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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-28-14
Dinosaurs, Science Sounds, Clemente, Oh My!
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PPL Co-Host
Kelli Robbins
Kelli Robbins is the owner and President of Contact One Communications, Inc. Founded in 1985, Contact One specializes in telephone answering service and custom call center applications for commercial, medical, e-commerce and web applications for companies in the Pittsburgh region and all across North America. Her firm's clients are top leaders in business, from Fortune 500 to small and midsize companies and professional services firms. In addition, Kelli works in the arena of marketing, advertising and branding with entrepreneurs of all sizes. Her special emphasis is on creating and printing collateral materials; direct and electronic mailings; web design and product fulfillment. Kelli's firm provides top corporate clients - and budding entrepreneurs alike - with a total communications solutions package for rapid business growth and development.

Kelli is also an author, trainer, speaker, entrepreneur and former president of the Pittsburgh Business Development Alliance. She leads a firm that delivers information and business results through better communication. For over 25 years, Kelli has worked across the country and, over her career, has set up thousands of clients that range from political leaders, to CEOs, to small business.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Tom's Diner and No BS Marketing Meeting

CULTURAL CLUES
The Sounds of Science
Clemente: The Legend of 21| Pittsburgh CLO Guild Will Honor Scholarship Recipients| Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's Upcoming Season| The 1st Annual Cultured Steel Hip-Hop Festival| Pittsburgh's Best Gospel Singing Contest| 

KIDZ KORNER
P.R.O.M.I.S.E. 4TH ANNUAL BASKETBALL CAMP| THE PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST | Walking with Dinosaurs at Consol Energy

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
Women & the Wage Gap| Professional Development Day-a half day workshop|WIN-Pittsburgh's Monthly Meet-up featuring Pistols and Pink| Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally | 

BUSINESS BUZZ 
National League of Cities Selects Pittsburgh for 2016 Conference| Rivers Club Jazz Networking Happy Hour |

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH
Neighbors in the Strip Town Meeting| Women in Business Networking Night benefiting Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh| 

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
Rock All Night Tour | Squirrel Hill Food Pantry Unveils Mosaics Tribute | National Night Out Kick-Off Event|

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS
JoAnn Forrester First Copies of "Gift of Holiday Valley" PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Pittsburgh Passion Claims Second Women's Football Championship|

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Tom's Diner| Fabulous Forties Benefits Homeless Children Education Fund|



CULTURAL CLUES




Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Partners with Carnegie Science Center for 21+ Night To Explore ˜The Sounds of Science'
Friday, August 1, 2014  |  6 - 10 PM  |  Carnegie Science Center
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Carnegie Science Center for a special adults-only evening, featuring symphonic sounds with a scientific twist. The Sounds of Science is the theme of the Science Center's next 21+ Night on Friday, Aug. 1, from 6 10 pm.

Throughout the evening, musicians will demonstrate their instruments, including a double bass and a bassoon. They'll even hook up instruments to the Science Center's Rubens' Tube, which visually demonstrates an instrument's sound waves and pressure by shooting flames into the air.

Visitors can dance on a giant floor piano and play a tune with Boomwhackers, hollow percussion tubes. Stations throughout the building will offer the materials for DIY musical instruments, including a one-note harmonica. Guests can test their musical knowledge at a live action Trivial Pursuit game, complete with a prize giveaway. Visitors can pose with a Mozart-cut out and enter to win a Mozart prize pack.

As always, 21+ Night features music, cash bars, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits with no kids! Fiddlesticks, the orchestra's fiddlin' feline ambassador, will make a special appearance. Participants get a discount on Omnimax films and laser shows that evening. The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration before noon on the day of the event or $15 after noon at the door. Guests will receive a voucher for $15 in free slot play at the Rivers Casino when they arrive, while supplies last.  21+ Nights are sponsored by Trib Total Media, and Bob and Q92 Radio.

For more information or to register, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.


Clemente: The Legend of 21
September 19 through 21, 2014  |  Byham Theater

In CLEMENTE: THE LEGEND OF 21 three of the most influential people in Clemente's life - his older
brother Matino, his wife Vera and his friend and sports journalist Ramiro MartГ­nez- meet at his funeral to reminisce about their life with him. Their stories transport the audience from Clemente's early years in Puerto Rico, through his 18 year tenure with the Pirates to the tragic accident on New Year's Eve.

This musical journey also depicts the era of the Civil Right Movement and how it affected his life as a Black Latino. Throughout all his trials and tribulations Clemente triumphed becoming a legend on and off the field. CLEMENTE: THE LEGEND OF 21 is heartfelt tribute to a hero whose extraordinary life continues to inspire and touch lives.
Enter promo code CLEMENTE10 to receive a 10% discount on tickets.  (Presale code valid until Friday, 8/18)  This is a presentation of NightBlue Theater. Regular Trust ticketing polices may not apply.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Box Office at Theater Square, visit online at TrustArts.org, or call (412) 456-6666 


Pittsburgh CLO Guild to Hold Luncheon Honoring Scholarship Recipients
August 6, 2014  |  11 AM  |  LeMont

The Pittsburgh CLO Guild is proud to announce that The Constance T. Rockwell, Dolores and Walter Bold and the Charity Randall Foundation Scholarship recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, August 6 at the LeMont at 11:00am.  The Pittsburgh CLO Guild offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing performing arts training, many of whom will be honored at this special luncheon.

Also to be recognized are Moira, George and Morgan Davison for their service as Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Chairs. The 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, co-chaired by the three-generation team of Moira Davison, her son George Davison and her granddaughter Morgan Davison, was held on Saturday, June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh.  Proceeds from the Ball will support Pittsburgh CLO's Education and Outreach Programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars.

Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.


Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's New and Exciting Season
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company was founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003.
Leslie Ezra Smith
Pittsburgh Playwrights is committed to developing and showcasing the works of local playwrights, from accomplished masters like August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to promising new talents. Pittsburgh Playwrights seek to nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities.  The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's new season is fresh and exciting!

Book of Ezra  |  October 4 - October 25
The season will kick off October 4 with the premiere of a one-man play, Book of Ezra, written and performed by spoken word artist and national slam poet Leslie Ezra Smith.  Book of Ezra chronicles his
coming of age and consciousness growing up as a Black man in America.   Playwrights founder and producing artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct.

Kim El
"Ubuntu Holiday"  |  December of 2014
Ubuntu Holiday by Kim El is a full-length version of a one-act play that was performed as part of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White.  This gentle but thought-provoking comedy, directed by Mils James, is set at a Kwanzaa celebration interrupted by a distrustful Christian guest. Rancor and controversy threaten to disrupt the otherwise festive atmosphere. However, in the end the joy and good feelings of the season win out.
Ray Werner

Christmas Star  |  December of 2014                               
Running in repertory along with Ubuntu Holiday will be Ray Werner's Christmas Star, directed by Monteze Freeland.   Also a product of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White, Christmas Star tells the story of an Iraq war veteran, his Vietnam-veteran father and bewildered mother, gathering for a Christmas Eve celebration.  Patriotism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the meaning of family all jostle for attention in this thought-provoking holiday-themed play.

First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One Act Play Festival  |  February of 2015
Formerly known as the Theatre Festival in Black and White, the First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One Act Play Festival is open to all Pittsburgh playwrights.  This festival will shine a light on Pittsburgh's diverse communities by soliciting plays from an array of playwrights from various cultural backgrounds. The only requirement is that you've lived in the Pittsburgh area for at least two years at some point.

Ernest McCarty
The scripts selected will receive a fully staged production during the festival. The festival will conclude with
an awards ceremony where Pittsburgh Playwrights will recognize the talent during the festival.

"Dinah  |  March 20 - April 12
Dinah, a dazzling play about the legendary blues singer Dinah Washington, will run from March 20 April 12.  Ernest McCarty is both director and playwright of this play set during the last year of the short life of the remarkable woman called the Queen of the Blues.  Dinah includes a riveting array of musical numbers and biographical vignettes.  This one-woman show provides a powerful insight into the tragic and often controversial life of one of the most popular African-American singers of the 1950s.

Fences  |  May 1 - May 31
Returning to familiar ground, Pittsburgh Playwrights artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Fences, running May 1 May 31.  The production will
August Wilson
reconfirm Southers and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company as among the foremost interpreters of the work of Pittsburgh's most famous playwright.

Set in the 1950s, Fences evokes the early rumblings of the civil rights movement. The central character, Troy Maxson, a middle-aged resident of Pittsburgh's Hill District, is unable to shed the legacy of his failure as a young baseball player. The play follows Troy's struggle to accept the generational changes that allowed his son to succeed in ways Troy never could.

Find more information, visit www.pghplaywrights.com.




KIDZ KORNER

Jakim Donaldson's P.R.O.M.I.S.E. 4TH ANNUAL BASKETBALL CAMP
@ Allegheny Middle SchoolAugust 6, 7 and 8 | 9AM - 3PMA FREE Camp for Boys & Girls Ages 8-18
 From: From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt




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WQED PITTSBURGH ANNOUNCES LOCAL WINNERS WHO PLACED
NATIONALLY IN THE PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST

WQED Pittsburgh announced local winners Nikolai Nawrocki, 5, of Wayne, Pennsylvania and Connor Smith, 8, of Pittsburgh as national winners in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
 The contest was designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Nikolai and Connor were chosen as winners from thousands of submissions from 62 participating PBS stations across the country. Nikolai's winning story, Grandpa Pig's Pizza, was awarded first place among the Kindergarten entries. Connor's winning story, Seeds from Space, was awarded third place among the second grade entries. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest also recognizes the nation's top 50 finalists by posting their stories at pbskids.org/writerscontest. WQED Writers Contest 2014 first place winner in third grade Sarah White, 9 of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania is one of those finalists and her story Trying is Wonderful will be featured on the site as well.  


For more information click HERE

PBS Kids Writer's Contest Local Winners


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

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Professional Development Day¦a half day workshop
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO AUGUST 20TH!
Friday, September 12, 2014  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 

For those interested, this event repeats at the Milllvale Sportsmen's Club every third Friday.

 PittsburghWomen In Bio
presents

P.O.W.E.R.

Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally
On the evening of Monday, September 22, 2014, twelve local women-led businesses will showcase their novel products/solutions to three women investors who have a track record of empowering women entrepreneurs. Never before have outside investment firms been able to see, in one room, the wealth of innovation that Pittsburgh's women leaders have to offer -- this is a first-ever event for the Pittsburgh region!
The keynote speakers representing influential women-led national funding organizations are:
· Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D. who leads the life sciences sector of New York-based Golden Seeds -- an investment firm focused on empowering women entrepreneurs and creating results for those who invest in them.
· Amy Millman who co-founded the non-profit venture, Springboard Enterprises, whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. With Springboard's support, 545 women-led companies have raised $6.5 billion, created tens of thousands of new jobs, and generated billions of dollars in annual revenues.
· Catherine Mott is founder and CEO of Blue Tree Allied Angels, the Western Pennsylvania premier angel network which invests in early-stage companies. Her company's portfolio includes state-of-the-art companies such as Rinovum Women's Health, ALung Technologies, Inc., and 4Moms.

These twelve POWERful Pittsburgh entrepreneurs will present the innovative benefits of their novel products/solutions:
· ActivAided Orthotics -- Kelly Collier, Chief Executive Officer
· Advanced Technology Healthcare Solutions -- Urmi Ashar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer
· Cognition Therapeutics Inc. -- Susan Catalano, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Science Officer
· Cohera Medical -- Dottie Clower, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer
· Enzium Labs -- Crystal Falco, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
· FutureDerm -- Nicki Zevola, Founder
· MedRespond -- Virginia Pribanic, President and Chief Executive Officer
· MetaFit Solutions LLC Paula Franetti, President and Chief Executive Officer
· MG Ring -- Katie Farraro and Danielle Martin, Founders
· Quit Ninja -- Ellen Beckjord, Founder
· Sole Power -- Hahna Alexander, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
· Wellbridge Health -- Mary Del Brady, Chair and Chief Executive Officer

This event will be held at Thrill Mill, a non-profit organization in East Liberty which supports local startups through programming and mentorship. Contact us at Pittsburgh@womeninbio.org for more information.
Register today for this groundbreaking event:


BUSINESS BUZZ


National League of Cities Selects Pittsburgh for 2016 Conference 




Washington, D.C.  The National League of Cities (NLC) today selected Pittsburgh, Pa. to host the 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition, the nation's largest educational and networking event for city officials. As the host city, Pittsburgh will welcome thousands of local officials and professional staff and help organize educational workshops and mobile tours that will explore various city businesses, programs and transit.
Full article




NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Squirrel Hill Food Pantry Unveils Mosaics in Tribute to Donors, Volunteers, Clients


From: From Our Friends at Urban Media Today
The 15217 ZIP code, which encompasses Squirrel Hill, is not one which is usually affiliated with thoughts of poverty or food insecurity.Yet every month for about 10 years, around 600 families from that area visit the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, a division of Jewish Family and Children's Services tucked into a plaza at the edge of the neighborhood, to fortify their diets




POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Double Trouble: 
Two good friends who work at one of my favorite places to shop in the whole wide world. they just bought 4 copies of the Gift of Holiday Valley Connie and Willie from the Used Furniture Store on Rte 51...The store is great not just furniture, but pictures, china lamps etc small crystal ..just so many very good quality items. Thanks guys...be seeing you today...still looking for that corner bookcase. ” with Connie Sambroak and Willie F Dawson Jr


 
Purchase a unique Gift Package with a GIFT OF HOLIDAY VALLEY  book and special Holiday Valley Gift Item.  Just in time for early Holiday Shopping.



ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

CATS, Benedum Theater                                        
A FOUR STAR MEOW


From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz. 


Millions of people have seen Cats since 1981 and have just purred over the Jellicle cats and their salute to immortality.  The performance of this weekend at the Benedum Theatre was purrfect.  The audience was immediately in love with the performance from the very talented Broadway quality cast.  They were singing joyfully and dancing exuberantly.  In a nonstop musical acrobatic, twisting, somersaulting, cartwheeling performance that put permanent paw prints of joy into everyone hearts. 

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Pittsburgh Passion Champions
From: Herald Online



 ” The female role in football has generally been confined to cheerleading on the sidelines, or, at best, kicking the odd extra point.
But women were front and center during Saturday night's Independent Women's Football League World Championship game at District Three Stadium. Pittsburgh Passion quarterback Lisa Horton piloted her team to a 41-7 win over the Houston Energy to claim the franchise's second women's football championship, after its 2007 National Women's Football Association title.

The game capped four days of women's football in Rock Hill. The week included girls' tackle football clinics, women's refereeing clinics and a Hall of Fame ceremony.

Read the entire article HERE





STEELTOWN HERO

Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals


Duquesne University's Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit:http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html

Duquesne's Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic


The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link:http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education



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VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE

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Wendy's is honoring Veterans Advantage members -- U.S. Military Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard & Reserve and their families-- with special discounts throughout the year on popular Wendy's food and drinks.

Wendy's special offers for Veterans Advantage are available through a custom WendyMail„c savings program for our members. Simply sign up to receive these benefits plus all of Wendy's ongoing saving promotions as well.

The Veterans Advantage/WendyMail program will include special savings offers distributed throughout the year off some of these fabulous meals and drinks: Premium hamburger and chicken sandwiches, Garden Sensations® salads, Frosty„c drinks, or kids meals. Special savings will also be distributed to Veterans Advantage members on patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans Day.

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Appreciation Days, Gateway Clipper Fleet


Every summer Gateway Clipper features certain occupations
and groups to receive a special offer from all of us at the Gateway Clipper Fleet.                                                                                   
It's our way of saying THANK YOU
for what you do.
Visit the Gateway Clipper on the day
your group is listed and get a ticket on a One Hour or Evening Sightseeing Cruise for FREE!
And for any family members or friends you bring along, they get their tickets at HALF PRICE*!  
MONDAY:   MILITARY INCLUDING VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVES
TUESDAY:  TEACHERS AND EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
WEDNESDAY:  NURSES AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS
THURSDAYS:  SERVICE INDUSTRY (HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS)

 Disclaimers:   This special offer is only valid on the days listed for the groups listed.  Offer not valid with any other offer, coupon, discount or groupon.
Offer valid through September 25, 2014. Certain Restrictions apply.  *Half Price tickets valid for up to eight (8) tickets.  
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Publish Date: 08-29-2014 21:04:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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.

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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
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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.

www.pittsburghshakespeare.org
Like Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks on Facebook.
Twitter:  @Pgh Shakespeare

Bringing you free Shakespeare since 2005.
Bring a blanket, a loved one, and a thermos.

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Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:16:00
 
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Media Contacts:
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Search: 2014-2015 Trust Presents


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
TICKETS ON SALE - FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL SEASON OF WORLD-CLASS,
ONE-OF-A-KIND PERFORMANCES FOR ALL AGES
20142015 COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES

Pittsburgh, PA М¶   The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District.  This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances, comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:

SpokFrevo Orquestra
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
This high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of frevo, a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation.

Photo Credit:  Mike Reynes
 
The Capitol Steps
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
Cleverly putting the mock in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material.








Royal Ballet of Cambodia 



Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
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. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.

360 ALLSTARS
Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
A breathtaking theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages.

The Intergalactic Nemesis
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
A brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen.


Photo Credit:  Ines Kaiser
Maceo Parker
Friday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
The funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world's tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base.





Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure 
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum Center
Tickets start at $20.25.
Live on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.

Zap Mama & Antibalas
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
The captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn's premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa.

ABBA the Concert
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $30.
Audiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you'll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life.






Tiempo Libre
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $35.
The GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son.

The Peking Acrobats 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $20.
Redefining audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability.

Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $30.
Film, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin' Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery.


POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
May 57, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $35.
Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance.  A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group. The London Daily Telegraph

Photos courtesy of the artist unless otherwise noted

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: 08-28-2014 02:17:00
 

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-25-14
Free Lunches in Pittsburgh Public Schools and Bar-B-Q in Market Square
Listen to the show online HERE


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille

CULTURAL CLUES
Public Record A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition  |  REP Opens with ˜Of Mice and Men'  |  PSO to Honor Lorin Maazel  |  Call for Artists: Bicycle Racks in the Cultural District  |  Second/Second A Sound and Light Exhibition  |  Dance!

KIDZ KORNER:  All Pittsburgh Public Schools Students to Receive Free Lunch This School Year


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  3 Employment Opportunities with the Girls Scouts of Western PA

BUSINESS BUZZ:  Small Business Resource Fair


NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Supporting Global Links


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Pop-Up Barbecue Stand - Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh  |  This Week in Market Square  |  Bike Lane Updates  |  RAW: Pittsburgh

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT:  Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille


PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pirates Sweepstakes



CULTURAL CLUES

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Public Record A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
Sept. 26 Nov. 9, 2014  |  SPACE - 812 Liberty Ave and 707 Penn Gallery - 707 Penn Ave
Exhibition Opening & Reception  |  Sept. 26, 2014  |  5:30 9 PM
Carolina Loyola-Garcia
Pittsburgh Biennial Public Record
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26November 9, 2014, at the Trust's SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

Public Record”a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists”explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working.
Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt's Well Played: Paul's Vinyl Records”held in 707 Penn Gallery”which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist's collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually dig-in to the collection and play records online.

For more information, please visit pittsburghbiennial.org.


The REP Opens 2014-2015 Season with Steinbeck Classic ˜Of Mice and Men' at Pittsburgh Playhouse
Sept. 5 - 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse
The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, opens its 2014-2015 season with Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck's timeless and heartwrenching tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression.  Directed by Robert A. Miller, Of Mice and Men previews on Thursday, Sept. 4, and runs Sept. 5-21, in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Performances are 8 p.m., Thursday Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The REP's Talkback series, where the audience is invited to stay after the performance and discuss the show, will be held after the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Tickets range from $24 to $27; preview tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com. Patrons can take advantage of the Pay what you will performances at the 2 p.m. shows on Saturday, Sept. 6, 13 and 20, subject to availability.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Honor Lorin Maazel During First Subscription Weekend of 2014-2015 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season
Sept. 19-21, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will honor its former music director, Lorin Maazel, who passed away on July 13, 2014, during the first subscription weekend of its BNY Mellon Grand Classics season on Sept. 19-21 at Heinz Hall.  Two Trips features current Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck and welcomes pianist Valentina Lisitsa as guest artist. All three concerts of the weekend will feature the orchestra performing Suite No. 3: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach in Maazel's honor. There also will be an archival display of photos, audio, video and other mementos of Maazel's time with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Grand Tier Lobby. The archival exhibit will remain on display through the third subscription weekend of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics season.

There can be no doubt that Maestro Lorin Maazel had a significant impact on the musical life of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the music world as a whole. I, myself, played many times under his baton and was struck by his prodigious talent and quest for perfection, said Maestro Honeck. He left behind a core of musical leaders that still define the Pittsburgh Symphony today and an incredible standard of playing. As one of his successors, I am deeply indebted to him for creating the ideal culture of musicians and the music-making exemplified in this orchestra.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Call for Artists: Bicycle Racks to be Installed Throughout the Cultural District
Request for Qualifications Deadline: November 30, 2014
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the second phase of the bicycle rack project, the first phase being completed in September 2014, with the installation of five artist-designed bicycle racks throughout the Cultural District. The Trust invites Pittsburgh-area artists (residents of Allegheny County) to design and develop functional bicycle racks to be located along the Penn Avenue corridor from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (11th Street) to Stanwix Street. This second phase of the project will produce five bicycle racks, with the potential for more to follow.

For more information about project specifications and entry requirements, visit TrustArts.org.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Second/Second A Sound and Light Exhibition by Finnbogi Petursson
September 26 December 31, 2014  |  Wood Street Galleries - 601 Wood St
Exhibition Opening & Reception  |  September 26  |  5:30 9 PM
SECOND 2014 - Finnbogi PГ©tursson, Circle
Photo by Finnbogi PГ©tursson
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of SECOND/SECOND by Icelandic artist Finnbogi PГ©tursson. The exhibition is on view September 26December 31, 2014, at the Trust's Wood Street Galleries. An opening reception takes place Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.  The artist's first U.S. solo exhibition includes two light and sound installations, the recent works Teslatune (2014) and a U.S. premiere water installation.  Wood Street Galleries welcomes the return of Iceland's Finnbogi PГ©tursson in SECOND/SECOND, says Murray Horne, Wood Street Galleries curator. The Icelandic landscape can be described as mesmerizing, contemplative and hypnotic; these often intangible qualities are also embodied in PГ©tursson's sound-modulated water installations.

Teslatune (2014) is dedicated to the inventor Nikola Tesla. The installation emits sound that comes from an alternating current transformer, which is led through a programmer (time-adjusted frequency equaliser and switch box) to channel the sound through eight different outputs”pipes. These eight pipes of different lengths hang from the galley's ceiling, producing what seem to be different sounds, but the frequency is always the same, 60 Hz. The lengths of the pipes affect the pitch.  PГ©tursson has stated about his practice: I am always trying to capture phenomena such as sound, water, fire, shadow and light, and channel them along new grooves, turn them into something other than what they are. These are phenomena that you feel and think about, but never see.

For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, visit TrustArts.org.


Dance!
An amazing and diverse assemblage of world-class contemporary dance awaits you in the 2014-15 season.
Use promo code DANCE1415 to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public Friday, August 29!

Oct. 11, 2014  |  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Nov. 01, 2014  |  Michael Clark Company
Feb. 07, 2015  |  Ronald K. Brown Evidence
Feb. 28, 2015  |  Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Mar. 28, 2015  |  Union Tanguera
Apr. 18, 2015  |  Pontus Lidberg Dance
May 19, 2015  |  Scottish Ballet

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TrustArts.org/dance, call 412-456-6666, or for groups call 412-471-6930.


KIDZ KORNER

All Pittsburgh Public Schools Students to Receive Free Lunch This School Year
From our Friends at: UrbanMediaToday.com  |  Aug. 20, 2014
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year all Pittsburgh Public Schools students, regardless of family income, will receive a healthy and well balanced lunch free of charge. Students were already receiving free breakfast, but now, through the Community Eligibility Provision, the District can ensure all students are properly nourished and ready for class.

Read the entire article at UrbanMediaToday.com/Urban-Education


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

3 Employment Opportunities with the Girls Scouts of Western PA
From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt
Check out these employment opportunities with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

Finance Assistant
Reports to:  Finance Manager  |  Hours:  Full-time  |  Location:  Pittsburgh
General Statement of Duties: general accounting, accounts payable and accounts receivable
Essential Functions:
  • Reconcile accounts, post information and balance general or subsidiary ledgers; 
  • Process payments and compile segments of monthly closings, company credit cards,  annual reports, etc.; 
  • Internal and external communications with other departments and outside agencies to resolve problems; 
  • Perform day-to-day accounting functions pertaining to accounts payable and accounts receivable; 
Grant Coordinator
Reports to:  Director, Corporate and Grant Funds  |  Location:  Pittsburgh Office  |  Part-time:  15-20 hrs/wk
General Statement of Duties:  Responsible for managing relationships with United Ways, Community Foundations and corporations within the 27 county territory.
Essential Functions:
  • Manage and submit funding proposals and related reports to United Ways, Community Foundations, SECA, and CFC to cultivate, build and maintain strong relationships; 
  • Identify, manage and submit all EITC funding proposals and related reports to corporations located within the territory; 
  • Manage and complete grant reports and work in collaboration with the appropriate department; 
  • Adhere to the achievement of the established fund raising goals; 
  • Assist in carrying out the fund development annual plan of work; 
Leadership Facilitator (2 positions available)
Hours:  Part-time; average 10-15 hours per week  |  Location:  City of Pittsburgh
General Statement of Duties:  looking for energetic and passionate individuals to work with girls in various school districts in the City of Pittsburgh; responsible for delivering and overseeing all aspects of the assigned progressive Girl Scout leadership program; programs are fully developed and training is provided; program delivery occurs in-school, after school, possibly during summer, some weekends, and some evenings;
Essential Functions:
  • deliver Girl Scout curriculum and programming that is girl led and encompasses empowering activities that are relevant to girls' lives; 
  • coordinate and implement leadership activities and outings that may include but are not limited to camping retreats, cultural outings, and community projects, as well as Girl Scout product sales/fundraising activities; 
  • schedule guest speakers relevant to girl topics; 
  • work closely with children, parents, school liaisons and agencies; 
  • train and oversee volunteers which may include parents & college students; 
  • oversee financial transactions and budgets; 
To apply, please submit your resume to recruiting@gswpa.org by September 5, 2014.  
For more information, please visit gswpa.org.


BUSINESS BUZZ

Small Business Resource Fair
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014  |  4:30 PM - 7 PM  |  Manchester Citizens Corporation - 1319 Allegheny Ave
Welcome and Remarks at 5:30 PM  |  Light Refreshments
Kiva City-Pittsburgh, the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto, and the URA of Pittsburgh are pleased to bring the Small Business Resource Fair to the North Side! Join us to learn about neighborhood business grants, 0% and low interest loans, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses. Exhibitors include local non-profits, financial institutions and business consultants.

For additional details, click HERE.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Supporting Global Links
Saturday, November 1st  |  8 pm - midnight  |  Global Links Warehouse
We're marking Global Links' 25th Anniversary with a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Party.  Join us for an evening of food, cocktails, art and entertainment celebrating the traditions of this joyous Mexican holiday.  The special pre-sale ticket price of $80 is available until midnight on Thursday. After that, tickets are $100, so take advantage of the savings today!

After the kids have had their Halloween fun put on your most extravagant costume and come out to enjoy delicious Latin American cuisine, beer, wine and spiked punch.  Join in the tradition of decorating a sugar skull, silk screen a Day of the Dead t-shirt, camp it up in our photo booth, and dance the night away in our warehouse-turned-happening-lounge.

For more information, visit GlobalLinks.org.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Pop-Up Barbecue Stand - Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh
August 29, 2014  |  Andy's Bar at the Fairmont
Looking to round out your summer with one final barbecue experience? This Friday, August 29, Executive Chef Jason Dalling of Fairmont Pittsburgh will launch a one-day pop-up barbecue stand at Andys bar!

The limited menu will feature Dalling's house-smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches and sides. All items will be available to-go from a street-side stand along Fifth Avenue.

Follow @FairmontPGH on Twitter for updates!


This Week in Market Square
Market Square is filled with activities again this week! Read on to check out all of the happenings...
Monday:  Brad Yoder will be featured at the Mellow Mondays concert series this week, from noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday:  We are sad that the KidsPlay season is coming to an end but boy, do we have a fun KidsPlay in store for you this week! Our very last KidsPlay of the summer will feature two very awesome special guests! Radio Disney will be back with some Disney Jr. fun and games AND Duquesne University Athletics will be providing kids with the opportunity to learn about sports from their collegiate athletes and cheerleaders! Stop down between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. to shoot some hoops, do some dancing, and have a blast!
After KidsPlay, check out the Reading Room, brought to you by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown & Business, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and the members of Duquesne Athletics will be sticking around for Dukes Caravan! At the caravan you can purchase season tickets, meet the teams, and play some basketball!
Wednesday:  Tim Ruff will be performing from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Mid-Week Music concert series.
Thursday:  This week we are celebrating all things Irish at the Market Square Farmers Market with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival! Donnie Irish will be performing at the Market from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and members of the Irish Festival staff will be giving away FREE tickets to the festival and other fun Irish merchandise! Wear your green and join us at the Farmers Marketon Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.!
And be sure to visit the 24th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival at the Riverplex at Sandcastle on September 5-6-7!
Saturday:  Stop by Market Square from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for another edition of Saturday Home Stand Happy Hour featuring live music by Alex Talbot and specials on I.C. Light and Iron City at participating Market Square restaurants!
Sunday:  Spend your Labor Day weekend Sunday morning with us at Yoga in the Square with instructor Stacey of South Hills Power Yoga, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Yoga in the Square is brought to you by the PDP and lululemon.

Bike Lane Updates
As part of the Green Lane Project a protected bike lane will soon be installed along Penn Avenue in the Cultural District and a portion of the Strip District. Renderings of the project can be found here. Weather permitting, paving operations and lane markings are to commence this week.

Here's what to expect:
  • The installation will extend from Sixth Street to 16th Street along the eastbound lane of Penn Avenue. 
  • Cyclists can transition out of the protected bike lane during the exclusive pedestrian phase, while yielding to pedestrian movement at intersections.
  • At other times cyclists and motorists are controlled by the same traffic signals.
  • Sharrows will guide cyclists toward the transition at 16th Street.
  • Cyclists and motorists are controlled by the same traffic signals.


RAW: Pittsburgh
August 27, 2014  |  Xtaza in the strip
This week, the innovative, fresh, and creative event RAW: Pittsburgh returns. On Wednesday, August 27, head to Xtaza (formerly known Club Zoo) in the strip for a night of music, art, and fashion! RAW: natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that gives the spotlight to independent creatives in a wide range of the arts. It is RAW's mission to provide these up and coming artists with the tools, resources, and exposure to help them succeed as well as foster the creative community. Join them on Wednesday to experience and celebrate Pittsburgh's local talent!


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
2106 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222  |  (412) 904-4509
Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith  |  Aug. 25, 2014

When the EmpressofBiz, JoAnn Forrester and I go there alone or with friends we try to order small amounts of a lot of things to share because the food is so wonderful and the pairings are so delightfully original.

This trip:
  • Tai cat fish bites
  • lobster bisque loaded with lobster meat
  • the absolute best New England Clam Chowder
  • Ceasar salad with white anchovies and house made crostini
  • shrimp and lobster pizza with white sauce on super thin flat crust
We had plenty for Sunday morning lunch, however mine did not make it past breakfast.
Oh and the absolute best summer time dessert:  strawberries, blue berries, giant blackberries and raspberries covered with house made whipped cream--delightful.

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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Pirates Sweepstakes
Can you imagine better way to watch the last Pirates home game of the season than from dugout seats at PNC Park? Neither can we! In honor of Roberto Clemente's 80th birthday, Major League Baseball, the Buccos, and ImaginePittsburgh.com are holding a Best Seats for Buccos vs. Brewers Sweepstakes, giving one lucky winner a chance to do just that. The four prized dugout seats for the Pirates vs. Brewers game on Saturday September 20 at 7:05 p.m. will be up for grabs at  Imagine Pittsburgh until August 31. Good luck!


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WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
Friday, September 12, 2014  |  7:30 AM to 1 PM  |  Gaetano's Restaurant
Sampling of the amazing speakers and content that you will have access to during Professional Development Day 2014!  Check back often as we update the speaker list!



Intellectual Property 101 By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC
Your company has invested enormous amounts of time and money in developing proprietary technologies, brands and trademarks¦your intellectual property. Protecting these valuable assets is essential to maintaining your competitive advantage and financial viability.
Learn about:    The main categories of intellectual property. ~ What can be protected? ~ Why obtain protection? ~ How to obtain protection.



First Impressions ; Your Own Personal Brand By Julie Peterson, Owner House of Colour Pittsburgh
Ever wondered why certain people walk into a room and all eyes turn to watch? Everyone listens intently to what they have to say and by the end of the discussion they have met everyone in the room and made some serious connections. At House of Colour Pittsburgh we know that our clients are In Focus , they realize how important their own Personal Brand is and they are confident and successful because of it. Find out from Julie Peterson how important that first impression is and how to make the most of it.

Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber
Whether you are a solopreneur or small business owner, your time and energy are some of your greatest assets. During this informative presentation, Susan Lieber, Certified Organizer Coach will introduce her favorite tools for managing time, information, and communication. Participants will walk away with an appreciation of the features for each tool, how to gain access to them and identify their next step for applying this knowledge to their workday.



Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business  By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Revealed how podcasting/internet radio creates excellent internet visibility and SEO results. Learn how to associate yourself with Celebrity Experts using Podcast/Internet Radio Interviews. Discover how your own branded podcast/internet radio show can increase your brand visibility, speaking engagements and fees and consulting projects by creating your own celebrity persona. Leave with the simple steps to start your own podcast/internet radio show.

My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley  By JoAnn Forrester
Some books take 20 years to get published.   The Gift of Holiday Valley is one of them. While it is a children's book it is so much more.   It is a story that has many levels of being and meaning. Learn the steps that I took along this path to become a published author.

And Much More! Stay tuned and check back often for updates!  Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket.  A portion of any new WIN-Pittsburgh membership in the month of September will benefit the:  Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.

 

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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-18-14
Mt Washington Wedding Showers and Little Italy
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POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast  |  First Authors Zone Awards Ceremony

CULTURAL CLUES
Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday  |  Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Offers Up Comedy As You Like It to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in City Parks  |  Roots Cellar 2014-15 Concert Series  |  The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers  |  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
Calliope Presents Ellis Paul  |  WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

KIDZ KORNER
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Pittsburgh  |  Tickets on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs  |  Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?  |  Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse  |  WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up

BUSINESS BUZZ
Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs  |  Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  10 Signs Pittsburghers Are Not Ready to Go Back to School

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
Pittsburgh In Film  |  PSO's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts  |  Little Italy Days 2014 Dates

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
De Bella Subs  |  Urban Mountain Gathering Place  |  Pistols in Pink   |  Yanni Brings Agape, "Love" to Benedum

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pittsburgh's Premier Youth Soccer Program




POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

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


First Authors Zone Awards Ceremony
October 16, 2014
The Authors Zone is looking for a few good books to consider for an award.

The following 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
Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment by September 8, 2014. Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after September 11, 2014.

For more information, visit www.theauthorszone.com.


CULTURAL CLUES

Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District.  This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances, comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:
SpokFrevo OrquestraTuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThis high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of frevo, a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation. 
Photo by Mike Reyna.

The Capitol StepsSunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham TheaterCleverly putting the
mock in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material. 
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Royal Ballet of Cambodia Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterRenowned 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. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

360 ALLSTARSSaturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA breathtaking
theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages. 
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
The Intergalactic Nemesis Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen. 

Photo by Ines Kaiser.
Maceo ParkerFriday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterThe funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world's
tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base. 
Photo: Courtesy of the tour.
Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum CenterLive on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Zap Mama  Antibalas Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe
captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn's premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa. 
Photo: Courtesy of the artist
ABBA the ConcertThursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterAudiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you'll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life. 
Tiempo LibreWednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son. 
Photo: Courtesy of the artist
The Peking Acrobats Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterRedefining
audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability. 
Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance OdysseyThursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterFilm, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin' Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery. 
POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff

Photo: Courtesy of the artist
May 57, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance. A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group. The London Daily Telegraph

For tickets or more information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call
 412-456-6666, or stop by in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.


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!   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.

PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs.  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 - Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on Sun., Sept. 21- 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

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.

For more information, visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email info@pittsburghshakespeare.org. Event phone: 412-512-0589.


Roots Cellar 2014-15 Concert Series
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).  All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)
THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15
 September 25, 2014”Ellis PaulAward-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician.
October 9, 2014”Spuyten DuyvilThis 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 CourtingAll-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.
November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD ReleaseThis event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
March 19, 2015”Harpeth RisingHallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.
 April 2, 2015”Duo EamonFiddler 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 RussellAcclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.
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.

For more information or tickets, visit www.calliopehouse.org, or call the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.


The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers
September 4-20, 2014  |  Stephen Foster Memorial, 4310 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
PICT Classic Theatre's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness, opens just about 100 years after the historical WWI events that are authentically portrayed in the performance.

Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford, chose Observe the Sons as the fourth production of the PICT's season because he believes its significance is timeless, This is a play about how a group of men who start out with intense dislike for one another, turn into a ˜band of brothers'." Sons of Ulster is a family celebration for veterans of all wars. Laugh, commiserate and experience the gut-wrenching summoning of courage, on your way to a better emotional understanding of the WWI events that changed the course of millions of lives.

For more information, visit PICTTheatre.org/Sons or call 412-561-6000.


RACE: Are We So Different? - A groundbreaking exploration of race in America. 
March 29 - October 27, 2014  |  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.

Race: Are We So Different? runs through Oct 27th at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and will include Teenie Harris images from Carnegie Museum of Art's collection as a collaboration between the two museums. This photographic project will recreate the Pittsburghers Speak Up column which ran from the 1950s to 70s in the preeminent African American newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier. In the original column, Teenie's photos accompanied interviews by reporter George Barbour (approx. 19571963).


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
Saturday, September 6, 2014  |  Gala Begins at 6:30 PM  |  O'Reilly Theater
Cyrille Aimee
Photo by E. Dell Erba
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the award-winning, internationally recognized jazz vocalist and recording artist Cyrille Aimee will be the featured performer during the Cultural Trust's Gala on Saturday, September 6, 2014, performance being held at the O'Reilly Theater located in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

Ms. Aimee was born in Fontainebleau, France where she discovered a love of the gypsy's language and music at an early age and comments, I was hypnotized by this music which made me want to tap my feet.  Swinging music makes me so happy.  Ms. Aimee studied music at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and SUNY Purchase, New York.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored that Ms. Aimee will be performing at our annual gala event.  Ms. Aimee's performance will be a highlight of the evening and we look forward to hosting this outstanding and accomplished jazz vocalist as our special guest, comments J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Cyrille Aimee (pronounced Surreal Ahh-me) has proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz and pop music. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has received rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she has graced with her voice.  Aimee is one of those singers whom non-singing musicians call a musician, commented Ben Ratliff from The New York Times.


Calliope Presents Ellis Paul
Thursday, September 25, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  THE ROOTS CELLAR - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside
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.
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.

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.


WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
November 6, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
Trombone Shorty
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.  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.

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.

For information and tickets, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. 


KIDZ KORNER

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces National Preschool Initiative in Pittsburgh
From Our Friends at: Urban Media Today
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, made an historic announcement in Pittsburgh on Wednesday August 13th. The Federal government will be accepting applications for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition.

We are working as hard as we can to expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities. Historically our department didn't work much in this space. I think it is something we have to do.

The city of Pittsburgh has the opportunity to receive as much as $20 million a year for the next four years through this early childhood education initiative. Mayor Bill Peduto stood alongside U.S. Secretary Duncan, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as the announcement was made at the Hug Me Tight Child Life Center located in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

Mary Peduto stated, This is not only an historic day for the Hill District, for the city of Pittsburgh; this is also an historic day for the United States¦this initiative allows cities and their states to apply for grants to make it possible to create universal  early childhood education. This is something that the city of Pittsburgh is poised and ready to be able to do and to become a model on a national scale.

Read the entire article HERE


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announced Tickets are on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour
December 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM | Benedum Center 
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.

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.

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.

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. 


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT


Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs
From: NAWBO.org and smallbiztrends.com
Lawmakers in both chambers have proposed bills -- the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act and the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 -- designed to help women entrepreneurs. Taken together, the bills seek to help women win more government contracts, provide money for the Small Business Administration's Women's Business Centers and make it easier for women to get loans. Small Business Trends (8/11), The Hill/Floor Action blog (8/12)



A History of the Issues While women own a whopping 10.6 million businesses in the US, they still find it harder to secure business loans than men do. Out of every $23 lent to small businesses, only $1 goes to a woman-owned business, according to a reportissued(PDF) by the committee. Women entrepreneurs are seeing this challenge at every level of financing and investment, from micro loans and venture capital to conventional loans.
Women also historically haven't had equal access to government contract opportunities. Twenty years ago, Congress set a government-wide goal of awarding 5% of government contracts to women-owned businesses. But guess what? That goal has never been achieved. And so women keep missing out on $4 billion in federal contracts each year. 
Another project the U.S. government has left fall by the wayside is the growth of the Small Business Administration's  Women's Business Centers (WBC), designed to provide women with training and additional resources. Without funding, these centers have stagnated and haven't fulfilled their potential in serving women nationwide.  All of these factors have been deterrents to more women jumping into business ownership. And all are points the proposed Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 would address.
What The Bill Will Do If passed, here are some of the specific issues the bill is designed to address.
Improve Lending Opportunities for Women Owned Businesses
The Act would expand and improve the SBA's microloan and intermediary lending program to reach women who need $50,000 or less for their businesses. It would also enable women who need more ” up to $200,000 ” to get better access to these loans. Microlenders would have a higher lending cap of $7 million, which would allow them to approve more loans to women.
Boost the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
This would put women-owned businesses on equal ground with other disadvantaged groups when bidding on federal contracts and move Congress closer to its 5% goal.
Increase Funding for the Women's Business Center Program
The Act would expand services and provide more counseling and training to female business owners, especially those in lower-income regions of the country.
Gather Data on Women-Owned Businesses
To date, there's never been substantial research on female-run businesses. This Act would set a 2015 deadline for the SBA to determine industries where women are under-represented.
Read the entire article HERE


Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?
September 17, 2014  |  6:00 - 8:00 PM  |  Eddy Theater
Celebrate Constitution Day and watch Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S? - Vamos Meninas followed by a panel discussion. The film is about how Brazil came to elect its first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2010 and explores the impact of the election. Snacks provided! The documentary was produced and directed by Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation.

For more information or to register, visit HERE.


Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse
The Monument Quilt is on display in Point State Park on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 4 - 8pm. Stories from survivors of sexual violence are stitched together on 200 bright, red quilt squares. The quilt is on a 12 city tour of the United States as part of a project to create a public healing space for survivors of rape and abuse.

The Monument Quilt is in Pittsburgh in partnership with a diverse group of local organizations and institutions. Among these are Carnegie Mellon University Student Life Office, Hollaback! Pittsburgh, National Sexual Assault Conference, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), New Voices Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Stop Sexual Assault in the Military, United Steelworkers Women of Steel, Wheeling Vet Center, and  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh works to eliminate racism and empower women throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its Center for Race & Gender Equity, the YW supports anti-violence policies and programs that protect survivors, hold perpetrators accountable and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, human trafficking, and dating violence.

Nationally and locally, the YWCA has a long history of advocating for the health and safety of women and girls, said YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen. We support the Monument Quilt's work to build a new culture where sexual assault survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.  Sexual violence in the United States is nothing short of an epidemic. 1 in 3 women, 1 in 3 transgender people and 1 in 6 men will be raped or abused in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to experience rape as they are breast cancer. At the display, attendees will witness survivors' stories, demonstrate public support, and transform their local response to rape.

This summer's tour will create a national conversation about supporting survivors of rape and abuse, says Rebecca Nagle, co-director of Force, the group behind the quilt project. We are honored that through local organizations and activists, Pittsburgh is not only part of this national conversation, but also is leading it. Together we will create a culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.  The 100 x 100 foot quilt on display this summer is only the beginning. Over the next two years, more and more stories will be added to The Monument Quilt. In a final display, The Monument Quilt will blanket over one mile of the National Mall with thousands of quilt squares to spell NOT ALONE.

There are many ways to get involved with the Monument Quilt. Survivors and allies who wish to add a square to the in-progress quilt can make one following these instructions. Squares brought on August 20 will be added to the display. People across the country are invited to host quilt-making workshops in their school, community center, place of worship, or town. You can also volunteer time or donate money to help make this vision a reality. All the different ways to engage, resources for survivors, information about upcoming events, and more can be found at themonumentquilt.org.  If you are interested in volunteering at a quilt display, email upsettingrapeculture@gmail.com.


WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
Friday, September 12, 2014  |  7:30 AM to 1 PM  |  Gaetano's Restaurant
Sampling of the amazing speakers and content that you will have access to during Professional Development Day 2014!  Check back often as we update the speaker list!



Intellectual Property 101 By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC
Your company has invested enormous amounts of time and money in developing proprietary technologies, brands and trademarks¦your intellectual property. Protecting these valuable assets is essential to maintaining your competitive advantage and financial viability.
Learn about:    The main categories of intellectual property. ~ What can be protected? ~ Why obtain protection? ~ How to obtain protection.



First Impressions ; Your Own Personal Brand By Julie Peterson, Owner House of Colour Pittsburgh
Ever wondered why certain people walk into a room and all eyes turn to watch? Everyone listens intently to what they have to say and by the end of the discussion they have met everyone in the room and made some serious connections. At House of Colour Pittsburgh we know that our clients are In Focus , they realize how important their own Personal Brand is and they are confident and successful because of it. Find out from Julie Peterson how important that first impression is and how to make the most of it.

Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber
Whether you are a solopreneur or small business owner, your time and energy are some of your greatest assets. During this informative presentation, Susan Lieber, Certified Organizer Coach will introduce her favorite tools for managing time, information, and communication. Participants will walk away with an appreciation of the features for each tool, how to gain access to them and identify their next step for applying this knowledge to their workday.



Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business  By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Revealed how podcasting/internet radio creates excellent internet visibility and SEO results. Learn how to associate yourself with Celebrity Experts using Podcast/Internet Radio Interviews. Discover how your own branded podcast/internet radio show can increase your brand visibility, speaking engagements and fees and consulting projects by creating your own celebrity persona. Leave with the simple steps to start your own podcast/internet radio show.

My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley By JoAnn Forrester
Some books take 20 years to get published.   The Gift of Holiday Valley is one of them. While it is a children's book it is so much more.   It is a story that has many levels of being and meaning. Learn the steps that I took along this path to become a published author.

And Much More! Stay tuned and check back often for updates!  Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket.  A portion of any new WIN-Pittsburgh membership in the month of September will benefit the:  Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.


BUSINESS BUZZ

Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs
From:  Pittsburgh Today
Job growth in Greater Pittsburgh is continuing at a slow and steady pace. Preliminary figures for July show that the region added 12,400 jobs since July 2013 -- a 1.1 percent increase. In percentage terms that placed Pittsburgh 14th among the 15 benchmark regions and below the benchmark average of 2 percent job growth. Leading the regions was Denver with 3.2 percent job growth; Detroit added jobs at the lowest rate at .9 percent.

Sectors doing well include leisure and hospitality (up 7.8 percent and the largest increase among all benchmark regions), natural resources, mining and construction (up 5.7 percent) and wholesale trade (up 2.4 percent). To view particular sectors, please click on the sectors on the table at the right of this page.

For more information click HERE


Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House
September 18, 2014  |  5:30 - 7:30 PM  |  Two Chatham Center
The Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, in conjunction with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, invite you to attend our annual Open House. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will be on hand to give opening remarks. We will discuss certification with the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP), the functions of our department and the services we offer. We will also recognize two M/W/DBEs who have found success in part through certification, and a member of our staff for 26 years of exemplary service.

This event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the North Room of Two Chatham Center, Suite 400, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. We have planned an exciting evening of activities and refreshments will be provided.

Space will be limited, so I urge you to respond promptly by emailing your RSVP to RSVPMBE@alleghenycounty.us. You may also call (412) 350-4309 to RSVP, and to ask any questions you may have regarding this event. 


HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

10 Signs Pittsburghers Are Not Ready to Go Back to School
From: newscastic.com
Summer is almost over and school is almost here. Have you completed your Summer Bucket List? If you haven't finished the items on this list, you're probably not ready to go back to school.

1. Yinz Ain't Been Aht to Kennywood Yet
 If you haven't yet tasted Potato Patch Fries or taken a ride on a wooden roller coaster, then your summer is probably feeling pretty incomplete. A trip to Kennywood is a rite of summer. It's going to be tough to get motivated for Fall classes without having packed the cooler, gathered up some good friends, picked up your Pepsi can discounts and headed to Kennywood Park.

2. Steelers Don't Humiliate The Browns Until 9/7
Can any other fall activity begin in Pittsburgh before The Steelers season starts? We set our clocks by the Sunday game times. We plan our class and work schedules around Thursday night football. First game is September 7th, so let's be serious¦nobody is really starting class until after The Steelers welcome Johnny Football to the NFL on that day.

3. Haven't Seen the Sun Set on Lake Erie
Sara's Campground in Erie or Waldameer Park on the lake. Perhaps a bike ride through Presque Isle. Definitely a late summer observation of one of the world's most beautiful sunsets. A trip to Lake Erie is a way to refresh before getting back to hard work and study. If you haven't already, take a day trip and cleanse the soul before school starts.

4. You Haven't Seen a Sunrise Since June
Ever Since the Luke Bryan concert in June, you've been out late and hung over all day! Now, you have an 8 AM class on your fall schedule. Better use the rest of the month getting used to going to bed early and rising with the sun.

5. Your Summer Reading List is Still Just a List
Remember all those Great Expectations from spring? You were going to catch up on some novels. The plan was to read ahead and be better prepared for class. Guess what? School is just a few weeks away. Might as well delete those Kindle purchases and make room for text books.

6. Studying Fantasy Football Stats is More Important Than Biology
Let's face it. The first three or four weeks of fantasy football are the most critical. Whoever adds the best free agents probably has the best chance of advancing through the fantasy football playoffs. There's simply no time to study biology because it is imperative to review stats, read columns, create spreadsheets and determine the best add/drops. At the end of the day what is really more important¦fantasy football bragging rights or understanding the nature of life?

7. Parents Your Kid Has 14 Book Bags, But You Still Have to Buy a New One
The closet has no room for shoes or clothes because it is full of shoulder bags and book bags. Still, what's the first thing your kid says in August? Daddy, I need to get a new book bag for school. Oh well. That's the part of going back to school that gets them excited. So, get those cuties to Walmart and pick up a new tote!

8. Parents Two There's a Reason Your Kid Batted .200 This Summer
Ignored all of those end of the year letters from the school nurse about eye exams and immunization shots, huh? Now you're scrambling the get appointments aren't you? Meanwhile, didn't you wonder why your kid was the worst hitter on his little league baseball team all summer? He can't see! Now, you'll have to request a seat in the front of the class so he can see the board.

9. The Pirates are Still (Somehow) Above .500
Pirates' fans waited 20 years for a winning season. Now, we are in a pennant race for the second summer in a row! It's difficult to concentrate on anything while a pennant race is ongoing. Be honest¦you didn't even really think about Steelers football last year until the Cards beat The Pirates, did ya? How can you really concentrate on starting school while the Bucs are still Battling?

10. Let's Be Real School Just Sucks
My daughter loves school and can't wait to start back! I think something might be wrong with her. School is work; and, most of us hate work. Here's to wishing that summer in Pittsburgh could last a little while longer.

Read the entire article with more pictures HERE.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second - Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000 
From our Friends at:  The Soul Pitt  |  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.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Pittsburgh In Film 
What's Playing? - Ciara C
From:  Yelp Pittsburgh
We all know Pittsburgh's been the starring attraction in a number of films, but we're also lucky enough to enjoy a plethora of independent theaters. Whether you like a good doc or an indie darling, this Weekly will satisfy any film buff.

Hollywood Theatre 
Dormont - 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Breakfast and a movie? What a lovely event! I didn't really know what to expect when I bought tickets to this event. I brought a friend to this as a surprise and we had a great time! --Lara H., Pittsburgh, PA

Manor Theatre 
Squirrel Hill - 1729 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
The lobby is super cute and has a few little couches and tables to sit at while waiting for your movie to start. They offer your standard movie snacks and such at their concession stand, but the real gem of their lobby is the bar.  --Dale H., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

Row House Cinema 
Lawrenceville - 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA
The screen was clear, the sound was perfect, the crowd was really respectful, and the movie was great. All in all an amazing addition to Butler Street! It will make a perfect ending to any Lawrenceville date or just a spontaneous rainy Sunday evening.  --Caroline W., Bethel Park, PA


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts
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.


Little Italy Days 2014 Dates
From: Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh
In the heart of Bloomfield on the street and sidewalks of Liberty Avenue.
Thursday August 21, 6-10pm
Friday August 22, 12-10pm
Saturday August 23, 12-10pm
Sunday August 24,  12-7pm

What to Expect
Great music & entertainment
Ethnic food booths
Bocce Tournament
Games & activities for kids
Sponsor booths and giveaways
Sidewalk sales
Plus much more!
Bocce Tournament
We need teams for the bocce tournament, which will be on Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Sal Richetti, 412-377-2923 or bigdayent@aol.com, if interested. The court will also be available Thursday evening and all day Friday for $5 per game on a first come, first serve basis.
Italian Idol
We are looking for singers to participate in our Italian Idol singing contest. The entry fee is $5.00 and space is limited. Contact us if you are interested.
The Festival
Bloomfield's Italian heritage dates back to the early 1900s and Little Italy Days celebrates that tradition. Started in 2002, the festival has grown into a four-day award-winning event with an estimated attendance over 50,000! Little Italy Days won first place for both the City of Pittsburgh Best Special Event and the statewide Townie Awards. A variety of top-notch entertainment performs on multiple stages throughout the event and there is more food than you can imagine. There is so much to see, do, and eat you'll want to come back multiple days!
Entertainment
If you want to hear great music, look no further.  From Italian music to an Elvis impersonator, A wide range of entertainers will perform on three stages throughout the festival. This year Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses headlines opening night on Thursday August 21 at 7:00 and the phenomenal Italian singer Simona De Rosa, from Naples, Italy will be performing with Pittsburgh's own Dr Zoot on Friday, August 22 from 6:30 9:30. We are still working on the entertainment schedule and will be adding more acts, so check back for updates.

For more information click HERE.


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

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


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

De Bella Subs

Urban Mountain Gathering Place
Long day...successful day...and really tired. I co-hosted a wedding shower for Angel Thomas today at my church The Presbyterian church of Mt. Washington at the special meeting place. The Urban Mountain Gathering Place. It turned out very well for her and to my joy there was not one but two babies there. It feels good when you can do something nice for someone

Pistols in Pink at Millvale Sportsmen's Club in Wexford

Yanni Brings Agape, "Love" to Benedum
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith  |  Aug. 16, 2014
Yanni
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 their unity with the performance. The audience was captivated as Yanni took the stage and seemed to say, "Excuse me while I make love to my piano and you can watch and listen as I am accompanied by my 'United Nations' of musicians."

For those few who do not know who Yanni is.  He is a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer who has spent most of his adult life in the United States while managing to still travel the world and appear in such historic places as the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City, Russia's Kremlin, Puerto Ricco's El Morro Castle and last night, the world famous Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. As this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni achieved international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television.  That was my first experience with Yanni on PBS, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis," which by the way yielded the second best-selling music video of all time.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Pittsburgh's Premier Youth Soccer Program
Soccer Shots is a program offered to children 2-8 that meets once a week at daycare centers, schools, and parks throughout the city to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. We not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today!

Don't see your child's daycare or preschool on our registration site? Help us get in and your child gets a discount off that Soccer Shots season! Email Anthony@soccershots.org or call 724-705-5044.

Soccer Shots Goals and Coaching Philosophies
As Soccer Shots instructors, we have been given the unique opportunity to coach and invest in the lives of children. For many of these children, it will be their first time playing an organized sport -- and we treat this opportunity with great honor. In order to accomplish our objective to provide a great experience in a child's week, we commit the following goals and coaching philosophies:

  1. To seek 100% participation
  2. To approach every session with two objectives: FUN for every child and LEARNING new skills and concepts. These two objectives work together, and our mission is not fulfilled if both objectives are not met.
  3. To make the experience POSITIVE for every child enrolled. Small accomplishments for some can be HUGE. We take a "You can do it!" approach to everything we teach. Constant encouragement is essential to this philosophy.
  4. To influence children in areas of healthy living habits -- we talk about exercising daily, taking care of our bodies (warm-up and stretch), and enjoying activity, even if it's not soccer.
  5. To influence children in areas of strong character: Traits such as respect, honesty, positive attitude, and encouragement are just a few examples of character traits we hope to pass on to the children we work with.
For more information, visit Soccer Shots Pittsburgh.

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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-11-14
Book Launches, Chuck Noll, Art Show
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
Martin Thomas
Martin has a Bachelor degree in music composition/theory from Ohio University. He also studied at L'institute des Etrangers, Tours, France, and in Los Angeles he composed and recorded music that was aired on Cinemax.  He also composed and recorded numerous songs. Some were recorded by other artists in the United States as well as Brazil.  In 1993 he composed music for a children's musical, "Is There a Fairytale for Our Time?" that was performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

He traveled as a troubadour throughout the US southwest, Mexico and Central America.   During this time he began making wire wrapped jewelry from rocks and artful pieces he found in his travels.  He was a magician's assistant for two and a half years which took him throughout the US and into Thailand in 2001.

He has also been documenting (video and audio) Pittsburgh jazz legends of the past, present and future; and has composed/recorded music beds for radio/television/web advertising.  Martin has enjoyed being a part of the "DreamMakers Ventures" program of the America's Arts and Music Crossroads Center, learning about himself and teaching jewelry making, video and music.  Most recently he has been working on documentaries regarding singer songwriters and the Kerryville Folk Festival with interviews from Peter Yarrow and the late Rod Kennedy.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Papagallo Ristorante, Collier Plaza
Brookline Boulevard, Enjoying the Rennovation
Tong Garden, Brookline

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast

CULTURAL CLUES
East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus  |  Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 PSO Season

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
"Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing  |  NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center  |  Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create  |  Standing Firm Awards Luncheon

BUSINESS BUZZ
Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs  |  Venture Capital Investments Increase  |  Pittsburgh Small Biz Saturday Showcase

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
Launch CMU  |  Girl Gov in the News

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF
WWI: Artifacts of the Week  |  Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures  |  Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt    |  A Steelers Legend

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events  |  Reduce Waste. Save Lives.  |  Hot Pink Pittsburgh for Adagio Health  |  NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014  |  Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert  |  Summer Picnic

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!


POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

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


CULTURAL CLUES

East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus
August 16 - September 5, 2014  |  CCAC
The East Suburban Artists League (ESAL) will showcase its 35th annual members show at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus in Monroeville from August 16 through September 5. Works displayed will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, and photography, plus fine pottery, hand-colored photographic miniatures, fabric art and more. The show has received wide acclaim each year for the quality and beauty of the works included. More than 30 artists and photographers will be represented.

The show will be judged by well-known Monroeville landscape architect, artist, and teacher, Richard Rauso. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and has won numerous artistic awards throughout Western Pennsylvania.

The first-ever Opening of the Boyce show is set for Saturday, August 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. with presentation of awards at 6 p.m. by judge, Richard Rauso. ESAL members invite the public to view the show at Boyce from August 16 through September 5, from 8 to 4 daily or whenever the college is open. The show will be hung in the main entrance hall.

ESAL is composed of 75 photographers and artists of all media from the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, and north through New Kensington, Apollo, and Lower Burrell. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville, September through June.

For more information, call show coordinator, Linda Galati at (724) 744-4994 or (412) 956-2034.


Music Director Manfred Honeck Welcomes Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Season
September 13, 2014  |  7 PM  |  Heinz Hall
You won't believe your eyes ” or your ears ” at For Your Eyes Only, the gala opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall, featuring Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter led by Music Director Manfred Honeck.  A sumptuous and mysterious evening that promises a feast for all the senses, the Gala concert features a variety of short, evocative tone poems and opera pieces. Mutter closes the evening with a performance of one of the most popular works for violin, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

The concert is preceded by a cocktail party at the Duquesne Club, followed by a Gala dinner at Heinz Hall and the annual SoirГ©e at the Fairmont Hotel.  The For Your Eyes Only Gala is chaired by Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck ” along with Honorary Chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons and the Tillotson Family (Carol Hefren Tillotson; Bob Gallagher & Sharon Tillotson Gallagher; Craig & Jill Tillotson; and Curt Fleming & Kim Tillotson Fleming). The Gala Silent Auction Chairs are David and Mari Jo Scholosser. The gala evening includes a pre-concert cocktail hour at the Duquesne Club, valet parking, premium-level seating for the concert, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner catered by the Duquesne Club and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck.

The For Your Eyes Only SoirГ©e includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, with hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and more surprises. The For Your Eyes Only Soiree is chaired by Mike & Angela DeVanney, Michael J. Herald, Nicholas Varischetti and Carrie Wolf, along with Honorary Chair Jensina A. Chutz. The Soiree Silent Auction Chair is Mary McKinney and the Musician Chairs are Susanne Park and John Moore.

For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Mutter has appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Mutter, an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings, has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Andre Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. She recently performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's Ringtone Variations, a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour with Mutter's Virtuosi”an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students of the ASM Foundation. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The violinist released her debut recording of Dvorak's violin concerto in November 2013 on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berlin Philharmonic. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation and previously unpublished rarities.

Gala packages and soirГ©e tickets can be purchased by contacting Chelsea Cain, manager of events, at 412-392-4830 and cccain@pittsburghsymphony.org. All proceeds from the Gala concert and associated parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Education and Community Engagement programs.  Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $150 for the gala concert only, are on sale now and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

"Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing
From: E-Magnify  |  August 4, 2014
E-Magnify's Education and Training Manager, Debra Mason, recently attended "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," a Senate hearing hosted by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
Debra Mason
and held in conjunction with Women Influencing Public Policy's annual leadership meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Bureau of the Business Journals reports on three things that Congress and the federal government could do to help women business owners:
1)  Enable more women business owners to access  capital."Women business owners have a harder time getting loans than men do. Women own around 30 percent of all small businesses, but they receive only 16 percent of small business loans, according to the committee's report. In terms of dollars, women's share of business loans is only 4 percent."
2)  Award more federal contracts to women-owned businesses."The federal government has never reached its 20-year-old goal of awarding 5 percent of all its prime contracting dollars to women. Failure to reach this goal has cost women business owners nearly $6 billion in contracts every year."
3)  Increase funding to Women's Business Centers."Around 134,000 women business owners receive business training and counseling every year from the SBA's network of nearly 100 Women's Business Centers, which are operated by and partially funded by nonprofit organizations.
"But this program hasn't been reauthorized since 1999 and needs updating, the committee report concludes. It mostly needs more money -- government funding has remained flat even as the number of centers have grown."

NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center
Todays featured guest is Sharon Gregory, owner of the Sigma's Conference Center on Babcock Blvd. in North Hills. Sharon is an amazing woman whose career has taken many turns from math teacher, bartender to corporate trainer to owner of two successful businesses. Sharon has a fascinating story to tell. Tune in and listen to her experiences and wisdom. Sharon Gregorgy is also a corporate sponsor of NAWBO Pittsburgh and has been most generous with the use of her center for NAWBO meetings. NAWBO DAY on November 21, 2014 will be held at her conference center.

Listen to the 08-11-14 Recording:  If you missed this event or want to hear previous recorded episodes click here.


Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014  |  4:30 - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
4:30-6:00PM, Networking & Speaker Reception
6:00-8:00PM, Speaker Forum

Speakers:
Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot

Georgena's business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a "seat of the pants" entrepreneur one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women. Prior to this, the industry treated all bike riders as "unisex" (which we know means "male"). There were lots of ups and downs as her business evolved, but her passion for designing bicycles has never waned. It continues today in Heart of Steel Bicycles, a nod to her love affair with steel, which originated, no doubt, in Pittsburgh.

You may have seen Lani on "Shark Tank!"  Her Simple Sugars' story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It's not rocket science, it's about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it (emphasis on unique). But it takes way more than passion, it takes incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful. Find out why a big growth spurt is only the beginning for the founder of Simple Sugars!

Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines. In designing robots, Heather wants to influence these attributions, because that enables or limits the effectiveness and acceptance of these machines in human environments. By adapting strategies from physical theater, Heather researches how robots can communicate via motion, identifying features that non-anthropomorphic robots can use to interact with us successfully and appropriately.

Click Here For More Information and to Register! 


Standing Firm Awards Luncheon
We would like to request that you join us for the inaugural STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon. As an advocate for STANDING FIRM, you and your organization are leaders in ending partner violence. You are part of the solution and can put your company's name on the map to say you STAND FIRM against partner violence.

The Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Rivers Club, Oxford Center from 11:30 - 1:30. The STANDING FIRM Employer Award will be given to Familylinks. Familylinks stands as a model employer, creating a culture of understanding and helping employees who are victims of partner violence. The STANDING FIRM Champion Award will be given to Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor.  Ms. Lederman is passionate in her commitment to social justice and community service. She has brought this passion to the work of STANDING FIRM from its inception.  STANDING FIRM puts partner violence on employers' radar screens and has grown exponentially, with over 250 members, representing over a quarter million employees. We feel ever-confident that STANDING FIRM is making a difference in people's lives and look forward to your support of this exciting event.

In addition, you won't want to miss our featured speaker, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Ms. Steiner is a Washington, DC journalist and bestselling author who speaks about the effects of family violence on victims' personal and work lives. Her TED Talk, titled "From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head," has been viewed by over two million people. (http://on.ted.com/Steiner)

We have unique sponsorship packages that include valuable training and consultation for your organization, as well as advertising and social media exposure. Please review the enclosed sponsorship opportunities. Print out the Sponsorship Agreement and return with your payment to STANDING FIRM by Friday, August 15. Your contribution is tax deductible. Invitations will arrive shortly.

If you have questions about these sponsorship options, contact Barb Penner at bpenner@standingfirmswpa.org or (412) 421-3682.


BUSINESS BUZZ

Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs
Please remember to visit the Kiva City Pittsburgh lending page to help other hard-working entrepreneurs in our area pursue their dreams.

Building her inventory enabled Alethea to create new fashion lines that celebrate Pittsburgh language and culture!
Alethea, John the Craftist
Trustee: Wildcard  |  Loan disbursed: March 8, 2014
"The tank tops I was able to print with the help of Kiva Zip are doing incredibly well; I quickly sold out of the first batch and had to reorder. I was excited to see that local yoga teacher LA Finfinger chose to wear one for a photo feature in the latest issue of WHIRL Magazine!"

Purchasing new equipment allowed Katie and Amy to serve their products to more Pittsburgh residents.
Katie, Leona's LLC 
Trustee: The Motherhood Inc.    Loan disbursed: April 3, 2014
"We were able to buy an ice cream trike and a new, high capacity ice cream maker."

Amy, Constellation Coffee
Trustee: Catapult PGH  |  Loan disbursed: September 2, 2013
 "With our Kiva funds we were able to work up to a new espresso machine!"

These women business owners aim to improve the wellness of Pittsburghers via their entrepreneurial pursuits, but need your help.  Lend today!
Leslie, The Ultimate Beauty Spa
Trustee: Regina Johnson  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
Leslie is an experienced spa owner pursuing a new-found passion for therapeutic massage and nutrition. One of her proudest moments is helping a disabled octogenarian regain nearly full range of motion in his neck.

Mechele, Me'chele's Wellness Spa
Trustee: Urban Innovation21  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
Mechele is a fourth-generation hair care specialist opening a salon in the Strip District. Mechele educates her clients on the importance of internal hair health, leading them to call her the "Doctor of Hair."


Venture Capital Investments Increase
From:  PittsburghToday.com
Venture capital dollars invested in the second quarter year-to-date totaled $138 million in the Pittsburgh region, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis. To learn more about venture capital investments, click here.

Companies backed by venture capital play an important role in economic growth. Estimates attribute 16.6 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and 9 percent of national private sector employment to them. Many technology-oriented startup firms will need venture capital in order to successfully grow and create significant numbers of new jobs.

Second quarter year-to-date venture capital dollars invested in the Pittsburgh region in 2014 totaled $138 million, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the Benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

In addition to our traditional set of 14 benchmark regions, we also look at venture capital investment in "aspirational regions," including Austin, Denver, and Raleigh-Durham. San Fransciso, which is an outlier, as well as Boston and New York are also included. These six regions are not included in the benchmark average.

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! PERKS
Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

Biz Saturday Showcase Every Saturday at 9 AM EDT 
Interviewing a Different Group Each Week of Pittsburgh Area, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Professionals.

Check out this recent episode about Non-Profits and Outsourcing Consultants
Guests: Matt Tomsho Owner of Baker Street Business Solutions Matt is "The Effective Detective" who helps small business find more prospects and clients through lists that they already own. Watch Matt's "Effective Detective Tips on his own Pittsburgh Internet TV channel at: http://pplmag.com for great video tips on staying in front of your clients without being a pain in the butt.| Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions. Treasure House Fashions is a nonprofit, quality women's resale clothing shop. Treasure House Fashions is the ?closet" for over 60 women's agencies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area that address various challenges.| Dawn Pomaybo Pomaybo, Inc., a Pittsburgh Based Human Resourec Outsourcing Company, also Executive Director of Win-Pittsburgh and National Director of NA-WIN. Dawn also soon will become the host of Dawn Pomaybo Live here on TalkShoe and her show will become a bi-month anchor show on http://pplmag.com| Alexander Vornoff, Mentalist and Memory System Consultant.


HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

Save the Date for Launch CMU
Friday, October 3, 2014  |  Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
Mark your calendar for this popular startup and research showcase at CMU, featuring cutting-edge innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff while bringing together the investment community, regional business leaders, and CMU alumni.


GirlGov in the News
From our Friends at: Women and Girls Foundation
What are those GirlGov girls up to? They continue to inspire us.

Jorlyn Le Garrec
Jorlyn Le Garrec, who was one of the WGF Change Agents who helped to create GirlGov, recently concluded her freshman year at MIT. She is currently serving as a biological engineering intern in Lyon, France. When Jorlyn heads back to MIT in the fall she will be working hard to help organize a Startup Bootcamp.

Mira Shenouda served as a Mt. Lebanon Junior Commissioner in the fall of 2013. This summer she is participating in the highly-competitive Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Internship Program at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. Mira is a student at Mount Lebanon High School.

Alexis Payne, a literary arts student at Pittsburgh CAPA, recently won two Scholastic Art and Writing gold medals for her work. Alexis is a past recipient of the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and her play was featured City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival.

Mira Shenouda
Miciah Foster helped to organize an evening of performing arts at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts school called Art Against Inequality Coffeehouse where she and fellow GirlGov'er Alexis Payne read a powerful poem called Name written by Alexis.

On June 16 & 17th we took 52 girls (37 new participants and 15 alumni leaders) to the Pennsylvania State Capitol for this year's GirlGov legislative shadowing session. The girls will continue to meet monthly for a series of activities, starting with a ˜Meet Your Match' night this month where the girls will be able to connect with local agencies engaged in advocacy around specific topics that the girls have identified.


PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

WWI: Artifacts of the Week
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, visitors can see several World War I artifacts on display in the History Center's fourth floor Special Collections gallery.

The gas mask pictured above belonged to U.S. Army Private Christopher Schroll, from the Arlington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, who served in World War I. During the war, he fought in France, primarily in the St. Mihiel Offensive, Argonne Meuse (where he was gassed), Toul Sector, and the Morray Offensive. He was honorably discharged in May of 1919.


Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014  |  10 AM - 3 PM
At the seventh annual Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures event, bring in your one-of-a-kind antiques and family heirlooms to learn more about their historical significance and find out how much they may be worth.

Nearly 30 professional appraisers will be on hand to assess the monetary value and historical significance of your items. What types of items can be appraised? Everything, including: books, china, coins, collectibles, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, photographs, quilts, silver, sports memorabilia, toys, and much more. Please remember that visitors may bring up to two items to be appraised.

Experts from the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center, including an expert from the Smithsonian Institution, will also be on hand to provide conservation tips for your treasures.

Admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. Members also receive special access to the event from 9-10 a.m.


Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum  |  Extended through Oct., 31 2014
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion and the siege of Pittsburgh, visit the Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt exhibition at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Now extended through Oct. 31, Unconquered, presented by the Laurel Foundation, explores the historical events of the siege of Pittsburgh as well as "Unconquered," a star-studded 1947 film by Cecil B. DeMille. With rarely seen original movie props alongside authentic 18th century artifacts,Unconquered encourages visitors to compare and contrast the historical events with the Hollywood depiction.


A Steelers Legend
The late Chuck Noll is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Noll was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years, leading the franchise to four Super Bowl championships.

Learn more about Chuck Noll and his Pittsburgh Steelers legacy at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.




NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events
From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt
Runs August 11-17, 2014
Style Week Pittsburgh, an annual celebratory week showcasing fashion, glamour and style, hits local venues and runways August 11-17, 2014 with two upscale Fashion Shows, Accessory Trunk Show, Jewelry Showcase, Style Awards Program, Boutique Crawl, and an invitation only Brunch Summit.  The event highlights the talented designers, boutiques, stylists, and models coming out of Pittsburgh as well as international talents who represent a globally diverse range of styles and influences, according to event Founder and Director Wadria Taylor of Style & Steel Event Planning, LLC.

Style Week Pittsburgh is quickly gaining the fashion world's attention locally, nationally and worldwide as it continues to springboard fashion gems from the region onto the world stage of high style, Taylor said.

A portion of Style Week's net proceeds will benefit Strong Women, Strong Girls, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women and girls to excel through mentorship, she said.
In line with this year's theme ˜En Vogue', each event during Style Week will feature a unique array of local and international brands that are the next big thing in fashion.

The weeklong event line-up includes a Kick-off Party & Designer Fashion Show, a Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show featuring Pittsburgh based Boutiques, The Accessory Trunk Show, The Jewelry Showcase, The Style Awards, a Boutique Crawl in Lawrenceville, and a Private Sunday Brunch Summit for key stakeholders in Pittsburgh fashion.

Event tickets and registration are available online: www.styleweekpittsburgh.com


Reduce Waste. Save Lives. Join Global Links Suture Donation Program.
Written  By:  Jennifer Novelli  |  August 7, 2014
Surplus sutures. Every hospital has them. Maybe they were pulled for a procedure that was cancelled. Maybe the surgeon prefers a different needle, and boxes of absorbable gut on a cutter aren't being used.

Those surplus sutures can save lives all over the world Africa, Asia, South America if they are donated to Global Links. Our suture donation program has, since 1989, been recovering sterile, current-dated sutures from hospitals around the country and providing them to hospitals in resource-poor communities worldwide that desperately need them.

Saanvi, fully recovered, with Dr. Shirish Pargaankar,
her family and members of the ICU team who helped in her care.
Every donation makes a difference for someone such as Saanvi, who came to Miraj Heart Institute in India at age 5 with a congenital hole in her heart. Her uncle had had a successful cardiac repair at Miraj, and convinced Saanvi's parents, who are both hearing impaired, to bring their daughter to Miraj.

Sutures donated by Global Links were essential in defraying the very high costs of Saanvi's procedure. Cardiac suture is a very important and fairly costly ingredient of the operation, writes Dr. Shirish Pargaonkar, chief of cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery and the head of Miraj Heart Institute. Our average cost of suture per open heart surgery varies from $250 to $500 depending on the type of surgery. However these continued donations of valuable sutures from Global Links help to keep our operative costs low.

Global Links has been providing select cardiac sutures to Miraj since 2007. The humanitarian efforts of Global Links and their staff have made it possible for us to subsidize our costs still further and offer our services to many more patients, writes Dr. Pargaonkar. Our small effort in Miraj largely depends on the prayers, equipment and financial support that we receive through friends and well-wishers like your good self. We once again thank Global Links for their continued help and support which empowers us to carry out this service.

Your hospital can support this effort by sending current-dated sutures to Global Links. Reduce waste, clear some shelf space, and save lives. Win. Win. Win.


Hot Pink Pittsburgh Join us for a musical cabaret featuring Pittsburgh's top talent!
Saturday, September 27, 2014  |  Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Ave
Now in its 14th year, Hot Pink Pittsburgh has raised more than $1 million for Adagio Health's programs and services for the underserved in western Pennsylvania. This year we are featuring a cabaret theme and have added the option to purchase a table of 10 at a discounted price so that you and your friends can enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening!

Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Eda Bagel is the theatrical creation of Jeffrey A. Kash. Based in Boulder, CO, Ms. Bagel is a "Gender Illusion Technician," with 25 years of stage experience.

For more information click HERE


NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot event to be held August 15-16, 2014
The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) will kick off an exciting new fall sale for Designer Days shoppers this month. The Fall Fashion Reboot shopping event will be held August 15th and 16th at the Designer Days Annex of the NCJW Home Consignment Store, located at 1913 Monongahela Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 in Swissvale.

On Friday, August 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., NCJW will open the Designer Days Annex at the NCJW Home Consignment Store for a sale featuring everyday wear for teens and adults, appropriate for work, back-to-school shopping and more.

The Fall Fashion Reboot sale offers extra shopping incentives for area college students who will find distinctive consignment furniture for dorm rooms and apartments, as well as fabulous fashions for a fall wardrobe update before the semester begins.

We're thrilled to offer our customers an opportunity to shop our Designer Days fashions for a fall style update, said Andrea Kline Glickman, NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director. This will be a wonderful way for families to get a jump start on back-to-school shopping and for college students to incorporate dorm and apartment furnishings, as well as designer clothing and accessories.

The Fall Fashion Reboot sale will feature gently-used, quality brands that teens and adults live in everyday but at significantly discounted resale prices. Featured brands include Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Chico's, Ann Taylor, White House Black Market, Seven for all Mankind, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coldwater Creek, Talbot's and more.

The Fall Fashion Reboot Sale will also coincide with NCJW's National Thrift Store Day Celebration on Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Thriftique, located at 7400 Church St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. The event will feature in-store discounts, games featuring prizes including gift baskets and gift certificate raffles, food and live music.

NCJW's events support extensive programming and initiatives that benefit women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.  All year long, NCJW collects designer labels as well as name brands and sells them at the Designer Days shopping extravaganza, including: Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. At NCJW's Designer Days sales, many of the fashion world's best and biggest names are offered at a fraction of the original cost and shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children.  In addition to gently-used and new designer labels, NCJW's Home Consignment Store location offers a unique opportunity to shop eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW's Thriftique store.

For more information about the Fall Fashion Reboot sale event, visit the Designer Days Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DesignerDays) or visit http://ncjwhome.com/fall-fashion-reboot-pop-sale-designer-annex-home-consignments. For more information about NCJW Pittsburgh Section, visit the NCJW website (www.ncjwpgh.org) or contact NCJW at 412.421.6118.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014
From: Pittsburgh Urban Media
August 11 - 15, 2014
One of the best things about Oakland is the plethora of restaurants within a five minute walk. Restaurants in the heart of Oakland have teamed up to offer you lunch for just $5 at each location! Take advantage of all these great restaurants on a budget¦

Read the full article HERE


Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert
Sunday, August 17, 2014  |  3:00 PM  |  CONSOL Energy Center
Maybe Charlie Daniels won't be singing the Devil went down to Georgia, but we'll be praying that the devil will get the hell out of Pittsburgh! lol   Other singers include Michael W Smith and we'll listen to Franklin Graham at this beautiful location in our lovely city.  So come on out and see how Charlie's life has been changed and maybe your life can be changed too!


Summer Picnic
Saturday, August 23, 2014  |  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM  |  North Park  - Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park 
We'll be in Miller Grove in North Park.
Get out and enjoy summer with NAAAP (The National Association of Asian American Professionals) and NetIP (The Network of Indian Professionals). Join us for our annual summer picnic! We'll enjoy food, games, and good conversation. Bring yourself and a dish to share.  The picnic will be held in Miller Grove in North Park. Note that this is a free event, but please bring a dish to share. Frisbees, balls, and any outdoor games are encouraged if you have them. You are welcome to bring family along (this is a kid friendly event) or invite any other friends. The picnic will run from 12pm to 4pm and food will be served at 1pm.  Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be a member of NAAAP or NetIP (or an Asian/Indian professional) to join in. Post a comment or contact us at info@naaappittsburgh.org for more information.


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman's HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO,           
a New Young Adult Novel, Released by Lodestone Books in July
Meet the author on Wednesday, August 13 BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
At The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 7-8:30 pm  CORRECTION:  Location Address for this event is
6101 Penn Ave. at first floor N. Sheridan (entrance), at The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, Liberty Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

REVIEW & MEDIA COPIES, INTERVIEWS & PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
When her little brother died, Emerson's life came crashing down around her.
Though her friends want to help, can Emerson fight to re-enter the world she abandoned?
(Pittsburgh, August 5, 2014)   Pittsburgh-based author K.A. Coleman will sign her her new novel HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO, a July 2014 release from UK publisher John Hunt's Lodestone Books, at a BOOK LAUNCH, Wed., Aug. 13, 7-8:30 pm, The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 6001 Penn Ave., First Floor, Pittsburgh 15206. (Enter at N. Sheridan Ave.). The event is open to the public.
For young adults”and the adults who care about them”HOLDING ON LETTING GO provides a window to the fears and realities of life as a teen and college-age person.
The loss of a sibling seems unfathomable at any age, but when teens lose a younger sibling, the experience can be life-changing. Coleman's heroine is Emerson Caulfield, a bright and sensitive 16-year-old who is navigating her return to school and her hometown following the death of her younger brother. The story explores Emerson's emotions, relationships, and grief in her own voice as well as those who are closest to her.
In creating characters, says Coleman, a writer has the responsibility of making characters as relatable as possible. All books act as an escape. In order to really show the profound change in Emerson, the reader needs to see Emerson as others see her.  The best way to achieve that was alternating perspectives in the novel.
BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING DETAILS
Books will be on sale at the event. The author will discuss her book and sign guests pre-purchased copies as well.
As HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO celebrates siblings, Ms. Coleman invites guests to provide a photo with their brothers and/or sisters and she will create a piece of art featuring the "sibling selfies". Send photos to KAColemanAuthor@gmail.com.
Refreshments will be served.

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!
The CitiParks BIG League Sports Program wrapped up at PNC Park on July 12. The Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch fought a tough battle through playoffs and came out #1! They were again welcomed at PNC Park this year. CitiParks BIG League Sports Program has a goal and mission to continue to work with City Council and the Mayor's office to make recreation a valuable and obtainable resource for our children.

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Publish Date: 08-25-2014 03:49:00
 

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 8-6-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! Good News from Lawrenceville to Beaver County

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PPL Co-Host
JoAnn R. Forrester, the EmpressofBiz                                                        
PPL Co-Host : Jo Ann R Forrester Will talk about August 26 Event

 Celebration of 19th Amendment| 

5 Ways Listening to the Empress of Biz Makes You Smarter About Business

1. No BS! Straight talk with practical advice on how to increase your bottom line from someone who has 30 plus years experience in business ownership.
2. JoAnn's clients have achieved great success and have won national recognition for their growth and business accomplishments.
3. Prosper from listening to the Empress of Biz and her successful guests as they reveal their strategies and you learn from their past mistakes.
4. Host, JoAnn Forrester has raised over 40 million dollars in financing for small businesses and is a teacher, consultant, mentor, strategist and writer.

5. This talkcast is fun, entertaining and provides inspirational business advice that will make you smarter and more profitable.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Small Business Resource Fair in the West End
 Jersey Boys, at the Galleria
Red Robin in South Hills Village

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  94th Annual Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

CULTURAL CLUES
Tamara at Quantum Theater Completing 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season: Boeing Boeing  |  Murder for Two; Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women  |  Pittsburgh CLO Auditions for for Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing  |    |  STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI at PSO  |  LIFETIME TELEVISION'S "THE BALANCING ACT"  |  Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea
WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
Daughters of St. Paul to produce movie about Fr. Alberione  |  2014 Black Family Summit  |  Viewing Party for Elise Wims, The Diva Chef  |  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania VOLUNTEER MANAGER  |  Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation
BUSINESS BUZZ
Unemployment Rate Declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014  |  Jazz Networking Happy Hour Show  |  Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups
HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
Needed high school- and college-age singers for PSO  |  YouthBuild is Looking For 50 Adults Ages 18 - 24 To Get GED  |  Big Brothers, Big Sisters MENTORS NEEDED
PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF
Film Screening: The Greenest Building  |  "Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August  |  Free Friday Walking Tours
NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
VolunteerMatch Opportunities  |  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  |  Global Exchange Student

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
Rock All Night Tour  |  ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR BEAVER COUNTY RESIDENTS  |  Steel City Rowing Club FREE WEEK
POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE BURGH BIZ SHOWCASE
Ebony Harris, Image Consultant  |  Maya Organization  |  Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications  |  JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement  |  Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist  |  Brian Fallet, He's Pretty Handy  |  Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh
ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run  |  Small Business Resource Fair in the West End  |  Jersey Boys, at the Galleria  |  Red Robin in South Hills Village

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS


Invites You to a Special Presentation by

PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane

At the
6th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club 
Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the
Passage of the 19th Amendment! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 
Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 
7:45 am - 9:30 am 
Proceeds to Benefit the
Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement
Donation - $45 
Honorary Sponsors- $94.00 
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

For more information click HERE


CULTURAL CLUES

Tamara at Quantum Theater

TAMARA is set in 1927 Italy, at the grand home of poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. He is awaiting the arrival of the Polish art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, who is to paint his portrait. The audience arrives, is given a glass of champagne, and then meets all ten characters (either guests or servants in the home). The audience can then choose which character they'd like to follow from scene-to-scene all over the building (Rodef Shalom Congregation). The location, Rodef Shalom Congregation on Fifth Ave, has been transformed
into 1920s Italy, stocked full with antiques and items from the era borrowed from antique dealers all over the city! 

After Act 1, the audience is lead to the terrace for a wonderful Intermezzo dinner catered each week by a different chef (E2, Above & Beyond Catering, Open Bottle Bistro, Bob Sendall All in Good Taste Productions, CASBAH, Stagioni). And then they are off again for Act 2! 


It will be a full evening of theater, dinner, and drinks. What's not to love? Full press release is attached. 

And Trailer is HERE


Tony Award-Winning Broadway Hit & Audience Favorite to Complete 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season!

Murder For Two
October 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Music by Joe Kinosian
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT AT THE CLO CABARET!
Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, 2 performers play 13 roles ” not to mention the piano!  The New York Times calls this hilarious 90-minute whodunit INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.   You won't want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Boeing Boeing
February 5-April 26, 2015
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross                                                                              
Revised by Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan

ONE MAN + THREE STEWARDESSES = NON-STOP COMEDY!
This Tony Award®-winning swingin' ˜60s farce features Bernard, a wannabe-Casanova, with Italian, German, and American fiancГ©es, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps one up, one down and one pending until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. A riotous hit comedy that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Pittsburgh - fasten your seatbelts!



Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
May 27-August 16, 2015
By Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein

A MUST-SEE FOR GIRLS OF ALL AGES!
Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers with a little audience participation thrown in Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don't miss what the Denver Postcalls truly brilliant! and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, Keep the laughs coming!

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for

Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

What:
Auditions for the comedy,
BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan
Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.    
Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.
When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am 7:00 pm.
Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD
About the Show:
BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI TO HOST PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ˜SCI-FI SPECTACULAR' PNC POPS CONCERT IN NOVEMBER
Oh myyyyyyyyy¦.the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced today that George Takei, who first came to fame as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television show, will host the PNC Pops concert Sci-Fi Spectacular on Nov. 14-16 at Heinz Hall.
Takei ” who is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, host of the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei's Take and subject of the documentary To Be Takei ” will host and narrate an out-of-this-world concert experience. Led by Jack Everly, Sci-Fi Spectacular features music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and much more!



ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, DISNEY'S NEWSIES & MOTOWN THE MUSICAL  TO BE FEATURED ON LIFETIME® TELEVISION'S
THE BALANCING ACT®
Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind-the-scenes of 
some of the most beloved Broadway Musicals  
Broadway Balances America segments will air on The Balancing Act® as follows, ANNIE will air on
August 12 and 19; DIRTY DANCING will air on September 9 & 16; PIPPIN will air on October 29 and November 5; Disney's NEWSIES will air on November 6 and 13; and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will air on November 8 and 25.
Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb
 (Photo Courtesy of National Broadway Tour)
Broadway Balances America will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it's like to dance in their shoes.

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE NO LIMITS ARTIST ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA

ARTIST TALK, FILM SCREENING, AND PUBLIC ART TOUR

August 25, 6 p.m. | Talk & Screening | Peirce Studio | 805 Liberty Avenue

August 26, Noon | Public Art Walking Tour | Penn Avenue & 10th Street
Courthouse 2013 (Joshua Franzos)
Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh August 25 & 26, 2014, discussing his public artwork on view throughout downtown Pittsburgh through September 5, 2014.  Arrechea's No Limits is series of ten large-scale sculptures representing iconic New York City buildings that plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. Through his art, Arrechea entices the viewer to explore his or her own role in such concepts as control, power, and surveillance.




WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

Daughters of St. Paul Blessed Father James Alberione film 

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp at HELL BURNS - 5 days ago

*We Daughters of St. Paul only need $4,400 to complete the Blessed Father James Alberione film we've been working on for 7 years!* We now have a 50 minute version and a 90 minute version. *The film will be broadcast on all kinds of Catholic and other media all around the world to share the media vision, strategy and spirituality of Fr. Alberione! (Fr. Alberione's Pauline Family is in 60 countries.)* *John Paul II called him: "the first apostle of the New Evangelization."* Can you help us? *Watch the trailer and donate safely online at www.MediaApostle.com* *Please note: you ... more »


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From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
Sisters Saving Ourselves Now
2014 Black Family Summit

@ CCAC - South Campus
1750 Clairton Road - West Mifflin, PA
Friday Aug 15th | 6PM - 8PM
Saturday Aug 16th | 8AM - 3PM



This two day summit will be filled with supportive educational workshops and informative conversations with paneldiscussing issues dealing with women and the family. Meet local authors for book signings and enjoy African drumming as it fills the venue. And Christian rapper entertain families with positive inspiration.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Melanie Campbell

Maurita Bryant

Lueana Coward

Alichia Parker

Dr. Tony Mitchell

ENTERTAINMENT



Kuumba African Drummers

& L.I.M.S. (Rap artist)



From Our Friends at Inspired Women

Join Us for a Viewing Party

August 12th- NBC Food Fighters Viewing Party for The Diva Chef ! Join the fun at CafГ© Notte along with Elise Wims, The Diva Chef as we watch her compete on the new TV show Food Fighters ! KRU vodka is offering specialty drinks plus sample the actual dish in the competition 7PM show airs at 8PM - let us know you'll be coming with an RSVP to Debra@TeamEffortEvents.com


October 26th Important viewing of Miss Representation


1:00 at the Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful. Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics. A MUST SEE!!! -


    BUSINESS BUZZ

    From: PITTSBURGH TODAY


    Economy / Employment and Unemployment
    The Pittsburgh Metro Area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014 -- down .2 percent from May 2014 and 1.5 percentage points lower than the June 2013 rate. Pittsburgh's jobless rate was lower than the benchmark average and Pittsburgh had the fifth lowest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers.

    This data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

    Data source(s):

    MSAThese figures are for U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).
    Current month data are preliminary. All data are seasonally adjusted figures.
    The unemployment rate measures the share of workers in the labor force who do not currently have a job but have actively looked for work in the past four weeks. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as unemployed. It is important to keep in mind that the rate measures the percent of unemployed job seekers in the labor force”the sum of employed and unemployed persons”and not the entire population.

    Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups


    Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently announced that 20 companies located in the 32-county footprint served by the center will receive an investment.

    The Ben Franklin program has been funding entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies and creating employment opportunities, for more than 30 years. Listed below are the companies that recently became members of Ben Franklin's portfolio:
    • ArgentumCidalElectrics, Inc. (State College, PA) has developed a novel, antimicrobial technology that releases metal ions on high-touch surfaces in healthcare facilities. 
    • Atoptix, LLC (State College, PA) developed a patent-pending device, that when coupled with a mobile app & smartphone, can be used to sense hemoglobin, oxygen, and glucose.
    • BioMagnetic Solutions, LLC (State College, PA) offers fifth generation ferro-fluids to help researchers obtain cells of interest that are close to their natural physiological state.
    • FyreRok Reservoir Consulting (Bellefonte, PA) is an engineering consulting firm, focused on the oil and gas industry, that offers a variety of services including design, quality control, and optimization.  For more information, send them an email.
    • HalenHardy, LLC (Bellwood, PA) develops health, safety, & environmental tools to improve conditions for oil and gas, utility, construction, and mining employees.
    • Kress Motors, LLC (Windber, PA) is further developing a patented, electric motor and drive technology
      that can be licensed to other electric motor producers.
    • Novasentis, Inc. (State College) has developed a technology for commercial use in electronic devices that require haptic (tactile feedback), in touch keyboard pads.
    • RAK Computer Associates (DuBois, PA) developed a local real estate property tax collection application and municipal billing system used primarily by PA tax collectors.
    • VideoMining Corporation (State College, PA) has developed patented technology for in-store shopper behavior analytics for consumer packaged goods and retailers. 
    • AgeCheq Inc. (York, PA) has created a cloud-based service to help mobile app publishers to stay compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 
    • American Built Arms Company, LLC (Glen Rock, PA) is a veteran owned manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms' industry.
    • Appalachia Technologies, LLC (Mechanicsburg, PA) has expanded its services in the areas of remote support, technology infrastructure monitoring, and help desk support.
    • Better Bowls, LLC (Hershey, PA) develops and sells nutritional food and beverages under their own brand & under nationally recognized names such as Fiber One.
    • Colloid, LLC (Camp Hill, PA) has developed the UberCrypt Framework, a patented and patent-pending cryptosystem & software that enables new ways to secure data.
    • Red Privet, LLC (Harrisburg, PA) provides its customers with research-based design solutions for engaging digital experiences that deliver measureable business results.
    • Return Logic Inc. (Carlisle, PA) assists retailers and manufacturers with managing customer returns through predictive analytics and supply chain efficiency.
    • Sustainable Composites, LLC (Lancaster, PA) provides environmentally friendly composite materials
      produced from recycled leather waste.
    • GreenLighting LED (Erie, PA) imports, assembles, and supplies Made in USA LED lighting products for government, industrial, and educational applications.
    • Direct Allergy, LLC (Erie, PA) provides comprehensive testing and treatment of allergic diseases that can be offered by primary care physicians.
    • InnovaTel Telepsychiatry (Erie, PA) provides remote tele-psychiatric care via to senior living centers and other health care organizations. For more info, send them an email.
    Do you have an idea for a tech-based product or process? Submit your info now to get the process started. 


    POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! Biz Saturday Showcase
    Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
    Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

    Saturday Morning Pittsburgh Biz Showcase guests this morning with amazing stories: Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist, Musician, Band Leader and Online Business Expert| Brian Fallet, Professional Handyman, Veteran Owned Business, Owner, He's Pretty Handy |Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead for Kiva Zip, non-profit No Interest Loans for Businesses| JoAnn Forrester, Business owner turned Children's Book Author| Listen in to hear these small Business Owners and Intrapreneurs tell their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche and special deals for PositivelyPittsburghLive Listeners.


     Positively Pittsburgh Live! Biz Saturday: Adoption, Publishing, Awards
    Time: 07/26/2014 08:50 AM EDT
    Episode Notes: As we resume from a brief summer break we have some unique business today from an Adoption Help Agency to a Publishing Company, Women's Awards Hall of Fame and a Home Based Business. Today's Guests: Ebony Harris, Image Consultant to Successful Business Women, Senior Inpendendent Beauty Consultant |Tomilyn Ward, Founding Executive Director, Maya Organization,503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis. |Gia Tatone of Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers | JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement


    Listen to the Show HERE


    HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS


    HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SINGERS NEEDED FOR PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STUDENT CHORALE

    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Director Christine Hestwood are looking for high school- and
    college-age singers to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale. The Chorale will perform during the PNC Pops performance of Heroes and Villains on October 17-19
    .
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale is open to high school students in grades 10 to 12, as well as college singers. The chorale will total 60 members and all rehearsals will take place in October. Choral directors can nominate quartets of students by filling out the nomination form found at pittsburghsymphony.org/heroes. Nominations are due by September 5. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, please contact Hestwood at 412-977-2047 or chf1218@gmail.com



    MENTORS NEEDED, ONE NIGHT A MONTH=HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
    From: From Big Brothers, Big Sisters

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is looking for volunteers to mentor high school students as a part of their online mentor2.0 program for the 2014-2015 school year


    The  mentor2.0program is an online, one-to-one mentoring program for high school students. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Topics are geared toward providing the support and guidance students need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

    Questions?
    Email Maggie Giel 
    Program Manager-mentor2.0
    or call 412-204-1212. 
    For more information click HERE


    PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

    100% of Your Gift Funds Preservation Work


    I really appreciate the work PHLF does to maintain historical buildings in our city. These projects touch so many lives and make our city a much better place.
                                        Everett Ramer, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, January 27, 2014

    One of the most direct ways that PHLF helps maintain architectural landmarks throughout Allegheny County is by continuing its Historic Religious Properties (HRP) program, supported each year by generous donations from its members and friends. 
     
    "We improve the quality of life for people as we help renew the institutions they value," said David Vater, Chair of PHLF's HRP Committee. Since 1997, PHLF has awarded 247 matching grants totaling more than one million dollars to help restore key historic religious properties in Allegheny County and, in the process, has created community pride and encouraged renewal.
     
    "The contributions we receive in support of our HRP program, now through December 31, will make it possible for us to offer another cycle of matching grants and technical assistance in 2015," said HRP Committee Vice-Chair Kathy Testoni. "Since PHLF underwrites the staff and operating costs of the HRP program, 100% of each donation is awarded in the form of matching grants to directly fund restoration work."

    Read more and to contribute 



    "Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August

    Exciting, fun, and made me realize what a rich history Pittsburgh has.
                                                    Ursula Moeller, July 7, 2014

    Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in August, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

    You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spacesand receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

    Advance paid reservations are required: $18 (for PHLF members) and $20 for non-members. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).



    Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

    Love these tours. Your work is much appreciated.  
                                                                            Michael Chester, July 11, 2014
                                                                                 
    On any Friday in August, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 Sixth Street) and enjoy our "Bridges and River Shores" walking tour. You'll walk across the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, explore one of the first urban sculpture gardens in the country, and hear about the significant historic and modern landmarks bordering the river shores.

    Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny(412-471-5808, ext. 527). PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for contributing to its free public walking tours.

    PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Close to 500 people have participated in these walking tours since May. Each walking tour group of about 10 people often includes an interesting mix of business people on their lunch break and first-time visitors.
    NON-PROFIT EVENTS
    SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH

    1.     VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
    www.volunteermatch.org/
    popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 98,000 nonprofit organizations.

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is seeking engaged, enthusiastic library lovers from neighborhoods all over Pittsburgh to be part of a new volunteer team focused on libraryoutreach in local communities.
    Volunteers involved with this project will be called LOCAL Teams: Library Outreach and Community Advocacy Leaders.
    What do LOCAL Teams do?
    ·        Distribute flyers/publicity materials from Neighborhood Libraries in community spaces.
    ·        Interact with CLP Social Media
    ·        Represent CLP at neighborhood outreach events
    ·        Provide recommendations to branches on underserved populations and outreach opportunities in their neighborhoods.
    This project will establish four LOCAL Teams, which will serve neighborhood ...
    For more information click HERE

    Host Families Needed for Exchange Students


    About

    We are currently seeking loving people willing to open their hearts and homes to high school foreign exchange students.
    Host families provide the students with room and board. The students require their own beds, but a student may share a bedroom with a sibling of the same gender. Volunteer host families provide the students with meals, but the students have their own insurance and spending money for all other expenses such as school lunches, going out with friends, sports and school supplies, travel, etc. GESS does not discriminate, and we encourage all people to apply. We have had great success with traditional and non-traditional family units including retired couples, young couples, domestic partners, singles, multi-generational families, etc. All of our students can speak English and have gone through an extensive application/in-home interview process as well as an orientation in their home country. Host Families and students are supported by GESS through Local Coordinators during the exchange.
    We depend of the love and kindness of volunteers like you to provide our students with good, loving homes.
    For more information click HERE

    NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS


    Rock All Night Tour aka RANT, FREE Music Festival (Lawrenceville)

    ·        

    ·        Saturday, August 16, 2014

    1:00 PM to 11:45 PM

    ·        Arsenal Park

    39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA (map)

    Over 120 performances in 25 venues. Sat. Aug 16th.
    THEY WILL HAVE A BUS that you can take to go to venue to venue!
    Please read the blog or facebook page to get the most recent info! 
    Alternative, Rockabilly, Acoustic, Hip-Hop, Metal, Country, Buskers and more.
    Better Detail about RANT here at their Blog
    RANT- Rock All Night Tour, Lawrenceville FB
    FYI: Something to tide anyone and everyone over musically.
    BTW THIS IS TOTALLY FREE!
    Arsenal Park noon to 7pm (all Ages, family friendly) 
    Universal Beat Union 
    King Fez 
    Jeremy Caywood & The Way of Life 
    Mathew Tembo & Make Love 
    Molly Alphabet 
    Moldies & Monsters 
    Round Black Ghosts 
    Timbeleza
     
    ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR BEAVER COUNTY RESIDENTS
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    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed their 2014 summer season on Saturday, August 2nd, with a concert entitled Triple Play.  For a baseball loving family, we thought the concert was a home run.  With my partner's children visiting for the summer, this was a great concert to take the whole family to.  It featured opera and operetta overtures in the first third, a stunningly played piano concerto in the second, and for the final third movie music from some of our favorite action blockbusters.  Now I normally report mostly on the music and just a little on the experience, but for this review I will share how fun it can be to take the whole family to the symphony.

    We have only been here for a year, so this was the first opportunity to bring the kids to Heinz Hall and it was so fun to see their reaction walking into the beautiful hall.  They were in aw just as we were the first time.  But the most quote of the evening came as we were getting seated.  We had two sets of seats: two media seats fifth row/stage left, and four towards the back/center section/isle seats - still main floor mind you.  First, we got Dad (Mike VanStipdonk), Martin (15), Josie (13), and Quinn (10) seated and then Nina (7) and I proceeded to find our seats.  After we at least located them I asked Nina if she wanted to go back and hang out with the rest of the family until the concert started.  She replied, No I don't think I want to go way back there.  These seats are WAY better.  And with that we now have a seven year old, prime seating connoisseur.  Instead we practiced reading the concert notes, which proved to be very good concert preparation even for her.

    With a countdown of the side stage doors closing one by one, we were tuning up for our first family PSO experience.  As a result of her pre-concert reading, Nina was able to point out the evil dwarf played by the basses in Glinka's Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.  Next was one of my favorites of the evening, Franz Von Suppe's Overture to The Beautiful Galatea.  Nina thought she might have been familiar with the third piece, Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.  But at its conclusion, said Maybe I know one of his other songs, because I did not know that one after all.  To close out the first section of the concert, the PSO played Rossini's Overture to William Tell.  Guest conductor Christian Capocaccia playfully reminded us that we should also recognize it from many cartoons, like Looney Tunes.  During this piece Nina nudged me and perceptively pointed to the words thunderstorm, countryside, and triumphant return during each of the respective sections.  During the first intermission we met up with the rest of the troops for a leg stretch and work out the wiggles walk.  Quinn noted that he heard lots of cymbals during the Bugs Bunny song.

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    Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run Review of Triple Play the PSO's Aug. 2nd 2014 Performance

    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed their 2014 summer season on Saturday, August 2nd, with a concert entitled Triple Play.  For a baseball loving family, we thought the concert was a home run.  With my partner's children visiting for the summer, this was a great concert to take the whole family to.  It featured opera and operetta overtures in the first third, a stunningly played piano concerto in the second, and for the final third movie music from some of our favorite action blockbusters.  Now I normally report mostly on the music and just a little on the experience, but for this review I will share how fun it can be to take the whole family to the symphony.
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    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 their unity with the performance. The audience was captivated as Yanni took the stage and seemed to say, "Excuse me while I make love to my piano and you can watch and listen as I am accompanied by my 'United Nations' of musicians."

    For those few who do not know who Yanni is.  He is a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer who has spent most of his adult life in the United States while managing to still travel the world and appear in such historic places as the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City, Russia's Kremlin, Puerto Ricco's El Morro Castle and last night, the world famous Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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    Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. As this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni achieved international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television.  That was my first experience with Yanni on PBS, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis," which by the way yielded the second best-selling music video of all time.

    I must tell you it is nothing like sitting in an orchestra seat in a theatre as intimate as the Benedum which, Yanni mentioned how cool it was to be so close to the audience and he took full advantage in engaging and interacting with the audience throughout the evening.  At least fourteen of Yanni's albums have peaked at No. 1 in Billboard's "Top New Age Album" category and two albums (Dare to Dream andIn My Time) received Grammy Award nominations.

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    Yanni's musicians represent 11 different nationalities including England, Germany, Venezuela, Cuba, Paraguay, China, Canada, USA, Russia, Armenia and Greece.  The talents from each member surpass anything you can imagine prior to attending a performance, and they are all brought to you on one stage under the guidance of a true modern day orchestrator.  The first thing you notice about this orchestra is how much fun they are having and the smiles on their faces. 

    The music is at once uplifting, calming, romantic and often intensely sensual and erotic. My nephew had not even heard of Yanni when I asked him to attend at the last minute but became an instant fan coming away from the concert slightly hoarse from cheering.

    My nephew Josh (an engineering student form WVU) and I immediately zeroed in on Victor Espinola, the harpist from Asuncion Paraguay.   We were amazed at the octaves that his Paraguayan harp was able to reach with its 36 strings and also excited to discover with research that the harp is Paraguay's national instrument.  His World Electronic Acoustic Music brings a blend of flamenco and gypsy style to the music of the Yanni orchestra.

    Yanni, photo by Whit Padgett.
    About half way through the concert Yanni features Alexander Zhiroff from Russia on the cello.  We decided that we never knew that the cello could issue such sounds and be such "fun."  The solo was an experience in pure, light-hearted amusement.

    From amusement to the international language of music,  Samvel Yervinyan, Violinist from Yerevan, Armenia clearly knew how to make his instrument speak and have it understood in any language. He shows all the signs of beginning his studies at the age of 7 and graduating from Tchaikovsky's Music Conservatory, perhaps inheriting Tchaikovsky's penchant for gypsy melody.

    From the bigness reminiscent of Tchaikovsky to the sounds of the the violin played by the diminutive Mary Simpson, Violin, Virginia, USA who brings a touch of bluegrass to Yanni's orchestra.  From row E we could see her constant smile and hear her making her violin smile also.  Her hi-lighted performances were both energetic and musically endearing.

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    Yanni describes this song as something he wrote about the learning that took place rather than initial reactions like frustration and anger.


    Charlie Adams brought down the house with his drum solo.  We weren't timing it but it seemed at least ten minutes long without a hint of boring the audience.  Charlie with his Steeler t-shirt and "Pittsburgh Coffee" used his high energy stage performance and stamina in what was probably the best drum solo the audience had ever heard.

    Yanni, photo by Whit Padgett.

    Played with the orchestra bathed in red light, you could feel the agape love that Yanni speaks of in his introduction about his mother knowing about "healing" love.  The music wraps around you like a mother's arms and encourages the audience to at once feel loved and excited to be alive.

    Santorini
    This rendition is so LARGE that it makes you feel as though something epic is about to happen not only from the stage but in your life and at times let you languish in the victory. This piece puts you in the mind of running through open fields, ascending the mountain and then triumphantly observing the beauty of the view.

    Yanni didn't tell the story but the world knows he was inspired to help protect giant pandas after he adopted a two-month old panda cub at the Chinese Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in October 2011. Yanni was the first western artist to be given the honor of symbolically adopting one of Chengdu's pandas (a privilege reserved almost exclusively for nations, rather than personalities). He named the panda Santorini after one of the most beautiful islands in his native Greece.

    Lauren Jelencovich joins Yanni for 'Nightingale' with its oriental theme with her effortless soprano very realistically portraying the song of the Nightingale which Yanni says has the sweetest song of any bird in the world.

    The concert was just too full of too much to talk about and after this review is published I will remember more dynamic moments.  I should not neglect to mention outstanding solos by Jason Carder; Trumpet from Arizona and moments of grandeur fromYoel Del Sol; Percussion, Cuba and the duets of Yanni with keyboard player,  Ming Freeman, Taiwan; and also some very unique runs and scales from Gabriel Vivas, Bass from Caracas Venezuela.

    There is just not one musician in the group who is not a consummate professional and cannot or has not shown brightly on their own on the international music scene.  I attended the concert under physical duress coming straight from my new daughter-in-law's bridal shower which I had been preparing for three days.  I had told my nephew to nudge me if I fell asleep.  Fat chance!  I arrived exhausted and spent and from the time the orchestra hit the stage began to revitalize.  I left like all of the rest of the audience with a feeling of absolute joy and elation at hearing "art" personified in music with passion, verve, compassion and style.



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    Invites You to a Special Presentation by
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     Kathleen G. Kane
    At the
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    Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the
    Passage of the 19th Amendment! 

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 
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    Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

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    in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to this effort, we
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     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,
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    Music: Yanni, Benedum Center

    PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
    YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014
    August 16, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Benedum Center
    Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Yanni: World Tour 2014. The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series welcomes fans to experience Yanni in concert. Yanni's orchestra composed of top musicians and vocalists from around the world will perform music selections from the beginning of his career to his latest album. Tickets are currently on sale ranging from $42.25 $152.25.  The performance begins at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, on August 16. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit TrustArts.orgor call 412-456-6666.
    Yanni is an acclaimed performer and composer who has influenced multiple genres of music through his talents. His
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    performances have grasped the attention of the world and continue to leave audiences in amazement. The 2014 world tour is traveling to over 20 countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, United States, and Canada.
    Yanni is a Kalamata, Greece native who taught himself how to play the piano. Spending 15 hours a day on a piano and having perfect pitch contributed to his successful music career. His latest instrumental and vocal album, Inspirato, was released in April 2014 after four years of preparation. The music for this album took over 30 years because the creative inspiration stems from all of Yanni's past loves. Inspirato reached the number one spot on Billboard's Top New Age Album category for 2014. Other albums that have topped the charts are Yanni's Yanni Mexicanisimo, released in October 2010 and Truth of Touch, released in February 2011. With more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide, two Grammy nominations, and over 25 million albums sold globally, Yanni is a living legend.
    Yanni photo by Krystal Ann
    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 landmasses 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.
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    Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for
    Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

    What: Auditions for the comedy, BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
    Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
    Directed by Van Kaplan

    Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.

    Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.

    When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am 7:00 pm.

    Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD

    About the Show:
    BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

    It's the 1960s, and swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous Air Hostesses (Stewardesses) all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard manages to juggle his dance card with careful planning and the reluctance of his acid tongued French Housekeeper Berthe. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert from Wisconsin comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet is introduced to the airlines which throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York.

    Seeking:
    All actors must possess the ability to play both physical and verbal comedy.

    Bernard
    30s-40s. Successful American architect, living in Paris. Handsome, well-educated, charming. Engaged to three air hostesses whom he manages to keep in the dark about one-another by managing their visits on a strict timetable. Takes boyish pleasure in the success of his devious doings, until his careful planning starts to fall apart, deflating his confidence.

    Berthe
    French, 40s-60s. Bernard's long-time live-in maid and cook. Although devoted to Bernard, she is wearying of keeping up with Bernard's revolving-door lifestyle, and by play's end she has been pushed as far as she will go. Dry and fantastically sarcastic; never afraid to say what's on her mind. French accent.

    Robert
    30s-40s. Bernard's schoolmate from back in the States; hasn't seen Bernard in close to 20 years. Shy, small-town, mid-western and sweet”somewhat a nerd by today's standards. Views Bernard's whirlwind juggling act of three fiancГ©s with awe and admiration until he gets wrapped up in it himself and his anxiety spins out of control.

    Gloria
    Bernard's American fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for TWA. Epitome of a go-getter American woman; has a vigorous appetite for food and love. Completely adorable and supremely confident, but she might punch you if you dared call her cute . Southern accent.

    Gretchen
    Bernard's German fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Lufthansa. Has an intense Teutonic passion that can spin on a dime”one moment she might be soft and cuddly, and the next barking out orders and breaking furniture. Inspires equal amounts of lust and fear in those around her. German accent.

    Gabriella
    Bernard's Italian fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Alitalia. Sultry and full of fire, she is much smarter and more self-reliant than she first appears. Italian accent.

    Requirements:
    · Head shot and resume stapled together.
    · Auditioners should prepare a one-minute comic monologue.
    · Completed CLO Audition Application
    Audition Process:
    · Set up a time for your appointment using the audition request email. We will email your confirmation time back.
    · (If this link does not automatically generate an email in your browser, please click here for detailed instructions on submitting an audition request.)
    Download and complete the Audition Application. You will need to bring this to your audition appointment.

    *If you are having trouble downloading the application, please call us at 412-281-3973 ext 234 to have one mailed to you.

    # # #
    Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, theRichard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and theCLO Cabaret.

    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: 08-08-2014 15:17:00
     
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    Search: 2014-2015 Broadway


                ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, DISNEY'S NEWSIES & MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
    TO BE FEATURED ON LIFETIME® TELEVISION'S
    THE BALANCING ACT®
                                                   
    BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA
    Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind-the-scenes of 
    some of the most beloved Broadway Musicals  

    Pittsburgh, PA:  Broadway Across America has announced that ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be featured on Lifetime® Television's award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® as part of the six part series Broadway Balances America.


    ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are part of the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  ANNIE performances are October 28-November 2, 2014 at the Benedum Center; Disney's NEWSIES performances are November 25-30, 2014 at the Benedum Center; MOTOWN THE MUSICAL performances are December 30, 2014-January 4, 2015 at Heinz Hall; PIPPIN performances are January 20-25, 2015 at the Benedum Center and DIRTY DANCING performances are April 7-12, 2015 at the Benedum Center.   For more information about the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, visit www.TrustArts.org, in person: Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue or call (412) 456-4800.

    Patrice Covington (center) as Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical (Joan Marcus)

    Broadway Balances America segments will air on The Balancing Act® as follows, ANNIE will air on August 12 and 19; DIRTY DANCING will air on September 9 & 16; PIPPIN will air on October 29 and November 5; Disney's NEWSIES will air on November 6 and 13; and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will air on November 8 and 25.


    Broadway Balances America will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it's like to dance in their shoes.

    Cast of Newsies (Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus)

     Host Olga Villaverde had the time of her life when she traveled to Orlando and danced with Johnny Castle, the star of DIRTY DANCING.  She even learned the iconic leap that stole people's hearts in the original movie classic. Balancing Act correspondent Amber Milt hit the boards on Broadway for a unique look at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Disney's NEWSIES, ANNIE and PIPPIN.

    Amber Milt goes backstage for a Supreme transformation at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, which tells the behind-the-hits story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the launch of legendary girl group The Supremes, The Jackson Five and more. Disney's NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical, tells the true and captivating story of the 1899 newsboys' strike and a band of underdogs who fight for what's right while staying true to themselves.  The segment focuses on Disney's new national campaign, the Get Up and Go! program, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead more active and healthier lifestyles through NEWSIES' Tony Award® winning choreography and music.  The ANNIE segment puts a spotlight on young kids (and their parents) going through the audition process to show what it takes to play one of Broadway's most cherished roles in the iconic musical about everyone's favorite orphan.  PIPPIN takes us into a captivating world of aerial acrobatics and temptation in this brand new Tony Award® winning production in which a young prince must decide whether he should risk it all in a blaze of glory or choose a simpler path as he searches for the meaning of life.

    Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb (Photo Courtesy of National Broadway Tour)

     We are really excited to partner with Broadway Across America so together we can take our viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows now touring all across the country and meet some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life.  Also, with ˜the Arts' being taken out of so many school curriculums it's great that Broadway Classroom® provides students an opportunity to connect with the art community. We're thrilled that Broadway Across America shares our passion for helping empower adults and kids alike and to instill and cultivate an appreciation for the Arts, said Dr. Thomas C. Deters, President and CEO, O2 Media„c, producers of The Balancing Act.

    Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form.  We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country, said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America.



    The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom® where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals.  Classes range from Broadway 101, an introduction to Broadway, to Musical Theatre Song and Movement, a master class where students learn the music, choreography and staging from a current Broadway musical.

    To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

    About 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, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises and The Producers.  Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andBroadway.com.

    About The Balancing Act® on Lifetime Television
    Now in its 7th year, The Balancing Act® continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act® is simple -- the show strives to help today's modern woman balance it all by bringing them exceptional solutions to everyday problems. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can watch America's premier morning show The Balancing Act® weekday mornings on Lifetime television at 7 am (ET/PT).

     For additional information or to view a segment visit:  www.thebalancingact.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
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    Tony Award-Winning Broadway Hit & Audience Favorite to Complete
    10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season!

    Pittsburgh, PA · July 29, 2014 Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce that Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation Boeing Boeing will join the Pittsburgh premiere of Off-Broadway hit Murder For Two and audience favorite Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women to complete the 2014-2015 CLO Cabaret Series.  

    CLO Cabaret Series packages are now on sale and can be purchased by calling our Season Ticket hotline at 412-281-2822.  Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 412-325-1582 or emailing Groups@pittsburghCLO.org.

    Murder For Two
    October 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
    Music by Joe Kinosian
    Lyrics by Kellen Blair
    Book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

    EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT AT THE CLO CABARET!
    Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, 2 performers play 13 roles ” not to mention the piano!  The New York Times calls this hilarious 90-minute whodunit INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.  You won't want to miss this killer musical comedy!

    Boeing Boeing
    February 5-April 26, 2015
    By Marc Camoletti
    Translated by Beverly Cross
    Revised by Francis Evans
    Directed by Van Kaplan

    ONE MAN + THREE STEWARDESSES = NON-STOP COMEDY!
    This Tony Award®-winning swingin' ˜60s farce features Bernard, a wannabe-Casanova, with Italian, German, and American fiancГ©es, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps one up, one down and one pending until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. A riotous hit comedy that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Pittsburgh - fasten your seatbelts!

    Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
    May 27-August 16, 2015
    By Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein

    A MUST-SEE FOR GIRLS OF ALL AGES!
    Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers with a little audience participation thrown in Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don't miss what the Denver Post calls truly brilliant! and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, Keep the laughs coming!




    The CLO Cabaret Series Subscription is available for $100 and includes:
    · Tickets to Murder for Two, Boeing Boeing and Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
    · Choice of show dates and times
    · Convenient ticket exchange
    · The above price includes up to a 25% discount

    CLO Cabaret Series Performances
    Wednesdays at 7:30pm
    Thursdays at 7:30pm
    Fridays at 7:30pm
    Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
    Sundays at 2:00pm
    Select Thursdays at 1:00pm

    Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our 2014-2015 CLO Cabaret Series Sponsor: the Charity Randall Foundation.
    # # #
    Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, theRichard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and theCLO Cabaret.

    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

     

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    Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run
    Review of Triple Play the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Aug. 2nd 2014 Performance

    From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
    Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Aug. 02, 2014


    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed their 2014 summer season on Saturday, August 2nd, with a concert entitled Triple Play.  For a baseball loving family, we thought the concert was a home run.  With my partner's children visiting for the summer, this was a great concert to take the whole family to.  It featured opera and operetta overtures in the first third, a stunningly played piano concerto in the second, and for the final third movie music from some of our favorite action blockbusters.  Now I normally report mostly on the music and just a little on the experience, but for this review I will share how fun it can be to take the whole family to the symphony.

    We have only been here for a year, so this was the first opportunity to bring the kids to Heinz Hall and it was so fun to see their reaction walking into the beautiful hall.  They were in aw just as we were the first time.  But the most quote of the evening came as we were getting seated.  We had two sets of seats: two media seats fifth row/stage left, and four towards the back/center section/isle seats - still main floor mind you.  First, we got Dad (Mike VanStipdonk), Martin (15), Josie (13), and Quinn (10) seated and then Nina (7) and I proceeded to find our seats.  After we at least located them I asked Nina if she wanted to go back and hang out with the rest of the family until the concert started.  She replied, No I don't think I want to go way back there.  These seats are WAY better.  And with that we now have a seven year old, prime seating connoisseur.  Instead we practiced reading the concert notes, which proved to be very good concert preparation even for her.

    Christian Capocaccia
    (photo courtesy: PSO)
    With a countdown of the side stage doors closing one by one, we were tuning up for our first family PSO experience.  As a result of her pre-concert reading, Nina was able to point out the evil dwarf played by the basses in Glinka's Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.  Next was one of my favorites of the evening, Franz Von Suppe's Overture to The Beautiful Galatea.  Nina thought she might have been familiar with the third piece, Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.  But at its conclusion, said Maybe I know one of his other songs, because I did not know that one after all.  To close out the first section of the concert, the PSO played Rossini's Overture to William Tell.  Guest conductor Christian Capocaccia playfully reminded us that we should also recognize it from many cartoons, like Looney Tunes.  During this piece Nina nudged me and perceptively pointed to the words thunderstorm, countryside, and triumphant return during each of the respective sections.  During the first intermission we met up with the rest of the troops for a leg stretch and work out the wiggles walk.  Quinn noted that he heard lots of cymbals during the Bugs Bunny song.

    Xiayin Wang
    (photo courtesy: PSO)
    Next on deck was Ravel's Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra.  As we readied for the second part of the concert and enjoyed a rootbeer barrel, Nina noted how beautiful the pianist Xiayin Wang is and that she studied from another person named Nina (Svetlanova).  Miss Wang played exquisitely.  The program notes used the perfect words to describe each of the movements, the first sparkling, the second graceful, and the third whirling.  Wang's care in how she played each note was stellar and her interaction and balance with the PSO was perfect.  As we got up for the 7th inning stretch (yes, exactly after seven movements) Nina again pointed out how primo our seats were and that we could actually see Miss Wang playing each note even in high heals and a pretty purple dress with sparkly gems.

    Reluctantly Nina, shared her great seats with Martin and Josie for the last section of the concert.  Leading off was a Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Badelt and then Hans Zimmer's Music from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.  And finally, as maestro Capocaccia pointed out, no movie music section is complete without John Williams.  The concert concluded with Suite from Star Wars including The Imperial March, Princess Leia's Theme, and the Main Title.  Watching the older kids from afar made Mike and me smile to see how engaged they were enjoying the music.

    As we were exiting the concert hall we got many compliments on how well behaved everyone was and that we brought them at all.  As a note to other parents who might be thinking this all happened in the twilight zone of perfection¦ the evening was not without little reminders to not have our feet in the chairs or that you can read the program but not whip it around like a fan.  We took potty breaks, exploration walks, and had a piece of hard candy before the show and at each intermission.

    There was something for everyone in the family at our night at the symphony.  Other than the music being very pretty and the PSO being really good, the kids noted the hall is beautiful, the 12 chandelers are very sparkely, the main stair case is really old and cool, and the small round red couch in the ladies lounge is so fun.

    On the ride home, we went around the car and all shared our favorite pieces from the concert.  Here are the final stats:
    Nina (7) Overture to William Tell AND Star Wars: The Imperial March
    Quinn (10) Star Wars
    Josie (13) Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean
    Martin (15)  Music from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
    Dad Ravel Piano Concerto and Star Wars: The Imperial March
    Miss Stephanie Overture to The Barcarolle and Ravel Piano Concerto

    So if you are on the fence about taking your children or grand children to the symphony, our advice is to take them.  It is an experience they will always remember, and you will too.  The PSO has two great series that are extra family friendly PNC POPS! And Fiddlesticks Family Concerts presented by Macy's.  As for our experience, we all thought our evening at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was an out of the park home run.


    Fiddlesticks Family Concerts presented by Macy's Recommended for children ages 3 to 8
    Introduce your children to music at these special Saturday morning concerts with your world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!  During the pre-concert DISCOVERY TIME ADVENTURES, children will have the opportunity to sing, dance, create a take-home craft, meet musicians and listen to stories all unique to each concert.  PittsburghSymphony.org

    PNC POPS! Rated E: For Everyone
    Welcome to a season of big pictures, accompanied by big sounds. Popular movies, beloved Broadway musicals, animated Disney adventures, successful television shows and award-winning jazz artists take front and center stage in the 2014-2015 season of PNC POPS! It's entertainment for the ages. For all ages.  PittsburghSymphony.org

    By:  Stephanie Curtice
    Good News and Cultural Reporter
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