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Let's Get Funky, A Review of Maceo Parker

by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith

Just attending the Maceo Parker concert at the Byham Theater on January 16 would have been enough to convince you that his fans are an eclectic group ranging from James Brown era boomers to current college students.  I was a accompanied by my nephew Josh Kurnot, 23 year old, Mechanical Engineering Student from West Virginia University.  He had never heard of Maceo and quickly became a fan. Maceo is known as the funkadylic sax of the James Brown Band.  

Now a little education for those of you are not schooled in the music genre called "funk."  It is a genre that originated in the mid
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to late 1960s when African-American musicians discovered the rhythmic, danceable combination of soul music, jazz and R&B using the strong rhythm groove of electric bass and drums and in, my mind, hi-lighting brass instruments.  Funk uses the same extended chords as bepop jazz, often extending one vamp on a single chord.  James Brown developed the signature "groove" that emphasized the downbeat leaning heavily on the first beat of every measure, funky bass line, drum patterns and syncopated guitar riffs.


Not getting it yet?  Getting funky with these extended vamps will have your head bopping, dancing, dancing in your seats and having fun especially if it is to Maceo Parker's famed alto sax and the amazing trombone of Dennis Rollins who often graces the audience along with Maceo in vocals with his sultry deep baritone.


At 72, Maceo is still the consummate performer. He and his "super band" are the epitome of funk entertainment.  Each is a celebrated musician in his own right making the audience experience delightful for "smorgasbord listening."  Dennis Rollins on trombone, Will Boulware on keyboards, Bruno Speight on guitar, Rodney Skeet Curtis on bass, Marcus Parker (son of Maceo's brother and long-time drumming partner Melvin) on drums, Martha High singing backup and Darliene Parker (Maceo's cousin) singing backup as well.


Darliene Parker adds so much energy and absolute mirth and sex appeal to the backup singing but her solo of "Stand by Me" could almost stand alone along with her scat duo with Maceo on the flute.  Spellbinding!


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The band truly is a family affair as some of the performers actually date back to Maceo's stint with George Clinton with his bands Parliament and Funkadelic.  A musician whose resume includes James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince, among others, would only bring entertainment giants to the stage.



These musicians perform as though they were born to be on the stage, performing.  And it is obvious they are having a rollicking good time with joking and comical antics.  The show is a musical rodeo that really ropes you in with equal parts of fun antics and exciting musical execution.  We should all have careers where we have as much fun as Maceo's band does. And this translated to the live performance at the Byham.


The entire band stacked one musical showcase of their individual talents on top of each other.   Each band member had an opportunity
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to strut their stuff, with at least one if not more opportunities for a solo performance showcasing each of their outstanding talents.




In old-school jazz show fashion, the band led off the night vamping a Latin groove as the back-up singers announced a Funky Fiesta. Soon, Parker took the stage, and the show moved into full-on funk time with Off the Hook, as in the funk is off the hook. It's a Parker concert chestnut, as are Make It Funky (a James Brown number)"Baby Knows" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."  There are also tributes to Marvin Gay and of course Maceo's impression of and tribute to Ray Charles.


Still Maceo's mesmerizing saxophone playing remains the biggest reason to go see his show. Whether in tandem bouts with Boyer or soloing on his own, he retains the style and substance that made him a funk icon. Lest we forget I Got You (I Feel Good)"--James Brown, James can be heard in many recordings shouting, "Maceo, I want to blow." Even James was a fan!  Maceo is fond of saying that his music is 98% funky stuff and only 2% Jazz and he has a book out by the same name:

If you missed the show and you get a chance, please for the memory of your life, don't make the second mistake twice.



Joanne Quinn-Smith, Award winning internet radio broadcaster,
blogger, author and internet radio and TV network editor and publisher. Joanne is the owner and CEO, Creative Energy Officer, of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates, a successful Pittsburgh-based marketing company. She is a grandmother and great grandmother, an unlikely trendsetter for online journalism and broadcasting. Joanne is internationally known as the Get Your Google On Gal. But better known as Techno Granny„c to over one million accumulated online listeners worldwide. Joanne has created a revolutionary online NEW MEDIA platform in Internet broadcasting, blogging and other social media participation that represents the new second generation of World Wide Web interactions, known in technology circles as Web 2.0. JQS is the online publisher of PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com, an online community magazine to disseminate the Positive News for Positive Pittsburghers. PPL Mag is Pittsburgh's First Internet radio and TV network with syndicated channels and online radio and TV capabilities. 

 

Publish Date: 01-23-2015 11:10:00
 


 Learning to LIVE through PIPPIN

A Roving Pittsburgher Review

by Sunita Pandit, Mrs. Cardiology


My husband and I got tickets at the last minute.  Its busy during the week but I thought 'you only live once!' oh what a cliche! Convinced my husband to treat me with 'us' time and off we went... oh my...


Photo by Joan Marcus & Bruce Glikas   Pippin, Kyle Dean Massey
and father John Rubenstein.

Did not know what we were going to see... we are both first generation Indians that are still getting culturally Americanized! While walking from the parking garage to the Benedum I was able to hear a lot of chatter from the audience that had seen the Original Pippin and were all without fail excited at the prospect of seeing the original lead for Pippin arrive here in our very own Pittsburgh to play the part of the father of Pippin...In 1972 the starring role of Pippin was played by a virtual unknown, John Rubenstein.  Now Mr. Rubenstein an actor, composer, director and educator is back as the royal father of Pippin. 

Even as we sat down, the people behind us were commenting the same... We were excited about seeing acrobats... but what we actually saw and experienced was just astounding - a feast for the eyes - a smorgasbord for all of the senses... we had trouble focusing on one performer for long as so much kept happening at the same time. The performers filled the stage inch to inch with color action style all choreographed to timely perfection by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main.

Pippin also has a unique connection to Pittsburgh.  According to Playwright, Stephen Schwartz,  PIPPIN began as a show for the Sotch 'n' Soda club at Cargnegie Mellon University in 1967.  At that time Scotch 'n' Soda produced an original musical every year and he had written songs for two previous musicals. Schwartz had a friend, Ron Strauss, who had an idea to write a story about Carlegmagne's son launcing a revolution agains this father and had begun to write a musical about the idea.  So Schwartz and Strauss collaborated right here in Pittsburgh to create PIPPIN which became the most nominated Broadway show of 2013, won four 2013 Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.  

Pippin a journey of self discovery that draws you in to wonder about your own life... And I will never be able to do justice to the performance of the cast in their singing... they all carried strength, clarity, but most important of all all of them were in the 'zone'. I could not help but be drawn in completely... IMPRESSIVE is an understatement... 


Pippin tells the story of a young prince who longs for a life filled with passion and adventure. Aided by an acting troupe headed by the Leading Player, the musical tells the story of Pippin's pursuit of the extraordinary.

And as for the original Pippin -well at this age he has an impressive stage presence and voice - oh I wonder and wish I could have seen him in the original version... I firmly believe that Cirque de Soliel has fierce competition in this troupe!

My husband and I are honored to have witnessed this feat of performance brought from Broadway to the Benedum... allowing us to enjoy such excellence in the comfort of our home town! The show swings through the Benedum from January 20 25, so be sure to grab your tickets for this unforgettable show!

 Sunita Pandit, host of Mrs. Cardiology which is an anchor podcast at http://pplmag.com is also the practice manager for her husband Santosh Pandit's private cardiology practice in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, she is also the Health Director on the Board of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh.

 

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Jim Greenwald and Mike Mullins some of the questions answered on this ten minute interview.
 

What caused you to write this book?  He wanted to attempt to make PTSD something that a non-sufferer could feel thru us in order to improve understanding.  Spouses and family have real difficulty in dealing with those who have the problem.

How did you get started writing?   I have written since I was a kid.  As I neared the end of my work career I thought it was time to do it.

Do you plan on doing another? Yes.  God willing, more than one.

Do you have a favorite poem? No. 

Which do you enjoy writing more, poetry or prose?  I love poetry.  I love prose. I love words.  I feared that the different approach to writing prose would hurt my natural instincts regarding poetry.

Do you have a favorite era?   I appreciate the unity of the 40s and the chaos of the 60s.

Will your next project be similar?   I am spreading my wings and in the midst of trying fiction.

What is reader response to OtM?  Last weekend I had a vet who bought the book in June.  He had a message from his wife.  She read it as well, which was our hope.  She told me “thanks for allowing her to feel what her husband feels and making PTSD even more real for her, in terms of the way it works on the mind of a vet.

 

 

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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
A HOLIDAY STAGE SPECTACULAR FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY 
FEATURING 30 PERFORMERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
TWO EVENINGS, OF 20 ACTS & OVER 300 COSTUMES
An Electrifying Performance
Reviewer:  JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz,  


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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, presented a spectacular night of entertainment aimed to amaze, awe and make one wonder  out loud   How in the world do they do all the twisting, turning, leaping, climbing, juggling, acrobatic and aerial feat and still be smiling and ready to do more?    The international cast of 30 performers from 12 different countries are extraordinary as they whirl, twist and perform almost impossible feats through 20 acts, and 300 custom changes in a 2 hour production. 

 The show pulls out all the holiday favorites, gingerbread men, Santa Claus, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen ice men and maidens, and penguins all performing amazing feats to entertain you. So much is going on at one time it is difficult at times to take in all the activity.   Kudo's to all that design, produce and deliver this holiday spectacular.  The only thing I miss is not knowing the names and background of the individual performers and what country they are from.   I think each one would have an amazing story to tell.       

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Many of the performers have appeared on America's got Talent and although we can't be certain, my companion and I think we recognized Quick Change Artists, Lex Schoppi and Alina, masters of high speed haute couture entertainment.  Also we think we recognized  from America's Got Talent, quarter finalists Donovan and Rebecca although we cannot be sure as there was no program.


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is part of a franchise by directory Neil Goldberg, who created the groundbreaking Broadway hits CIRQUE DREAMS and JUNGLE FANTASY. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is a cirque show, a Broadway musical, a holiday spectacular and family show all in one! 
 
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Great entertainment! Amazing show with fantastic performers whose enthusiasm and boundless energy could produce enough electricity to light up downtown Pittsburgh for a week.  Who needs gas wells?  Just harness the performers of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE.  Truly an amazing and electrifying performance by all!

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

 

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Publish Date: 12-16-2014 14:06:00
 


Roving Pittsburgher Report, Highmark Holiday Pops at PSO, Something for Everyone This Holiday Season

by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith aka TechnoGranny
Todd Elllison 


Friday evening, December 12, 2014, was incredible as my guest and I sat in the 5th row from the stage and were not only able to listen to wonderful PSO Holiday menu of excitement but also see the expressions on Santa's face. That part was PRICELESS.  Highmark Holiday Pops --what a way to jump start your holiday season, if you haven't attended put this one on your immediate holiday "to do" list. You can still see the Holiday Pops December 20 & 21.
The stage was resplendent with two beautifully designed vintage looking trees and Todd Ellison was in rare form, sporting his clandestine Steeler lining inside his white dinner jacket. His legendary stature was only dwarfed by the amazing 25-foot tree in the Grand Lobby!


It's easy to see why Todd Ellison is "Hailed by the New York Times as one of Broadway's Electric Conductors, --one of the most
Ryan Vasquez
accomplished and sought after music directors working today.  He is charming, energetic, and witty and knows how to connect with the audience.  And the Mendelssohn Choir, well as Todd said, they look great for singing together for over 150 years and sound great also.
The concert started off with a resurgent "wow" with "O Tannebaum" and then the choir delighted the audience with "Three Ships." But the experience was moved into the "supernatural" with the absolutely heavenly rendition of "Ave Maria."  Ryan Vasquez was just signed for his first Broadway musical and it's easy to see why.


Kate Shindle
Then on a lighter note four lovely young ballerinas from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School performed a Musical Snuff Box to Opus 32. This was the most delightful gift of dance that the Ballet Theatre could have given the audience.  It was fresh and Christmassy and made one smile.


We really enjoyed the "high-low" progression of the concert as Kate Shindle's breathtaking voice filled Heinz Hall with "Love is Christmas." There was not a corner of the hall that was not permeated with joy as she sang.


Of course the treat after that with "Bassoon It Will Be Christmas" was both unique and delightfully entertaining as principal Bassoonist Nancy Groves and Bassoonist's Philip Pandolfi and James Rodgers took to the front of the stage. We know the bassoonists are there but featuring them was a stroke of absolute genius and one of the most memorable moments of the entire performance.


And the comic relief of Santa singing the "Christmas Alphabet" hit the bull's eye.  Since he never took off his Santa beard, I am assuming that Christopher Sanders played Santa and he did it deftly with verve and an ebullient Santa style.  His dance antics were right on also.


Finally, what a way to go off to intermission as the Choir filled the hall again with the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah.  What Christmas concert would be complete without it?
After intermission just in case you were beginning to be ready for a lullaby, not so!  A rollicking polka brought the audience back to life with "Trisch-Trasch (Chit Chat) from Opus 214 by Johann, Jr. Strauss.


And what PSO Concert would be complete without a wonderful tribute to the renowned Marvin Hamlisch as Ms. Shindle sang "Chanukah Lights."


Artist Joe Wos
Continuing on the path of "something for everyone" the symphony played a rousing version of "The Night Before Christmas" as artist and cartoonist Joe Wos plied his art on the large screen and the velvet voice of WQED's Jim Cunningham narrated.  This portion of the show along with Santa delighted kids of all ages in the audience.
After that we were again treated to the absolutely edifying voice of Mr. Vasquez in "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" followed by Ms. Shindle and Mr. Vasquez in "The Prayer."  The thing that I loved about their rendition is that neither was dwarfed by the other as both are equally strong talents and blended perfectly.
Not finished yet, the stars of the show and the PSO and the choir and Todd Ellis also lead the audience in a traditional sing along.  What a way to finish the evening just before the very traditional "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."


As we were leaving the theater the Pops Talk on stage was going on and what do you think was the biggest question, "Where and how did you get the Steeler lining for your dinner jacket?"  Hey it's not the Steelers but this reviewer thinks the Holiday Pops has the chance to be the second biggest tradition during the winter season in Pittsburgh. 


Joanne Quinn-Smith, Award winning internet radio broadcaster,
blogger, author and internet radio and TV network editor and publisher. Joanne is the owner and CEO, Creative Energy Officer, of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates, a successful Pittsburgh-based marketing company. She is a grandmother and great grandmother, an unlikely trendsetter for online journalism and broadcasting. Joanne is internationally known as the Get Your Google On Gal. But better known as Techno Granny„c to over one million accumulated online listeners worldwide. Joanne has created a revolutionary online NEW MEDIA platform in Internet broadcasting, blogging and other social media participation that represents the new second generation of World Wide Web interactions, known in technology circles as Web 2.0. JQS is the online publisher of PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com, an online community magazine to disseminate the Positive News for Positive Pittsburghers. PPL Mag is Pittsburgh's First Internet radio and TV network with syndicated channels and online radio and TV capabilities. 


 

Publish Date: 12-14-2014 21:54:00
 



It's a Privilege to See the Conservatory Theater Company's Performance of Urinetown.

By Megan Grabowski


 A relatively new show, Urinetown opened on Broadway in 2001.  The initial response from theatergoers was overwhelmingly positive; earning Urinetown three Tony Awards in 2002.  More than a decade later, the show continues to incite glowing reviews.  The Thursday December 11 performance of Urinetown by the Conservatory Theater Company was sold out.  I sat elbow to elbow in a seat on the balcony of the Rauh Theater at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.  The audience was as eccentric as the story. Students with purple hair in torn jeans were just as abundant in the crowd as the older women in hip length fur coats.  What I didn't realize before seeing the show, Urinetown is a musical rife with potty humor; is a quirky social and political satire that will appeal to individuals with a higher level of awareness or engagement.

The musical takes place sometime in the future, after a 20 year drought has caused a serious water shortage.  In order to combat the water crisis, a ban is placed on all private toilets.  In the fictional town toilets are owned by Urine Good Company or UGC for short, and require a fee to be used.  Two of the central characters, Penelope Pennywise and Bobby Strong work for Caldwell B. Cladwell, President of UGC, a corporation known best for their greed and corruption.  Under Mr. Cladwell's supervision, Look the other way as we run the company as we see fit , Bobby Strong and Pennywise manage Amenity #9, the poorest and filthiest toilet in town.  Early in the show, Bobby's father, Old Man Strong , is arrested for public urination because he cannot afford to pay his admission into the Amenity.  As Old Man Strong is carted off by two police officers, Officer Lockstock and Officer Barrel, to a mysterious place called Urinetown, he yells, Remember me .  Soon after his father's arrest Bobby meets Hope, Mr. Cladwell's daughter, who has come to work for the UGC.  Bobby and Hope quickly fall in love; Bobby is enamored with Hope's ideals to just follow your heart as described in the beautifully harmonized song.  Hope is intrigued by Bobby's honesty when he admits his guilt for not doing more to save his father from Urinetown.  


The story unfolds when rumors of an Amenity price hike spread among the citizens, especially Bobby and the patrons of Amenity #9.  The people who frequent Amenity #9 know they are in big trouble; they can barely afford the toilets for their current charge.  Soon a protest erupts and word of the rally reaches Hope and her father Caldwell B. Cladwell and the others at UGC.   Hope is surprised to learn Bobby is a leader in the revolt but because she is in love with him, she urges her father not to resort to violence.  She pleads with her father to look inside the rioters' hearts.  A truly ruthless corporate rat, Cladwell sings a perpetually catchy tune Don't Be the Bunny, where he compares the citizens of the anonymous town to bunny rabbits, singing,

                   A little bunny at a toll booth
                    He needs a measly fifty cents
                    Our little bunny didn't plan ahead
                    Poor bunny simply hasn't got the bread
                    He begs for mercy, but gets jail instead
                    Hasenpfeffer's in the air
                    As the bunny gets the chair!

By the end of Act 1, Bobby has kidnapped Hope and real trouble ensues.  Act 2 is full of plot twists and surprises.  Main characters die, the revolution is taken over by Hope and t
the true meaning of Urinetown is revealed. 


Although there is an abundance of humor and plenty of laughter throughout the show, Urinetown is not a comedy.  The theme is frighteningly real and the characters, while exaggerated, are none the less authentic.  The lighthearted nature of potty humor helps to balance the seriousness of the plot and the extremely catchy musical numbers, it's a Privilege to Pee, Mr. Cladwell and Snuff That Girl, are weirdly enchanting.


My seat on the balcony allowed me to look directly above the stage onto the loft at the jazz band.  The sweet sounds of the sax and percussion billowed through the theater, setting the mood for the fictional world I was about to enter.  Lights above the stage read, Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health a complete farce from the set design which looks like an alley or a ghetto, with litter strewn on the ground and graffiti scaring the building walls.


Officer Lockstock, played by Luke Halferty, served as the shows narrator.  His stage presence emanated charisma.  His talents appear to be great as he wrapped up Act 1 with a scene summary in slow- motion movements; comical and accomplished expertise.  One of my favorite characters, Caldwell B. Cladwell, portrayed by Taylor Warren offered the audience a spectacular performance.  When I find myself hating the bad guy I know they are doing a good job.  Warren's portrayal of evil entrepreneur combined with his abilities to generate laughter from the audience at just the right times is an indication of his prospects on stage.  The two leading ladies, Tara O'Donnell playing Pennywise and Morissa Trunzo staring as Hope Cladwell deserve recognition.  Whether the sound system in the theater was turned up too high, or the acoustics in the balcony were wonky, the high pitched squeals of O'Donnell made it difficult for me to see her as anything but the screech-er.  Portraying a cold- blooded character requires conviction in unique traits that must be expertly enacted on stage.  

Perhaps it was a directional thing, but de repetitive high pitched squeals did not convey the attitude of a callous supervisor hell-bent on enforcing the rules.  Trunzo, on the other hand, caught me completely off guard.  Her first appearance on stage did not indicate the strength of her voice.  Her harmonizing abilities, specifically in Follow Your Heart, were very lovely.  Her voice perfectly mimics the innocence of her character. Two other characters deserve a special mention. Eddie Layfield, Bobby Strong, a senior at Point Park University offered the audience a brilliant showing of his theatrical abilities, as vocalist, actor and dancer.  His skills were on spot, eliciting laughter from the audience as well as feelings of compassion and regret.  I expect to see his name on many Playbill's in the future.  Additionally, supporting character Little Sally, played by Emma Feinberg portrayed her character as sweet and cute, just like a little girl would be.  She was a wonderful accompaniment to Officer Lockstock, the hard-headed cop forced to the harsh realities of the laws and Urinetown to Little Sally, the simple child, who in fact wasn't so simple.  For a child, Little Sally offered the audience an honest perspective on what it means to be poor, and the real face of the victims of socio-economic injustices. 



Having most recently seen shows at the posh and glamorous Benedum Center, the cozy Rauh Theater was a welcome change.  The history of the Pittsburgh Playhouse radiates through the bones of the performers.  One thing for sure, the Point Park University's production of Urinetown did not disappoint as a professional quality performance.  There are no cocktails at intermission but a nice cafГ© that offers soda and tea and coffee.  The affordability of tickets as well as the wide selection of various shows makes this a great theater for date night. 

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast.

 

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Publish Date: 12-08-2014 20:55:00
 


Preserving the Mission; August Wilson Center 

 Safe in the Hands of Local Nonprofits.

By Megan Grabowski

A few short months ago, during sale negotiations of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, community leaders were considering transforming the site into a 10 story hotel.    Many city leaders and nonprofit partners opposed this idea, purporting a desire to maintain the Center's primary
August Wilson Center, picture trustarts.org
mission; a platform for African American Arts and programming.  In early November, three leading area nonprofits acquired control, at least temporarily, over the restructuring of the Center.  Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King will serve as Chair of the interim authority, working alongside will be Heinz Endowments President and CEO Grant Oliphant and Director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Scott Izzo.   Under the control of temporary officials, community transparency, vital for Pittsburgh nonprofits and stakeholders, will be upheld until a permanent Building Board is established.  The Building Board will be responsible for preserving accountability while working with an assortment of groups.  

The first course of action for the temporary officers will be to obtain a long- term agreement with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Based on the Trusts success in managing and developing the epicenter of arts and culture in Pittsburgh, a working relationship between the Building Board, a committed community advisory group and the Trust will help ensure the Center's true mission is upheld while concurrently balancing a practical and appropriate operating budget.  Furthermore, immediate concerns to be addressed by the temporary management include evaluating the physical condition of the building, developing a comprehensive financial structure and resuming normal building operations.

Transitory leaders anticipate a 3- 6 month time frame before permanent governance is launched.  The Building Board will be comprised of 3-5 community members, predominantly African American authorities, in the area of nonprofit facilities management, business and finance.  Most important, the newly created stewards must have the Center's original mission as priority number one; offering mostly, but not exclusively, distinguishable African American visual and performing arts for Pittsburghers and visitors from outside the region. 


You can read more about future plans for The August Wilson Center for African American Culture by clicking on the link here http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/Foundation-outlines-August-Wilson-Center-revival-plan/.

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast

 

Publish Date: 12-08-2014 19:44:00
 


Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015; 

How will you welcome the New Year? 

By Megan Grabowski

Beauty Slap
As a Pittsburgher, newly transplanted or a longtime resident, you ought to consider purchasing a button for the 21stannual Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015.  Many plans and preparations are well under way to make this year's event a spectacular success. Today I was granted a sneak peek into several of the scheduled happenings. In anticipation of 40,000 visitors to the region's largest single day celebration, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and 500 volunteers have organized 150 events in hope of producing the grandest First Night to date.  So, while New Yorkers gaze up at the dropping ball, in Pittsburgh we will gape in awe as our ball rises, 150 feet above Penn Avenue, representative of our city on the rise!  A truly family friendly event, alcohol free and a significant launch pad for many local artists, people of all ages will enjoy the myriad of visual arts, dance, theater, magic, comedy and music offered on New Year's Eve throughout Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

Join First Night Attendees of all Ages


This year, ringing in 2015 at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh can be done at 50 various venues, including two new spaces, Trinity Cathedral and First Presbyterian Church as well as numerous sites in the Cultural District such as Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 709 Galleryand the O'Reilly Theater.  Concerned about bringing the family outdoors in the cold?  This year 90% of the activities are planned for indoor areas offering visitors a much needed break from the late December weather.   If an alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration doesn't sound like your speed, take heed, Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust reassures attendees, I view Highmark First Night Pittsburgh as one of the most important evenings of the year¦the Trust welcomes and entertains visitors of all ages, for a joyous celebration of the arts¦

First Night Fireworks at Midnight


Intrigued yet?  Perhaps you are wondering how to plan a single evening itinerary that includes 150 activity options spanning 14 city blocks?  Guests with youngsters can begin the night with a bang; children's fireworks display on the Dollar Bank Stage with funky musical accompaniment provided by Beauty Slap.  Then head on over to the First National Bank Tent to participate in hands- on activities with organizations like Carnegie Science Center, CitiParksand beloved mascots Steely McBeam and Pirate Parrot.  At 8pm, march over to Penn Avenue for the magnificent sights and sounds of the FedEx Ground Parade.  With a theme titled Imagination Delivered , Grand Marshal Rick Sebak will lead a procession of towering puppets, marching bands and bicycles.  If you're planning on bringing older children, you won't want to miss the fifth annual Sing Off.  Following the premise of televisions The Voice, a selection of Pittsburgh's own promising local talent defend their vocal aptitudes.  In honor of the upcoming Motown the Musical tour, celebrity judge Smokey Robinson, will help award one stunning student singer a $500.00 cash prize.

Swon Brothers from "The Voice"
Venturing into town without kids in tow?  An endless evening of laughter, mystique, art and dance wait.  Stop by Pierce Studio on Liberty Avenue, location of the Trust Arts Education Center for a smooth jazz lounge with chill jams by the Dwayne Dolphin Trio.  Visitors can take advantage of all of the Trust galleries, operating with extended hours, and create a personalized gallery crawl.  Prefer to keep warm and toasty indoors?  Check out the improvisation team at Arcade Comedy Theater.  If something more traditional appeals to you, enjoy the River City Brass Band on the Benedum stage as well as opportunities to view theater performances, magicians and dance.  Of course, the evening wouldn't be complete, without an extraordinary Zambelli Fireworks display at midnight, along with a rockin' show by country chart toppers from "The Voice," The Swon Brothers on the Highmark Stage.

The most attractive aspect to Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015 is the engaging atmosphere cultivated by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh offers the public a vast arenaCheryl CapezzutiPuppet Making Happy Hour on Thursday December 11th is a free event and includes cocktails, hors d'ouevres and a d.j.  On December 13th Capezzuti will conduct a Family Puppet Making Workshop. The afternoon instruction will offer families and children a unique opportunity to be involved in a one of a kind community event. Participants can sign up to carry their own creation in the First Night Parade. Sign up here to join in the parade, http://www.firstnightpgh.org/get-involved/volunteer/fedex-ground-parade-participant/
Pirate Parrot
of performances by rising stars, displays of visually stunning art, curiously crafted choreography, witty and intelligently written dialogue on stage.  Organizers recognize the commitment and investment of local talents; therefore, you too are encouraged to get involved.  Does this sound like fun?  Beginning next weekend, help prepare puppetry for the FedEx Ground Parade with guidance from artist/ instructor and Fed-Ex Ground Parade Creative Director,

 Advanced registration is required for either puppet making workshop.  Visit https://trustarts.culturaldistrict.orgfor more information or to register. 

Admission to all of the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015 events will require a button.  The full access button can be purchased from now until December 31st for $8.00 at participating Giant Eagle locations.   A button can also be purchased for $10.00 at the event.  Additionally, buy online at www.TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH. Children 5 and under are admitted free.  

Please be aware some indoor activities will require a voucher for admittance.  This ensures the safety of all people on New Year's Eve by not allowing venues to fill beyond their intended capacity.  Vouchers can be reserved via phone, 412- 456- 6666 or at The Box Office at Theater Square located at 655 Penn Avenue.  A listing of events requiring a voucher can be obtained from www.TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH

One last tip for making New Year's 2015 memorable, the First Night Friends, VIP package allows guests to access priority seating, secure vouchers and acquire parking!  This is too good an opportunity to pass up, so call 412-471-6086 today to become a First Night Friend. From Belly Dancers and Roving Street Performers to County Artists and Fireworks, this is truly a family night with fun for everyone including mom and dad.

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast.

 

Publish Date: 12-06-2014 16:27:00
 


PPT's World Premiere L'Hotel Brings Life and Laughter

 to the O'Reiley Theater.

By Megan Grabowski

On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014 I traversed downtown to the O'Reiley Theater for my first world premiere. Pittsburgh Public Theaters (PPT) debut of L'Hotel, by Ed Dixon, a unique and intelligent comedy lured a vastly astute audience into the invitingly bright playhouse.  I was merely aware of the shows plot before sitting down in my seat and skimming the program.  That turned out to be o.k., as the actors were so true to character I never once felt I was missing a beat.  The performance of L'Hotel is an all-inclusive dose of culture for Pittsburghers who may not be familiar with all of the artists portrayed in the show.  Theatergoers will be driven to investigate the characters unfamiliar to them after experiencing the dramatists' flair for language and his intimate knowledge of each artiste under the skillful direction of Ted Pappas.
Deanne Lorette as Sarah Bernhardt and Daniel Hartley as Jim Morrison.


The show takes place, today, in the lobby of a posh French hotel,occupied by an eclectic group; Victor Hugo, Isadora Duncan, Gioachino Rossini, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Jim Morrison and the hotel's loyal waiter.  Act 1 begins with the animated and adorable waiter bustling with the hurriedness only a perfectionist server can deliver; setting tables, straightening linens, pouring beverages before the hotel's guests arrive; almost giddy with anticipation.  First to appear for morning cafe is the greatest and best known French writer, Victor Hugo, followed by Oscar Wilde.  The two literary minds sit at different tables and immediately begin to insult one another, a practice that follows the guests throughout the show.  Annoying?  Hardly, as the jabs consistently thrown across the stage between the actors contain brief spurts of biographical detail allowing the audience to collect tidbits of historical truths about the personalities.  

The strings of witticisms are brilliantly crafted. Only a writer schooled in the masterworks of each character could conjure.  The verbal pokes and prods pick fun at each characters iconic flaw, inevitably acknowledging the time period of their lifetime and success. No sooner does the audience begin to wonder why these 6 antiquated artists are dining, clearly they can scarcely tolerate one another, when they answer that through their banter. 

Sam Tsoutsouvas as Victor Hugo, Kati Brazda as Isadora Duncan, Tony Triano as Gioachino Rossini, Deanne Lorette as Sarah Bernhardt, Daniel Hartley as Jim Morrison, Brent Harris as Oscar Wilde, and Erika Cuenca as The Young Woman.
The jests, which skillfully span centuries, incorporate each person's life miseries and awaken the harsh realities of their personal purgatory; confined to L'Hotel.  Together they are doomed to repeat the behaviors and dismal thoughts they harbored during life.  Their connection to one another, each are buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.  Each a celebrity during their lifetime is now condemned to live out eternity as guests in L'Hotel. Much of their time appears to be spent chastising each other, and attempting to validate their own self- worth by talking about how great they are at creating; constantly striving to outdo the other in stardom. 

The arbitrariness of the guests, author Victor Hugo, composer Gioachion Rossini, actress Sarah Bernhardt, dancer Isadora Duncan, novelist and playwright Oscar Wilde and rock musician Jim Morrison, jointly generate a synergy of stereotypical artistic traits; egotism, arrogance and eccentric behavior that produce consistent laughter from the audience.  Despite the cast's woeful reminiscing of being, they unite during the development of a scheme to return one of them back to the land of the living.  The plan is initiated after a young girl visits the cemetery and leaves behind a bouquet of flowers on the grave of an unknown person.  Nothing incites the deceased celebrities more than seeing someone pay homage to a no-body.

The absurdity continues as the cast deliberates messages delivered through the Ouija Board.  Upon Bernhardt's encouragement, the dead guests seek advice from other spirits about how to attain the means for rebirth.  The unusual plot and the sharp dialogue make this show full of energy and genuine entertainment. 

Each actor is undeniably cast appropriately and they work flawlessly together. The waiter, played by Evan Zes has perfected comedic timing.  He charms the audience with his knack for hustle and attention to detail as he strives to meet the needs of his patrons.  His characters warmth and honesty toward life and death emanate on stage and keep the audience grounded.

Kati Brazda as Isadora Duncan, Sam Tsoutsouvas as Victor Hugo, Tony Triano as Gioachino Rossini, Evan Zes as The Waiter.
Sam Tsoutsouvas cast as Victor Hugo portrays a highbrowed spirit who compulsively condescends each guest continually throughout the course of the play.  It is his disturbing reserve of emotion and a deep seeded arrogance which prevents him from fully bonding with any other character. His loftiness inhibits any ability for him to let go of the past and move forward in the ethereal realm. It is his role as a somber spirit, and Tsoutsouvas's deep and sullen voice combined with his depiction of overtly forced self- worth, that permit me to believe he is Hugo. 

Brent Harris portrays Oscar Wilde with the flamboyancy and raunchiness I imagine he would possess if alive today.  Harris mastered the knack of gesturing while speaking, swaggering across the stage in a loud colored suit and retorting Hugo's incessant insults with humor and guile. He spends a great deal of time self- examining his soul while wrestling with his spiritual demons, but it is the moments when Wilde is alone on stage speaking to his long- lost lover with passion and yearning that Harris truly engages the audience.  We listen, quietly, during these solemn moments, laughter subsides; Wilde's pain is nearly tangible.


Brent Harris as Oscar Wilde.
Kati Brazda, sways across the stage, madly flinging her arms about, spinning, brushing the floor with her fingertips.  Brazda overstates Duncan's sadness, her regrets and her revelries through movement; through dance.  Brazda's presence on stage, depicting dancer Isadora Duncan, is enthusiastically exaggerated.  Duncan, although eager to unearth the steps toward reincarnation, also realizes the reality of her place.  She needs confirmation from the world that she is still influential and she attempts to draw this from her cast mates as she sashays across stage in a satin gown.  These eccentricities flow naturally from Brazda and I enjoyed listening to her speak of her time on the stage, communicating through movement. This zeal makes her a perfect accompaniment to Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, played by Tony Triano.  Duncan is patient and kind toward Rossini's naivetГ©.  

While Triano plays up the gullible nature of the composer, who despite an appearance of flightiness is sincerely a musical genius Rossini ignores the matter of death altogether. He is a grand lover of life and his ability to produce and create beauty through writing music; he does not like the thought of being dead. Triano is stocky in stature and this adds to Rossini's delight in eating.  Triano conveys Rossini's pride by ensuring he speaks sincerely about his art and ignores most of the zingers Hugo, Wilde and Morrison throw at him.  Rossini never loses sight of his desire to continue composing so he pursues the opportunity to be born again.   

Daniel Hartley cast as Jim Morrison, the musical guile behind The Doors.  Morrison, a sex object even after death, wrecked his career with drinking and drugs and inevitably fashioned his own demise.  Morrison's character maintains the same self- destructive behaviors throughout L'Hotel. His first appearance involves retching loudly off stage, then sauntering on in leather pants, sunglasses, smoking a cigarette and requesting a beer for breakfast.   Morrison does not regret how he lived, but is remorseful that he is no longer alive. Hartley's display of Morrison's coolness and immortal attitude is something the audience can relate to on a number of levels. The role requires Hartley wear leather pants and gyrate his hips while brazenly referring to sexual exploits.  More important is Hartley's responsibility to demand the audience connect with him through reflection. What does it mean to be a celebrity in the 21st century?  Who deserves our revere?  Far too often the world loses a brilliant talent to drugs, alcohol or other negative behaviors.  Hartley's portrayal of Morrison made me question my choice of idols.  Who do I think deserves the fame, fortune and recognition?  

Who do I think will be famous for just 15 minutes?  What do celebrities really want to be remembered for?  What do I want to be remembered for after I die? 

Sarah Bernhardt, ˜the most famous actress the world has ever known' played by Deanne Lorette, is showy, proud, and overly dramatic.  She knows she was a renowned star and doesn't hesitate to remind the others.  She holds steadfast to her reputation as a serious actress and uses her natural inclination toward the theater to lead the Ouija expedition.  She cajoles the remaining cast members with her vivacity to follow her as she contacts spirits, requesting instructions for escape.  Bernhardt insists she is no longer dramatic, but through Lorette's hysterical interpretation we see Bernhardt as an eternal actress on and off stage, in life and after death. 

The young woman, played by Erika Cuenca is refreshing in her grief.  She is real and tormented. She agonizes over modern day difficulties. She speaks from the heart and unintentionally unites the cast in a demented and twisted manner without flinching.  She begs for someone to hear her and Hugo, Duncan, Wilde, Bernhardt, Rossini and Morrison holler back. These traits are the only aspects that impede a complete suspension of disbelief. 


Playwright Ed Dixon, has captured the essence of each character through dialogue and an original concept.  His familiarity of each character is uncanny as he attempts to have them shape the modern day images and ideals of an afterlife. The audience is left with a sense of ease, pondering our long held beliefs. Perhaps the uncertainty is not as frightening as we have thought. Or maybe more so!  Either way, Pappas, Pittsburgh's stage mastermind, seizes the crux of each artist's true being.  Through his impeccable direction 6 characters manage to transcend time and space on the stage of the O'Reiley, offering the audience they type of randomness that really makes a person wonder.  

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast.

 

Publish Date: 12-04-2014 20:57:00
 

Its Not About Keeping Up with the Jones's, It Is About Utilizing Technology to Grow Your Business
Review of the 9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference Nov. 13th 2014

From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Nov. 15, 2014


You can watch or read a news story almost daily about a new successful company with a new cool idea that they are bringing to fruition with new and innovative technologies almost daily. And as an aspiring entrepreneur one could hear these stories and say oh the stars just aligned for that new company but how can I get my idea off the ground like that? And how will I ever afford to? How can I keep up with the Jone's company when I am struggling with the current technology to even get in the race? Well the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has the just the right resources to help any company get up and running. On Friday November 13th, 2014 they hosted the 9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference to connect entrepreneurs with technology resources to make their business more competitive, efficient, and accessible.

The conference started with a breakfast and opening remarks from SBDC Director Mary T. McKinney, Ph.D.  She shared about her recent trips to the White House to discuss the Small Business Administration's upcoming initiatives. Then she introduced the opening panel speakers. Sue McMurdy of Endeavor Management started the discussion and day off with a very key point, that it is crucial to make sure that your company's IT efforts and endeavors are truly in sync with your overall business strategy. Doing technology stuff for the sake of having new or whatever reason can be in vain and have a negative impact not only on your bottom line, but effectiveness and efficiency operations too. Companies today depend so much on technology throughout their businesses, her advice was to make sure the use and implementation in your company is getting the thought and planning it is due. Jay Markey of Green Seven Technologies provided a great follow-up with the importance of then protecting all of your digital information and the resources available to do so. His advice was not to put all your digital eggs in one basket; Redundancy when it comes to data storage is like an insurance policy. Indigo Raffel of CCI rounded out the opening discussion with ideas to reduce your business's carbon footprint and the advantages of running a green company.

The conference continued with 3 break-out sessions. Attendees could choose from several workshops on e-commerce, social media, e-mail strategies, marketing with technology, software, and search engine optimization. The first one I went to was "How to Build, Manage & Promote Your Own Do-It-Yourself Website" by Joe Polk of Thirteen Ball. There he covered the all of the basic nuts and bolts of how to actually get a website up and running, including going through many of the the service providers and platforms. His personal insight was very helpful as to which companies to use for what and discerning when you need to consult professionals for advanced website design or coding.

The second session I went to was "Compel and Sell: Content and Calls to Action That Get Results" by Dan Droz of Droz and Associates. He had a very engaging and inspiring presentation that gave attendees a very structured and practical understanding about marketing strategies to implement and the motivations that should be behind them. Sometimes people can think of marketing as superfluous, but Droz made it clear that if everything you do in marketing and business development is done with purpose and leads your customers down a planned path, that path will lead to sales and a repeat customer relationship, which only means more sales. A key component of building relationships with customers is through communication, thus as Droz put it, that makes getting peoples emails like the holy grail. This perfectly teed up my last session choice.

The third session I attended was High-Impact Email Marketing: Best Practices & Winning Strategies by Autumn Edminston of the Edminston Group and Stephen Wayhart of Brandmill. Autumn shared great information about the timing strategies of emailing and automating the process. She is an authorized consultant for Constant Contact, one of the leading companies in email automation services, and showed its advantages of database management, customer segmentation, and analytics. Stephen continued with email content quality and layout. A key caution point he made was to not make emails overly complicated. These days most people are viewing emails on their smart phones, which are obviously smaller than an entire computer screen, and if an email is not well organized and scroll-able it will simply get trashed.

Dr. Anind Dey
Director of Human Compute
Interaction Institute of CMU
Probably most exciting of all was the the keynote speaker Anind Dey Ph.D., Director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His talk on "Novel Ways You will be Connecting to Our World in the next Five to Ten Years Through Mobile Devices, Gaming and Computers" was packed full of wicked cool ideas of the future that are being developed right here in Pittsburgh, right now. One of the numerous examples of ideas he shared was an on-body computing interface being developed by one of his colleagues at CMU.   Now, as someone who is not in any hard technology industry, the idea of even thinking up some of the things he shared is mind blowing.  But his take away was an important one. In the times we live in, you don't have to be an expert, top to bottom, or even engineer everything yourself if you have an idea. Truly, an idea is all you need to be the next top innovator, because there are boundless and numerous resources to bring your idea to reality.

No conference would be complete without great networking opportunities. The trade show in the afternoon was a great time to check out local technology services and products available to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Many vendors featured great opportunities exclusive to conference attendees. I made several business contacts at this conference and got a lot of great ideas about different products and services to benefit my business and clients.

Upcoming SBDC Events:
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials
Dec. 4, 2014  |  9:30 AM - 12 PM  |  798 Turnpike St, Beaver, PA

Pacific Alliance Exports Event
Dec. 11, 2014  |  9:30 AM - 12 PM  |  Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 505

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials
Dec. 11, 2014  |  1:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall

Entrepreneur's Growth Conference 2014
May 15, 2015  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University


For More Information Contact:
Duquesne University
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
sbdc.duq.edu
108 Rockwell Hall 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103
(412) 396-6233  |  duqsbdc@duq.edu
Twitter: @DUSBDC  |  Facebook: Duquesne University SBDC


Written By:  Stephanie Curtice
Good News and Cultural Reporter
PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
RovingPittsburgher.blogspot.com
TheNewGirlintheBurgh.blogspot.com
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PPL Co-Host: Denise LaRosa, executive editor for Urban Media Today, Onlne News Service; Host of Podcast, podcast, "Mom Talk with Denise LaRosa" WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Thanksgiving Dinner| New Stan's Market Express in the Strip District| Pennsylvania Macaroni| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Win-Pittsburgh Meet-Up, Winning Power Point Presentations| CULTURAL CLUES: PSO, "The Revolutionary"| Conservatory Theatre Company presents "Urinetow"| Highmark Holiday Pops with PSO and Mendellsohn Choir| Someday is Now:The Art of Corita Kent at Warhohl| KIDZ KORNER: Makeshop| Toys for Tots Party| WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Firsts: Women's Caucus of City Council, Child Care Study Funded| Women's Yellow Pages Distribution Soiree| Support Madame Presidenta: Why Not Us? | Open House + Member Marketplace and Coffee Hour at Eden Hall Campus| Open House at Chatham Shadyside Campus| Sigmas Conference & Event Center to Host Benefit for Hair Peace Charities| BUSINESS BUZZ: Mayor Peduto Selected 2015 Rose Center for Public Leadership Fellow| Southwestern Pennsylvanians, Plenty Of Reasons To Give Thanks| BURGH BIZ SATURDAY SHOWCASE: You Might Be A Pittsburgher.com, Pittsburgh Cyber Mall| PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Alain Lemieux | NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: Gifts and Greens Market at Phipps Garden Center| Sewickley's Light Up Night Holiday Market benefiting Sweetwater Center for the Arts| Ronald H Brown Leadership Awards Gala | NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Dynamic line-up of National and International content on a new service called the WORLD Channel| Holiday Open House Adagio Health Uniontown| POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: The Global Links Baby Bag Project| ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Pennsylvania Macaroni| New Stan's Market Express| STEELTOWN HERO: North Side residents work on raising $5,000 to replace gardener's truck| Holiday Happenings: Black Nativity| The public is invited to Heinz Hall to enjoy the majestic Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah this holiday season| Plus Local Holiday Gift Ideas

 

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? 8th Annual Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference| Tootie's Famous Italian Beef| 7th Annual NAWBO Day| Italian Bread Store, Noblestown Road| No BS Marketing Meeting James Malinchak ABCTV Secret Millionaire| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Giving Great PowerPoint Presentations Meet Up Win-Pittsburgh| CULTURAL CLUES: Motown the Musical| My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! | Decemberists| Conservatory Dance Company "Romeo and Juliet" | Recent Works by Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer| Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal| Celtic Thunder at PSO| PSO Opening Night Gala and Soiree,"Once Upon a Time," nominated 2015 Gala Award by Special Events magazine| KIDZ KORNER: Be There Brashear - Keeping Students Warm this Winter with Your Help| Childrens Institute of Pittsburgh Receives New Accreditation| WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT : Congratulations to Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, a Chatham Alum| Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series| Ready to Runc?Г‚c Pittsburgh| 3rd annual WSBA Holiday Business Expo| BUSINESS BUZZ: Government / Bond Rating| Beechview Consultant: Meet and Greet| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! BURGH BIZ SATURDAY SHOWCASE: You Might Be a Pittsburgher Grand Opening Cyber Monday| Small Biz Saturday PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Engineers Society Building Presentation| Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture Film Screening| Join Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough| NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: Samantha Ann Slizik Memorial Scholarship Fund| Semi-Annual Fill A Bag (FAB)Shopping Event and Fundraiser at Dress for Success| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: WQED'S Thanksgiving Programs| Six Historic Homes & Christ Church, Brownsville Holiday Tour| A Night with St Nick| POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Joe Grushecky and "A Streetcar Named Desire"| ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: PPTs World Premiere L'Hotel | 8th Annual Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference| Tootie's Famous Italian Beef| 7th Annual NAWBO Day| Italian Bread Store, Noblestown Road| No BS Marketing Meeting James Malinchak| PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Atrias PNC Park Presents Pittsburgh Sportsline TV Show| STEELTOWN HERO: Snow Angels: Helping Senior and Differently Abled Neighbors Dig Out!| VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE: Local Veterans Start Business with E-Magnify's Help| HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: Caricatures at Robinson Mall| Peoples Gas Holiday Market| Santa's House| Black Friday Downtwon| Holly Trolleys | Arcade Comedy Theater for Kids| Pittsburgh International Children's Theater | Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides | Pittsburgh Holiday Parade|

 

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Sigmas Conference & Event Center to Host Benefit for Hair Peace Charities
Benefits Local Women and Girls Fighting Cancer

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 28, 2014 -- On December 4, 2014, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sigmas Conference & Event Center (www.sigmasconference.com) will host a special shopping event to benefit Pittsburgh's Hair Peace Charities (www.hairpeace.org). This event will raise money for women and girls to purchase wigs while in chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Sigmas Conference & Event Center is located at 1717 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15209.

 We expect about 30 vendors to be on hand to provide a stress-free shopping experience in a welcoming atmosphere, said Sharon Gregory, Owner of Sigmas Conference & Event Center. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, free gift wrapping, free parking, food delicacies from vendors, DJ entertainment, hand massages and the opportunity to win prizes.

During chemotherapy, it's important to try to look normal for working women, mothers and girls in school, but doing so can be a financial hardship, considering the co-pays and loss of work while in treatment. That's one reason I started Hair Peace Charities -- to pay for wigs for them, said Bonny Diver, Founder of Hair Peace Charities. "As a breast-cancer survivor myself, I decided I wanted to be a resource for those going down that same road."

The cost to attend this fun event for a great cause is only $5, and all ticket proceeds will be donated to Hair Peace Charities. Guests are asked to reserve their tickets by Dec. 1, by calling 412-821-2530, by emailing s.gregory@sigmasconference.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PurchaseforPurpose.

Sigmas Conference and Event Center is a truly unique venue that offers unsurpassed amenities for social and corporate events that are sure to result in satisfaction for their guests. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, PA, the center's retreat-like, distraction-free environment facilitates productivity for business meetings, trainings and team-building events. Its warm and welcoming atmosphere is ideal for banquets and social events. And there is plenty of free parking with easy access from all areas in Western Pennsylvania.
Hair Peace Charities raises money to help women and girls buy wigs while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for any type of cancer. Hair Peace Charities also fights cancer with educational support groups and faith. Hair Peace Charities is Hair, Prayer, Care.

 

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Join us this morning as Stephanie Oliver of Oliver Events, event planner for 7th Annual NAWBO Day tells about the upcoming full day conference this Friday and also the evening reception the night before to meet Ellen Rohr, nationally known Business Makeover Expert who will be the keynote with topic: "How to Build a Profitable Business in a Weekend." Also hear about six other huge business panels to teach your business more profitable and how you can get a full week for four condo time share in Orlando by coming to the event and loads of other great perks.

 

Publish Date: 11-12-2014 19:34:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 11-01-14
Duquesne Technology Conference
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show HERE

Today's Guests:
Christine Hughes
Training Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Duquesne University
Dan Droz
President, Droz Marketing


Christine Hughes
Training Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Duquesne University
Christine Hughes has worked for the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the past 20 years.   She spent the first 13 years as a business consultant, assisting over 1,000 entrepreneurs in areas such as business planning, marketing and general business management.  Presentations include, Writing a Business Plan , Growing Your Business , Low Cost Marketing Ideas and The First Step:  Business Start-up Essentials .  Currently, Christine is the Training Manager and is responsible for creating, developing and marketing all of the workshops and conferences at the SBDC.  

She received her MBA from Duquesne University in 1993.  Previously, she held a Contract Administrator's position at the Department of Energy and worked for a family-owned moving and storage business.

Talking Points:
9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014  |  8:30 AM- 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University, 4th Floor Student Union


This year's event includes breakfast, lunch, a tradeshow and workshops on:
E-Commerce
Social Media
E-Mail
Marketing with Technology
Software
Search Engine Optimization

9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014  |  8:30 AM- 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University, 4th Floor Student Union
8:30 AM  Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome and Discussion Panel - Technology Think Tank
Are Your Technology Assets Delivering on the Strategies of Your Organization?
Sue McMurdy, Endeavor Management
How Close Are You to a Diaster? - Keeping Your Data Safe
 Jay Markey, Green Seven Technologies

How Bright is Your Company's Future? Tecj Tools to Ensure Sustainability
Indigo Raffel, CCI

10:00 AM  Breakout Session 1 Workshops
Promote. Engage. Sell: The Anatomy of a Powerful Digital Marketing Campaign
Online and mobile channels have given business owners more opportunities than ever to connect with customers, build a reputation as an expert and, of course, increase sales.   Get a step-by-step plan for conquering the digital frontier for more reach, impact and profits.
Speaker: Daniel Caliguire, Digital Buzz Monkeys

How to Build, Manage & Promote Your Own Do-It-Yourself Website  
Do you need or website or want to get bigger returns on your existing site, join us for a comprehensive guide to the DIY website. Topics include website development, costs, templates, hosting services, domain name registration, databases, analytics, design and images.  Learn how to build and promote a website that is strategically built to drive growth.  
Speaker: Joe Polk, Thirteen Ball

Emerging Trends in Telecommunications
Telecommunications can help small businesses connect with clients and customers, lower operating costs, improve productivity and stand out from the competition. Discover the emerging trends in telecomm, from mobile business and payment solutions, cloud services, smart phone advancements and wireless networking and learn what new technologies can make a tremendous impact on your business.
Speakers: GeorgeAnne Muchnok, Opticom Consulting
                William Stunkel, Stunkel Tax & Accounting, PC

11:25 AM  Breakout Session 2 Workshops
Lessons In LinkedIn: How to Leverage Today's Lead Generation Powerhouse
With over 238 users around the globe, LinkedIn is holding steady as the #1 social networking site for professionals and is undisputed as serious lead generator. Learn ways you can use LinkedIn to grow your business, make important connections and leverage the site's best new features for connecting, sharing and growing.
Speakers: Shawn Graham, Small Business Marketing Consultant
                 Scott Imblum, Pump Peelz

Compel & Sell: Content & Calls to Action That Get Results
Want to get bigger returns from your social media, SEO, advertising and email marketing? When it comes to compelling prospects to take action, whether it's making a purchase or recommending your service, there are a few tricks of the trade. Join us for tips, techniques and best practices for attracting, converting and transforming prospects into customers, maintaining a great online reputation and encouraging word-of-mouth advertising by turning your customers into your biggest fans and best marketers.
Speaker: Dan Droz, Droz & Associates

Great Google Tools to Grow, Connect, Organize & Sell
Google is so much more than a search engine, it's a virtual treasure trove of tools that can help you connect with customers, promote your content, build a loyal fan base, grow profits &  improve efficiency. Learn what solutions are delivering big returns for businesses of every size.
Speakers: Chris Vendilli, ProFromGo Internet Marketing
                Benjamin Rosenthal, Gap Up Internet Marketing

12:45 PM  Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Novel Ways You will be Connecting to Our World in the next Five to Ten Years Through Mobile Devices, Gaming and Computers 
Speaker: Anind Dey, Director, Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University 

2:00 PM Tech Demonstrations & Tradeshow

3:15 PM Breakout Session 3 Workshops
High-Impact Email Marketing: Best Practices & Winning Strategies
Social media may get all the buzz, but email is still growing and remains one of the most powerful tools in your marketing arsenal. But email trends, user preferences and best practices are changing. Join us for a look at the latest developments and trends in newsletters and email offers, subject lines, open rates, analytics, images, social media and customer engagement practices so you can better results from your email outreach. 
Speakers: Autumn Edminston, Edminston Group
                Stephen Wayhart, Brandmill

A 15-Step Guide to Getting More Traffic to Your Website with SEO
With over 3.5 billion internet searches every day, how do you get your website ranked by search engines so the people looking for your solutions find you? The answer is SEO and when it comes to driving traffic to your website, there is no equal.  Learn some simple changes you can make to your website that will help you climb the ranks to page one--the web's most valuable real estate. Topics include optimization, blogs, images and video, meta tags, fresh content, responsive design and keyword research.
Speakers: Jasmine Davis, Community Elf
                 Mark Spatz, Community Elf

Show Me, Don't Tell Me: The Power of Images & Video to Grow Your Business
Image-centric marketing is the breakout trend for businesses with platforms like Pinterest, Vine & Instagram, as well as veteran YouTube, growing rapidly. Why? Companies that market with images beat competitors that don't every time. Images boost engagement, enhance the impact of great copy, increase web traffic and lead generation and build brands.  Have you developed a visual marketing strategy? Learn how to find images and use them for a competitive advantage.
Speakers: Neal Rabogliatti, Catalyst Connection
                 Bob Hoolahan, All Water Systems

Registration HERE for only $119.

Entrepreneur Tip:
Register now and attend the PA Business Technology Conference.  It will equip your company with the information needed to make smart technology decisions that will enhance your profitability, productivity and market adaptability.

Contact:
Duquesne University
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
sbdc.duq.edu
108 Rockwell Hall 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103
(412) 396-6233  |  duqsbdc@duq.edu
Twitter: @DUSBDC  |  Facebook: Duquesne University SBDC


Dan Droz
President, Droz Marketing
Dan Droz is president of Droz Marketing, and taught marketing and planning at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded the nation's first university program in Multidisciplinary Product Development. He is the recipient of 15 Marketer of the Year awards granted by the American Marketing Association, more than any marketer in America, including Grand Marketer of the Year in 2012. In 1996, Dan was recognized as one of 7 outstanding alumni of Harvard University at the 25th Anniversary of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts for his contribution to design education. Dan is also an active entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded over 10 new businesses in technology, manufacturing and retail during his 35-year career. His latest book, "Click Here," available from Amazon and as a free download to listeners of Positively Pittsburgh, details the ways that businesses can attract, convert and monetize online customers.

Droz Marketing is one of our region's leading marketing firms, helping businesses differentiate themselves from their competitors and attract and convert customers with strategic branding, marketing communications design, website development and social media.

Talking Points:
  • We help companies differentiate themselves and better communicate their value to prospects, customers and referral sources. One of the uniqueness of our process is our focus on conversion, ie, getting prospects and customers to take some specific and measurable action so you can actually see and measure the success of our programs. 
  • At the Duquesne Technology Conference I will do a presentation on how to attract and convert online customers called The Title of the Session is: Compel & Sell: Content & Calls to Action That Get Results. It's about how the "ACT" formula, Attracting, Converting and Transforming visitors into customers through your social media, SEO, advertising and email marketing. To do that, we'll cover the 5 basic "C's" of getting business online: Content, Community, Commerce, Context and CTA which stands for "Call to Action." 
  • Although all of the C's...(Content, Community, Commerce, Context and CTA) are important, probably the most important ones for almost every business are the first and last "C" in this list: Content and Call to Action.
  • Content is the fuel of online traffic. It's what attracts people to your site. It's what engages them. It's what's on your pages, in your blogs, on your social media posts. It's everything you say that is valuable and meaningful. We'll cover what makes content magnetic and particularly, how to structure your online content so it can get distributed to as many points on the internet as possible.
  • The Last "C," is probably the most important of all: The CALL To ACTION, ie, what is it that you want someone to do...and how you frame it so you can get them take that action. An offer is a good way to get people to take an action. for Example: when I say, I'll give everyone a free book on how to attract and convert customers if you go to my website, drozmarketing.com.... I'm suggesting a specific action for them to take and an 'offer' or "prompt" to activate that action.
      Entrepreneur Tip:
      The most important thing in online marketing is outbound marketing, ie, when you have opt-in permission to send information to a prospects or customers email address. this is where content comes in. if it's not good content, no one will want it or read. But if the content is good, you create great awareness and converstion. Of course, you've got to the email address, which is the most important conversion in online marketing.

      There are literally hundreds of great suggestions, strategies and tactics in our book, "Click Here" that
      your listeners can download on our website, www.drozmarketing.com. Also, we'll be giving some great examples of how to apply these principles in our seminar at The Duquesne Technology Conference on Nov. 13. Our seminar is at 11:25 with lunch right after the seminar, so it's a great deal and a great day.  And, after you've read the book, "Click Here," I'm interested in your feedback and any tips. You can reach me at ddroz@droz.com or through our drozmarketing.com website.

      Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
      1 -   Use my secret discount code PBTC99 to receive a special discount on the entry fee of the 9th Annual Duquesne Technology Conference.
      2 -  FREE ebook, "Click Here:" How to Attract, Convert and Transform online visitors into customers. The offer runs until Monday. Make sure you let us know you heard about it on Positively PittsburghLive.


      Contact:
      Droz Marketing
      DrozMarketing.com
      4916 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
      412-338-1818  |  ddroz@droz.com
      Facebook: Droz Marketing
      Twitter: @DanDroz  |  YouTube: DrozKnows
      LinkedIn: Droz and Associates  |  LinkedIn: Dan Droz


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

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

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

      Listen to the show HERE

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

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


       

      Publish Date: 11-10-2014 17:31:00
       

      Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 10-13-14
      Clemente, Cirque Holidaze, The Capitol Steps
      Listen to the show online HERE

      PPL Co-Host
      JoAnn R.  Forrester, Author
      Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester. She was a founder and or partner in lots of businesses.  She worked very hard for her clients, some large some small.  She raised lots of money to help her clients start and build their businesses.   She raised OVER $40 million dollars.  She taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students. She helped write business workbooks on planning, sales and cost analysis.

      JoAnn won many awards for her accomplishments.  She helped  many of her clients gain national recognition for their achievements.  She even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, and Prosper.

       JoAnn was well known for her community activities, and had helped many organizations that served women and children.  But something was missing! JoAnn started to become sad and bored. п Œ  She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients¦.she wanted to do something that was fun, creative and made her happy.  п Š

      After much sighing and stressful days, she woke up and felt inspired to set down at her desk and figure out what else she could do to besides serious business stuff .  Well she sat and wrote, and sat and wrote some more¦.and Oh My she discovered that she loved to write and had lots of stories in her head.  Many of them children's stories that had been waiting to be told for a long time.  And the more she wrote the stories ¦.the happier she was.   So now JoAnn writes is much happier.  She still helps her business clients but she knows she can always pick up the pen and escape into her special happy place.

      JoAnn's first children's book, The Gift of Holiday Valley is one that she has carried in her heart for a long time and now is being shared with you.  Come and read about Holiday Valley.  A special place where we would all like to be.  Where no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from, you belong and everyone wants to be your friend and help you.  Although¦even in a perfect place like Holiday Valley¦ there are some new things to learn and different ways to be helpful and share the joy and happiness of everyone there.

      WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
      Military Writer's Society of America Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
      Cullinery Dropout in Scottsdale, Arizona
      Hershey Writer's Conference presented by Onward Publications
      Fenicci's of Hershey, Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, and Macbeth at PICT

      POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
      The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards  |  WIN's Professional Development Day 2014  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day

      CULTURAL CLUES
      World Premiere of ˜21,' a Musical About Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente  |  PSO Pops: Heroes and Villains  |  Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass  |  Calliope Presents The Duhks  |  All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING  |  Cirque Dreams Holidaze  |  SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody  |  The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe

      KIDZ KORNER
      PSO Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival  |  Spotlight on Choristers

      WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
      Night Out with the Women on City Council  |  Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!  |  9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create  |  Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags

      BUSINESS BUZZ
      Environmental Health & Safety Award Given to TekSolv at Shale Insight 2014  |  Coffee With

      NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
      Global Links Mingle + Learn  |  8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch  |  National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA and GOSPEL IDOL Benefiting CORE

      NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
      Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week  |  WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water

      POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS
      Anthony Jeselnik  |  Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer  |  Author Zone Finalists

      ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
      PPT's The Glass Menagerie  |  PICT's Macbeth  |  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet


      POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

      The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards
      October 16, 2014  |  5:30 - 9:15 PM  |  Rivers Club

      5:30 until 6 will be registration and networking
      Dinner will be available in the form of grazing stations at 6
      The program will be begin at 7 with a short welcome from Anna Marie Petrarca Gire and Yvonne Phillips.

      Featured Speakers:
      Jay Speyerer will give a short presentation on writing to a specific audience
      Gina Mazza will discuss how identify a good editor
      Bonita Penn will talk about how to market your book

      Awards will be presented in between each speaker and KDKA's Dave Crawley will speak during the awards presentation and then more networking to wrap up a wonderful evening.

      Finalists for the awards will be posted on the web site the first week in October.

      Tickets are available for guests, they are $49 and if you want, include a vendor table. If you submitted your book, your ticket was included in your submission fee.

      Reserve a guest reservation  HERE.  For more information contact  info@theauthorszone.com or visit www.theauthorszone.com.


      Women's Interactive Network Signature Event
      Professional Development Day 2014
      Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd


      The 2014 annual Professional Development Day will be filled with an amazing group of women that will share their knowledge, expertise and energy.  Breakfast & Lunch +6 Amazing Speakers!

      Be The Change!  A Day Filled With How To's
      Intellectual Property 101
      By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC

      Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner
      By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber

      My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley
      By JoAnn Forrester

      The Benefits of Intentional Self Care
      By Jacqueline Algaier and Psychologist Lori Rothschild

      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

      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.
      WIN-Pittsburgh Members   $35.00  |  Members Only Vendor Table   $50.00  |  Non-Member   $55.00

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


      7th Annual NAWBO Day
      November 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
      Learn how to be HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE in Business!
      Invest just $99.00 in your business future! Guaranteed results!

      Free Promo Goodies for you too, like business and personal gifts, technology prizes, door prizes and more!

      Keynote speaker Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., will teach the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family's business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money¦and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.  She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing in the trenches insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.

      Plus info packed panels on:
      • Creative Financing for Your Business
      • Tech Tools for Maximum Productivity
      • Podcasting (internet radio) to Increase Your Brand Visibility & Get Clients
      • Healthy Options to Keep You Strong & Vibrant While You Work 
      • And Much More!
      Also enjoy a great networking party the evening before with the speakers and also a post NAWBO Day reception with other guests and speakers!

      TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL  -  Just $89.00 BEFORE October 31, 2014

      Register and find more information at NawboGreaterPittsburgh.org


      CULTURAL CLUES

      Conservatory Theatre Company Opens 2014-2015 Season with World Premiere of ˜21,' a Musical about Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente
      Oct. 17-26, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse
      Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will begin the 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of 21, a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Written by Pittsburgh native Alki Steriopoulos and directed by seasoned Broadway actor Richard Sabellico,

      21 tells the compelling story of the unparalleled life and death of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, as well as the three women who were instrumental in making Clemente the man he was his mother, Dona Luisa, his wife, Vera, and his doting sister, Anairis.

       21 runs Oct. 17-26 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Preview will be Thursday, Oct. 16. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

      Tickets range from $18 to $20, and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.


      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops: Heroes and Villains 
      Oct. 17-19, 2014  |  Heinz Hall

      Fly to Heinz Hall as the battle between good and evil begins! Armed with epic music from stage and screen, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lucas Richman, guest vocalist Sheena Easton and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale (Christine Hestwood, director) will once more save the day with notes that fly faster than a speeding bullet.

      For more information visit PittsburghSymphony.org
                                       

      Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
      Dec. 10, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall 
      Take a trip back in time this holiday season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and leading Renaissance vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  The Tallis Scholars recently completed a very successful world tour with 99 events in 80 different venues throughout 16 countries. In December, they return to Heinz Hall to fill it with a variety of inspiring music for the Christmas season, including another outstanding performance of Allegri's Miserere. This concert also brings a special present to audiences ” for the first time ever, the Tallis Scholars will close the concert in a shared performance of a newly commissioned work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, who also will perform selections from their Christmas albums with the virtuosic flare for which they are known.


      The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013, the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They kicked off the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul's Cathedral, London, including a performance of Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet Spem in alium and the world premieres of works written specially for them by Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. Their new recording of the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas by the 16th Century Tudor composer, John Taverner, was released on the exact anniversary of their first concert in 1973 and enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.

      For more information click HERE


      Calliope Presents The Duhks
      Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
      No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

      On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we've learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible. Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.  Tickets are  $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting www.calliopehouse.org.


      All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING Brings Their Unique Celtic Roots Sound to Calliope's Roots Cellar Series
      Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  The Roots Cellar at The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts
      Join Boston-based quartet Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals.  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's Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and 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. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese's Acoustic Project, and Carlos NГºГ±ez.

      Calliope Concerts at The Roots Cellar is one of Pittsburgh PA's most charming and versatile performance venues setting the stage for unforgettable live music.  Calliope Concerts are 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, low-top and couch seating. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).  Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting www.calliopehouse.org.


      Cirque Dreams Holidaze
      December 29 and 30, 2014  |  Benedum Center
      BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... if pure entertainment and an abundance of eye candy are on your holiday wish list, Cirque Dreams Holidaze should fill your Christmas stocking raved the Pittsburgh-Tribune. Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns with a bigger and more elaborate holiday stage spectacular that is a cirque show... Broadway musical... and family show all in one!

      Not to be missed before opening in New York next year! With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the holiday season to new heights!  Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

      For more information click HERE


      Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody
      October 17-18, 2014  |  8:00 PM  |  Byham Theater
      SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises!

      Since its premiere in October of 2012, SPANK! has become a huge box office hit with tour dates in over 150 cities across the United States and Canada.  Watch SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody - Trailer by Michael Mills: HERE

      SPANK! takes place at the Byham Theater on October 17 and 18. All performances are at 8:00 p.m.
      This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($35.50, $45.50) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930 or email groupsales@TrustArts.org.
      Audience members can partake in pre-show drinks at the theater's concession stands located in the lobby, including a specialty SPANK! cocktail (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) and, after the show, can pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself.

      For more information visit www.TrustArts.org.


      Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe to Appear in Pittsburgh
      Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014  |  4 PM  |  Byham Theater
      The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C. based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers, will present a show based on songs from their current album How to Succeed In Congress Without Really Lying on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater.  Tickets cost $20 - $45.

      For over thirty years, The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, D.C. institution providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our nation's capital.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981, when John McCain was only 63 years old!  Since then, they have appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, CBS Evening News and for many years in specials for National Public Radio. We put the MOCK in Democracy!  М¶  The Capitol Steps

      Their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs about everything in the news, such as Putin on a Blitz, The Big Benghazi Theory, and Everybody Must Get Droned.  If you've ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Nancy Pelosi sing a rock song, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie do a classical ballet, this might just be the show for you!

      For more information visit www.TrustArts.org.


      KIDZ KORNER

      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival
      Oct. 18, 2014  |  11:15 AM  |  Heinz Hall
      The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the fun of Halloween are some of the reasons that Fiddlesticks thinks fall is a great time of year!  Delight in the sounds of Night on Bald Mountain, thrill to Harry's Wondrous World and other music inspired by fall.  Discovery Time Adventures begin at 10 a.m.
      Tickets cost $12.00-22.25.

      For more information call 412-392-4900 or visit pittsburghsymphony.org.


      Spotlight on Choristers
      What started out as a small choral group providing support for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's inaugural performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 has become a nationally recognized children's choral ensemble. The Children's Festival Chorus is moving into a new era after the recent celebration of its 30th anniversary. The organization is seeking a new artistic director with the retirement of its creative leader, Christine Jordanoff. And what better time to start fresh with a new name and logo? We will keep our eyes open to see what changes come to fruition for the Children's Festival Chorus, while continuing to enjoy the long-standing tradition of choral excellence that this group embodies.

      We were so proud to sing the National Anthem last month at the Pittsburgh Penguins Game. The crowd was enormous but thanks to Shawn Funk the kids weren't nervous at all; excited, but poised.
      Please enjoy these impromptu photos from that memorable day. There are also interviews with a few of our Bel Canto Choristers as well as some candid moments we happen to capture.


      For more information visit cfc-pgh.org.


      WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

      Night Out with the Women on City Council
      Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Mellon Board Room
      Please join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by remarks from Pittsburgh's four City Councilwomen about their experience on the campaign trail and in office.  Ticket Cost: $12; please bring an ID Non-alcoholic beverages will be available to guests under 21 years of age.

      Deb Gross serves as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she represents Pittsburgh City Council District 7. Deb was elected on November 5th, 2013, and was sworn-in on December 6th, 2013. Deb is a lifelong  community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser.  Deb is involved with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred's Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Deb's background in community advocacy also includes having started a business Pecolater, a business whose purpose was to help community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties within Pittsburgh's business community.

      Life-long Northside resident Councilwoman Darlene Harris has served Council District 1 since special election in November 2006, but has served the people of Pittsburgh for more than three decades as a community advocate.Mrs. Harris has worked with Spring Hill Civic League for more than 20 years, serving as President of the organization and as a founding member of the North Side Leadership Conference. She helped create the North Side Public Safety Council and has served statewide on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

      Councilwoman Theresa Kail- Smith was elected as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing the neighborhoods of District 2 since February of 2009.She was appointed as chairperson of Public Works and is serving as Council President Pro Tempore. She became involved with and worked at a host of nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, formerly known as Wireless Neighborhoods and local Athletic Associations, Community Groups just to name a few. She has nearly three decades of volunteerism. Through her extensive volunteerism, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.

      Councilmember Natalia Rudiak represents Pittsburgh's fourth district on City Council, covering the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, a portion of Mount Washington. On November 3, 2009, Natalia was elected to City Council and she was re-elected on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014. Natalia's professional experience is in management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a state-wide information technology system. She has also done press work for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and worked for a public health organization in New York promoting safe and healthy motherhood. Born and raised in South Pittsburgh, she graduated from Carrick High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Management.

      For more information click HERE.


      Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!
      Friday, Oct. 17, 2014  |  6 -11 PM   |  $30.00  |  Cash Bar  |  Free Parking
      Doubletree by Hilton, Pittsburgh-Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Boulevard Monroeville

      Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) is an awareness, education and prevention program. WAARs mission is to Break the Cycle of violence in intimate partner relationships and to help survivors of  domestic and sexual violence heal.

      Come sip fun cocktails, enjoy Hot & Cold Hors D' Oeuvres, Desserts, Dancing to Blackwell Soundz, Card PartyBid Whist, Spades, etc.

      All event proceeds go toward our programs: Healing Space, Healthy Teens Task Force Service Providers & Employer Training.

      For more information visit WAAR's Facebook Page.


      9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create
      Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 2014  |  4:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
      Think Big Speakers:
      Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
      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.

      Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot
      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.

      Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
      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 incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful.

      To register and for more information visit Chatham.edu/cwe/events/thinkbig/


      Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business
      Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014  |  5 - 8 PM  |  The Gateway Clipper
      $20 Suggested Donation to Benefit the United Way of Allegheny County

      5:00 p.m. Registration begins
      6 p.m. Welcome and Honoree Recognition
      6-7 p.m. Boat cruise
      6:15 - 8 p.m. Networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres

      There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required.  Please register only if you are confident that you can attend.

      To register or for more information, visit pittsburghmagazine.com/wib.


      7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags
      Nov. 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
      "NAWBO - Give NAWBO Day Attendees Some S.W.A.G. -- For 20 Bucks Get in the Bag!"

      NAWBO Day on Friday November 21, 2014 will be NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh's most GINORMOUS Business Event of the Year.  The FIRST 100 People through the door on November 21 will get a NAWBO Business S.W.A.G. Bag Filled with goodies from Business Owners Like YOU!

      Don't miss this opportunity to get your Business in the Bag! Get your brand in front of 100 savvy business women  who need your service or product.  Great Opportunity to advertise network marketing, website, home business, or upcoming sale!

      Want to Get in the Bag?  GREAT! Simply get 100 items to us by November 10th along with $20 Bucks (Cash or Money Order).  Make money orders out to "NAWBO Pittsburgh"

      We will place 1 of your items in each of the 100 bags.  The first 100 Attendees through the door at our NAWBO Day event on Friday, Nov 21st will get a bag!

      2 Drop off Locations:
      On Saturday, November 1st, items can be dropped off at:
      SIGMAS Conference and Event Center from 10AM to 1PM
      1717 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
      (NAWBO will be having a Health Panel Event that day)
      If you cannot drop your items off on Nov 1st, you can also drop your items off now up until Nov 11th at:
      THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY SPA
      2015 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Located in Squirrel Hill
      Owner Leslie Askerneese will give all who drop of their items for the bag a Complimentary Rejuvenation Chair Massage that day! So please call Leslie to set up time for drop off Phone: (412) 421-7100  (closed on Mondays)
      Remember, the best type of S.W.A.G. is the type that provides value.  Questions? Call Donna Baxter at 412.251.8000 Or Terina J. Hicks at 412.584.2105 or email president@nawbogreaterpittsburgh.org.

      For more information click HERE


      BUSINESS BUZZ

      Winner of Environmental Health & Safety Award Announced at Shale Insight 2014
      Ben Franklin's Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center announced their 2nd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014„c Technology Showcase event. The Technology Showcase, sponsored by the SGICC, is the highlight of the Marcellus Shale Coalition's SHALE INSIGHT 2014„c Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference.

      The 2014 Shale Gas EH&S Award was presented to TekSolv for their development of a commercially available gas detection sensor system. Pictured here: John Mouser, President of TekSolv and Amye McDearmon, TekSolv Marketing & Communications Manager and Bill Hall, SGICC Director. The TekNet„c Gas Detection System effectively identifies explosive buildup of dangerous gases during the drilling and fracking process.

      Read more about these leaders in business HERE.


      Coffee With
      Have a cup of coffee with us!  Now streaming on CBS Local!   Watch our most recent interview with Rabih Helou! We discuss shared office space - the Beauty Shoppe.

      COFFEE WITH  gives leaders an informal outlet to discuss their thoughts and feelings about issues concerning our community today. Jobs, economy, growth and ease of opening a business are topics along with their favorite ride at Kennywood¦and of course¦how they take their coffee. Produced by Building Bridges for Business in conjunction with Lockerman Studios. The interview questions are crowd sourced on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

      Coffee With¦„c , is hosted by Christopher R. Evans. Evans is an award-winning executive with extensive experience with both bootstrap start-ups and Fortune 1000s in strategy, branding, marketing and business development. Evans is Vice President of Sales for Savvior Technology Solutions, a firm which helps industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce, Dicks Sporting Goods and Schneider Downs run more smoothly through the design and development of custom web, mobile, and software programs, and the integration and creation of custom enterprise applications.

      Creative Director/Lead DP/Lead Editor, Christian Lockerman, has traveled the world creating compelling moving images for a variety of television shows and feature films, both narrative and documentary.  He has lensed promo spots for such corporate giants as ATI Specialty Steel, Maybelline New York, Garnier, FoxSports, Versus, Liberty Power and OLN.  Recently, he has been directing a cinematography workshop for the graduate students of Carnegie Mellon University during their final television project each spring and has also been appointed to a visiting artist position in cinematography at Point Park University for 2014-2015.




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      PositivelyPittsburghLive! Burgh Biz Showcase 10-11-14
      PR, Google Tours, and Dentistry
      On the newest episode of the Burgh Biz Showcase small business owners and entrepreneurs share their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche, and offer special deals for only PositivelyPittsburghLive listeners.

      This episodes guests sponsored by Higher Images, Inc.:
      Bryan C. King DMD MDS
      Orthodontist and President, King Orthodontics
      Chris Reidenbaugh
      Google Maps Business View Photographer, Higher Images, Inc.
      Marty Mundy
      Event Producer, Entertainment Unlimited
       Michelle Emanuele
      Public Relations Specialist, Higher Images, Inc.

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


      Professional Limousine Service (PLS) is Pittsburgh's most trusted transportation company and known for its beautiful fleet of limousines and professional drivers. We have packages available for any occasion or we will make one specifically for you. With our signature "white-glove" treatment, PLS will make any occasion more special and more memorable. Book your reservation today and leave the driving to us. Receive V.I.P. treatment and Arrive in Style with PLS.

      Whether it is a Christmas light tour, wedding, prom, or corporate event
      book our newest luxury limo bus now to make your special event spectacular!

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      Dean Quinn, Groom, September 2014


      For more information, call (800)292-2525 or visit www.plslimo.com.


      NON-PROFIT EVENTS
      SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
      Global Links Mingle + Learn
      Tuesday, October 16, 2014  |  6:30 PM
      A smarter happy hour that engages and educates. Join us for wine, cheese and great conversation.

      This week's speaker: Dr. Jim Withers, Operation Safety Net and International Street Medicine

      Join us for a viewing of the short documentary, One Bridge to the Next, that chronicles Dr. Withers' efforts to bring healthcare to the homeless.  Following the documentary, Dr. Withers will discuss the impact that the Street Medicine Institute is having in cities worldwide and how he works toward his vision of providing compassionate care for the world's homeless.

      In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh's unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born.

      Tuesday Tours @ Global Links: Join us at 11:00 am on the first Tuesday of each month for an inside look at our facility. See our volunteers in action and learn about our local and global health improvement projects.  Future Tour dates:  November 4, December 2

      For more information visit GlobalLinks.org


      8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch 
      Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  |  7 - 11 PM  |  Latitude 360
      The annual benefit continues to support our reading & computer literacy programs.  We are excited to announce, proceeds will also benefit the creation of a new STEAM lab!
      Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!

      It's time once again to see who will have bragging rights for the year!  It's time for my 8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch fundraiser.  Click here to find out more about attending the event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in our commemorative program or donating to our amazing auction.

      Our passion at the foundation is to help unlock the potential in youth of financially challenged communities by providing resources for both students and families, educating and empowering them to give their best efforts in all they do but most of all encouraging them to be the "best of the batch in life.

      Join Latasha and I as the "Stars Align for Literacy" and we host the 8th Annualfundraiser. The night will be filled with some friendly competition in ping-pong, pool, poker, and bowling, a great auction and MORE - as we host my teammates and other celebrities.  All of the proceeds raised from In the Pocket will help Best of the Batch Foundation create a STEAM lab and continue to support reading & computer literacy programs.

      Visit BatchFoundation.org to get event and ticket info.


      National Donor Sabbath Celebration Benefiting Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

      From:  Our Friends at Soul Pitt
      ~ Presents 2 Upcoming Events ~
      STEP AFRIKA! | October 25
      GOSPEL IDOL | November 9

      Steppin' Into National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA!
      Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM
      @ University of Pittsburgh Campus, Scaife Hall
      3550 Terrace Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      Step Afrika! is FREE and open to the public.


      GOSPEL IDOL
      Sunday, November 9, 2014  |  3 p.m.

      @ WVSU Capitol Center Theater
      123 Summers Street | Charleston, WV 25301
      Judges will choose 10 contestants to go to the final round.
      Top 10 contestants will perform at the event.

      For registration and audition rules,
      visit www.core.org
      All submissions must be post-marked
      by Friday, October 10, 2014.

      For more information or questions, contact
      Lisa Upsher at lupsher@core.org
      or 1.800.366.6777




      NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

      Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week
      Pittsburgh's inaugural Specialty Coffee Week couldn't be happening at a more opportune time; the number of coffee shops and quality of coffee have been steadily increasing, as many shops ride the now-dubbed third wave of coffee happening around the country. Direct or fair-trade beans, single-origin coffee, multiple brewing options (french press, chemex, cold brew), and impressive latte art are a few things you can expect to find in Pittsburgh coffee shops.

      Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week is a chance for coffee connoisseurs and novices to come together for a week of fun and informative events. Coffee professionals will have a space in which to share skills and information, leading to an increased excitement and care for the work of specialty coffee. Coffee patrons can develop their knowledge of roasting and brewing practices, while discovering the unique styles and flavors that each shop has to offer.

      All Week
      Be one of the first 250 people to visit any of our participating shops [After October 12th] and pick up a limited-edition PGH Specialty Coffee Week punch card. Each shop is offering a unique deal to customers carrying the card during coffee week! Use this opportunity to explore new shops and try new drinks.

      Monday, October 13th - Espresso Tasting at Voluto Coffee, 7-9pm
      $5 Entry [Gets you espresso and access to retail priced beans & equipment]
      Your entry fee also gets you 2 raffle tickets towards winning an Encore Grinder.  Additional tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

      Tuesday, October 14th - Comparative Coffee Tasting at 21st Street Coffee, 6:30 8pm
      Two different coffees each prepared as- an espresso, filter coffee, and cold brew.
      Cold brew floats & affogatos!

      Wednesday, October 15th - Happy (Hour) Anniversary Party at Constellation Coffee, 4-6pm
      Drinks* and food from their regular menu will be available for purchase as you help Constellation ring in their second year of business.
      *Drinks will be available with an optional happy-hour twist!

      Thursday, October 16th - Latte Art Throwdown at Voluto Coffee, 7 8:30pm
      Free to observe! Come and enjoy the competition along with complimentary drinks and snacks!
      $5 Entry for competitors. Winners will be awarded prizes of the cash and brewing equipment variety.

      Friday, October 17th - Cold Brew Cocktail Demonstration & Sampling with Caffe d'Amore at Marty's, 3 6pm
      Caffe D'Amore at Marty's Market will provide instruction in coffee + booze libation. Come and learn to make (and taste!) cocktails using cold brew coffee. Light food.
      While you're there, enter to win a Hario Cold Process Dripper. Tickets on sale for $1 ea. or $5 for 7.

      Saturday, October 18th - Brunch at Orbis Caffe, 10am 2pm
      Coffee-themed and coffee-complimentary dishes will be served. Free espresso for those holding a coffee punch-card!

      Saturday, October 18th - Home Brewing Methods at Tazza D'oro Caffe, 4 5:30pm
      Sample coffee made with various methods: Aeropress, French Press, Chemex, & Pour Over.
      After learning how to use them, enter to win a Chemex Kone Filter or a Aeropress Coffee Maker.  Raffle tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

      Saturday, October 18th - Wrap Party at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, 6 8pm
      Traditional whiskey drinks along with Irish Coffee will be available to purchase.
      Enjoy free live music by Road Runner as you sip and discuss your favorite PGH Specialty Coffee Week event!

      For more information visit pghCoffeeWeek.com


      WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water
      Premieres, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

      ALCOSAN PITTSBURGH FROM THE WATER WAYS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!  THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THE HOMETOWN TRILOGY THAT INCLUDESPITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR AND PITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR II

      Filmed over four seasons, Pittsburgh From the Water is WQED's exciting, new documentary showcasing the waters of western Pennsylvania. From the spectacular point in Downtown Pittsburgh, to picturesque lakes and sleepy streams in outlying counties, Pittsburgh from the Water spotlights the beauty, work and play associated with our waterways. Premiering on Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV, Pittsburgh From the Water provides a unique perspective of dozens of local waterways from locations such as:

      Allegheny County
      · Allegheny River
      · Monongahela River
      · Ohio River

      Beaver County
      · Buttermilk Falls
      · Ohio River
      · Raccoon Creek State Park

      Butler County
      · Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park)

      Fayette County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Jacobs Creek
      · Monongahela River
      · Youghiogheny River (Ohiopyle)

      Indiana County
      · Conemaugh River Lake Dam

      Lawrence County
      · McConnells Mill State Park
      · Neshannock Creek
      · Strawberry Fields Quarry

      Somerset County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Casselman River
      · Clear Shade Creek
      · Youghiogheny River Lake & Dam

      Washington County
      · Monongahela River
      · Peters Lake Park

      Westmoreland County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Keystone State Park

      For more information click HERE


      POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

      Comedy Central Star Anthony Jeslenik
      Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
      Anthony Jeselnik is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tulane University. Anthony is a stand-up comedian, most famous for THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN, as well as THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which he starred in and crated, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Anthony has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central's Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim.

      For more information click HERE


      Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer
      Acoustic In The Grille: Anissa Clay--14 years old
      Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |   5:30 - 8:30 PM  |  360 Grille 
      Author, songwriter, performer.  Has written a great novel soon to be published.
      Anissa Clay is a 14 year old up and coming singer, songwriter and author. Anissa has a performance at Latitude 40 on October 18th from 5:30 to 8:30.  She will be performing an acoustic set consisting of country and pop music.


      Author Zone Finalists
      Children's Books
      "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" by Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulkner
      "The Gift of Holiday Valley" by JoAnn Forrester

      Historical Fiction
      "The Kansas NCO" by Joe Campolo
      "Windshift" by Joyce Faulkner

      Historical Nonfiction
      "Firehammer" by Ric Hunter (I know, Ric, we were surprised at the category too...but I think whichever category you are in, you are a finalist. LOL)

      eBooks
      "Grave Secrets" by Linda Swink

      We are very excited for everyone. Congratulations to JoAnn Forrester, Joe Campolo, Ric Hunter, and Linda Swink. We are also so very proud of you, your book, and our hard work together to create it! Pat and I have already celebrated with lots of chocolate for our books as well. :)

      Some of our MWSA friends are finalists too...Betsy Beard for her children's book, "Klinger," Lillie Leonardi for "In the Shadow of a Badge," in Historical nonfiction and Carolyn Schriber for "Beyond All Price" also in Historical nonfiction. Be sure to congratulate them.

      For more information visit TheAuthorsZone.com


      ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

      40 Years of Theater; PPT's 2014 season opens with an American classic:  The Glass Menagerie
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: Megan Grabowski | Oct. 10, 2014
      Cathryn Wake as Laura and Jordan Whalen as Jim
      This performance of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie will surely clutch the strings of the collective hearts of Pittsburghers- expressly those who have supported the success of the PPT since its inception 40 years ago.  Yes, that's right; this is the 40th anniversary of the PPT.   What better way to commemorate the achievements of the theater than by producing, Menagerie, mirroring the theater's first season.  The evening began when  Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, bestowed upon the eager audience an honorable introduction, which included a gracious recognition of PNC and their long withstanding commitment, not only to the achievements of PPT  but to the arts as a whole in our region. Then the lights dim-

      The show begins with an overview of the period by Tom Wingfield, played by Fisher Neal. Neal, a seasoned actor is making his Pittsburgh debut in Menagerie.  Williams writing is a vessel for Neal's eloquence. His voice grants the audience a glimpse into the lives of his family in 1937.  As narrator, Neal reminds us, with the reflective and introverted tone, utilizing the intellect of a poet, that this story is not real; it is a memory and intended to be interpreted as such.  The show proceeds with the remaining characters, Cathyrn Wake, as Laura Wingfield, Lynne Wintersteller staring as Amanda Wingfield and Jordan Whalen cast as Jim O'Connor. Each actor shares with the audience a moment in time, a snap chat of memory and most unfortunate, the immense cruelty and weight of disenchantment that can accompany said remembrances.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.


      The Power of Prophecy, Betrayal, Assassination, Guilt and Revenge A Review of PICT's Macbeth
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester | Oct. 29, 2014
      David Whalen as Macbeth
      Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's shortest and darkest plays was first staged over five hundred years. It's insights into the human character and the thirst and consequence of greed and power still ring true.  The play Macbeth depicts the tale of a brave Scottish General, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth, who become consumed by a prophecy of glory and power based on the prediction of witches heard shortly shortly after a major victory and promotion.  This prophesy grabs him, twists him and turns into a murderous and paranoid man who retains his power by eliminating all those he perceives as a threat.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.


      A Triple Play with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: Helene Vidovich and Martin Thomas | Oct. 12, 2014
      Courtesy: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
      Pittsburgh Dance Council of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust started their 2014-15 season on October 11th featuring three commissioned works performed by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Aspen has a population near 7,000 -- it makes sense that they would combine efforts with Santa Fe to field a dance troupe. Both were mining towns in the Rockies and as distances go out West, not really very far from each other.

      The first two sets were sparse. Black/white lighting, with the use of spotlights and shadowing, made things appear and disappear right before our eyes. This stage effect leads us into the depths of the dancers' creativity. The third set, awash with color, used bold lighting changes behind fabric to create the atmosphere. It is amazing what can be accomplished with good lights and a scrim, or two, or three. As the old Vaudeville adage goes, It packs flat and plays big. It does. .and did.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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      Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 09-29-14


      POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:   Women's Interactive Network Professional Development Day 2014

      CULTURAL CLUES:

      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concert Series  |  Calliope Presents The Duhks  |  All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING Brings Their Unique Celtic Roots Sound to Calliope's Roots Cellar Series  |  Cirque Dreams Holidaze  |  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's BNY Mellon Grand Classics Series Heats Up with 'Spanish Strings'  |  Pittsburgh Dance Council Announces Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

      WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:

      Night Out with the Women on City Council  |  Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay  |  4th Annual Women First Forum| International Day of the Girl Celebration  |  7TH ANNUAL NAWBO DAY

      BUSINESS BUZZ:  Coffee With


      NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:

      STEP AFRIKA!  |  8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch  |  GOSPEL IDOL

      NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  WQED PRESENTS PITTSBURGH FROM THE WATER


      POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS Comedy Central Star Anthony Jeslenik



      POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

      Women's Interactive Network Signature Event
      Professional Development Day 2014
      Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd


      The 2014 annual Professional Development Day will be filled with an amazing group of women that will share their knowledge, expertise and energy.  Breakfast & Lunch +6 Amazing Speakers!

      Be The Change!  A Day Filled With How To's
      Intellectual Property 101
      By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC

      Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner
      By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber

      My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley
      By JoAnn Forrester

      The Benefits of Intentional Self Care
      By Jacqueline Algaier and Psychologist Lori Rothschild

      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

      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.
      WIN-Pittsburgh Members   $35.00  |  Members Only Vendor Table   $50.00  |  Non-Member   $55.00

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


      CULTURAL CLUES

      PSO Fiddlesticks Family Concert
      Oct. 18, 2014 | 11:15 AM | Heinz Hall
      The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the fun of Halloween are some of the reasons that
      Fiddlesticks thinks fall is a great time of year!  Delight in the sounds of Night on Bald Mountain, thrill to Harry's Wondrous World and other music inspired by fall.  Discovery Time Adventures begin at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $12.00-22.25.

      For more information call 412-392-4900 or visit pittsburghsymphony.org.


      Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
      Dec. 10, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall 
      Take a trip back in time this holiday season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and leading Renaissance vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  The Tallis Scholars recently completed a very successful world tour with 99 events in 80 different venues throughout 16 countries. In December, they return to Heinz Hall to fill it with a variety of inspiring music for the Christmas season, including another outstanding performance of Allegri's Miserere. This concert also brings a special present to audiences ” for the first time ever, the Tallis Scholars will close the concert in a shared performance of a newly commissioned work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, who also will perform selections from their Christmas albums with the virtuosic flare for which they are known.


      The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013, the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They kicked off the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul's Cathedral, London, including a performance of Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet Spem in alium and the world premieres of works written specially for them by Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. Their new recording of the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas by the 16th Century Tudor composer, John Taverner, was released on the exact anniversary of their first concert in 1973 and enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.

      For more information click HERE


      Calliope Presents The Duhks
      Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
      No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

      On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we've learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible. Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.  Tickets are  $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting www.calliopehouse.org.


      All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING Brings Their Unique Celtic Roots Sound to Calliope's Roots Cellar Series
      Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  The Roots Cellar at The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts
      Join Boston-based quartet Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals.  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's Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and 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. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese's Acoustic Project, and Carlos NГºГ±ez.

      Calliope Concerts at The Roots Cellar is one of Pittsburgh PA's most charming and versatile performance venues setting the stage for unforgettable live music.  Calliope Concerts are 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, low-top and couch seating. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).  Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting www.calliopehouse.org.


      Cirque Dreams Holidaze
      December 29 and 30, 2014  |  Benedum Center
      BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... if pure entertainment and an abundance of eye candy are on your holiday wish list, Cirque Dreams Holidaze should fill your Christmas stocking raved the Pittsburgh-Tribune. Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns with a bigger and more elaborate holiday stage spectacular that is a cirque show... Broadway musical... and family show all in one!

      Not to be missed before opening in New York next year! With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the holiday season to new heights!  Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

      For more information click HERE


      The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's BNY Mellon Grand Classics Series Heats Up with 'Spanish Strings'
      Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 PM  |  Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
       The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings the heat with Spanish Strings, a BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend featuring the U.S. debut of Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber and the Heinz Hall debut of Spanish guitar phenom Pablo SГ¡inz Villegas, on October 10-12 at Heinz Hall.  Wellber will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's virtuosic Manfred Symphony, an expansive programmatic symphony based on Lord Byron's tortured character Manfred, as he wanders the Alps grieving the loss of his great love, Astarte. The charismatic SГ¡inz Villegas will perform Joaquin Rodrigo's beloved concerto for guitar, which was inspired by the gardens at Philip II's spring resort palace, Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The program opens with Debussy's charming Petite suite, inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine.

      Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead a pre-concert talk from the stage one hour prior to the concert start time; a multimedia archival display about former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lorin Maazel's life and career will be on display in the Grand Tier lobby; and the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra will perform in the Grand Lobby one hour prior to concert time on Sunday, October 12.

      Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.


      Pittsburgh Dance Council Announces Aspen Santa Fe Ballet One Night Only Returns to Pittsburgh with a New Work
      October 11, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
      The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces the return of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, featuring top global choreographers with bold visionary works, all performed
      by truly dynamic dancers. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater as part of the 2014-2015 Dance Council Season.

      Jean-Philippe Malaty, the company's executive director, is happy to grace the Byham stage once again. We are thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh, as we fondly remember the warm welcome we received from the Pittsburgh audience on our debut four years ago. We are proud to present a vibrant program of works, all commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.  What I find so truly marvelous about Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is the artistic commitment to working with new, dynamic, and incredibly gifted choreographers, shared Paul Organisak, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Dance Council and Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Each program, including the one our Pittsburgh audiences will see, features some of the most exciting new contemporary ballets being created today by the remarkable dancers of this exquisite company.

      Square None, the company's first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naivetГ©. The Aspen Times commented, It felt like a thrill, like a discovery of something new.  Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering.  The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. This abstract piece explores the complexities of human emotion, specifically highlighting the depths of love and compassion, and illuminated with the importance of touch.


      WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

      Night Out with the Women on City Council
      Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Mellon Board Room
      Please join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by remarks from Pittsburgh's four City Councilwomen about their experience on the campaign trail and in office.  Ticket Cost: $12; please bring an ID Non-alcoholic beverages will be available to guests under 21 years of age.

      Deb Gross serves as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she represents Pittsburgh City Council District 7. Deb was elected on November 5th, 2013, and was sworn-in on December 6th, 2013. Deb is a lifelong  community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser.  Deb is involved with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred's Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Deb's background in community advocacy also includes having started a business Pecolater, a business whose purpose was to help community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties within Pittsburgh's business community.
       
      Life-long Northside resident Councilwoman Darlene Harris has served Council District 1 since special election in November 2006, but has served the people of Pittsburgh for more than three decades as a community advocate.Mrs. Harris has worked with Spring Hill Civic League for more than 20 years, serving as President of the organization and as a founding member of the North Side Leadership Conference. She helped create the North Side Public Safety Council and has served statewide on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

      Councilwoman Theresa Kail- Smith was elected as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing the neighborhoods of District 2 since February of 2009.She was appointed as chairperson of Public Works and is serving as Council President Pro Tempore. She became involved with and worked at a host of nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, formerly known as Wireless Neighborhoods and local Athletic Associations, Community Groups just to name a few. She has nearly three decades of volunteerism. Through her extensive volunteerism, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.

      Councilmember Natalia Rudiak represents Pittsburgh's fourth district on City Council, covering the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, a portion of Mount Washington. On November 3, 2009, Natalia was elected to City Council and she was re-elected on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014. Natalia's professional experience is in management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a state-wide information technology system. She has also done press work for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and worked for a public health organization in New York promoting safe and healthy motherhood. Born and raised in South Pittsburgh, she graduated from Carrick High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Management.

      For more information click HERE.


      Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay
      LIVE One-Hour Special Hosted by CNBC's Sharon Epperson
      Thursday, Oct. 2  |  8 PM on WQED-TV
      Fifty years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women are still only making, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In that time span the current wage gap has improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year...and if it continues at that pace, the wage gap won't close completely until the year 2053.

      Premiering LIVE on Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV, Closing the Gap:  50 Years Seeking Equal Pay is a one-hour talk show special produced by WQED in partnership with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Hosted by CNBC's Sharon Epperson, Closing the Gap:  50 Years Seeking Equal Pay will unpack hotly debated statistics and move beyond highly politicized and overly simplified talking points in order to explore the many factors that contribute to the wage gap, and strategies to overcome them.

      Guests include the namesake of the 2009 Fair Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter along with national experts representing some of the most iconic women's organizations in the nation including:
      · Terry O'Neill,  President, National Organization for Women (NOW);
      · Linda Hallman, Executive Director and CEO, American Association of University Women (AAUW);
      · Teresa Younger, CEO,  Ms. Foundation for Women;
      · Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO, YWCA-USA.

      Closing the Gap will also stream online for FREE on October 2 through a new multiplatform application from PBS called ovee. Viewers nationwide may participate by registering here. Ayana Ledford, Founding Executive Director for PROGRESS at Carnegie Mellon University (whose mission is to improve society by empowering all women and girls through the art of negotiation) will moderate the discussion on ovee.Questions will be taken from the studio and ovee audiences, as well those on social media using hashtag #womenwagegap.

      For more information click HERE


      4th Annual Women First Forum
      Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014  |  11 AM - 4 PM  |  Westin Convention Center
      The most powerful women in business in our local economy will gather for this free half-day forum.  Register now to join Women First and your fellow female leaders to gain knowledge and insight to increase revenue, maximize your resources, and better understand the impact of your health on your business.

      Keynote Speaker:  Laura Ellsworth, Partner-in-Charge Pittsburgh, Jones Day
      Laura Ellsworth practices across a wide range of complex litigation matters, including toxic torts, product liability, insurance, intellectual property, employment, and ERISA. She has been involved in a number of multijurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy matters, several of which have resulted in significant appellate rulings on novel issues such as market share liability and public nuisance. Her work includes coordinating and litigating nationwide matters for various clients, and she has appeared in numerous federal and state courts throughout the U.S

      Break Out Sessions: 
      Practicing Leadership: Global Perspectives, Personal Focus:  Presented by Lee Ann Munger (Director, Seton Hill University E-Magnify + PowerLink) and Jayne H. Huston (Director , Seton Hill University E-Magnify) 
      Make Your Money Work Harder: Developing the Right Approach to Building Your Financial Dream Team:  Panel presentation with Donna Chappel, President, Advanced Integration Group; Karan Waigand, U.S. Small Business Administration, Economic Development Specialist; Karen Saine, Vice President, Business Banking Area Manager, First Commonwealth Bank. 
      Raising your Social Voice:  Presented by Meredith Blake Matthews, Director, Consumer Engagement, Mullen 
      Do You Have the Strength to Succeed? Building YOUR Best Asset for Climbing the Corporate Ladder:  Presented by Vonda Wright, MD, MS Orthopaedic Surgeon Medical Director, UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex 
      Why Women Give It Away...And Why We Shouldn't:  Presented by Denise DeSimone, Chairman, Founder, c-leveled 
      How to Grow Your Business Beyond a Million Dollars!:  Presented by AJ Drexler, President and Chief Strategist, Campos Inc, and Yvonne Campos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Campos Inc


      International Day of the Girl Celebration
      Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014  |  10:00 AM - 12:30 PM  |  East End Cooperative Ministries Community House - Great Room
      International Day of the Girl was declared by the United Nations in 2011 to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges they face around the world. Each and every year, on October 11, we celebrate the strength of girls and their ability to change the world for the better. 

      The Day of the Girl Pittsburgh Celebration is a fun-filled, family-friendly event that will celebrate girls and the power that girls have to change the world. Join local girl-serving organizations for fun and engaging activities, enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments, and spend time celebrating the power that each and every girl has to make a difference in our local community and beyond!

      For more information visit DayOfTheGirlSummit.org.


      7TH ANNUAL NAWBO DAY
      Nov. 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
      Why should you attend?  Because you will learn how to be HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE in Business!   Invest just $99.00 in your business future! Guaranteed results!
      Free Promo Goodies for you too, like business and personal gifts, technology prizes, door prizes and more!

      Surprise Keynote TBA with plan "Create a profitable business in one weekend!"

      Plus info packed panels on:
      · Podcasting (internet radio) to Increase Your Brand Visibility & Get Clients
      · Creative Financing for Your Business
      · Tech Tools for Maximum Productivity
      · Healthy Options to Keep You Strong & Vibrant While You Work 
      And Much More!

      Also enjoy a great networking party the evening before with the speakers and also a post NAWBO Day reception with other guests and speakers!
      NAWBO DAY, WILL SELL OUT!  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
      Just $89.00 BEFORE October 31, 2014

      For more information click HERE


      BUSINESS BUZZ

      Coffee With
      Have a cup of coffee with us!  Now streaming on CBS Local!   Watch our most recent interview with Rabih Helou! We discuss shared office space - the Beauty Shoppe.

      COFFEE WITH  gives leaders an informal outlet to discuss their thoughts and feelings about issues concerning our community today. Jobs, economy, growth and ease of opening a business are topics along with their favorite ride at Kennywood¦and of course¦how they take their coffee. Produced by Building Bridges for Business in conjunction with Lockerman Studios. The interview questions are crowd sourced on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

      Coffee With¦„c , is hosted by Christopher R. Evans. Evans is an award-winning executive with extensive experience with both bootstrap start-ups and Fortune 1000s in strategy, branding, marketing and business development. Evans is Vice President of Sales for Savvior Technology Solutions, a firm which helps industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce, Dicks Sporting Goods and Schneider Downs run more smoothly through the design and development of custom web, mobile, and software programs, and the integration and creation of custom enterprise applications.

      Creative Director/Lead DP/Lead Editor, Christian Lockerman, has traveled the world creating compelling moving images for a variety of television shows and feature films, both narrative and documentary.  He has lensed promo spots for such corporate giants as ATI Specialty Steel, Maybelline New York, Garnier, FoxSports, Versus, Liberty Power and OLN.  In addition, he has also directed the photography on three feature length documentaries and two feature films (and he just finished principal photography on his debut directorial effort, The Last Samaritan, due to be released late in 2014).  From the treacherous Amazon jungles of Brazil to the overwhelming rain forest cliffs of Pohnpei to the beautiful deserts of Israel, he has had the good fortune to see the wonders of the planet as he has honed the arts of cinematography and filmmaking.  These experiences have shaped an intrepid artistic vision and provided a solid creative foundation that he draws upon for every project, no matter what the size and scope.  He is particularly proud of the visually exciting work he has been able to accomplish with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre over the last few years.  Recently, he has been directing a cinematography workshop for the graduate students of Carnegie Mellon University during their final television project each spring and has also been appointed to a visiting artist position in cinematography at Point Park University for 2014-2015.

      For more information visit BuildingBridgesForBusiness.org/Coffee-With/


      NON-PROFIT EVENTS
      SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
      8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch 
      Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  |  7 - 11 PM  |  Latitude 360
      The annual benefit continues to support our reading & computer literacy programs.  We are excited to announce, proceeds will also benefit the creation of a new STEAM lab!
      Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!

      It's time once again to see who will have bragging rights for the year!  It's time for my 8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch fundraiser.  Click here to find out more about attending the event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in our commemorative program or donating to our amazing auction.

      Our passion at the foundation is to help unlock the potential in youth of financially challenged communities by providing resources for both students and families, educating and empowering them to give their best efforts in all they do but most of all encouraging them to be the "best of the batch in life.

      Join Latasha and I as the "Stars Align for Literacy" and we host the 8th Annualfundraiser. The night will be filled with some friendly competition in ping-pong, pool, poker, and bowling, a great auction and MORE - as we host my teammates and other celebrities.  All of the proceeds raised from In the Pocket will help Best of the Batch Foundation create a STEAM lab and continue to support reading & computer literacy programs.

      Visit BatchFoundation.org to get event and ticket info.




      National Donor Sabbath Celebration Benefiting Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

      From:  Our Friends at Soul Pitt

      ~ Presents 2 Upcoming Events ~

      STEP AFRIKA! | October 25
      GOSPEL IDOL | November 9

      Steppin' Into National Donor Sabbath Celebration
      STEP AFRIKA!
      Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM

      @ University of Pittsburgh Campus, Scaife Hall
      3550 Terrace Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      Step Afrika! is FREE and open to the public.



      GOSPEL IDOL
      Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.

      @ WVSU Capitol Center Theater
      123 Summers Street | Charleston, WV 25301
      Judges will choose 10 contestants to go to the final round.
      Top 10 contestants will perform at the event.

      For registration and audition rules,
      visit www.core.org
      All submissions must be post-marked
      by Friday, October 10, 2014.

      For more information or questions, contact
      Lisa Upsher at lupsher@core.org
      or 1.800.366.6777



      NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

      WQED PRESENTS PITTSBURGH FROM THE WATER
      Premieres, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

      ALCOSAN PITTSBURGH FROM THE WATER WAYS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!  THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THE HOMETOWN TRILOGY THAT INCLUDESPITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR AND PITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR II

      Filmed over four seasons, Pittsburgh From the Water is WQED's exciting, new documentary showcasing the waters of western Pennsylvania. From the spectacular point in Downtown Pittsburgh, to picturesque lakes and sleepy streams in outlying counties, Pittsburgh from the Water spotlights the beauty, work and play associated with our waterways. Premiering on Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV, Pittsburgh From the Water provides a unique perspective of dozens of local waterways from locations such as:

      Allegheny County
      · Allegheny River
      · Monongahela River
      · Ohio River

      Beaver County
      · Buttermilk Falls
      · Ohio River
      · Raccoon Creek State Park

      Butler County
      · Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park)

      Fayette County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Jacobs Creek
      · Monongahela River
      · Youghiogheny River (Ohiopyle)

      Indiana County
      · Conemaugh River Lake Dam

      Lawrence County
      · McConnells Mill State Park
      · Neshannock Creek
      · Strawberry Fields Quarry

      Somerset County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Casselman River
      · Clear Shade Creek
      · Youghiogheny River Lake & Dam

      Washington County
      · Monongahela River
      · Peters Lake Park

      Westmoreland County (Laurel Highlands)
      · Keystone State Park

      For more information click HERE


      POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

      Comedy Central Star Anthony Jeslenik

      Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
      Anthony Jeselnik is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tulane University. Anthony is a stand-up comedian, most famous for THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN, as well as THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which he starred in and crated, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Anthony has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central's Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim.

      For more information click HERE

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      Publish Date: 11-09-2014 11:14:00
       




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      Publish Date: 11-06-2014 12:03:00
       
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      Meet the NAWBO Day Keynote Speaker
      ELLEN ROHR Business Makeover Expert


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      Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., teaches the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family's business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money¦and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.
      She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing in the trenches insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.
      Visit her site at:  www.ellenrohr.com


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      Publish Date: 11-06-2014 11:45:00
       

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      Heroes and Villains at the Pittsburgh Symphony 
      From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
      Written By:  Hank Walshak


      Heroes and Villains
      A Resounding Musical Pastiche of Not-To Be Forgotten
      Hollywood's Good Guys and Bad Guys by the PNC Pops
      By
      Hank Walshak

      Even the most demanding film buff had to be pleased with Heroes and Villains, Conductor Lucas Richman's October 18 pastiche of film-music nostalgia. OK, to be more specific, the 18 pieces on the Heroes and Villains program carried me back to Hollywood's depictions of the good guys and the bad guys in films.

      Lucas Richman via Pittsburgh Symphony blog
      What was not to like? The opening piece, Rossini's Finale to the William Tell Overture, launched long-forgotten memories of that good guy, the Lone Ranger. The program's conclusion, The Imperial March by John Williams from Star Wars, recalled the frightening presence of that bad guy, Darth Vader, from Star Wars.

      Musical master, Richman, lived up to his conducting  and recording reputation for film scores like the Academy Award nominated, The Village,As Good As it Gets, Face/Off,  Se7en, Breakdown, The Manchurian Candidate, and Kim Kittredge: An American Girl. In 2010, at the request of John Williams, Richman led the three-month tour of Star Wars in Concert.

      To add to our pleasure, Richman introduced each piece and flavored his articulation with descriptions of the many artists he˜d worked with over the years.

      The PNC Pops was in ultra-fine fiddle, if I may say so, playing a variety of musical memory rousers. These included not-to-be-forgotten masterpieces like the Parade of Champions from Ben Hur, the Love Theme from The Godfather, and music highlights from Rocky.   I remembered how Bernard Herrmann's slicing and chilling Narrative for String Orchestra from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.frightened me away from taking showers, but for a short time only.
      Sheena Easton, vocalist

      The highpoint of Heroes and Villains came in the presence and vocal mastery of Sheena Easton. I loved her rendition of Nobody Does It Better by Marvin Hammlisch from The Spy Who Loved Meand Bill Conti's For Your Eyes Only from the movie For Your Eyes Only.

      A six-time Grammy nominee in the US, Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner, winning Best New Artist in 1981 and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1985, for her duet with Luis Miguel on the song "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres". And let's not forget that she's sold more than 20-million albums and singles worldwide.

      Heroes and Villains presented my first opportunity to listen to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, whose members include young men and women vocalists in grades 10 and 12 and college singers.

      What a treat it was to hear their youthful voices interpret John Williams's pieces”Battle of the Heroes from Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Dry Your Tears, Africa, from Amistad. Under the Direction of Christine Hestwood, these young men and women touched my heart with their professional, vocal accompaniment.

      One segment in particular of Heroes and Villains caught my attention--the Overture to Tarare" by none other than Antonio Salieri, contemporary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Before this, I had never experienced Salieri's music on a symphony program. Herr Mozart, I thought, would have been amazed beyond measure had he witnessed this. Truly!



      By:  Hank Walshak
      Good News and Cultural Reporter
      Hank Walshak, Founder and President of Walshak Communications, Inc., helps experts to be read, be heard, be seen, and be known. He assists experts in creating and delivering expertise-related content to differentiate themselves as experts.
      He empowers experts to creatively articulate themselves and to stand out in the scarce space vis-Г -vis their competitors in the markets they serve. He is adept at helping executives and business owners communicate their ideas in ways that energize and stay with their audiences.

       

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      Women and Tech Events| PPL Co-Host Sunita Pandit, Mrs. Cardiology, Co-Chair 7th NAWBO Day WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Capitol Steps| Salonika on 6th St. Downtown| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: 24 Hour Flash Sale NAWBO Day Tickets| CULTURAL CLUES: Pippin| Jim Brickman On A Winter's Night | Obsessions, on exhibit at SPACE| Pittsburgh CLOs A Musical Christmas Carol| 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair| Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent| Warhohl: 20th Anniversary Collection Rehang| Homewood Artist Residency Opening & Community Celebration| Isabella Rossellini in Green Porno| Broadway star Jarrod Spector, at the Cabaret at Theater Square| Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Free Community Concert| KIDZ KORNER: Digital Badging and Flipped Learning premiere| Gregory Maquire, Author of "Wicked"| iTWIXIE - Health Survey for Girls| ELLIS SCHOOL- Three Must-Have Career Skills for Girls| PSO Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions| BUSINESS BUZZ: 9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference| Greater Pittsburgh's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in September 2014 | CobblerWorld, LLC | Jazz Networking with Jessica Lee Featuring Local Authors| BURGH BIZ SATURDAY SHOWCASE: Christine Hughes and Dan Droz for 9th Annual Pensylania Technology Conference| NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: William H. Moore Awards and Scholarship Luncheon | NCJW Designer Annex at its Home Consignments store in Swissvale| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Black Business Directory Distribution | Highland Park Potter Tour| POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Slippery Rock Native Cobb Interviewed on Viva Tropical: ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT Capitol Steps| Salonika 6th Street|

       

      Publish Date: 11-05-2014 19:30:00
       

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      Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., teaches the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family's business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money¦and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.
      She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing in the trenches insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.
      Visit her site at:  www.ellenrohr.com

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      Publish Date: 11-05-2014 14:08:00
       

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      Meet the NAWBO Day Keynote Speaker
      ELLEN ROHR Business Makeover Expert


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      Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., teaches the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family's business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money¦and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.
      She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing in the trenches insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.
      Visit her site at:  www.ellenrohr.com
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      Valerie Ormond - Biography

       

      ValerieOrmond retired as anavalintelligenceofficer and founded her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. Herfirst novel,Believing In Horses”won theMilitary Writers SocietyofAmericaGold Medaland other awards. Her second novel, “Believing In Horses, Too” is currently a finalist in the Military Writers Society of America book awards for 2014. Valeries non-fiction stories have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers, and sheholdsmemberships inwriting, equine, and veteransorganizations.

      Valerieowns and ride horses andserves as Secretary oftheMarylandHorseCouncil. She is happily married to Navy veteran Jaime Navarro.

       

      “BELIEVING IN HORSES, TOO” by Valerie Ormond - Synopsis

      Sadie Navarro worries about her Navy father serving in Afghanistan. She turns to her love of horses to distract from her secret problems in her thirteenth year. Sadie commits to showing at the largest local horse show and volunteering for a therapeutic riding program – both brand new to her. With her belief in horses, a goal to make her father proud, and the support of family and friends, Sadie feels life moving in the right direction again.   

      That is, until one of the therapeutic riding programs arranges for Sadie to assist wounded warriors. Sadie wants to back out, but knows she can’t. That’s not who she is. So instead, she wonders how she will find the strength to face her deepest fears head on.

      And then there’s the first horse show. Unnerved by the enormity of the event and discovering how hard it is to show her inexperienced horse, Lucky, Sadie panics. An unwelcome show ring rival, Rachel, makes matters worse. But strong-willed Sadie makes it through the day with the help of her quirky and caring friend, Brady. Sadie only has to breathe deep and stay calm through two more shows to reach her goal of competing in front of her dad.

      Sadie gains confidence through experience with the horses and the people she helps through equine therapy. She develops friendships and learns about bravery, patience, and compassion. Standing up for Brady to a school bully comes naturally. She becomes the mentor others have been to her. Sadie learns to compete. 

                   Days before Sadie’s father returns home, rival Rachel injures Lucky in a riding accident. Rather than admit defeat, Sadie decides to show one of her barn’s rescue horses in the final competition. Sadie understands by choosing his horse, she likely won’t win, but takes her chance on the underdog. Against the odds, she wins Champion of the year in front of her newly-returned war hero father. At the end of the show, Sadie finally confronts Rachel over her consistent rude behavior and unkind remarks. Sadie knows she should have stood up to Rachel earlier, but she didn’t have the strength to do so until this time.

                    Although elated with her year-end win, Sadie doesn’t think her father appreciates how hard she worked or how much she grew up during his absence. At a unique equine therapy demonstration for military families, the horses help bring out unspoken human emotions in the Navarro family. Sadie comes to realize she earned her father’s respect through her actions and who she has become -- not her winning performance in the show ring.