        Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.

         April 2, 2015”Duo Eamon
        Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.

         May 3, 2015---Tom Russell
        Acclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.

         September 25, 2014”Ellis Paul                   http://www.ellispaul.com/       
        Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music. The New York Times
        Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

         October 9, 2014”Spuyten Duyvil                    http://www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com/
        They're a mighty powerhouse¦.All the playing is hot.   Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post
        Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced SPITE+en DIE+vil ) show for the first time is like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake (Rich Warren, WFMT).  It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this seven piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast.
          
        October 23, 2014”Long Time Courting                  http://www.longtimecourting.com/
        Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.      -Boston Irish Reporter
        Boston-based band Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician's versatility, creativity, and mastery. 

         November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release                                                            http://calliopehouse.org/event/pittsburgh-songwriters-circle-cd-release-pt-2-2/
         This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series, marking the release of the group's 2015 CD and a commemorative retrospective CD including one song from each of the series' 10 albums. Performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
          
        March 19, 2015”Harpeth Rising                        http://www.harpethrising.com/home
        The vanguard of a new species of progressive folk music. Jason D. Hamad, The No Surf Review
        Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

         April 2, 2015”Duo Eamon                                https://www.facebook.com/DuoEamon/info
        Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.


        May 3, 2015”Tom Russell                                http://www.tomrussell.com/
        Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.
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        Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs. As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of  Pittsburgh  Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
        --
        Lisa Alexander, MFA
        PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
        6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
        Pittsburgh, PA 15232
        412-361-1915
        www.calliopehouse.org

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:57:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Trombone



         PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        WYEP AND THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENT
        TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE

         Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, performing at the Byham Theater on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets start at $45.25 and are on sale now.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or by visiting in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

        Photo Courtesy of the Artist

        Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.

        In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

        About WYEP 91.3 FM

        WYEP (91.3 FM) is an independent music station with an eclectic mix of programming, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. It is an NPR affiliate.

        About the 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.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:51:00
         
        For immediate release:
        Pat Martin
        724-743-0949

        OPEN HOUSE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014


        Discover how much fun it is to sing with the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.

        Our chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who meet regularly to rehearse, socialize, perform and sing a cappella music, barbershop style.  Each week, Sweet Adelines International encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential.  There are unlimited training and educational opportunities as well as spectacular performance and entertainment possibilities.

        Join us any Monday evening at 7 pm to experience the joy of singing with 65 other women.

        Rehearsals are at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

        To see and hear us, visit www.soundsofpgh.org.  For more information please call our toll free 412-945-SING (7464).

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:47:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Beatles

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        LEGENDARY CONCERT PROMOTER PAT DICESARE
        TO COMMEMORATE
        50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES IN PITTSBURGH

        SEPTEMBER 13 CONCERT WITH BEATLEMANIA NOW AND INTRODUCTION OF
        DICESARE'S NEW MEMOIR BOOK COMPLETES BEATLES WEEK TRIBUTE

        Pittsburgh, PA”Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to America¦. and made their only Pittsburgh appearance at the Civic Arena on September 14, 1964.  Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, on September 13th at 8pm, at the Benedum Center.

        This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC.  Tickets start at $36.95 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        The impact of the Beatles cannot be overstated, said DiCesare. The Fab Four startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them.  Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the sixties, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade.

        The American Tour '64, the name of DiCesare's tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, will feature all the classic Beatle's hits live with a full stage, light and multimedia show.  Imagine it is Saturday night, September 14, 1964 and you are part of an audience of more than 12,000, watching four mop-topped kids from Liverpool, England perform live on the stage of the Civic Arena, said DiCesare.  Imagine further that you are able to fast-forward the rest of the 1960's, with all of its turbulent history, while the Beatles mature from bubblegum tunes like 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You' into a band that reflects the social consciousness of the decade with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Abbey Road' and 'Let It Be.'

        That, said DiCesare, is Beatlemania Now, a show starring Scot Arch (as John Lennon), Chris Colon (as George Harrison), Eric Smith (as Ringo Starr), and Davey Justice (as Paul McCartney), with a performance that dusts off the cobwebs to recall teens screaming from the balcony of the Civic Arena and other theaters across the United States.

        The Beatles explosion onto the American musical landscape is one of the most spectacular events in music history, said DiCesare.  And through the magic that is Beatlemania Now, the audience can become a part of that history 50 years later.

        The show begins with the memorable youthful exuberance and scrubbed clean faces of the young Beatles as the band sings the original hits without a care in the world while”as if from an old copy of Life Magazine”scenes from the 1960's are projected on a screen above the stage.  Beatlemania Now brings historic scenes to life and just like the original musicians; the stage band matures from the teen heart throbs of 1964 into the most important band of the 20th Century.

        Beatlemania Now runs the gamut of songs from the early days to 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' 'Here Comes The Sun,' 'Come Together,' 'All You Need Is Love,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' 'Hey Jude,' 'Penny Lane,' and a special tribute to Lennon's later solo work 'Imagine.'

        For many weaned on Nirvana and Green Day, this is an exhilarating history lesson about the triumphs, the tragedies and the music of the 60's that you don't want to miss, said DiCesare.
        This show will also include tribute acts of musicians that influenced the Beatles including Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley.  

        The Beatles 50th Anniversary Week of September 5-14 will also include The Beatles Rock Art Show, a traveling art exhibit featuring more than 150 framed drawings, paintings, animation, and album art as well as other authentic art forms from rock artists including McCartney and Starr, will be on display September 5, 6, and 7.  The art show will also feature Ron Campbell, an artist and animator of the motion picture Yellow Submarine and the Beatles cartoon series.  Art viewings are free and open to the public and will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 107 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh.

        The Beatles changed my life and their arrival in Pittsburgh started my 40 year concert promotion career, said DiCesare.  The Beatles came into our lives at a time when we needed them, the talk about war, love and loss.

        In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Beatles changed the course of rock and roll and popular music.  After launching the British Invasion of the United States and scoring twenty Number One hits, the Beatles went on to indulge their creative energies in the studio, layering sounds and crafting songs, in a way that was experimental yet still accessible.  This retreat from the ceaseless mayhem of pop celebrity yielded such musically expansive and lyrically sophisticated albums as Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966).  The group retired from touring in August 1966, and ten months later, they released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that has almost universally been cited as the creative apotheosis of rock and roll, a watershed event in which rock became serious art without losing its sense of humor.  The group continued to break new ground with the White Album and Abbey Road before calling it quits in 1970.  All of the band members went on to successful solo careers.  The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

        Show Contacts:        
        Dick Roberts                                                  
        New Perspective Communications                                        
        v:  412-681-1600                                                                  
        dick.roberts@new-perspective.com                                      

        Ed Traversari
        v:  412-779-3112
        EdTraversari@hotmail.com

        About the 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.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Logo Courtesy of Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:39:00
         
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second in Pittsburgh Highmark Walk

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

        CONTACT:      
        Amie Hackimer
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        412-255-1261
        ahackimer@ywcapgh.org

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second
        Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000





        PITTSBURGH, PA (August 7, 2014):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh raised $24,324 in its first year as a Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community participant. The YW's efforts ranked as the second top fundraising nonprofit for the Pittsburgh Walk and fifth in all of Pennsylvania. Over 160 staff and board members, as well as friends and family, formed the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh team to raise money for the YW's programs and services.

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen said, I am so pleased with the impressive accomplishments of our staff, board and volunteers during our first year participating in the walk. They all rose to the occasion and demonstrated support for the organization they care about.

        The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for the community to support 69 local nonprofits on May 17th, 2014. The primary goal of the walk, which includes both a 5K route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. The Pittsburgh walk raised approximately $501,700 through the participation of 8,500 walkers.

        View YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's album of photos from the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

        View Highmark release with coverage of all five Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community locations.

        For more information, contact the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh at 412-255-1261.
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        About YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        Since its proud beginnings in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. As society has changed, so have the challenges we face. But women's underlying need for support and encouragement that empowers them to take command of their lives and their families remains. For more information, visit www.ywcapgh.org.

        About Highmark Inc.
        Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:34:00
         
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Fresh Beat Band


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCED
        TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR
        NICKELODEON'S THE FRESH BEAT BAND TOUR

        WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 | 6:30 P.M. | BENEDUM CENTER

        The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live Presented by Nickelodeon Will Feature New Songs Plus Fan Favorites and Travel To Cities Across the U.S.

        Pittsburgh, PA  The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour November 5, 2014 February 15, 2015.  The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon will travel to nearly 40 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and more.  The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band's greatest hits including Bananas, Here We Go and a remixed version of Great Day, plus new songs including the pop classic, Walk Like An Egyptian.

        In Pittsburgh, The Fresh Beat Band tour will perform on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center.  This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Tickets start at $33.25 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        The Fresh Beat Band is back on the road to give kids a chance to see their favorite rock stars live in concert, says Doug Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. This reimagined, high-energy production features the band's biggest hits, never-before-performed songs, and fun surprises that will deliver an unforgettable experience for families.

        Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band.  In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies.  The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries.  The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band).  Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.

        The Fresh Beat Band soundtracks The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show and The Fresh Beat Band: More Music From The Hit TV Show Vol 2.0 are currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere.  For more information, visit the tour website at http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com and for Fresh Beat activities and fun go to http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band/.

        In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.  Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other's differences.  Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.
        Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

        Ticket information for the national tour, along with Fresh Beat Band VIP packages with meet and greets, are available atwww.freshbeatbandlive.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Citi® card members through Citi's Private Pass Program can obtain ticket information at www.CitiPrivatePass.com.

        About the 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.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Photo Credits:  Randee St. Nicholas/Nickelodeon

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:24:00
         

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 10th Anniversary of free city park performances with AS YOU LIKE IT, weekends in September

        Contact:  Yvonne Hudson 412-512-0589

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks offers up comedy As You Like It to celebrate 10th Anniversary of free Shakespeare in city parks

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks marks its 10th season of presenting free Shakespeare plays in city parks by reprising its inaugural 2005 production  of As You Like It, one of the Bard's finest comedies which takes place in the ˜Forest of Arden' and deals with the familiar themes of gender-disguising and mistaken identities.

        Free performances for all ages run Saturday and Sunday afternoons (rain or shine), Sept. 6-28, in five different city parks. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Picnics are welcome!

        Visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email info@pittsburghshakespeare.org. Event phone: 412-512-0589.

        RAIN OR SHINE! PSIP performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience with an exception for thunder or lightning which immediately stops the show.

        SHOWTIMES for FREE performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, running each Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.

        Sept. 6 and 7 at 2 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on  Sat., Sept. 6

        Sat., Sept. 13 at 2 pm
        Allegheny Commons West Park, Ridge Ave & Arch St, North Side (behind the Aviary)
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling pre-show

        Sun., Sept. 14 at 2 pm: Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show

        Sat., and Sun., Sept. 20 and 21 at 2 pm
        Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        All at Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on Sun., Sept. 21
        http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

        Sat, Sept. 27  New! Two-performance day!
        Shows at BOTH 11 am and 2:30 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill

        Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
        1 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show performance

        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on two dates:
        Sat., Sept. 6
        Sun., Sept. 21
        http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

        Directed by local favorite Lisa Ann Goldsmith and featuring PSIP Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind, the spunky female protagonist, PSIP's 10th anniversary offering employs the First Folio text, using Shakespeare's original language as it was first published a few years after the playwright's death.

        PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs.

        AS YOU LIKE IT is arguably Shakespeare's finest comedy," says Tober. "And where better to play the Forest of Arden than in the parks of Pittsburgh? Filled with love, deception, gender reversals and laugh-out-loud comedy, As You Like It is a great late-summer offering for theatre-goers of all ages."

        Really, nothing makes me happier than doing or seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a beautiful day or even a yucky day. It really has been a joy to see how the company has grown over the past 10 years," Tober adds.

        THE CAST OF AS YOU LIKE IT

        In addition to Tober, the cast features Andrew Miller as Orlando, Elizabeth Ruelas as Celia, John Michnya as Jacques, Drew Palajsa as Touchstone, and Tonya Lynn as Audrey. The cast also includes: Chuck Beikert, Nicholas Benninger, Eric Davidson, Adrienne Fischer, Anthony Gullickson, and Adam Rutledge

        ABOUT PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

        What PSIP offers our audience is so different from what we think of as ˜typical' theater we use the grass, trees, woods and bring the text to life in an exciting way, often right up in the audience's face," Tober says. "Our style is vibrant and our language understandable; we make Shakespeare accessible to those brand new to the Bard (even tiny children) as well as seasoned theatre-goers."

        Tober, a New York transplant, started the company upon arriving in 2005.  The inaugural production of As You Like Itran for two weekends in Frick Park in November, right before Thanksgiving when one show ended in light snow flurries.

        Pittsburgh had been missing outdoor Shakespeare, and thus I started the company outdoor Shakespeare has been such a huge, and fantastic, part of my creative life for so many years, Tober says.

        ABOUT JENNIFER TOBER & LISA ANN GOLDSMITH
        Tober's professional experience includes appearances at such companies as Quantum Theatre, The REP, PICT,UnSeam'd Shakespeare, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Project, and New York Classical Theatre.

        Goldsmith and Tober are happy to be working together again, having both performed in UnSeam'd Shakespeare Company's 2009 production of Macbeth 3, directed by Michael Hood.  Goldsmith is fresh off playing Rachel in Quantum Theatre's Pantagleize as well as directing The Devil's Arithmetic for Prime Stage Theatre.

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